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07/21/16
20160212321 
 Multi-turn coil multiplex circuit and  for controlling multi-turn coil multiplex circuit patent thumbnailMulti-turn coil multiplex circuit and for controlling multi-turn coil multiplex circuit
Examples herein provide multi-turn coil multiplex circuits. The multi-turn coil multiplex circuits include a multi-turn coil, a switch, a near field communication (nfc) matching circuit, and a camera circuit.
Xiaomi Inc.


07/21/16
20160212250 
 Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to monitor mobile devices patent thumbnailMethods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to monitor mobile devices
Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor mobile devices are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a shell having a form factor dimensioned to receive a mobile device; and a near-field interceptor coupled to the shell, the near-field interceptor to capture data communicated via a near-field energy field between a first near-field communication device of the mobile device and a second near field communication device external to the mobile device..
The Nielsen Company (us), Llc


07/21/16
20160211890 
 Communications device for intelligently routing information among multiple user interfaces patent thumbnailCommunications device for intelligently routing information among multiple user interfaces
A near field communications (nfc) device is disclosed that intelligently routes nfc data from a nfc device between multiple user interfaces based upon a power level of its internal batteries. The communications device utilizes a communications device user interface to send and/or receive the nfc data from the nfc device when its internal batteries are sufficient to operate the communications device user interface.
Broadcom Corporation


07/21/16
20160211888 
 Image processing apparatus,  controlling the same, and storage medium patent thumbnailImage processing apparatus, controlling the same, and storage medium
An image processing apparatus includes an operation panel, a near field communication portion, and a hardware processor. The operation panel is attached to a main body of the image processing apparatus such that a position relative to the main body is variable.
Konica Minolta, Inc.


07/21/16
20160210622 
 Payment server devices, payment systems and non-transitory computer readable mediums patent thumbnailPayment server devices, payment systems and non-transitory computer readable mediums
To allow transmission of payment information to a payment server device without the payment information being subjected to unauthorized rewriting, and to allow a user of a mobile terminal to confirm the payment information transmitted to the payment server device. A payment server device is provided that transmits/receives information to/from a payment terminal via a mobile terminal communicating with the payment terminal via near field communication, the payment terminal allowing offline payment..
Line Corporation


07/21/16
20160210613 
 Hybrid wireless short range payment system and method patent thumbnailHybrid wireless short range payment system and method
A smart phone payment management system includes a synthetic barcode module and near field communication module. Each module is configured to wirelessly convey payment information to a point of sale, with the synthetic barcode module being available for use if the point of sale is not equipped with a compatible near field communication terminal..

07/14/16
20160205658 
 Electronic device patent thumbnailElectronic device
To improve the usability of an electronic device, the electronic device includes: a first communication unit located near a user; a receive unit configured to receive data through communication via a body of the user or near field communication between a second communication unit located in a member used by the user and the first communication unit; and a recording unit configured to record data pertaining to the member when communication is established between the first communication unit and the second communication unit.. .
Nikon Corporation


07/14/16
20160205242 
 Mobile client device, operation method, and recording medium patent thumbnailMobile client device, operation method, and recording medium
An information processing apparatus including a touch panel and a near field communication interface. The information processing apparatus detects that an input received at the touch panel corresponds to a predetermined input when the information processing apparatus is in a suspended state; and controls the information processing apparatus execute a predetermined function via the near field communication interface and awake from the suspended state upon detecting that the input corresponds to the predetermined input..
Sony Mobile Communications, Inc.


07/14/16
20160204834 
 Information processing system, information processing apparatus, storage medium having stored therein information processing program, and information processing method patent thumbnailInformation processing system, information processing apparatus, storage medium having stored therein information processing program, and information processing method
Based on data acquired from a server via a predetermined network, a predetermined content is acquired. Further, based on data acquired from an information storage medium by performing near field communication with the information storage medium, a content that can be used in the same application as an application in which a content that can be acquired from the server via the predetermined network is used, or the same content is acquired..
Nintendo Co., Ltd.


