Patents Represented by Attorney Oliff & Berridge, PLC
  • Patent number: 8351157
    Abstract: This thin film magnetic head has a magnetic read head and a magnetic write head each having respective end surfaces exposed to an ABS. The magnetic read head includes a magnetic reader including an end surface exposed to the ABS, first heat generator disposed on an opposite side of the magnetic reader from the ABS, and first temperature detector disposed closer to the ABS than the first heat generator is. The magnetic write head includes a magnetic pole having an end surface exposed to the ABS, second heat generator, and second temperature detector disposed closer to the ABS than the second heat generator is. The first heat generator and the first temperature detector adjust the protrusion of the magnetic read head, and the second heat generator and the second temperature detector adjust the protrusion of the magnetic write head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Nishioka, Kazumi Nakatogawa, Takayasu Kanaya
  • Patent number: 8351714
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a reference-based coding unit that encodes image information for an image partition having a predefined size by referring to image information for another image partition; an independently coding unit that encodes the image information for the image partition independently of any other image partition; and a bounds defining unit that defines bounds of reference to be made by the reference-based coding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Taniguchi, Taro Yokose
  • Patent number: 8348259
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for a feeding a sheet in a document reproduction machine. A feedbox is contained within a document reproduction machine. Within the feedbox, an elevator moves at least one sheet to the upper portion of the feedbox, to a stack height finger, for feeding the sheet into a feed device. At least one sensor, located at the upper portion of the feedbox, detects the location of the sheet. The location information is sent from the sensor to a data processing device. The data processing device sends information to an actuating device. The actuating device may cause one or more plungers to move through apertures in the elevator. The plungers will result in a substantially flat sheet. The sheet is then fed into the feed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Marasco, Brian C. Cyr
  • Patent number: 8348204
    Abstract: A waterproof cable guide device for a railway vehicle comprises an elastic member having a plurality of through-holes penetrating in a forward and backward direction and screw insertion holes penetrating in the forward and backward direction, the plurality of electric cables being inserted into the plurality of holes, respectively, the elastic member being divided in positions of the through-holes or having slits extending from an outer peripheral surface of the elastic member to the through-holes, respectively; a press casing surrounding a front surface and an outer peripheral surface of the elastic member so as not to cover the through-holes and provided with screw insertion holes communicating with the screw insertion holes of the elastic member; and screws inserted into the screw insertion holes, in a direction from forward, and tightened with respect to the cable guide; the screws being inserted into the screw insertion holes in the direction from forward and tightened with respect to the cable guide in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shin Kataoka, Kunihiko Takagi, Yutaka Kitagawa, Kazuya Morita
  • Patent number: 8348286
    Abstract: A carrier for carrying a power tool may include a tool bit holder supporting at least one tool bit and a tool bit restraint device that is capable of preventing the at least one tool bit from being dropped out of the tool bit holder. The tool bit restraint device includes a tool bit restraint member. The tool bit restraint member is arranged and constructed so as to substantially uniformly press the at least one tool bit, thereby restraining the at least one tool bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Takuo Arakawa, Shinsuke Tateyama, Takuya Sumi, Masao Miwa, Yasuhiro Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 8349509
    Abstract: A fuel cell system is provided with a judgment unit which makes a gas leak judgment based on a pressure drop of fuel gas in a gas leak detection portion by consuming the fuel gas in the gas leak detection portion of the fuel gas supply system by electric power generation of a fuel cell and causing auxiliary devices to consume the electric power generated by the fuel cell, and comprises a control unit which increases consumption of the fuel gas in the gas leak detection portion by increasing the electric power consumption of the auxiliary devices. With this arrangement, where the electric power generation of the fuel cell and the electric power consumption of the auxiliary devices result in an insufficient consumption of the fuel gas, the consumption of the fuel gas can be accelerated by increasing the electric power consumption of the auxiliary devices. Thereby, a rapid gas leak judgment can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naohiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8349667
