Patents Represented by Attorney Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Patent number: 8244967
    Abstract: An effective algorithm for the CPU with a flash memory is disclosed to shorten a dead time to erase the flash memory and to write new data therein. The flash memory of the invention provides front and back blocks for the user data area. When the front block is filled, the back block is erased just after the front block is fully filled in advance to receive a new data next to be written.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroto Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 8244432
    Abstract: A road-surface friction-coefficient estimating device compares a rack-thrust-force deviation value with a preliminarily set maximum-value-determination threshold value. If the rack-thrust-force deviation value is above the maximum-value-determination threshold value, the device determines that tires are slipping, and sets a front-wheel friction-circle utilization rate in that state as a road-surface friction coefficient. If the rack-thrust-force deviation value is below the maximum-value-determination threshold value, the device refers to a preliminarily set map to determine a restoring speed at which the road-surface friction coefficient is to be restored to 1.0 based on a vehicle speed and a front-wheel slip angle. While restoring the road-surface friction coefficient at the restoring speed, the device calculates and outputs the road-surface friction coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaru Kogure, Koji Matsuno, Takeshi Yoneda
  • Patent number: 8240929
    Abstract: A printer (1) comprises a printing section (2) and paper roll holder (3) located beside or under the printing section. The paper roll holder (3) has a receiving portion (7) supporting a paper roll (10) from below and a drawer portion (8). A guide member (12) that acts on a paper sheet is located between the receiving portion (7) and the drawer portion (8). The paper sheet between the receiving portion (7) and the drawer portion (8) is inclined to a horizontal side by the guide member (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuro Kohyama
  • Patent number: 8242193
    Abstract: Rubber mixtures containing at least one rubber and an organosilicon compound of the general formula (I) (Q-)kG-Si(—O—CX1X2—CX1X3—)3N. The rubber mixture is prepared by mixing at least one rubber and an organosilicon compound of the formula (I). The rubber mixtures can be used for the production of moldings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Korth, Andre Hasse, Susann Witzsche, Oliver Klockmann, Philipp Albert
  • Patent number: 8241760
    Abstract: A joint structure of the present invention includes a conductive member containing copper as a major component thereof, an electrode member containing copper as a major component thereof, and a joint portion formed by fusion welding the conductive member and the electrode member with a brazing material containing tin as a major component thereof and containing substantially no copper, wherein the amount of copper atoms contained in the alloy in the central part of the joint portion is higher than that in the outer circumference part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Chuma
  • Patent number: 8243768
    Abstract: A semiconductor diffraction grating device includes a semiconductor substrate having a principal surface, a semiconductor core layer and a semiconductor cladding layer provided on the principal surface, and a chirped grating structure provided between the semiconductor core layer and the semiconductor cladding layer. The chirped grating structure includes a first region, a second region, and a third region arranged in that order in a predetermined axis direction, the first, second, and third regions including a plurality of projections constituting a chirped grating. The plurality of projections are provided at placement positions arranged with a predetermined pitch in the predetermined axis direction. The coupling coefficient ? of the chirped grating monotonically increases in the predetermined axis direction to a predetermined value in the first region, remains flat in the second region, and monotonically decreases in the predetermined axis direction from the predetermined value in the third region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michio Murata
  • Patent number: 8244395
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for managing active safety for an automatically operating machine comprising a work surface and a work tool displaced according to a pre-established work program. The method consists of dividing (100) the work surface into several zones and, during the work program cycle and in response to detection (200) of an operator's intrusion into a first zone when the tool is active in a second zone, also consists of carrying out at least one of the following actions: keeping (210) the tool's programmed displacement at the normal speed if the tool's displacement is programmed in a zone not adjacent to the first one, keeping (220) the tool's programmed displacement at reduced speed if the tool's displacement is programmed in a zone adjacent to the first one and modifying (230) the work program if the tool's displacement is programmed in the first zone so that the tool's work can be continued in a zone other than the first one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: LECTRA
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Lerisson, Alain Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8240104
