Using A Signature Patents (Class 382/119)
  • Patent number: 8213723
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for determining near-duplicate images. The method and system includes performing a Fourier-Mellin transform on each of a plurality of images. For each image of the plurality of images, the method and system includes generating a signature based on the Fourier-Mellin transform. The method and system includes comparing the signature of at least one of the images to at least one of the signatures of the other plurality of images and determining any near duplicate images based on the comparing of the signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Neela Sawant, Srinivasan H. Sengamedu
  • Patent number: 8208691
    Abstract: A compact authentication device that prevents user from feeling pressure and is strong against external light, when capturing an image of a finger blood vessel pattern with transmitted light. The device includes a guidance part for determining the finger position, a light source disposed on at least one side of the guidance part to emit light to be transmitted though the finger, an image capture part for capturing the transmitted light, a shading unit for limiting an irradiation region of the light, a finger thickness measuring unit, a unit for controlling a light amount of the light source based on a result of the measurement, a unit for recording registered image patterns of the finger, a unit for collating a captured image pattern from the image capture part with the registered patterns, and a unit for controlling different processing according to the collation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Nagasaka, Takafumi Miyatake, Naoto Miura, Yuichi Kashimura
  • Patent number: 8207946
    Abstract: A light sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adiel Abileah, Willem den Boer
  • Patent number: 8189746
    Abstract: Tags, such as XML tags, are inserted into email to separate email content from signature blocks, privacy notices and confidentiality notices, and to separate original email messages from replies and replies from further replies. The tags are detected by a system that renders email as speech, such as voice command platform or network-based virtual assistant or message center. For example, the system can detect the signature block or privacy notice tags and not render the signature block or privacy notice as speech. The system can render an original email message in one voice mode and the reply in a different voice mode. The tags can be inserted to identify a voice memo in which a user responds to a particular portion of an email message. Preferably, an email server that receives and stored the email message inserts the tags into the email. Alternatively, the tags could be inserted by an email client application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Balaji S. Thenthiruperai, Elizabeth Roche, Brian Landers, Jesse Kates
  • Patent number: 8190901
    Abstract: A media object authentication system uses layers of security features based on digital watermarks embedded in media objects. The system generates a first digital watermark with a message payload carrying data about the object, such as a hash of text data printed on the object. The first digital watermark is combined with a content signature derived from features of the media object, such as frequency domain attributes, edge attributes, or other filtered version of the media signal (e.g., image photo on a secure document) on the media object. This combination forms a new digital watermark signal that is embedded in the host media object. Biometric information may also be embedded in a machine readable code in the object or indexed via the machine readable code. This biometric information is used to generate biometric templates, and facilitate or enhance biometric comparison for one to one or one to many verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: John Kennedy Barr, Brett A. Bradley, Brett T. Hannigan, Adnan M. Alattar, Robert Durst
  • Patent number: 8155393
    Abstract: Biographic data associated with a user is received. Biometric data associated with the user is also received. External data associated with the biographic data and the biometric data is received and a determination is made as to a level of access to grant the user based on the external data. One or more settings associated with a smartcard are configured based on the level of access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Mellen, Paul Kolebuck, Gayle Nix
  • Patent number: 8146139
    Abstract: The invention relates to the authentication of users for a multi-function peripheral (MFP) device using handwritten signatures. Systems and methods are disclosed which relate to a MFP that conditions access to MFP operations based on an authenticating process that compares a prospective user's signature to previously saved signatures. The signatures are communicated to the MFP using the MFP's native scanning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Gaines, Constantinos Kardamilas, Steve Livengood
  • Patent number: 8131080
    Abstract: A handwriting apparatus includes unit acquiring first-handwriting data, unit storing one-stroke-handwriting data and a first command as an instruction, the instruction corresponding to the one-stroke-handwriting data and being executed with a device, unit, when the first-handwriting data corresponds to one stroke, searching the storage unit for the first command corresponding to the one-stroke-handwriting data corresponding to the one stroke, unit planning to execute the first command when the corresponding first command is searched out from the storage unit, unit storing one-stroke-handwriting data and a second command as an instruction which corresponds to the one-stroke-handwriting data, the second command being different from the first command, unit regarding the first-handwriting data as one-stroke-handwriting data at time intervals and search the storage unit for the second command corresponding to the one-stroke-handwriting data, and unit, when the corresponding second command is searched out from the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yojiro Tonouchi
