US Pat. No. 9,842,518

BREATHABLE HEAT TRANSFER LABELS

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1. A breathable heat transfer label for labeling a fabric, comprising:
a heat transfer adhesive layer having a breathable polymer; and
an indicia layer situated below the heat transfer adhesive layer, the indicia layer comprising a pigment; wherein the indicia
layer is between 10 and 50 microns in thickness to provide breathability to the indicia layer;

wherein the heat transfer label has a moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) of at least 100 g/m2/day when measured in accordance with ASTM E96 Procedure D and at least one layer selected from a group including:

a white layer situated between the indicia layer and the adhesive layer, and
a dye blocking layer situated between the indicia layer and the adhesive layer, or situated between the white layer and the
adhesive layer; wherein the label further comprises a non-breathable adhesive, wherein the non-breathable adhesive is pattern
printed with spaces between the non-breathable adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,074,048

RFID TAG FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT FOOD CONTACT

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1. A consumer food tray for transporting consumer food goods, comprising:a tray having a base with first and second sides, said base having end walls encircling said base and extending generally upwardly from said base;
a consumer food good;
an RFID device, said RFID device comprising an RFID inlay, said inlay having a chip encoded with product information and an antenna bonded to said chip such that at least a portion of the antenna is cut away or covered with a material to limit read range of the RFID device, and where the covering of the antenna reduces sparking risks in microwave cooking, said RFID device including first and second GRAS substrates each of said first and second substrates having first and second surfaces said inlay is disposed between said first surface of said first substrate and said second surface of said second substrate such that the second substrate is attached to the food tray by a GRAS adhesive, and an external envelope substrate disposed around the first and second GRAS substrates; and
where said RFID device is in contact with said consumer food good; and
where said second GRAS substrate has an area greater than each of an area of said RFID inlay and an area of said first GRAS substrate; and
where said second substrate, one of said first and second surfaces is coated with a pigment or ink enabling the substrate surface to contain human or machine readable indicia.

US Pat. No. 9,436,904

ROBUST WASHABLE TAGS USING A LARGE AREA ANTENNA CONDUCTOR

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1. A robust merchandise tag having a RFID device for wireless communication and a slot-loop hybrid antenna, the robust tag
comprising:
a large-area conductor sheet of electrically conductive material having a perimeter edge, an elongated slot of a slot-loop
hybrid antenna positioned fully within an interior of the conductor sheet except for a slot open end not short-circuited with
respect to the conductor sheet;

a wireless communication device having a pair of contact points electrically coupled to respective parts of the conductor
sheet, the points being on opposing sides of the slot at a first location with respect to the slot;

a second location of the conductor sheet and slot providing a closed end of the slot;
said slot has generally opposing sidewalls defining therebetween an average slot width;
said large-area conductor sheet extends substantially uninterrupted from the slot sidewalls and the slot closed end to the
conductive material perimeter edge for a distance greater than the average width of the slot; and

an overlayer that overlies the entirety of the wireless communication device and at least a portion of the large-area conductor
sheet adjacent the wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 9,466,233

ANTIFRAUD DEVICE FOR GARMENTS AND OTHER CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND DEVICES AND SYSTEM AND METHOD RELATED THERETO

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1. A fraud-prevention device and system for visible attachment to consumer goods, the fraud-prevention device comprising:
an elongated destructible strip of material comprising:
i) first and second longitudinally extending sides, and first and second transversely extending edges with at least one of
the first and second extending edges having an attachment means, the elongated destructible strip of material is plastic having
a tear resistance of greater than 22 Newtons, the strip is planar has a central portion and is sized and configured to fit
through an opening in a garment; a consumer good having at least one opening; wherein the strip is placed through the at least
one opening and the first and second ends are secured to one another by the attachment feature

ii) at least one security feature selected from the group consisting of an RFID tag, an EAS tag, a rupturable ink cartridge,
and hologram;

iii) security indicia including at least one of logo lines, repetitive patterns, characters, or numerals; and
iv) at least one reinforcing strip wherein the at least one reinforcing strip is constructed out of a conductive material
and the reinforcing strip is a part of an antenna system for a RFID tag and such that breaking the reinforcing strip reduces
the read range of the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 9,520,509

SHEET ASSEMBLY WITH ALUMINUM BASED ELECTRODES

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1. A method of forming an oxidation resistant aluminum based electrode on an aluminum foil laminate for a photovoltaic back
contact c-Si cell, the method comprising:
providing an aluminum foil laminate including an aluminum foil having a layer of oxidation on the aluminum foil;
patterning the aluminum foil of the aluminum foil laminate;
providing an oxygen-free atmosphere along an outer surface of the aluminum foil;
removing at least a portion of the oxidation from a portion of the aluminum foil to thereby form a region of freshly exposed
aluminum; and

depositing at least one layer of an electrically conductive material on the region of freshly exposed aluminum to thereby
form the oxidation resistant aluminum based electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,842,231

SYSTEM METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANTI COUNTERFEITING SERIALIZATION

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1. An anti-counterfeiting serialization method implemented on a computing device, comprising:
providing a computing device;
receiving an input serial number on the computing device;
locating a seed character for use on a label, tag or other substrate at a predetermined position in the input serial number;
determining, based on the seed character, a first output position for an incrementing character of the input serial number;
determining, based on the incrementing character, at least one second output position for at least one remaining character
of the input serial number;

generating an output serial number having the incrementing character in the first output position and at least one remaining
character in the at least one second output position; and

printing a label, tag or other substrate with the output serial number.

US Pat. No. 9,613,333

INFRASTRUCTURE-MOUNTED RFID TAGS

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1. An RFID-based inventory management system of a type including an RFID reader, comprising:
an RFID-readable product tag associated with a piece of merchandise;
a plurality of RFID-readable infrastructure tags having unique identities associated with fixed locations on a storage or
display areas capable of sending signals to and receiving return signals from RFID readable tags;

a system controller associated with the RFID reader such that the system controller is either programmed to require two or
more of the infrastructure tags to be detected by the RFID reader in a particular sequence, or the system controller dictates
an order in which the infrastructure tags are to be read for a proper count; and

where the system controller is programmed to determine a location of the product tag based on times at which the RFID reader
receives the return signals from the product tag and the infrastructure tag.

US Pat. No. 9,494,559

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RFID-BASED REMOTE MATERIAL ANALYSIS

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1. A method of determining a physical quality of a material, comprising:
receiving an acoustic waveform at an RFID-monitored resonator, the RFID-monitored resonator includes an inductor and a piezoelectric
capacitor that are in electrical communication and configured as an oscillator circuit and the RFID-monitored resonator is
in communication with the material, wherein the acoustic waveform perturbs an oscillation in the RFID-monitored resonator,
and wherein the material affects the oscillation in the RFID-monitored resonator in a manner that correlates to the physical
quality of the material;

coupling an intermediate structure to a surface of the material, so that the intermediate structure couples the oscillator
circuit to the material;

monitoring an electric characteristic of the oscillation in the RFID-monitored resonator;
generating a signal that includes information about the electric characteristic; and
transmitting a modulated RF signal that includes the information from the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,613,235

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING OF RFID INLAYS

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1. A system for encoding an RFID inlay incorporated in an object, the object having indicia disposed thereon, comprising:
an object transporting mechanism;
an internal scanner for scanning the indicia;
at least one RFID antenna for encoding the RFID inlay;
a processor in communication with and adapted to control the operation of the object transporting mechanism, the scanner,
and the at least one RFID antenna;

a sorting device configured to direct successfully encoded tags to one location and failed tags to another location;
an object sensor that detects a presence of the object on the object transporting mechanism and the object sensor is coupled
to a computing device in communication with the processor, and

a quality control and error handling procedures;
an ultraviolet illumination source;
a non-transitory computer readable medium coupled to the processor;
instructions stored on the medium and executable by the processor, the instructions including data read by the scanner; and
data to be sent to the at least one RFID antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,471,868

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR RFID HANG TAG

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1. A label comprising:
a tag stock having a first and second face and the tag stock has optically readable information printed upon on at least one
of the first and second faces,

an RFID component having an area and adhered to the second face of the tag stock by a first face of a first adhesive layer
having a first and second face and an outer periphery extending beyond the area of the RFID component,

and a glassine white liner adhered to the second face of the first adhesive layer,
wherein the label is adhered to a web such that when the label is removed from the web the liner becomes part of the label
and the label has at least one opening to hang the label from an object.

US Pat. No. 9,460,642

DYE SUBLIMATION FABRIC SEPARATED ELEMENTS

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1. A dye sublimation ink laminate, comprising:
a hot melt adhesive layer having a first surface and a second surface;
a release layer that is releasably secured to the first surface of the hot melt adhesive layer;
a polyester layer having a top and bottom face wherein the bottom face is adhered to the second surface of the hot melt adhesive
layer;

a digitally printed, dye sublimation ink layer having one surface overlying the top face of the polyester layer wherein the
ink layer sublimates into the polyester layer;

a pressure sensitive adhesive film carrier overlying the dye sublimation digitally printed, dye sublimation ink layer forming
a multi-layered assembly lamination; and

wherein the release layer separates from the hot melt adhesive of the multi-layered lamination, and the pressure sensitive
adhesive film carrier separates from the digitally printed, dye sublimation layer of the multi-layered lamination to provide
the dye sublimation digitally printed laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,331,923

RFID ISOLATION TUNNEL WITH DYNAMIC POWER INDEXING

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1. A method of utilizing an RFID scanning enclosure with dynamic power indexing, comprising:varying parameters of the enclosure in real-time to handle a variety of carton sizes;
configuring a target carton which is about to be scanned;
adjusting the enclosure for each carton's needs;
combining any number of input parameters prior to scanning the target carton; and
tuning the enclosure to needs and characteristics of each individual carton; and
wherein the input parameters can be any combination of following: Carton ID, TID, RSSI, Read Count, Inlay type, Power Level, Reader On Time, Delay, and conveyor speed.

US Pat. No. 9,858,583

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING CONSUMER PRODUCT INTEREST USING MOBILE DEVICES

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1. A mobile touch point system for communication comprising:
a multi-purpose identifier having at least first and second data fields, and wherein the first data field contains an installation
link to an application and the multi-purpose identifier is a QR code which uses a MECARD format and the first field of the
format is a URL and the second field of the format is a NICKNAME field that is skipped and reassigned a unique ID;

a web server containing data associated with at least the second data field such data comprising enriched content formatted
for the application such that the web server is configured to send content to the application according to a unique identifier;

a device configured to read at least the first and the second data fields of the multi-purpose identifier; and
wherein the second data field is decodable only by the application installed on the device by the installation link contained
in the first data field;

wherein the link to install the application is configured to the device; and
wherein a value of the second data field is unique to a specific product or service.

US Pat. No. 9,857,413

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TESTING RFID STRAPS

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1. A system for testing RFID straps on a web, comprising:
a test head including a pair of contact pins configured to be moved toward the web and into contact with the web or an RFID
strap on the web;

a conveyor configured to continuously move the web so as to move individual RFID straps into and out of alignment with the
test head; and

a controller programmed to control movement of the contact pins and the conveyor, with the controller causing the contact
pins to be moved toward the web at a frequency that is greater than the frequency at which the conveyor moves consecutive
RFID straps into alignment with the test head.

