Magnetic Patents (Class 235/449)
  • Patent number: 10216968
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a card may include a data signal circuit pattern structured to transmit at least one of a data signal read from a card and a data signal to be recorded to the card; and a breakage detection circuit pattern structured to detect at least one of its own disconnection and its own short-circuit. The data signal circuit pattern is disposed within a protected region that is a region surrounded from all directions by the breakage detection circuit pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kuwaki, Junro Takeuchi, Masaya Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10204242
    Abstract: Provided is a card insertion and ejection mechanism to be mounted forward of a card reader structured to convey a card so that a longitudinal direction of the card is coincided with a conveying direction of the card, the card insertion and ejection mechanism being capable of preventing skimming and capable of sending into the card reader the card in an orientation capable of being processed by the card reader even when the card is inserted into the card insertion and ejection mechanism in any orientation. A card insertion and ejection mechanism takes in a card to a turning position when the card is inserted into a card insertion port with front and rear sides of the card directed correctly so that a short widthwise direction of the card is coincided with an “X” direction, and controls a card turning and conveying mechanism in a turning direction and at a turning angle based on a result of determination as to an orientation of the inserted card, to turn the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Takahashi, Kazutoshi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10192079
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for reading magnetic information by a mobile device are presented. In example embodiments, the mobile device comprises a housing having an integrated surface for swiping a magnetic swipe card and a magnetometer positioned within the housing to produce digital magnetometer output signals. The digital magnetometer output signals represent magnetic information derived from the magnetic swipe card and from the Earth's magnetic fields (or other sources). In some aspects, the digital magnetometer output signals may be filtered to determine which of the signals are derived from the Earth's magnetic fields and which may be derived from other sources. In some aspects, the filtering is based on a range, with those signals falling within a particular range being determined to be derived from the Earth's magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10181986
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for monitoring action records in virtual space. The systems and methods for monitoring action records in virtual space display recorded activity on an avatar within the virtual space by communicating in a virtual space with a user account. The recorded activity is analyzed and processed in order to compile information on the avatar and display an avatar (which is a reflection of the compiled information).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10176451
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcode indicators, each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality determining parameter, the at least one threshold being at least one of a time duration threshold and a combined temperature and time threshold, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcode indicators and to provide output indications and an indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product unit specific, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10169693
    Abstract: Programming fixtures are provided that program devices, such as payment cards, with data, such as personal data, using light transmitters and receivers for powered cards, or using magnetic write heads for non-powered cards. A processor within the powered card computes a magnetic stripe message and associated longitudinal redundancy check (LRC) value based upon the personal data. The processor compares the LRC value against a list of LRC exceptions and changes the magnetic stripe message to change the LRC value based upon a positive comparison. A programming fixture may compute the magnetic stripe message and may change the magnetic stripe message before writing the magnetic stripe message to a static magnetic stripe upon a detection that the associated LRC value matches an LRC exception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Gautam Batra
  • Patent number: 10162987
    Abstract: A card reader may include card insertion port; a plurality of types of pulling-out detection mechanisms; and a pulling-out prevention mechanism. The pulling-out prevention mechanism may include a lock member having a prevention part configured to contact with the card and prevent pulling-out of the card; and a moving mechanism structured to move the lock member between a contact position and a retreated position. The plurality of types of the pulling-out detection mechanisms may the abnormal pulling-out of the card by methods different from each other. The lock member is moved to the contact position from the retreated position to prevent pulling-out of the card when the abnormal pulling-out of the card from the card insertion port is detected by the plurality of types of the pulling-out detection mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10150632
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting the presence of metallic objects in media to be conveyed in a medium transport system is disclosed. One or more metal detectors are included in the medium transport system to detect the presence of metal in the medium being transported. Signals from the metal detectors are sent to a system processor, which analyzes the signals, and produces proximity, duration, and/or intensity values therefrom. One or more microphones may also be included which detect the sound created as the medium is being transported. The processor computes sound values from the microphone signals, and analyzes the computed sound values along with the proximity, duration, and/or intensity values in order determine if the conveyance of the medium along the transport path should be stopped due to the presence of metal in the media or a jam occurring within the medium transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Link, John Fagan, Thomas Middleton, Daniel Phinney
  • Patent number: 10130285
    Abstract: An apparatus for tracking patients utilizes a wristband with integrated radio frequency circuits (RFIC). The wristband may further incorporate an antenna on a flex PCB. The wristband may also be disposable and comprising means for replacing the RFIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: WiSilica Inc
    Inventors: Suresh Kumar Singamsetty, Dennis Ching Chung Kwan
  • Patent number: 10127488
    Abstract: Conventional magnetic stripe cards are encoded with static magnetic patterns. To act like many different magnetic stripe cards, a programmable dynamic magnetic stripe card disclosed. The programmable dynamic magnetic stripe card includes a solenoid coil for generating a magnetic field and solenoid coil driver circuitry for driving the solenoid coil to generate a magnetic field. To improve the quality of the magnetic field generated, a biasing magnet is placed adjacent to the solenoid coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: QVIVR, INC.
