Protection Of Hardware Patents (Class 726/34)
  • Patent number: 10725563
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing, by a stylus, data indicating a customization of a device for the particular user. The stylus is associated with a particular user and is configured to transmit signals wirelessly to the device through a touch sensor of the device. The data indicating the customization is stored in a memory of the stylus. The method also includes wirelessly transmitting the data by the stylus to the device through the touch sensor of the device to affect the customization of the device for the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kishore Sundara-Rajan, Vemund Kval Bakken, Martin John Simmons
  • Patent number: 10726242
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for control of a personal computing device based on user face detection and recognition techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeff Gonion, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10728037
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for authenticating a field device of automation technology with respect to a destination device. A telegram is created by the field device, which telegram includes a first data field and at least a second data field. The first data field includes information on the status of the field device and/or of the device components of the field device and/or information on the device parameterization/configuration, and a sequence counter or a time stamp. Security data are generated from the first data field via a cryptographic method, which security data are stored in the second data field. The telegram is transmitted from the field device to the destination device, wherein the destination device verifies the second data field as to authenticity or integrity upon receipt of the telegram, and wherein a first alarm is generated if the authenticity or the integrity of the second data field is not successfully verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Björn Haase, Ralf Schmidt, Markus Kilian, Helmut Kalteis
  • Patent number: 10707473
    Abstract: A battery cell for a battery of a motor vehicle with a battery cell housing, in which a galvanic element is accommodated. The battery cell can be electrically connected to at least one other battery cell by way of two electrical connection terminals. A control device of the battery cell is operatively connected to at least one functional unit of the battery cell. The control device of the battery cell is designed for the purpose of receiving a command issued by an external control device. The control device includes a verification unit, which is designed for the purpose of verifying an authorization of the external control device to issue the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Berthold Hellenthal, Michael Hinterberger
  • Patent number: 10587397
    Abstract: A system includes a storage medium enterprise and a processing component. The storage medium enterprise includes a first storage medium configured to store data and a second storage medium configured to store data. The processing component external to the storage medium enterprise is configured to receive and process data received from the storage medium enterprise. The first storage medium is configured to transmit a first operational data associated with the first storage medium to the processing component and the second storage medium is configured to transmit a second operational data associated with the second storage medium to the processing component. The first operational data is formed into a block of a block chain prior to transmission to the processing medium and the second operational data is formed into another block of the block chain prior to transmission to the processing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Dieter Paul Schnabel
  • Patent number: 10579288
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples are systems, methods, memory devices, and machine readable mediums for a fast secure data destruction for NAND memory devices that renders data in a memory cell unreadable. Instead of going through all the erase phases, the memory device may remove sensitive data by performing only the pre-programming phase of the erase process. Thus, the NAND doesn't perform the second and third phases of the erase process. This is much faster and results in data that cannot be reconstructed. In some examples, because the erase pulse is not actually applied and because this is simply a programming operation, data may be rendered unreadable at a per-page level rather than a per-block level as in traditional erases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Andre Jean
  • Patent number: 10521805
    Abstract: Described are techniques for determining a qualification status of a device in a system. An occurrence of a trigger event for the device is determined. The trigger event is caused by an occurrence of any of a time-based event, a performance-based event, a usage-based event, and an unscheduled event. A user notification is provided to perform a first action responsive to the occurrence. The first action is an action to perform any of a maintenance activity, a repair activity, and a test for the device. The qualification status of the device is updated in accordance with said first action. Also described are techniques for more generally determining a compliance status of a device where the compliance status may be related to any one or more of qualification, verification, validation and/or calibration of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dana Yurach, Peter Bastek, Catalin Ristache
  • Patent number: 10484174
    Abstract: Protecting an encryption key for data stored in a storage system that includes a plurality of storage devices, including: reading, from at least a majority of the storage devices, a portion of an apartment key; reconstructing the apartment key using the portions of the apartment key read by the majority of the storage devices; unlocking the main portion of each of the storage devices utilizing the apartment key; reading, from the main portion of one of the storage devices, a portion of a third-party resource access key; requesting, from the third-party resource utilizing the third-party resource access key, an encryption key; receiving, from the third-party resource, the encryption key; and decrypting the data stored on the storage devices utilizing the encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pure Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bernat, Alexandre Duchâteau, Marco Sanvido, Constantine Sapuntzakis, Kiron Vijayasankar
  • Patent number: 10462606
