Patents Represented by Attorney Cooper & Dunham LLP
  • Patent number: 8347949
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a method of eliminating a shrinkage cavity in a metal ingot cast by direct chill casting. The method involves casting an upright ingot having an upper surface at an intended height. Upon completion of the casting, the lower tip of the spout is maintained below the molten metal near the center of the upper surface. The metal flow through the spout is terminated and a partial shrinkage cavity is allowed to form as metal of the ingot shrinks and contracts. Before the partial cavity exposes the lower tip of the spout, the cavity is preferably over-filled with molten metal, while avoiding spillage of molten metal, and then the flow of metal through the spout is terminated. These steps are repeated until no further contraction of the metal causes any part of the upper surface to contract below the intended ingot height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Anderson, Todd F. Bischoff, James Boorman, Wayne J. Fenton, David Sinden, John Steven Tingey, Robert Bruce Wagstaff
  • Patent number: 8352477
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for accessing a document management application through a network, wherein one or more key terms and focus terms (selected from user-specific focus parameters) for selected search parameters are transmitted to the document management application for limiting a search to be performed by a search function of the document management application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Uchida, Shun Tanaka, Kazuhiko Kato
  • Patent number: 8348379
    Abstract: A disclosed droplet discharge apparatus includes a droplet discharge head; a head sealing member that is disposed so as to face the droplet discharge head and that is moved to a position where a surface of the droplet discharge head is sealed off from outside of the head sealing member; and a suction force generator that generates a suction force inside the head sealing member. Further, the head sealing member moves droplets remaining on a nozzle surface of the droplet discharge head along the nozzle surface and suctioning as well as suctioning ink from a nozzle surface of the droplet discharge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 8347912
    Abstract: In the device, according to the invention, the retention tank (7) constitutes a distributing chamber which is connected to the external retention tank (10) being a segment of a gravity-flow channel (11) with its cross-section greater than the cross-section of gravity waste water transfer required in the calculations, located on the line of waste water inflow to the retention tank (7), whereas the capacity of the retention tank (7) is at least two times smaller than the capacity of the external retention tank (10) constituting a segment of the gravity-flow channel (11) with its cross-section greater than the required cross-section of the gravity-flow channel (11) for gravity waste water transfer required in the calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Miroslaw Szuster, Rafal Wojciechowski
  • Patent number: 8351826
    Abstract: An image forming method, includes a charging step of charging an image carrier; an image writing step of writing image data onto the image carrier; a developing step of developing a latent image area written by the image writing step on the image carrier; a transferring step of transferring a toner image developed by the developing step to a transferring member; an image writing position adjusting step of detecting a position of the image carrier where the image is written in a case where designated conditions are satisfied, and of adjusting an image writing position; and a voltage output control step of controlling voltages applied for charging, developing, and transferring in the charging step, the developing step, and the transferring step, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Ricoh Company, Ltd., Ricoh Printing Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Mohri
  • Patent number: 8348407
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes nozzles, separate chambers, a common chamber, inlet portions, a filter unit, and ribs. Droplets of liquid are ejected from the nozzles. The separate chambers are communicated with the nozzles. The inlet portions are communicated with the corresponding separate chambers. Liquid is supplied from the common chamber to the separate chambers through the inlet portions. The filter unit is disposed between the inlet portions and the common chamber to filter liquid in an area across the separate chambers in a first direction in which the nozzles are arrayed. The ribs are disposed in the filter unit at intervals corresponding in size to at least two of the separate chambers in the first direction to partition the filter unit. The inlet portions are communicated in the first direction with each other in at least one portion of each of the inlet portions facing the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryouta Matsufuji, Hideyuki Makita, Tadashi Mimura, Satoru Tobita, Tomohiko Koda
  • Patent number: 8349470
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments relate to a multilayer aluminum alloy sheet material suitable for fabrication into coolant-conveying tubes, headers and the like used for heat exchangers, and to the tubes and headers, etc., fabricated from the sheet. The multi-layer metal sheet has a core layer of aluminum alloy having first and second sides. The first side has an interlayer made of a Zn-containing aluminum alloy positioned between a Zn-containing outer layer and the core layer. The alloy of the outer layer is more electronegative than the alloy of the interlayer. The alloy of the interlayer is preferably more electronegative than the alloy of the core layer. The first side clad in this way is the side intended for exposure to the coolant, and provides good resistance to corrosion and erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Henri Marois, Kevin Michael Gatenby, Thomas L. Davisson, Andrew D. Howells, Ian Smith
  • Patent number: 8348258
    Abstract: A driving force transmitting device comprising: an output shaft which can output a rotating force, and a casing which supports the output shaft so that a leading tip part of the output shaft can expose the outside, wherein the output shaft is provided on the casing so that the tip end surface thereof is flash with or substantially flash with an outer surface of the casing or the tip end surface thereof is recessed interior of the outer surface, and wherein the tip end surface thereof is provided with an engaging part which is insertable/removable to/from an engaged part provided on a driven member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kato, Masanobu Yamagata, Katsuhiko Hanagaki, Toshio Yanata, Tsuyoshi Hashiyada, Toshiki Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8351970
