Patents Represented by Attorney Cermak Kenealy Vaidya & Nakajima LLP
  • Patent number: 7726878
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to a clinical thermometer that facilitates easy measurement operation while suitably illuminating a location where a probe is to be inserted. Measurement can be performed even while subjects wear a garment. The clinical thermometer can include the following: a main body having on the outer face thereof a display for temperature display and a housing that includes a measuring device configured for temperature measurement; and an elongated probe part extending from the main body in a first direction and including a temperature sensing device located at the tip of the probe part that abuts against a user's armpit. The clinical thermometer can include, in the region where the main body is joined to the base of the probe part, a shoulder part curved or bent in a direction that intersects the first direction. The main body can also include an illumination device configured to emit light in the direction along which the probe extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Youji Ishimaru, Masayuki Nakahara, Hideki Iwayama
  • Patent number: 7726858
    Abstract: A vehicle light can include a plurality of light projection units each having a replaceable LED lamp, a reflector unit, a projection lens, and a shielding member. A housing can be provided that includes a lens and a rear side part, with the housing configured to accommodate the light projection units. The rear side part can include a mounting opening therethrough with a base plate configured to be hermetically attached to the housing through the mounting opening of the rear side part. The replaceable LED lamp can be attached to the base plate, and an elastic connecting member can be configured to hermetically connect the housing and the base plate so that the LED lamps can be individually replaced. Since the LED lamps can be individually replaced, untrained persons can carry out the replacement operation. Furthermore, it is possible to reduce the replacement cost and time as well as improve the rate of operation of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Yasuyo Ikeda, Qi Jing, Satoshi Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 7726022
    Abstract: A method of dismantling a turbomachine includes opening a turbomachine casing in the region of a combustion chamber, releasing a top half shell from a bottom half shell, axially displacing the top half shell and thereafter removing the top half shell in essentially the radial direction, rotationally fixedly connecting an auxiliary tool to the rotor of the turbomachine, connecting the auxiliary tool to the bottom half shell via axially displaceable adapter slides arranged on said auxiliary tool, axially displacing the bottom half shell to release the bottom half shell from axial connecting contours, rotating the bottom half shell with the rotor by approximately 180° until the bottom half shell assumes essentially the position of the removed top half shell, and releasing the bottom half shell and removal of said bottom half shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Bogdan Trbojevic, Stevica Furdek, Urs Benz, Anna Maria Olsson, Elisabetta Carrea
  • Patent number: 7726019
    Abstract: A modification method for reducing emissions from an annular shaped combustor of a gas turbine plant, having uniformly spaced circumferentially mounted premix burners (20), includes the steps of: removing at least one burner (20), thereby disrupting the spatial uniformity of the remaining the burners (20); and modifying the combustor air distribution system so as to compensate for the increased burner pressure drop of the remaining burners, thus enabling the modified combustor to operate at a load equivalent to the unmodified combustor. Emission reduction is enabled by the increase in the gas velocity of the burner for a given load further enabled by the flame stabilizing effect of disrupting the spatial uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Adnan Eroglu, Oliver Riccius, Klaus Knapp, Peter Flohr
  • Patent number: 7728508
    Abstract: A light-emitting device can be configured to have little variation in light emission characteristics even at increased temperatures. A light-emitting device can include a light-emitting section for emitting light with a predetermined wavelength, and a fluorescent material for absorbing a part of light emitted from the light-emitting section and emitting light with a longer wavelength. The light-emitting device can mix the light with the predetermined wavelength from the light-emitting section and the light with the longer wavelength from the fluorescent material, and thereby emit a mixed light. The fluorescent material can include single crystal grains in which primary grains have a diameter of 1 ?m or less. Crystal defects, such as a grain boundary, do not often and sometimes never occur in the single crystal grain having a diameter of 1 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kondo, Shuichi Taya, Yasuyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 7727618
    Abstract: A decorative molded body can be structured such that an inside thereof looks three-dimensional from a surface thereof, the decorative molded body being a substituted for a decorative molded body of the related art. An example of a decorative molded body can include a three-dimensional base pattern layer having, on a bottom surface of a transparent molded body, a transparent printing layer and a brilliant layer containing brilliant particles, in which the brilliant layer is raised brightly and three-dimensionally on the transparent printing layer as a background. The decorative molded body is excellent in design, and structured so that irregular shapes formed of portions where the transparent printing layer is provided and other portions can look three-dimensional from a surface of the molded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Polymatech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Iwano