US Pat. No. 9,773,203

CREATING ANTENNAS CONNECTED TO PRINTED CHIPS BY POST PROCESSING WITH A LASER OR OTHER CUTTING DEVICE

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1. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) antenna structure for use with a RFID device, comprising:
a conductive layer;
an aperture formed in the conductive layer, approximately bisecting the conductive layer into halves;
a printed electronic circuit (PEC) comprising first and second connection points assembled onto the conductive layer, such
that the first and second connection points are each positioned on opposite sides of the aperture; and

wherein the conductive layer is cut by a laser to create an antenna for the RFID device and focusing the laser is dependent
on depth, such that energy at a height above a surface where a PEC conductor is placed is relatively diffuse compared to concentrated
energy at surface of the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,726,721

OSCILLATION-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TESTING RFID STRAPS

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1. A system for testing an RFID strap of the type having a pair of contact pads, comprising:
an amplifier;
an inductive component electrically coupled to the amplifier; and
a pair of contact points configured to be placed in contact with a pair of contact pads of an RFID strap so as to place the
RFID strap in parallel with the inductive component to define a resonant circuit and the amplifier is configured to operate
on a first frequency when there is no RFID strap in parallel with the inductive component and on a second frequency when an
RFID strap is connected in parallel with the inductor; wherein the characteristics of the resonant circuit as an oscillator
depend at least in part on the capacitance and the resistance of the RFID strap, such that the characteristics of the resonant
circuit as an oscillator may be monitored to determine the capacitance and/or the resistance of the RFID strap.

US Pat. No. 9,727,812

RFID DEVICE WTIH CONTROL LOGIC, AND METHOD

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1. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, label or inlay comprising:
a chip;
at least a first antenna and a second antenna coupled to the chip for receiving incoming signals and sending outgoing signals;
a physical or virtual antenna control switch coupled to the chip configured to select either the first antenna or the second
antenna, wherein the chip includes control logic that is part of a processor of the chip that is operatively coupled to an
adjustable modulator configured to change circularity of the outgoing signals such that the outgoing signals are left or right
hand circularly polarized;

the control logic including logic configured to adjust the adjustable modulator to set a data rate of the outgoing signals,
such that the outgoing signals are at least in part based on a data rate of the incoming signals and when the incoming signals
consist of a high data rate and are detected, the outgoing signals are sent at a higher data rate and wherein the control
logic is configured to perform the operations of

1) determining whether to send the outgoing signals,
2) controlling characteristics of the outgoing signals,
3) using a decision tree, decision table, decision matrix, flow chart, or algorithm for determining control of the outgoing
signals,

4) controlling the physical or virtual antenna control switch to select either the first antenna or the second antenna for
sending the outgoing signals, and

wherein each of the operations is based at least in part on,
1) a non-informational characteristic of the incoming signals received by the RFID tag, label or inlay, and
2) environment information received by an environment sensor of the RFID tag, label or inlay, and wherein one of the non-informational
characteristic of the incoming signals or the environmental information received by the environment sensor selectively couples
either the first antenna or second antenna to the chip.

US Pat. No. 9,684,522

CUSTOMIZABLE FOOD FRESHNESS PRINTER STARTUP WIZARD

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1. A process for utilizing a printer startup wizard for a food fresh barcode printer, comprising the steps of:
powering the printer on to find a first power flag set to true or entering a menu from a system configuration menu;
dropping down the display language setting prompt in the active language of the printer;
selecting a new language if needed;
proceeding to a next configuration selection;
prompting a user to format time and date;
displaying a current time prompt in the selected language;
updating system time;
prompting the user to load product information in a data base;
determining next configuration item from a configuration file;
prompting a user to view a help page for common problems;
after selecting a help tip to display, then selecting a finish button to terminate the startup wizard; and
exiting program.

US Pat. No. 9,626,612

RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SENSOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A RFID sensor assembly comprising:
a chip;
an antenna;
a sensor that includes an absorbent material that is treated with a detecting reagent;
at least one electrical lead;
a laminated layer;
a substrate;
wherein the chip is in electrical contact with the antenna and in communication with the sensor and can measure a property
of a sensor material to determine properties or conditions of an environment surrounding the sensor;

wherein the chip, antenna, sensor, and at least one electrical lead is secured to the substrate;
wherein the laminated layer is arranged as to create a generally sealed pouch between the substrate and the laminated layer
and the laminated layer is secured to the substrate along a seal edge; and

wherein the laminated layer is arranged to facilitate a post-manufacturing method for exposing the contents of the pouch to
the environments surrounding the RFID sensor assembly; and

the RFID sensor assembly has a permeable layer above the sensor; the sensor comprises at least one capsule associated with
the sensor; and wherein the capsules include an activating reagent.

US Pat. No. 9,582,750

RFID DEVICES WITH MULTI-FREQUENCY ANTENNAE

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1. An RFID device, comprising:
a conductive sheet defining first and second portions, with an intermediate portion joining the first and second portions;
a dual-input RFID chip configured to receive high frequency inputs and ultra high frequency inputs;
a first connection electrically coupling the first portion of the conductive sheet and the RFID chip;
a second connection electrically coupling the second portion of the conductive sheet and the RFID chip; and
a third connection electrically coupling the intermediate portion of the conductive sheet and the RFID chip, such that at
least one of the connections comprises a conductive connection via a conductive adhesive, wherein

the first portion of the conductive sheet defines a multi-turn high frequency antenna having one or more disruptions in the
conductive sheet positioned between and/or defining adjacent turns of the multi-turn high frequency antenna,

the second portion of the conductive sheet defines a first radiating arm of an ultra high frequency antenna, and
the one or more disruptions in the first portion of the conductive sheet comprise one or more openings in the conductive sheet
and are configured to reduce the conductivity of the conductive sheet at the location of the one or more disruptions to a
low enough level so as to direct a high frequency current around the turns of the multi-turn high frequency antenna rather
than across the one or more disruptions, while allowing an ultra high frequency current to flow across the one or more disruptions,
thereby resulting in the first portion of the conductive sheet defining a second radiating arm of the ultra high frequency
antenna and at least a section of the one or more disruptions in the first portion of the conductive sheet defines a generally
sinusoidal local pattern in a plane defined by the conductive sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,576,508

LABEL AND RELATED METHOD

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1. A label comprising:
a. a fabric made of a yarn wherein the fabric is selected from the group consisting of a woven-edge narrow fabric and a slit-edge
broad fabric;

b. wherein the yarn includes a plurality of fiber blends in which at least one fiber is selected from the group consisting
of a recycled fiber, a recyclable fiber, an organic fiber, and a biodegradable fiber and the fiber blends are in specific
locations of the label to ensure proper fusing/sealing at the point of cutting; and

label locations that include yarn fiber blends that are configured to facilitate an action selected from the group consisting
of fusing a heat-cut edge of the label and sealing a heat-cut edge of the label;

wherein the fiber is combined with at least one weft yarn and the fiber combined with the at least one weft yarn is woven
only at the point of cutting; and

wherein the fabric is dyed and the fabric is printed with an ink selected from the group consisting of a standard ink, a soy-based
ink, and a water-based ink.

US Pat. No. 10,049,319

METHOD OF ASSEMBLY USING MOVING SUBSTRATES, INCLUDING CREATING RFID INLAYS

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1. An assembly method, comprising:selecting a first planar substrate that is flexible and has a plurality of first articles disposed in a linear array thereon with a first spacing between adjacent first articles;
selecting a second planar substrate with a plurality of second articles disposed in an array of a plurality of linear flights thereon with a second spacing between adjacent second articles;
routing the first planar substrate in a spiral form through an assembly location thereby aligning a first one of the first articles with a first one of the second articles on a first of one of the flights;
assembling the first one of the first articles and the first one of the second articles from the first flight to provide a first assembled article;
continued routing of the first planar substrate in a spiral form through the assembly location thereby aligning a second one of the first articles with a first one of the second articles of a second one of the flights;
assembling the second one of the first articles and the first one of the second articles of the second flight to provide a second assembled article; and
continued further routing and further assembling of first articles and of second articles from flights of the array to provide multiple further assembled articles.

US Pat. No. 9,611,083

CABLE TIE WITH SUPPORT MEMBER

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1. A cable tie comprising:
(a) a head including an elongated strap accepting channel, the head comprising a locking tang projecting into the strap accepting
channel;

(b) a strap having a first end and a second end, the first end being formed onto the head, the strap being dimensioned for
insertion into the strap accepting channel so the cable tie forms a closed loop, the strap being adapted to be engaged by
the locking tang when the tie is formed into the closed loop, and

(c) a support member formed onto the head, the support member comprising a backing plate that has a width greater than a width
of the head and a length longer than a length of the head, the backing plate defines a plurality of transverse slots that
are arranged in parallel, each slot dimensioned to fittingly receive the strap, and the backing plate is pivotally coupled
to the head through a flexible neck and the backing plate defines at least one transverse hole that aligns with the strap
accepting channel in the head when the cable tie is folded about the flexible neck.

US Pat. No. 10,339,429

METHOD OF QUICKLY CONFIGURING AN RFID PRINTER

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8. A method of configuring a printer comprising the steps of:inputting inlay information into the printer;
comparing the inputted inlay information to a list of pre-existing inlay information stored in the printer to determine if a match exist;
if a match exists, inputting an inlay offset into the printer;
using the inputted inlay information and the inlay offset to configure one or more of the following settings of the printer: a first TID position, an encode zone, a TID singulate, a read power, a write power, an encode while the web is moving flag, a stop to encode position and a maximum speed to encode while the web is moving;
feeding media into the printer to determine an inlay pitch for the media;
comparing the inlay pitch to a minimum inlay pitch and utilizing a RFID TID to singulate a RFID transponder if the inlay pitch is less than the minimum inlay pitch;
selecting one of a first printer configuration or a second printer configuration based on results of the comparison of the inlay pitch to the minimum inlay pitch and updating the list of pre-existing inlay information stored in the printer such that the printer is configured by entering the inlay information and the inlay offset; and
determining if a typical encode case is applicable and, if so, comparing a current print speed to a maximum speed to encode for the typical encode case.

US Pat. No. 9,658,167

SENSOR LABELS THAT LOG EVENTS AGAINST TIME

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1. A sensor label that is designed for and fabricated for single use or disposability that senses a parameter and records
the sensed parameter, comprising:
a semi-permeable medium;
a parameter-sensitive and activatable developer on the semi-permeable medium, the developer, when activated exhibits a detectable
manifestation of a changed state that progresses over time;

the activatable developer is a piezo-electric that is configured to provide a voltage which changes in response to an environmental
factor that is fixed against a time by a shock wave progressing during the time through the semi-permeable medium;

a reader of the detectable manifestation of this changed state; and
a recorder of the detectable manifestation of this changed state that logs parameter change data.

