Magnetic Patents (Class 235/449)
  • Patent number: 8814036
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chip card with at least one application for which an implementation (4) and an entry (5) referring to the implementation (4) are present on the chip card (1). The inventive chip card is characterized in that a plurality of entries (5) referring to the same implementation (4) are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Claus Dietze
  • Patent number: 8807436
    Abstract: A card processing unit that enables increasing a degree of freedom of a location of a communication antenna between pad rollers and simplifying a structure of the card processing unit itself. Specifically, a card processing unit equipped with a communication antenna for communicating with a non-contact IC card. The processing unit includes: two transfer rollers for transferring the non-contact IC card through contacting a surface of the non-contact IC card; pad rollers so placed as to face and bias themselves to the transfer rollers; fixed shafts protruding at both sides of each of the pad rollers in the axial direction for supporting the pad roller so as to be rotatable; and coil springs for biasing the fixed shafts at both the sides of the pad roller 16 in the axial direction so as to press the pad roller toward a corresponding one of the transfer rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Keiji Ohta
  • Publication number: 20140224877
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining a fill image of a bank note being processed. At least one magnetoresistive detector is employed to obtain line-scan sensings of a bank note as the note passes. A central processing unit obtains the sensing as magnetic pattern data which is subsequently stored in a database for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 8800872
    Abstract: Multi-mode computing systems for point of sale transactions are disclosed. According to an aspect, a computing system includes a first housing and a processing device disposed in the first housing. A user interface and a first input/output interface is integrated with the first housing and in communication with the processing device. The first input/output interface is configured to receive power for delivery to the processing device. A second housing is configured to carry the first housing. An attachment mechanism is configured to selectively attach together the first housing and the second housing for carry of the first housing. A second input/output interface is configured to be communicatively coupled to the first input/output interface when the first housing and the second housing are attached. A power source is connected to the second input/output interface for delivery of power to the processing device via the first input/output interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Dean F. Herring, John A. Hibbard, Brad M. Johnson, John D. Landers, Jr., Duane S. Miller, Jeffrey J. Smith, David J. Steiner, William L. Talley, Jeff D. Thomas, Paul M. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140217174
    Abstract: A magnetic card reader module includes a magnetic sensor and an adjacent groove, a microcontroller and an application. The magnetic sensor is configured to pick-up an analog magnetic signal generated by swiping a magnetic stripe through the groove. The magnetic stripe is attached to a card and comprises tracks with magnetically encoded data. The microcontroller is configured to convert the analog magnetic signal into a digital signal. The application is configured to analyze the digital signal, and to perform soft-decision decode of the digital signal and to generate an output comprising the magnetically encoded data and side information providing card swipe information feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BBPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Chi Wah Lo, Hwai Sian Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140217169
    Abstract: A banking system operates responsive to data read from data bearing records. The system includes an automated banking machine comprising a card reader. The card reader includes a movable read head that can read card data along a magnetic stripe of a card that was inserted long-edge first. The card reader includes a card entry gate. The gate is opened for a card that is determined to be properly oriented for data reading. The card reader can encrypt card data, including account data. The card data is usable by the machine to authorize a user to carry out a financial transfer involving the account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Diebold Self-Service Systems, division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: David N. LEWIS, Jeffery M. ENRIGHT, Natarajan RAMACHANDRAN, Mark A. DOUGLASS, Tim CREWS, Songtao MA, Randall W. JENKINS, H. Thomas GRAEF, Sathish M. Irudayam, Klaus STEINBACH
  • Patent number: 8789751
    Abstract: A medium process apparatus is provided. The medium process apparatus comprises a state detection unit configured to detect a state of a transferring medium and a support unit configured to support the transferring medium. The support unit comprises a plurality of support parts successively disposed in a transfer direction of the medium. The plurality of support parts comprise a second support part facing the state detection unit and a first support part disposed at a front or rear side of the second support part in the transfer direction of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: LG CNS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Oh Han
  • Publication number: 20140203082
