Patents Represented by Attorney Sughrue Mion, PLLC
  • Patent number: 8347830
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided with a conveyor structure that conveys the entire flow of air that traverses the radiator downwards and then longitudinally underneath the floor panel of the motor vehicle, preventing said flow from traversing the engine compartment and obtaining a consequent reduction in the aerodynamic resistance of the motor vehicle. Associated to the aforesaid conveyor structure are active and passive fins for enabling an adequate cooling of the components of the engine unit or electronic components associated thereto during given operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Tregnago, Oreste Bertini, Enrico Ribaldone
  • Patent number: 8351681
    Abstract: A structure for recognizing an article to be collected includes a recognition reference plane that is provided in a part of a holding base which holds the article to be collected with a predetermined positional relationship and that serves as a reference used for recognizing layout information about a position and an attitude of the holding base. The structure also includes a recognition indicator element which is placed on the recognition reference plane in such a way that an imaging tool captures an image of the recognition indicator element and which has four or more unit pattern marks at a predetermined positional relationship, in which each of the unit pattern marks is formed such that a density pattern sequentially changes with an increasing distance from a center position toward a periphery of the mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 8349164
    Abstract: The present invention provides a conductive diamond electrode structure for use in electrolytic synthesis of a fluorine-containing material with a fluoride ion-containing molten salt electrolytic bath, which comprises: a conductive electrode feeder; and a conductive diamond catalyst carrier comprising a conductive substrate and a conductive diamond film carried on a surface thereof, wherein the conductive diamond catalyst carrier is detachably attached to the conductive electrode feeder at a portion to be immersed in the electrolytic bath. Also disclosed is an electrolytic synthesis of a fluorine-containing material using the conductive diamond electrode structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Permelec Electrode Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneto Furuta, Setsuro Ogata, Masaharu Uno
  • Patent number: 8350426
    Abstract: A voltage regulator negative electrode terminal is mounted to an axially outer end surface of a rear bracket so as to be in a state of electrical connection with the rear bracket by fastening a flange portion to a mounting pedestal of the rear bracket using a voltage regulator fixing second screw. A screw loosening restricting lug is disposed so as to project from a floor portion of a protective cover so as to face the voltage regulator fixing second screw so as to have a predetermined clearance in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Tanaka, Kyoko Higashino
  • Patent number: 8352756
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a volatile storing unit, a nonvolatile storing unit, a processing control unit, a transfer unit and a power controlling unit. The processing control unit controls image processing and writes a result of the control as history information into the volatile storing unit. The transferring unit transfers the history information from the volatile storing unit to the nonvolatile storing unit. The power controlling unit transfers the history information to the transferring unit transfer when detecting an abnormality of the processing control unit based on a communication with the processing control unit, and stops a supply of a power after a passage of a certain time since the detection of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhito Konno
  • Patent number: 8349467
    Abstract: The present invention provides metal nanowires including at least silver, and a metal other than silver, wherein the metal other than silver has a standard electrode potential more positive than the standard electrode potential of silver, and the metal nanowires have a long-axis length of 1 ?m or more and a short-axis length of 300 nm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Naoi
  • Patent number: 8349278
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for withdrawing respective liquid samples from vials (2) which are closed by closure caps (4) includes a plurality of racks (7) for accommodating the vials (2). A device (10) including a housing (25) is slideably carried on a gantry (9) which in turn is slideably carried on guide tracks (12) to provide two degrees of movement of the device (10) for selective alignment of the device (10) with the vials (2). An abutment member (43) is driven vertically by a second gearwheel (51) by a drive shaft (27) through a first gearwheel (40) and a dog clutch (52). A cannula which is secured within a first gear rack (33) is driven vertically by the first gearwheel (40). On engagement of the abutment member (43) with the closure cap (4) of the selected vial (2), the clutch (52) decouples the second gearwheel (51) from the first gearwheel (40) so that the cannula (28) is urgeable through the closure cap (4) into the vial (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: TCOAG Ireland Limited
    Inventors: Ronan Patrick O'Caoimh, James Walsh, Brendan Kevin Farrell, Rory Peter Nealon, Josef Georg Hubert Wiehe
  • Patent number: 8348532