    Abstract: A tracking device can securely communicate with a secondary device. The secondary device can provide locations associated with the tracking device to a tracking system. When the secondary device determines that the tracking device is lost (for instance, in response to no longer receiving communications from the tracking device), the secondary device can provide additional locations associated with the secondary device to the tracking system. The tracking system can store locations received before and after the tracking device was lost, and can provide these locations to the user for display within a map interface, enabling a user to digitally retrace the user's steps in order to aid the user in locating the lost tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Pons Vega, Daniel Tam
  • Patent number: 10412548
    Abstract: A tracking device can securely communicate with a secondary device. The secondary device can provide locations associated with the tracking device to a tracking system. When the secondary device determines that the tracking device is lost (for instance, in response to no longer receiving communications from the tracking device), the secondary device can provide additional locations associated with the secondary device to the tracking system. The tracking system can store locations received before and after the tracking device was lost, and can provide these locations to the user for display within a map interface, enabling a user to digitally retrace the user's steps in order to aid the user in locating the lost tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Pons Vega, Daniel Tam
  • Patent number: 10395240
    Abstract: A system and device for adding electronics to materials of a wallet to form a smart wallet. A smart wallet stows and retrieves information stored or displayed on various transaction cards and other information typically carried within the wallet. Electronic and physical features of a smart wallet include devices and techniques for attaching electronics to accessories, and also for attaching accessories, to primary devices to form a smart wallet. The user can then interact with the smart wallet and its cards, information and accessories using an interface that governs that interaction while retaining the security of the information. Mechanical features include techniques for integrating electronics within materials to add electronic functionality to make any device a smart wallet. Several accessory styles and devices for attaching same to electronics are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NXT-ID, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Tunnell, Brian Keen, John Vining
  • Patent number: 10395039
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing and verifying customer-owned trust of device firmware are described. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS), may include a processor and a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) coupled to the processor, the BIOS having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution, cause the IHS to: receive, from a user, selection of a pre-boot code module; export a digest of the pre-boot code module to the user; and import the digest signed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Mukund P. Khatri, Bill C. Munger
  • Patent number: 10394263
    Abstract: A method for voltage regulation includes reducing a power consumption of a voltage regulator during an IDLE phase, by disabling a feedback loop configured to regulate an internal voltage to a multiple of a reference voltage in response to the voltage regulator receiving a digital signal from a digital circuit. The internal voltage is proportional to an external voltage supplied to the digital circuit. A regulated accuracy of the external voltage is increased during a MEASUREMENT phase by enabling the feedback loop in response to the voltage regulator receiving the digital signal from the digital circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Romain Enjalbert, Marianne Maleyran, Philippe Bernard Roland Lance, Jalal Ouaddah
  • Patent number: 10372192
    Abstract: A system and an apparatus for controlling electric power supply and methods therefor are described. In particular, a system and an apparatus for powering down an electronic device and methods therefor include a device for communicating with a user, a processor for determining electric power supply to the device, and a sensor for monitoring presence of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TrickleStar Ltd
    Inventor: Bernard Christopher Emby
  • Patent number: 10339327
    Abstract: Technologies for securely binding a manifest to a platform include a computing device having a security engine and a field-programmable fuse. The computing device receives a platform manifest indicative of a hardware configuration of the computing device and a manifest hash. The security engine of the computing device blows a bit of a field programmable fuse and then stores the manifest hash and a counter value of the field-programmable fuse in integrity-protected non-volatile storage. In response to a platform reset, the security engine verifies the stored manifest hash and counter value and then determines whether the stored counter value matches the field-programmable fuse. If verified and current, trusted software may calculate a hash of the platform manifest and compare the calculated hash to the stored manifest hash. If matching, the platform manifest may be used to discover platform hardware. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Pradeep M. Pappachan, Reshma Lal, Siddhartha Chhabra, Gideon Gerzon, Baruch Chaikin, Bin Xing, William A. Stevens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10331896
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a method of generating a protected implementation of an algorithm includes: expanding an original source code implementing the algorithm into a single set of real operations; combining each real operation using real data with the real data it uses, to obtain a combination represented in a way which uses an actual real data fragment in a form different from an original form; producing a set of duplicated and mutated decoy operations representing an alternative implementation of the algorithm, applied to decoy data; combining the set of decoy operations with the set of real operations including the combinations, to obtain an implementation where the decoy operations interact with the real operations and the real data processed by the real operations, such that a real data flow of in the implementation is difficult to analyze; and transforming the implementation into a resulting code that can be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INSIDE SECURE