US Pat. No. 10,029,816

PRESSURE SENSITIVE LABELS FOR USE IN A COLD TRANSFER METHOD AND PROCESS FOR MAKING

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1. A cold transfer pressure sensitive label for labeling a fabric material, the pressure sensitive label comprising:a pressure sensitive adhesive with a first surface and a second surface and a release liner is disposed on the second surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive the pressure sensitive adhesive is one of a solvent-based polymer or an emulsion-based polymer, and includes between 5% to 50% by weight of a hydrogenated rosin ester based tackifier and,
at least one printable film layer having a design and constructed out of soft and stretchable material disposed on the first surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive, the at least one printable film layer configured to stretch to the extent of the fabric material stretching and the pressure sensitive adhesive is in registration with the design;
at least one ink layer disposed on the printable film layer;
a removable support having an upper surface and a lower surface, and the lower surface is disposed on the at least one ink layer wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive has a wet adhesion greater than about 10 N/in such that a non-silicone pressure sensitive adhesive release material is coated over the upper surface of the removable support wherein the removable support with the release material is removed when the cold transfer pressure sensitive label is attached to a substrate such that only the at least one ink layer is attached to the substrate through the pressure sensitive adhesive and the surface energy of the lower surface of the removable support on the at least one ink layer is between 20 to 35 mN/m, and
the label is transferable to the fabric material without heat and
the pressure sensitive label is capable of remaining on the substrate through repeated washing and drying cycles.

US Pat. No. 9,850,017

NO SEW BORDER LABEL

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1. An assembly for securing a label to a substrate, comprising;
a substrate having first and second surfaces;
a label having first and second sides and having an external perimeter, the label having adhesive on a second side and indicia
on the first side;

a frame web, comprising:
a carrier web having first and second faces, the first face having an adhesive; and
a frame element having first and second sides, the first side having an adhesive and the second side adhesively bonded with
the first face of the carrier web to form a first adhesive bond, the frame element having an inner perimeter smaller than
the external perimeter of the label and an outer perimeter larger than the external perimeter of the label with at least a
portion of the frame element applied over the label such that the internal perimeter of the frame element is in adhesive contact
with the label to form a second adhesive bond and the external perimeter of the frame element is in adhesive contact with
at least a portion of the substrate and the frame element is provided with at least one of a textured or imaged appearance
of stitching or sewing, wherein the second adhesive bond is stronger than the first adhesive bond; and

the substrate is an apparel item.

US Pat. No. 9,821,587

THERMAL SENSITIVE MEDIA WITH INTERNAL RF PRINTING MATRIX

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1. A ultra violet (UV) coated thermal sensitive media, comprising:
a supportive media layer;
a lamination layer internal to the media layer, including a matrix of micro heating elements;
a thermally sensitive record layer formed upon at least a portion of one surface of the media layer;
wherein the thermally sensitive record layer forms a visually discernable colored image in response to heat and wherein the
colored image is subject to degradation as a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation within a known photodegradative wavelength
range; and

an ultraviolet protective coating layer disposed over the thermally sensitive record layer; and
wherein the protective coating layer is cured with ultraviolet radiation at a wavelength outside of the known photodegradative
wavelength range, and the cured overcoat contains at least one additive capable of preventing transmission therethrough of
ultraviolet radiation within the known photodegradative wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 9,779,602

MERCHANDISE TAGS INCORPORATING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE

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1. A method for labeling a piece of merchandise, comprising:
providing a piece of merchandise;
providing a merchandise tag including a label formed of a fabric material and a wireless communication device incorporated
into the label, the wireless communication device including an RFID chip and a slot-loop hybrid antenna electrically coupled
to the RFID chip and including a conductor sheet defining a slot, the conductor sheet having an upper portion and a lower
portion; and

securing the merchandise tag to the piece of merchandise at a sew line, which divides the label into an upper portion and
a lower portion, wherein the merchandise tag is secured to the piece of merchandise such that

the upper portion of the label is smaller than the lower portion of the label, and
the slot is defined in one of the upper and lower portions of the conductor sheet and the one of the upper and lower portions
of the conductor sheet having a greater durability.

US Pat. No. 9,746,382

SENSOR WITH CONTROLLABLE THERMAL CONTACT FOR TEMPERATURE MONITORING

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1. A device for determining the temperature of an object, comprising:
a first thermally conductive member;
a second thermally conductive member positionable generally adjacent to the object;
a heating member associated with the first thermally conductive member and adapted to be heated to a known temperature;
a probe member movable into contact with the first thermally conductive member while being out of contact with the second
thermally conductive member and being movable into contact with the second thermally conductive member while being out of
contact with the first thermally conductive member; and

a controller associated with the probe member and programmed to
adjust a temperature of the heating member,
receive a first input from the probe member when the probe member is in contact with the first thermally conductive member,
receive a second input from the probe member when the probe member is in contact with the second thermally conductive member,
and

determine the temperature of the object based, at least in part, on the first and second inputs.

US Pat. No. 9,656,051

DEVICES WITH SELECTIVELY PERMEABLE BARRIERS

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1. A device for allowing selective communication between a substrate and an outside environment, comprising:
a substrate including a sensor material that has an electrical property which varies when an analyte is present, a radio frequency
identification (RFID) chip and an antenna, with the chip is electrically connected to the sensor material;

a first layer overlaying at least a portion of the substrate and having at least one first pore; and
a second layer overlaying at least a portion of the first layer and having at least one second pore, wherein
at least a portion of the first and/or second layers are movable with respect to each other between an open condition and
a closed condition in response to a change in an environmental factor,

the first and second pores being substantially aligned in the open condition to allow fluid communication between the substrate
and the outside environment such that when the at least one first and second pores are substantially aligned fluid passes
through the at the least one first pore and the at least one second pore in the second layer,

the first and second pores being substantially misaligned in the closed condition to prevent fluid communication between the
substrate and the outside environment; and

wherein the device has a perimeter that forms a fluid tight seal with the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,639,799

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MATRIX-LESS INLAY DESIGN

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1. An RFID inlay comprising:
a matrix-less inlay substrate having a pattern;
an antenna disposed on the substrate attached to a chip, the antenna distinct from the pattern;
wherein the pattern surrounds the antenna and the pattern prevents warping of the substrate; and
the pattern and the antenna are made by a laser cutting such that the pattern are cut lines made during a laser ablation process
and the cut lines are formed about every 45 degrees extending outward from the inlay.

US Pat. No. 9,569,714

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED RFID QUALITY CONTROL

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1. A method for automated RFID quality control for an RFID manufacturing press having one or more lanes, comprising:
configuring the RFID manufacturing press with quality control specifications for at least one batch of RFID inlays before
a series of RFID inlays are manufactured, such quality control specifications including at least one fail condition and at
least of: a number of RFID inlays to be inspected in each batch, and a number of manufacturing lanes to be inspected;

configuring an interface and the interface displays at least a lane identifier, lane status, number of defective tags per
lane, total yield per lane, and number of splices per lane;

and
wherein the fail conditions include: a maximum number of defective inlays that may appear in a consecutive sequence of inlays,
and a yield requirement and the quality control specifications test RFID components including chips and antennas;

manufacturing the series of RFID inlays;
selecting a batch of RFID inlays from the series of RFID for evaluation of the quality control specifications;
executing a performance test on each RFID inlay of the selected batch of RFID inlays;
comparing the results of the performance test to the quality control specifications;
determining a pass or fail status for the selected batch of RFID inlays based on the results of the performance test such
that the method includes a pass status indicator and a fail status indicator for each manufacturing lane;

sending the selected batch of RFID inlays having at least one of the RFID inlays of the batch of RFID inlays having the fail
status to an auto editing process that is separate from the RFID manufacturing press;

removing the at least one of the RFID inlay with the fail status from the batch; and
packaging the batch of RFID inlays.

US Pat. No. 9,695,548

METHODS EMPLOYING RAISED TRANSFERS FOR EMBROIDERED-STYLE PRODUCTS

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1. A method of manufacturing a soft goods product, comprising:
preparing a transfer by:
(i) providing a base layer having an upper surface and a lower surface,
(ii) providing a raised embellishment layer,
(iii) assembling the raised embellishment layer onto the upper surface of the base layer whereby the raised embellishment
layer projects above the base layer by a predetermined height,

(iv) applying a layer of adhesive onto the lower surface of the base layer, and
(v) overlaying a liner layer on the base layer lower surface so as to fully cover the adhesive layer;
providing a soft goods item;
peeling the liner layer away in order to expose the adhesive layer;
positioning the transfer onto a desired location of the soft goods item while the adhesive layer is exposed;
applying transverse pressure such that the predetermined height of the raised embellishment layer projection is substantially
retained

placing an insert having compressible properties over the entirety of the desired location of the soft goods item to form
a pre-assembly of the transfer and soft goods item; and the insert having preformed impressions; and

applying transverse pressure onto the pre-assembly, whereby the soft goods product is produced, with the base layer and thus
the raised embellishment layer substantially permanently secured at the desired location.

US Pat. No. 9,626,537

RFID SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED READ STRUCTURE

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1. A read infrastructure for radio frequency identification (RFID) devices comprising:
a distributed read structure for proximity coupling with RFID devices within one wavelength of radiation emitted by the read
structure, the distributed read structure comprises a series of conductive strips or patterns on at least one surface of a
display device, the conductive strips or patterns are configured to produce a radio frequency (RF) field between conductors
for detecting the RFID device; and

a coupler, electrically connected to the read structure, for proximity coupling to an RFID reader wherein the RFID reader
includes a first antenna and a second antenna such that either the first or second antenna is used for proximity coupling
and whichever of the first and second antenna that is not used for proximity coupling is used for far field coupling and the
RFID reader transmits on both the first and second antennas and utilizes the first or second antenna with a lowest return
loss, such that the RFID reader transmits for proximity coupling using the first or second antenna with an acceptable return
loss for proximity coupling; wherein the coupler includes a microstrip and interconnections from sides of the microstrip are
used to connect the conductive strips or patterns to the distributed read structure.

US Pat. No. 9,871,294

DUAL BAND RFID DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMATION

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1. A dual band antenna device, comprising:
a planar conductive sheet;
a slot antenna formed in the conductive sheet;
said slot antenna configured to communicate at a first frequency;
an HF inlay and an UHF inlay;
where at least a portion of the HF inlay is under the UHF inlay;
a multi-turn antenna formed in the conductive sheet;
said multi-turn antenna configured to communicate in a second frequency that is different from the first frequency, wherein
the multi-turn antenna appears as a solid plane at UHF frequencies and forms a portion of said slot antenna; and

one or more integrated circuits connected to said multi-turn antenna and said slot antenna;
a material connected to one of said one or more integrated circuits; and
wherein said material is configured to cause said one of said one or more integrated circuits to store information in a memory
in response to application of a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,818,056

ROBUST WASHABLE TAGS USING A LARGE AREA ANTENNA CONDUCTOR

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1. A robust merchandise tag having a RFID wireless communication device such as an RFID for wireless communication and a slot-loop
hybrid antenna, the robust tag comprising:
a first location;
a large-area conductor sheet of electrically conductive material having a perimeter edge, an elongated slot of a slot-loop
hybrid antenna such that

the elongated slot has an open end and a closed end and
elongated slot of a slot-loop hybrid antenna is positioned fully within an interior of the conductor sheet except for the
slot open end not short-circuited with respect to the conductor sheet; and

a wireless communication device having a pair of contact points electrically coupled to the closed end of the slot formed
in the large area conductor sheet;

a second location of the conductor sheet and slot providing a closed end of the slot;
the slot has generally opposing sidewalls defining there between an average slot width;
the large-area conductor sheet extends substantially uninterrupted from the slot sidewalls and the slot closed end to the
conductive material perimeter edge for a distance greater than the average width of the slot;

a separate element adjacent to the antenna substrate; and
an overlayer that overlies at least the entirety of the wireless communication device and at least a portion of the large-area
conductor sheet adjacent the wireless communication device to form an overlamination.