    Inventors: Kuldeep Amarnath, Ashutosh Dhodapkar
  • Patent number: 10114984
    Abstract: A printed memory reader adapted to determine an original value from a printed memory device including a plurality of contact pads and an encoded value created by encoding the original value. The encoded value including N bits of data, where N is equal to a number of bits of data stored in the printed memory device. The printed memory reader includes a plurality of probes arranged to contact the plurality of contact pads and a memory storage element including instructions programmed to execute the steps: a) reading the encoded value or an inverse encoded value from the printed memory device using the plurality of probes to obtain a read value; and, b) decoding the read value to obtain a decoded value equal to the original value. The printed memory reader further includes a processor arranged to execute the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Fowler
  • Patent number: 10117050
    Abstract: A system and method for communication of proximity based content is disclosed between a mobile computing device having a Short Range Communication (SRC) device and a Proximity Short Range Communication (PSRC) device associated with a location or object using near field magnetic induction. The SRC device and/or the PSRC device can include at least two antennas to provide magnetic induction diversity. The method comprises defining a proximity boundary with dimensions defined by a magnetic induction diversity communication range of at least one of the SRC and PSRC devices. A proximity signal is communicated in the proximity boundary between the SRC device and the PSRC device. At least one action is performed by the mobile computing device or the PSRC device when the proximity signal is detected between the SRC device and the PSRC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FREELINC TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Howard Dobyns
  • Patent number: 10109131
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring magnetic properties of the surroundings of the device includes at least one magnetoresistive element extending in a line direction, and a support field device generating a magnetic support field in an area over the line direction. A pre-magnetization device of one or more magnets is arranged at a distance from the sensor line in a direction vertical to the line direction and extending parallel to the line direction. The pre-magnetization device is arranged relative to the sensor line such that the fields of the pre-magnetization device and the support magnetic field overlap to provide an overlapping magnetic field with a field strength component pointing in the line direction that is greater at one location on the sensor line than the strength of a field component pointing vertically toward the line direction and not in the direction of the height of the magnetoresistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Sensors Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Bartos, Armin Meisenberg, Reinhold Pieper
  • Patent number: 10089607
    Abstract: In order to facilitate conducting a financial transaction via wireless communication between an electronic device (such as a smartphone) and another electronic device (such as another smartphone), a secure element in the electronic device may generate, using an encryption key associated with the secure element, a signed blob based on a transaction amount and a merchant identifier. Then, the electronic device communicates connection information between the electronic device and the other electronic device. Moreover, the electronic device may establish a connection between the electronic device and the other electronic device based on the connection information, and may concurrently provide the signed blob to the other electronic device. After receiving a signed transaction blob from the other electronic device using the connection (which includes information needed to conduct the financial transaction), the electronic device provides the information to a server to conduct the financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi Ziat, Kyle A. Diebolt
  • Patent number: 10083327
    Abstract: A card reader may include a magnetic sensor to detect whether magnetic data are recorded in the magnetic stripe of the card; a control section to supply electric power to the magnetic sensor and into which an output signal of the magnetic sensor is inputted; and a card insertion port into which the card is inserted and in which the magnetic sensor is disposed. The magnetic sensor may output an output signal when the electric power is supplied from the control section. The control section may supply the electric power to the magnetic sensor during a first supply time period which is shorter than a card passage time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Higashi, Yukihiko Takita, Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Hiroshi Kawate, Tadashi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10083712
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a magnetic core module in a magnetic head, the magnetic core module and the magnetic head. The method for manufacturing the magnetic core module includes: a process for placing a magnetic core group in a holder mold cavity as an insert; and a process for injection-molding in the holder mold cavity. A method for manufacturing the magnetic core module allows the magnetic core group and the holder to be integrally injection-molded with a method of injection molding which uses the magnetic core group as an insert. The method simplifies the process of manufacturing a magnetic head to improve production efficiency, and saves labor and production costs. Further, the method prevents failures such as positional displacement and scattering of magnetic cores, which tends to occur when assembling thin and small magnetic cores, and ensures an ideal yield for a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TECHRECO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Masao Horiguchi, Ruining Gao
