Panasonic Patents

Panasonic Corporation manufactures and sells electronic and electric products. Its products include audiovisual equipment (such as flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray recorders, digital cameras, PCs projectors and in-flight entertainment systems), home appliances (such as cooking, beauty, cooling and heating equipment), systems and communications products (such as mobile phones and surveillance and security cameras). Panasonic also offers lighting, automotive systems (such as car navigation systems) and industrial devices (such as electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and optical devices).

Panasonic Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20170180047
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided, in which a plurality of luminance change frequencies of a light emitter is determined by coding one of a plurality of transmission information sources. The light emitter transmits a transmission information source by a change in luminance according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies. A signal, which controls the change in luminance of the light emitter according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies, is output to the light emitter. The plurality of luminance change frequencies include a first frequency and a second frequency. A signal of the first frequency and a signal of the second frequency respectively cause the light emitter to change in luminance according to the first frequency during a first time period and to change in luminance according to the second frequency during a second time period after the first time period has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki AOYAMA, Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Kengo MIYOSHI, Tsutomu MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20170179315
    Abstract: An n-type low-doped region and a first main-surface side highly doped region, which has an n-type dopant concentration higher than that in the n-type low-doped region, are provided in an n-type crystalline silicon substrate. The first main-surface side highly doped region is arranged between the n-type low-doped region and a p-type amorphous silicon layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tohoda, Masato Shigematsu, Kenta Matsuyama
  • Publication number: 20170179322
    Abstract: A solar battery module is provided with a plurality of solar cells, a wiring material for connecting adjacent solar cells in the longitudinal directors to form strings, and a reflective body disposed on the rear-surface side of the solar cells, said body reflecting at least some incident light toward the solar cells. In the solar battery module, the strings are multiply disposed In the horizontal direction to constitute string groups, intervals D20 between adjacent strings being formed wider in the longitudinal center section of the string groups than in the longitudinal end sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LT D.
    Inventors: Kei Nakamura, Isao Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20170174539
    Abstract: Electrolytic liquid generating device (1) includes laminated body (41) in which conductive film (46) is laminated to be interposed between mutually adjacent electrodes (44, 45), and electrolytic part (40) which electrolyzes liquid. Furthermore, electrolytic liquid generating device (1) includes a passage having inflow port (71) in which liquid to be provided to electrolytic part (40) flows and outflow port (72) from which electrolytic liquid generated in electrolytic part (40) flows out. The passage is formed such that liquid flowing direction (X) crosses laminated direction (Z) of laminated body (41).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: KENICHIRO INAGAKI, CHIHIRO II, SHUNSUKE MORI
  • Publication number: 20170175957
    Abstract: A light-emitting device includes blue LED chips having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 430 nm and at most 470 nm and red LED chips having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 600 nm and at most 640 nm. The light-emitting device includes a yellow phosphor having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 500 nm and at most 580 nm and a red phosphor having a light emission peak wavelength of at least 640 nm and at most 670 nm. The light-emitting device emits white light through mixing of light emitted by each of the blue LED chips, the red LED chips, the yellow phosphor, and the red phosphor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji OMURA, Ayako TSUKITANI
  • Publication number: 20170175067
    Abstract: A nucleic acid amplification device which includes a flow channel for feeding a reaction solution containing a target nucleic acid includes: a nucleic acid amplification reaction portion that amplifies the target nucleic acid contained in the reaction solution; and a fed-solution retention portion that retains the reaction solution. The flow channel includes a first flow channel disposed in the nucleic acid amplification reaction portion and a second flow channel disposed in the fed-solution retention portion, and the reaction solution fed from the first flow channel is retained in the second flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki TACHIBANA, Shogo SHIBUYA
  • Publication number: 20170176329
    Abstract: A particle sensor is provided. The particle sensor includes a light projector that projects light to a detection area. A light receiver receives scattered light. The scattered light is light from the light projector that has been scattered by particles in the detection area. A first reflector reflects the scattered light to the light receiver. A light attenuator attenuates stray light that exits the first reflector. The first reflector includes a first aperture that introduces the light from the light projector into an interior of the first reflector and a second aperture that exits the stray light from the first reflector. The light attenuator includes a third aperture through which the stray light that exits the first reflector passes. An aperture area of the third aperture is smaller than an aperture area of the second aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shintaro HAYASHI, Shinichi KITAOKA, Hirotaka MATSUNAMI
