Magnetic Patents (Class 235/493)
  • Patent number: 11080409
    Abstract: A storage device. In some embodiments, the storage device includes a storage interface, configured to be connected to a host computer, a processing circuit, and persistent storage media. The processing circuit may be configured to: read first data from the persistent storage media in response to a read command received through the storage interface; transmit second data through the storage interface, the second data being based on the first data; receive a write command, with third data, through the storage interface; write fourth data, based on the third data, to the persistent storage media; and perform a cryptographic operation on the first data or on the third data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NGD Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahab Alemzadeh, Hermes Costa, Vladimir Alves
  • Patent number: 11077471
    Abstract: An example cleaning card for cleaning a check-reading machine can include at least two opposing surfaces. The opposing surfaces can include a cleaning feature configured to clean at least one component of the check-reading machine when the cleaning card is fed through the check-reading machine. An ink can be located on at least one of the opposing surfaces. The ink can define a set of Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) characters capable of identifying the cleaning card. The position of the set of MICR characters can coincide with a routing field of the cleaning card as defined in accordance with the standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) X9 family of standards. Other systems, apparatuses, and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Steve Hatzirallis
  • Patent number: 11068976
    Abstract: The APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A VIDEO REMOTE DEPOSIT CAPTURE PLATFORM (hereinafter “RDC-Video”) provides a platform for remote deposit by obtaining images of a check from streaming video captured by a video camera, wherein the RDC-Video transforms captured check images and/or entered check deposit information inputs via RDC-Video components into deposit confirmation outputs. For example, in one embodiment, a user may employ a personal computer connected to a web camera, and/or a smartphone with a built-in camera to initiate the remote deposit by holding a check in front of the camera, and the RDC-Video may capture images of the check and send them to a financial institution for deposit processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Teddy Voutour, Bharat Prasad
  • Patent number: 10878773
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes writing information on substrate displays. In an example, a display on a substrate is interfaced. The interfacing includes constraining a first longitudinal side of the substrate via a first actuable slot. Further, a second longitudinal side of the substrate opposite to the first longitudinal side is constrained via a second actuable slot. Thereby the substrate is constrained between the first and second slot with the display positioned therebetween. Further, the display is operated to write information thereon via an imager while the substrate is constrained between the first and second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Napoleon J. Leoni, Omer Gila
  • Patent number: 10796214
    Abstract: A transaction card may comprise a first card component having an electrically conductive surface configured to receive an electrically applied coating. An electrically applied coating may be formed on the electrically conductive surface. The transaction card may be manufactured by forming a first card component having an electrically conductive surface configured to receive an electrically applied coating. The method may also include applying an electrically applied coating to the electrically conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Om J Suthar
  • Patent number: 10776681
    Abstract: A transaction card has a 3D printing graphic surface and a card base. The card base comprises in order from top to bottom: a front protective film layer, a front substrate layer, an intermediate INLAY layer, a back substrate layer, a back printing graphic layer, and a back protective film layer. The upper surface of the front protective film layer is adhered with a 3D printing graphic layer with a height of 0.05-0.46 mm. The transaction card is uniquely designed with a 3D printing graphic effect incorporated in the card surfaces, therefore the overall quality of the card is improved, allowing the transaction card to be widely used in financial, transport, social security, medical care, schools, security service and other fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Junjie Gao, Chen Fang, Teng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10674935
    Abstract: A method of obtaining information about the position and/or orientation of a magnetic component relatively to a magnetometric detector, the magnetic component and the magnetometric detector being moveable independently from each other relatively to a static secondary magnetic field, the method comprising the steps of: measuring in the presence of the combination of both the magnetic field of the magnetic component and the static secondary magnetic field essentially simultaneously the strength and/or orientation of a magnetic field at at least a first position and a second position spatially associated with the magnetometric detector, the second position being distanced from the first position; and combining the results of the measurements to computationally eliminate the effect of the secondary magnetic field and derive the information about the position and/or orientation of the magnetic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: EZONO AG
