Patents Represented by Attorney Keating & Bennett, LLP
  • Patent number: 8334965
    Abstract: A substrate for a liquid crystal display panel includes a first projection structure and a second projection structure and/or a depression structure, the substrate for the liquid crystal display panel includes a specific structure at a part of or near the first projection structure, the specific structure having at least one of a planar shape different from a planar shape of the second projection structure and/or the depression structure and a planar area of ? times or less or 1.5 times or more than a planar area of the second projection structure and/or the depression structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohji Matsuoka, Shinichi Hirato, Akihiro Shoraku, Kenji Enda, Tsuyoshi Tokuda, Toshihide Tsubata
  • Patent number: 8334748
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a ceramic electronic component includes the steps of preparing a ceramic body including a plurality of first internal electrodes and a plurality of second internal electrodes, processing the ceramic body to an internal electrode exposure rate of about 102% to about 153%, and plating the processed ceramic body to form a plated layer thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Syunsuke Takeuchi, Teruyo Katayama, Toshiyuki Iwanaga, Akihiro Motoki, Makoto Ogawa, Kenichi Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8334747
    Abstract: A coil-integrated switching power supply module that provides an improved heat radiation effect to keep the temperature of the entire coil-integrated switching power supply module to a lower value includes a thermal diffusion conductor pattern arranged around a hole through which a magnetic core extends on a layer. The thermal diffusion conductor pattern continuously extends in areas where coil conductor patterns are located on other layers and outside areas where the coil conductor patterns are located on the other layers. In addition, the thermal diffusion conductor pattern includes slits at portions thereof and does not define a closed loop around the hole through which the magnetic core extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadahiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8334963
    Abstract: A display device includes a plurality of spacer rows that are provided outside a display region on one of a pair of substrates, and each of the spacer rows is defined by a plurality of spacers arranged in a row at predetermined intervals along an outer edge of the display region. Each spacer has a substantially elongated shape extending along the outer edge of the display region. A gap between adjacent spacers in each spacer row is defined by a slit portion having a shorter length than a longitudinal length of the spacer, and the plurality of spacer rows are entirely covered by the seal member between the pair of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tokuo Yoshida, Noriko Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8335092
    Abstract: In an ON/OFF type isolated DC-DC converter that stores electromagnetic energy in a main transformer during an ON period of a power switch and releases the electromagnetic energy to an output during an OFF period of the power switch, high-speed, highly stable output voltage control without the need for a photocoupler, for which the allowable temperature range is relatively narrow and the current transfer ratio changes over time, is performed. An integrating circuit including a resistor and a capacitor generates a ramp wave, and the ramp wave is superposed on a reference voltage of a reference voltage source Vref through a capacitor. A comparator compares a voltage Vo that is proportional to an output voltage of a converter with the reference voltage on which the ramp wave has been superposed, and transmits an inversion timing signal through a pulse transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiko Matsumoto, Tatsuya Hosotani
  • Patent number: 8335962
    Abstract: A convolution interleaver for processing a codeword derived from an input block of symbols using a redundancy-adding coding, and having more symbols than the input block, wherein the codeword has a sequence of interleaving units, wherein each interleaving unit has at least two symbols, includes an interleaver. The interleaver changes the sequence of interleaving units to obtain an interleaved codeword having a changed sequence of interleaving units. In particular, the order of the symbols within an interleaving unit is not changed by the interleaver. The order of the interleaving units in the codeword among each other or with respect to a previous or subsequent codeword is changed, however.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Ernst Eberlein, Marco Breiling, Cedric Keip, Holger Stadali, Albert Heuberger
  • Patent number: 8333067
    Abstract: An engine includes a cylinder, an exhaust port, an exhaust valve, a secondary air supply pipe, and an electromagnetic valve. The electromagnetic valve is opened in a predetermined time period after a point in time when a lift amount of the exhaust valve reaches about half a maximum value during a time period in which an opening of the exhaust port is opened. This causes air to be supplied from a secondary air supply pipe to the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuuji Araki, Masaki Torigoshi, Toshihiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8334943