    Inventor: Neil William Stewart
  • Patent number: 10313884
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle having a communications device. The communications device comprises at least one wireless communications module, which facilitates a wireless communications link between at least one vehicle component, which is connected via a communications line to the wireless communications module, and a communications partner. The motor vehicle also comprises an isolator that can be manually actuated and disconnects in hardware the wireless communications link between the vehicle component and the communications partner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bjoern Mohrmann, Manuel Bojahr
  • Patent number: 10268452
    Abstract: A system for reseeding a pseudo random number generator to generate pseudo random numbers includes a true random number generator generating a true random number, a storage device storing the generated true random number, a pseudo random number generator generating pseudo random numbers using the stored true random number as a seed, and a controller coupled to the true random number generator and the pseudo random number generator to (1) generate a new true random number concurrently with the operation of the pseudo random number generator, and storing the new true random number, and (2) reseed the pseudo random number generator with the new true random number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Andrew Hamilton, Neil Farquhar Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10268621
    Abstract: Provided are an application processor and a semiconductor system including the same. The semiconductor system includes the application processor, which may include a first register value and of which an operation is controlled by the first register value. The semiconductor system also includes a semiconductor device, which may include a second register value and of which an operation is controlled by the second register value, and a memory storing a third register value that is a copy of the first register value and a fourth register value that is a copy of the second register value. If the stored third register value is changed, the changed third register value is mapped onto the first register value of the processor, and if the fourth register value is changed, the changed fourth register value is mapped onto the second register value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Hoon Lee, Byoung-Sul Kim, Kwang-Hee Lee, Kwan-Yong Jin, Sung-Taek Hong
  • Patent number: 10181430
    Abstract: An electronic hardware assembly including at least a first and second laminar component, wherein the first laminar components includes a die, the die including a substrate, a functional region and a first protective layer, and the second laminar component includes a second protective layer, wherein the first and second laminar components are arranged in a stack such that the functional region of the first laminar component is arranged within the assembly substantially between first and second protective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel Clement Davies, David John Lees
  • Patent number: 10147080
    Abstract: A point-of-sale (POS) system is provided. The POS system may include an adjustable housing configured to receive a computing device. The POS system housing may be adjustable so that a screen of the computing device can be viewed by a merchant and a customer. The computing device may be removable from the housing for use as a mobile POS system. The POS system may also include electronics for accepting various forms of payment and for connecting the computing device to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Satish Govindarajan, Michael Voege, Murthy Bobba, Khiem Pham, Gunabalan Babu, Uris Dacosta, Richard Tilghman, Daniel Potter
  • Patent number: 10126950
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to allocating and/or configuring persistent memory are described. In an embodiment, memory controller logic configures non-volatile memory into a plurality of partitions at least in part based on one or more attributes. One or more volumes (visible to an application or operating system) are formed from one or more of the plurality of partitions. Each of the one or more volumes includes one or more of the plurality of partitions having at least one similar attribute from the one or more attributes. In another embodiment, memory controller logic configures a Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) into a persistent region and a volatile region. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Kirvan, Andy M. Rudoff, Mahesh S. Natu, Murugasamy K. Nachimuthu
  • Patent number: 10068068
    Abstract: A trusted time service is provided that can detect resets of a real-time clock and re-initialize the real-time clock with the correct time. The trusted time service provides a secure communication channel from an application requesting a timestamp to the real-time clock, so that malicious code (such as a compromised operating system) cannot intercept a timestamp as it is communicated from the real-time clock to the application. The trusted time service synchronizes wall-clock time with a trusted time server, as well as protects against replay attacks, where a valid data transmission (such as transmission of a valid timestamp) is maliciously or fraudulently repeated or delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Alpa T. Narendra Trivedi, Siddhartha Chhabra, Karanvir S. Grewal, David M. Durham
  • Patent number: 10061563
    Abstract: A random byte generator comprising a noise source configured to generate a noise signal, a digitizer with a resolution of no less than two bits and configured to digitize the noise signal from the noise source, and a processor configured to apply pre-defined rules for selecting bits captured by said digitizer and to generate random bit strings by combining the selected bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Adriana Rosca, Jean Pierre Meur
  • Patent number: 10063532
    Abstract: Provided is an authentication apparatus that performs user authentication, using a wearable terminal worn by a user, whereby allowing a high security to be achieved. It includes a storage part that stores a piece of authentication information in which a piece of terminal information that identifies the wearable terminal worn by the user is registered, a communication part that makes communication with the wearable terminal worn by the user to acquire a piece of terminal information, and an authenticating part that performs user authentication in the case where the same piece of terminal information as that registered in the authentication information has been acquired by the communication part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takanori Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10049234