  • Patent number: 8122259
    Abstract: A system and algorithms to authenticate a person where a system only has some standard personal text data about the person, and cannot have a real biometric template obtained using an enrollment procedure. The authentication allows access to restricted resources by the person. This method is especially useful when it is used as an auxiliary authentication service with other methods such as password or Callback that dramatically lower the chances for an imposter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bricom Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Yaron Menczel, Yair Shachar, Yossi Brikman
  • Patent number: 8108318
    Abstract: A client device comprises a first secure element and a second secure element. The first secure element comprises a first computer-readable medium having a payment application comprising instructions for causing the client device to initiate a financial transaction. The second secure element comprises a second computer-readable medium having a security key, a payment instrument, stored authentication data and instructions for generating a secure payment information message responsive to the payment application. The secure payment information message comprises the payment instrument and is encrypted in accordance with the security key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Upendra Mardikar
  • Patent number: 8090203
    Abstract: A system for determining the orientation of digital ink is provided having a sensing pen and a processor. The system measures the orientation of the pen during writing by the pen on a surface printed with tags. Each tag encodes data on an identity of the surface associated with a digital description of the surface and on the respective location of that tag on the surface. The digital ink is generated by associating the digital description with the data encoded by the tags sensed by the pen during said writing. The orientation of the digital ink is determined using the measured orientation of the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jonathon Leigh Napper, Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 8090161
    Abstract: The signature verification methods and devices disclosed herein can be used to verify signatures signed on electronic key pads and other input devices, such as signature pens. Many different aspects of a dynamic signature can be measured in an attempt to verify the signature, including, but not limited to spatial measurements, measurements over time, and frequency. These measurements can be of points on a signature, but they can also be pressure, velocity, and acceleration, to name just a few. These different aspects can then be analyzed using, for example, time series, and spectral similarities. Further, the spectral similarities can be analyzed using wavelet-transforms. In another embodiment, these analysis systems and methods can be applied to written signatures as well as dynamic written signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Christiane Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8065527
    Abstract: A system and method for embedding a written signature into a secure electronic document is disclosed. The method includes forming a placeholder electronic document containing content to be attested to by a signature. A signing individual can be selected from a signer list. A signature tag can be placed into the placeholder electronic document at a selected signature location. The signature tag is associated with the signing individual and defines the signature location for the signing individual to sign. The placeholder electronic document can be secured to form a secure electronic document having content configured to be uneditable. A signature can be captured with a signature capture device configured to enable the signing individual to write the signature to be embedded into the secure electronic document at the location indicated by the signature tag to mimic a real world experience of signing paper documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Signatureware Corporation
    Inventors: Suresh Veluchamy, Gene Squitieri
  • Patent number: 8059858
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to identification documents and related methods and apparatus. One claim recites a method to determine whether to authenticate an identification document through digital watermarking or through an alternative process. The method includes: receiving data carried by the identification document corresponding to a detection trigger; if the received data indicates an expected presence of digital watermarks, attempting to authenticate the identification document by analyzing digital watermarking carried by the identification document; and if the received data indicates an expected absence of digital watermarks, attempting to authenticate the identification document through an alternative process. Other claims and combinations are provided too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Trent J. Brundage, Mahmood Sher-Jan, Brett T. Hannigan, Robert T. Durst, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8047914
