Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Armstrong, Westerman, Hattori, McLeland & Naughton, LLP
  • Patent number: 6371807
    Abstract: A rear cover for use in waterproof connectors and a process for forming a resilient sealing member molded in one piece in the rear cover are provided. The rear cover, in which an electric wire is inserted through a base wall, has a hollow holder pattern on an outer surface of the base wall and a molded-in resilient sealing member containing: a holder formed in the holder pattern; a sealing body extended from the holder, which protrudes toward an inner side of the base wall and has a through hole for the electric wire to pass therethrough; and a plurality of sealing lips formed around the through hole, wherein a portion of periphery of the holder pattern is notched to form a hollow of injection inlet for molding the resilient sealing member in one piece in the rear cover. Thus, the rear cover according to the present invention improves a property of mold releasing and maintenance of a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Takagishi, Hisashi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 6368537
    Abstract: A laminated plate comprising a glass layer located in front and formed from a glass sheet and a resin layer located at the back of the glass layer and molded from a molten thermoplastic material spread at a low pressure over the glass layer, the glass layer and the resin layer being arranged in a laminated fashion. A method for producing the laminated plate wherein the glass sheet is first provided so as to be in close contact with the inner side of at least either one of dies used in a compression molding machine and then the dies are clamped for compression molding, with the molten resinous material to be supplied to a mold cavity being spread at a low pressure over the glass sheet, whereby the laminated plate comprising, in a laminated fashion, the glass layer composed of the glass sheet and the resin layer molded by spreading the molten resinous material at a low pressure can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignees: Komatsu Ltd., Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kan-ichi Sato, Masayuki Oishi, Satoshi Fujimoto, Makoto Nogawa, Tamio Furuya
  • Patent number: 6362713
    Abstract: A chip inductor is made up of a coiled conducting wire and a magnetic member which is formed by sintering and in which the coiled conducting wire is embedded. Both end portions of the coiled conducting wire are exposed to both end surfaces of the magnetic member. External electrodes are formed with conducting thin films and are connected to respective end portions of the coiled conducting wire. An inorganic material is interposed in a clearance between winds of both end portions of the conducting wire and external surfaces of the magnetic member and a clearance between adjoining winds of the conducting wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Taiyo Yuden Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Masuda, Kinya Iri, Kenichiro Nogi, Nobuo Mamada
  • Patent number: 6358180
    Abstract: An engine control system and method is disclosed, which reduces driver's feeling of unease relating to the operation of driving a vehicle which is idle-controlled so as to reduce the exhaust gas discharge, thereby improving the driving operability. The method comprising the steps of detecting a switch of the driving mode of the vehicle from a first normal driving range to a second normal driving range different from the first normal driving range; detecting whether the engine is currently in a stopped state due to an automatic stop operation; detecting whether a brake for stopping the vehicle is currently being operated; and automatically starting the engine if it is determined that the engine is currently in a stopped state due to the automatic stop operation, and that the driving mode has been switched to the second normal driving range, and that the brake is not currently being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigetaka Kuroda, Atsushi Izumiura, Kazutomo Sawamura, Hideyuki Oki, Kan Nakaune, Takashi Kiyomiya
  • Patent number: 6359368
    Abstract: A surface acoustic wave reflector includes a piezoelectric substrate and a plurality of perturbation members arranged at a first period on the piezoelectric substrate. A plurality of free-surface regions where no perturbation members exist are formed in an arrangement of the perturbation members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Jun Tsutsumi, Takashi Matsuda, Osamu Ikata, Yoshio Satoh
  • Patent number: 6357598
    Abstract: A paper sheet manipulating apparatus and a paper sheet transaction apparatus for manipulating paper sheets such as bills has an inlet/outlet port allowing input and output of paper sheets and rotating between the paper sheets inlet position and the paper sheet feeding position; a separating device projected to the outlet port and drawn back to the draw-back position, distinguished, when projected, the paper sheets inputted to the inlet port and the paper sheets to be returned and accommodate the paper sheets into the outlet port; an accommodation section for accommodating the paper sheets; a temporary storing section for temporarily storing the paper sheets which should not be accommodated in the accommodation section or should not be exhausted and a plurality of cassettes for feeding and collecting the paper sheets in the accommodation section and for feeding and collecting the paper sheets in the outlet port, whereby few faults are generated and manipulations can be continued at a high speed for a long peri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Atsunori Kimura, Yoichi Ono, Hayato Minamishin, Yuji Tanaka, Seiichi Ohno, Hidekazu Hata, Hiroyuki Ueda, Isamu Esaki, Atsushi Uchida
  • Patent number: 6356343
    Abstract: A mark for position detection formed on a substrate has a first pattern disposed near the center of the mark and having periodicity in a Y-axis direction, and second patterns respectively disposed near both sides of the first pattern in an X-axis direction and each having periodicity in the X-axis direction. The position of the first pattern is detected by aligning the detection center of a detecting optical system, that is, the minimal aberration point of the detecting optical system, with the center of the first pattern. The positions of the second patterns are detected at respective points symmetric with respect to the minimal aberration point, and the detected values for the positions of the second patterns are averaged. An apparatus for detecting the mark for position detection detects the first and second patterns by image processing when the mark is in a stationary state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Naomasa Shiraishi, Nobutaka Magome