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide implementing one or more device locking procedures to block access to a device. In one example, the method may include receiving an indication that a user is no longer present, initiating a timing mechanism to set a period to issue a first device lock instruction to lock a peripheral device, relaying timing information from the timing mechanism to a controller module associated with the peripheral device; and locking the peripheral device upon expiration of the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ned Smith, Purushottam Goel, Victoria Moore
  • Patent number: 9965107
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a stylus includes electrodes operable to transmit signals wirelessly to a device through a touch sensor of the device. The stylus also includes one or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media within the stylus and embodying logic that is operable when executed to access first data representing a gesture made with the stylus by a user, such as a sequence of manipulations of the stylus. The logic is further operable to access second data representing a pre-defined authentication sequence and compare the first data with the second data. This comparison may authenticate the user to the stylus or the device, authenticate the stylus to the device or the user, or authenticate the device to the stylus or the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Esat Yilmaz, John Logan, Vemund Kval Bakken, Kishore Sundara-Rajan
  • Patent number: 9965655
    Abstract: A system includes a first computing device and a second computing device. The first computing device includes a port. The second computing device is configured to communicate with the first computing device. The system also includes a port security device configured to restrict access to the port. The port security device includes a transceiver configured to communicate with a third computing device. The third computing device is configured to determine a status of the port security device. At least one of the port security device and the third computing device includes a user interface configured to provide an indication of the status of the port security device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Erkios Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Null, Philip Van der Straeten
  • Patent number: 9958990
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a stylus operable to communicate wirelessly with a device through a touch sensor of the device contains one or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media embodying logic that is operable when executed to access first data representing a recently occurred authentication event involving the stylus or the device. The logic is further operable to access second data representing a pre-defined authentication event. The logic is further operable to compare the first data with the second data to authenticate a user to the stylus or the device, a stylus to the user or the device, or a device to the user or the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Esat Yilmaz, Vemund Kval Bakken, Kinshore Sundara-Rajan
  • Patent number: 9929864
    Abstract: A rotating magnetic physical unclonable function (PUF) is disclosed. Rotating the PUF enables robust low cost PUF readers. PUF may be incorporated into a user-replaceable supply item for an imaging device. A PUF reader may be incorporated into an imaging device to read the PUF. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ronald Booth, Roger Steven Cannon, Gary Allen Denton, James Paul Drummond, Kelly Ann Killeen
  • Patent number: 9900733
    Abstract: Search and recovery is performed for a lost or stolen mobile device. When the mobile device is lost or stolen, the mobile device may transmit a recovery signal for receipt by another device. If an acknowledgment is received, the mobile device confirms discovery by sending its current location. Moreover, seeker devices may be conscripted to search for the lost or stolen mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9886576
    Abstract: Provided is a security box including: an input means for input of external data; an execution means for executing, in a predetermined area, external data input by the input means; and an isolation control means for isolating the execution area from other areas during execution. The security box can be further equipped with: a display means for displaying the behavior of external data executed by the execution means; a determination means for determining, on the basis of the behavior displayed by the display means, whether the external data is normal data; and a deletion means for deleting data that the determination mean has determined is not normal data and/or all of the data of the execution means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ADMEDEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sawa
  • Patent number: 9842213
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for locking computing devices are described herein. In an example, a portable device comprises an electro-mechanical lock; and a firmware module coupled to the electro-mechanical lock, the firmware module configured to: receive an unlock code; validate the unlock code; and unlock the electro-mechanical lock when the unlock code is validated. In another example, device for managing BIOS authentication, the device comprising an NFC module, the NFC module comprising an NFC antenna; and a firmware module, wherein the firmware module is configured to: receive an unlock code from an NFC device via the NFC antenna; validate the unlock code; and unlock a BIOS of the device when the unlock code is validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Saurabh Dadu, Gyan Prakash, Rajesh Poornachandran, Jiphun Satapathy, Farid Adrangi
  • Patent number: 9740888
    Abstract: Systems or methods can be used to detect evidence of tampering. The tampering can be physical tampering, such as the turning of a screw, or removal or modification of an electronic component. In some examples, a tamper detection value can be determined from a tamper detection device and compared to a predetermined tamper detection value to determine if tampering is indicated. The system can, upon detection of the tampering, halt an operation, disable device or circuit functionality, disable future operations, physically disable a device, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Meherzad Firoze Aga, Syed Yasir Abbas, Wajid Ali, William Erik Anderson