    Abstract: A method and system for verifying the continued presence of the same player at a gaming machine is provided. The system comprises a device for continuously obtaining verification data samples, wherein each verification data sample relates to one or more physical features of a first player. A subsequently obtained verification data sample is analyzed to determine whether it is substantially similar to a previously obtained verification data sample. If the subsequent verification data sample is substantially similar to the previously obtained verification data sample, then the system determines that the first player continues to be the same player present at the gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Morrow
  • Patent number: 8036433
    Abstract: A system and method for authenticating user-input signatures or other data. A user draws a pattern on an input pad, using for example a pen, stylus, or finger. A grid, including a set of edges, is displayed on the input pad to help the user in drawing in the correct position on the pad. An input processor detects the edges crossed by the user in drawing the pattern. The sequence of edge crossings are converted into a symbolic sequence that can be output, authenticated, compared with previously stored symbolic sequences, or otherwise processed. Additional information, such as edge crossing timing, pen path, and the like, are optionally made available for further authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20110243399
    Abstract: A paper-sheet processing apparatus including a reading unit, a risk-level determining unit, and a check processing unit is provided. The reading unit reads, from a check, check information containing a signature image of a signature written on the check. The risk-level determining unit determines a risk level of the check based on a matching result between the signature image read by the reading unit and a reference signature image registered as an object to be matched with the signature image. The check processing unit processes the check based on a processing content corresponding to the risk level determined by the risk-level determining unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Kenichi MATSUO, Seiji Kiyose
  • Publication number: 20110228991
    Abstract: A system is provided for generating an online biometrically accurate electronic signature. The system includes a computer interface module which records movement of a cursor on a computer screen and outputs the recorded data. A signature generation module which receives the recorded data and generates a graphical image based upon the recorded data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: SignatureLink, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Hicks, Dave Liscum
  • Patent number: 8010796
    Abstract: A method for digitally signing an electronic document is disclosed. The method includes generating an electronic document to be signed and notifying an authorized signer to sign the electronic document. The method includes validating if the user is the authorized signer for the electronic document by comparing the received identification and the password with a digital certificate of the authorized signer stored in a database. Additionally, the method includes obtaining an image including a digital signature of the authorized signer from a database and resizing the image and inserting the resized image into the signature area of the electronic document if the user is the authorized signer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-I Lee, Hai-Hong Lin, Guo-Ling Ou-Yang, Yao-Huei Sie, Gang Xiong
  • Patent number: 8009915
    Abstract: In embodiments consistent with the subject matter of this disclosure, a user may input strokes as digital ink to a processing device. The processing device may partition the input strokes into multiple regions of strokes. A first recognizer and a second recognizer may score grammar objects included in regions and represented by chart entries. The scores may be converted to a converted score, which may have at least a near standard normal distribution. The processing device may present a recognition result based on highest converted scores according to a recurrence formula. The processing device may receive a correction hint with respect to misrecognized strokes and may add a penalty score with respect to chart entries representing grammar objects breaking the correction hint. Incremental recognition may be performed when a pause is detected during inputting of strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Goran Predovic, Ahmad Abdulkader, Bodin Dresevic, Paul A. Viola, Milan Vukosavljevic
  • Patent number: 8005273
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for analyzing and assessing documents using a writing profile for documents, such as a payment instrument. A method may include providing a document to a computer system. In an embodiment, the method may further include comparing writing in one or more non-signature information fields of the document to at least one forger writing profile representation. In some embodiments, at least one forger writing profile representation may be obtained from at least one non-signature information field of at least one document that includes forged information. In an embodiment, the document may be identified as a document including forged information from an approximate match of at least one forger writing profile representation with writing in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Computer Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Gilles Houle, Ronny Bakker, Johan Willem Piere Berkhuysen, Malayappan Shridhar, James G. Mason, Katerina Blinova, Babur Nugmanov
  • Patent number: 7980378