07/14/16
20160203471 
 Wireless to magnetic transition smart card patent thumbnailWireless to magnetic transition smart card
A method and a device are disclosed including a transition smart card (tsc) configured to be programmed by a smart phone to receive financial card information, such as credit and debit cards, and present the same data to a card readers, such as magnetic card readers, for performing financial transactions. The tsc may wirelessly connect with the smart phone using near field communication (nfc) devices to receive account information, format the account information for presentation to a magnetic card reader and transmit such information to the magnetic card reader upon detection of the reader.

07/14/16
20160203467 

Apparatuses and methods for operating a portable electronic device to conduct mobile payment transactions


Methods for operating a portable electronic device to conduct a mobile payment transaction at a merchant terminal are provided. The electronic device may verify that the current user of the device is indeed the authorized owner by requiring the current user to enter a passcode.
Apple Inc.


07/14/16
20160203352 

Using scanable codes to obtain a service


Disclosed are methods, systems and computer program products for surveying a user using a scanable information encoded graphic image, such as a bar code or a quick response (qr) code, near field communication (nfc) code/tag, radio frequency identification (rfid) code/tag. In one embodiment, a mobile communication device such as a smartphone, tablet computer or other mobile computer is adapted to include a scan client module for scanning and communicating scan-triggered service code in-formation to a scan-triggered application server.
Flashback Survey, Inc.


07/14/16
20160201253 

Recharging of nfc system and algorithms to conserve power supply of nfc system designed for clothes dryer


Methods and systems are provided for operating a wireless communications device powered by a rechargeable battery and for providing charging of the rechargeable battery. More particularly methods are provided for recharging a battery used to provide operating power to a communications device, particularly a near field communications (nfc) device in a clothes dryer.
General Electric Company


07/07/16
20160197650 

System and communicating between near field communication devices within a target region using near field communication


Systems and methods for communication between near field communication devices within a target communication region using near field magnetic induction is disclosed. One method comprises generating a near field detectable signal at an active node having a power level sufficient to enable communication with a plurality of near field communication nodes located within the target communication region.
Freelinc Technologies Inc.


07/07/16
20160197510 

Wireless near field communication device and power transmitter and a wirelessly transmitting operating power to another device


The invention relates to a combined near field communication and wireless power transmitter device comprising a first antenna coupled to antenna tuning network and capable of coupling to one or more second antennae in the near field of the first antenna with coupling characteristics, means for communicating wirelessly using said first antenna with a near field communication device in a near field communication mode, and means for transmitting wirelessly power using said first antenna to another device in the vicinity of the first antenna in a power transmission mode. In power transmission mode, the antenna tuning network operates in resonance and has an initial input impedance which is configured to change if there is a change in the coupling characteristics during power transmission, for example charging.
Teknologain Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy


07/07/16
20160196487 

Article of jewelry with hidden near field communcation (nfc) chip and metallic bezel substantially surrounding the nfc chip and uses thereof


An article of jewelry including a housing that permits passage of a near field communication signal, the housing characterized as having a lower layer joined to an upper layer; a near field communication (nfc) chip housed within the housing; a gemstone covering the upper layer of the housing; and a bezel substantially surrounding the outer perimeter of the housing and on a same plane as the nfc chip, wherein the bezel is formed from a highly electrically conductive material, further wherein the bezel permits near field communication with the nfc chip.. .

06/30/16
20160192195 

Offline access network discovery and selection function (andsf) provisioning using near field communications (nfc)


Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for obtaining a subscriber policy by a no-data-connectivity portable device to have wireless connectivity using a non-3gpp network.. .

06/30/16
20160192124 

Communication device and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium


A communication device may include a processor, a memory storing computer-readable instructions, and a near field communication (nfc) interface. The computer-readable instructions may instruct of otherwise cause the communication device to perform determining whether a state of the communication device is a first state.

06/30/16
20160192123 

Location dependent communications between mobile devices and transaction terminals


A mobile device having: a position determination device configured to determine a location of the mobile device; a transceiver configured to communicate with a transaction terminal via near field communication; a communication device configured to communicate with at least one server over internet; a memory storing a plurality of data items and a set of instructions of a mobile application; and at least one microprocessor coupled with the memory to execution the instructions of the mobile application. The mobile application is configured to: communicate the location of the mobile device, using the communication device, to the at least one server over internet; determine, via communications with the at least one server based on the location of the mobile device, an order of data items; and communicate, using the transceiver via near field communication, with the transaction terminal in accordance with the order of the data items..