    Inventors: Rolf Henkel, Eliseo Ventura Sobrino Patino, Robert Von Offenberg Sweeney, Allan Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10678865
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for predicting a location based on transaction record data. An example technique includes obtaining a first set of transaction records and determining a merchant associated with each transaction record. The example further includes based on the merchant, determining and appending a branch identifier to each transaction record associated with the merchant to generate a first set of extended transaction records. The example further includes creating a consumption graph based on the first set of extended transaction records and determining an estimated location based on the consumption graph. The example further includes determining a precise point location based on the estimated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Yehezkel S. Resheff, Shimon Shahar, Ido Meir Mintz, Yair Horesh
  • Patent number: 10579916
    Abstract: In accordance with aspects of the present invention, a magnetic secured transmission system is presented. A magnetic secure transmission (MST) system can include a full-bridge driver that includes four transistors configured to regulate current through a coil; and a driving controller coupled to drive the full-bridge driver at a high frequency. In some embodiments, the transistors in the full bridge regulator are driven with a high frequency pulsed-wave modulated (PWM) signal to control the current through the coil. A method of magnetic secured transmission (MST) of MST data according to some embodiments includes receiving the MST data; generating coil data in response to the MST data; driving transistors in a full bridge at a high frequency to drive current through a coil according to the coil data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Liu, Tao Qi, Lijie Zhao
  • Patent number: 10500889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of the protection of value documents and value commercial goods. In particular, the invention relates to printing devices and processes for producing optical effect layers (OEL) comprising magnetically oriented magnetic or magnetizable pigment particles. In particular, the present invention provides processes for producing said OELs as anti-counterfeit means on security documents or security articles or for decorative purposes. The printing devices comprise a) an orienting device comprising an orientation means, said orientation means being either a magnetic field generating belt or a non-magnetic belt comprising magnetic field generating elements, said belt being driven by at least two rollers, and b) a hardening unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Xiang Li, Mathieu Schmid, Claude-Alain Despland, Pierre Degott
  • Patent number: 10350933
    Abstract: Magnetic ink and toner compositions traditionally comprise magnetic materials in fine particulate form, either as a dry composition or a liquid suspension. Often such materials are black or dark in color. Disclosed herein are particles compositions suitable for use as inks or toners, that exhibit desirable magnetic properties, and furthermore which include particles coated so they appear white substantially white, or colored. Such compositions present new opportunities for the production of corresponding magnetic layers, when the compositions are deposited in an appropriate manner to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of Canada
    Inventors: Andrea V. Firth, Theodoros Garanzotis
  • Patent number: 10215562
    Abstract: A method for producing an item data set representing the three-dimensional configuration of an item includes accepting a first input data set, the first input data set including first data representing at least a first three-dimensional configuration of a first three-dimensional object; accepting a second input data set, the second input data set including second data representing at least a second three-dimensional configuration of a second three-dimensional object; adapting one or both of the first data input set and the second data input set to be combined to obtain an item data set representing a three-dimensional configuration of the item; and combining the first input data set and the second input data set to obtain the item data set. Other methods for producing item data sets and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Invention Science Find I, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Edward K. Y. Jung, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10134028
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems involving a gift card comprising a principal value and auxiliary value. The principal value may represent a monetary or pre-sale value, while the auxiliary value may represent a virtual good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventor: John Coyne
  • Patent number: 10127484