    Abstract: A card reader device using a mobile and the method thereof is introduced. The mobile is adopted to supply electric power through audio output jack, and to transmit card data applied from the card reader device via microphone input jack. The card reader unit is connected to the audio jack of the mobile, and offers card data read by the card reader units via microphone input of the mobile. The card reader device comprises a contact type card reader unit to read cards with magnetic strips, and a contactless type card reader unit for contactless smart cards. The card reader device of the present invention enables and simplifies card transaction through mobile devices, and the reader is combinable with any mobiles with audio jack only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: DAURI SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Inghoo Huh
  • Publication number: 20140203083
    Abstract: Pursuant to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus and means for operating two-part contactless card readers are provided. In some embodiments, the two-part contactless card reader is installed in association with a transaction counter, where the transaction counter has a first surface and a second surface. Pursuant to some embodiments, the device includes a customer-facing unit installed on a first surface of the transaction counter, a base unit installed on a second surface of the transaction counter, the second surface apart from the first surface, where the first surface and the second surface are separated by a substantially solid material with no aperture formed therethrough. The base unit includes electronic components for generating interrogation signals for interrogating contactless cards, the electronic components also for receiving card data signals from the contactless cards, the card data signals indicative of card data stored in the contactless cards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Simon Phillips
  • Patent number: 8777100
    Abstract: A method for inputting a password and a device thereof are disclosed in the invention, relating to the information security field and solving the problem that a password input by a user is easy to be intercepted. The method includes steps that, a password inputting device acquires an instruction in accordance with ISO/IEC 7816 standard from an upper computer, and determines whether the instruction is a password checking instruction or not, and if it is not, the device sends the instruction to the smart card; or else if it is, the device receives the password input by the user, encloses it to the password checking instruction, sends the instruction enclosed with the password to the smart card, receives the result of executing the password checking instruction from the smart card, and sends the result to the upper computer. The solution of the invention is used for improving the security of inputting a password in avoidance that the password is intercepted when being transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Feitian Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhou Lu, Huazhang Yu
  • Publication number: 20140191033
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is provided. The case includes a battery, an interface to receive electrical power from an external power source, a payment device reader, a product information input device, and a computer processor configured to execute computer-readable instructions. The computer processor executes the instructions to conduct communications with the electronic device, limit an amount of current of the received electrical power consumed by the case, allocate the amount of current among the battery and the electronic device based on the communications, read product information from a product using the product information input device, and read a payment device using the payment device reader, where the payment device is used to pay for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: James J. Wojcik, Adam Benzion, Adam D. Center, Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas Weller, Abhishek Joshi
  • Publication number: 20140191034
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is provided. The case can include a front shell attachable to a back shell, a flexible insert disposed between the front shell and the back shell and configured to at least partially surround an electronic device when installed in the case, a payment device reader attached to the case and configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device, a product information input device attached to the case and configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device, and a battery configured to be electrically connected to the electronic device. The case can also include a rotatable mount that is removably attachable to an outer surface of the case and a hand strap attached to the rotatable mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: 1 OAK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Glanzer, Lucas Weller
  • Patent number: 8770482
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods thereof to administer and manage a base unit for a handheld medical device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a base unit of the invention is in communication with a handheld medical device. The base unit is configured to provide an electrical connection to a power source to charge a battery of the handheld medical device. The base unit is also configured to perform an update to the operation of the base unit, wherein the update is initiated by the base unit upon receiving from the handheld medical device a data stream with information indicating that an update is contained in the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Friedrich Ackermann, Blaine Edward Ramey, Robert P. Sabo, Manfred Augstein