US Pat. No. 9,767,402

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR READING LARGE POPULATIONS OF RFID TAGS

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1. An RFID tag comprising:
an antenna; and
an RFID chip having an internal flag such that the chip is electrically connected to the antenna, wherein the RFID chip includes
an auto-tune circuit, to operate the RFID chip in a decreased power state such that the auto-tune is used to recover adequate
power to the RFID chip;

and the flag is programmed to confirm the occurrence of a preselected condition and, upon confirming the occurrence of said
preselected condition, modify the functionality of the auto-tune circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,661,882

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING THE VISIBILITY OF CLOTHING

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1. A heat transfer label comprising:
a number of sections including at least one dark section, at least one retro-reflective section, and at least one fluorescent
section such that the heat transfer label provides high visibility under a variety of lighting situations.

US Pat. No. 9,773,434

DYE SUBLIMATION FABRIC SEPARATED ELEMENTS

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1. A method of applying a dye sublimated laminate to an article, comprising the steps of:
providing a laminate having an adhesive layer having a first surface and a second surface, a material layer having a top and
bottom face, the bottom face of the material layer overlies the second surface of the adhesive layer, a dye sublimation ink
layer that overlies the top face of the material layer, and a carrier layer provided over the dye sublimation ink layer;

bonding the laminate to an article using heat and pressure such that the dye sublimation ink layer sublimates into the material
layer; and

removing the carrier layer from the digitally printed dye sublimation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,767,405

RFID DEVICE WITH ELONGATED STRUCTURE

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1. An RFID antenna structure for use with an RFID device, comprising;
a conductive material having first and second portions;
the first portion having a first antenna pattern and the second portion having a second antenna pattern distinct from the
first antenna pattern;

the second antenna pattern cooperates with a conductive surface; and
wherein the second portion is folded onto a section of the second portion and attached to a part of the conductive surface
such that the second portion does not significantly modify performance of the first portion and the antenna structure is wrapped
which effectively retunes the antenna structure.

US Pat. No. 9,881,274

UTILITY TIMERS IN A FOOD FRESHNESS PRINTER

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1. A process for creating timer events in a food freshness barcode printer or smart printer that will sound on a periodic
basis or at the elapsing of a specific time, comprising the steps of:
starting a process;
stopping a one second reference timer;
examining an active timer list; and
determining whether a timer screen is visible.

US Pat. No. 9,852,316

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BULK RFID TAG ENCODING

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1. A method of bulk encoding radio frequency identification (RIFD) tags, comprising:
producing a plurality of unencoded RFID tags;
printing desired indicia on the plurality of unencoded RFID tags, the indicia corresponding to desired product or manufacturer
information;

coupling each of the plurality of unencoded RFID tags to each of a plurality of products such that the unencoded RFID tags
are placed into the products;

packaging identical products from the plurality products coupled with the unencoded RFID tags together in a container;
advancing the container along a length of a conveyor;
scanning the container holding the plurality of products with at least one RFID antenna;
adjusting a speed of the conveyor based on a type of the unencoded RFID tags or a number of products in the container for
encoding;

encoding each of the unencoded RFID tags coupled to each of the plurality of products with comparable characteristics in the
container simultaneously with identical information to create a plurality of encoded RFID tags; and

testing the plurality of encoded RFID tags within the container via bulk scanning so as to determine that all the encoded
RFID tags within the container are encoded with data having identical information relating to the products and sorting the
products such that only identical products are packaged in the container and nonconforming encoded RFID tags are removed for
re-encoding or reworking.

US Pat. No. 9,830,486

RFID VARIABLE APERTURE READ CHAMBER CROSSFIRE

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15. A method of utilizing a read chamber device within a RFID scanning enclosure comprising the following steps:
providing a scanning enclosure wherein the enclosure has at least one antenna positioned within the read chamber device;
providing a plurality of absorber material components positioned on either side of the at least one antenna;
providing at least two containers such that each container has at least one RFID device attached thereon;
placing the at least two containers on a conveyer belt;
refining a leading edge signal of a read zone to allow for singulation of each container;
moving one of the at least two containers through the scanning enclosure and through the read zone provided by the read chamber;
and

reading the RFID device of the container that is moved through the scanning enclosure with the antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,799,238

DIGITALLY PRINTED HEAT TRANSFER LABEL

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1. A digitally printed heat transfer label for use on apparel, comprising:
at least one printed image applied to a substrate layer;
a polymeric coating, which can stretch at least about 5% and applied over the printed image; and
an adhesive layer having a powder and applied over the polymeric coating layer and printed image, while the printed image
is still wet.

US Pat. No. 10,073,994

SUCCESSIVE MEMORY WRITES IN AN RFID INTERROGATOR

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1. A process for optimizing the command sequence between an RFID interrogator and an RFID tag based on foreknowledge of the communication sequence between an RFID interrogator and an RFID tag, comprising the steps of:removing query command via the RFID interrogator;
removing ack command via the RFID interrogator;
issuing a Req_RN command via the RFID interrogator;
issuing a handle New RN 16 via the RFID tag;
responding with an access command via the RFID Interrogator; and
responding with status via the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 10,494,131

COMBINATION PRINTER AND CUTTING APPARATUS

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1. A combination printing and cutting device comprising:a printer;
a carriage assembly; and
a cutter assembly movably attached to the carriage assembly, the cutter assembly comprising:
an eccentric pinion shaft, comprising:
a housing support;
a bearer roller support; and
a cutter wheel support.

US Pat. No. 9,887,448

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

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1. A conductive structure for use with an RFID tag, comprising:
a metal foil layer having first and second sides, a first antenna pattern, a second antenna pattern distinct from the first
antenna pattern, with the first and second patterns being in cooperative association with one another, the second antenna
pattern defining at least a microprocessor attachment portion, and at least one of the first and second patterns formed by
laser ablation with each of the first and second patterns extending through each of the first and second sides of the metal
foil layer; and

a third antenna pattern cooperating with the first and second patterns to form a RFID antenna structure; and
a carrier layer supporting the metal foil layer in which the carrier layer is bonded by an adhesive layer to the metal foil
layer wherein the adhesive layer has a plurality of registration marks to assist in alignment of both the first and second
antenna patterns; and

a microprocessor attached to the microprocessor attachment portion of the second antenna pattern wherein the conductive structure
is manufactured by a roll-to-roll process and the laser creates a gap that allows for direct attachment of the microprocessor
with or without the use of contact extensions.

US Pat. No. 9,836,688

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR RFID HANG TAG

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1. A method for using a label comprising the steps of:
providing a tag stock having a first and second face,
placing an RFID component on the tag stock,
the RFID component having an area and adhered to the second face of the tag stock by a first adhesive layer, the first adhesive
layer having a first and second face and an outer periphery extending beyond the area of the RFID component,

adhering a liner to the second face of the first adhesive layer, and removing the label from a web such that the liner remains
affixed to the label.

US Pat. No. 9,697,455

USING REACTIVE COUPLING OF A PRINTED RFID CHIP ON A STRAP TO ALLOW THE PRINTED MATERIAL TO BE OVER-LAMINATED WITH A BARRIER FILM AGAINST OXYGEN AND MOISTURE INGRESS

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1. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) device, comprising:
a base layer;
a conductive layer disposed over at least a portion of the base layer;
a dielectric layer disposed over at least a portion of the conductive layer;
a protective coating layer disposed over at least a portion of the dielectric layer; and
a printed electronic circuit (PEC) disposed over at least a portion of the protective coating layer, such that the protective
coating layer fully covers the PEC to protect against oxygen and moisture ingress; and

at least two conductor pads disposed on at least a portion of the PEC, wherein the at least two conductor pads on the PEC
are capacitively coupled to the conductive layer and the PEC is attached to a carrier or strap.

US Pat. No. 10,546,224

METHOD OF ASSEMBLY OF ARTICLES AND INTERMEDIATE CREATED THEREBY

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11. A manufacturing method for roll materials, the method comprising:selecting a first web having a plurality of first elements disposed in a first linear array having a first spacing between adjacent first elements;
selecting a second web having a plurality of second elements disposed in a second linear array having a second spacing between adjacent second elements such that the first elements are antennas and the second elements are one of straps, interposers, or chips;
wherein the second spacing is different than the first spacing;
displacing the first web from a planar configuration between adjacent first elements prior to assembly so that portions of the first web lying between adjacent first elements are extended along the z-axis to draw adjacent first elements closer to each other;
attaching each first element to a corresponding second element through at least one of: registration, adhesive, heat, pressure, soldering, welding or laminating such that each first element is registered to each corresponding second element; and
cutting between each of the plurality of second elements to expand displaced portions of the first web returning the first web to the planar configuration such that the first and second elements are components of an RFID device.

US Pat. No. 10,540,914

LABEL ASSEMBLY

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1. A label assembly, comprising;a base layer, the base layer having an adhesive disposed over all or substantially all of a surface area for affixing to an article;
at least one informational layer stacked on the base layer, the at least one informational layer having at least one of fixed or variable printed information; and
near field RFID devices associated with each of the informational layers, wherein the near field RFID devices couple with a far field RFID device of the base layer;
wherein the base layer and subsequent informational layers are permanently bound by an adhesive disposed proximate at least one edge of at least one of the informational layers, and
wherein surfaces of the informational layers are configured to repeatedly peel apart and reseal, other than where permanently bound by the adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,360,418

INTERFERENCE-REDUCING RFID READER

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1. A method of using an RFID reader apparatus, comprising:detecting, with a dynamic scanner, a carton having a variant number of RFID tags;
wherein the dynamic scanner comprises at least one of a dynamic scanning tunnel (DST) and a high-density read chamber (HDRC);
diverting the carton to an auditing workstation system, the auditing workstation system comprising:
an RFID reader apparatus, the RFID reader apparatus comprising:
an enclosure, the enclosure having a backplate and a plurality of sidewalls extending upwards from the perimeter of the backplate, one of the plurality of sidewalls having a reader slot formed therein;
an inner antenna tray, the inner antenna tray sized to fit within an enclosure cavity defined by the plurality of sidewalls, the disposition of the inner antenna tray in the enclosure cavity defining a cable slot on the plane of the inner antenna tray, the cable slot permitting the passage of a cable from a top side of the inner antenna tray to a bottom side of the inner antenna tray and the inner antenna tray further comprises a recessed portion adapted to hold the antenna;
an antenna, the antenna sized to fit within a top enclosure cavity defined by the plurality of sidewalls and the inner antenna tray and disposed on the top side of the inner antenna tray, the antenna configured to broadcast and receive radio-frequency signals;
an RFID reader sized to fit within the reader slot, the RFID reader comprising a processor and a memory, the memory comprising computer code executable by the processor to cause the RFID reader to communicate with one or more RFID tags in the field of operation of the antenna, capture data belonging to the one or more RFID tags, and interpret the data belonging to the one or more RFID tags, the RFID reader further comprising a data port; and
a workstation platform, the workstation platform comprising a working surface constructed from non-ferrous material;
wherein the RFID reader apparatus is located directly below the working surface and is positioned such that the antenna is oriented upward; and
wherein a read zone is defined on a portion of the working surface directly above the RFID reader apparatus;
removing one or more items from the carton;
scanning the one or more items through the read zone;
detecting, with the RFID reader apparatus, a source of variant number of RFID tags, comprising at least one of: a variant number of items or an item having a variant number of RFID tags; and
repacking the carton with one or more items.