06/30/16
20160192119 

Method and system of generating nfc-transaction remotely


A method of performing a transaction between a plurality of devices, the method comprises establishing a communication session between an end device and a first near field communication (nfc)-enabled device. The method further includes receiving instructions from the end device instructing the first nfc-enabled device to move in nfc range of a second nfc device; establishing a nfc session between the first nfc-enabled device and second nfc-enabled device; and sending the transaction data received from the end device to the second nfc device over the nfc session..

06/30/16
20160191475 

Data accessing method and system and memory storage apparatus


A data accessing method and system for a memory storage apparatus are provided. The method includes: performing a near field communication between a memory storage apparatus and an electronic apparatus, and receiving a first password from the electronic apparatus by the memory storage device in the near field communication.

06/30/16
20160191122 

Thin chassis near field communication (nfc) antenna integration


Described herein are techniques related one or more systems, apparatuses, methods, etc. For integrating a near field communications (nfc) coil antenna in a portable device.

06/30/16
20160190856 

Battery pack with wireless charging and near field communication functions


A battery pack includes an antenna attached to a battery cell, a sensor configured to sense an energy level induced in the antenna, a controller configured to determine, according to a sensed signal of the sensor, whether the energy level is a first energy level for wireless charging or is a second energy level for near field communication, and a switch connecting the antenna to a battery charger or a near field communication circuit according to a control signal of the controller.. .

06/30/16
20160190693 

Hybrid-type nfc antenna and the electronic device thereof


A hybrid-type near field communication (nfc) antenna utilized in an electronic device is provided. The hybrid-type nfc antenna includes two differential connection ports and a loop antenna device.

06/30/16
20160189860 

Cascaded coils for multi-surface coverage in near field communication


Described herein are techniques related to near field coupling and wireless power transfers. A device may include a cascaded coil antenna to include a first coil antenna that is connected in series with a second coil antenna.

06/30/16
20160189461 

Near field communication (nfc) based vendor/customer interface


Methods and systems to interface between an intelligent vendor kiosk (e.g., a restaurant table), and a mobile user/customer device(s) based at least in part on near field communications, including targeting content (e.g., a menu and/or advertisements) based on context, determining context based on user/customer-selected personal profile attributes and/or customer-selected advertisements, and determining a group context for a group customers with an additive homomorphic voting protocol to preclude disclosure of the votes of each customer to other customers and to the kiosk.. .

06/30/16
20160189140 

Near field contactless online transactions


Systems, methods, and apparatuses are directed to conducting online transactions by virtue of a near field communication (nfc) reading mechanism configured to contactlessly read nfc-compliant provisioning information including a monetary value. Moreover, logic is configured to initiate establishment of a communication link, automatically send a request message to confirm the read provisioning information via the communication link, store at least a portion of the provisioning information in a secure memory unit, and based on the confirmation of the provisioning information, automatically present on a display unit, the monetary value, selectable transaction options, and an online information resource link to accommodate execution of a selected transaction option..

06/30/16
20160188929 

Systems and methods for scanning a user environment and evaluating data of interest


According to various embodiments, a mobile device continuously and/or automatically scans a user environment for tags containing non-human-readable data. The mobile device may continuously and/or automatically scan the environment for tags without being specifically directed at a particular tag.

06/30/16
20160184725 

Near field communication toy


The invention relates to model cars that incorporate design elements that modify the vehicle properties and the design elements incorporate rfid tags that have preprogrammed information. The invention is not limited to model cars but to any toy such as a doll that can incorporate design elements such as a dress, jewelry, or anthropomorphic feature.

06/23/16
20160183190 

Storage medium having stored communication program, information processing apparatus, communication system, and communication method


An example of an information processing apparatus has a communication section configured to perform near field communication. The information processing apparatus uses the communication section to perform data communication with a communication target present near the communication section.