  • Patent number: 10068165
    Abstract: A card configured to output an magnetic field on or at a surface thereof, the card comprising an elongated magnetically conducting material on or at the surface of the card, the magnetically conducting material having a first and a second guide ends, and a field generator positioned so as to feed a magnetic field into the magnetically conducting material. The magnetically conducting material is positioned at the position where the reading head travels and forms a return path for the field generated by the field generator, whereby field from the generator is fed to the reading head via the magnetically conducting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CARDLAB APS
    Inventors: Finn Nielsen, Finn Speiermann
  • Patent number: 10065216
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for cleaning and sorting smartcards. An identifier present on the exterior of the smartcard may be scanned. A smartcard may be dispensed from an intake magazine that housing a plurality of smartcards. The smartcard may be moved along a cleaning assembly. The contacts of the smartcard may be cleaned. The contacts of the smartcard may be dried. After cleaning and drying the contacts of the smartcard, the smartcard may be sorted into either a cleaned output magazine or a cleaned rejection tray based on whether the scanning of the identifier was successfully performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jimmy A. Pollard, Zachary S. Morrison, Aldo Alvidrez
  • Patent number: 10062492
    Abstract: The following examples and embodiments are directed to an induction coil that can be used in a variety of applications, including, for example, induction charging systems. In one example, an induction coil is configured to couple an electrical field between a base device and a mobile device in an inductive charge system. The induction coil includes a coil substrate formed by a molding process. The induction coil also includes a shield element disposed within the coil substrate. The shield element may be formed within the coil substrate as part of the molding process. A conductive winding is also formed within a surface of the coil substrate. In some cases, the coil substrate is formed by an injection-molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wagman, Eric S. Jol, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 10055615
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card insertion port; a magnetoresistive (MR) sensor; and a disturbing magnetic field generator, wherein the card may include a magnetic stripe, and magnetic data recorded in the magnetic stripe may be arranged in a moving direction of the card inserted through the card insertion port. The MR sensor may include a first resistor and a second resistor separated by a distance which is less than a bit interval of magnetic data, in a case that “0” data are recorded in the magnetic stripe, in the moving direction of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Katsuhisa Higashi, Yukihiko Takita, Yohei Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10048140
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor device including a receiving body including an inserting space, an inserting body disposed in the inserting space, a first sensor assembly including at least one sensor provided between an inner surface of the receiving body and an outer surface of the inserting body, and a second sensor assembly including at least one sensor provided between another inner surface of the receiving body and another outer surface of the inserting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Do Choi, Seungyong Hyung, Jeonghun Kim, Se-Gon Roh, Minhyung Lee, Youn Baek Lee, Jongwon Lee, Byungjune Choi
  • Patent number: 10043045
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a terminal main body, a lid member that is removable from the terminal main body, and a battery that is accommodated in the terminal main body. The electronic apparatus has a first end and a second end, and a first main body and a second main body that has a thickness smaller than that of the first main body are disposed from the first end toward the second end. A reading device is provided at a first position of the first main body, and a magnetic card reader is provided at a second position of the first main body. In the magnetic card reader a slot through which a magnetic stripe of a magnetic card passes is provided, and the slot is defined in an inclined state such that the thickness of the electronic apparatus due to the magnetic card reader is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Aoyama, Shinji Tomobe, Katsuhiro Kitade
  • Patent number: 10014014
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to one embodiment, includes a plurality of first circuits, each first circuit comprising a pair of terminals coupled to a first read transducer and a first parallel circuit. A terminal resistance of each first circuit is less than the resistance of the first read transducer thereof. A second circuit has a pair of terminals that are coupled to a second read transducer having a tunnel valve structure. An area of a tunnel barrier portion of the second read transducer is larger than an area of a tunnel barrier portion of each of the first read transducers. A resistivity of a tunnel barrier of each of the first read transducers is about the same as a resistivity of a tunnel barrier layer of the second read transducer. The terminal resistance of each first circuit is less than about five times a terminal resistance of the second circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Biskeborn, Robert E. Fontana, Jr., Calvin S. Lo