US Pat. No. 10,546,226

FEEDBACK CONTROL OF MOUNTED CHIP PRODUCTION

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1. A feedback control system, comprising:a measurement system having a plurality of contact points; and
a control mechanism communicatively coupled to the measurement system;
wherein the measurement system is configured to measure at least one physical property of an RFID chip assembly while the RFID chip assembly is undergoing production, the RFID chip assembly having at least one RFID chip,
wherein the control mechanism is configured to cause a force to be applied to the RFID chip in the RFID chip assembly in response to the measured physical property, the applied force causing a change in the measured physical property, and
wherein the feedback control system is configured to allow for multiple iterations of a measurement of a physical property and application of force.

US Pat. No. 10,539,608

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TESTING RFID STRAPS

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1. A method of testing RFID straps on a web, comprising:continuously moving a web including a plurality of RFID straps;
periodically moving a pair of contact pins toward the web and into contact with the web or an individual RFID strap on the web, wherein the contact pins are moved toward the web at a frequency that is greater than the frequency at which consecutive RFID straps on the web are moved into alignment with the contact pins such that the contact pins are moved into contact with each RFID strap at least once;
determining if RFID straps are defective via a controller; and
marking the defective straps.

US Pat. No. 10,540,527

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR NFC SECURITY

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1. A security system for detecting unauthorized near field communication (NFC) tags, comprising:a NFC radio detection system having a NFC controller with scanning or interrogating abilities and with at least one sub-assembly circuit boards;
an antenna, periodically energized by the NFC radio detection system;
a structure for housing the NFC radio detection system and at least one authorized NFC tag;
a display provided on the structure and containing the at least one authorized NFC tag;
at least one unauthorized NFC tag emitting a radio frequency (RF) signal applied on or near the display or the structure; and
where the at least one authorized NFC tag is programed with information about a surface of the display and has authorized radio frequency identification (RFID) device properties to function on the surface and the at least one unauthorized NFC tag without the information about the surface of the display does not provide intended communication capabilities;
the NFC controller interrogating an area including the display and the structure to detect whether the at least one unauthorized NFC tag is present; and
an alarm to signal the presence of the at least one unauthorized NFC tag and selects an action or set of actions to perform based on results from interrogating the area.

US Pat. No. 10,534,988

DURABLE RFID PRINTED FABRIC LABELS

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1. A combination of a durable label secured to a fabric item, comprising:a label comprising
a radio frequency identification (RFID) inlay having a first face and a second face;
a thermoplastic polyurethane polymeric sheet reinforcement layer adhered to and covering the first face of the RFID inlay or a portion of the RFID inlay;
a face sheet overlying the polymeric reinforcement layer; and
a functional adhesive overlying the second face of the RFID inlay; and
the fabric item durably secured to the label via the functional adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,500,884

THERMAL SENSITIVE MEDIA WITH INTERNAL RF PRINTING MATRIX

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1. A thermal sensitive media, comprising:a media layer;
a lamination layer disposed internal to the media layer, the lamination layer comprising a matrix of micro heating elements linked via fine circuit traces to a discharge generator;
a thermally sensitive record layer formed upon at least a portion of one surface of the media layer;
wherein the thermally sensitive record layer forms a visually discernable colored image in response to heat; and
an ultraviolet protective coating layer, where the protective coating layer comprises at least one light stabilizer and the at least one light stabilizer is a sterically hindered amine and the at least one stabilizer is capable of scavenging free radicals upon exposure to ultraviolet radiation; wherein the colored image is subject to degradation as a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation within a known photodegradative wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 9,940,853

LABEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL

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1. An apparel article, comprising;an apparel article;
at least one woven brand identification label comprising a woven material attached to the apparel article, the brand identification label having a planar surface constructed from approximately 100% post consumer waste material having a 75 denier yarn in a fill direction and a 150 denier yarn in a warp direction and an edge extending both above and below the planar surface having a fused edge of approximately 0.7 to 0.8 mm;
wherein the post consumer waste material has a width from 60 inches to 70 inches;
the at least one brand identification label including printed indicia and a security feature; and
wherein the printed indicia is provided by one of direct thermal, thermal transfer, flexographic, gravure, hot stamping or combination thereof;
wherein the material is able to be visibly authenticated as being made from recycled material by applying an identifier visible to a human eye to the planar surface of the woven edge tape; and
the woven material is first fused and then cut along a length of the woven material to create individual brand identification labels and the security feature is selected from a group including an EAS device and a RFID device, and the woven material is converted at run speeds from approximately 90 to approximately 180 feet/min.

US Pat. No. 9,767,329

NFC TAGS WITH PROXIMITY DETECTION

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1. A NFC security system for an advertising display, comprising:
a display;
a NFC detector circuit having a security controller and at least one NFC detector positioned on a portion of a surface of
the display;

at least one authorized NFC tag in proximity to the display;
an external NFC reader placed in proximity to the at least one NFC detector to form an NFC reading zone;
the at least one NFC detector having an inductive coil, the inductive coil distributing a magnetic energy over a surface of
the display; and

where an internal NFC reader detects an unauthorized tag applied to the display and creates a signal with the inductive coil
to disable the unauthorized tag.

US Pat. No. 9,760,749

REDUCE INLAY PITCH SINGULATION

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1. A process for adapting RFID power settings in a thermal printer, comprising the steps of:
utilizing a sufficiently low RF power level to create an RF field small enough in strength so that a single RFID transponder
is acted upon;

reading and saving a serialized tag identification (TID) field for the single RFID transponder;
increasing the RF power level;
encoding data on the single RFID transponder and the encoded data includes the serialized TID field;
reducing the RF power level back down to the selected read RF power level; and
reading and comparing the encoded data with data originally sent in a write command to confirm if the encoded data is accurately
encoded.

US Pat. No. 9,701,153

HEAT TRANSFERS WITH MINIMAL TRANSFER MARKING ON PERFORMANCE FABRICS

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1. A heat transfer label suitable for labeling performance fabrics with minimal transfer marking, comprising:
a. a support portion having a label carrier and a non-marking release layer; and
b. a transfer portion, said transfer portion being positioned over said support portion release layer for transfer of the
transfer portion from the support portion to a performance fabric under conditions of heat and pressure for a given dwell
time, said transfer portion comprising:

i. a hot melt adhesive layer having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being exposed to permit its direct
contact with a performance fabric to be labeled, and

ii. an ink design, said ink design is in contact and in conformity with the second surface of the hot melt adhesive layer,
said ink design exhibits recoverable stretch properties; and

c. said hot melt adhesive layer securely adheres the heat transfer label to performance fabrics at relatively low transfer
temperature, pressure and dwell time while minimizing or substantially eliminating transfer marks on the performance fabrics.

US Pat. No. 10,565,411

DETECTION OF SEAL INTEGRITY ON PRODUCTS USING RFID

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1. A system for detecting a status of a seal comprising:a container;
a lid configured to engage the container to form the seal between the lid and the container;
a seal status detection component positioned adjacent to the lid for indicating and communicating the status of the seal;
the seal status detection component comprise a RFID tag that is positioned over the lid;
enabling an operation of the RFID tag when the lid is inwardly deflected, as when an interior of the container is in a vacuum state;
when the seal of the container is broken and the interior of the container is no longer in the vacuum state, the lid will un-deflect, or pop up, and come into proximity or contact with the RFID tag, thereby disabling the operation of the RFID tag;
the enabling and disabling operation of the RFID tag read by a RFID reader.

US Pat. No. 10,026,035

RFID TAG INCLUDING A COATING

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1. A method of forming an RFID device, comprising:depositing an electrically conductive material on a substrate such that the electrically conductive material defines an antenna structure;
defining a gap in the electrically conductive material and at least one tuning loop portion in the electrically conductive material, the tuning loop portion having a plurality of loops separated by the gap;
depositing a plurality of coatings in patches that are located at discrete areas from one another and only over one tuning loop portion of the antenna structure and within a portion of the gap to separate edges of the tuning loop portions from each other, and the coating is an environmentally-responsive material that acts as an insulator; and wherein one coating provides a response to a first trigger and another coating provides a response to a second trigger and magnetic properties of the coating varies in response to a presence or absence of a chemical or biological material; and
coupling a wireless communications device, such as a strap or interposer with a RFID chip and having conductive leads to facilitate coupling between the antenna structure and RFID chip.

US Pat. No. 9,902,521

MANUAL SONIC WELDING MACHINE

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1. A sonic welding device for removably attaching a plurality of labels, comprising:
an anvil having adjustable fencing;
a head;
a converter;
a sonic horn;
a power supply; and
wherein the power supply delivers an electrical signal, the converter converts the electrical signal into a mechanical vibration,
and the sonic horn applies the high frequency, mechanical vibration to the plurality of labels to be welded forming a plurality
of welded labels; and

where the weld can be adjusted for strength.

US Pat. No. 9,734,365

METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED DIVERSION OF NFC TAGS

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1. A method for pairing an NFC enabled RFID device with an object comprising:
providing at least one RFID device with a RFID chip, an antenna, a bridge, and a substrate;
associating the at least one RFID device with the object;
integrating a material into the at least one RFID device and the object the material provides the RFID device with a desired
resonant frequency; and

detuning one or more unauthorized communication devices that are not designed for a loaded resonant frequency to compensate
for the material located in the at least one RFID device.

US Pat. No. 9,670,604

THREE DIMENSIONAL WEAVE FABRIC FOR PRODUCING A WOVEN ITEM

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1. A three dimensional weave fabric material hat, comprising:
a plurality of three dimensional weave fabric components woven into a plurality of predetermined shapes, wherein each of the
plurality of three dimensional weave fabric components comprise:

a face layer; and
a back layer;
wherein the face layer is woven to the back layer via a plurality of floating threads to create a predetermined pattern; and
wherein the predetermined pattern comprises puffed tubes that are areas where the face layer and the back layer are not woven
together; and

wherein the plurality of three dimensional weave fabric components are assembled to form a woven hat.