  • Patent number: 6356272
    Abstract: The present method represents a three-dimensional shape model by polygons according to a plurality of object images information picked up by rotating a real object for every arbitrary angle to assign texture information on each polygon from object image information having the largest projection area of the relevant polygon. In order to improve the color continuity between adjacent polygons, the object image information having correspondence between a polygon of interest and an adjacent polygon thereof is selected so as to be the object image information approximating the shooting position and the shooting direction. An alternative method divides an object image into a plurality of regions, obtains difference between an object image and a background image in region level, outputs a mean value of the absolute value of difference in the region level, and detects the region having the mean value of absolute values of difference equal to or greater than a threshold value as the object portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinori Matsumoto, Hajime Terasaki, Kazuhide Sugimoto, Tsutomu Arakawa
  • Patent number: 6354524
    Abstract: A self-propelling crushing machine comprises a machine body (2) provided with a travelling body (1); a hopper (4), a feeder (5), a selective feeder (6) and a crusher (3) which mounted to the machine body; a conveyer (7) disposed below the machine body; and a controlling device for independently controlling the feeder, the selective feeder, the crusher and the conveyer, wherein the feeder conveys a material to be crushed in the hopper to the selective feeder, the selective feeder selects the material to be crushed conveyed by the feeder so as to fall down soil, shingle and the like and convey large rock to the crusher, and the conveyer discharges the selected soil, shingle and the like and material pieces crushed by the crusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Tooru Nakayama, Teruo Nakahara, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Mitsunobu Yamada, Motoki Kurohara, Satoru Koyanagi, Katsuhiro Ikegami
  • Patent number: 6352598
    Abstract: A rare-earth alloy powder pressing apparatus comprises a die. The die includes a die main body. The die main body includes a through hole for formation of a cavity, and an auxiliary yoke. A rare-earth alloy powder is fed into the cavity. A correcting yoke is disposed near the die, on a side from which a compact is taken out, and an orienting magnetic field is applied. At this time, the correcting yoke is disposed on an upper side of the die if the compact is to be taken out from the upper side of the die whereas the correcting yoke is disposed on a lower side of the die if the compact is to be taken out from the lower side of the die, an inward side surface of the correcting yoke and an inward side surface of the auxiliary yoke are made flush with a plane vertical to a direction in which the orienting magnetic field is applied, and the correcting yoke is urged toward the die. Then, the rare-earth alloy powder is pressed by an upper punch and a lower punch to form a compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Sumitomo Special Metals Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Hisamura, Tsutomu Harada, Shuichi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 6352489
    Abstract: The engine control system for a hybrid vehicle, according to the present invention, having an internal combustion engine and an electric motor as driving force sources, comprises: a clutch, provided between the engine and a transmission system, for disabling and enabling driving force transmission between the engine and the transmission system; clutch disengagement detector for detecting engagement/disengagement of the clutch; engine speed detector for detecting an engine speed; and fuel cutter for permitting stopping and restarting of the engine in accordance with at least a result of detection by the clutch disengagement detector among predetermined drive conditions, and cutting fuel supply to the engine when the vehicle decelerates, a fuel-supply restart engine speed at which fuel supply is resumed being set in the fuel cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigetaka Kuroda, Kazutomo Sawamura, Yoichi Iwata, Keisuke Uchida, Yasuo Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 6352254
    Abstract: A paper sheet manipulating apparatus and a paper sheet transaction apparatus for manipulating paper sheets such as bills includes an inlet/outlet port allowing input and output of paper sheets and rotating between the paper sheets inlet position and the paper sheet feeding position; a separating means projected to the outlet port and drawn back to the draw-back position, distinguish, when projected, the paper sheets inputted to the inlet port and the paper sheets to be returned and accommodate the paper sheets into the outlet port; an accommodation section for accommodating the paper sheets; a temporary storing section for temporarily storing the paper sheets which should not be accommodated in the accommodation section or should not be exhausted and a plurality of cassettes for feeding and collecting the paper sheets in the accommodation section and for feeding and collecting the paper sheets in the outlet port, whereby a fault is little generated and manipulations can be continued at a high speed for a long
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Atsunori Kimura, Yoichi Ono, Hayato Minamishin, Yuji Tanaka, Seiichi Ohno, Hidekazu Hata, Hiroyuki Ueda, Isamu Esaki, Atsushi Uchida
  • Patent number: 6349669
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method and apparatus where a pre-treatment which reduce interfacial level density is carried out before thin film deposition on a substrate utilizing a catalytic gas phase reaction. The catalytic gas phase reaction is generated with a treatment gas which is supplied with the substrate via a thermal catalysis body provided near the substrate surface. Thin film deposition on the substrate surface is carried out after this pre-treatment. The thermal catalysis body is made of tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, titanium or vanadium, and is heated by a heater. And, this invention also discloses a semiconductor device having a semiconductor-insulator junction with its interfacial level density is 1012 eV−1 cm−2 or less, which is brought by the above pre-treatment in the insulator film deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, Anelva Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Matsumura, Akira Izumi, Atsushi Masuda, Yasunobu Nashimoto, Yosuke Miyoshi, Shuji Nomura, Kazuo Sakurai, Shouichi Aoshima