    Abstract: A system using a mobile Internet device with ability to scan a barcode in which a uniform resource locator (URL) is placed, and plays a transmitted audio signal activated by the URL in a Cloud database where both audio and word contents are stored. From general information for direction, instruction and information on the bottle of medicine, nutrition facts and ingredient tables on the packages of food, monthly bills, invoices, menu, magazines, to advertisement—all are either possessed of limited language translation options or use small font to explain something in a limited space. The system provides translation options and an audible signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Y. Fang, Jindong Liu
  • Patent number: 10068166
    Abstract: A bio-electronic tag-based feature extraction and verification method, a device therefor and a tag. The fingerprint electronic tag includes: a resilient film substrate; an antenna formed by a conductive layer attached to the film substrate, the antenna comprising a fingerprint region which forms a microstrip antenna with a printed fingerprint pattern when the fingerprint electronic tag is attached to a finger; and a protective film covering the antenna and bonded to the film substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Xiangling Yang
  • Patent number: 10043122
    Abstract: A transaction card may power on the transaction card using electric current induced from an interaction of the transaction card with an electromagnetic field. The transaction card may establish a communication with a device. The communication may indicate that the transaction card has powered. The transaction card may receive, from the device, a set of instructions to configure a set of applets on the transaction card after notifying the device that the transaction card has powered on. The set of applets to be configured may be related to completing one or more different transactions. The set of applets to be configured may be different than another set of applets already configured on the transaction card. The transaction card may configure the set of applets on the transaction card according to the set of instructions after receiving the set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, James Zarakas, Molly Johnson, Tyler Locke
  • Patent number: 9727855
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9707749
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lithographic printing plate precursor including, in the following order: a support; an image-recording layer containing a radical polymerizable compound and a radical polymerization initiator; and a protective layer containing a star polymer, and the star polymer is preferably a polymer in which from 3 to 10 polymer chains are branched from a central skeleton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hidekazu Oohashi
  • Patent number: 9697333
    Abstract: A system and method using a mobile Internet device with ability to scan a barcode in which a uniform resource locator (URL) is placed, and plays a transmitted audio signal activated by the URL in a Cloud database where both audio and word contents are stored. From general information for direction, instruction and information on the bottle of medicine, nutrition facts and ingredient tables on the packages of food, monthly bills, invoices, menu, magazines, to advertisement—all are either possessed of limited language translation options or use small font to explain something in a limited space. The system and method provide translation options and an audible signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Y. Fang, Jindong Liu
  • Patent number: 9532729
    Abstract: A magnetic device includes a substrate and an array including a plurality of magnetic particles, in which a magnetic dipole moment direction of each magnetic particle in a majority of the magnetic particles in the array alternates with respect to a magnetic dipole direction of a directly adjacent magnetic particle or directly adjacent magnetic particles in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph Weissleder, Hakho Lee, David Issadore
  • Patent number: 9449201
    Abstract: The invention provides an authentication unit for reading identification and/or authentication information from a tag or object. The authentication unit includes a near-field reader configured to read a first identification feature based on inherent disorder, and a far-field reader configured to read a second identification feature, such as a bar code, optical characters, or an RFID tag. The near-field and far-field readers may be combined in a single integrated scanning module, which also includes circuitry for receiving signals from the readers, and an interface for communicating with a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Malcolm Moran, Narayan Nambudiri, Ma Bo, Chi Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 9390602
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1400) for verifying a detachment of a security tag (108) from an article. The methods comprise: producing by a detaching unit (106) a first signal at a first frequency and a second signal at a second frequency when the security tag is in proximity thereto; generating, by a non-linear electrical circuit (504) of the security tag, a third signal from the first and second signals applied thereto; ceasing generation of the third signal by the non-linear electrical circuit when at least a first portion (306) of the security tag is moved a certain distance from the detaching unit; and determining by the detaching unit that the first portion of the security tag has been decoupled from a second portion (318) of the security tag when the third signal is no longer being generated by the non-linear electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert A. Patterson, Stewart E. Hall, Steve Maitin
