Patents Represented by Attorney Blum Kaplan
  • Patent number: 5252993
    Abstract: A capping device for an ink jet printer includes a cap supported on a cap support member adapted to press the cap against a print head with a uniform pressure distribution despite variation in the positional relationship between the print head and the cap support member. The uniform pressure distributed is enhanced by supporting the cap by the support member in such a manner to permit the cap to pivot in at least two degrees of freedom. After the cap is sealed around an ink orifice of the printer, a preliminary suction operation reduces the pressure within a cavity defined by the cap and the print head. The pressure within the cavity is then returned to atmospheric pressure and then reduced again, but to a level which will not interfere with the ink meniscus level in the print head. The first period of suction lasts longer than the second suction period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tomii, Katsuhiko Iida
  • Patent number: 5252499
    Abstract: A wide band-gap semiconductor, such as a II-VI semiconductor having low bipolar resistivity and a method for producing such a semiconductor. To form this semiconductor, atomic hydrogen is used to neutralize compensating contaminants. Alternatively, the semiconductor dopant and hydrogen are introduced into the undoped semiconductor together, and later, the hydrogen is removed leaving an acceptably compensation free wide band-gap semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: G. F. Neumark Rothschild
  • Patent number: 5252962
    Abstract: A passive transponder includes a receive antenna for receiving an input signal. A frequency generator and modulator receives the input signal and outputs a data carrier signal having a frequency independent of the input signal frequency. A programmable memory and thermistor are provided to produce user ID data and temperature data which is combined with the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Bio Medic Data Systems
    Inventors: Donald J. Urbas, David Ellwood
  • Patent number: 5253229
    Abstract: An integrated circuit for an electronic timepiece includes at least one semiconductor nonvolatile memory device. Reference data can be checked across a pair of output terminals prior to being stored in at least one EPROM to check the accuracy and acceptability of the reference data for driving a motor of the timepiece. The reference data once written into the EPROM serves as control data. Both the reference data and control data are used for controlling at least one function of the timepiece. The control data also can be checked across the output terminals to determine its accuracy and acceptability for driving the motor. Testing of the reference data and control data can be performed on a faster than real time basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuo Moriya
  • Patent number: 5249775
    Abstract: A stop valve assembly comprises two closure members one for stopping substantive gas or liquid flow and the other to prevent leakage along a spindle section 33. Each member possesses a closure element in the form of a rigid disc-like member (9 or 34) of accurately predetermined thickness lying in a recess (1 or 3) formed round the end opening of a duct or around the spindle section and having exactly the same depth as the thickness of the disc. Over the disc outer surface 11, and the end face around the recess is located a flat annular deformable seal member (14, 64); this can be secured at in relation to the disc member, so as to travel with the disc member 9 as a stop valve, or can be secured against the said face around the recess so as to define an antileakage spindle seal. Since no deformed seal is used and since no packing is used in the screw spindle mechanism, high actuating force is unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Seyed H. Tabatabai
  • Patent number: 5250944
    Abstract: A system for receiving a signal from a passive transponder includes a probe which transmits an exciter signal having a first frequency and receives a signal from the transponder having a second frequency. The probe includes an antenna for transmitting the exciter signal. The antenna includes a second coil and a primary coil wound about the second coil. The second coil is tuned to resonate at the first frequency. A receiver is provided for driving the primary coil at the first frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Bio Medic Data Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Urbas, David Ellwood
  • Patent number: 5250931
    Abstract: An active matrix panel including a matrix of driving electrodes couples through thin film transistor switches to a corresponding source line and gate line and at least one of a driver circuit including complementary thin film transistors for driving the source and/or gate lines of the picture elements on the substrate. The thin film transistors of the active matrix have the same cross-sectional structure as the P-type or the N-type thin film transistors forming the driver circuit and are formed during the same patterning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Misawa, Hiroyuki Oshima
  • Patent number: 5245712
    Abstract: A bathtub adapted to be secured in an opening defined by a tiled horizontal surface. The tub includes a sump portion having a bottom wall and an upstanding wall having a lower edge joined to said bottom wall and an upper edge. An essentially flat horizontal planar surface extends outwardly from the upper edge of the sidewall. The horizontal planar surface has a finished appearance and a selected thickness so that the planar surface rests flush with the tiled horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: American Standard Inc.