  • Publication number: 20170172512
    Abstract: A measurement device includes a sensor attached to a biosensor which includes a reagent that selectively responds to a specific analyte in a biological fluid, an analyte measurer that measures a concentration of the specific analyte with a biosensor, and a motion measurer that measures a motion level of the measurement device. A recorder records the concentration of the analyte and motion information, and a controller connects the analyte measurer and the motion measurer and controls the analyte measurer and the recorder based on the controller motion information. The controller includes a damage determiner that judges whether or not the measurement device is damaged, based on the motion level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyoshi TERASHIMA, Masataka NADAOKA
  • Patent number: 9684181
    Abstract: The optical device includes a diffuser which diffuses light, a holder which holds the diffuser, a driver which vibrates the holder, and a supporter whose one end elastically supports the holder at one point and whose other end is fixed to an installation plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Murota
  • Patent number: 9681736
    Abstract: A makeup assisting apparatus includes an image acquirer that acquires a face image, a facial part acquirer that acquires a face portion area from the image, a facial makeup selector that selects facial makeup for each of the facial parts, the facial makeup comprising a way of applying the facial makeup, a skin condition acquirer that acquires a skin condition of the face and a skin correction makeup selector that selects skin correction makeup or skin care based on the skin condition, the skin correction makeup being a way of applying the skin correction makeup, and the skin care being a way of applying basic skin care. A makeup presenter presents, to a user, the selected facial makeup in association with a corresponding area of the portion of the face and presents the selected skin correction makeup or skin care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomofumi Yamanashi, Rieko Asai, Aoi Muta, Chie Nishi, Kaori Ajiki
  • Patent number: 9683726
    Abstract: A lamp that emits light and includes: a mounting board on which a light-emitting element is provided; a support disposed on a side opposite a light-emission-side of the mounting board; and a case connected to a support. The case includes a securing part which is disposed on the light-emission-side of the mounting board, and secures the mounting board to the support by sandwiching the mounting board between the securing part and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsushi Seki
  • Patent number: 9683762
    Abstract: A heat exchange apparatus (300) includes a first heat exchanger (14), an ejector (11), a first extractor (12), a first pump (13), and a liquid path (15). The ejector (11) produces a merged refrigerant flow using a refrigerant vapor and a refrigerant liquid flowing from the first heat exchanger (14). The first extractor (12) receives the merged refrigerant flow from the ejector (11), and extracts the refrigerant liquid from the merged refrigerant flow. The first pump (13) is provided in the liquid path (15). The refrigerant liquid is pumped by the first pump (13) from the first extractor (12) to the ejector (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bunki Kawano, Tomoichiro Tamura, Takahiro Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9683880
    Abstract: A setting method of a flow meter device comprises (A) measuring a compensation coefficient in a case where a fluid is flowed with a flow within a predetermined range, and deriving a first function representing as a linear function a relationship between a measurement compensation coefficient which is the measured compensation coefficient and a conversion value which is obtained by converting a set flow which is the flow of the flowed fluid, using a predetermined function; (B) setting a reference flow which is an arbitrary flow within the predetermined range and calculating a reference compensation coefficient which is a compensation coefficient corresponding to the reference flow based on the reference flow and the first function; and (C) storing the reference flow and the reference compensation coefficient corresponding to the reference flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Takemura, Aoi Watanabe, Yasuo Koba, Masato Satou
  • Patent number: 9684763
    Abstract: In a housing configured to mount thereon a biosensor in an attachable and detachable manner in which the biosensor is configured to have a liquid sample of a biological object deposited thereon, the medial measuring device includes a measuring component operable to measure biological information from the liquid sample of the biological object, a recording component operable to store a result measured by the measuring component, and an information protection component operable to determine an access limitation to personal information data stored in the recording component. With this configuration of the device, it is possible to properly protect personal information stored in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyoshi Terashima, Masataka Nadaoka, Yoshimasa Oda
  • Patent number: 9685115