  • Patent number: 8763909
    Abstract: There is set forth herein a terminal having a mount for supporting a mechanical component. The terminal in one embodiment can be hand held and in one embodiment the mechanical component can comprise a hand strap. In one embodiment a terminal can include a pocket for receiving a mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sherri Reed, Eric Linn
  • Patent number: 8763900
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a mobile device includes a rotatable face that can be rotated over a portion of the mobile device so that when the user slides a card through the card reader, the overlapping portion of the rotatable face prevents the card reader from spinning or rotating. A foot and/or a housing for a jack on the bottom of the card reader prevents the card reader from accidently turning off the mobile device during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ebay Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Marcus, Hill Ferguson, Max E. Metral, Egan Schulz
  • Patent number: 8763903
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reading device for identifying a tag or an object adapted to be identified, said reading device including a first reading element for reading a first set of identification features located in the tag or the object adapted to be identified. The first reading element is a magneto-optical reading element; wherein the first reading element is adapted to conform to the tag or object adapted to be identified when brought into contact with the tag or object adapted to be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bilcare Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Malcolm Moran, Adrian Paul Burden
  • Publication number: 20140175170
    Abstract: A detection activity of a card may be sensitive to capacitance changes in one or more pads on the card, where a capacitance change detected in a pad during a first time period does not affect a capacitance change detected in the pad during subsequent time period(s). Accordingly, the detection activity may remain sensitive to a faster-moving device with greater accuracy in a determination of position, velocity and/or acceleration of the faster-moving device in relation to the card. A second detection activity may follow a first detection activity, which may increase a probability of a successful communication sequence subsequent to the first detection activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Allen D. Bowers
  • Patent number: 8757499
    Abstract: A laminated card is provided with manual input interfaces. Such manual input interfaces may provide tactile feedback to a user. Laminated cards may be provided as payment cards, identification cards, medical cards, or any other type of card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Cloutier, Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20140166747
    Abstract: A reconfigurable electronic payment device allows for the capture and transmission of customer transaction information captured from the “swipe” of an electronic payment tool, such as a credit or debit card or any such tool that includes a magnetic stripe upon which information can be stored and read from. The device provides a second housing with a reader head guide assembly, including a magnetic card reader adapter, which can be repositioned about a first housing of the electronic payment device. This repositioning capability can enhance the ease of use of the device and efficiency by which the swipe of a credit or debit card can be performed. The repositioning capability further promotes the mounting of the electronic payment device upon many different surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: JEFFREY WORMSLEY, LEANNE PRICE, RON FARMER
  • Publication number: 20140158767
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a data reader for reading data from a device associated with a user. In various embodiments, the data reader is or includes a magnetic strip reader, a chip card reader, a Near Field Communication device or other RFID device, an IR communication device or other communication device configured to read, extract or otherwise receive data or information associated with a user, such as financial data, personal data or otherwise. In some embodiments, the data reader reads financial data such as bank account data from a transaction device such as a bank card (credit and/or debit), a chip card or the like and communicates some or all the data to another device, such as a transaction apparatus and/or a mobile device of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Ramaci
  • Publication number: 20140158758
    Abstract: A card reading machine includes a card reader for reading data on a magnetic card and a device for preventing reading of the data on the magnetic card by illegal card reading devices operatively associated with the card reading machine. The device for preventing may include an oscillator, a driver circuit and a coil for generating electromagnetic signals similar to data on a card. A method for preventing reading of data on a magnetic card by in illegal card reader in operative association with an apparatus having a card reader intended to read the data on the magnetic card includes producing a signal ruining the data collected by the illegal card reader. The apparatus having a card reader may include an insertion slot in which case the method may further include producing the signal near the insertion slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: TMD HOLDING B.V., Kronik Elektrik Elektronik Ve Bilgisayar Sistemleri Sanayi Ticaret Limited Sirketi