    Abstract: A building component for a structure, the building component including a component body which includes two spaced apart and generally parallel interconnected side walls having opposed ends and opposed longitudinally extending sides, the building component being adapted to join with a second building component or to a connector for joining the building component to the second building component, the building component further including a plurality of coupling elements arranged at spaced-apart intervals along a length of the sidewalls from one of the longitudinal sides to the other and arranged such that in use the side walls can be cut or otherwise separated along the length thereof so as to provide a coupling element at the cut or separated end which is adapted to cooperate with a coupling element on said connector for securement of the component to the second building component or connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Nick Koikas, Cleo Koikas
  • Patent number: 8244027
    Abstract: A vehicle environment recognition system includes stereo-image taking means for taking images of an environment around a subject vehicle and for outputting the images as a reference image and a comparative image, first stereo matching means for forming a first distance image on the basis of the reference image and the comparative image or on the basis of two images obtained by preprocessing the reference image and the comparative image, second stereo matching means for forming a second distance image on the basis of two images obtained by preprocessing the reference image and the comparative image in a different manner, detection means for detecting objects in the reference image on the basis of the first and second distance images, and selection means for selecting one of the results of detection based on the first and second distance images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasushi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8235763
    Abstract: A turkey game call includes a housing assembly and a striker assembly to generate fighting purr sounds. The housing assembly may include a base, a wall surrounding the periphery of the base, and a beam extending across the base. The striker assembly may include a control handle, a central hub connected to said handle, and a pair of striker plates connected to said central hub. Two posts are connected to the base proximate said striker plates, with each striker plate engaging one of said corresponding posts to generate the fighting purr sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Burcham
  • Patent number: 8239111
    Abstract: An driving assist control unit controls actuators such as a front wheel steering device, an accelerator pedal mechanism, an alarm lamp. The control units estimates permissible tire-force being capable of acting on the vehicle tire on the basis of road-surface friction coefficient and ground load of the tire, and then calculates tire-force margin by subtracting current tire-force currently acting on the tire, such as total driving force and lateral force, from the permissible tire-force. The control unit then controls steering reaction force of the front wheel steering device, reaction force of the accelerator pedal, and flashing frequency of the alarm lamp in accordance with the magnitude of the tire-force margin, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8237092
    Abstract: A substrate heating apparatus includes a top plate arranged above a hot plate so that a vertical space is formed between the hot plate and the top plate. The top plate has an evacuated internal chamber serving as a vacuum insulating layer that suppresses heat transfer from a first surface of the top plate facing the hot plate to a second surface of the top plate opposite to the first surface. When heating the substrate, a gas flow flowing through the space between the hot plate and the top plate is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shinichi Hayashi, Tetsuo Fukuoka, Tetsuya Oda, Hiroaki Inadomi
  • Patent number: 8231381
    Abstract: To provide a processing system for a process object capable of preventing a transport arm mechanism from being thermally damaged, so as to effectively perform a transport operation of the process object. A processing system 2, which takes out a process object W from a storage box 6 for process object, and thermally process the process object, includes: a vertical processing unit 24; a process-object transport area 10 disposed below the processing unit; a plurality of process-object boats 20 configured to hold the process objects; a boat elevating means 68 configured to vertically move the process-object boat 20; a boat table for transport 52, on which the process-object boat can be placed; and a transport arm mechanism configured to transport the process objects between the storage box 6 and the process-object boat 20 placed on the boat table for transport 52. The transport arm mechanism 56 is vertically moved by an arm elevating means 58.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Hishiya, Kiichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8230806