  • Patent number: 9277395
    Abstract: A service plan is delivered to a mobile phone user without direct user communication with a mobile network operator or providing of personal details. A method comprises packaging a service plan, and at least one of a phone number and data plan, from a mobile network operator; associating the plan and phone number or data plan with a non-provisioned Universal Integrated Circuit Card; cueing service plan loading and activation of the UICC post purchase of the UICC by a user in communication with a provisioner by at least one of 1) product code scanning of the UICC and messages generated thereby; 2) automatic messaging generated by an activation application on the UICC; 3) user directed short messaging; 4) interactive voice responses between user and a provisioner system; 5) network detection software; 6) user interaction with a website; and 7) user entry of a zip code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Otono Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Lawrence Aboulhosn, Troy Bayne Kleweno
  • Patent number: 9262761
    Abstract: A portable device is provided that carries account data. The account data may include a security code having a value that is time-varying. The value of the security code may be programmatically varied based on at least one of an algorithm or event. Authorization and use of the account may be sought from an authorization agent using the account data provided on the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: James A. Roskind
  • Patent number: 9195982
    Abstract: An information technology system taking the form of a management console, central server, point of sale system, software running on a point of sale system and software running on a customer's mobile phone. The software on the customer's mobile phone lets a customer interact with the point of sale system, allowing the customer to view a pending economic transaction, optionally add or remove items to the transaction, and pay for the transaction using payment information stored on the mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Rick N. Orr, David Lemley, Cameron J. Hotchkies, Jean-Louis Dehoux
  • Patent number: 9064137
    Abstract: A system is provided comprising first and second parts that are brought together for each occasion the system is used. The first part comprises a label having a plurality of discrete magnetic portions arranged in a predetermined pattern unique to the first part, and the second part comprises a magnetic reader for identifying the magnetic pattern on the first part and generating a signal indicative of the pattern. The second part also includes a programmable controller configured to receive signals from the reader to confirm the identity of the first part and permit further operation of the system upon a positive identification of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwang Suk Kim, Terry Chung
  • Publication number: 20150144696
    Abstract: A magnetic tag device for generating a magnetic tag includes one or more magnetic field sources. The one or more magnetic field sources are configured to generate magnetic fields that superimpose so as to form an overall magnetic field exhibiting a predefined magnetic identification pattern representing the magnetic tag. The magnetic tag is readable by a computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Mehran Roshandel, Hamed Ketabdar
  • Patent number: 9043231
    Abstract: An assembly includes a transaction product and an auxiliary vehicle. The transaction product includes a folded sheet configured to be repeatedly folded and unfolded between a collapsed position and an extended position. The folded sheet defines a substantially planar surface defining a printed track. The transaction product comprises an account identifier statically connected thereto. The account identifier links the transaction product to at least one of an account and a record and is machine readable by a point-of-sale terminal. The auxiliary vehicle includes a microcontroller, one or more sensors, a motor, and at least one movable component. The microcontroller actuates the motor to induce movement of the at least one movable component propelling the auxiliary vehicle along and following the printed track based on detection of a location of the printed track as determined by the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Gadola, Brian Robert Bennett, Kelly M. Gray, Brian R. Holt, Megan B. Engeseth, Timothy P. Clegg
  • Patent number: 9038893
    Abstract: An approach for associating a card (e.g., a transaction card, an identification card, etc.) that corresponds to a primary account with one or more ancillary accounts (e.g., a library account, etc.) includes obtaining information from the card and associating that information with an ancillary account. The card may then be used to access the ancillary account. The card may be a transaction card and the primary account may be a financial account. The ancillary account may be a library account. When the card is a transaction card, fees associated with the ancillary account may be charged to the financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Card Limited Corp.