    Inventors: Cihat Celik Basar, Hakan Askeroglu, Ismet Yesil
  • Publication number: 20140158768
    Abstract: A banking system is controlled responsive to data read from data bearing records. The system comprises an automated banking machine. The machine includes at least one type of data reader, which includes a card reader. The machine also includes an anti-fraud arrangement that can deter effective operation of unauthorized devices attached to the machine. Such unauthorized devices may include a fraudulent card reader placed adjacent to a card entry slot that leads to the card reader. The arrangement can sense a fraudulent card reader installed on the machine. The arrangement can additionally emit jamming signals that interfere with an ability of a sensed fraudulent card reader to accurately read card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory S. RAY, David N. LEWIS, Randall JENKINS, James BLOCK, Songtao MA, Natarajan RAMACHANDRAN, Jeffery ENRIGHT, James E. PETTITT
  • Patent number: 8746579
    Abstract: A card exhibiting enhanced detection is provided. A plurality of detector shapes that may be associated with a detection system increases detection effectiveness, while reducing adverse effects of detection systems that may be operating within a electromagnetic field environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Cloutier, Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Patent number: 8740094
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security element for protecting documents of value, which has magnetic material. A portion of a magnetic coding is arranged on the security element, which coding consists of several magnetic areas and several gap areas. The portion of the magnetic coding is arranged in a predetermined direction along the security element, for example perpendicularly to a transport direction of the security element or document of value through a magnet sensor. Concerning the length of the magnetic areas and of the gap areas of the magnetic coding, certain length conditions are predetermined, which are chosen in dependence on the magnet sensor employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Schützmann, Manfred Heim, Dieter Stein, Friedrich Kretschmar
  • Patent number: 8740072
    Abstract: A card reader, comprising: a frame having a slot for insertion of a chip card that has a plurality of card contacts, wherein the slot has open sides that allow the chip card to move laterally during the insertion; a plurality of reader contacts coupled to the frame and positioned in the slot in a position to be contacted by the card contacts when the chip card is inserted in the slot, and circuitry configured to communicate with the chip card through the plurality of card contact, wherein there are more reader contacts than card contacts and the circuitry is configured to determine which subset of the reader contacts engages the card contacts and to communicate with the chip card through the subset of reader contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Dorogusker
  • Publication number: 20140144988
    Abstract: A point-of-service device includes a point-of-service display, a first reading sensor, and a second reading sensor. The point-of-service display includes a modular slot. The first reading sensor includes a first modular plug matching the modular slot. The second reading sensor includes a second modular plug matching the modular slot. Moreover, either the first modular plug or the second modular plug is allowed to be inserted into the modular slot at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: FLYTECH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: CHIH KUANG CHIANG
  • Patent number: 8733653
    Abstract: A card reader device has a card entrance for receiving a card, such as an ATM card, a card enclosure in registration with the card entrance and defining an area in which the card is read, and a shutter for controlling access to the card enclosure from the card entrance. The card reader device also has a read head located in the card entrance for reading data from the card, and a controller for controlling the operation of the card reader device. The controller is operable to: (i) open the shutter in response to reading data from the card, and (ii) disable the read head when the shutter is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Taylor
  • Patent number: 8733654
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining a fill image of a bank note being processed. At least one magnetoresistive detector is employed to obtain line-scan sensings of a bank note as the note passes. A central processing unit obtains the sensing as magnetic pattern data which is subsequently stored in a database for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: Sohail Kayani
  • Patent number: 8733655
    Abstract: A magnetic read head includes a plurality of pins; circuitry for converting magnetic signals to electrical signals, where output of the circuitry is coupled to the plurality of pins; and a shield that encloses the circuitry, the shield having a front face through which magnetic signals pass to read the magnetic stripe, a base on a side of the shield opposite the front face, and one or more side surfaces between the base and the front face, and wherein the shield has an opening for each pin of the plurality of pins, wherein each pin is configured to pass through a respective opening, wherein the plurality of openings are positioned on the one or more side surfaces of the shield, where each pin extends from the shield along an axis that is parallel to a plane defined by the base of the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Templeton