06/23/16
20160183051 

Geofencing messaging system


A system for generating a customized communication with a customer is described, and includes: a near field communication (nfc) reader for receiving, from the customer, a request for an interaction; an input device for receiving an input from the customer, wherein the input includes a customer credential; a processor for: receiving a request, from a near field communication (nfc) enabled device, for an interaction with a customer; requesting a valid customer credential from the customer; receiving an input from the customer in response to a request for the valid customer credential to achieve a received customer credential; determining a validity of the received customer credential; and generating, after the determining the validity of the received customer credential, client information customized for the customer based upon a customer account linked to a determined valid customer credential to achieve a generated customized client information.. .

06/23/16
20160183039 

Method and system for component management


A component management system including a component, a near field communication chip (nfc chip) provided on the component and having a memory in which is stored a component data file containing at least a component identifier, and a near field enabled mobile device configured to communicate with the nfc chip using near field communication.. .

06/23/16
20160183033 

Near field communications (nfc)-based offload of nfc operation


Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for offloading process or application from a near field communication (nfc) master device for proxy delegation to a proxy nfc device.. .

06/23/16
20160182713 

Airtime card for the sale and activation of wireless services for a wireless device


An airtime card and associated methods of using the airtime card for the sale and/or authorization of wireless services is disclosed. The methods and airtime card include the use of an airtime card with a near field communication tag with a unique identifier code used to improve a user's experience and ease of authorization/provisioning of services for the wireless device.

06/23/16
20160182132 

Waveguide for near field communication


A computing device comprises a head that can be physically attached to a base. The head may be capable of functioning as a type of computing device independent of the base.

06/23/16
20160182127 

Card detect architecture for near field communications


Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for detecting near field communication (nfc) cards/tags by a nfc enabled device, using a coupled impedance signature unique to the nfc cards/tags and the nfc enabled device.. .

06/23/16
20160181705 

Electronic device capable of nfc communication


Disclosed is an electronic device capable of near field communication (nfc) and of achieving high integration, size reduction, and good sensitivity. The electronic device includes an antenna chip provided inside a battery protection circuit package of a battery pack and having embedded an nfc antenna therein, and an extended antenna loop electrically connected to the antenna chip and provided outside the battery protection circuit package..

06/23/16
20160181695 

Resonant compensating loop for shielding of metal for magnetically coupled nfc and/or rfid devices, and methods of making and using the same


A near field communication device, and methods of manufacturing and using the same are disclosed. The near field communication device includes a receiver configured to convert a received near field signal to an electric signal, a transmitter configured to generate a transmittable near field signal, a dielectric substrate within a housing, an antenna on the dielectric substrate, and a compensating loop within the housing and coupled to the antenna.

06/23/16
20160180349 

Custom communication generator


A system for generating a customized communication with a customer is described, and includes: a near field communication (nfc) reader for receiving, from the customer, a request for an interaction; an input device for receiving an input from the customer, wherein the input includes a customer credential; a processor for: receiving a request, from a near field communication (nfc) enabled device, for an interaction with a customer; requesting a valid customer credential from the customer; receiving an input from the customer in response to a request for the valid customer credential to achieve a received customer credential; determining a validity of the received customer credential; and generating, after the determining the validity of the received customer credential, client information customized for the customer based upon a customer account linked to a determined valid customer credential to achieve a generated customized client information.. .

06/23/16
20160180312 

Wireless service provider system for selling and/or activating wireless services for a wireless device


A method and system for the purchase and activation of services on a wireless device are provided. The method and system include the use of an airtime card with a near field communication tag with a unique identifier code used to improve a user's experience and ease of activation/provisioning of services for the wireless device.

06/23/16
20160180306 

System, method, and reprogramming a transaction card


A system for reprogramming a transaction card may include a reprogrammable microchip transaction card, an account provider system, and a mobile device. A reprogrammable transaction card may include an embedded microprocessor chip, or integrated circuit (ic), housing various modules to provide card capabilities, such as transaction capabilities, security capabilities, and reprogramming capabilities.