  • Patent number: 7728346
    Abstract: An LED illumination device can include a bridge connection circuit that includes five LED chips. The LED chips can be installed such that four LED chips, through which half-wave rectified current flows, are disposed in a generally cross-shaped opposed arrangement with the remaining LED chip interposed therebetween. The remaining LED chip can also have a full-wave rectified current flowing therethrough. Half-wave rectified currents having phases shifted by 180° (half the period) can flow through respective LED chips installed at a generally right angle. The placement range for the five LED chips can be limited, and the LED chips can be sealed with a wavelength conversion material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takikawa
  • Patent number: 7723081
    Abstract: An Escherichia bacterium (1) which harbors dihydrodipicolinate synthase of which feedback inhibition by L-lysine is desensitized and aspartokinase of which feedback inhibition by L-lysine is desensitized, (2) in which intracellular activity of dihydrodipicolinate reductase is enhanced, and (3) in which a diaminopimelate dehydrogenase gene is introduced or intracellular activities of tetrahydrodipicolinate succinylase and succinyl diaminopimelate deacylase are enhanced, wherein intracellular activity of aspartate-semialdehyde dehydrogenase or phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase is enhanced, is cultured in a suitable medium to produce and accumulate L-lysine in culture, and the L-lysine is collected from the culture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo Nakanishi, Yoshimi Kikuchi, Junichiro Kojima, Tomoko Suzuki, Yasushi Nishimura, Hiroyuki Kojima
  • Patent number: 7724539
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a holder having a pressure flange not to be easily disengaged from a small-sized electronic part in pressing and accommodating the holder having the small-sized electronic part in a mounting recess. A holder includes a projecting portion protruding from a pressing flange toward a cylinder axis of a holding portion, formed in a portion having a predetermined length of an inner edge of the pressing flange. With this construction, when the holder accommodating a small-sized electronic part is mounted to a casing of an apparatus, even if the pressing flange is rolled up and about to be disengaged from the small-sized electronic part, the projecting portion engages with the small-sized electronic part, thereby preventing the pressing flange from being rolled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Polymatech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Konno
  • Patent number: 7713230
    Abstract: A breast pump can be configured such that is can be easily dismantled for cleaning and easily re-assembled and is formed such that an operator or operating means thereof do not easily become detached during operation. The breast pump can include a storage container for storing milk, a breast pump main body, and an operator or operating means attached to the breast pump main body for deforming a negative pressure generating member attached to the breast pump main body. The operator can take the form of a lever, and can have an engaged portion that is engaged to an engagement portion on the breast pump main body side and includes an engagement opening formed on one end side of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kataoka, Mitsuo Tashiro
  • Patent number: 7712893
    Abstract: The base, on which the main body of a jewel is mounted, and the rear surface magnet are connected to the chain part. By this jewelry article for eyeglasses being mounted on a lens of the pair of eyeglasses, even if the main body of a jewel and the rear surface magnet fall because of their positioning difference on the lens occurred by some contacts to the main body of the jewel, the base and the rear surface magnet are in a state of being hanged down on an eyeglass frame through the chain part joined to the eyeglass frame by the joining part for an eyeglass frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Crossfor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidetaka Dobashi
  • Patent number: 7714272
    Abstract: An optical absolute rotary encoder can have a simple and small structure, for determining the absolute values of rotational positions with high accuracy. The encoder can include an optical scale having an absolute pattern representing a code corresponding to a single absolute value using a transmitting area and/or an intercepting area. A light emitting unit can be arranged at one side with respect to the optical scale, and configured to project light on the optical scale. A light receiving unit can be arranged at the same side as the light emitting unit, can configured to receive light passing through the transmitting area of the optical scale. A light guide unit can be provided and configured to guide the light from the light emitting unit to the light receiving unit. The optical scale and the light emitting unit can rotate relative to each other about an axis of rotation, and the light receiving unit can be disposed on the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Urabe
  • Patent number: 7714346
    Abstract: An LED and a surface mounting LED substrate for use in production of multi-faced surface mounting LEDs can include a resist layer on a conductor pattern that runs from an LED chip-mounted upper surface along a side portion and to a lower surface of the LED substrate. The resist layer is formed at least at a portion that is folded and runs along the lower surface and across a cutting line for separating/dividing at least the multi-faced surface mounting LEDs into discrete surface mounting LEDs. The resist layer is configured to suppress a burr that sometimes develops at a section of the conductor pattern during cutting/dicing of the multi-faced surface mounting LED substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ogawa, Kazuhiko Ueno