  • Patent number: 8727215
    Abstract: A test device for a magnetic stripe decoder chip includes a signal generator, a chip slot, a signal conversion circuit and a control unit. The signal generator sequentially outputs a plurality of test waveform signals. The signal conversion circuit includes at least one transformer, the transformer is used for converting the test waveform signals into a plurality of false track signals, and correspondingly outputting the false track signals to one of track signal receiving ends of the magnetic stripe decoder chip. The control unit receives at least one decoding string generated respectively by decoding the false track signals through the magnetic stripe decoder chip, and compares the at least one decoding string with a test string represented by the basic track signal, thereby determining a decoding function of the magnetic stripe decoder chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Uniform Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Tung-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8727219
    Abstract: An electronic card (e.g., an electronic payment card) or another device (e.g., a wireless telephonic device) is provided that may communicate dynamic magnetic stripe data to a magnetic stripe reader. Information may be embedded into a magnetic track of data representative of additional information such as, for example, a unique identification number or an additional track of magnetic stripe data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20140131442
    Abstract: A card reader for use with a mobile device includes a card reader body having an information reading area configured to receive a card, an information reader configured to read information stored on the card and a connection device disposed on the card reader body and configured to be removably connected to the mobile device. The card reader also includes a first arm extending in the first direction away from the card reader body and spaced apart from the connection device and an opposing second arm extending in the first direction away from the card reader body and spaced apart from the connection device. The first arm and the second arm are configured to contact the mobile device and limit movement of the card reader body with respect to the mobile device when the card reader body is connected to the mobile device via the connection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Banc of America Merchant Services, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Morrow, Keith Alan Newbrough, Cormac Eubanks, Adam Christopher Wrigley, Francois Duc Nguyen, Quinn Slater Huffstetler
  • Patent number: 8720774
    Abstract: Systems and methods for personalizing data card are disclosed. One embodiment includes a card receiver configured to receive one or more data cards, a control system connected to the card receiver, the control system configured to receive personalization information, an encoder system connected to the control system, the encoder system configured to encode the one or more data cards with at least some portion of the personalization information, a card reader connected to the control system, the card reader configured to read magnetic fingerprint information from the one or more data cards, and the control system configured to store the magnetic fingerprint information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: MagTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Brown, David Fletcher, Richard Burchill, Annmarie D. Hart, Ruth Deignan, Lawrence R. Meyers
  • Publication number: 20140124576
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that communicates with a host device via audio channels includes an interfacing circuit that receives and transmits analog signals on the audio channels. Such audio channels are designed for audio speakers and microphones and the interfacing circuit transmits digital data based on the received analog signals. The integrated circuit includes a processing device that is electrically coupled to the interfacing circuit. The processing device receives the digital data from the interfacing circuit and adjusts at least one parameter of the interfacing circuit based on the received digital data. The interfacing circuit receives the digital data from the processing device and transmits analog signals on at least one of the audio channels based on the at least one adjusted parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Zheng Zhou, Guo Qiang Mu, Zheng Dai, Ge Jiang
  • Publication number: 20140117091
    Abstract: A method of preventing fraud, and a fraud prevention terminal, are described. The method comprises: detecting an unauthorized reader in the vicinity of a dip card reader, and closing a pin to prevent a card being inserted into the dip card reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alexander William Whytock
  • Patent number: 8701997
    Abstract: A decoding system has a decoding engine running on a mobile device. The decoding engine decodes signals produced from a read of a first party's financial transaction card. The decoding engine accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of the first party's financial transaction card. A transaction engine runs on the mobile device and is coupled to the decoding engine. The transaction engine receives as its input decoded first party's financial transaction card information from the decoding engine. At least a portion of a first party's financial card information or information relative to a first party's financial account is used to create a mobile device payment application on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 8701996