    Abstract: A method of controlling transport amounts of a pair of first rollers and a pair of second rollers, the pair of first rollers operable to nip a medium so as to transport the medium in a transport direction, the pair of second rollers operable to nip the medium so as to transport the medium and disposed at a downstream side of the pair of first rollers in the transport direction, the medium on which a recording is performed by a recording head disposed between the pair of first rollers and the pair of second rollers, the method includes performing a first correction with respect to the transport amounts of the pair of first rollers and the pair of second rollers; and performing a second correction with respect to the transport amounts of at least the pair of first rollers, from a state in which length between a trailing end of the medium and a nip point of the medium at which the medium is nipped by the pair of first rollers is a predetermined length to a state in which the medium is released from being nipped
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takeda, Hidetoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 8351658
    Abstract: An eyelid detection apparatus includes a face image storing means storing a plurality of face images of a subject captured at different timings, a change detecting means detecting changes in each face image caused by blinking after processing the plurality of face images stored by the face image storing means, and an eyelid detecting means detecting a position of an eyelid of the subject based on the changes detected by the change detecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Adachi, Yukihiko Yoshinaga, Tomoharu Suzuki, Takashi Hiramaki, Kenichi Ogawa, Kenichi Ohue, Kentaro Takahashi, Shigeyasu Uozumi, Shinichi Kojima, Satoru Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8349535
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an actinic ray-sensitive or radiation-sensitive resin composition includes (A) a resin containing the repeating units of formulae (I), (II) and (III) that when acted on by an acid, becomes soluble in an alkali developer, and (B) a compound that when irradiated with actinic rays or radiation, generates a fluorine-containing acid, wherein each of R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom or an optionally substituted methyl group, R2 represents a halogen atom, an optionally substituted alkyl group, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl group, an optionally substituted aryl group or an optionally substituted aralkyl group, and n is an integer of 0 to 5, provided that when n is 2 or greater, multiple R2s may be identical to or different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kana Fujii, Takamitsu Tomiga, Toru Tsuchihashi, Kazuyoshi Mizutani, Jiro Yokoyama, Shinichi Sugiyama, Shuji Hirano, Toru Fujimori
  • Patent number: 8350593
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first semiconductor chip operating at a first power supply voltage and a second semiconductor chip operating at a second power supply voltage lower than the first power supply voltage to supply the second power supply voltage to the first semiconductor chip. The semiconductor chips according to the present invention are conveniently used for fabrication of the semiconductor device. The first semiconductor chip includes an output circuit including a first transistor and a second transistor, interconnected in series and turned on or off complementarily. The output circuit outputs a signal to a first external output terminal. The first semiconductor chip also includes a third transistor connected in series with the first and second transistors and having a gate electrode connected to a second output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoaki Isozaki
  • Patent number: 8351339
    Abstract: A method for Bluetooth on-demand routing, and network formation, and a communication method of a Bluetooth group ad hoc network. With respect to a Bluetooth network system that has a source node, a destination node and a plurality of independent nodes, the method includes the forward and the backward path set-up steps. In the forward path set-up step, the source node sends out a route request message, thus setting up multi forward paths towards the source node and the destination node. In the backward path set-up step, the destination node in receipt of the route request message sends out a route reply message to the source node through one of the set forward paths, thus setting up a backward path. Through the set backward path, a route is formed as the most suitable path between the source node and the destination node to save battery power and provide broader bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Zhen, Myung-jong Lee
  • Patent number: 8352151
    Abstract: An electric current supply control apparatus for a glow plug, and glow plug and the electric current supply control apparatus connected to the glow plug. In a transition state in which the load acting on an engine increases such as at the time of acceleration (S14: YES), an instruction signal which instructs increasing of an EGR amount is transmitted to an ECU (S18). Further, electric current is supplied to a heat generation resistor of a glow plug through resistance PI control (S20), whereby the temperature of the heat generation resistor is stably maintained at a target temperature, and stability of combustion is enhanced. Thus, even at the time of acceleration, generation of NOX can be suppressed effectively by increasing the EGR amount without lowering the engine output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Okinaka, Toshiyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8351058