    Inventor: Lori D. Kirkham
  • Patent number: 9038914
    Abstract: Reference equipment including a reference card and a reference reader is provided for testing electronic payment devices such as cards and card readers. The reference equipment includes reference cards and reference readers that respectively can be used to verify compliance of product cards and product readers with product specifications The product specifications may, for example, be the ISO 14443 Standard specifications which are commonly accepted in the electronic payment industry The reference equipment is designed to enhance interoperability of product payment devices whose functional behaviors may vary because of vendor customization of device specifications or due to manufacturing tolerances In some embodiments, the reference equipment includes a reference card for testing card readers The exemplary reference card can comprise a current mirror to permit an electronically adjustable variable load using an external controller The reference card electronic circuit can exhibit variable load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MasterCard International Corporation
    Inventors: Patrik Smets, Eddy Lodewijk Hortensia Van De Velde, Duncan Garrett, David Anthony Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150129655
    Abstract: The present invention relates to particulate based compositions for deposition on substrates, a system and method for the deposition of the said compositions for preparation of a clone-proof monetary and/or security documents. The said composition is applied as an identifier at predetermined location on the substrate. The magneto-optical signal from the said applied composition is captured by the reading system. Further it is encrypted same as an invisible or visible two dimensional (2D) barcode/imageon the substrate as an associated identifier so as to create a dedicated, non repeatable and unique functional digitised relation between two said identifiers and/or any other identifier(s) linked to a specific object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: BILCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Praful Ramachandra Naik, Yeshawant Pande Subodh, Tan Cheng Lock Winston, Gopikishan Bharadia Rahul, Peter Malcolm Moran, Nambudiri Narayan
  • Publication number: 20150122894
    Abstract: A marking object having at least one object blank (3) and held by an object carrier (2), the object blank (3) being markable by a marking apparatus (7). To configure the marking objects such that the known drawbacks are eliminated, the object carrier (2) has at least one identification means (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) that contains at least one piece of information relating to the marking object (1) and/or the identification means (4a, 4b, 4c, 4d) can be used to store at least one piece of information relating to the marking object (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Georg Grunenberg, Thorsten Diessel
  • Patent number: 9022297
    Abstract: A trigger signal generating device outputs a trigger signal activating an IC tag. The trigger signal generating device includes first and second trigger coils placed at a predetermined separation distance and each having predetermined magnetic field intensity distribution. Each of the first and second trigger coils includes attenuating means for attenuating intensity of a magnetic field generated by the first and second trigger coils to a predetermined level that allows the ID tag to detect trigger IDs of the first and second trigger coils on a side on which the first and second trigger coils are provided, and that does not allow the ID tag to detect the trigger ID of the first trigger coil on an opposite side to the side on which the first and second trigger coils are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Matrix Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kawahara
  • Patent number: 9016566
    Abstract: An apparatus for effecting commercial transactions with a server using a transaction card via a communication device is provided. The apparatus includes a transaction device coupled with the communication device for capturing information from the transaction card and a controller for converting the captured card information into an encrypted audio signal and for transmitting the audio signal to the communication device. The communication device delivers the audio signal to the server for processing the commercial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: 4361423 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Tai Kwan Jimmy Tang, Chi Wah Lo, Kenneth G. Mages
  • Patent number: 9016584