  • Patent number: 9996071
    Abstract: A system for use in a device assembly process to aid in performing at least one device assembly operation is disclosed. The system may comprise: a moveable slider moveably coupled to a slider base to move components of the device in the assembly process; and an electronics module coupled to an end portion of the slider base. The electronics module may comprise: a driver to provide driver output to the moveable slider; and a controller that includes the driver to transmit control signals through the driver to control movement of the moveable slider. The moveable slider may move components of the device in the assembly process in which at least one device assembly operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jambunathan Vangal-Ramamurthy, Kam Fung Yan
  • Patent number: 9990616
    Abstract: The present invention is applicable to the field of POS machines, and provides a magnetic head protection frame used in a POS machine, a card swiping module using the magnetic head protection frame, and a POS machine using the card swiping module. The magnetic head protection frame comprises a support frame, the support frame is strip-shaped, and the support frame defines a first opening exposing the magnetic head; a circuit board is mounted on an outside surface of the support frame, the circuit board is arranged along the whole length direction of the support frame, and the circuit board avoids a position corresponding to the first opening; connecting wires are connected on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PAX COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzhuo Wang, Zhiqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 9978223
    Abstract: A financial device includes: an insertion part to which a medium is inserted; a random number generation unit configured to generate an signal including information on a copying prevention number for preventing copying of a medium according to an on signal; a detection unit installed near the insertion part and configured to generate a detection signal by detecting the existence of the medium; a determination unit configured to determine whether the medium is completely inserted or is being removed based on the detection signal; a controller configured to generate the on signal to make the random number generation unit operate, wherein the controller generates an off signal to make the random number generation unit not operate when it is determined that the medium is completely inserted and generates the on signal to make the random number generation unit operate again when it is determined that the medium is being removed; and a card reader unit installed at one position of a movement path of the inserted me
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Seul Min
  • Patent number: 9979441
    Abstract: An electronic circuit carries out communication by inductive coupling between chips which are stacked and mounted. The electronic circuit relays an inter-chip communication signal by a repeater which receives a signal from a transmitter to recognize a transmission source and a receiving destination, and relays a received signal when the repeater itself exists between the transmission source and the receiving destination, and does not relay the received signal when the repeater itself does not exist between the transmission source and the receiving destination. Accordingly, data can be transferred at high speed up to a chip farther than the dimensions of a coil through communications by inductive coupling between the stacked and mounted chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: THRUCHIP JAPAN INC.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9971915
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reader including a base element defining a first spring seat, a magnetic module support element arranged for limited pivotable motion relative to the base element and defining a second spring seat, a generally truncated conical spring having a first, relatively large diameter end seated in the first spring seat and a second, relatively small diameter end seated in the second spring seat and a magnetic module fixedly mounted onto the magnetic module support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Bolling Chen, Steve Hsu
  • Patent number: 9972007
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium (collectively, the “system”) are provided. The system may include a processor configured to perform operations and/or steps comprising storing, by a processor, a session key on a mobile device, wherein the session key is encrypted. The system receiving a transaction request, decrypting the session key, and broadcasting a signal configured for being received by a magnetic stripe reader. Track 1 data and/or track 2 data may be encoded in the signal. The track 1 data and/or the track 2 data may also comprise a dynamically generated value that is generated based on the session key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Manish K. Deliwala, Jonathan Lupton, Ajay B. Maddukuri, John G. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9963921