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system for extending a known push to talk service in such a way that novel application capabilities are obtained. According to said invention, the use of said push to talk techniques is carried out by adding a functionality making it possible to transmit other forms of data besides speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stephan Blicker
  • Patent number: 8343698
    Abstract: A photoreceptor including an electroconductive substrate, a photosensitive layer located overlying the electroconductive substrate, and a surface layer located overlying the photosensitive layer, the surface layer including a cross-linked material of a radical polymerizable monomer having at least 3 functional groups with no charge transport structure and a radical polymerizable compound having a charge transport structure, the surface layer having a sulfur concentration of 50 ppmw or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kawasaki, Kazukiyo Nagai, Yukio Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8344729
    Abstract: An MRI apparatus includes an imaging means being provided with a means for generating magnetic fields respectively of a static magnetic field, a gradient magnetic field, and an RF magnetic field, and a means for receiving an echo signal generated from a subject, the imaging means being for measuring echo data associated with at least one measurement trajectory in k-space, while varying angles with respect to a coordinate axis in the k-space of the measurement trajectory, so as to collect at least one measured data for each of the angles; and an image reconstruction means for rearranging the measured data in the k-space and reconstructing an image; wherein, the image reconstruction means calculates a phase for correction based on standard data selected from the measured data for each of the angles, prior to rearranging the measured data in the k-space, and performs a phase correction as to the measured data, by using the phase for correction being calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Takizawa, Testuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8343515
    Abstract: A perfluorocarbon gel composition is disclosed with numerous uses including topical medical and cosmetic uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Huvard, Richard Kiral, Maxine Quitaro, Deborah P. Thompson, Aharon Grossman, Gary Clauson, Gurbhagat Sandhu
  • Patent number: 8344104
    Abstract: RTP801 represents a unique gene target for hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1). Down-regulation of the mTOR pathway activity by hypoxia requires de novo mRNA synthesis and correlates with increased expression of RTP801. The present invention relates to screening systems utilizing RTP801 and/or RTP801 interactors and/or RTP801 biological activity, to drug candidates identified by such screening systems, and to the use of such drug candidates in the treatment of various disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Roni Wechsler, Igor Mett, Elena Feinstein
  • Patent number: 8342621
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a base member where a plurality of recording heads is provided, the recording heads being configured to jet liquid drops onto a recording medium; a carriage configured to elevatably support the base member; and an elevating part configured to elevate the base member relative to the carriage, wherein the elevating part is a plurality of slide cam members provided movably in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Soichi Saiga, Ichiro Komuro, Shinichiro Naruse
  • Patent number: 8345289
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method are provided to automate an audit of an information technology (IT) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Americas Corporation
    Inventor: John Eastman
  • Patent number: 8343905
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aqueous detergent composition comprising the following elements in the indicated amounts expressed as percentage by weight: a) 0.1-15% of at least one alkyl ether carboxylate of formula (I): R—O—(CH2CH2O)m—CH2—COOX wherein, —R represents a linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated alkyl or alkenyl group containing between 3 and 10 carbon atoms, —m represents a number comprised between 0.5 and 20, and —X represents hydrogen or a suitable cation, selected from an alkaline metal, an alkaline earth metal, ammonium, alkylamino, alkanolamino or glucammonium, b) 0.1-15% of at least one amine oxide, c) 0.1-40% of at least one alkyl ether sulfate type anionic surfactant with a hydrocarbon chain containing between 10 and 18 carbon atoms, d) water up to 100%; said detergent composition is particularly suitable for manual dishwashing, for washing kitchen utensils, as well as in certain domestic cleaning applications of general use, such as the cleaning of hard surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation, S.A.
    Inventors: Carmen Ma Pey Gutiérrez, Blanca Nogués López, María José Bermejo Oses, Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 8343705
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a toner including manufacturing a coarse toner containing a binder resin and a coloring agent, and screening the coarse toner with a screen device including a top screen having an opening of from 26 to 43 ?m and a bottom screen situated below the top screen having an opening of from 54 to 150 ?m to screen the coarse toner with the top screen by ultrasonic vibration and mechanical vibration at 50° C. or lower, and with the bottom screen by mechanical vibration at 35° C. or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tomioka, Yousuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8344146
    Abstract: A new compound is revealed and the strain of Streptomyces sp. producing it, which may be used in the production of drugs (Formula I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Narodowy Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego-Panstwowy Zaklad Higieny
    Inventors: Jolanta Solecka, Lech Kozerski
  • Patent number: 8345277
    Abstract: A print server receives a transmission request and a printer ID from a client device, acquires print function information corresponding to the printer ID from print-function information DBs, and acquires function restriction information from a function-restriction information DB of a printer control server. The print server then generates setting screen information based on the print function information and the function restriction information, and transmits the setting screen information to the client device. The client device receives the setting screen information, and creates and displays a setting screen by using the setting screen information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mototsugu Emori
  • Patent number: 8346536
    Abstract: Multi-lingual information retrieval methods and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: EIJ Group LLC
    Inventors: Johnson Jiang, Diane Chan