Patents Represented by Attorney Keating & Bennett, LLP
  • Patent number: 8317653
    Abstract: A continuously variable transmission of an engine unit. A driving side pulley is mounted on a crankshaft. A driven side pulley is mounted on a driven shaft. A belt is looped around the driving and driven side pulleys. The continuously variable transmission is housed in a transmission case. The transmission case includes a drive shaft supporting portion supporting an end portion of the crankshaft, a driven shaft supporting portion supporting an end portion of the driven shaft 27, and a support column portion bridged between the drive shaft supporting portion and the driven shaft supporting portion. The engine unit thereby has a simple structure and increaes the strength of supporting a crankshaft and a driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadao Nogi
  • Patent number: 8319594
    Abstract: A ceramic electronic component includes a ceramic body, a first external electrode, and a second external electrode. The first and second external electrodes are disposed on a principal surface, which is directed to the mounting surface side, of the ceramic body so as to face each other with a predetermined gap region therebetween. The external electrodes each include a base layer and a Cu plating layer which covers the base layer. In each of the first and second external electrodes, an expression 0.1?t/d?0.5 is satisfied, where t is a thickness of the Cu plating layer at an end of the base layer on a gap region side, and d is a distance from the end of the base layer on the gap region side to an end of the Cu plating layer on the gap region side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Sato, Yukio Sanada, Makoto Ogawa, Yasuhiro Nishisaka
  • Patent number: 8320101
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a multilayer electronic component, after a plating layer for forming an external electrode is formed on an end surface of a laminate, conditions for heat-treating the laminate are set such that interdiffusion layers have ends which face internal electrodes and which are spaced from the end surface of the laminate at a distance of about 0.5 ?m to about 1.9 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Takeuchi, Kenichi Kawasaki, Akihiro Motoki, Makoto Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8319763
    Abstract: A display panel includes a plurality of display lines provided in each of blocks and extending in parallel with each other, a plurality of drive circuits provided outside a display region and connected to the display lines in the respective blocks, a plurality of first lines provided outside the display region and intersecting end portions closer to the drive circuits of the display lines in the respective blocks, the first lines being insulated from the display lines, and a second line provided outside the display region and intersecting end portions farther from the drive circuits of the display lines of all the blocks, the second line being insulated from the display lines. The second line is configured to intersect the first lines while being insulated from the first lines, and be supplied with a display signal from each of the drive circuits via an amplifier circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadatoshi Ozeki, Takaharu Yamada, Masahiro Yoshida, Kazuyori Mitsumoto
  • Patent number: 8317008
    Abstract: A clutch 44 has a clutch boss 441, a clutch housing 442, a friction plate 64, a clutch plate 65, and a pressure plate 450. The clutch boss 441 is attached to the main shaft 41 so as to be integrally rotated therewith. The clutch housing 442 encloses the periphery of the clutch boss 441 and is attached to the main shaft 41 so as to be rotated with respect to the main shaft 41. The friction plate 64 has a plate main body and a friction material and rotates together with the clutch housing 442. The clutch plate 65 faces the plate main body via the friction material and rotates together with the clutch boss 441. The pressure plate 450 rotates together with one of the clutch boss 441 the clutch housing 442 which is engaged with the friction plate 64.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinori Inomori, Yousuke Ishida
  • Patent number: 8319585
    Abstract: An elastic wave filter device in which elastic wave filters and parallel resonators are provided on a piezoelectric substrate includes a plurality of ground ports. The elastic wave filters include input-side resonators and output-side resonators. The input-side resonators are connected between a reception input port and a first one of the ground ports. The output-side resonators are connected between reception output ports and the first ground port. The parallel resonators are connected in parallel to output lines and are connected to second and third ground ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Miyake
  • Patent number: 8317962
    Abstract: A base material processing device includes a first base material conveying section which receives from a first line and conveys a to-be-processed flexible base material, a base material dividing section which divides the flexible base material conveyed by the first base material conveying section, a route changing section which receives the flexible base material from its start edge formed by division by the base material dividing section and changes its conveyance route to a second line, and a second base material conveying section which is provided before the second line and holds and conveys to the second line a to-be-processed flexible base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akitsugu Hatano
  • Patent number: 8321207