    Abstract: A decoding system, with a decoding engine, runs on a mobile device. The decoding engine decodes signals produced from a read of a first party's financial transaction card. The decoding engine accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of the first party's financial transaction card until the signals reach a steady state, identifies peaks in the incoming signals and digitizes the identified peaks into bits. A transaction engine is coupled to the decoding engine. The transaction engine receives, as its input, decoded first party's financial transaction card information from the decoding engine, and serves as an intermediary between the first party and a second party. The first party does not have to share his/her financial transaction card information with the second party. The transaction engine is configured to be coupled to a payment system and a first party's financial transaction card institution or a first party's financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 8701995
    Abstract: A method for demodulation where a plurality of preliminary data rows for creating the demodulated data are created according to intervals, each of which is a interval between peaks in a read signal coming from a magnetic head. Each preliminary data row includes first individual data identified according to the intervals, wherein a plurality of bits constitute the first individual data. At the time of creating the preliminary data row, standard intervals are identified for judging a first individual datum to be either “0” or “1”, and the standard intervals are assigned in a template saved beforehand. Then, intervals for judgment are compared with the standard intervals assigned in the template, with respect to each bit of each bit patterns. A bit pattern in relation to the preliminary data row is identified according to the comparison result, in order to set the preliminary data row with the identified bit pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakajima, Yoichi Isono, Katsuhisa Higashi
  • Patent number: 8695879
    Abstract: A method of preventing fraud, and a fraud prevention terminal, are described. The method comprises: detecting an unauthorized reader in the vicinity of a dip card reader, and closing a pin to prevent a card being inserted into the dip card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander William Whytock
  • Publication number: 20140099526
    Abstract: An accessory for a hand-held electronic device includes a protective case and a battery. The electronic device is insertable into the protective case. The battery may be utilized to provide auxiliary power to the electronic device. The battery may be replaceable without having to remove the electronic device from the protective case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: George Powell, Ryan Hoobler, Ming Lei, Garrett Russell, Mark Ashby
  • Publication number: 20140097242
    Abstract: An integrated read head system includes a mobile device with an audio jack and at least one microphone input port. A read head is physically coupled to the mobile device. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data on the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head has an output jack that physically connects the read head to at least one of the audio jack or microphone port of the mobile device. The read head provides the signal to the mobile device. Card reader circuitry includes an encryption system which provides that at least a portion of the signal is encrypted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Square Inc.
    Inventor: James McKelvey
  • Patent number: 8690059
    Abstract: The present invention describes a system and a method for a baseband near-field magnetic stripe data transmitter (MST) device that transmits payment card data from a smart-phone, or other electronic device, into a Point of Sale (POS) transaction terminal. The MST device includes a driver and an inductor. The MST receives magnetic stripe data comprising payment card data, processes the received magnetic stripe data and emits high energy magnetic pulses comprising the processed magnetic stripe data that are then received remotely by the magnetic stripe reader of the POS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: George Wallner
  • Patent number: 8690058
    Abstract: A card reader with magnetic heads, an anterior frame, a main body frame, a control board and a sealing member formed to be annular. The main body frame has a head arrangement in which the magnetic heads are positioned, a sac-like card cage in which the rear end of the inserted card is housed, and a seal arrangement which is formed between the head arrangement and the card cage and in which the sealing member is arranged. The anterior frame has a substantially cylindrical cylinder portion formed to connect to a front face portion. A rear end side portion of the cylinder portion (crushing portion) crushes the sealing member in the radial direction from the outer circumferential side of the sealing member. The control board is arranged outside the card cage, and the inner circumferential face of the seal crushing portion is formed in a tapered shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takeki Watanabe, Koji Oguchi, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 8684157