    Abstract: A display module including a substrate having a plurality of pixels, a data line that supplies a data signal to a pixel, a current supply line that supplies electric current to the pixel, a data driving circuit that supplies a data signal to the data line, and a gate driving circuit thereon. The plurality of pixels are arranged in a display area of the substrate, and each of the plurality of pixels includes a light emitting device, a first thin film transistor connected to the data line that supplies the data signal, a second thin film transistor connected to the current supply line, and a capacitor. The light emitting device includes a first electrode layer connected to the second thin film transistor, an organic layer formed on the first electrode layer, and a second electrode layer formed on the organic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., PANASONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Sato, Yoshiyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9685724
    Abstract: A connector includes a first terminal accommodated in a first housing portion of a housing and a holding terminal accommodated in a second housing portion of the housing. The holding terminal is identical in shape to the first terminal and is configured to hold a cable. The first terminal has a contact point configured to come into contact with the cable. The holding terminal has a holding part corresponding in position to the contact point of the first terminal. When the housing is oriented so that the direction of inserting and removing the cable is horizontal, the holding part of the holding terminal accommodated in the second housing portion differs in position in height from the contact point of the first terminal accommodated in the first housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Tojo
  • Patent number: 9685594
    Abstract: An LED module includes a submount having a face in a thickness direction thereof, an LED chip bonded to the face of the submount with a first bond, and a patterned wiring circuit electrically connected to the LED chip. The first bond transmits light emitted from the LED chip. The submount is a light-transmissive member having light diffusing properties, and a planar size larger than a planar size of the LED chip. The patterned wiring circuit is provided on the face of the submount so as not to overlap the LED chip. The submount is constituted by a plurality of light-transmissive layers which are stacked in the thickness direction and have different optical properties so that a light-transmissive layer of the plurality of light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance in a wavelength range of the light emitted from the LED chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Kenichiro Tanaka, Akifumi Nakamura, Toru Hirano, Hideaki Hyuga, Masanori Suzuki, Teruhisa Yokota
  • Patent number: 9685670
    Abstract: A method of operating a hydrogen generator includes: a step (a) of generating a hydrogen-containing gas by a hydrogen generation unit by using a raw material in the hydrogen generation unit; a step (b) of removing a sulfur compound from the raw material by a hydrodesulfurizer which is heated by heat transferred from the hydrogen generation unit; and a step (c) of performing an operation of supplying the raw material to the hydrogen generation unit after stopping the generating of the hydrogen-containing gas by the hydrogen generation unit. The step (c) is not performed unless, at least, a temperature of the hydrodesulfurizer is such a temperature at which carbon deposition from the raw material is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chie Harada, Hidenobu Wakita, Seiji Fujihara, Tomoyuki Nakajima, Takahiro Kusuyama, Kiyoshi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9685672
    Abstract: A hydrogen generation apparatus according to the present invention includes: a reformer configured to generate a hydrogen-containing gas through a reforming reaction; a combustor configured to heat the reformer; an air supply device configured to supply air to the combustor; a fuel supply device configured to supply a fuel to the combustor; a CO detector configured to detect a carbon monoxide concentration in a flue gas discharged from the combustor; and a controller configured to control at least one of the air supply device and the fuel supply device to increase an air ratio in the combustor such that the CO concentration in the flue gas increases, and then test the CO detector for abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru Iiyama, Kiyoshi Taguchi, Tomonori Aso, Hiroshi Tatsui, Akinori Yukimasa
  • Patent number: 9685549
    Abstract: A nitride semiconductor device includes: a substrate; a first nitride semiconductor layer (1) located over the substrate; a second nitride semiconductor layer (2) located over the first nitride semiconductor layer (1), having a larger band gap than the first nitride semiconductor layer (1), and having a recess (11) penetrating into the first nitride semiconductor layer (1); and a third nitride semiconductor layer (12) continuously covering the second nitride semiconductor layer (2) and the recess (11), and having a larger band gap than the first nitride semiconductor layer (1); a gate electrode (5) located above a portion of the third nitride semiconductor layer (12) over the recess (11); and a first ohmic electrode (4a) and a second ohmic electrode (4b) located on opposite sides of the gate electrode (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Okita, Yasuhiro Uemoto, Masahiro Hikita, Hidenori Takeda, Takahiro Sato, Akihiko Nishio
  • Patent number: 9685777
    Abstract: A leakage detection breaker includes a current transformer configured to detect a leakage current, and a leakage determination unit configured to determine DC and AC leakages based on an output signal from the current transformer. The leakage detection breaker further includes a power supply cut-off unit configured to cut off a supply of DC or AC power when the current leakage determination unit determines the occurrence of the DC or AC leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Gotou
  • Patent number: 9685822
