Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt
  • Patent number: 8350562
    Abstract: A device including: an actuation unit that is a rotatable ring including a permanent magnet affixed to an inner periphery of the ring, wherein the ring is capable of assuming several predetermined angular positions and the permanent magnet moves with the ring; an integrally closed enclosure on which the actuation unit is mounted enabling adjustment of a parameter or operating mode of the device, wherein the ring surrounds the enclosure; one or more sensors that can be guided by magnetic effect according to an angular position of the ring, each sensor being capable of sending at least one signal corresponding to a modification of the parameter or of the operating mode of the device; and means for processing each signal and for changing the parameter or the operating mode of the device depending on each signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Joel Gailledrat
  • Patent number: 8347495
    Abstract: End segments of cables are stripped of their individual shielding coverings so as to form unit shielding pigtails extending from a terminal portion of the strand from which shielding has not been removed and around which a conductive packing strip has been wound so as to reach a predetermined diameter. The pigtails are folded back and distributed uniformly around the circumference of the terminal portion of the strand in the successive turns of the packing strips. The packing strip is clamped by an annular reinforcing spring blade, and then the assembly is surrounded within two half-shells that are coupled to each other and connected to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Labinal
    Inventors: Jean-luc Biesse, Sébastien Guerrero, Didier Laurent
  • Patent number: 8349445
    Abstract: The invention relates to a substrate comprising at least one photocatalytic compound active under the conditions of illuminating an interior of a building or transport vehicle, intended to neutralize the microorganisms with which it comes into contact, and also to its preparation processes and its uses as glazing or another substrate for disinfection, filtration, ventilation, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Catherine Jacquiod, Léthicia Gueneau, Sophie Vanpoulle, Ronan Garrec, Jean-Gérard Leconte
  • Patent number: 8349027
    Abstract: A process which enables a plastic lenses having a refractive index of 1.7 or greater and, in particular, plastic lenses having a refractive index of 1.7 to 1.8 to be dyed uniformly to a great density without unevenness, which is, specifically, a process for producing a dyed plastic lens which comprises conducting following steps (1), (2) and (3) in this order: Step (1): a step comprising coating a substrate at 60° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: HOYA Corporation
    Inventors: Misa Mishina, Takaaki Kubotera, Shinya Miyajima, Yoko Sakai, Shinichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8350333
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: a semiconductor substrate; a resistance element of a first conductivity type formed in one region of the semiconductor substrate; a field effect transistor of a second conductivity type formed in another region of the semiconductor substrate; and a field effect transistor of the first conductivity type formed in still another region of the semiconductor substrate. The resistance element includes: an insulating film formed in an upper layer portion of the semiconductor substrate; and a well of the first conductivity type formed immediately below the insulating film, an impurity concentration at an arbitrary depth position in the well of the first conductivity is lower than an impurity concentration at the same depth position in a channel region of the field effect transistor of the second conductivity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hanae Ishihara, Mitsuhiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8350314
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a nonvolatile semiconductor memory device, comprising a plurality of memory strings, each of the memory strings being constituted with a plurality of electrically erasable memory cells being serially connected each other, the memory strings comprising: a columnar semiconductor layer perpendicularly extending toward a substrate; a plurality of conductive layers being formed in parallel to the substrate and including a first space between a sidewall of the columnar semiconductor layers; and characteristic change layer being formed on the sidewall of the columnar semiconductor layer faced to the first space or a sidewall of the conductive layer faced to the first space and changing characteristics accompanying with applied voltage; wherein the plurality of the conductive layers have a function of a relative movement to a prescribed direction for the columnar semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Fukuzumi, Ryota Katsumata, Masaru Kidoh, Masaru Kito, Hiroyasu Tanaka, Hideaki Aochi, Yasuyuki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8352545
    Abstract: A system makes it possible to use services offered by a plurality of servers different from one another is realized with the use of a common API. The system includes a plurality of service-offering servers, a client that uses services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers, and an interchange server that performs intermediary processing when the client uses a service. The client performs communication with the interchange server while using a common API when using any service among a plurality of services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers. The interchange server uses a unique API, which is unique to the service-offering server that offers the service selected by the client, to execute a processing sequence that is unique to the service-offering server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Takakura, Anna Gershnik, Brian Beaver, Charles McCoy
