Patents Represented by Attorney Oliff & Berridge, PLLC
  • Patent number: 8258402
    Abstract: The lead-out side end of a drain wire led out from a shield wire and either a conductor exposed to one end of a ground wire, to the other end of which a ground terminal is connected, or a conductor exposed to one end of a ground wire, to the other end of which a connector receiving terminal is connected, are collectively connected together by crimping by using a U-shape cross-sectioned intermediate crimp terminal formed by a pair of opposed barrels, or connected by twisting them together, or connected through a joint bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hagi, Yoshiaki Yamano, Naoya Nishimura, Katsutoshi Saijo, Hirotaka Baba, Masaharu Ichikawa, Akira Yamada
  • Patent number: 8123230
    Abstract: A cylinder head gasket includes a first gasket base plate at a cylinder head side, a second gasket base plate at a cylinder block side, a shim that adjusts the gasket thickness, and a pressure increasing plate that increases the surface pressure at the side of periphery portions of the cylinders. In the first and second gasket base plates full beads are swollen at the side of periphery portions of cylinders, and half beads are swollen at a site outward of the full beads. The full beads of the first and second gasket base plates are formed so that top portions of the full beads face each other at positions that are opposite to each other in the up-down direction. The shim and the pressure increasing plate are sandwiched between the top portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Nippon Gasket Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshijima, Yasumaro Takeda, Shigeo Kiyoi
  • Patent number: 8075820
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for improving filament cohesiveness of chopped aramid fiber including the steps of impregnating a film-forming binding agent into the fiber, drying the fiber, optionally applying a finish to the fiber, and chopping the fiber to pieces of 1 to 16 mm length, characterized in that the fiber prior to applying the binding agent is subjected to a twisting process to obtain a fiber having a twisting level of 10 to 150 tpm and that the chopping of the fiber is performed in a rotary chopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Teijin Aramid B.V.
    Inventors: Stephanus Willemsen, Hendrik Berend Olde
  • Patent number: 8074696
    Abstract: An automatic mask peeling apparatus 10 includes: a brushing apparatus 30 for removing solidified plugging slurry attached to the mask 24; an air injection apparatus 36 for injecting, after the removal of the solidified plugging slurry, air from the opposite end face-side of the one end face to raise a folded surplus part of the mask from the one end face; a mask peeling apparatus 50 for holding the part raised by the air injection apparatus 36 to peel the mask 24; and a carrying apparatus 55 for carrying a masked plugging honeycomb structure 200 from the brushing apparatus 30 to the mask peeling apparatus 50. This apparatus can be used to peel a mask 24 which has been used for plugging only the predetermined cells of a masked plugging honeycomb structure 200; the mask 24 having an area larger than the area of the end face of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Furukubo
  • Patent number: 8052532
    Abstract: A league is formed by a given number of teams formed by a plurality of players and having an identical team level, and the teams compete for league ranking based on team points obtained in a given period. A team level of each team is changed based on the league ranking. A player plays a game using a game device to obtain the team points. When the number of teams is less than the given number when forming a league, a mirror team of the team that belongs to another league is added. The team points of the mirror team are calculated separately from the team points of the actual team to determine league ranking in the league of the mirror team. The team level of the actual team of the mirror team is changed based on the league ranking of the actual team and the league ranking of the mirror team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Namco Bandai Games Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Umaki, Kunihiko Minakata, Kazuo Takahashi, Hironori Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8015967
    Abstract: An air-fuel ratio control apparatus is applied to an internal combustion engine including a variable lift mechanism which changes a lift amount of an intake valve. An oxygen sensor, which outputs a signal indicating an oxygen concentration in exhaust gas, is provided downstream of an exhaust gas purification catalyst in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine. Air-fuel ratio control is performed to correct the fuel injection amount command value using the correction amount that is set based on the value output from the oxygen sensor. The relationship among the deviation of the correction amount from its reference value, the learned small lift value, the learned medium lift value, and the lift amount is learned. The learned deviation value is calculated based on the lift amount, using the learned relationship. Then, the fuel injection amount command value is corrected by the correction amount including the calculated learned deviation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Morita, Kazuto Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8013848
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a light source; a light modulation element modulating illumination light coming from the light source on the basis of image data; an illumination area modification unit capable of reducing an illumination area for the light modulation element in order to illuminate a specific image-forming area in the image-forming area of the light modulation element; and an image display-processing unit having an illumination area control unit for controlling the illumination area modification unit and a resolution conversion unit for converting a resolution of the image data into a resolution corresponding to the specific image-forming area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunaga Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 8015269
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a node device, a shared information update processing program, a shared information update means, and an information sharing system, which can quickly and assuredly update the shared information in each of the node devices without applying an excessive load to a specific apparatus such as a server. According to the present invention, there is provided a plurality of node devices mutually connectable through a network, each of the node devices saving shared information, used in common with the nodes, and in a case where each of the node devices transmits predetermined data to the node device, being a connection counterpart, the node device describing version information indicative of a version of the shared information, saved by the own node device, including: a data receiving means; a version judgment means; and a shared information update means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Kiyohara, Koichi Iijima
  • Patent number: 7976661
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming bead members (D), capable of improving the working efficiency by allowing switching to the bead members with different widths in short a time. The apparatus includes sector segments (24) having first sidewalls (61-64) of bead member forming grooves (72, 73), and arcuate members (51) arranged on the outer side of the sector segments (24), and having second sidewalls (68-71) of the bead member forming grooves (72, 73). The arcuate members (51) are axially moved by a changing means, to change the distance between the first sidewalls (61-64) and the second sidewalls (68-71) of the bead member forming grooves (72, 73). Thus, when bead members (D) of a different width (winding turns of bead element S) are to be formed, the width of the of the bead members bead member forming grooves (72, 73) can be changed easily, without requiring replacement of the sector segments (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sata