    Abstract: A measurement unit measures power supplied from an outlet, a first acquisition unit acquires outlet identification information and power supply information which indicates a value of power supplied within a predetermined period of time, the value being measured by the measurement unit. Additionally, a second acquisition unit acquires appliance identification information and power consumption information which indicates a value of power consumed by the appliance within the predetermined period, a comparison unit compares the power supply information with the power consumption information, and a generation unit generates information indicating an association between the appliance and the outlet using the outlet identification information and the appliance identification information when a concordance rate between the power supply information and the power consumption information exceeds a threshold value according to the comparison result by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Nishiyama, Keiji Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9685799
    Abstract: A storage battery controller includes a charging/discharging rate setter which sets a rate at which the battery is charged/discharged to approximate the power system frequency to rated frequency; and a charge and discharge controller which controls charge and discharge of the battery, in which the gain adjuster: when the measured charge level is lower than a lower limit of a normal range and the obtained power system frequency is within a first non-sensitive zone ranging from a first frequency lower than the rated frequency to the rated frequency, decreases the charging rate to a predetermined percentage of the charging rate; and when the measured frequency is higher than an upper limit of the normal range and the obtained power system frequency is within a second non-sensitive zone ranging from a second frequency higher than the rated frequency to the rated frequency, adjusts the discharging rate to decrease the discharging rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kaji, Tzen Woo Tham
  • Patent number: 9685813
    Abstract: Disclosed is a radio communication apparatus that avoids useless communication to another radio communication apparatus in non-line of sight when the apparatus performs radio communication with the other apparatus while receiving electric supply from the other apparatus. In this apparatus, a radio electric reception section determines whether the electric reception level from the other apparatus is equal to or greater than a first threshold. When the electric reception level is equal to or greater than the first threshold, a radio communication control section controls a radio communication section so that radio communication with the other apparatus starts. After the start of radio communication, the radio electric reception section determines whether the electric reception level is less than a second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9685788
    Abstract: An electric power control method for an electric power load and an electric power storage device including assigning one of a peak shaving control or other services to at least one of time slots that are divided by a specific time unit, obtaining a consumption power of the electric power load of each of the time slots, determining power-purchase electric power according to the consumption power of each of the time slots, restricting a consumption power of the electric power load at one or more peak slots where the consumption power of the electric power load is more than or equal to a target power-purchase electric power upper limit, restricting the restricted consumption power of the electric power load and discharging the electric power storage device at one or more peak slots if the restricted consumption power of the electric power load is more than or equal to a target power-purchase electric power upper limit and the peak shaving is assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sugimoto, Masami Funakura, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9686325
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus of the present disclosure includes: a processor; a network interface that establishes a connection to a network and a connection to a client terminal; and a storage unit, wherein the processor is capable of executing a tethering function to control communication between the network and the client terminal through the network interface, the storage unit stores network information of the network, to which the information processing apparatus connects, and ON/OFF information of the tethering function in association with the network information, and the processor sets the tethering function based on the ON/OFF information of the tethering function when the network interface connects to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Okamoto, Masaki Mukai, Tomoyuki Shimomura, Masaichi Yano
  • Patent number: 9686894
    Abstract: A size S1 of each of projections 32b provided on an outer perimeter of a sprocket 32 in a proceeding direction of a tape member 20 at a height where each of the projections 32b is engaged with each of feed holes 22 of the tape member 20 is larger than a diameter D of each of the feed holes 22 of the tape member 20, and a size S2 of each of the projections 32b in a direction perpendicular to the proceeding direction of the tape member 20 at a height where each of the projections 32b is engaged with each of the feed holes 22 of the tape member 20 is smaller than the diameter D of each of the feed holes 22 of the tape member 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Kanai, Masanori Hiyoshi, Shigekazu Yoneyama, Satoshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9685871