  • Patent number: 8348354
    Abstract: A vehicle braking system including an input piston and a pressure piston that are moveably supported within a cylinder. The input piston is allowed to depress the pressure piston and is connected to the a brake pedal. Pressure chambers to the front and to the rear of the input piston are communicated through a communication passage such that the control hydraulic pressure in accordance with the operation amount to the brake pedal is applied to the second pressure chamber via first and second linear valves. The control hydraulic pressure in accordance with the operation amount to the brake pedal that has been transmitted to the pressure piston through the input piston is regulated by a pressure regulating valve so as to be applied to the second pressure chamber. The braking hydraulic pressure may be output from the pressure chambers, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Isono, Yasuji Mizutani
  • Patent number: 8350566
    Abstract: In a magnetic particle imaging apparatus that forms an image of a distribution of magnetic particles based on changes in a magnetic flux generated by magnetization of the magnetic particles, modulation coils that magnetize magnetic particles present in a field free area by applying a modulation magnetic field to the field free area, and detection coils are disposed such as to suppress an influence caused by a magnetic flux of the modulation magnetic field applied by the modulation coils and included in a detected magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeharu Ohyu, Motoji Haragashira, Yasuo Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8352515
    Abstract: A method of organising data items in an n-dimensional space comprises, for each of a plurality of iterations, the step of generating a relative displacement of position for each data item within the n-dimensional space in accordance with a similarity value between each data item and respective other data items, the distance between each data item and respective other data items in the n-dimensional space, and the difference in position within the n-dimensional space between each data item and at least one reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Mikael Carl Lang, Philip Crowhurst
  • Patent number: 8350892
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit configured to convert an image input through a lens system into image data, a stitching unit configured to generate a panoramic image from a plurality of the image data items of images captured during a time period from when a panoramic image capture is started to when the panoramic image capture is ended, an imaging direction detecting unit configured to detect an imaging direction during the time period from when a panoramic image capture is started to when the panoramic image capture is ended, a clock unit configured to detect image capture time information regarding image capture times of the panoramic image, and a recording unit configured to record, in association with the panoramic image generated by the stitching unit, the image capture time information detected by the clock unit and the imaging direction detected by the imaging direction detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8350319
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a gate pad, a gate wiring conductor connected to the gate pad, and a gate electrode formed under the gate pad and the gate wiring conductor. Portions of the gate electrode closer to the gate pad have a higher resistance per unit area than portions of the gate electrode farther away from the gate pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeto Fujita, Khalid Hassan Hussein, Junichi Yamashita, Hisao Kondo
  • Patent number: 8349158
    Abstract: A method for pumping through an orifice of a first substrate, a first volume of liquid in contact with a first hydrophobic surface of said substrate, wherein a pressure variation between the first volume of liquid and a second volume of liquid, located in contact with said orifice and a second hydrophobic surface of said substrate, is achieved by electrowetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Fabien Sauter-Starace, Jean Berthier
  • Patent number: 8349519
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a titanium electrode material which is low in cost and is excellent in electric conductivity, corrosion resistance and hydrogen absorption resistance, and a surface treatment method of a titanium electrode material. A titanium electrode material includes: on the surface of a titanium material including pure titanium or a titanium alloy, a titanium oxide layer having a thickness of 3 nm or more and 75 nm or less, and having an atomic concentration ratio of oxygen and titanium (O/Ti) at a site having the maximum oxygen concentration in the layer of 0.3 or more and 1.7 or less; and an alloy layer including at least one noble metal selected from Au, Pt, and Pd, and at least one non-noble metal selected from Zr, Nb, Ta, and Hf, having a content ratio of the noble metal and the non-noble metal of 35:65 to 95:5 by atomic ratio, and having a thickness of 2 nm or more, on the titanium oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiki Sato, Jun Suzuki, Yoshinori Ito, Jun Hisamoto