    Abstract: The substrate comprises a first silicon layer, a target layer made from silicon-germanium alloy-base material forming a three-dimensional pattern with first and second securing areas and at least one connecting area. The first silicon layer is tensile stressed and/or the target layer contains carbon atoms. The first silicon layer is eliminated in the connecting area. The target layer of the connecting area is thermally oxidized so as to form the nanowire. The lattice parameter of the first silicon layer is identical to the lattice parameter of the material constituting the suspended beam, after said first silicon layer has been eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Emeline Saracco, Jean-Francois Damlencourt, Thierry Poiroux
  • Patent number: 8352109
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle drive apparatus, the vehicle control device configured with a release control mechanism that provides feedback controlling supplied oil pressure to a release side element, and an engagement control mechanism that increases supplied oil pressure to an engagement side element as an engagement element on a side to be engaged in a state that the differential rotation speed is substantially constant. The control device is further configured with a phase determining mechanism that determines if the torque phase has started when a condition that a phenomenon accompanying a change of the differential rotation speed due to increase of the supplied oil pressure to the engagement side element is detected is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Tsuda, Yomei Hakumura, Masahiro Asai, Yoichi Tajima, Tomokazu Ito
  • Patent number: 8350151
    Abstract: A stud bolt assembly can couple two electrical conductive members to each other with stability and reliability in connection while avoiding breakage and deformation of the members upon coupling them to each other and an electrical junction box equipped with the stud bolt assembly. Electrical conductive member 24a and a connecting terminal 90 are mounted on a shaft portion 44 of a stud bolt 36. The electrical conductive member 24a is secured to the connecting terminal 90 by fastening a nut 96 on the shaft portion 44. The stud bolt 36 is displaced in a bolt cover 38 in an axial direction. The electrical conductive member 24a and connecting terminal 90 mounted on the shaft portion 44 are firmly and directly fastened between the nut 96 and a distal end surface 50 of a proximal end side projection 48 of the stud bolt 36.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Asao
  • Patent number: 8348436
    Abstract: A light source device includes: a light source; a driving signal generating unit that supplies a driving signal to the light source; a light amount measuring unit that measures the amount of light of the light source; and a light amount correcting unit that calculates as a light amount error a difference between a target light amount corresponding to a gray-scale value indicated by gray-scale data input from the outside and the amount of light measured by the light amount measuring unit, corrects a differential efficiency by an integrated value of a product of the light amount error and the gray-scale value, corrects a threshold value of the driving signal, and outputs to the driving signal generating unit a command signal for generating a driving signal having a differential efficiency and a threshold value after the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomio Ikegami
  • Patent number: 8351041
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of observing biological tissue, the method comprising: collecting through a first end of a bundle of optical fibers light from a surface of the tissue; observing at least one image of the tissue at a second end of the bundle, while injecting light into the second end of the bundle to illuminate the surface of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Leveque, Neso Sojic
  • Patent number: 8351102
    Abstract: An image-processing device includes: an integration unit that, if connection information has been assigned to predetermined corresponding end points of both a first image component and a second image component from among image components, integrates the adjacent image components; a calculation unit that calculates the sum of values, the values being assigned corresponding to the connection information assigned to each end point of the image components in an integrated image component that is composed of a plural image components integrated by the integration unit; and a tabular region extraction unit that, if the value calculated by the calculation unit is equal to or greater than a threshold value corresponding to the number of image components included in the integrated image component, extracts a region of the integrated image component as a tabular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 8348502
    Abstract: There is provided a lighting apparatus that is capable of accurately measuring the temperature of an optical member that transmits therethrough light emitted from a light source without blocking the optical path of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Norifumi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8351021
    Abstract: An optical system is able to achieve a substantially azimuthal polarization state in a lens aperture while suppressing loss of light quantity, based on a simple configuration. The optical system of the present invention is provided with a birefringent element for achieving a substantially circumferential distribution or a substantially radial distribution as a fast axis distribution in a lens aperture, and an optical rotator located behind the birefringent element and adapted to rotate a polarization state in the lens aperture. The birefringent element has an optically transparent member which is made of a uniaxial crystal material and a crystallographic axis of which is arranged substantially in parallel with an optical axis of the optical system. A light beam of substantially spherical waves in a substantially circular polarization state is incident to the optically transparent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Omura