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus that includes a magnetic field generator that is normally inactive and includes a magnetic stripe either mounted on the substrate or disposed within a substrate, one or more induction coils disposed within the substrate underneath a length of the magnetic stripe and a control circuit disposed within the substrate that is connected to the one or more induction coils. The control circuit generates a time-varying magnetic signal by pulsing the one or more induction coils underneath the magnetic stripe when activated by a processor. The time-varying magnetic signal is transmitted to a magnetic stripe reader and emulates a data stream generated by swiping a static magnetic stripe card through the magnetic stripe reader but is not created by swiping the magnetic stripe of the apparatus through the magnetic stripe reader or using an adapter to interface with the magnetic stripe reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Innovation Connection Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph O. Doughty, Patrick R. Antaki
  • Patent number: 9010647
    Abstract: A powered card may include a plurality of types of sensors used to detect a read-head of a card reader. Detection of a read-head may include comparing characteristics of a detection event to characteristics of an expected detection event and/or a sequence of expected detection events. An inductive read-head sensor may include a coil of a dynamic magnetic stripe communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Workley, Geoffrey D. Shippee, Kevin David Bruner
  • Patent number: 9010633
    Abstract: A system and method for execution of financial and data transactions includes a point-of-sale device configured to execute a transaction in which at least one good or service is sold to an individual having a card with a storage medium encoding a card number. The transaction is completed after said point-of-sale device receives a data transmission authorizing said transaction. The point-of-sale device is configured to communicate via the Internet with a first computing system. The first computing system stores a set of instructions that cause the first computing system to evaluate the transaction to determine whether the transaction is to be authorized, and to send a transmission authorizing the transaction via the open network to said point-of-sale device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. Hogg, Patrick Graf
  • Publication number: 20150102108
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic multilayer system (1) which is arranged on a substrate (6) which is made of a material from the group consisting of a plastic from the group of polymers, metal, metal alloy and paper and/or which is at least one element from the group consisting of a document and packaging. The invention further relates to packaging which comprises such a magnetic multilayer system (1). According to the invention, the multilayer system (1) is used for proving the authenticity of an object. Likewise according to the invention are a method for marking an object with a magnetic multilayer system for proving the authenticity of an object and a method for reading a magnetic multilayer system for proving the authenticity of an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Arno Ehresmann, Dieter Engel
  • Patent number: 9004368
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) or other device (e.g., mobile telephone) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to communicate data to a magnetic stripe read-head. Such a magnetic emulator may comprise non-magnetostrictive material such that the magnetic emulator may be fabricated in a wide variety of fabrication processes. Additionally, magnets may be added to amplify the signal of a magnetic emulator. In doing so, a magnetic emulator may provide a large amount of signal while consuming a reduced amount of electrical energy when compared to a magnetic emulator that does not include the presence of one or more magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 8998099
    Abstract: Antennas suitable for use in RFID devices include an insulating substrate and a first conductive micropattern disposed on or in the substrate, the first conductive micropattern defining a contiguous mesh conductor. The first conductive micropattern forms an antenna responsive to at least a frequency of 915 MHz, and includes interconnected traces having a trace width in a range from 0.5 to 20 microns. Furthermore, the first conductive micropattern is characterized by an open area fraction of at least 80% or 90%. RFID devices include such an antenna and an integrated circuit configured to transmit and receive signals using the antenna. Cards, such as financial transaction cards or identification cards, include such an antenna carried by a card layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Lijun Zu, William C. Egbert, Swagata R. Banerjee, Robert A. Sainati
  • Patent number: 8998096
    Abstract: A thin-client access card has a card body with partial or fully emissive magnetic data tracks. An emissive element is disposed in the card body under the location of the legacy magnetic data tracks. An electronic signal conditioner converts audio signals from a mobile device into magnetic data applied to the emissive element. A swipe sensor detects when the thin-client access card is being swiped by a legacy card reader, and triggers an output of magnetic data from the emissive element while proximal to the POS reader head. A cable attaches the thin-client access card as a peripheral to the mobile device with an audio output jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Coin, Inc.