    Abstract: A switching power supply apparatus includes a PFM control circuit that outputs a clock signal Set such that a switching frequency of a switching element varies in accordance with a load state. The clock signal Set determines a turn-on timing of the switching element. A reference value of a current flowing through the switching element determines a turn-off timing of the switching element. A modulation signal is applied to the turn-off timing of the switching element to modulate one of a peak value of a drain current flowing through the switching element and an on-time of the switching element. Input control is performed separately on the clock signal Set and the modulation signal. Accordingly, even when the clock signal Set and the modulation signal contribute to each other to offset each other, modulation effects are not cancelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Takahashi, Takashi Saji
  • Patent number: 9685892
    Abstract: The brushless motor control device according to the present invention includes a drive controller, current detection circuits, AD converter circuits, a clock generation circuit, a pulse output circuit, and an RC filter. The drive controller generates a driving signal for driving a brushless motor. The current detection circuits each detect a current of the brushless motor. The AD converter circuits are each connected to a different one of the current detection circuits. The clock generation circuit outputs a clock pulse. The pulse output circuit outputs a pulse signal according to the clock pulse. The RC filter receives the pulse signal. The RC filter is formed of a resistor and a capacitor connected in series. A pull-up resistor connecting to a predetermined power supply is connected to an intermediate connection point between the resistor and the capacitor. The intermediate connection point is connected to the AD converter circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9677940
    Abstract: An elemental analysis apparatus 101 includes a treatment vessel 108 of which at least a part is optically transparent, a first electrode 104 covered by insulator 103, a second electrode 102, a bubble-generating part which generates a bubble 106, a gas-supplying apparatus 105 which supplies gas to the bubble-generating part in an amount necessary for generating the bubble 106, a power supply 101 which applies voltage between the first electrode 104 and the second electrode 102, and an optical detection device 110 which determines an emission spectrum of plasma that is generated by application of the voltage, and the apparatus conducts qualitatively or quantitatively analysis of a component contained in the liquid 109 based on the emission spectrum determined by the optical detection device 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Kumagai, Shin-ichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9676662
    Abstract: A supported resin substrate comprises a supporting substrate, a release layer arranged on the supporting substrate and containing a metal or a metal oxide, and a resin substrate arranged on the release layer, the resin substrate including a front surface region opposite the release layer and a rear surface region in contact with the release layer. The resin substrate consists essentially of a resin material containing elemental fluorine. The ratio of the compositional proportion of fluorine in the rear surface region of the resin substrate to that in the front surface region of the resin substrate is 0.45 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9676284
    Abstract: The first molded part and the second molded part are molded products of synthetic resin materials. The first molded part is made of a synthetic resin material having a higher creep resistance than a synthetic resin material forming the second molded part. The second molded part is made of a synthetic resin material higher than a synthetic resin material forming the first molded part in adhesion to a material forming the receiver contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryota Tomiyama, Maki Kondou, Hideki Oka
  • Patent number: 9677041
    Abstract: A culture apparatus is provided which can suppress condensation on walls of a culture space and the like to suppress adverse effects on a culture material. In the culture apparatus having a culture space formed in a heat insulating box main body, a humidification water reservoir for humidifying the culture space and a heat transfer condensation member penetrating the heat insulating box main body are provided. One end of the heat transfer condensation member is disposed inside the culture space, while the other end is disposed outside the heat insulating box main body. The heat transfer condensation member is positioned such that a condensation portion disposed inside the culture space is inclined downward to the one end, and the one end leads condensed water condensed on the surface of the condensation portion into the humidification water reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Tokumaru, Masahiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9676309
    Abstract: A vehicle heating apparatus (10a) to be mounted on or built in a vehicle seat (2) at a location below a sitting portion S of the vehicle seat (2) includes a housing (20), a fan (14), and a heater (15). The housing (20) has an intake port (11), a left nozzle (12l), a right nozzle (12r), an air curtain nozzle (12c), and an internal space (13) serving as air flow paths from the intake port (11) to the left nozzle (12l), to the right nozzle (12r), and to the air curtain nozzle (12c). The air curtain nozzle (12c) is located between the left nozzle (12l) and the right nozzle (12r), and is formed so as to, in the usage state, blow air delivered by the fan (14) in a direction inclined upward at an angle of not more than 90° to a direction in which warm wind is blown out of the left nozzle (12l) and the right nozzle (12r).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Takehiko Ise, Atsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9677784
