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Item Disposal Verification Method and System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237904D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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The invention introduces a system that a manufacturer or governing body can leverage to verify an item has been destroyed. The invention also makes it apparent to an end user than an item is unfit for use.

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Item Disposal Verification Method and System

There have been recent news articles involving the resale of damaged, recalled, contaminated and faulty items that are too dangerous to be kept on the market or reused. Some examples have been automobile parts recalled but then sold as new, contaminated medication, contaminated food, bulletproof vests with inner plates that shatter, sending sharp fragments into the bodies of soldiers, etc. These items get back into circulation through dishonest employees or lax oversight. Sometimes the product disposal or recycling company claims the items were destroyed, when they were not. Other times, the vendor whose items were recalled makes illicit agreements with the disposal company and ships the recalled items as new.

Using this invention, each item that is designated to be recalled or recycled, would have a tag or chip attached which would be viewed by a consumer purchasing or using the product. This will be further explained in the embodiment. If a consumer or user does not find a valid tag on an item, it would be considered not fit for use. When the item is designated as recalled or recycled, the tag would be destroyed (or rendered invalid) and a remote process would be used to verify the destruction of the tag.

Depending upon the embodiment, a consumer who is offered an item for sale would use a mobile phone, a special reader or perhaps just his own eyes to ensure that the tag was intact and the item was considered useable.

In this way, the user can feel secure about the quality of an item he is purchasing or using.

The idea for this invention is a system for verifying that a recalled or damaged item is not viable for resale. An advantage of this invention is that even in cases where the user is unaware of a recall, his particular item could be remotely rendered unusable to protect him from inadvertently continuing to use it. This invention can also be used to invalidate products with expiration dates after those dates have passed.

Prior Art Search

https://www.google.com/patents/US20130075468?dq=recycle+verification&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TjgOU6f dD6bG0wGn5oCgBg&ved=0CHgQ6AEwCQ - tags on recycled items - Although this patent uses tags in recycling, they are employed for purposes of sorting recycled items by type. Our idea uses tags for verifying whether an item is properly disposed of.

https://www.google.com/patents/US20070290791?pg=PA10&dq=US20070290791A1&hl=en&sa=X& ei=xeMQU6z8O8jU0QGZr4D4DA&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA - RFID tag such that disablement of the tag causes some loss of function of the device by severing a power supply - this is a somewhat different concept because the item containing the RFID tag is rendered inoperable. Our invention marks the item as damaged to prevent its resale such that consumers can easily detect it is unusable.

https://www.google.com/patents/US20070150219?pg=PA2&dq=US20070150219A1&hl=en&sa=X&ei =6uUQU_L1M-jS0wGcuYCYAQ&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA - Scans RFID tags of objects on a conve...