    Abstract: A backlight unit 12 includes LEDs 16, a first light guide plate 18A, a second light guide plate 18B and a fitting structure. Each of the first light guide plate 18A and the second light guide plate 18B has a light entrance surface 34 and a light exit surface 36. The light entrance surface 34 faces the corresponding LED 16 and light from the LED 16 enters through the light entrance surface 34. The light exit surface 36 through which light exits is arranged along an arrangement direction in which the LED 16 and the light entrance surface 34 are arranged. The light guide plates 18 are arranged in a parallel layout in the arrangement direction and partially overlap in a direction perpendicular to the light exit surface 36. A light exit portion 31 is an overlapping area OA that is provided on the first light guide plate 18A on a relatively light output side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shiyoshi Cho
  • Patent number: 8334731
    Abstract: A high-frequency module includes at least first and second signal circuits that are each connected between a common antenna port and at least first and second signal ports. The first signal circuit includes a first inductor connected in series between the antenna port and the first signal port, a first capacitor connected in series between the first inductor and the first signal port, and a second inductor connected in shunt between the first capacitor and the first signal port. Series resonance is produced between the first inductor, the first capacitor, and the second inductor at a frequency within the frequency band of a target signal of the second signal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takanori Uejima
  • Patent number: 8335612
    Abstract: A falling prevention controlling device includes a wheel, and a main body arranged to swing in a pitch direction and a roll direction above the wheel, an advance/retreat command receiving unit arranged to receive an advance or a retreat command of the wheel, a target pitch angle calculating unit arranged to calculate a target pitch angle based on the received command and a rotation velocity deviation in the pitch direction derived from the detected rotation angle, a pitch inclined angle estimating unit arranged to estimate a pitch inclined angle with respect to a balanced state, from the detected pitch angular velocity and a pitch torque command generated based on the target pitch angle, and a pitch torque command generating unit arranged to generate the pitch torque command based on the target pitch angle and the pitch inclined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tsuji, Shigeki Fukunaga, Mitsuhiro Namura, Koji Kawai, Kenichi Shirato
  • Patent number: 8334735
    Abstract: A multilayer electronic component and a multilayer electronic component manufacturing method are capable of easily controlling the degree of magnetic field coupling between inductors. Via-hole conductors are arranged so that they extend in a lamination direction in a laminate, and function as a first inductor. Via-hole conductors are arranged so that they extend in the lamination direction in the laminate, and function as a second inductor. A first capacitor and the first inductor define a first resonance circuit. A second capacitor and the second inductor define a second resonance circuit. The via-hole conductors are arranged in a first insulating layer so that they are spaced apart from each other by a first distance. The via-hole conductors are arranged in a second insulating layer so that they are spaced apart from each other by a second distance that is different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoshiro Isoshima
  • Patent number: 8330896
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device of the present invention includes a liquid crystal display panel and a backlight for radiating light to the liquid crystal display panel. The backlight includes a hot-cathode tube (linear light source) (21) and ends (21b) of an outer shape of the hot-cathode tube (21) are positioned inside a display region (R1) of the liquid crystal display panel when the liquid crystal display device is seen from a side where an image is displayed, and the hot-cathode tube (21) is positioned to cross a center line (C) of the display region (R1) in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Furusawa
  • Patent number: 8331642
    Abstract: A method for determining a contour of an object in a digital image includes determining a preliminary object center and determining contour candidate image points. The contour candidate image points are determined as image points on a plurality of paths leading away from a preliminary object center by detecting a change from a first section to a second section on a feature space based on the image point value range of the digital image or by detecting the exceeding of a predetermined strength of a feature change in the feature space, wherein the contour candidate image points have a distance to the preliminary or to an improved object center and are ordered according to a polar angle. Further, the method includes determining zones of neighboring contour candidate image points within which a change of the distance of the contour candidate image points lies above a threshold value and an elimination of contour candidate image points which lie between the zones of neighboring contour candidate image points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Thorsten Zerfass, Tobias Bergen, Dirk Steckhan
  • Patent number: 8331100