    Abstract: For postprocessing spectral values which are based on a first transformation algorithm for converting the audio signal into a spectral representation, first a sequence of blocks of the spectral values representing a sequence of blocks of samples of the audio signal are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Bernd Edler, Ralf Geiger, Christian Ertel, Johannes Hilpert, Harald Popp
  • Patent number: 8316816
    Abstract: An engine (internal combustion engine), in accordance with an embodiment, includes: a crankcase having an oil pan; a crankshaft disposed inside the crankcase; a second crank gear disposed inside the crankcase to rotate about the crankshaft; a driven gear meshed with the second crank gear to be rotated as the second crank gear rotates; an oil pump drive gear meshed with the driven gear to rotate together with the driven gear; and an oil pump gear to be rotated as the oil pump drive gear rotates. The oil pump gear is disposed to overlap the driven gear as viewed from an axial end of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Sato
  • Patent number: 8317556
    Abstract: A boat propulsion system includes a power source, a propulsion section, a shift position switching mechanism arranged to switch among a first shift position, a second shift position, and a neutral position, a gear ratio switching mechanism, an actuator, and a control section. When switching is to be performed from the neutral position to the first shift position and the high-speed gear ratio, the control section is arranged to cause the actuator to, maintain the low-speed gear ratio, switch to the first shift position, and then establish the high-speed gear ratio when the current gear ratio of the gear ratio switching mechanism is the low-speed gear ratio, and cause the actuator to establish the low-speed gear ratio before switching to the first shift position, switch to the first shift position, and then establish the high-speed gear ratio when the current gear ratio of the gear ratio switching mechanism is the high-speed gear ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Suzuki, Hideaki Matsushita, Daisuke Nakamura, Tsugunori Konakawa
  • Patent number: 8317478
    Abstract: An impeller, a fan apparatus, and a method of manufacturing the impeller are provided. The impeller includes a support portion, a plurality of rotor blades, and a joining member. The joining member is a substantially annular member provided to strengthen the rotor blades against influence of a centrifugal force, and extends in a circumferential direction along a circle centered on a central axis so as to join the rotor blades to one another. In each of the rotor blades, a point of intersection of a leading edge of the rotor blade with a radially outer end of the rotor blade is positioned forward, with respect to a rotation direction, relative to a point of intersection of the leading edge with an outside surface of the support portion. The joining member is positioned radially inwards of the radially outer end of each of the rotor blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Servo Corporation
    Inventors: Asahi Higo, Tetsuya Hioki, Taro Tanno, Mitsuru Ito, Osamu Sekiguchi, Seung-Sin Yoo
  • Patent number: 8319901
    Abstract: Discharge tubes, each of which includes a glass tube and a ferrule that has a substantially cylindrical shape and is fitted to each end portion of the glass tube, are supported by a plurality of pairs of relay connectors (or supporting members) provided on the front side of a chassis having substantially a plate-shaped configuration. When a discharge tube is supported by relay connectors, stoppers provided on the relay connectors lock the ferrules so that axial movement of the discharge tube relative to the relay connectors is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiki Takata, Kenichi Iwamoto, Takaaki Kudo, Naofumi Ikenaga
  • Patent number: 8320280
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a coincidence of a position with a reference position, wherein radio signals from fixedly positioned radio transmitters can be received at the position, having a provider for providing properties of the radio signals of the fixedly positioned radio transmitters at the position, wherein the provided properties of the radio signals include transmitter identifications identifying the radio transmitters, a separator for separating the radio transmitters into a first number of radio transmitters previously recorded transmitter identifications of which at the reference position are identical with transmitter identifications provided at the position, and into a second number of radio transmitters previously recorded transmitter identifications of which at the reference position and transmitter identifications provided at the position are different, and a determiner for determining a measure of matching for the position on the basis of the provided properties of the radio signals, wherein
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Steffen Meyer, Juergen Hupp, Thorsten Vaupel, Stephan Haimerl, Frank Mueller, Karin Loidl, Renata Kitti Zahonyi
  • Patent number: 8316907
    Abstract: Substrate material processing equipment includes: a substrate material conveying section receiving a substrate material from a first line and conveying it to a second line; a first substrate material dividing section dividing the substrate material; a substrate material recovery section recovering the substrate material from its start edge formed by division; a substrate material supply section supplying a substrate material to an end edge of the substrate material which is formed by division; a first substrate material joining section joining the end edge of the substrate material to a start edge of the substrate material supplied from the substrate material supply section; a second substrate material dividing section provided between the substrate material supply section and the first substrate material joining section; a third substrate material dividing section provided between the first line and the substrate material recovery section; and a second substrate material joining section joining a start edge