  • Patent number: 9678543
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, method and computer program product cooperate to provide a device that changes the way content is displayed depending on an inclination angle of the device. The device includes an inclination acquisition device that acquires inclination information of a display housing that houses a display with a displayed image thereon. A first controller causes a first change to the displayed image according to the inclination information. A second controller causes a second change to the displayed image when a predetermined condition is met with respect to the inclination information. By including subcomponents that cooperate in this manner, the device allows a user to perceive a displayed image at various viewing angles and easily recognize whether certain displayed features are able to be actuated when the device is positioned in a certain inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Suzuki, Yasushi Okumura, Yusuke Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9674164
    Abstract: A method manages keys in a manipulation-proof manner for a virtual private network. The method includes authenticating a communication terminal on an authentication server by use of a first key over a public network and providing a communication key, which is suitable for the communication over a virtual private network in the public network, for the authenticated communication terminal over the public network. The communication key in the communication terminal is encrypted by a second key, which is provided by a manipulation-protected monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Falk, Carsten Sattler, Matthias Seifert
  • Patent number: 9640062
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forwarding detected environmental conditions are provided herein. During operation, sensors will continuously sample an environment surrounding a public-safety officer. The sensors are preferably body-worn sensors, but could be vehicle or incident area sensors as well. The sensors continuously monitor and report any detected condition to a hub (which could be body-worn) as a local status alert message. Once the hub receives a detected condition within a local status alert, the hub will make a determination if a dispatch center needs to be notified of the detected condition. The notification of the condition is transmitted to the dispatch center as a global status alert, which may simply comprise a forwarded local status alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Francesca Schuler, Trent J Miller
  • Patent number: 9633494
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for securely destroying storage devices stored in a data storage center. A server room may be situated in the data storage center that is configured to store a plurality of server racks for storing storage devices that are associated with a radio frequency identifier tag. The data storage center may include a secure area that includes destruction devices for destroying a storage. The data storage center may include a computer system for transmitting instructions to a user device for identifying the storage device for removal and transfer to the secure area, tracking a location of the storage device based at least in part on an associated RFID tag, and transmitting an alarm to the data storage center based at least in part on the location of the storage device and the expiration of a time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Sun, Jianfei Liu
  • Patent number: 9575824
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing secure information processing. In one exemplary implementation, there is provided a method of secure domain isolation. Moreover, the method may include configuring a computing component with data/programming associated with address swapping and/or establishing isolation between domains or virtual machines, processing information such as instructions from an input device while keeping the domains or virtual machines separate, and/or performing navigating and/or other processing among the domains or virtual machines as a function of the data/programming and/or information, wherein secure isolation between the domains or virtual machines is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Lynx Software Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward T. Mooring
  • Patent number: 9569621
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first processor that is connected to an input/output device and is configured to execute a program for controlling an apparatus including the input/output device, and a second processor that is connected to an external network and is configured to execute a program for establishing communication via the external network, wherein when starting the information processing apparatus, the second processor verifies an integrity of the program to be executed by the first processor and starts the first processor when the integrity of the program to be executed by the first processor is verified, and when the integrity of the program to be executed by the first processor is not verified, the second processor issues a problem notification without using a user interface of the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiichiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9519018
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a circuit board may include a connector configured to electrically couple a device to the circuit board. The connector may include a conductive element configured to be electrically coupled to a first voltage and a detection pad configured to be electrically coupled to a second voltage via a resistor, such that when a device pin of a device is electrically coupled to the conductive element, the detection pad is electrically coupled to the conductive element via the device pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: James Lewis Petivan, Alan R. Dellinger
  • Patent number: 9516453
    Abstract: A BLUETOOTH communication connection method of a host device communicating with an external device is provided. The method includes determining whether a device to be connected among scanned external devices comprises a predetermined profile based device, and transmitting, by the host device, predetermined identification information to a corresponding connected device when the device to be connected comprises the predetermined profile-based device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Ho Jang
  • Patent number: 9432362