    Abstract: According to some embodiments of the invention, a magnetic sensor having a track width of greater than about 50 millimeters is provided. The magnetic sensor is adapted to detect a magnetic feature and produce a linear, analog output in response to the magnetic feature. The analog output is along a single data channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Jay D. Freeman, Tomasz M. Jagielinski, Frederick J. Jeffers, George S. Krastev, Danny D. Yang
  • Patent number: 8684267
    Abstract: Method for broadcasting a magnetic stripe data packet from an electronic card by measuring a swipe speed of the electronic card past a magnetic reader head during a swipe of the electronic card past the magnetic reader head and then adjusting a broadcast signal containing the magnetic stripe data packet according to the measured swipe speed so that the magnetic stripe data packet in the broadcast signal is read by the magnetic reader head during said swipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: PrivaSys
    Inventors: Eric Foo, Joan Ziegler, Mark Poidomani, Lawrence Routhenstein, Ziv Alon, Charles McGuire
  • Publication number: 20140084065
    Abstract: A magnetic stripe reader apparatus comprises a first casing, a second casing, a magnetic stripe reader unit, and at least a connecting element. The first casing has an opening, a first positioning portion, and an adjustable fixing portion. The second casing has a second positioning portion disposed corresponding to the first positioning portion, and a through hole disposed corresponding to the adjustable fixing portion. The magnetic stripe reader unit is disposed between the first and second casings, and has a magnetic stripe reader head and a fixing element disposed on a side of the magnetic stripe reader head. In assembly, the connecting element passes through the through hole and connects to the adjustable fixing portion to fix the first and second casings. The second positioning portion and the first positioning portions hold the fixing element, and the magnetic stripe reader head is exposed from the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: ASKEY COMPUTER CORP.
    Inventor: Chao-Ching HUANG
  • Patent number: 8678277
    Abstract: A decoding system includes a decoding engine running on a mobile device that decodes signals produced from a read of a first party's financial transaction card. The decoding engine accepts and initializes incoming signals from a read of the first party's financial transaction card until the signals reach a steady state, detects the read once the incoming signals are in a steady state, identifies peaks in the incoming signals and digitizes the identified peaks in the incoming signals into bits. A transaction engine runs on the mobile device and is coupled to the decoding engine. The transaction engine receives as its input decoded first party's financial transaction card information from the decoding engine, and serves as an intermediary between the first party and a second party, so that the first party does not have to share his/her financial transaction card information with the second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, William Henderson, Brian Grassadonia, James M. McKelvey, Xuancong Wen
  • Patent number: 8678276
    Abstract: An electronic transaction device with a microprocessor generates digital signals that are converted into at least two tracks of analog signal wave form and two waveform signals are driven on two analog tracks such that the two waveform signals cancel each other out and a simulated magnetic field is generated along a target area located on the transaction device that can contain a transaction specific data packet readable by a magnetic stripe read head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: PrivaSys Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Poidomani, Joan Ziegler, Eric Foo, Ziv Alon, Charles McGuire, Lawrence Routhenstein
  • Publication number: 20140076975
    Abstract: A substrate containing a magnetic strip, a 2-D bar code, or a QR bar code secured to the substrate, the magnetic strip, 2-D bar code, or QR bar code containing electronically readable information about an amount of money. The magnetic strip, 2-D bar code, or QR bar code is passed through a reader and an amount of money is credited in a sale transaction. The 2-D bar code, QR bar code, or magnetic strip may be removably secured to the substrate so that it may be removed and saved for later use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: WARD KRAFT, INC.
    Inventors: Johnny Bellmyer, Dewayne Worthington
  • Publication number: 20140076964
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a card reader device includes: a read head configured to produce a signal indicative of data stored on a magnetic stripe of a card in response to the magnetic stripe being passed by the read head; means for passively attenuating configured to attenuate the signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe resulting in an attenuated output signal indicative of said data stored on the magnetic stripe; and a tip, ring(s), sleeve output plug adapted to be inserted into a standard headset jack associated with means for communicating with a host system and configured to provide the attenuated output signal indicative of said data stored on the magnetic stripe to the communicating means via a microphone input of the standard headset jack. The means for communicating with a host system and/or host system perform processing based on the attenuated output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: REM Holdings 3, LLC, a Missouri Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Morley, JR.