US Pat. No. 10,563,102

WASH DURABLE COLD APPLY ADHESIVE FOR APPAREL LABELING AND EMBELLISHMENT

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1. A crosslinkable pressure-sensitive adhesive, comprising:a pressure sensitive crosslinkable adhesive, prepared by dissolving an acrylic adhesive polymer(s) in an organic solvent carrier with thorough mixing to produce a solution containing from about 20% to 60% solids; and
at least one first polymer consisting of a mixture of monomers, which is the reaction product of a first ethylenically unsaturated monomer selected from the group consisting of an alkyl ester of acrylic acid, an alkyl ester of methacrylic acid, an ester of a carboxylic acid and an unsaturated alcohol and mixtures thereof; an optional second ethylenically unsaturated monomer selected from the group consisting of an olefin monomer, a vinylaromatic monomer and mixtures thereof; and from 1% to 10% by weight of the at least one first polymer of a polar monomer comprising a mixture of a third monomer comprising a monomer of the formula I and a fourth monomer comprising a monomer of the formula II:
H2C?CH-L1-OH  I
H2C?CR1-L2-CO2H  II
where L1 and L2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a direct bond and an alkylene group of formula —(CH2)m—[X—(CH2)n]o—;
R1 is H or methyl;
m and n are independently selected from the group consisting of 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4;
o is from 0 to 10; and
X is absent or is a group selected from the group consisting of —CHR—, —O—, —S—, —CO2—, —CO—, —CONH—, —NHCO—, and —NHCO2—, where R is lower alkyl;
and where the monomer of formula II comprises acrylic acid or methacrylic acid and where the fourth monomer further contains an ethylenically unsaturated non-functional monomer consisting of an olefin monomer selected from the group consisting of ethylene, propylene, and isobutylene;
a first multifunctional crosslinking agent having at least two epoxide rings or at least one epoxide ring and at least one aziridine ring; and
a second multifunctional crosslinking agent having at least two isocyanate groups and the first multifunctional crosslinking agent and the second multifunctional crosslinking agent are used in a ratio of below 13:1;
where at least one of the isocyanate groups is an isocyanate-terminated oligomer of a diisocyanate and a dihydroxy compound or a diamine compound, and the oligomer contains from 2 to 10 diisocyanate-derived moieties;
where an amount of the monomer of formula I and the monomer of formula II are present in the at least one polymer so that the adhesive has a desired mole ratio of 10:1 of hydroxyl groups to carboxyl groups and the adhesive is used in a laminate comprising a first substrate layer and a second fabric layer laminated to a face of the first substrate layer such that the laminate is a label that does not leave a heat mark on a fabric after labeling.

US Pat. No. 9,950,541

THERMAL PRINTER AND COMPONENTS

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1. A thermal printer, comprising:a thermal print head for printing barcodes and alphanumeric information on a web of record members;
a stepper motor that is responsive to a periodic drive signal to advance the web of record members past the print head for printing wherein the drive signal controls speed of the stepper motor;
a controller that comprises a microprocessor which operates in accordance with software routines stored in a memory so as to control operations of the bar code printer;
a plurality of sensors, monitors, and detectors to monitor operating conditions of the bar code printer;
a frame comprising a female receptor with a matched slot for receiving a radial pin; and
a platen roller with a bayonet connector and a vertical spring that aligns a shaft of the platen roller and depresses for insertion into the slot and then is pushed upwards into the slot, such that the bayonet connector is no longer free to rotate unless pressure is depressed against the vertical spring to release it from the slot.

US Pat. No. 9,941,569

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

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1. A method of manufacturing an antenna structure for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising the steps of:providing a conductive layer, a two part adhesive layer in which one part is tacky and another part is not tacky, and a carrier layer supporting the conductive layer and the adhesive layer;
cutting a first antenna pattern through the conductive layer wherein the cutting includes performing a partial die cut with one of a rotary die cutter or a laser cutter up to the carrier layer but not through the carrier layer and through the conductive layer and the adhesive layer;
creating a microprocessor attachment portion by further cutting in the first antenna pattern to create a RFID antenna structure; where the microprocessor attachment portion in the first antenna pattern includes ablating the conductive layer using a computer controlled cutting laser; and
attaching a microprocessor to the microprocessor attachment portion wherein the RFID antenna structure has multiple contact points allowing for one of a direct attachment point for the microprocessor or a strap attachment point each being different points on the RFID antenna structure without changing a design of the RFID antenna structure.

US Pat. No. 9,922,218

RFID ISOLATION TUNNEL WITH DYNAMIC POWER INDEXING

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1. A method of utilizing an RFID scanning enclosure with dynamic power indexing, comprising:
varying parameters of the enclosure in real-time to handle a variety of carton sizes;
configuring a target carton which is about to be scanned;
adjusting the enclosure for each carton's needs
combining any number of input parameters prior to scanning the target carton; and
tuning the enclosure in real time to needs and characteristics of each individual carton, such that the method utilizes a
resistive sheet absorber technique which uses placement internal to the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,874,603

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPACITIVE COUPLING TESTING

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1. A system for measuring the capacitance of an RFID strap, comprising:
an RFID strap comprising an RFID chip, a first contact pad, and at least a second contact pad coupled to the RFID chip;
a substrate having a first and second side, wherein the first side and second side are opposite one another; and
a measuring system comprising a meter, a first test pad, and a second test pad;
wherein the meter and the first and second test pads are communicatively coupled,
wherein the RFID strap is placed on the first side of the substrate such that first contact pad and the second contact pad
are in contact with the first side of the substrate, the first test pad is placed on the second side of the substrate opposite
the first contact pad such that there is an area of overlap through the substrate between the first test pad and the first
contact pad, the second test pad is placed on the second side of the substrate opposite the second contact pad such that there
is an area of overlap through the substrate between the second test pad and the second contact pad, and

wherein the meter measures the total capacitance between the first test pad and the second test pad.

US Pat. No. 10,186,126

MULTI-PORT STRAPS INCORPORATING SENSING FEATURES

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1. A multi-port strap device, comprising:a chip;
a first port for coupling to an antenna;
a secondary port; and
an extended area comprising a pair of extended port pads connected to the secondary port providing anti-tampering functions for the strap device; and
wherein an individual extended port pad of the pair of the extended port pads is positioned on either side of the secondary port; and
wherein the secondary port is initially in an open circuit state and material used to form the multi-port strap device is responsive to a sensed state by using resistance whereby the secondary port short circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,186,765

RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) ANTENNA CONTAINING ELEMENT AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

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8. A method of forming a radio frequency (RF) antenna containing element, the method comprising:providing a carrier layer;
providing a metal foil laminate having a metal foil layer bonded to the carrier layer;
patterning an antenna adhesive pattern to one of a reinforcement layer and carrier layer laminating the carrier layer and the reinforcement layer and at least a portion of the adhesive pattern is cured after applying;
die-cutting an antenna pattern with a laser die cutter, wherein the antenna pattern is in registration with the antenna adhesive pattern through the metal foil laminate to the carrier layer;
the metal foil laminate having an opening by creating a gap in the metal foil laminate to define antenna contact ends and an RFID or strap chip is placed in the gap; and
applying a voltage potential to the antenna contact ends across the gap, the gap being sized to allow placement of an RFID chip;
removing an undesired matrix portion of the metal foil laminate to provide a metal foil laminate, cross-cut antenna disposed on the carrier layer; and
wherein the step of die-cutting of the antenna pattern through includes performing a partial die cut with a die-cutter which cuts through the adhesive pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,035,368

LABEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME TO LABEL ARTICLES DURABLY YET REMOVABLY

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8. A method for processing a garment, said method comprising the steps of:(a) printing an ink image on a support;
(b) then coupling a protective layer to the surface of an ink layer opposite the image support;
(c) then, bonding said ink image and said support to the garment, wherein said support is positioned between said ink image and the garment;
(d) then, while said ink image and said support are bonded to the garment, bonding, using at least one of heat and light, a remover layer to said ink image in such a way that the bonding between said remover layer and said ink image is stronger than the bonding between said ink image and the garment; and
(e) then, removing said ink image from said garment by separating said remover layer from the garment.

US Pat. No. 9,876,265

FOIL LAMINATE INTERMEDIATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

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1. A foil laminate intermediate assembly, comprising:
a substrate having first and second face, a first and second longitudinally extending side edge, and a first and second transversely
extending edge,

a plurality of registration marks provided on the first face of the substrate along one of the first and second longitudinally
extending side edges or along one of the first and second transversely extending edges such that the plurality of registration
marks are provided to assist in the cutting of an antenna structure;

a first pattern of adhesive provided in a form of at least a portion of circuit disposed on the first face of the substrate
and adjacent the plurality of registration marks;

a metal foil applied over the pattern of adhesive that does not cover the plurality of registration marks; and
the metal foil having at least a first pattern corresponding to the first pattern of adhesive and the pattern of adhesive
includes optical brighteners on top of the adhesive which are provided in a pattern to correspond to at least the first pattern
in the metal foil wherein the antenna structure will have multiple contact points for one of either a direct attachment of
a microprocessor or a strap containing a microprocessor and the first pattern of the metal foil is formed by laser cutting
and is an antenna pattern for a radio frequency identification device.

US Pat. No. 10,255,468

TRANSMISSION RFID TEST SYSTEMS

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1. A magnetic RFID test system, comprising:a first transmit loop; and
a second receive loop; and
wherein coupling between the first loop and the second loop is dependent on the inverse cube law for distance but also the cosine of a relative angle between coils; and
wherein the relative angle between the first loop and the second loop is 90 degrees so coupling is at a minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,169,796

PROCESS FOR THE DELIVERY OF CUSTOMIZED INFORMATION RELATED TO A SPECIFIC PRODUCT OF INTEREST TO A CONSUMER

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1. A process for using a system for obtaining product specific information on a personal data collection device from a content management system of a merchandizing system, comprising the steps of:providing a first database, associated with the content management system, having a collection of product information;
applying a brand identification device to a consumer good through a label, the brand identification device having a unique identifier;
providing a personal data collection device which can extract and decode via software on the personal data collection device the unique identifier and transmit the unique identifier to the management system;
scanning, by the personal data collection device, the label with the brand identification device having the unique identifier;
interpreting the data from the personal data collection device and extracting the unique identifier, by the software, and the software makes an http request to a server;
searching, by the server, an address in a second database associated with the unique identifier such that the second database associates a plurality of different unique identifiers with corresponding addresses;
transmitting, by the server, another http response back to the personal data collection device, wherein the another http response includes the address;
in response to the transmitting, opening, by the personal data collection device, a browser and directing a user of the personal data collection device to the content management system by making an http post to the address, thereby creating an http session;
receiving data from the personal data collection device on the content management system such that the content management system recognizes the personal data collection device and holds the http session received from the personal data collection device open, the data including a type identification of the personal data collection device and the unique identifier such that the first database associates unique identifiers with corresponding numbers or the like;
creating, in response to receiving the data, a web page optimized for the personal data collection device based at least in part on the type identification, the web page including dynamic content for the consumer good and product information based at least in part on the unique identifier and the web page is specific to the brand identification device;
transmitting the web page to the personal data collection device to display the web page on the personal data collection device;
providing a customized user interface on the personal data collection device such that the web page serves as a user interface and is customized for the consumer good; and
selecting one of the collection of product information using the user interface on the personal data collection device.