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) for providing advanced security functions. The WTRU includes trusted platform module (TPM) for performing trusted computing operations; and a secure time component (STC) for providing a secure measurement of a current time. The STC and the TPM are integrated to provide accurate trusted time information to internal and external to the WTRU. The STC may be located on an expanded a subscriber identity module (SIM), on the WTRU platform, or two STCs may be used, one in each location. Similarly, the TPM may be located on an expanded SIM, on the WTRU platform, or two TPMs may be used, one in each location. Preferably, the STC will include a real time clock (RTC); a tamper detection and power failure unit; and a time report and sync controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yogendra C. Shah, Inhyok Cha
  • Patent number: 9432361
    Abstract: The security and convenience of a mobile communication device is enhanced based on a separate key device. If the key device is near the mobile communication device, the mobile communication device may be automatically unlocked without the user having to input an unlock code. The mobile communication device may be automatically unlocked into a first mode having a first level of functionality. If the user inputs a correct unlock code, the mobile communication device may be unlocked into a second mode having a second level of functionality, greater than the first level of functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: LOOKOUT, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Patrick Mahaffey, Brian James Buck
  • Patent number: 9389701
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing, by a stylus, data associated with a particular user of the stylus, the data associated with the particular user being stored in a memory of the stylus; and by the stylus, wirelessly transmitting the data to a device in response to the stylus contacting a touch sensor of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Vemund Kval Bakken, John Logan, Esat Yilmaz, Kishore Sundara-Rajan
  • Patent number: 9355533
    Abstract: A point-of-sale (POS) system is provided. The POS system may include an adjustable housing configured to receive a computing device. The POS system housing may be adjustable so that a screen of the computing device can be viewed by a merchant and a customer. The computing device may be removable from the housing for use as a mobile POS system. The POS system may also include electronics for accepting various forms of payment and for connecting the computing device to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Satish Govindarajan, Michael Voege, Murthy Bobba, Khiem Pham, Gunabalan Babu, Uris Dacosta, Richard Tilghman, Daniel Potter
  • Patent number: 9319380
    Abstract: Described systems and methods allow protecting a client system, such as a computer system or smartphone, from malware. In some embodiments, a network regulator device is used to distribute a bootable image of a hypervisor, on demand, to each of a set of client systems connected to a network. After booting on a client system, the hypervisor loads the local OS and applications into a virtual machine. Integrity measurements of the hypervisor and/or OS are sent to the network regulator for verification. When the network regulator determines that software executing on a client system, such as the hypervisor and/or the OS, are not in a trusted state, the network regulator may block access of the respective client system to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bitdefender IPR Management Ltd.
    Inventors: Sandor Lukacs, Adrian V. Colesa
  • Patent number: 9311481
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for classifying package files as Trojans may include (1) detecting a resemblance between an unclassified package file and a known legitimate package file, (2) determining that the unclassified package file is signed by a different signatory than a signatory that signed the known legitimate package file, (3) determining that a feature of the unclassified package file is suspicious, the feature being absent from the known legitimate package file, and (4) classifying the unclassified package file as a Trojan version of the known legitimate package file based on the unclassified package file being signed by the different signatory and having the suspicious feature. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Abubakar Wawda, Matthew Yeo, Jun Mao
  • Patent number: 9292702
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computer implemented method, computer program product, and apparatus to switch security configurations. A data processing system accesses a first security configuration via a thread of execution, wherein a security configuration comprises at least one security parameter. The thread receives an incoming request. The thread switches to a second security configuration that specifies a resource, based on the incoming request, responsive to receiving the incoming request. The thread stores the second security configuration or a reference to the second security configuration to a stack. The thread authenticates the incoming request based on the second security configuration. The thread grants or denies access to the resource. The thread executes a method referenced in the incoming request. The thread restores to a first security configuration, responsive to completing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul W. Bennett, Elisa A. Ferracane, Daniel E. Morris, Michael C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9244627
    Abstract: An erasure system and method for sorting, tracking, and erasing a plurality of data storage devices using enterprise hardware and software designed for data storage. The erasure system may include a server, drive arrays having receptacles for communicably coupling with the data storage devices, and a drive array controller configured for communicably coupling the server with the drive arrays. The server may receive specification information regarding each of the drive arrays and each of the data storage devices in the receptacles of the drive arrays for erasure and logging purposes. Then the server may overwrite each of the data storage devices according to the DoD 5220.22-M standard, thereby erasing the data storage devices. The server may also create log files corresponding to each of the data storage devices, including information like time, date, and if the erasure of the data storage device is complete or has failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Synetic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Walter Helmer