    Abstract: A device has a first terminal, second terminal and at least four lateral faces provided with contact areas, of which two respective ones each are mutually opposite. The contact areas of the mutually opposite lateral faces are connected to different ones of the first and second terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Michael Feil
  • Patent number: 8329349
    Abstract: A fuel cell system and an operation method thereof are capable of re-starting the system reliably even after the system has been tilted to or beyond a predetermined limit. The fuel cell system includes a fuel cell having an anode and a cathode. A tilt sensor detects a tilt of the fuel cell system not smaller than a predetermined limit, and a memory stores a record that the fuel cell system was tilted to or beyond the predetermined limit. When the fuel cell is started thereafter, the fuel cell is started in a recovery mode if there is a record of a tilt not smaller than the predetermined limit in the memory. The fuel cell is not started, however, if a tilt time since the detection of the tilt of the fuel cell system not smaller than the predetermined limit is not smaller than a first predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 8330674
    Abstract: A multiplex image display device prevents onscreen input buttons from appearing at the same positions. A “command area” refers to an area of the display screen where the user can enter a command for manipulating one of images being simultaneously displayed on the single display section for individual viewing from different directions. In the multiplex image display device, the positioning control section controls the positioning of the command areas so that a command area for one of the images being simultaneously displayed on the display section is displayed at a different (i.e., non-overlapping) position on the display section from a command area for another one of such images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Imai, Tomoo Takatani, Yoshihide Koyama, Hiroshi Fukushima, Koji Yabuta
  • Patent number: 8330706
    Abstract: A lighting device for a display device includes a light source and a light source control device arranged to control the light source. The light source control device is arranged to generate a pulse signal as a light source control signal Vcon to control the light source. The light source control signal Vcon includes pulses, which individually have different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Arai
  • Patent number: 8331622
    Abstract: An automotive display device, which allows the user to easily recognize the sameness of an information image even if the shape of the image is changed, is realized. An automotive display device (1) includes a display section (13) for displaying a vehicle information image including information regarding a vehicle. The vehicle information image is a 3-D image. The automotive display device (1) further includes an image processing section (113) for generating a vehicle information image seen from a fixed viewpoint, an image display processing section (114) for displaying the vehicle information image on the display section (13), and an ETC information detection section (21) that detects a driving condition of the vehicle. The image processing section (113) rotates the vehicle information image around a predetermined axis and for a predetermined angle, in accordance with ETC information obtained by the ETC information detecting section (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Megumi Itoh, Toshiya Takahashi, Shinichirou Ota, Aki Miake, Takeshi Yamamoto, Masayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8324776
    Abstract: A spindle motor includes a shaft arranged in an upward/downward direction along a central axis; a base member including a substantially cylindrical holder portion arranged around the central axis; a bearing unit arranged radially inward of the holder portion; and a rotating portion arranged above the base member to rotate about the central axis. The rotating portion preferably includes a mounting surface on which a disk is to be mounted. An adhesive containing an electrically conductive material and an adhesive containing an externally stimulated curing material and/or an anaerobic curing material are arranged in a clearance space defined between an inner circumferential surface of the holder portion and an outer circumferential surface of the bearing unit. The adhesive containing the electrically conductive material is arranged above the adhesive containing the externally stimulated curing material and/or the anaerobic curing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Takehito Tamaoka, Tsuchitsugu Watanabe, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8325462
    Abstract: A plurality of ceramic green sheets having printed strip inner electrodes patterns, each including a thick portion at a width-direction center and thin portions at respective width-direction sides of the thick portion, are laminated so that the thin portions overlap and the thick portions do not overlap to form an unfired mother laminated body. This unfired mother laminated body is cut along predetermined cut lines that are vertical to each other to obtain a plurality of unfired ceramic element assemblies. By applying ceramic paste to cover exposed portions of inner electrode patterns exposed to lateral surfaces, side gap areas are formed between a first inner electrode pattern and first and second lateral surfaces of the unfired ceramic element assembly and between a second inner electrode pattern and the first and second lateral surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoro Abe, Hiroyuki Baba