US Pat. No. 10,081,894

MERCHANDISE TAGS INCORPORATING A DURABLE ANTENNA

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1. A merchandise tag comprising:a label formed of a fabric material;
a wireless communication device incorporated into the label and including
an RFID chip, and
a slot-loop hybrid antenna electrically coupled to the RFID chip and including a conductor sheet defining a slot; and
a sew line at which the label is secured to a piece of merchandise, wherein
the sew line divides the label into an upper portion and a lower portion,
the RFID chip and the slot of the antenna are positioned within the upper portion of the label, and
the conductor sheet includes a relatively high conductance portion and a relatively low conductance portion, with the RFID chip being electrically coupled to and the slot being defined in the portion having the greater conductance and only the portion of the conductor sheet having a relatively low conductance is formed of a conductive fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,042,189

BACKPLANE FOR ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY

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1. A backplane for use in an electrophoretic display, comprising:a base film layer;
a printed interconnect layer that is a foil material having one or more laser-formed gaps;
a foil layer comprised of an aluminum material including at least one laser-formed gap; where a region of the foil layer may be selectively heated with laser energy without vaporizing the region; and
a display film layer, wherein said at least one laser-formed gap is defined in the foil layer after the foil layer is applied to one of the other layers; and
a printed insulator layer positioned between the foil layer and the interconnect layer.

US Pat. No. 9,971,917

THERMAL PRINTER WITH A QUICK RELEASE COVER

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1. A thermal tabletop and industrial printer device for printing on and electronically encoding and verifying radio frequency identification (RFID) labels, tags, or stickers attached to a continuous web, comprising:a printer housing with a printer cover, having a plurality of thumb screws creating an easily removable cover;
a print head capable of printing on the continuous web, wherein the print head is positioned within the printer housing and the print head is a thermal print head that automatically detects dot density;
a first RFID reader/writer module that electronically encodes the RFID tags with data while the continuous web is moving; and
a second RFID reader/writer module that verifies the data encoded to the RFID tags; and wherein the printer device can read and encode and print on an RFID tag without damaging the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 9,892,398

DISTRIBUTED POINT OF SALE, ELECTRONIC ARTICLE SURVEILLANCE, AND PRODUCT INFORMATION SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD

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1. A distributed point of sale, electronic article surveillance, and product information system, comprising:
a central database; and
at least one integrated POS/EAS/information terminal comprising a processor, a NFC transceiver, a UHF RFID reader, and a Bluetooth
transceiver,

wherein the integrated POS/EAS/information terminal is:
adapted to communicate with NFC enabled devices, RFID and EAS tags, and the central database, where a RFID and EAS tag may
be deactivated, or may change status, to permit removal of the product from an EAS-controlled area of a retail location without
an alarm; and

configured such that when a customer places an NFC-enabled device and a product having an RFID and EAS tag that comprises
a secondary antenna, within the field area of NFC transmissions between the NFC-enabled device and the integrated POS/EAS/information
terminal, the integrated POS/EAS/information terminal facilitates a transaction for purchasing the product, wherein the integrated
POS/EAS/information terminal is adapted to prioritize receiving modulated UHF signals from RFID tags, the modulated UHF signals
being modulated by an NFC transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,372,951

TUNNEL FOR HIGH DENSITY PACKAGED GOODS

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1. A read tunnel device for scanning a plurality of cartons of high density packaged items moving through an enclosure, comprising:a read chamber; and
a radio frequency identification (RFID) scanning enclosure for reading the plurality of cartons; and
a conveyor belt for moving the plurality of cartons through the enclosure; and
at least one antenna positioned within the read chamber; and
wherein the at least one antenna projects radio frequency energy to read RFID tags attached to the items; and
a tube comprising apertures that allow RFID readers to scan the plurality of cartons to read the RFID tags attached to the items.

US Pat. No. 10,434,817

HIGH-FUNCTION HEAT TRANSFER RELEASES

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1. A heat transfer label for application to an item, comprising:a carrier;
a release layer on the carrier surface;
an ink design layer;
an adhesive layer in registration with the ink design layer; and
wherein the release layer comprises a heat stable film forming organic composition which comprises a thermoset or chemically crosslinked composition, a surface active chemistry component comprising a multi-segmented or branched macromere, pre-polymer or polymer with both matrix-compatible and matrix-incompatible sections, and a dispersion of fine, heat stable solid phase components.

US Pat. No. 10,373,045

COUPLING OF RFID STRAPS TO ANTENNAE USING A COMBINATION OF MAGNETIC AND ELECTRIC FIELDS

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1. An RFID device, comprising:an antenna;
an RFID strap, including a chip attached to the strap, the strap is coupled to the antenna by a combination of magnetic and electric fields; andthe strap comprises a strap conductor that includes a loop and an extension, the extension overlapping and crossing the antenna and the strap conductor has a center line extending generally in a direction between the RFID chip and the antenna;where the RFID strap is encapsulated to provide a robust structure.

US Pat. No. 10,372,944

ANTI-COUNTERFEITING SERIALIZATION SYSTEM

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1. A method of creating a label having a serial number for anti-counterfeiting comprising the steps of:obtaining an input serial number;
locating a seed character at a predetermined position in the input serial number;
determining, based on the seed character, a first output position for an incrementing character of the input serial number;
determining, based on the incrementing character, at least one second output position for at least one remaining character of the input serial number,
generating an output serial number having the incrementing character in the first output position and at least one remaining character in the at least one second output position; and
printing a label with the output serial number.

US Pat. No. 10,176,353

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF FORENSIC ENCRYPTION

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1. A system for forensic encryption, comprising:a 2D barcode pattern comprising a plurality of 2D barcode elements printed in a region on a printable surface, and which is affixed to a unique product; and
at least one glyph printed within an area of the 2D barcode pattern; and
wherein the 2D barcode elements are decoded by a first 2D barcode scanner to yield the at least one glyph, and wherein the at least one glyph is decoded by a user to verify the at least one glyph.

US Pat. No. 10,660,205

FUNCTIONAL SUBSTRATES FOR PRINTED ELECTRONIC DEVICES

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1. A circuit device, comprising:a functional substrate component;
printed electronic elements formed on the functional substrate component;
one or more of logic, radiofrequency, or drive electronics positioned on the functional substrate component; and
a removable base material;
wherein the printed electronic elements formed on the functional substrate component interact with the functional substrate component to perform a function and to modify the functional substrate component.

US Pat. No. 10,373,125

PRINTER ACTING AS HOST FOR DEVICE PRINTERS/SCANNERS

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1. A process for pairing a host barcode printer with a handheld printer/scanner device, comprising the steps of:powering on the host barcode printer having at least one antenna and at least one USB device port;
starting an application that utilizes device pairing on the host barcode printer;
powering on the handheld printer/scanner device;
enabling Bluetooth connectivity on both the host barcode printer and the handheld printer/scanner device;
enabling connections on the host barcode printer to search for the handheld printer/scanner device;
checking to see if an address of the handheld printer/scanner device is found;
if the address has been found, then selecting the handheld printer/scanner device to be paired;
entering a PIN code; and
if the PIN code is valid, then the handheld printer/scanner device is successfully paired and ready to print and the process is exited.

US Pat. No. 10,599,895

PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS OF DATA FROM MULTIPLE TEST SCENARIOS TO IMPROVE READ ACCURACY

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1. An inventory management system comprising:a first RFID reader system including
a first RFID reader configured to attempt to communicate with a plurality of RFID-readable tags and generate data regarding the RFID-readable tags with which the first RFID reader has successfully communicated, and
a first host programmed to receive said data from the first RFID reader, generate instructions based at least in part on said data, and transmit said instructions; and
a second RFID reader system including
a second RFID reader configured to attempt to communicate with said plurality of RFID-readable tags, and
a second host programmed to receive said instructions from the first host and modify the operation of the second RFID reader in attempting to communicate with said plurality of RFID-readable tags based at least in part on said instructions so as to increase the number of said plurality of RFID-readable tags which the second RFID reader successfully communicates in a given time.

US Pat. No. 10,423,810

RFID RETAIL FLOOR ITEM CARRIAGE

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1. A radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled container, comprising:an enclosure, the enclosure comprising a base and a plurality of walls disposed around a perimeter of the base, the enclosure having at least one opening;
the enclosure further comprising a layer of radio frequency wave reflecting material coupled to an outside surface of the base;
each of the plurality of walls comprising a strip of radio frequency wave reflecting material coupled to a lower portion of an outside surface of the wall, and a layer of radio frequency wave mitigation material coupled to a portion of the outside surface of the wall not covered by the radio frequency wave reflecting material;
the base comprising a near-field radio-frequency antenna, the radio-frequency antenna pointed in a direction of the at least one opening, the radio-frequency antenna communicatively coupled to a host device, the host device comprising a processor, a memory, and a power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,416,073

RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION SENSOR ASSEMBLY

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1. A method for detecting properties or conditions of an environment comprising:overlaying a sensing material onto a surface of a first RFID chip having a structure to form a RFID sensor,
configuring the first RFID chip to function as an optical sensor;
introducing a second RFID chip that has an inert material and the second RFID chip is part of the structure of the first chip;
configuring the sensing material to function as a variable light filter that filters light differently depending upon the properties or conditions of the environment surrounding the RFID sensor;
directing light from a light source towards the RFID sensor and the second chip and the light source is selectively operated by an RFID reader wherein the RFID reader periodically activates the light source to monitor the change in a condition or parameter over time and an amount of light permitted through to the sensing material is a function of a presence or concentration of the sensed condition or parameter; and
detecting the response of the RFID sensor and looking at the difference between a response from each of the first and second chip in response to the light.

US Pat. No. 10,410,101

RFID DIGITAL PRINT/ENCODE

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1. A process for printing and encoding RFID products, comprising the steps of:obtaining a sheet or roll having a plurality of RFID devices;
pre-reading each of the RFID devices;
obtaining Electronic Product Codes;
printing variable data and a barcode onto the sheet or roll;
reading the barcode with the print encode device provided during the step of printing;
encoding all the RFID devices in the sheet or roll such that the RFID devices are read and encoded as part of a continuous process and the encoding and printing occurs substantially simultaneously; where printer/encoder can encode RFID devices using one of full encoding or partial encoding and when partial encoding a remainder of coding is completed by an end user;
finishing the sheet or roll to form individual labels or tags;
checking the RFID devices to verify that they are encoded with information relating to the barcode.

US Pat. No. 10,399,317

COMPOSITE IMAGE HEAT TRANSFER WITH SCANNABLE MARK

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1. A composite image heat transfer, comprisinga sheet where the composite image is placed and is subsequently completed by addition of at least one of sheets, materials or conditions;
a heat transfer having a scannable mark embedded in the heat transfer and the heat transfer is a number, crest or emblem relating to an athlete or sports team;
the scannable mark containing a unique identifier positioned on the heat transfer in an area of an image such that the scannable mark is not visible to a user;
an apparel item suitable for receiving the heat transfer, the scannable mark containing information relating to the image and the scannable mark is linked to a database having information relating to a subject and the database associates a plurality of different unique identifiers with corresponding addresses.