  • Patent number: 8347608
    Abstract: A degree of dispersion of a reducing agent added to an exhaust gas flowing into an exhaust gas purification apparatus is controlled. Before addition fuel is added, a valve opening Vd of a flow area changing valve is changed to generate pulsation of the exhaust gas, so that addition valve vicinity exhaust gas pressure Pg varies periodically. Addition timing TMad is controlled to synchronize with extremum arrival timing TMe. High or low dispersion type addition control adds fuel at timing (CP) when the addition valve vicinity exhaust gas pressure Pg becomes a maximum value Pgmax, at timing (TP) when at a minimum value Pgmin, or at both timings (CP, TP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 8349159
    Abstract: A device for selective preconcentration/detection of charged analytes contained in an electrolyte having at least two reservoirs separated by at least one rectilinear microchannel with no lengthwise axis X intersection and having at least one controllable voltage source configured to generate a potential difference between the ends of the rectilinear microchannel. The device has means for generating a controllable pressure that is associated with at least one of the reservoirs and is able to generate a pressure gradient between the two ends of the microchannel. The microchannel has, in its median part, means that are configured to generate at least one change in the surface area to volume ratio charge, the device configured to selectively concentrate the charged analytes in the median part of the microchannel upstream and/or downstream of the means configured to generate at least one change in the surface area to volume ration charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Etat Francais Represente par le Delegue General pour l'Armement
    Inventor: Adrien Plecis
  • Patent number: 8347828
    Abstract: A transmittance sensor that detects the optical transmittance of biofuel is provided on a fuel tank that stores biofuel to be supplied to an internal combustion engine. An ECU periodically acquires the optical transmittance detected by the transmittance sensor, and calculates the amount of change from the previous value. In addition, the ECU calculates a degradation index value indicating the degree of degradation of the biofuel by accumulating the amount of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaori Yoshida, Satoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8351019
    Abstract: An apparatus and method maintain immersion fluid in the gap adjacent to the projection lens during the exchange of a work piece in a lithography machine. The apparatus and method include an optical assembly that projects an image onto a work piece and a stage assembly including a work piece table that supports the work piece adjacent to the optical assembly. An environmental system is provided to supply and remove an immersion fluid from the gap between the optical assembly and the work piece on the stage assembly. After exposure of the work piece is complete, an exchange system removes the work piece and replaces it with a second work piece. An immersion fluid containment system maintains the immersion liquid in the gap during removal of the first work piece and replacement with the second work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Binnard
  • Patent number: 8349551
    Abstract: An organ perfusion apparatus and method monitor, sustain and/or restore viability of organs and preserve organs for storage and/or transport. Other apparatus include an organ transporter, an organ cassette and an organ diagnostic device. Organ viability is restored by restoring high energy nucleotide (e.g., ATP) levels by perfusing the organ with a medical fluid, such as an oxygenated cross-linked hemoglobin-based bicarbonate medical fluid, at normothermic temperatures. In the hypothermic mode, the organ is perfused with a medical fluid, preferably a simple crystalloid solution containing antioxidants, intermittently or in slow continuous flow. Viability of the organ may be automatically monitored, preferably by monitoring characteristics of the medical fluid perfusate. The perfusion process can be automatically controlled using a control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lifeline Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Owen, David C. Kravitz, John Brassil, Kelvin G. M. Brockbank, Andrew Burroughs, Dickon Isaacs, Dennis J. Steibel, Richard Fraser, Stanley Harris, Douglas Schein
  • Patent number: 8348003
    Abstract: There is provided an occupant detection correction system including: a load detection section that detects load imparted to a vehicle seat and outputs a load signal representing the load; an occupant detection section that detects an occupant based on the load signal and is capable of resetting the load signal to a reference point based on a predetermined reset instruction; a tilt angle detection section that detects a predetermined tilt angle of a seatback; and a permitting section that permits execution of resetting the load signal to the reference point by the occupant detection section when the predetermined tilt angle is detected by the tilt angle detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro Morishita, Yosuke Kubota, Isao Hagiwara, Koki Terashima, Muneto Inayoshi