The assignee for this patent, patent number 8799575, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The use of and development of electronic devices has grown nearly exponentially in recent years. The growth is fueled by reduced processor, circuit, and logics sizes, larger networks, more reliable protocols, enhanced software functionality, and better hardware available to manufacturers, service providers, and consumers. As a result, more people than ever are buying and using electronic devices. Correspondingly, the number of memory cards, memory devices, memory drives, and external memory units (hereinafter referred to as 'memory cards') utilized by these electronic devices has sky rocketed as have the logistical problems of processing memory cards that are returned for refunds, exchanges, repairs, or refurbishments.
"Under various circumstances, users may return memory cards to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), retailer, repair facility, service provider, logistics provider, or other entity. Memory cards are often returned for exchanges, warranty issues, or any number of other justified or arbitrary reasons. It is imperative that any memory card that has been returned be cleared of all personal information, sensitive data, or other information linked to a previous user. If the personal information is not removed, applicable laws, industry standards, and common business practices may be violated. For example, the personal information may be used by another party to perpetrate an act of identity theft. Similarly, the privacy of a previous user may be otherwise violated."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "One embodiment provides a system and method for verifying memory cards. A memory card may be received in a card reader in communication with a computing device. The memory card may be scanned utilizing a computing device. A visual indicator may be displayed on the computing device indicating whether the card is functioning correctly and whether the memory card passed or failed the scanning. An identifier associated with the memory card may be stored in response to determining the memory card passed the scanning. A first volume name of the memory card may be rewritten to the second volume name in response to storing the identifier.
"Another embodiment includes a system for verifying one or more memory cards. System may include a computing device configured to display instructions for verifying the one or more memory and electronic records for each of the one or more memory cards. System may also include a card reader in communication with the computing device. The card reader may be configured to receive one or more memory cards. The computing device is configured to automatically scan the one or more memory cards utilizing the card reader, display a visual indicator indicating whether the card reader is functioning correctly and whether the one or more memory cards passed or failed the scan, change a first volume name of the one or more memory cards to a second volume name in response to the one or more memory cards passing the scan, and store the electronic record associated with the memory card in response to determining the memory card passed the scanning.
"Yet another embodiment includes a computing device for verifying content of one or more memory cards. The computing device may include a processor for executing a set of instructions, a memory for executing the set of instructions, and a card reader for communicating the one or more memory cards. The set of instructions may be executed to: scan the one or memory cards utilizing a computing device to determine CPI is removed, display a visual indicator whether the card reader is functioning correctly and whether the one or more memory cards passed or failed the scanning, store a virtual serial number in one of the one or more memory cards in response to determining the one of the one or more cards passed the scanning, and store virtual serial numbers associated with each of the one or more memory cards in a database. Is
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"Illustrative embodiments of the present invention are described in detail below with reference to the attached drawing figures, which are incorporated by reference herein and wherein:
"FIG. 1 is a pictorial representation of a memory card clearing system in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;
"FIG. 2 is a pictorial representation of a card reader in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;
"FIG. 3 is a pictorial representation of a card reader in accordance with another illustrative embodiment;
"FIG. 4 is a flowchart of a process for clearing a memory card in accordance with an illustrative embodiment;
"FIG. 5 is a flowchart of a processing for verifying that a memory card has been cleared in accordance with an illustrative embodiment; and
"FIGS. 6-11 are pictorial representations of a graphical user interface for a verification application in accordance with an illustrative embodiment."
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