  • Patent number: 7968833
    Abstract: The uppermost metallic wiring layer in light-blocking layers constituted by multilevel metallic wiring that prevents light from impinging on areas other than the light-receiving area of a photodiode in each picture cell is used as a measurement electrode to be directly contacted with a specimen to measure electrical signals. Furthermore, in each picture cell including a circuit for reading out electrical signals collected through the measurement electrode, another circuit for reading out electrical signals generated by the photodiode is provided in an independent or shared form. This configuration enables the photodiode for optical measurements and the measurement electrode for electrical measurements to be provided in every picture cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: National University Corporation Nara Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Takashi Tokuda, Jun Ohta
  • Patent number: 7967519
    Abstract: A device for packaging and applying a substance includes: a receptacle for containing a substance; an applicator including an applicator element; and a wiper member for wiping the applicator element, wherein the wiper member includes a longitudinally split annular portion having a wall including at least one slot extending to a free end of the wiper member, the slot passing through an entire thickness of the wall. The split portion may have, in a plane in which an inside cross-section thereof is at a minimum, an outside cross-section that is greater than a maximum cross-section of the applicator element. The split portion deforms radially outward when the applicator element passes therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 7911107
    Abstract: A motor is provided, which includes: a rotor having rotor pole groups, in which N-poles and S-poles are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction; an N number (N is a positive integer) of stator pole groups, in which a plurality of stator poles are arranged for individual phases along or in the vicinity of the respective circumferences so as to be positioned at substantially the same rotational phase position in terms of electrical angle; and an (N?1) number of loop windings axially arranged between the stator pole groups, with the same phase being arranged at axial ends, wherein each of the loop windings is arranged radially inner than the outer diameter of each rotor pole group. This simplified winding structure can enhance productivity, reduce size, enhance efficiency and reduce cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Nashiki
  • Patent number: 7813828
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a substrate processing system and a group management system enabling a more flexible and simplified structure of substrate processing apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Asai, Hiroyuki Iwakura
  • Patent number: 7800870
    Abstract: A power protection apparatus including: a switch unit connected in series in a power supply line from a power source to a DC regulator; a first short-circuit detector for detecting a short circuit based on an output voltage value of the DC regulator obtained by making the switch unit conductive for predetermined time and, after that, interrupting the switch unit; a second short-circuit detector for detecting a short circuit based on a value of current flowed in the switch unit when the switch unit is conductive; and a switch interrupting unit, when a short circuit is detected by the second short-circuit detector, for forcedly interrupting the switch unit regardless of a state of the switch unit controlled by the first short-circuit detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Toshihiro Matsumoto, Hiroshi Tsukuda
  • Patent number: 7659992
    Abstract: Apparatus for measuring displacement between two members. A scale is provided on one member and has an incremental pattern with at least one reference mark embedded in it. A read head is provided on the other member and comprises a periodic diffraction means for interacting with a light pattern modulated by the incremental pattern on the scale to produce interference fringes having movement relative to said readhead responsive to said displacement, first detecting means for detecting the movement of the interference fringes, imaging means for imaging the reference mark and second detecting means for detecting the image of the reference mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Renishaw PLC
    Inventors: David Roberts McMurtry, James Reynolds Henshaw
  • Patent number: 7601279
    Abstract: An organic semiconductor composition comprises: an organic semiconductor material having a structural unit including at least one thiophene ring as a repeating unit; and an organic solvent including cis-decalin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Masuda
  • Patent number: 7587389
    Abstract: A question answering system includes a question input unit input to a question, a search unit, an anaphoric analysis unit, an information extraction unit and an answer candidate extraction unit. The search unit executes search processing based on the input question. The anaphoric analysis unit executes anaphoric analysis processing on a search result. The information extraction unit extracts sentences, which include expressions having a reference relation therebetween, as reference relation sentences, the reference relation determined by finding relation in an expressions of at least one of a noun phrase, a pronoun, and a zero pronoun between sentences in the search result on a basis of a result of the anaphoric analysis; selects a first candidate sentence from a passage obtained as the search result; and selects a second candidate sentence, which is the reference relation sentence of the first candidate sentence. The answer candidate extraction unit extracts an answer candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daigo Sugihara, Hiroshi Masuichi, Tomoko Ohkuma, Hiroki Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7567770
    Abstract: An electrophotographic printing apparatus includes a housing, a photoreceptor module located inside the housing that includes a photoreceptor, a raster output system located inside the housing for projecting an electrostatic image onto the photoreceptor, a charging station, a developer station, a transfer station, a pre-fuser transport, and a fusing station. The module may be removed from an operating position inside the housing. The transfer station is connected to the pre-fuser transport so that they are constrained to move as one unit when the photoreceptor module is in its operating position inside the housing but are disconnected when the photoreceptor module is removed from its operating position inside the housing. The transfer module may be mounted so as to be constrained by a pre-fuser transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David K. Ahl, Douglas A. McKeown, Robert A. Gross, Michael G. Petranto, Youti Kuo, Mark Stevens
  • Patent number: D601132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Pioneer Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Oishi
  • Patent number: D663348
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsu Nakayama, Hiroto Miyauchi, Yoshihiro Tatara, Yasutomo Takahashi, Toshimitsu Watanabe, Masaaki Miyashita, Yoshinori Hashimoto, Kenichi Asami