  • Patent number: 7709242
    Abstract: The present invention describes the production of L-tyrosine by culturing in a medium an Escherichia bacterium which has L-tyrosine-producing ability and which carries a mutant prephenate dehydrogenase which is desensitized to feedback inhibition by L-tyrosine, producing and accumulating L-tyrosine in the medium or in the bacterial cells, and collecting L-tyrosine from the medium or the bacterial cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Atsuko Takai, Ranko Nishi, Yuji Joe, Hisao Ito
  • Patent number: 7708612
    Abstract: A leash and information system assembly includes a flexible strap, a flexible tether cord, a data processing module, and a display module. The flexible strap and the flexible tether cord connect a water sports vehicle to a user of the water sports vehicle. The flexible tether cord is connected to the flexible strap and the second end is configured and dimensioned to connect to the water sports vehicle. The tether cord width is substantially less than the strap width and the tether cord length is substantially greater than the strap length. The data processing module is mounted within a water-proof enclosure and positioned along one of the flexible strap, the flexible tether cord, and the water sports vehicle. The data processing module is configured with logic to receive, parse, process, and output data generated by a source external to the data processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick N. Wardle
  • Patent number: 7703961
    Abstract: A lamp, an optical module, a vehicle headlight, and a method for controlling a color tone of the same can be configured to ensure visibility of the surroundings of a vehicle on a wet road in rainy weather, in dense fog, and on a snowpacked road, for example. The lamp can include a first LED chip which emits blue light, a second LED chip which emits light with a different color from blue. A wavelength conversion layer can be provided in front of light emitting areas of the first and second LED chips in an emitting direction, and can include a wavelength conversion material. A driving control unit can be configured to drive and control the first and second LED chips. The optical module can be configured to include the lamp along with optical components, such as a reflector. A vehicle headlight can include a plurality of optical modules. The control unit can be configured to control the ratio of light from the first and second LED chips, thereby obtaining light of a desired color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Yatsuda, Shinichi Kojima, Teruo Koike, Yasushi Kita
  • Patent number: 7704707
    Abstract: The present invention provides a neutral metalloprotease from actinomycetes which selectively cleaves a pro-structure part of a microbial protransglutaminase and a gene encoding said neutral metalloprotease. An active microbial transglutaminase having the pro-structure part cleaved can be obtained by culturing a microorganism into which a gene encoding the neutral metalloprotease from actinomycetes according to the present invention has been introduced, where by producing the neutral metalloprotease from actinomycetes, and reacting it on a microbial protransglutaminase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Yukiko Umezawa, Keiichi Yokoyama, Yoshimi Kikuchi, Masayo Date, Norimasa Onishi
  • Patent number: 7699514
    Abstract: An LED vehicular lamp with reflector can include a plurality of LED modules each having respective appropriate light distributions. The modules can be attached to a housing to form a light distribution characteristic though combination of the light emitted from the LED modules. At least part of the LED modules can include an illumination axis that is substantially at a right angle to the optical axis of the lamp such that light reflected at a reflector provided in the housing travels in the illumination direction of the LED light source vehicular lamp. The LED modules can also include a rear end that protrudes from an outer surface of the housing to improve the heat radiation efficiency, which enables the use of LED chips that can use higher permissible current values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Shimada
  • Patent number: 7699886
    Abstract: An implantable tubular device is formed as a substantially tubular body and has a deformable portion formed on a peripheral surface thereof, with the deformable portion forming a predetermined angle with respect to an axial direction of the implantable tubular device. The implantable tubular device includes a plurality of wavy annular members each formed of a wavy element and arranged in an axial direction of the implantable tubular device; and connection portions each connecting the wavy annular members to each other in the axial direction of the implantable tubular device. Each of the wavy annular members has a deformable portion 11 formed on a bent portion thereof not connected to the other wavy annular members in such a way that the deformable portion crosses the wavy annular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryota Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7695946
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel polypeptides and polynucleotides useful as biotechnological tools, specifically identified in a coryneform bacterium Corynebacterium glutamicum ssp. lactofermentum and methods of producing substances in organisms having enhanced or attenuated expression of these polypeptides and/or polynucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Usuda, Yousuke Nishio, Kazuhiko Matsui, Shinichi Sugimoto, Chie Koseki