  • Patent number: 6349656
    Abstract: A containment tray for a hazardous material spill pallet for storage of hazardous material containing drums. The tray provides a raised support surface for the drums and a chamber for containing spilled or leaking material from the stored drums. Access for pallet lifting member is provided from all four directions of the pallet. The containment trays are nestable for stacking and peripheral edges are reinforced for more solid support when in use and when stacked. Multiple channels along the peripheral edge are provided for attachment of auxiliary devices such as a ramp for ease of placing and removing drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Eagle Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Donald J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6351410
    Abstract: A ferromagnetic tunnel junction random access memory includes a ferromagnetic tunnel junction structure including a first ferromagnetic layer, a second ferromagnetic layer disposed adjacent to the first ferromagnetic layer and having a fixed magnetization, and a tunnel insulator layer interposed between the first and second ferromagnetic layers; a conductor plug penetrating the first ferromagnetic layer, the tunnel insulator layer and the second ferromagnetic layer along a center axis; a first selection line coupled to a first end of the conductor plug; and a second selection line coupled to a second end of the conductor plug opposite to the first end. The first ferromagnetic layer has a generally ring shape surrounding the conductor plug and is insulated from the conductor plug. One of the first and second ferromagnetic layers has an antiferromagnetic layer pattern on a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakao, Yoshimi Yamashita, Naoto Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 6351600
    Abstract: An electronic image recording apparatus is a digital still camera, for example. If a camera mode is set by using a mode selecting button, an image signal from an imager is compressed and recorded into a flash memory. Then, if a sound button is depressed, during a constant time period, a sound signal to the image data is compressed and written into the memory. At this time, an address of an area in which the sound data is recorded is written in an image data area. If a continuous reproducing mode is set by the mode selecting button, a CPU reads first image data from the memory, and expands the image data and writes into a VRAM. Therefore, the first image data is displayed on an attached liquid crystal monitor. The CPU determines whether or not the recording address of the sound data is written in the image data area. When the address is recorded, a first sound data is read from the memory according to the address, and the first sound data is expanded and outputted on a speaker and etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideshi Oeda, Masahiro Shioji, Hideki Toyoda, Masaru Higashide
  • Patent number: 6351031
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a multi-flexible substrate and semiconductor chips mounted thereon. The multi-flexible substrate is configured such that organic insulation substrate layers and filmy adhesive layers are alternatively stacked together and wiring layers formed therein are interconnected by means of vias. Each of the vias consisting of a via-hole which is formed penetrating both the organic insulation substrate layers and the filmy adhesive layers and a metal via member 26 which is provided in the via-hole and made of an identical material. A method of manufacturing the multi-flexible substrate for the semiconductor device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Makoto Iijima, Masaru Nukiwa, Seiji Ueno, Muneharu Morioka
  • Patent number: 6350845
    Abstract: Novel polyimides substituted by a substituent having an alkyl or fluoroalkyl group and having reduced water absorption; a process for producing these novel polyimides; and novel acid dianhydrides to be used in the production thereof. A polyimide containing a structure represented by the following general formula (I): wherein X1 represents a tetravalent organic group having a substituent —R1AR2 (wherein A represents a divalent linkage group; R1 represents a single bond or a C1-3 alkylene group; and R2 represents a C1-25 alkyl group or a fluoroalkyl group); and Y represents a divalent organic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Kaneka Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Okada, Shoji Hara, Hitoshi Nojiri
  • Patent number: 6349882
    Abstract: A controlling device for a hydraulically operated cooling fan capable of obtaining optimum cooling efficiency by continuously controlling a rotational frequency of the cooling fan according to a cooling water temperature, a hydraulic oil temperature, and an engine speed is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuo Kita, Toshikazu Okada, Atsushi Uemura, Shigeru Yamamoto, Tomohiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: PP12421
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apple tree having a strong vigor, rounded and serrate leaves, exhibiting excellent resistance to Alternaria blotch, bearing a medium size fruit maturing mid-season and having high productivity with little early fruit drop and preharvest fruit drop. The fruit has a rounded shape with good appearance, having solid, deep red colored skin and having relatively good storage quality, which is slightly inferior to the seed parent. The flesh of the fruit is yellowish white, juicy and firm, and further, has a moderate sweetness, weak sourness and an aroma, thereby providing a good sweet-sour balance, and an excellent eating quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: National Institute of Fruit Tree Science Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries
    Inventors: Yoshio Yoshida, Shichiro Tsuchiya, Junichi Soejima, Tadayuki Haniuda, Tetsuro Sanada, Yoshiki Kashimura, Tetsuo Masuda, Hideo Bessho, Sadao Komori, Yuji Ito, Kazuyuki Abe, Nobuhiro Kotoda, Hidenori Kato