Patents Represented by Attorney Carmody & Torrance LLP
  • Patent number: 8344681
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing undesired motions during initialization of a stepper motor having a rotor and windings, the apparatus comprising a rotary encoder for sensing direction of rotor rotation; a microcontroller responsive to signals from the rotary encoder for generating bidirectional motor control waveforms having variable digital amplitude values; at least one motor driver for receiving the motor control waveforms and translating the waveforms to drive the motor windings; and wherein the translated waveforms urge the rotor in a first direction and then a second direction to locate a desired rotor position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Francesco Servidone
  • Patent number: 8337942
    Abstract: A method and composition for plating metal contacts on photovoltaic solar cells is described. The cell is immersed in an aqueous bath containing platable metal ions and a solubilizing agent for aluminum or aluminum alloy ions from the back side of the solar cell. The cell is then exposed to light, causing the two sides of the cell to become oppositely charged. The metal ions are plated without requiring an external electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: David W. Minsek, Lev Taytsas
  • Patent number: 8327665
    Abstract: There is provided a one-press method for producing a glass vessel, the method enabling efficient production of even a glass vessel having the maximum thick wall part having a thickness larger than a predetermined value by using a divided type forming mold having a specific parting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: KOA Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Juji Ishigame, Takenori Yamanaka, Daisuke Date
  • Patent number: 8330052
    Abstract: A method for producing a joined structure, containing: after placing an anisotropic conductive film in the predetermined manner, placing a wiring member containing a wiring plate formed thereon, where the wiring plate has a resist region in which the wiring plate is covered with a resist layer, and a second electrode region in which the wiring plate is not covered with the resist layer, so that the edge of the resist region at a boundary with the second electrode region comes above the chamfer part of the substrate; and heating and compressing the anisotropic conductive film from the side of the wiring member to melt and make the anisotropic conductive film flow into the side of the resist region to thereby cover the second electrode region with the anisotropic conductive film, so as to electrically connect the first electrode region and the second electrode region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ishimatsu, Yukio Yamada
  • Patent number: 8319154
    Abstract: A self-heating fluid connector comprising a housing in which is provided exothermic phase change material and one or more fluid channels extending from one end of the housing to the other, in thermal communication with the exothermic phase change material, whereby fluid passing through the fluid conduits is heated by the exothermic phase change material. The self-heating connector is particularly suited for use with a fluid container and a fluid delivery port such as a baby's bottle and feeding teat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Jim Shaikh, David Hartwanger, Mike Watkinson
  • Patent number: 8316521
    Abstract: A device for producing a break-scheduled line for a vehicle upholstery member having an air bag door equipped with a fabricated skin. The device for producing the vehicle upholstery member having such air bag door comprises a support base for substantially flatly mounting the skin thereon, a cutting blade for forming the break-scheduled line in the skin, and measuring means for measuring the depth of the break-scheduled line or the thickness of the remaining portion. The support base includes a protrusion having a shape corresponding to that of the break-scheduled line formed in the skin on an upper surface of the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Nakata Coating Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takemi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8308893
    Abstract: A method of increasing adhesion between a copper or copper alloy layer and a polymeric resin. The method includes the steps of a) applying a pre-dip composition to the copper layer; b) applying a nano-oxide composition to the treated copper layer, c) applying a post-dip composition to the nano-oxide treated surface, and d) bonding a resin to the treated copper surface. The nano-oxide composition comprises (i) a chlorite; (ii) a caustic; (iii) a phosphate salt; (iv) an organic nitro compound; and (v) a thio compound. The post-dip composition is an alkaline solution that comprises (i) a phosphate salt; (ii) a source of molybdenum ions; and (iii) a thiazole. The process of the invention is useful for improving the bond between copper and a resin, including high Tg resins, halogen-free resins, and high speed/lost resins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ming De Wang, Steven A. Castaldi, Kesheng Feng
  • Patent number: 8300393
    Abstract: A display device or stand therefor, intended to promote frequent changes in a (5) user's posture by the continuous movement of its display screen (1) in a horizontal and/or vertical manner. In a preferred embodiment the display device comprises a vertical hollow column (10) slidably attached by a saddle (11) to a horizontal hollow column (20). The display screen (1) is mounted on a support (30) fitted with a pivot (32) to a moveable collar (31) slidably mounted on vertical column (1). The saddle (11) and (10) collar (31) are driven by respective electric motors (41, 40). The support (30) may incorporate an arm (33) and a rotating wheel (34) running on an offset bar (35) mounted on column (10) by blocks (36, 37). Because of the pivot (32) and due to the slope of the bar (35) the display screen (1) tilts forwards or backwards as it is raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Mark O. Mathews
  • Patent number: 8273235
    Abstract: An aqueous acidic trivalent chromium electrolyte comprising trivalent chromium ions and a complexing agent for maintaining the trivalent chromium ions in solution is provided in which the aqueous electrolyte comprises additives capable of producing a coating on a substrate having a desired dark hue. The additives typically comprise a dispersion of colloidal silica and an additional additive selected from thiocyanate ions and/or iron ions. The electrolyte is used in a method of producing the desired dark-hued decorative chromium coating on a substrate by electrodeposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Roshan V Chapaneri, Richard G Tooth, Roderick D. Herdman, Stacey L. Handy
  • Patent number: 8263177
    Abstract: A process is described for treating metal surfaces printed wiring boards and similar substrates to provide improved creep corrosion resistance on such surfaces. A modified organic solderability preservative composition is used in combination with an emulsion polymer to provide a modified polymer coating on the metal surface finish via a chemical reaction to provide enhanced corrosion protection of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Kesheng Feng, Nilesh Kapadia, Witold Paw
  • Patent number: 8240076
    Abstract: A covering device for an elongated telescopic sight that is mounted on a gun shaft, wherein the elongated telescopic sight has a first end and a second end, the covering device comprising a first pocket having an opening and a coverable end and a second pocket having an opening and a coverable end, wherein the first pocket is coupled to the second pocket by an intermediate member, oriented non-linearly relative to the second pocket, and is facing in at least a substantially opposite direction as the second pocket; wherein the first pocket is coverable upon the first end of the telescopic sight, the intermediate member is wrappable around, underneath or over at least a portion of the gun shaft and the second pocket is coverable upon the second end of the telescopic sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Carson Optical, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason C. Carley
  • Patent number: D665277
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Chiang
  • Patent number: D666108
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Chiang
  • Patent number: D666109
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Giorgio Galli
  • Patent number: D666110
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Chiang
  • Patent number: D670576
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Armstrong
  • Patent number: D670577
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Armstrong
  • Patent number: D671845
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Armstromg
  • Patent number: D672296
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Spraydown Limited
    Inventor: John Anthony Downes
  • Patent number: D673060
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Timex Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Chiang