Patents Represented by Attorney Keating & Bennett, LLP
  • Patent number: 8336786
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a wireless IC device, a dielectric substrate, and a metal plate. A radiation conductor coupled to the wireless IC device is provided on the front surface of the dielectric substrate, and a ground conductor connected to the radiation conductor through an interlayer connection conductor is provided on a back surface. The dielectric substrate is fixed to the metal plate via an insulating adhesive, and is crimped by a conductive member. The front and back surfaces of the metal plate are electrically connected to each other by the conductive member, and when a high-frequency signal is supplied from the wireless IC device, a high-frequency signal current on the front surface side of the metal plate is conducted to the back surface side of the metal plate through a surface boundary portion between the conductive member and the metal plate, and radiated as a high-frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Koji Shiroki
  • Patent number: 8340845
    Abstract: A theft deterrent apparatus in a marine vessel including a propulsion device having an engine coupled to a starter and a power generator, includes an authentication unit arranged to operate by receiving power from a battery that is arranged to supply power to the starter and accumulate power generated by the power generator, an operation control unit arranged to allow operation of the propulsion device if authentication by the authentication unit does succeed and prohibit operation of the propulsion device if authentication by the authentication unit does not succeed, a fault detection unit arranged to detect a fault of the authentication unit, and a fault detection control unit arranged to make a provisional fault judgment when the fault detection unit detects the fault of the authentication unit before completion of engine starting by the starter, and then make the fault detection unit perform the fault detection again after the completion of engine starting by the starter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takaaki Bamba
  • Patent number: 8339344
    Abstract: A display device which exhibits functional effects in which color separation between sub-pixels constituting a pixel is hardly recognized and white line display is easily recognized as one line, in enlargement of the color reproduction range in image display using multi-primary colors, and thereby improves display quality, and provides a liquid crystal display device including such a display device. The display device displays an image constituted by pixels each including sub-pixels of four or more colors, wherein the pixels constituting the display device mainly include a pixel arranging a sub-pixel of a color having the highest brightness value in a central region of the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Okada, Kazunari Tomizawa, Kenji Nakamura, Shoji Okazaki
  • Patent number: 8337363
    Abstract: A gear change control device actuates an actuator in response to an input of a gear change command and sets the clutch in an intermediate state between the engaged and disengaged states before a plurality of gears in the transmission are selectively engaged by dog clutches. In the intermediate state, a driving-side friction member and a driven-side friction member of the clutch are pressed against each other at a pressure lower than in the engaged state. The gear change control device actuates the clutch actuator to restore the friction clutch set in the intermediate state to the engaged state after the plurality of gears are selectively engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Minami
  • Patent number: 8337086
    Abstract: A bearing apparatus includes a shaft, a thrust cup including an annular potion and a cylindrical portion, a rotating member including a through hole defined therein, and a lubricating oil. A second gap defined between a lower surface of the rotating member and an upper surface of the annular portion of the thrust cup includes a first region in communication with a capillary seal portion, and a second region positioned radially inward of the first region and having an axial dimension smaller than that of the first region. A lower end portion of the through hole is open at a location radially outwardly away from a boundary between the first and second regions, so that a local circulation of the lubricating oil arises within the first region during rotation of the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Oe, Teiichi Hirono, Kunio Sakurada, Junya Mizukami
  • Patent number: 8339800
    Abstract: A circuit module includes a substrate, a component land provided on the substrate, an electronic component bonded to the component land, a case land provided on the substrate, and a case bonded to the case land so as to cover the electronic component. The case includes a top plate, and a leg that extends from a peripheral edge of the top plate in a direction substantially perpendicular to the top plate and that includes a groove in an end surface thereof that is bonded to the case land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Tomonori Ito
  • Patent number: 8336660
