Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Smith Patent Office
  • Patent number: 8347929
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a multi-piece rim which does not need much labor for supporting, and does not increase the number of components to be managed and the number of needed tasks. The present invention constructs a lock ring (40) to be fitted in the groove (11a) of a gutter band (11), which ring is divided in a plurality of portions (41, 42) being coupled at each end (41a, 42a) thereof by a flexible coupling member (43). Alternatively, a lock ring (140) is formed into a substantially C-shape being manufactured by cutting a part of a circular ring, and comprises a first portion (141) wherein a length of a chord at the cut portion is substantially equal to the diametral of a hub, and a second portion (142) having a shape corresponding to the cut portion of a circular ring in the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Topy Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro Oba, Yukio Nakamura, Yoshiyuki Higashino
  • Patent number: 8330179
    Abstract: A nitride semiconductor light-emitting device includes a layered portion emitting light on a substrate. The layered portion includes an n-type semiconductor layer, an active layer, and a p-type semiconductor layer. The periphery of the layered portion is inclined, and the surface of the n-type semiconductor layer is exposed at the periphery. An n electrode is disposed on the exposed surface of the n-type semiconductor layer. This device structure can enhance the emission efficiency and the light extraction efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nichia Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kususe, Takahiko Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 8328832
    Abstract: A work 10 made of a hard wire rod of austenitic stainless steel is pressed at a rolling reduction of 60% or greater, into a paddle-shaped end 10b, and then subjected to work hardening, making the hardness of the end 10b 550 Hv or greater. Afterwards, the paddle-shaped end 10b is cut through machining, forming a main body 10c of a medical knife and cutting blades 10d. As a result, a medical knife, which is easily fabricated, is corrosion resistant, has sufficient hardness and sharpness, high toughness preventing cracks, can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mani, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanji Matsutani, Masahiko Saito
  • Patent number: 8313388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an amusement device which comprises a rotating body formed in a disk shape and provided horizontally rotatably, and an upper member disposed at the upper position located at a certain distance from the upper surface of the rotating body. A strut is vertically arranged in the center portion of the upper surface of the rotating body. A plurality of poles are formed in a straight line and disposed with its axis directed in the up-and-down direction. The lower ends of the plurality of poles are fixed on the upper surface of the rotating body, and the upper ends of the plurality of poles are fixed on the lower surface of the upper member. A support mechanism supports the rotating body. A rotation drive mechanism rotates the rotating body horizontally. An air cushion is provided to cover the upper surface of the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: BLD Oriental Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 8313418
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a playing device with which a player can perform more diversified plays. A playing device 1 comprises a beam 11 disposed such that its longitudinal direction is directed laterally and which is configured such that a player Y can move on the outer circumferential surface thereof under a standing state along the longitudinal direction; a first support mechanism and a second support mechanism which are disposed at a distance in the longitudinal direction of the beam 11 for supporting the both end portions of the beam 11, respectively, the first support mechanism and the second support mechanism for supporting the beam 11 such that one or both end portions of the beam 11 can displaces freely in the direction intersecting the longitudinal direction; and a drive mechanism for driving the beam 11 to displace one or both end portions thereof in the intersecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: BLD Oriental, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 8307746
    Abstract: To provide a machine tool capable of preventing even chips in a powder form and coolant from leaking to a feed mechanism side. A slide plate 12 is provided to cover a feed mechanism 16. The slide plate 12 is fixed to a second headstock 6 to move in an axial direction together with the second headstock 6. Between the slide plate 12 and a bed side member, a seal portion 31 is provided. The seal portion 31 has a first slide contact member 20 provided on the slide plate 12 and a second slide contact member 18b which is provided on the bed side member and in slide contact with the first slide contact member 20, and the first and second slide contact members 20 and 18b relatively slide while being in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yamane, Yohei Shinkai
  • Patent number: 8310539