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akitsugu Hatano, Yoshiki Nakatani, Hisao Ochi
  • Patent number: 8319791
    Abstract: A display device has a pixel that is defined by a plurality of sub-pixels. The sub-pixels include a red sub-pixel representing red, a green sub-pixel representing green, a blue sub-pixel representing blue and a yellow sub-pixel representing yellow. When the pixel represents white, the luminance of the red sub-pixel is lower than its luminance corresponding to the highest gray scale level. In one embodiment, when the pixel represents white, the luminance of the red sub-pixel is preferably in the range of 25% to 96% of its luminance corresponding to the highest gray scale level. Also, the color temperature of white represented by the pixel is preferably higher than 4200 K, more preferably higher than 5000 K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shun Ueki, Kozo Nakamura, Tokio Taguchi, Akiko Itou
  • Patent number: 8317009
    Abstract: According to some preferred embodiments, a clutch housing (46) of a clutch (2) has a bottom portion (46a) in a closed-end cylindrical shape, a plurality of arms (46d) extending along an axial direction from the bottom portion (46a) and provided along a circumferential direction centering on an axial center (C) of the clutch shaft (33), and a plurality of gaps (46e) formed between adjacent arms (46d). Off-springs (71) are arranged in the gaps and extend along the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinori Inomori, Yousuke Ishida
  • Patent number: 8314531
    Abstract: In a piezoelectric-actuator driving circuit for driving a piezoelectric actuator, an amplifier circuit amplifies a signal output from a feedback circuit and supplies the amplified signal to a non-inverting amplifier circuit and an inverting amplifier circuit. The non-inverting amplifier circuit amplifies the output voltage of the amplifier circuit with a predetermined gain and applies the amplified voltage to a first terminal of the piezoelectric actuator. The inverting amplifier circuit inverts and amplifies the output voltage of the amplifier circuit with the same gain as that of the non-inverting amplifier circuit and then applies the amplified voltage to a second terminal of the piezoelectric actuator through resistors. The feedback circuit amplifies a difference between voltages at respective ends of the resistor and supplies the amplified difference to the amplifier circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Midori Sunaga, Toshinari Tabata, Gaku Kamitani
  • Patent number: 8315012
    Abstract: A spindle motor for use in a disk drive apparatus includes stationary and rotating portions. The stationary portion includes a shaft including a thrust plate. A sleeve portion includes an axial end surface arranged opposite the thrust plate. A first seal member is arranged opposite the thrust plate on an opposite side with respect to the sleeve portion. The thrust plate preferably includes a plate communicating hole arranged to connect first and second thrust gaps defined, respectively, between the thrust plate and the sleeve portion and between the thrust plate and the first seal member. The sleeve portion preferably includes a sleeve communicating hole arranged to connect the first thrust gap with an opposite axial side thereof. A lubricant is arranged to fill a communicating channel extending from a first to a second capillary seal portion through the plate communicating hole and the sleeve communicating hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Toshikazu Himeno, Shozo Tagata, Shinya Yano, Wataru Yamauchi, Akihiro Yudate
  • Patent number: 8315010
    Abstract: A hub includes first and second side surfaces respectively opposed to inner and outer circumferential surfaces of an upper portion of a magnetic member, and a ceiling surface arranged to interconnect an upper ends of the first and second side surfaces. The adhesive agent is interposed between the inner circumferential surface of the upper portion of the magnetic member and the first side surface of the hub and between the upper surface of the magnetic member and the ceiling surface of the hub. Radial distance between the inner circumferential surface of the upper portion of the magnetic member and the first side surface of the hub and axial distance between the upper surface of the magnetic member and the ceiling surface of the hub are smaller than radial distance between the outer circumferential surface of the upper portion of the magnetic member and the second side surface of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Keita Hamakawa, Daisuke Adachi, Takuro Jimbu, Takayuki Iwase
  • Patent number: 8314918
    Abstract: A display includes a display device having a first polarizer and a second polarizer or a reflector, and a display layer disposed between the first polarizer and the second polarizer or the reflector. A liquid crystal layer is disposed between the display layer and one of the first polarizer and the second polarizer or reflector. The liquid crystal molecules of at least one region of the liquid crystal layer are switchable between a first state in which the display has a first display mode with a first viewing angle range and a second state in which the display has a second display mode having a second viewing angle range smaller than the first viewing angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Diana Ulrich Kean, Anthony John Carver, Paul A. Gass, Heather Ann Stevenson, Emma Jayne Walton