    Abstract: A snowmobile includes a vehicle body, a track belt, an engine, a left-and-right pair of skis, a suspension mechanism, and a steering mechanism. The track belt is located on a lower portion of the vehicle body. The engine drives the track belt. The suspension mechanism is a mechanism arranged to support the pair of skis so as to move in a vertical direction with respect to the vehicle body, and to support the pair of skis in an associated manner so that one of the skis moves downwards relative to the vehicle body when the other ski moves upwards relative to the vehicle body. The steering mechanism is a mechanism arranged to steer the pair of skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Ogura, Shinobu Amano, Masanori Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 8336303
    Abstract: A multi-cylinder internal combustion engine capable of decreasing the pressure or temperature of exhaust gas. The internal combustion engine includes at least two cylinders and an exhaust path. The exhaust path includes a convergent-divergent nozzle and an exhaust merging section provided upstream with respect to an upstream end of the divergent section arranged to connect only exhaust ports of combustion chambers for which the opening periods do not overlap. A shock wave propagating in a merging upstream section is branched at a connection section, and the branched shock wave is reflected by an exhaust valve of cylinder and collides against the exhaust gas. In accompaniment with the passage of the exhaust gas having the pressure increased by the shock wave through the convergent-divergent nozzle, a new shock wave propagating in a downstream direction in the exhaust path is generated and also an expansion wave propagating in an upstream direction in the exhaust path is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Takahashi, Tsugunori Konakawa
  • Patent number: 8339797
    Abstract: A package substrate includes a main package body including a first principal surface on which an IC is mounted, and a second principal surface, opposed to the first principal surface, on which first bonding materials for mounting are provided. An internal circuit is provided within the main package body and connected to the first bonding materials. A sub-package is arranged on the second principal surface and includes electronic components embedded therein. A thickness direction dimension being the distance from the second principal surface to a portion of the sub-package most distant from the second principal surface, is not more than a thickness direction dimension being the distance from the second principal surface to an edge of the first bonding material at the second principal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuyoshi Maeda, Shingo Ito, Satoru Noda
  • Patent number: 8337354
    Abstract: A power transmission system of a marine propulsion system includes a transmission arranged to change the speed of an output from an engine and then to transmit the output to a propeller shaft. Wet-type multi-plate clutches provided in the transmission include a plurality of clutch plates fitted to a clutch rotating body for axial movement with the clutch rotating body. The clutch rotating body includes an oil reservoir in its inner bottom portion and arranged to hold lubricating oil and a peripheral wall arranged to cover the oil reservoir from the radial outside and fit to each of the clutch plates to permit axial movement of the clutch plates. Communicating holes are arranged on the peripheral wall such that they communicate the oil reservoir side to the outside of the clutch rotating body in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Okabe, Hirotoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8339015
    Abstract: An elastic wave device includes a piezoelectric thin film formed from a piezoelectric single crystal substrate by peeling, an inorganic layer formed on a rear surface of the piezoelectric thin film, an elastic layer disposed on a surface of the inorganic layer opposite to the piezoelectric thin film, and a support member adhered to a surface of the elastic layer opposite to the inorganic layer. The elastic layer reduces stress generated when the piezoelectric thin film provided with the inorganic layer and the support member are adhered to each other and has a predetermined elastic modulus. The inorganic layer is formed of a material having a higher elastic modulus than that of the elastic layer and prevents damping generated when the elastic layer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Iwamoto, Hajime Kando
  • Patent number: 8339688
    Abstract: Four mounting units are linearly disposed in a machine body of an image forming apparatus. First and second platen covers that differ from each other in weight also differ from each other in interval between support units. The first platen cover can be mounted on the machine body using the mounting units, and the second platen cover can be mounted on the machine body using the mounting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidetada Nakahara
  • Patent number: 8339953
    Abstract: For monitoring a data transmitter such as a streaming server, which supplies transmitted data in response to a request of a receiver, an examiner examines a data traffic at the input of a receiver or at the output of the receiver, the examiner being configured to ascertain whether the data traffic falls below a minimum threshold. If the minimum threshold is fallen below, a connection activator initiates a new connection between the receiver and the data transmitter. This serves to enable consistent data-transmitter monitoring, even for non-reliable point-to-point connections via the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: MusicTrace GmbH