    Abstract: The calibration device 1 is set up in a machine tool 50 and provides: a image capture subject material 10 having a calibration pattern 14 that includes one feature point and being attached to the spindle 55, two-dimensional coordinate calculation parts 22, 23 that calculate the two-dimensional coordinates of feature points based on the two-dimensional image data that is created from the images of the calibration pattern 14 that were captured at multiple movement positions of the spindle 55 by the CCD camera 58; a three-dimensional coordinate calculation part 24 that calculates the three-dimensional coordinates of the feature points that correspond to each movement position of the spindle 55; and a parameter calculation part 26 that calculates the intrinsic parameters and extrinsic parameters of the CCD camera 58 based on the two-dimensional coordinates and three-dimensional coordinates at each movement position of the spindle 55.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Mori Seiki Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Bingyan Zhao, Xiaodong Tian, Zhe Jin, Vijay Srivatsan
  • Patent number: 8307684
    Abstract: There is provided a method of bending a medical suturing needle curved at different curvature radii in a length direction more reasonably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: MANI, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanji Matsutani, Tadashi Otsuka, Kazuaki Kato
  • Patent number: 8300858
    Abstract: An electrostatic speaker is constituted of a vibrator, conductive cloths, and elastic members, which are laminated together and woven together using strings. Since all the constituent elements are restrained in positioning by strings, the overall structure thereof is not substantially changed even when the electrostatic speaker is deformed in shape by bending or curving, wherein it is possible to secure the prescribed positional relationship between the constituent elements, which are not deviated in positioning. It is possible to introduce a sheet composed of a thermoplastic resin, which holds the vibrator and elastic members therein. The conductive cloths can be replaced with film electrodes, each of which is formed such that a conductive polymer layer is formed on a base film composed of a thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Nakaya, Yasuaki Takano
  • Patent number: 8262492
    Abstract: A spacer nut manufacturing method which does not use a NC lathe and which allows machining using existing press working equipment, involves a low parts supply cost, and which helps to achieve a high production efficiency at a low production cost is disclosed. The method of manufacturing a spacer nut arranged between a casing and a board arranged inside the casing and serving to fix the board in position while keeping the board spaced apart from the casing by a predetermined distance dimension is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Watoku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kadono, Yuji Kadono
  • Patent number: 8247075
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide: a modified perovskite-type composite oxide, which effectively suppresses elution of A-site metals from a perovskite-type composite oxide, and which can be particularly preferably used as an inorganic filler for a composite dielectric body; a method for producing the same; and a composite dielectric material using the same. The modified perovskite-type composite oxide of the present invention is produced by primarily coating the particle surface of a perovskite-type composite oxide with silica and then secondarily coating it with a coupling agent, characterized in that the layer primarily coated with silica is produced by performing a heat treatment at 800° C. to 1200° C. on hydrolyzed silica obtained by the hydrolysis of tetraalkoxysilane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoaki Narishige, Shinji Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8238641
    Abstract: There is provided a method of evaluating quantitatively surface properties such as cleanness and quality of the surface of a work that has been evaluated in the past by visual appearance inspection. A determined pattern 14 is made from plural concentric circles arranged at a center of an object lens in a taking picture device 12. A front edge of a probe is in contact with the surface of a work by the probe 10 that is provided at a middle portion of a cylindrical case 11 in a vertical direction so that the surface of the work and the determined pattern face each other. The determined pattern is illuminated by light of a light source so that a reflected image of the determined pattern is projected onto the surface of the work. A picture of the reflected image is taken by the taking picture device. The resulted image data includes standard deviation of brightness distribution of the resulted image data positioned on radius lines extending in all directions to outside from a center of the ring pattern image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: ARC Harima Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Shibata, Hiroyuki Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 8236021
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handheld device for the repetitive local puncturing of a skin for an input of a liquid active substance, particularly a permanent make-up and tattoo handheld device, with: a piercing device formed in a needle module with repetitive movement forwards and backwards, which piercing device is driven with the help of a drive unit formed in a drive module, a reservoir for the liquid active substance, a pump system coupled to the reservoir where the said pump system is configured in order to discharge the liquid active substance held in a cavity of the reservoir by means of pressure application, and a fluid connection running at least partially in a needle module casing where said fluid connection is configured in order to supply the liquid active substance from the reservoir to the piercing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: MT Derm GmbH