    Abstract: A coin processing and redemption system includes a coin processing machine configured to receive a batch of coins in an input region and process the batch of coins to determine a value thereof. A dispensing device is provided and is configured to output a redemption ticket bearing a code. The coin processing machine is configured to associate the redemption ticket code with a coin processing transaction prior to the determination of a value of a batch of coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Jones, Douglas U. Mennie, John R. Blake, Curtis W. Hallowell
  • Publication number: 20110158485
    Abstract: A digital signature system includes an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) server and a portable terminal communicating with the EDI server. The portable terminal includes a touch-sensitive display, and a processing unit includes a receiving module configured for receiving a file from the EDI server, a signature mode control module configured for providing a signature file mode for users to select, a signature file creating module configured for recording signature input through the touch-sensitive display and creating a signature file to record the input signature if the signature file mode is selected, and a file combining module configured for combining the signature file and the file from the EDI server into a composite signature file. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: KUAN-HONG HSIEH, LU PAN
  • Patent number: 7970048
    Abstract: Space-time code, and methods for constructing space-time codes are provided. The space-time coder performs a respective linear transformation on each of P sets of K modulated symbols of a modulated symbol stream to produce P sets of T linearly transformed symbols, applies a respective phase rotation to each set of T linearly transformed symbols to produce a respective set of T phase rotated symbols, and performs a threading operation on the sets of T phase rotated symbols to produce P threaded sequences that define M output sequences. During each of T symbol periods, a respective one of the P threaded sequences includes a symbol from one of the P sets of phase rotated symbols. At least one symbol from each set of phase rotated symbols appears in each output sequence, where M>=2, 2<=P<=M, and T>=M and M>=K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignees: University of Alberta, The Ohio State University
    Inventors: Mohamed O. Damen, Norman C. Beaulieu, Hesham El Gamal
  • Patent number: 7966497
    Abstract: A hand-held token can be operated to generate an acoustic or other wireless signal representing a digital signature produced from the private key of a public key/private key pair, with the public key being confidential in that it is known only to authorized entities, such as bank computers. The signal from the token can be received by, e.g., a receiver at a bank ATM that also requires a PIN for account access. The user enters the PIN into the ATM, and the ATM encrypts the signal from the token with the PIN and sends it on to the bank computer over a link that need not be secure, since even if the PIN is guessed there is no way to verify that it is the correct PIN without also knowing the confidential public key held by the bank computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Alexander Gantman, Gregory G. Rose
  • Patent number: 7956890
    Abstract: A surveillance system is provided that includes at least one sensor disposed in a security area of a surveillance region to sense an occurrence of a potential security breach event; a plurality of cameras is disposed in the surveillance region; at least one camera of the plurality has a view of the security area and can be configured to automatically gather biometric information concerning at least one subject person in the vicinity of the security area in response to the sensing of a potential security breach event; one or more other of the plurality of cameras can be configured to search for the at least one subject person; a processing system is programmed to produce a subject dossier corresponding to the at least one subject person to match biometric information of one or more persons captured by one or more of the other cameras with corresponding biometric information in the subject dossier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Proximex Corporation
    Inventors: Ken P. Cheng, Edward Y. Chang, Yuan-Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 7949042
    Abstract: An encoded code stream is searched for a frame generally coincident with a specific frame without having to decoding the frame to its original image. The present invention provides an image search device that searches an object encoded code stream formed by compression coding of a plurality of frames for a frame generally coincident with a specific one, which includes a decoder for making entropy decoding of the object encoded code stream to generate quantization coefficients of each frame, a matching unit for making matching between the quantization coefficients of the specific frame and those of each frame which are generated by the decoder and correspond in sample position to those of the specific frame, and a judging unit for judging, based on the result of matching, whether the frame is generally coincident with the specific one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Fukuhara, Hitoshi Kiya
  • Patent number: 7949868
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for controlling access to an access-protected unit. A location may be read from a base, such as form, using a digital pen. The system may then check if location is within a region belonging to an authorized user. If so, access may be granted to the authorized user to the access-protected unit or to specific programs or functions of the access-protected unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7933434