    Inventors: Ralph Kulessa, Frank Siebenhaar, Christian Neubauer
  • Patent number: 8339221
    Abstract: A 5-IDT longitudinally coupled resonator type elastic wave filter device includes a narrow-pitch electrode finger portion arranged to increase the steepness of the filter characteristic includes first to fifth IDTs. When the total number of electrode fingers in a first area and a fourth area is Nx and the total number of electrode fingers in a second area and a third area is Ny, an average period of electrode fingers in one of the areas including larger total numbers of the electrode fingers Nx and Ny is greater than that in the area including smaller total numbers of the electrode fingers Nx and Ny.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Takamine
  • Patent number: 8336662
    Abstract: An exhaust system for a motorcycle has a bent portion that extends upward from a position below a seat toward the seat and is then bent downward. A heat insulating plate is disposed in a space between the bent portion and the seat so as to cover the bent portion. Influence of exhaust heat on the rider and upsizing of the heat insulating plate are thereby suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Kakuta
  • Patent number: 8339255
    Abstract: A display system of the present invention includes a liquid crystal platform section (200) which outputs display data for displaying, on a liquid crystal display section (100), an image in accordance with information obtained from an automobile. The liquid crystal platform section (200) includes a DIC (201) which generates display data and calculates a display position of the image to be displayed on the liquid crystal display section (100) from the obtained information and which causes the generated display data to be displayed in the calculated image display position. The DIC (201) updates display so that the image moves at frame intervals from a start position of image display to the image display position calculated from the automobile information currently obtained, when an interval at which the information is obtained is longer than each of the frame intervals for displaying the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoda, Masayuki Fujisawa, Fumiaki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8339426
    Abstract: A display apparatus can perform a high quality moving picture display and provides improved color purity, and includes an illumination device that prevents and minimizes light unevenness in the form of a lamp image. The display apparatus includes an illumination device in which a first scattering layer, a first light-condensing layer, a second scattering layer, and a second light-condensing layer are arranged so as to cover a light-radiating surface of a light source unit including a first light source that emits light of a first color and a second light source that emits light of a second color complementary to the first color, a gate driver arranged to sequentially select each one of scanning lines at a cycle of 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kentaro Kamada
  • Patent number: 8333009
    Abstract: An aligning device for electronic components and a bonding device using the aligning device. The aligning device includes a chamber, a flexible bellows within the chamber, two block used to hold an electronic component, a driving unit configured to move either of the two blocks relative to each other and located in an airtight chamber and an image port having a window through which one of the electronic components can be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuhiko Hirata, Shigeki Fukunaga, Shigeki Yamane, Mitsuhiro Namura, Arata Suzuki, Tomonari Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8335624
    Abstract: A pressure sensor detects the change in pressure within a cylinder in a clutch master cylinder in a case where a clutch shifts from a connected state to a disconnected state. The pressure within the cylinder is detected at a time point where a rate of the pressure increase is changed. The position of a rod in this case or the rotation angle of a motor in an actuator is detected as a touch point preparation position. The touch point preparation position is a stage preceding power generated by an engine being transmitted to the clutch. The actuator moves the rod at high speed until the position of the rod reaches the position corresponding to the touch point preparation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Suzuki, Kenji Fukushima
  • Patent number: 8334746
    Abstract: In an electronic component, a multilayer body includes a plurality of insulator layers stacked on top of one another. A first coil is provided in the multilayer body, includes a first coil axis and extends toward the positive side in the z-axis direction while circling counterclockwise around the first coil axis. A second coil is connected to the first coil, is provided in the multilayer body, includes a second coil axis, and extends toward the negative side in the z-axis direction while circling counterclockwise around the second coil axis. When viewed in plan from the z-axis direction, the first coil axis is disposed inside the second coil and the second coil axis is disposed inside the first coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Matsushita