    Inventor: Kerry D. Brown
  • Patent number: 8978990
    Abstract: A negotiable instrument such as a check includes a unique microprint identifier that allows for authentication while preventing unauthorized reproduction and alternation. A printing system generates the identifier after receiving a customer order for printing a plurality of negotiable instruments, to allow inclusion of information that is specific to the customer order and/or the printing process. In various embodiments, the identifier is unique to each or each subset of the plurality of negotiable instruments and facilitates authentication of each of the negotiable instruments when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Deluxe Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Davies, Robert A. Owen
  • Patent number: 8973824
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to act as a magnetic stripe read-head detector and a data transmitter. A multiple layer flexible PCB may be fabricated to include multiple magnetic emulators. An emulator may include a coil that includes magnetic, ferromagnetic, or ferromagnetic, material in the coil's interior. Coils may be associated with zones. As a read-head is detected to move from zone-to-zone, coils may be activated to transmit information in those zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 8967465
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a card reader for receiving payment card information at a mobile point-of-sale terminal. In some implementations, a reader of the subject technology can include a memory, a conditioning module and a 3.5 mm audio plug including an audio bus that is configured for insertion into a headphone port of a host device, such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Implementations of the subject technology also include a microprocessor configured to perform operations for tuning communication parameters. That is, upon connection of the reader device to the host computing device, the devices can engage in an exchange of carrier waves which the devices exchange can used to not only determine and negotiate operational parameters for the devices that support a highest possible connection speed with acceptable connection quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Wade, Dan Post
  • Patent number: 8967476
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for provisioning the use of multiple readers and/or wireless communication protocols within a defined area are provided. More specifically, a coordinator or the like can be used to manage the activation and deactivation of the multiple readers and/or communication protocols within a single reader such that interference between disparate technologies is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ASSA Abloy AB
    Inventors: David E. Andresky, Nathan Cummings, Philip Earl Clark, Jr., Gregory Kenneth Fossen, Michael William Malone, Thad Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8967461
    Abstract: There is provided a tube connector for connecting between a fluid sampling tube and a fluid analyzer, the tube connector includes an end face adapted to identify the tube connector, said end face comprising a reflecting surface having one or more reflective regions adapted to reflect light at a predetermined range of wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Oridion Medical (1987) Ltd.
    Inventors: Joshua Lewis Colman, Zion Botesazan, Gal Itzhak
  • Publication number: 20150058134
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are disclosed for generating marketing targeted to individual cardholders of shared credit card accounts. A financial service provider may configure a credit card account to be shared by two or more cardholders. The credit card provided to each particular cardholder is embossed with identifying information unique to that individual. The financial service provider reviews purchase transactions associated with the credit card account, and determines the transactions associated with each particular cardholder on the shared account based on the embossed information. Targeted marketing is generated and provided to the particular cardholder based on the purchase transaction information specific to that cardholder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Amanda Y. Hwang, William Joseph Carina
  • Patent number: 8955759
    Abstract: Secure inlays for secure documents such as a passport comprising an inlay substrate may have laser ablated recesses within which a chip module is installed. Channels for an antenna wire may be formed in a surface of the substrate. Instead of using wire, the channels may be filled with a flowable, conductive material. Patches homogenous with the substrate layer may be used to protect and seal the chip and interconnection area. The inlay substrate may include two layers, and the antenna wire may be between the two layers. A moisture-curing polyurethane hot melt adhesive may be used to laminate a cover layer and the additional inlay substrate layers. The adhesive layer may include metal nanoscale powder and ink for electro-magnetic shielding. Additional security elements may include material that is optically changeable by an electro-magnetic field. Ferrite-containing layers may be incorporated in the inlay substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Féinics AmaTech Tearanta
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 8950670
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for converting barcode media to magnetic media. In one aspect, a method for converting a barcode media into a magnetic stripe media is provided. The method includes reading data encoded on a barcode media. The data includes information indicative of a transit purchase and an identifier of the barcode media. The barcode media is authenticated by checking the identifier against a list of issued barcodes and determining that the barcode media is unused by checking the identifier against a list of used barcode media. The method includes converting the data from the barcode media into magnetic data storable on a magnetic media and writing the magnetic data onto the magnetic media. The method includes distributing the magnetic media containing the magnetic data and communicating information related to a conversion transaction. The information includes an indication of the distribution of the magnetic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Gavin R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150019312
    Abstract: Magnetic stripe cards configured to be coupled to a ferromagnetic material are described. In one embodiment, a magnetic stripe card may include a substrate, a magnetic stripe coupled to the substrate, and at least one magnet coupled to the substrate. The magnet may have a magnetic pull force equal to or greater than that necessary to support a total weight of the substrate, the magnetic stripe, and the magnet when coupled to the ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald C. NGUYEN