    Abstract: A vehicle capable of preventing detection of stud-type lane marks from being impossible and a vehicle having a lane mark recognizer are provided. The vehicle includes installation interval recognizing means (21) which recognizes an interval (L) between Botts Dots, vehicle speed recognizing means (22) which recognizes a traveling speed (v) of the vehicle, image synthesizing means (13) which generates synthesized image data (M3) by combining image data (M1) stored in an image memory (11) through an image input circuit (10) and image data (M2) stored in an image memory (12) through the same, imaging timing determining means (20) which determines the timing of imaging by a camera (2) on the basis of the interval (L) and the traveling speed (v) when acquiring the image data (M1, M2) in such a way that the positions of the Botts Dots in the image data (M1, M2) are different therebetween, and Botts Dots detecting means (14) which detects the Botts Dots from the synthesized image data (M3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Aoki, Sachio Kobayashi, Naoki Mori, Takuma Nakamori
  • Patent number: 7925885
    Abstract: Material code recording and reading method and devices designed for protection of products and control of their authenticity. The marking device 1 embeds a sign upon the product 4, the marked product 5 is passed to camera 2 which films the product material structure around the sign and transfers the image to the recording device 3, the latter records the database. The comparing alarm device 8 compares the icon from camera 7 with the icon from database 6 and alarms whether they are identical or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Keit Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhivko Georgiev Zhelev
  • Patent number: 7925062
    Abstract: Signature data of a handwritten signature input to a signature authentication device is analyzed to determine whether to register the signature based on the characteristics of the stroke shape of the signature. If the signature registration is denied, a response message for making the signature registerable is displayed according to the way in which the signature is written. At least one of cumulative angle changes in the locus of the signature, fluctuation in the speed at which the signature was written, fluctuation in the size of the characters included in the signature, and fluctuation in the center positions of the characters included in the signature is used as the determination criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsunekazu Arai
  • Patent number: 7916906
    Abstract: A system is provided for generating an online biometrically accurate electronic signature. The system includes a computer interface module which records movement of a cursor on a computer screen and outputs the recorded data. A signature generation module which receives the recorded data and generates a graphical image based upon the recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: SignatureLink, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Hicks, Dave Liscum
  • Patent number: 7916907
    Abstract: Biometric data are obtained through a biometric input device (120) and subsequently pixelated via a pixelator (130). The pixelator (130) creates an image of the biometric data. Via a processing unit (110), a relationship between pixels of a transformed version of the image is asserted. Thus, the biometric data is rotated to a consistent inclination based on the relationship between pixels regardless of an orientation in which the biometric data were captured in the original image. Once the image has been transformed, features of the biometric data may be extracted and either stored in a data storage unit (140) or compared with previously stored feature values for validation of the biometric data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Rodney Beatson, Mark A. Kelty
  • Patent number: 7917761
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products digitally sign an electronic entity, such as an electronic document, with a user-entered signature image. The method involves rendering the document and rendering a sign dialog. Rendering the sign dialog includes prompting the signer to write a signature to sign the document. The method also involves receiving and inking the signature from the signer, creating a digital representation incorporating an image of the signature; creating a unique value of the image of the signature and of the document, and saving the unique value in association with the document thereby digitally signing the document. The unique value saved in association with the document is verifiable for authenticity by users of the document. Additionally, the method may also involve automatically selecting a signing certificate appropriate for the signer based on selection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Cahill, John Fan, Jeffrey Johnson, Lauren Antonoff
  • Patent number: 7894839
    Abstract: A data storage device 5 having a storage capacity of at least 8 Mbyte is surrounded by a housing including a stylus portion 23, having a tip 25 for indicating a position. The stylus permits the data storage device 5 to be used for data entry to an electronic device 19 such as a PDA which traces the position of the stylus tip. The data storage device 5 can be used in place of a conventional stylus. Thus, the user of the electronic device 19 which traces the position of a stylus is able to enjoy the advantages of a data storage device without being obliged to use an additional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Trek 2000 International Ltd.
