Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch
  • Patent number: 8348601
    Abstract: When changing a nozzle blade angle by rotating a drive ring, a contact load generated between an inner circumferential surface of the drive ring and an outer circumferential surface of a mount can be reduced, allowing the drive ring to rotate smoothly and reducing the amount of wear and a driving force. It is also possible to reduce an impact force, such as engine vibrations, generated at the drive ring when an external force acts, reducing the risk of damage. A plurality of notches (19) are provided at an inner rim of the drive ring (14), and, among inner circumferential surfaces (14a, 14b, 14c, 14d, 14e, 14f, 14g, and 14h) located between the notches (19), when a driving force for rotating the drive ring (14) is applied, the inner diameters of the inner circumferential surfaces (14e, 14f, 14g, and 14h) where the contact load with the outer circumferential surface of a mount becomes large are made larger than the outer diameter of the outer circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Hayashi, Yasuaki Jinnai, Hiroshi Suzuki, Yuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 8350965
    Abstract: A portable terminal device includes: an operation part 7 including operation keys 71 that are two-dimensionally arranged in a matrix form; an image enlarging part 91 that, in a state where a plurality of enlargement target areas 93 are preliminarily set as partial areas of an image, generates an enlarged image by, on the basis of an operation of any of the operation keys 71, enlarging an image within an enlargement target area 93 preliminarily related to the operation key 71; a display image generating part 92 that generates a display image including the image in a normal or an enlargement browsing mode generates a display image including the enlarged image; and a display part 5 that displays the display image. The respective enlargement target areas 93 respectively correspond in an arrangement order to the operation keys 71, and form overlap areas with their adjacent enlargement target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Mohri, Kei Okuda
  • Patent number: 8350051
    Abstract: A process for producing an ?-hydroxyketone compound, which comprises subjecting an aldehyde compound to a coupling reaction in the presence of an alkoxyimidazolidine compound represented by the formula (1) wherein R1? and R2? independently represent a hydrogen atom, etc., R3? and R4? independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, etc. and R5? represents an alkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventor: Koji Hagiya
  • Patent number: 8347680
    Abstract: A lock and key combination is disclosed, offering a large number of codes. The combination includes a lock (200) of the kind comprising a housing having a cylindrical bore, a cylindrical key plug (202) and a number of locking pins (205a-205g) in a row along a key plug axis for locking the key plug against rotation in the cylindrical bore, and a key (100) of the kind comprising a longitudinally extending, substantially flat key blade (102), with at least two longitudinally extending formations. The key blade comprises an upper edge portion having a first code pattern (103) and a lower, massive portion having a second code pattern (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Winloc AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 8348233
    Abstract: A butterfly valve comprises a valve body, a seat ring mounted on a flow passage of the valve body, a disc rotatably mounted to the valve body and configured to open and close the flow passage by being attached to the seat ring; and a driving device configured to linearly move and rotate the disc so as to prevent interference between the disc and the seat ring when the flow passage of the valve body is open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seokwang Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoon-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 8348719
    Abstract: Embodiments of a polisher for chemical mechanical planarization. The polisher includes a polishing pad structure containing a first reactant therein, and a second reactant in a polishing environment over the polishing pad structure. The first reactant and the second reactant react endothermically upon contact when polishing a wafer surface between the polishing pad structure and the polishing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Hsien Lu, Liang-Guang Chen, Tien-I Bao, Shau-Lin Shue
  • Patent number: 8351904
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a communication unit configured to provide a communication function including at least one of an outgoing communication function and an incoming communication function, a controller configured to acquire surrounding data including at least one of image data or sound data corresponding to a surrounding of where the communication function is performed, and to match the acquired surrounding data with communication information indicating a first party of the outgoing function or a second party of the incoming communication function, and a display unit configured to display a communication history including the communication information matched with the surrounding data. In addition, the controller is further configured to acquire the surrounding data selectively based on a) a manual operation of the terminal or b) automatically without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyung Jin Kim, Jee Young Chun, Sae Kyu Park, Yong Man Park, Ji Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8350800
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byunghyun An, Minchul Kim, Hoon Hur, Bupsung Jung, Seungse Kim, Myounghwa Ko
  • Patent number: 8351475
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laser device. The laser device includes a pulse generator which irradiates a laser beam between a high reflector mirror and an output coupler mirror to amplify and resonate the laser beam, a pulse output section which receives a laser beam pulse amplified and resonated through the output coupler mirror to output the laser beam pulse, and a Q switch which moves backward or forward in a direction perpendicular to a path of the laser beam formed between the pulse generator and the high reflector mirror. The output coupler mirror includes first and second mirrors provided on a base plate. Positions of the first and second mirrors are selectively changed as the Q switch moves backward or forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Jawon Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wonhee Park
  • Patent number: 8351335
    Abstract: Intelligent hotspot connection systems and methods are provided. The intelligent hotspot connection system includes a storage unit, a wireless connection unit, and a processing unit. The storage unit includes a hotspot information database recording at least one property for each of a plurality of hotspots, and a hotspot preference database recording at least one preference inclination, respectively defining a reference weight for the property and signal strength. The processing unit detects the signal strength of the respective hotspots via the wireless connection unit. The processing unit obtains the preference inclination, and calculates a score for the respective hotspots according to the preference inclination, the property and signal strength of the respective hotspots. The processing unit selects and automatically connects to the hotspot with the highest score via the wireless connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Yu-Fan Lin, Fu-Shan Fang, Cheng-Chun Lin, Yi-Yao Tseng, Hung-Jui Wang