US Pat. No. 10,395,071

CONTROL OF RFID READER EMISSIONS WHICH MAY CAUSE INTERFERENCE WITH SYSTEMS USING RFID TAGS

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1. A system for controlling an RFID emission within an environment including a sensitive object, comprising: an RFID reader configured to emit a reader signal; a host associated with the RFID reader and configured to define a signal strength of the reader signal; and a guard tag configured to receive the reader signal and, upon receiving the reader signal, emit a return signal to be received by the RFID reader, wherein the host is further configured to, upon the RFID reader receiving the return signal, decrease the signal strength and/or change a direction in which the reader signal is emitted; andwherein the guard tag includes a sensor configured to determine whether the sensitive object is active or inactive and, upon determining that the sensitive object is inactive, modify the return signal to prevent the host from decreasing the signal strength or changing the direction in which the reader signal is emitted upon the RFID reader receiving the return signal.

US Pat. No. 10,282,967

TIME-TEMPERATURE TRACKING LABEL

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1. A time-temperature tracking and indicator system for a pharmaceutical product having a time-temperature threshold, the system comprising a label, a computing device, and a computer application, wherein:the time-temperature threshold comprises an upper temperature threshold, an extreme upper temperature threshold, and a lower temperature threshold;
the label is configured to be attached to at least one of the product and packaging for the product, the label including:
a facestock comprising printed indicia, wherein the facestock has a thickness from about 10 to about 100 microns,
a microchip configured to store information associated with the product, the information including at least one of time data and temperature data associated with the product, wherein the microchip is configured to record time only when a temperature threshold is exceeded;
a communication apparatus configured to wirelessly communicate the information stored in the microchip to the computing device,
an indicator configured to display an initial status and a secondary status, and to provide a permanent visual indication as the secondary status for indicating that the time-temperature threshold of the product has been exceeded, wherein the indicator comprises at least one of a liquid crystal display (LCD), thermochromic ink, and electrochromic ink and
a power source for powering the microchip, the indicator, and optionally the communication apparatus; and
the computer application is executable on the computing device and configured to create manipulated information by performing operations on the information communicated to the computing device by the communication apparatus, and to output the manipulated information to indicate if the time-temperature threshold of the product has been exceeded;
wherein the indicator is visible through the facestock.

US Pat. No. 10,242,307

SECURITY DEVICE USING A THICK DIPOLE ANTENNA

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1. A method of constructing a radio frequency identification (RFID) security device comprising the steps of:providing a conductive material having a perimeter and an integrated circuit, the conductive material having a skin depth greater than 10 times the skin depth required for radio frequency purposes in one of UHF, HF or LF;
producing branding or promotional information on the material;
cutting at least one opening in the conductive material, and the opening has an open end in the perimeter and a closed end centrally disposed extending in an area of the conductive material inwardly from the perimeter and the opening has a first and second side;
injecting the at least one opening with a thermoplastic material; and
attaching the integrated circuit between the first and second side of the opening with a strap to form the RFID device.

US Pat. No. 10,179,465

CUTTER ACCESSORY FOR PRINTING SYSTEM

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1. A cutter accessory for use in combination with a printing device, comprising: a body configured to be mounted onto a printing device;an access door mounted to the body and movable between a closed position and an open position;
a slot defined in the access door and configured to receive printed material from the printing device when the access door is in the closed position;
a cutting blade movably mounted to the body; and
at least one cam associated with the cutting blade and operable to move the cutting blade with respect to the slot to cut the printed material from the printing device, wherein the at least one cam is accessible when the access door is in the open position and inaccessible when the access door is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,636,266

SMART PRODUCT LABEL PLATFORM

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1. A hang tag or care label for a garment or accessory, comprising:embedded trigger technology with at least one embedded trigger embedded via a digital manufacturing process, and a unique identifier corresponding to the at least one embedded trigger;
a data management platform having a business rules engine configured to select data items stored in the data management platform in which data items are enabled via the embedded trigger technology and the unique identifier; and
a secure box to house inbound and outbound data for communicating with external printers.

US Pat. No. 10,607,131

SELF ADHESIVE LABEL AND RFID INLAY

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15. A method of incorporating a RFID inlay into a self adhesive label comprising the steps of:providing a substrate with an adhesive layer, where the substrate has a hole suitably sized and shaped for a display,
cutting the substrate with a laser,
cutting at least one set of perforations,
securing a RFID inlay to the substrate by incorporating the RFID inlay into the adhesive layer,
where the RFID inlay is positioned near the hole, and
folding the label on itself at the at least one set of perforations to secure the RFID inlay therein; and when the label is folded on itself, an exposed adhesive section is created.

US Pat. No. 10,599,887

DUAL RFID MODULES IN AN RFID PRINTER/ENCODER/VERIFICATION SYSTEM

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1. A radio frequency identification (RFID) printer device for electronically encoding and verifying radio frequency identification (RFID) labels, tags, or other construction media, comprising:a print head capable of printing on the RFID tags; the print head is a thermal print head that automatically detects dot density; and
a first RFID reader/writer module that electronically encodes the RFID tags with data;
a second RFID reader/writer module that verifies the data encoded to the RFID tag; and
a processor for communicating with the first and the second RFID reader/writer modules; and
the first and second RFID reader/writer modules are individually controlled to operate in tandem such that the first RFID reader/writer performs a dedicated function of encoding on a tag as a web is moving through the device while the second RFID reader/writer substantially simultaneously performs a dedicated function of reading data encoded on a tag as it moves through the device.

US Pat. No. 10,592,794

INDUSTRIAL PRINTER

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1. A process for printing, encoding, and verifying RFID products, using a printer device, comprising the steps of:providing a thermal tabletop and industrial printer device for printing on and electronically encoding and verifying radio frequency identification (RFID) labels, tags, or stickers attached to a continuous web, comprising: a print head capable of printing on the continuous web, a supply sensor, a supply damper, an RFID reader/writer module that electronically encodes the RFID tags with data while the continuous web is moving and a second RFID reader/writer module that verifies the data encoded to the RFID tags and the second RFID reader/writer module is individually controlled from the RFID reader/writer module that electronically encodes the RFID tags, such that the printer device can encode and verify in a sequential manner, substantially simultaneously or simultaneously, and the printer device can read and encode and print on an RFID tag without damaging the RFID tag, a cutter attachment may be attached;
issuing commands be sent in sequence, the commands including write EPC, write access, password lock, and read EPC as one command;
feeding a label in position;
fetching EPC data from memory;
generating a program command with EPC data packet;
sending packet to RFID module;
receiving RFID module response packet;
extracting response data from packet; and
decoding response data.

US Pat. No. 10,410,175

UTILITY TIMERS IN A FOOD FRESHNESS PRINTER

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1. A process for creating a time configuration file or item select form that will enable predetermined timer events for a user to be preinstalled into a food freshness barcode printer or smart printer, comprising the steps of:entering a button process; and
determining if a button is a label or not; and
printing a label batch if the button is a label; and
adding an active event timer if the button is not a label.

US Pat. No. 10,401,234

SENSOR WITH CONTROLLABLE THERMAL CONTACT FOR TEMPERATURE MONITORING

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1. A method of determining the temperature of an object, comprising:(a) providing and positioning a first thermally conductive member generally adjacent to a heating member;
(b) positioning a second thermally conductive member generally adjacent to the object, and where the first and second thermally conductive members are flexible to conform to the surface of the object;
(c) moving a probe member into contact with the first thermally conductive member to generate a first input while same is out of contact with the second thermally conductive member;
(d) moving the probe member into contact with the second thermally conductive member to generate a second input while same is out of contact with the first thermally conductive member; and
(e) determining the temperature of the object based, at least in part, on the first and second inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,402,598

NFC TAGS WITH PROXIMITY DETECTION

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1. A NFC detector, for use with an advertising display, comprising:a counter circuit;
an inductive coil; and
wherein the counter circuit records a number of instances that an external NFC reader is placed proximate to the display holding the inductive coil.

US Pat. No. 10,387,763

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF RFID TAGS

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1. An RFID tag comprising:an RFID chip;
a first antenna segment secured to the RFID chip;
a second antenna segment secured to the RFID chip; and
a wire segment secured on a first end to the first antenna segment and secured on a second end to the second antenna segment, wherein the first end of the wire segment is wrapped around the first antenna segment and second end of the wire is wrapped around the second antenna segment.

US Pat. No. 10,320,054

RFID TAGS DESIGNED TO WORK ON DIFFICULT SUBSTRATES

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1. A (radio frequency identification) RFID tag designed to operate on difficult substrates, comprising:a thermoplastic substrate component;
an RFID antenna structure formed on a side of the thermoplastic substrate component; and
an RFID chip coupled to the RFID antenna structure; and
wherein the substrate component is deformed into a cavity with the RFID antenna structure positioned within the cavity and a bottom surface of the cavity is covered with a base layer and the base layer is smaller than a rim area of the cavity such that an extension of the RFID antenna structure extends outside the base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,198,677

RFID TAG FOR PRINTED FABRIC LABEL AND METHOD OF MAKING

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1. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag structure comprising:a first material substrate with a top and a bottom face;
a conductive material adhered to the top face of the substrate, the conductive material is patterned to form an antenna and a removable portion, the conductive material is applied wholly within a perimeter of the first material substrate;
a RFID chip attached to the antenna;
a second material substrate that completely overlies the antenna and chip and is in substantial alignment with the first material substrate after removal of the removable portion; and
the second material is adhered with an adhesive provided by a transfer tape.

US Pat. No. 10,191,138

RFID-BASED SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING LARGE AREAS

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1. A system for locating RFID tags in an area, comprising:a platform;
an RFID reader head associated with the platform;
at least one support extending between the platform and an anchor position within an area, with a separate anchor position being associated with each support; and
at least one support adjustment device, with a separate support adjustment device being associated with each support, wherein each support adjustment device is operable to adjust the length of the associated support between the platform and the anchor position associated with said support, thereby varying the location of the RFID reader head in the area.

US Pat. No. 10,452,875

USING RFID DEVICES INTEGRATED OR INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGING OF MEDICAL DEVICES TO FACILITATE A SECURE AND AUTHORIZED PAIRING WITH A HOST SYSTEM

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1. A method of linking a medical device with a smart device including:obtaining a system for linking a medical device with a smart device that includes:
a medical device;
a smart device;
a package encasing the medical device; and
an RFID device integrated into the package encasing and associated with the medical device;
removing the medical device from the package encasing and applying to a person;
presenting the RFID device to the smart device;
reading the RFID device with the smart device;
using information obtained from the RFID device to establish communications between the smart device and the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,282,572

METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED DIVERSION OF NFC TAGS

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1. A system for blocking unauthorized radio frequency communication comprising:a NFC enabled RFID device;
an object to which the RFID device is associated; and
a substrate provided with the RFID device and the object wherein the substrate includes at least one of a high dielectric material, a high permeability material, a resonant inductive circuit, and a conductive region and an unauthorized RFID tag designed for a benign substrate will have its performance impaired or incapacitated by the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,471,868

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR RFID HANG TAG

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1. A label comprising:
a tag stock having a first and second face and the tag stock has optically readable information printed upon on at least one
of the first and second faces,

an RFID component having an area and adhered to the second face of the tag stock by a first face of a first adhesive layer
having a first and second face and an outer periphery extending beyond the area of the RFID component,

and a glassine white liner adhered to the second face of the first adhesive layer,
wherein the label is adhered to a web such that when the label is removed from the web the liner becomes part of the label
and the label has at least one opening to hang the label from an object.