    Inventors: Teng Pin Poo, Henry Tan
  • Patent number: 7894634
    Abstract: A method for conducting a transaction over an electronic network may comprise receiving transaction data, receiving biometric data including a relational check code representative of the biometric data, a date time stamp, an identifier of the hardware that recorded the biometric data, or a combination thereof, comparing the biometric data with biometric data previously stored, or with a predetermined threshold value, or with a combination thereof, for authenticating the biometric data for approving or disapproving the transaction. If approved, the transaction data is processed for conducting the transaction. Biometric data may include a locus-based digitized signature, a biometric digital signature, a fingerprint, a palm print, hand geometry, facial geometry, an iris scan, an iris print, a retinal scan, a retinal print, an eye scan, an eye print, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Panasec Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung
  • Patent number: 7894641
    Abstract: An ink manager running at a computer system receives ink information entered at a pen-based input/display device and accumulates the ink information into ink strokes. The ink manager communicates with a handwriting recognition engine and includes an ink phrase termination engine that is configured to detect the occurrence of one or more ink phrase termination events by examining the ink information. Upon the occurrence of an ink phrase termination event, the ink manager notifies the handwriting recognition engine and organizes the preceding ink strokes into an ink phrase data structure. The ink manager may also pass the ink phrase to an application executing on the computer system that is associated with the ink information, and it, in response, may return a reference pointer and a recognition context to the ink manager. The reference pointer and recognition context are then appended to the ink phrase data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Larry S. Yaeger, Richard W. Fabrick, II, Giulia M. Pagallo
  • Patent number: 7889889
    Abstract: A method and device for registering a handwritten personal signature and for judging its authenticity by comparison with previously registered measured values and data derived therefrom. Signature data is acquired by registering a signature handwritten on a surface by a three-dimensional inertial sensing system having rate-of-rotation sensors and linear acceleration sensors. The data is subjected to a subsequent procedure of recognition or verification or comparison with other signatures. Hence not only tracking is performed with reference to the tip of a writing implement, but the dynamics of the signature are registered and evaluated by numerical calculation and adopted as the basis for the subsequent comparison, effectively ruling out the possibility of fraudulent duplication or tracing-over of a signature by an unauthorized third party. The dynamics i.e. acceleration and deceleration phenomena and rates of rotation as the signature are executed and effectively registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: SOFTPRO GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Haid
  • Patent number: 7869634
    Abstract: An authentication system is provided for authenticating a user's signature as electronically inputted into the system by a mouse or other manual input device providing an output indicative of its location when manipulated by the user. The system serves to extract angle and distance data relating different parts of the user's signature inputted into the system, and to store corresponding angle and distance data relating to a reference signature as previously inputted into the system during a training procedure. The extracted data is then compared by the system to the reference data stored by the system, and, where appropriate an output indicative of an appropriate match between the inputted signature and the reference signature is provided in dependence on the result of the comparison. Such a system provides an on-line dynamic biometric verification system that can be customised to multiple Internet based applications requiring secure authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Peter William McOwan, Ross Alec Joseph Everitt
  • Patent number: 7864162
    Abstract: A product is provided which has a plurality of coded tags and at least one authentication writing area defined by at least some of the coded tags for receiving handwritten authentication information from a sensing device operated by a user. Each coded tag encodes coordinates for a point on a tag map and an orientation feature. The orientation features enable the sensing device to determine a planar orientation of each tag relative to a yaw of the sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 7865018
    Abstract: Handwriting recognition techniques employing a personalized handwriting recognition engine. The recognition techniques use examples of an individual's previous writing style to help recognize new pen input from that individual. The techniques also employ a shape trainer to select samples of an individual's handwriting that accurately represent the individual's writing style, for use as prototypes to recognize subsequent handwriting from the individual. The techniques also alternately or additionally employ an intelligent combiner to combine the recognition results from the personalized recognition engine and the conventional recognition engine (or engines). The combiner may use a comparative neural network to combine the recognition results from multiple recognition engines. The combiner alternately may use a rule-based system based on prior knowledge of different recognition engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmad A. Abdulkader, Ioannis A. Drakopoulos, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 7852372
    Abstract: A system and method for simulating a user's participation at an event. The system and method including providing a virtual queue or line for meeting and obtaining an autograph of a celebrity, attending a live event and/or for purchasing an item. The system and method include providing video and audio content to a remote user device, such as a television or a computer, for display on the monitor. A plurality of video cameras positioned in and around a line for obtaining an autograph provide a respective plurality of video and audio feeds that are broadcast to users of the system. An interface selectively changes the feed shown on the user's device to simulate movement in the line toward the celebrity until the user is able to view the celebrity autograph an item specifically designated for the user. The item can be merchandise, such as a CD, DVD, photograph or poster, selected by the user. The system mails the autographed item to the viewer and can also provide a recording of the autograph session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Richard Sohmers
  • Publication number: 20100303309