  • Patent number: 8350814
    Abstract: A terminal including a first body, a second body connected to the first body, a first display disposed on the first body, a second display disposed on the second body and having a transparency such that information displayed on the first display can be seen though the second display having the transparency when the first and second displays overlap each other, and a controller configured to control a movement of a displayable object between the first and second displays based on a particular condition occurring on the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Hwan Kim, Nam-Yong Park
  • Patent number: 8349952
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a golf ball which is excellent in abrasion-resistance and durability. The golf ball of the present invention comprises a cover using a cover composition containing thermoplastic polyurethane (A) and a polyisocyanate mixture (B) in which a urethane prepolymer (b-1a) having at least two isocyanate groups or a polyisocyanate (b-1b) having at least three isocyanate groups is dispersed in a thermoplastic resin (b-2) which does not substantially react with the isocyanate groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Tarao
  • Patent number: 8348304
    Abstract: An airbag jacket activating system includes radio communications transceivers configured to make RF communications and LF communications, respectively. An acceleration sensor configured to detect acceleration of a motorcycle. An update unit configured to update an LF communications ID, to code the updated LF communications ID together with an RF communications ID, and to transmit the coded updated LF communications ID and the coded RF communications ID to an airbag jacket through RF communications. An update unit configured to store the updated LF communications ID in a case where the LF communications ID is received together with the RF communication ID. A control unit configured to cause the coded RF communications ID and an ignition signal to be transmitted through the RF communications, and to cause the LF communications ID and the ignition signal to be transmitted through the LF communications when the acceleration exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kojima, Sumitaka Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8349293
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of metal nanoparticles for the preparation of a composition for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease by MRI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Guerbet
    Inventor: Claire Corot
  • Patent number: 8351937
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with wireless devices to be connected with the mobile terminal, a display unit configured to display information about the wireless devices, an input unit configured to input search information including at least one of a distance range to search for the wireless devices and a type of the wireless devices, and a controller configured to control the wireless communication unit to search for the wireless devices based on the input search information and to control the display unit to display responding wireless devices that responded to the search by the wireless communication unit according to the input search information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dong-Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 8348022
    Abstract: An arrangement for the call apparatus and display apparatus of an elevator has a body part which includes at least call buttons and other actuators, such as apertures for the display elements. The body part is essentially universal such that the number, size, shape and placement location of the apertures of the body part are arranged to be suited for the use of as many display variations and/or call button variations as possible, and in that an essentially thin light-attenuating film-like layer is disposed in front of the body part, which layer is fitted to allow light produced by the display elements through, but covers the apertures and other features in the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Niko Rusanen, Timo Tiainen, Maija Pursiainen, Jussi Laurila, Aapo Saari
  • Patent number: 8351757
    Abstract: Even when a communication state between a tuner device and a display device is deteriorated, a television broadcast receiving device enables a user to view broadcast. The television broadcast receiving device of the present invention has a tuner section that receives a digital broadcast signal, selects the digital broadcast signal to decode the digital broadcast signal, generates video data including a video signal and an audio signal, and converts the video data into processed video data suitable for wireless communication, and a display section that receives the processed video data from the tuner section through wireless communication, and displays a video based on the processed video data. The tuner section has a recording/playback section that records and reads the video data in and from a predetermined recording section according to a change in state of the communication with the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Tsunashima, Hideki Kawano, Tetsuro Shida
  • Patent number: 8349165
    Abstract: Soluble nickel and tin contained in a coating layer are eluted into an aqueous solution by bringing a cathode coated with a nickel-tin alloy into contact with an aqueous solution of an alkali metal hydrogen carbonate such as sodium hydrogen carbonate, thereby reducing the amounts of these metals eluted during electrolysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tanaka, Kenji Aoki
  • Patent number: 8350901
    Abstract: A brightness image is produced from a frame image input from a scope and a high brightness pixel group including pixels next to one another, of which the brightness values exceed a predetermined value, and of which the number exceeds a predetermined value, is detected. Only when the pixel group is detected, a microcomputer performs light amount adjustment. When no high brightness pixel group is detected any more, a brightness blurred image is produced from the brightness image. If the value of a pixel forming the brightness blurred image is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the value is replaced with zero. If the value is less than or equal to a predetermined value, the value is replaced with a greater value as the value is smaller. Then, brightness conversion is performed on the brightness image by adding the brightness blurred image after replacement to the brightness image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Abe
  • Patent number: D674068
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungho Baek, Hyein Jung, Joogyeom Kim, Gangui Cho