    Abstract: A heat pump operation method includes: obtaining, on a per time unit basis, generated power, load power, surplus power, and an impact magnitude; and controlling operation of the heat pump to cause the heat pump to consume an amount of power for generating heat adjusted to follow the surplus power obtained on a per unit time basis. In the controlling, when the impact magnitude is greater than a predetermined first threshold value, the operation of the heat pump is controlled to permit consumption of the power supplied from an energy supplier and approximate a reverse flow of the surplus power to zero, and when the impact magnitude is less than or equal to a predetermined second threshold value, the operation of the heat pump is controlled to permit the reverse flow of the surplus power and approximate the consumption of power supplied from the energy supplier to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gaku Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9678031
    Abstract: A biochip including a plate-like diaphragm part provided with a through-hole, a wall part provided at an outer periphery of the diaphragm part, and a reinforcing part formed in a portion other than the through-hole in the diaphragm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Nogami, Takeki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9678207
    Abstract: An object detection device includes a controller, a first sensor, and a second sensor. The first sensor transmits a first energy wave, and the second sensor transmits a second energy wave. The first sensor receives a reflected wave of the first energy wave to convert the reflected wave into a first self-signal, and receives a reflected wave of the second energy wave to convert the reflected wave into a first correspondence signal. The second sensor receives the reflected wave of the second energy wave to convert the reflected wave into a second self-signal, and receives the reflected wave of the first energy wave to convert the reflected wave into a second correspondence signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akitoshi Ueda, Shogo Sagara, Hayato Naruse
  • Patent number: 9678268
    Abstract: A display device includes a lower frame arranged on a side opposite to a display surface of a display panel. The lower frame includes a bottom wall portion, and a side wall portion that is formed so as to surround the bottom wall portion at an edge thereof. The display device also includes a plurality of light sources arranged along the side wall portion of the lower frame and a heat sink configured to dissipate heat generated from the plurality of light sources. The heat sink includes a plurality of groove portions that are formed along the bottom wall portion in a direction extending from the plurality of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Tomohiro Maeyama
  • Patent number: 9680075
    Abstract: A light-emitting device in accordance with the present invention includes a mounting substrate; an LED chip bonded to a surface of the mounting substrate with a bond; and an encapsulating portion covering the LED chip. The bond transmits light from the LED chip. The mounting substrate includes: a light-transmissive member having a planar size larger than that of the LED chip; and first and second penetrating wirings which penetrate the light-transmissive member in the thickness direction thereof and are electrically connected to first and second electrodes of the LED chip via first and second wires, respectively. The light-transmissive member includes at least two light-transmissive layers with different optical properties which are stacked in the thickness direction. A light-transmissive layer of the light-transmissive layers which is farther from the LED chip is higher in reflectance to the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Urano, Akifumi Nakamura, Hayato Ioka, Toru Hirano, Masanori Suzuki, Hideaki Hyuga, Ryoji Imai, Jun Goda
  • Patent number: 9679646
    Abstract: A bitwise bidirectionally rewritable nonvolatile semiconductor storage device capable of performing a high-speed data rewrite, while enhancing endurance characteristics and data-retention characteristics of a memory cell. To achieve high-speed generation of rewrite-bit information indicating that a data rewrite is needed or not, the structure employs a logic circuit corresponding to the number of change patterns of write conditions and concurrently compares between read-out data RO of memory at the start of the data rewrite and prepared write data DIN. After an electrical data rewrite of the memory, the data rewrite is verified based on the rewrite-bit information stored in an internal buffer circuit. This protects an already-rewritten memory cell from unnecessary additional rewrite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuriko Ishitobi, Hitoshi Suwa
  • Patent number: 9679576
    Abstract: A speech/audio coding apparatus and method is provided. The number of encoding bits allocated to encoding of extended-band spectrum is reduced while degradation of sound quality in the extended band is suppressed. A band compression unit creates combinations of sub-band spectra in pairs of two samples each in order from a low-range side in a band compression target sub-band, selects a spectrum having a large absolute-value amplitude among the combinations, and arranges the selected spectrum close to the low-range side on a frequency axis. A number-of-units recalculation unit redistributes bits saved in the sub-band for which band compression was performed to a low range outside the extended band, and redistributes the number of units on the basis of the redistributed bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takuya Kawashima, Masahiro Oshikiri
  • Patent number: 9680683