    Abstract: Provided is an access control electro-permanent magnetic lock for locking and unlocking physical barriers with electromagnetism, but without a continual power source. The lock comprises permanent magnets juxtaposed with electro-permanent magnets. The polarity of the permanent magnets is fixed and aligned. The polarity of the electro-permanent magnets can be switched by introducing a pulse of electric current for a fraction of a second at low voltage to the electro-permanent magnets. A strong magnetic field generating a locking or holding force is produced when the polarity of the electro-permanent magnets aligns with or is in the same direction as the polarity of the permanent magnets. The magnetic field is canceled such that there is no locking or holding force when the polarity of the electro-permanent magnets is opposite to the polarity of the permanent magnets. The lock can further provide fail-secure or fail-safe protections in the event of power loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters, Alexander A. Kazerani
  • Patent number: 9959693
    Abstract: In a method for identifying desynchronization between representations of data obtained from an ordered plurality of documents, a processor can receive ordered first and second pluralities of data strings obtained from the respective plurality of documents; compare each data string in the first plurality to the corresponding data string in the second plurality and to each data string sequentially before or sequentially after the corresponding data string in the second plurality; based on the comparison, designate each data string in the first plurality as being one of synchronized, leading, or trailing; identify a continuous sequence of N data strings in the first plurality that all have a designation of leading or all have a designation of trailing, where N equals or exceeds a specified sequence threshold; and generate a single error signal that identifies all N of the data strings in the continuous sequence as being desynchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Darryl O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9911074
    Abstract: The invention concerns a security element having a magnetic coding consisting of magnetic coding elements. At least one of the magnetic coding elements has a grid-shaped magnetic region which is formed by a plurality of mutually parallel grid strips made of magnetic material which respectively have a magnetic anisotropy. The grid strips lead, through their magnetic anisotropy, to the magnetization direction of the coding element being able to differ from the direction of the applied magnetic field. Since the resultant magnetic signals that the grid-shaped magnetic regions deliver cannot be simulated by conventional magnetic regions, said coding elements increase the anti-forgery security of the security element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Rahm, Manfred Heim, Andreas Rauch, Jurgen Schutzmann, Winfried Hoffmuller
  • Patent number: 9858519
    Abstract: A smart card may include: a support; and a magnetic field generator arranged on the support and including at least one track configured to generate a magnetic signal corresponding to a card information stored on the smart card by forming a magnetic field, wherein the at least one track may include a single magnetic cell in which both magnetic poles thereof are formed when an electric current flows therethrough, wherein the magnetic cell may include: a first layer having a first circuit pattern and a first via hole; a second layer having a second circuit pattern and a second via hole; and a core material provided between the first layer and the second layer, and wherein the first and second via holes are matched so that the electric current rotationally flows through the circuit patterns and the via holes in a predetermined direction with respect to the core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Brilliantts Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hun Bae, Jae Ho Bae, Byung Chul Jung
  • Patent number: 9860043
    Abstract: A method and Mobile Subscriber Station (MSS) are provided for transmitting Channel Quality Information (CQI) in a wireless communication system. The method includes transmitting first information including a value related to CQI for at least one of bands; and transmitting second information including a differential CQI for the at least one of the bands, wherein each band comprises a plurality of adjacent subcarriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jee-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Tae Oh, Hoon Huh, Jae-Ho Jeon, Soon-Young Yoon, Seung-Joo Maeng
  • Patent number: 9858461
    Abstract: This patent specification describes a barcode-reading enhancement accessory for a mobile device having a barcode-reading capability. The accessory may include an outer case and an inner carriage. A mobile device is encased in the inner carriage, and the combination of the inner carriage and the mobile device is accommodated in the outer case. The inner carriage is configured to accommodate a mobile device of a particular size such that a mobile device of a different size may be accommodated in the outer case using a different inner carriage. The accessory may also include an optic system to fold an optical path of a field of illumination of a light source of the mobile device and/or a field of view of a camera of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Utykanski, John Deal, Ryan Hoobler
  • Patent number: 9845912
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes a shroud configured to at least partially receive and engage a portable electronic device. The anti-theft device also includes a dock configured to releasably engage the shroud. The dock is configured to engage the shroud in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the shroud and the portable electronic device from the dock and to disengage the shroud in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the shroud and the portable electronic device to be removed from the dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Phillips, Larry T. McKinney, Erik L. van Bergen, Antonios L. Karagiannis, Mark D. Reeves, Matthew Thomas Kerley, John A. Buchanan, Daniel C. Symons, Darin J. Shaw, Joshua Abdollahzadeh, Scott M. Speck