    Abstract: A heat treatment apparatus has a substrate holder with two holder constituting bodies that each have a plurality of columns and substrate holding sections. One of the holder constituting bodies holds substrates so that their front surfaces face upward, while the other holds the substrates so that their back surfaces face upward. At least one of the holder constituting bodies moves vertically to change the positions of the holder constituting bodies relative to each other. A distance between one of a first pair of vertically-adjacent substrates with respective front surfaces facing each other and the other of the first pair of substrates is set to ensure treatment uniformity and to be larger than a distance between one of a second pair of vertically-adjacent substrates with their respective back surfaces facing each other and the other of the second pair of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hisashi Inoue, Shunichi Matsumoto, Yasushi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8230674
    Abstract: Modern exhaust-gas purification systems in motor vehicles with a lean-burn engine include a starting catalyst fitted close to the engine and a main catalyst arranged in the underbody region, with both the starting catalyst and the main catalyst being formed by nitrogen oxide storage catalysts. The nitrogen oxide storage catalysts are in each case regenerated by the engine being briefly switched from lean-burn mode to rich-burn mode when the nitrogen oxide concentration in the exhaust gas downstream of the storage catalysts rises above a predetermined value. The starting catalyst is exposed to particularly high temperatures and is therefore prone to faster ageing of its nitrogen oxide storage capacity than the main catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Umicore AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stephan Bremm, Christian Manfred Tomanik, Ulrich Goebel, Wilfried Mueller, Thomas Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 8234044
    Abstract: A steering control section has a first steering angle correction amount calculating section, a second steering angle correction amount calculating section, and a motor rotational angle calculating section. The first correction amount calculating section calculates a first correction amount based on a vehicle speed and an actual steering wheel angle. The second correction amount calculating section calculates a second correction amount through multiplying a control gain corresponding to the vehicle speed with a value calculated by low-pass filtering a differential value of steering wheel angle. The motor rotational angle calculating section calculates a motor rotational angle corresponding to the value adding the first and second steering angle correction amount, and outputs it to a motor driving section so as to drive an electric motor for correcting the steering angle. Thereby, an unstable vehicle behavior due to a resonance of a yaw motion caused in the steering operation can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Matsuno, Satoru Akiyama, Shinji Matsushita, Shiro Ezoe, Masaru Kogure, Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 8233031
    Abstract: An object detecting system includes stereo-image taking means for outputting a reference image and a comparative image, stereo matching means for performing stereo matching, object detecting means for detecting an object in the reference image, estimated-region setting means for setting estimated regions of the object in the current frame in the reference image and the comparative image, on the basis of a distance of the object in the reference image in the previous frame, and determination means for correlating information about the object detected in the estimated region of the reference image or information that the object is not detected with information that noise is included, when an absolute value of a difference between average luminances of the estimated regions is more than or equal to a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Saito
  • Patent number: 8231028
    Abstract: A pressure-resistant container has a peripheral part of an inner shell opening attached to a mouth ring end surface inside of the container to cover the mouth ring. The pressure-resistant container has a cylindrical pressing member screwed into an inner peripheral surface of the mouth ring, an inner peripheral surface of the mouth ring extends between the inner shell and the pressing member, a first seal peripherally contacts the inner shell and the pressing member, a valve having a screw part screws into the mouth ring more outside of the container than the pressing member and an inner end part which is inserted in the hole part of the pressing member and a second seal to seal between an outer peripheral surface of the inner end part and an inner peripheral surface of the pressing member. A third seal is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiichi Matsuoka, Yoji Arakawa
  • Patent number: 8229328
    Abstract: A developer supply mechanism is composed of: a developer supply path one end side of which is opened upward and which guides the developer in substantially a vertical direction; a convex portion that is formed on a wall surface of the developer supply path; a coil spring that is disposed in the developer supply path, stretchable and shrinkable in a longitudinal direction of the developer supply path, pressurized to the convex portion in a natural-length state, stretched toward one end side of the developer supply path when the convex portion is hooked on between pitches by a circumferential-direction rotation, and is given a horizontal-direction movement to leave the convex portion when coming off the convex portion; and a drive portion that is connected to the coil spring at the other end side of the developer supply path and rotates the coil spring in a circumferential direction of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Koju Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D664812
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bickert, Mark Eyman