06/23/16
20160179440 

Image forming apparatus performing short-range wireless communication


An image forming apparatus including a near field communication unit configured to make a short-range wireless communication with a portable information processing device including a display unit; a recognition unit configured to recognize a portable information processing device that is within a communicable range through communication via the near field communication unit; a job setting unit configured to request and instruct the portable information processing device to display a job setting screen on the display unit; and a job control unit configured to execute a job in response to a start instruction of the job, wherein the job setting unit receives a job setting, which is made by using the job setting screen, via the near field communication unit after the recognition to receive the job setting from the portable information processing device, and the job control unit receives a start instruction for the job whose job setting is received.. .

06/23/16
20160179223 

Near field communications (nfc)-based active stylus


Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for nfc-based operations in a stylus device.. .

06/16/16
20160174017 

Enhancing data rate or range of near field communication using differential coil topology


Described herein are architectures, platforms and methods for enhancing range and increasing data rates during near field communication (nfc) related functions or transactions.. .

06/16/16
20160173609 

Method and system for triggering an online interaction in connection with a physical product


A computer-readable medium is attached to a physical product and triggers an online interaction when communicatively coupled with a computing device having a display to establishes an online connection whereby services or information pertaining to the physical product can be provided to a user of the product. The computer readable medium can be coupled to the computing device alternatively through a universal standard bus (usb), near field communication (nfc), or matrix barcode (e.g., qr code) coupling techniques, for example.

06/16/16
20160172893 

Wireless charging control method, and wireless power transmission apparatus and wireless power receiving apparatus using the same


A wireless power transmission apparatus includes: a resonance circuit configured to be magnetically coupled to a wireless power receiving apparatus; a wireless communicator configured to form a near field communications channel with the wireless power receiving apparatus; and a cross controller configured to determine whether the wireless power receiving apparatus is cross-connected to the wireless power transmission apparatus based on first identification information received from the wireless power receiving apparatus through the resonance circuit and second identification information received from the wireless power receiving apparatus through the wireless communicator.. .
Samsung Electro-mechanics Co., Ltd.


06/09/16
20160165702 

Programmable lighting device and programming lighting device


A programmable lighting device includes a power stage, a controller, a nonvolatile memory and a near field communication device. The power stage is configured to receive power from an external supply and supplying power to at least one light source.
Koninklijke Philips N.v.


06/09/16
20160165452 

Mobile wireless communications device performing device unlock based upon near field communication (nfc) and related methods


A mobile wireless communications device may include a near field communication (nfc) transceiver, a geo-position determining device, and a controller coupled with the nfc transceiver and the geo-position determining device. The controller may be configured to receive a tag geo-position from an nfc tag when in close proximity thereto via the nfc transceiver, determine the geo-position of the mobile wireless communications device using the geo-position determining device, and perform at least one device unlock operation when the tag geo-position is within a threshold distance from the mobile wireless communications device geo-position..
Blackberry Limited


06/09/16
20160165444 

Terminal cover and wireless communication device including wireless authentication module


A wireless communication device includes a terminal body including a near field communication (nfc) function and accessories which are attached to the terminal body, and includes a wireless authentication module for an authentication operation through wireless communication with the terminal body. The authentication operation is performed using inductive coupling between an nfc coil of the terminal body and an authentication coil of the wireless authentication module, and in the case that the accessories are attached to the terminal body, the wireless authentication module is disposed so that at least a part of the authentication coil is located outside the nfc coil..
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


06/09/16
20160165385 

Information processing apparatus, controlling information processing apparatus, and storage medium


If an information processing apparatus obtains a plurality of pieces of connection from a near field communication tag, the information processing apparatus displays a selection screen via which a piece of connection information is selected from among the plurality of pieces of connection information. If a piece of connection information is selected, the information processing apparatus establishes wireless communication based on the selected connection information..
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha


06/09/16
20160165382 

Electronic entity for a mobile terminal


A wired interface (120) intended to connect the mobile terminal to the subscriber identity card at a first data interface (i/o1) and the near field communication device to the subscriber identity card by means of a protocol link (swp), characterised in that the wired interface is arranged to connect the mobile terminal to the near-field communication device at a second data interface (i/o2).. .





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