Patent Number: 7,089,291

Title: Battery pack having integral optical reader for wireless communication device

Abstract: A battery pack for a wireless communication device comprises a housing, at least one battery disposed within the housing and an optical reader disposed within the housing. The housing is adapted to be removably attachable to a wireless communication device. The housing includes an external shell defining an optical port therethrough and has an operational power interface and a data interface disposed on an exterior surface. The battery is electrically connected to the operational power interface. The optical reader can scan an optical indicia through the optical port and produce signals indicative of information encoded in the optical indicia. The optical reader is operably connected to the data interface. A wireless communication device attached to the battery pack can obtain operational power from the operational power interface and can access signals indicative of the information encoded in the optical indicia from the data interface.

Inventors: Philyaw; Jeffry Jovan (Dallas, TX)

Assignee: L.V. Partners, L.P.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101); G06F 7/00 (20060101); H04B 1/38 (20060101); H04M 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018