    Abstract: A radio receiver apparatus that can effectively utilize GI to improve the reception quality. In this apparatus, a data extracting part extracts a data portion of a direct wave from a signal subjected to a radio reception process by a received RF part. A GI extracting part extracts, from the signal subjected to the radio reception process by the received RF part, GI having a length determined by an extracted GI length deciding part. The extracted GI is adjusted by a data position adjusting part such that its rear end coincides with the read end of the extracted data portion. A combining part combines the extracted data portion with the GI the data position of which has been adjusted. The combined signal is then supplied to a frequency axis equalizing part, which equalizes the signal distortions of the combined signal on the frequency axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kenichi Miyoshi, Akihiko Nishio, Takashi Iwai, Sadaki Futagi, Katsuhiko Hiramatsu, Daichi Imamura, Takashi Aramaki
  • Patent number: 9679692
    Abstract: Provided is a reactor device which is inexpensive, has high heat radiation and with which there is a high degree of freedom when positioning the transformer core. A heat-radiating plate (105) of U-shaped cross section is contacted onto an upper face and both side faces of an upper part E core (102) forming a transformer (101) upper part, and a transformer (101) provided with the heat-radiating plate (105) is housed from one face which is open of a reactor case (106), and a potting resin material is charged into the gap between the transformer (101) and the reactor case (106) until a lower edge part of the heat-radiating plate (105) is submerged. The reactor case (106) housing the transformer (101) is installed and secured onto a base providing a cooling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamashima, Yuuji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9679707
    Abstract: A contact device includes a pair of fixed contacts, a movable contactor, a contactor holder, a movable shaft, and a base. The pair of fixed contacts are aligned in a first direction. The movable contactor comes into or out of contact with the pair of fixed contacts in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The contactor holder holds the movable contactor. The movable shaft moves the contactor holder in the second direction so that the movable contactor comes into or out of contact with the fixed contacts. The base accommodates the fixed contacts, the movable contactor, and the contactor holder. The base has a projection projecting from a position opposing the contactor holder in a third direction orthogonal to both the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Yokoyama, Satoshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 9679533
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes: an illumination light setter which sets illumination light for illuminating an illumination area which includes at least one of a space or an object; an image light setter which sets image light for projecting a projection image which includes at least one of a graphic or a character; and a light projector which emits the illumination light set by the illumination light setter, and projects the image light set by the image light setter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Kawamura, Kentaro Yamauchi, Atsushi Motoya
  • Patent number: 9678337
    Abstract: A viewer includes a multifocal lens capable of setting one of a plurality of focal lengths. When a measuring section detects a change in gazing point distance, a selection section selects a focal length to be set among the plurality of focal lengths, and a determiner determines a time duration before a focal length of the multifocal lens is changed. A controller changes the focal length of the multifocal lens when a detector detects a blink or saccadic eye movement of the user before the determined time duration elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Inoue, Yumiko Kato, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9679166
    Abstract: Provided is a settlement terminal device including a housing that includes a first face which has an operation display face, a second face which is disposed on an opposite side to the operation display face, and a step portion which is formed on one end side of the second face so as to be substantially parallel to an edge side of the one end side. A length of the housing in a thickness direction on the one end side adjacent to the step portion is larger than a length of the housing in the thickness direction which is located closer to the other end side than the step portion. An insecure region that does not have tamper resistance is formed on one end side of the housing. A secure region that has tamper resistance is formed on the other end side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenya Yasutomi, Tsutomu Kojitani
  • Patent number: D789322
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Ookawa
  • Patent number: D789371
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Iwamoto, Hitoshi Nakatani, Takeshi Mori, Yusuke Katsuyama, Katsuhiro Kitade
  • Patent number: RE46451
    Abstract: In a program information broadcasting system, it is aimed to minimize time for retrieval of program by viewers in operating an electronic program guide or time for waiting when applying for subscription. As a program information broadcasting system, program elements constituting a broadcasting program are divided into a plurality of items and are turned to data at a center, and a master data 21 of a program information to recognize the program is prepared. From the data constituting the master data, minimal necessary items for preparation of a program table are extracted, and a program basic information 22 is prepared. Said master data and said program basic information are transmitted simultaneously with the broadcasting, and said program basic information is received, reproduced and displayed before receiving of the master data at a receiving terminal unit 31 is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Tsukidate, Kenichi Fujita, Shigeki Kaneko, Yoshiyasu Takeuchi