    Abstract: A printing apparatus, including: an identification information storing section that stores identification information for other printing apparatus; a restriction information storing section that groups the stored identification information, and stores restriction information that gives a restriction for using a function provided by a printing apparatus belonging to the same group; an information sharing section that mutually shares the stored identification information stored and the stored restriction information with printing apparatuses in the same group; an information controller that, upon update of the stored restriction information, controls to send the restriction information to other printing apparatus in the same group, based on the identification information mutually shared by the information sharing section; and a usage restriction section that restricts use of the function, based on the restriction information sent from the information controller to other printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8353024
    Abstract: A method for transmitting information effectively in a server/client network system is provided, the network system including a client placed behind a firewall and a server that provides the client with a predetermined service. The method includes the client generating a hole packet which is for making a hole in the firewall to allow a packet to pass through the firewall from the server, the hole being maintained for a certain period of time, and transmitting the hole packet to the firewall; and transmitting a packet from the server to the client through the hole made by the hole packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyok-sung Choi
  • Patent number: 8350516
    Abstract: A control device controls a switching operation of a switching element such that an AC voltage allowing an AC motor to output torque in accordance with a torque command value is applied to a coil winding of each phase. The control device sets a gate resistance variably between a first pulse voltage at the time of reversal of polarity of the AC voltage and a remaining pulse voltage, in a drive circuit for turning on/off the switching element in response to a switching control signal. By making longer a time period for the first pulse voltage at the time of reversal of polarity to rise, occurrence of partial discharge in a gap between coil windings of respective phases is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeto Takeuchi, Tomotsugu Taira
  • Patent number: 8350999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid-crystal display device comprising a front-side polarizing element, a rear-side polarizing element, a liquid-crystal cell, a front-side retardation region, and a rear-side retardation region composed of one or more retardation layers disposed between the rear-side polarizing element and the liquid-crystal cell wherein retardation along the thickness direction of the front-side retardation region and the rear-side retardation region, Rthfront (?), and Rthrear (?), and the internal haze of the front-side retardation region and the rear-side retardation region, Hzfron and Hzrear, satisfy the following formula (1) or (2): Rthfront (?)>Rthrear(?), and Hzfront<Hzrear, ??(1) Rthfront (?)<Rthrear (?), and Hzfron>Hzrear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 8350903
    Abstract: Light reflected by glasses etc. worn by a driver picked up in a facial image of the driver is reduced. With a vehicle-mounted camera (1) equipped with a first LED illuminating device (12) and a second LED illuminating device (13), each illuminating device is lit up alternately in synchronism with times of photographing facial images and facial images of the driver are taken at each lighting time. The vehicle-mounted camera then compares brightness for each pixel positioned at the same relative positions on each photographed facial image and extracts pixels of low brightness. The vehicle-mounted camera then generates new facial images for transmission to an ECU by synthesizing each of the extracted pixels. The ECU on the receiving side then detects inattentive driving etc. by the driver based on the facial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Fujimoto, Yukihiro Matsuura
  • Patent number: 8347846
    Abstract: A vehicle control system 10 includes a water pump 23 with an electromagnetic clutch, an oil relief device 25, an OCV 26, a water temperature sensor 31, and an ECU 11. The ECU 11 causes the electromagnetic clutch of the water pump 23 to be disengaged on the basis of the detection result detected by the water temperature sensor 31, and stops the coolant circulation. The ECU 11 instructs the OCV 26 to adjust the lubricant pressure to low by an oil relief device 25. The ECU 11 determines whether or not the adjustment of the lubricant pressure to low by the oil relief device 25 is stopped on the basis of the detection result detected by the water temperature sensor 31 when the engagement of the electromagnetic clutch of the water pump 23 continues for a given period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Kobayashi, Toshihisa Sugiyama, Katuhiko Arisawa, Kenichi Yamada, Kunihiko Hayashi, Akihito Hosoi, Syusaku Sugamoto
  • Patent number: RE43913
    Abstract: There is provided a simple and easy method of preparation of a positive electrode active material for a non-aqueous secondary battery which comprises a compound comprising lithium, nickel and manganese and having a layered structure. Said method comprises firing a mixture of (1) at least one member selected from the group consisting of dinickel trioxide and boron compounds and (2) one or more metal compounds comprising lithium, nickel and manganese as their metal elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Nakane, Hiroshi Inukai