  • Patent number: 9847578
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a feed coil connected to a feed circuit, and a coil antenna disposed near the feed coil. A ferrite sheet, in which a magnetic loss term in a usable frequency band is relatively large, is provided between the feed coil and the coil antenna. The feed coil and the coil antenna are magnetically coupled to each other via the ferrite sheet. With this configuration, signal transmission efficiency between the feed coil and the coil antenna is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakano, Noboru Kato, Kuniaki Yosui
  • Patent number: 9836680
    Abstract: A card may detect variations (e.g., position, velocity, acceleration and direction) of a read head in relation to the card. Based on certain parameters (e.g., card length, initially detected read head position, and read head velocity) the card may change communicated bit parameters (e.g., bit period) so that a total number of data bits may be communicated by the card to the read head while the read head remains within a communication distance of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Bruce S. Cloutier
  • Patent number: 9838520
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device such as a mobile phone includes wallet application software for receiving, storing, encrypting, and transmitting selected payment card data. A tab including a programmable magnetic stripe is associated with a controller for receiving transmitted payment card data and programming the stripe with selected data. The tab is mounted directly to the electronic device or to an attachment device removably coupled to the electronic device. The attachment device may comprise a case for the mobile electronic device that allows access to a user interface and display of the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED PURCHASE
    Inventor: Daniel J. Goodman
  • Patent number: 9821672
    Abstract: An electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention is configured to wirelessly receive electric power from a wireless electric power transfer device. A power reception unit of the electronic device comprises: a core having a predetermined length and having magnetic flux concentration portions formed at lengthwise side portions thereof; and a coil wound along an outer periphery of the core to form magnetic flux density in the magnetic flux concentration portions, the magnetic flux density having a magnitude equal to or larger than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Beomseok Chae, Jeongeon Park, Kihyun Jung, Jeongkyo Seo, Byungsang Jung
  • Patent number: 9824350
    Abstract: A decoding system with a decoding engine running on a tablet. The decoding engine decodes signals produced from a read of a buyer's financial transaction card, accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of a buyer's financial transaction card until the signals reach a steady state, detects the read of the buyer's financial transaction card once the incoming signals are in a steady stat, identifies peaks in the incoming signals and digitizes the identified peaks in the incoming signals into bits. A transaction engine runs on the tablet and is coupled to the decoding engine. A payment system is in communication with the transaction engine and with a buyer's financial transaction card institution or a first party's financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 9818004
    Abstract: A payment reader includes an anti-tamper circuit for periodically providing control signals to tamper detection devices for detecting tamper attempts. The anti-tamper circuit includes a battery that drives a clock source. The clock source outputs a periodic signal to an enabling circuit and a pulse generator. The pulse generator provides enabling signal to an enabling circuit when it receives the periodic signal, and the enabling circuit provides an oscillator activation signal to a local oscillator when the enabling circuit receives the enabling signal and the periodic signal. The local oscillator provides an oscillating signal to the pulse generator, which utilizes the oscillating signal to exchange control signals with the tamper detection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Rezayee, Ravi Shivnaraine, Alain Rousson, Yue Yang, Kajornsak Julavittayanukool
  • Patent number: 9798906
    Abstract: A transaction terminal device is provided. The device includes a magnetic head module that supports a magnetic head which reads a magnetic card. A plurality of communication antennas that communicate according to different standards are arranged at a same end of a housing as the magnetic head module. The magnetic head module includes a line-shaped metal urging member that exerts urging force to the magnetic head in a passing path direction of the magnetic card. The line-shaped metal urging member has a first straight portion exerting the urging force to the magnetic head in a direction perpendicular to the first straight portion when viewed from a side view of the transaction terminal device. Even though a communication antenna is arranged close to the magnetic head, a reradiated radio wave generated from the metal urging member of the magnetic head is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenya Yasutomi, Tsutomu Kojitani
  • Patent number: 9792463