    Inventor: John Laughton
  • Patent number: 5247376
    Abstract: A method of activating a matrix liquid crystal display formed with column electrodes intersecting row electrodes and liquid crystal material therebetween in which liquid crystal pixels are defined at the intersections of the row and column electrodes. The column electrodes are provided with voltage waveforms of high and low magnitude corresponding to display data. The row electrodes are supplied with a sequential scanning signal of activating magnitude. During one data output period, a signal for the data about the selected rows is delivered with one polarity and then switches to the opposite polarity N number of times (where N is a positive integer) during the same data output period to prevent crosstalk in the column electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Wakai
  • Patent number: 5247220
    Abstract: An ultrasonic step motor is provided with a stator and rotor. The rotor has a plurality of projections extending in the direction of the stator so that contact is made between the rotor and the stator creating a frictional force to drive the rotor. Vibrators are formed from a piezoelectric material directly attached to the stator. The ultrasonic motor further includes a drive control apparatus for impressing standing waves to the vibrating elements of the vibrator causing a change over to the phase or carrying out an ON-OFF operation of the ultrasonic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Miyazawa, Kiyoto Takedo
  • Patent number: 5244505
    Abstract: An apparatus is shown for cleaning a pipe. The apparatus includes a rigid stem and a motor stationarily mounted on the stem. An outer body surrounds the motor and is rotatably mounted on the rigid stem. A fluid conduit is connected to the stem and to a source of fluid under pressure for supplying fluid to the motor for driving the motor. The fluid conduit also connected to a pulling unit for pulling the apparatus through the pipe to be cleaned. Fluid supplied through the fluid conduit to the stem and through the stem to the fluid powered motor provides rotational propulsion to turn the outer body as the apparatus is moved through the pipe to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Pipe Rehab International, Inc.
    Inventors: Arlie Allison, Simon Tarsha, James S. McMillan
  • Patent number: 5245290
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the particle charge and size distribution of particles in suspensions of arbitrary concentration is provided. The apparatus includes a cell for application of an unsteady electric field or an unsteady mechanical force across the suspension of at least two different frequencies for accelerating the particles. The resulting acoustic wave generated by application of the electric field applied to the electrodes, or the electrical response and the acoustic pressure at the electrodes generated by application of the mechanical force is measured. Transducers convert the mechanical forces to electrical forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignees: Matec Applied Sciences, Inc., Colloidal Dynamics
    Inventors: David W. Cannon, Richard W. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5245488
    Abstract: An improved composite magnetic recording head having a core chip with two opposed magnetic members via a magnetic gap and a nonmagnetic layer is disposed on at least one of the magnetic members and a thin magnetic layer is disposed on the non-magnetic layer. The thin magnetic layer has a higher saturation flux density than the magnetic members and the non-magnetic layer increases the adhesive strength between the thin magnetic layer and the magnetic member. The core chip fits into a slide member and is integrated using an adhesive glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Iwamoto, Atsuo Kobayashi, Takahiro Sato
  • Patent number: 5244624
    Abstract: A thin, flexible tubular membrane provides a heat containment tube for inserting into and inflation within an underground conduit to be repaired. Folded rigid thermoplastic pipe is inserted into the tube while hot and flexible. The tubular membrane is pressurized to exclude unwanted fluids from within the existing conduit. Hot steam is injected into the tube to heat the pipe full-length externally and internally until flexible. The pipe is then rounded and expanded against the walls of the conduit with the tube therebetween. The rounding and expanding of the pipe is carried out progressively by moving a plug through the pipe and by injecting hot steam under pressure behind the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: NuPipe, Inc.
    Inventor: Campbell H. Steketee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5242558
    Abstract: Thin film devices including a film of a functional organic material, inorganic material or mixtures which are either insoluble or sparingly soluble in water, and deposited by electroplating. Particles of the functional material are dispersed in a micelle solution of a surfactant which is oxidizable and reducible by electrolysis in a colloidal state. Thin film devices prepared include color filters, optical recording media, electrochemical photoreceptors, nonlinear switching elements, and other devices requiring thin films of materials which are substantially insoluble in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiaki Matsushima, Mitsuro Atobe, Yoshihiro Ono, Yasuto Nose
  • Patent number: 5240797
    Abstract: Thin film devices including a film of a functional organic material, inorganic material or mixtures which are either insoluble or sparingly soluble in water, and deposited by electroplating. Particles of the functional material are dispersed in a micelle solution of a surfactant which is oxidizable and reducible by electrolysis in a colloidal state. Thin film devices prepared include color filters, optical recording media, electrochemical photoreceptors, nonlinear switching elements, and other devices requiring thin films of materials which are substantially insoluble in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiaki Matsushima, Mitsuro Atobe, Yoshihiro Ono, Yasuto Nose
  • Patent number: 5241407
    Abstract: A projection-type display device having a single light source which produces light. A first dichroic mirror group receives the light and separates it into colored light. A transmissive light valve system modulates the colored light and a second dichroic mirror group synthesizes the modulated colored light. A projection system projects the synthesized colored light onto a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomio Sonehara, Shuji Aruga, Shinji Morozumi
  • Patent number: 5238315
    Abstract: A control device for a printer for printing on a paper having a print head supported on a movable carriage and a paper feeding device. The printer includes a detector for detecting the presence or absence of paper in the printer wherein a predetermined region remains on the paper when the detector detects the absence of paper. The control device calculates the length of the printable region remaining on the paper and determines whether a sufficient remaining printable region is available at the trailing end of the paper. A paper feeder device feeds the paper in a predetermined amount. A carriage control device controls driving of the carriage. Driving of the carriage starts at a time before the paper feeding has ceased such that the speed of the carriage reaches a printing level when paper feeding has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Kitabata
  • Patent number: D338888
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignees: Seiko Epson Corporation, Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Kaneko
  • Patent number: D340233
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Takahashi