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for analyzing and assessing documents using a writing profile for documents, such as a payment instrument. A method may include providing a document to a computer system. In an embodiment, the method may further include comparing writing in one or more non-signature information fields of the document to at least one forger writing profile representation. In some embodiments, at least one forger writing profile representation may be obtained from at least one non-signature information field of at least one document that includes forged information. In an embodiment, the document may be identified as a document including forged information from an approximate match of at least one forger writing profile representation with writing in the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Gilles Houle, Ronny Bakker, Johan Willem Piere Berkhuysen, Malayappan Shridhar, James G. Mason, Katerina Blinova, Babur Nugmanov
  • Publication number: 20100296708
    Abstract: The disclosed Biometric Card Pointer arrangements store (207) a card user's biometric signature in a local memory (124) in a verification station (127) the first time the card user uses the verification station (127) in question. The biometric signature is stored at a memory address (607) defined by the card information (605) on the user's card (601). All future uses of the particular verification station (127) by someone submitting the aforementioned card (601) requires the card user to submit both the card and a biometric signature, which is verified against the signature stored at the memory address defined by the card information (605) thereby determining if the person submitting the card is authorised to do so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher John Burke
  • Publication number: 20100254578
    Abstract: A method of associating handwriting with an individual, or authenticating a document or transaction based on handwriting of one or more individuals is provided, the method including (a) collecting by operation of a handwriting instrument, biometric data from a plurality of instances of handwriting of at least one individual, such biometric data including grip pressure and optionally including axial pressure, so as to create a set of handwriting biometric data elements; (b) modeling the handwriting biometric data elements to create, or facilitate the creation of, a functional characteristic model for the handwriting of each of the at least one individual; and (c) associating each of one or more target instances of handwriting with an individual associated with such handwriting based on the functional characteristic model, and optionally based on such association(s) authenticating a document or transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Mercedeh Modir Shanechi, Thomas Tak Kin Chau, Ervin Sejdic
  • Patent number: 7792336
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting that a signature capture device is not performing optimally by analyzing captured signatures for either aesthetic quality or expected form, wherein the signature capture device performs the aesthetic quality or expected form analysis and wherein the analysis is performed by software external to the signature capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy W. Crockett, Phuc Ky Do, Justin M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7783569
    Abstract: A system and method for consumer control over card-based transactions and associated accounts. An interface is provided between a merchant or the merchant's bank and the bank or banks at which the consumer has accounts for card-based transactions. The interface acts as an intermediary which is accessible to the consumer so that the consumer may place a variety of controls on card-based transactions. For example, multiple transaction cards may be linked to a single credit account with each card having a different credit limit. As another example, each transaction card may be restricted to a particular merchant. As yet another example, a consumer may link several credit and/or debit accounts to a single transaction card; the consumer may pre-select criteria to be utilized for directing charges for a particular transaction to be applied the different accounts. The consumer may access the interface via a web site or a telephone for making changes and receiving account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Luther C. Abel, Robert E. Cousins
  • Patent number: 7778448
    Abstract: An on-line method for issuing a certificate of authenticity for a collectible to a collector who has personally witnessed the collectible being signed and a verification system for authenticating a suspected signature on an object by scanning the suspected signature and transmitting to a central computer where the suspected signature is compared with a set of authentic reference signatures based on input as to the shape of the object. In embodiments, the collector provides information on the collectible via the Internet to a central computer which stores the information for future reference by potential purchasers of the collectible. The collector must sign a statement on the certificate of authenticity that declares, under penalty of perjury, the information that the collector provided regarding the collectible is correct. Subsequent purchasers can access the central computer via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: AuthenticSig, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan C. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7761716
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and arrangement for securing a man-machine dialogue between a user and at least one application, which may be executed on a terminal, whereby a communication between user and application is achieved by means of input channels and output channels on the terminal. According to the invention, the user can be given the security that he is communicating with only one particular application, whereby the input channels and/or the output channels of the terminal, together or separately, may be optionally switched by means of a switching device such that only the particular application is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Mohrs, Ulrich Sporn
  • Patent number: 7747043
    Abstract: A biometrics authentication system uses biometrics information to authenticate individuals. A processing unit acquires biometrics information for the same living body a plurality of times from a detection unit, judges the mutual degree of similarity between biometrics characteristic data sets extracted from the above biometrics information acquired a plurality of times, and registers a plurality of biometrics characteristic data sets with a high degree of similarity in a storage unit. As a result, verification can be performed which accommodates changes in the state of the living body, without lowering verification accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignees: Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventors: Hideo Kamata, Takumi Kishino, Shinichi Eguchi, Masaki Watanabe, Toshio Endoh, Mitsuaki Fukuda