  • Patent number: 8352977
    Abstract: The characteristic playback domain of an AV stream is to be reproduced simply and reliably without complicating the management. As marks representing characteristic points of an AV stream, a mark of the type indicating a point and a mark of the type indicating a section (duration) are provided. The mark of the type indicating a point designates a point with a time stamp corresponding to a preset playback timing of the AV stream. The mark of the type indicating a section specifies the domain based on the time stamp of the playback start point of the preset playback domain of the AV stream and on the duration as from the playback start point until the playback end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Motoki Kato, Masanobu Nakamura, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Tomotaka Yagi, Declan Patrick Kelly, Wilhelmus Jacobus van Gestel
  • Patent number: 8350091
    Abstract: A potassium fluoride dispersion essentially consisting of potassium fluoride and an aprotic organic solvent having a boiling point higher than that of methanol, which is obtainable by mixing a mixture containing potassium fluoride and 5 to 50 parts by weight of methanol per 1 part by weight of potassium fluoride with the aprotic organic solvent followed by concentrating the obtained mixture, and a process for producing a fluorine-containing organic compound comprising contacting an organic compound having at least one group capable of being substituted nucleophilically with a fluorine atom with the potassium fluoride dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Koji Hagiya, Kazuaki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8349205
    Abstract: Provided is a lubricating oil composition for a refrigerator, the refrigerator using a refrigerant which has a low global warming potential and is applicable to, in particular, current car air conditioning systems or the like, that is, the refrigerant including at least one kind of fluorine-containing organic compounds selected from compounds represented by the following molecular formula (A) or including a combination of the fluorine-containing organic compound and a saturated fluorinated hydrocarbon compound, CpOqFrRs??(A) where: R represents Cl, Br, I, or H; p represents an integer of 1 to 6, q represents an integer of 0 to 2, r represents an integer of 1 to 14, and s represents an integer of 0 to 13; and provided that, when q represents 0, p represents 2 to 6 and one or more carbon-carbon unsaturated bonds are included in molecules, in which the composition comprises a base oil including as a main component a polyvinyl ether-based compound having an alkylene glycol unit, or a polyoxyalkylene glycol unit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Kaneko, Harutomo Ikeda, Tokue Sato
  • Patent number: 8349698
    Abstract: An integrated semiconductor device and method of manufacturing the same includes leaving one part of a semiconductor layer so that an inclined surface is formed on a trench when forming the trench on a SOI wafer. A thick silicon oxide film (second insulation film) is formed along this incline surface. This thick silicon oxide film prevents oxygen entering a boundary surface between an insulation layer and the semiconductor layer of the SOI wafer within the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sanken Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Aoki, Eiichi Kikkawa
  • Patent number: 8350826
    Abstract: Disclosed is a capacitive touch panel device having a sensing control unit that performs a scan sequence on individual sensor electrodes to measure sensor output values. The sensing control unit exercises control to measure sensor output values, with setup performed to avoid the detection of sensitivity slope, by executing a first scan sequence on all sensor electrodes. If the result of the first scan sequence indicates that multiple points are touched, the sensing control unit exercises control to measure sensor output values again, with setup performed to allow the detection of sensitivity slope, by executing a second scan sequence on the sensor electrodes related to a plurality of touch position candidate coordinates derived from multiple point touches, and identify and eliminate erroneously detected coordinates in accordance with the sensor output values measured upon the execution of the second scan sequence and with the tendency of sensitivity slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Optrex Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8351029
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide an optical fiber sensor which has a simple configuration to enable sensitively measuring a refractive index of a measurement medium in a wide range of refractive indexes. An optical fiber sensor according to the present invention includes; an optical fiber having a core in which a short-period gratings are formed and a cladding, the optical fiber being made so that transmission loss occurs due to cladding-propagation-mode leakage at its cladding portion where the short-period gratings are formed; a light source from which light having a wavelength range of the cladding propagation mode is emitted; and a light receiving unit for receiving transmission or reflection light having passed through the cladding at the position where the short-period gratings are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nishikawa, Masakazu Takabayashi, Eiji Yagyu, Kiichi Yoshiara, Tateki Mitani, Yutarou Hamatani