    Abstract: A combination magnetic-stripe card reader with integrated contact-less chip card read/write functions, a direct replacement for a standard player tracking magnetic-stripe card reader installed in slot machines. It is a form, fit and function for existing player tracking readers, having the same front panel appearance, the same physical envelope, using the same mounting method, using the same cable connections and operating in the identical manner. The combined functions requires two command sets and a method to distinguish between them, the legacy command set of the existing reader to be replaced which is typically strings of American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) eight bit characters with a line terminator character and the contact-less chip card requiring the ability to send and receive all possible eight bit values with varying length commands and not having a dedicated character value to indicate the end of a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Miller
  • Patent number: 9773243
    Abstract: A system may include a point-of-sale system that gathers payment card track data from a payment card and a payment gateway that processes the track data to authorize purchase transactions. Discretionary data in a discretionary field of the track data may be compressed to create space that may be used to accommodate additional security data. The sensitive information may be moved to the discretionary field. The compressed discretionary data and the sensitive information may be encrypted using a structure preserving encryption algorithm and a managed encryption key. The managed encryption key or other additional security data may be added the discretionary field. Track data that has been modified in this way may be conveyed to the payment gateway for processing. The payment gateway may extract the key management data, decrypt the encrypted data, and reconstruct the original track data by decompressing the discretionary data and replacing the sensitive track data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Voltage Security, Inc.
    Inventor: Terence Spies
  • Patent number: 9767391
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card conveying mechanism; a guide; a magnetic head; a positioning member to position the card relative to the magnetic head; and a shutter. The positioning member may include a card abutting part to abut a third direction end of the card; and a card support part to contact a first direction side of the card. A distance between the card abutting part and a third direction end of the guide is shorter than a width in the short-side direction of the card. When the shutter has closed, a fourth direction end of the shutter is disposed on a first direction side of the guide. When the shutter has opened the opening, the shutter is disposed on the first direction side of the guide. The third direction end of the card may be guided to the card support part by the shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Kazunori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9721124
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reader including a base element defining a first spring seat, a magnetic module support element arranged for limited pivotable motion relative to the base element and defining a second spring seat, a generally truncated conical spring having a first, relatively large diameter end seated in the first spring seat and a second, relatively small diameter end seated in the second spring seat and a magnetic module fixedly mounted onto the magnetic module support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: VERIFONE, INC.
    Inventors: Bolling Chen, Steve Hsu
  • Patent number: 9715649
    Abstract: An electronic transaction card communicates with an add-on slot of an intelligent electronic device. The add-on slot may be a memory card slot. The intelligent electronic device may be a mobile phone or other device with or without network connectivity. The electronic transaction card may have magnetic field producing circuitry compatible with magnetic card readers, smartcard circuitry, other point-of-sale interfaces, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Tyfone, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva G. Narendra, Thomas N. Spitzer, Prabhakar Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 9711995
    Abstract: A power transmission device for transmitting power to a power receiving device in a noncontact manner, including: a power transmission unit for transmitting power to the power receiving device in a noncontact manner; a power supply unit, connected to an external power supply, for supplying power to the power transmission unit, and a housing housing the power transmission unit and the power supply unit, wherein the power supply unit includes first devices disposed around the power transmission unit, and a second device disposed between the power transmission unit and a bottom surface, in a state where the power transmission unit and the power supply unit are mounted on the bottom surface of the housing, and a height of each of the first devices from the bottom surface is higher than a height of the second device from the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yuasa
  • Patent number: 9704157
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a request for a code to provide to a merchant, the code being generated for the merchant to display to an account holder, generating the code, including embedding in the code a transaction identification number, a geographic location of the merchant, a timestamp, sending the code to the merchant for displaying to a mobile device to scan, receiving an amended code from the mobile device to transfer funds to the merchant from an account held by the account holder, and sending the requested funds to the merchant upon verifying a geographic location of the mobile device is within a predetermined distance of the geographic location of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Ellis, Michael J. Kennedy, Ashish Bhoopen Kurani, Melissa Lowry, Uma Meyyappan, Bipin Sahni, Nikolai Stroke