    Inventors: Jörn Kluge, Kristian Plückhahn
  • Patent number: 8231476
    Abstract: A yoke 1 for universal joint of the present invention comprises: an insertion portion 11 which is formed in cylindrical shape opening along an axial direction of a rotating shaft and into which the one end side of the rotating shaft is inserted; a first tightening portion 13 and the second tightening portion 14 being a pair of tightening portions 12 which is extended from the insertion portion 11 so as to face each other with the opening of the insertion portion 11 between them; and a bolt 16 and nut 17 for tightening the pair of tightening portions 12 from either outside thereof, and the pair of tightening portions 12 is tightened, thereby the rotating shaft inserted into the insertion portion 11 is held and fixed. The bolt 16 is inserted into a through hole 13a of the first tightening portion 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Koyo Machine Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Kakimoto, Seijyun Inoue, Takeshi Koyama
  • Patent number: 8225939
    Abstract: An appearance inspection apparatus 1 has an aligning and conveying device 25 which has an aligning and conveying member 26 with one or a plurality of conveying passages, and a vibration exciter for alignment 37 for applying a vibration to the aligning and conveying member 26 and which aligns the inspection objects in a row and conveys them in each of the conveying passages, a slide-down mechanism 40 which has slide-down passages separately connected to the respective conveying passages of the aligning and conveying member 26 an provided to be tilted downward with respect to extensions of the slide-down passages, an imaging device 60 disposed in the vicinity of the slide-down passages for imaging the inspection objects sliding down in the slide-down passages, and a sorting device 80 for analyzing the images of the inspection objects captured by the imaging device, judge the qualities thereof, and sorting the inspection objects sliding down in the slide-down passages on the basis of analysis results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Daiichi Jitsugyo Viswill Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Raymond Nelson, Osamu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8229590
    Abstract: A programming apparatus has a machining area recognizing section for recognizing a plurality of machining areas based on three-dimensional model data, a workpiece dividing section for setting a plurality of structures obtained by dividing a workpiece, a connection relationship recognizing section for recognizing a connection relationship between the machining areas, a machining area list generating section for recognizing, for each of the machining areas, either a machining type related to turning or a machining type related to milling corresponding thereto, and generating a machining area list in which the structures, machining areas, machining types and connection relationship are correlated with one another, a machining process setting section for setting, for each of the machining areas, a machining process corresponding to the machining type related to turning or milling thereof, and an NC program generating section for generating an NC program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Jen Chuang, Surya Kommareddy, Karthikeyan Rajamani
  • Patent number: 8223998
    Abstract: An electrostatic speaker is constituted of a vibrator, conductive cloths, and elastic members, which are laminated together and woven together using strings. Since all the constituent elements are restrained in positioning by strings, the overall structure thereof is not substantially changed even when the electrostatic speaker is deformed in shape by bending or curving, wherein it is possible to secure the prescribed positional relationship between the constituent elements, which are not deviated in positioning. It is possible to introduce a sheet composed of a thermoplastic resin, which holds the vibrator and elastic members therein. The conductive cloths can be replaced with film electrodes, each of which is formed such that a conductive polymer layer is formed on a base film composed of a thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Nakaya, Yasuaki Takano
  • Patent number: 8218171
    Abstract: A photo printing system includes a display to display thereon an order screen containing at least one of images corresponding to image data files read out from a recording medium by a reading unit; and an inputting unit to be used for inputting order information containing the number of prints for the image being displayed on the display. A photo print for at least one of one or more images displayed on the display, to each of which order information to request one or more prints has been given, is made before an order for the one or more images to each of which order information to request one or more prints has been given is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: NK Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motohiko Kubo, Kazuhiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D668828
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Edward C. Jachim
  • Patent number: D673755
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Banpresto Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Eiichi Takada