Patents Represented by Law Firm Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak and Seas
  • Patent number: 6379802
    Abstract: A thermoplastic skin sheet constituted by (a) a thermoplastic polyolefin or elastomer sheet; (b) a primer layer coated on the sheet, the primer being based on a modified polyolefin resin containing 2 mg-equivalent/g or less of a hydroxyl group or a carboxyl group; and (c) a topcoat layer coated on the primer layer. The topcoat layer may be mainly composed of (a) 100 parts by weight of a polycarbonate polyurethane resin having a number-average molecular weight of 8,000 or more and a 100% modulus of 20 kg/cm2 or more, and (b) 0.1-40 parts by weight of a (meth)acrylate-butadiene-styrene resin. The surface of the topcoat layer may be subjected to embossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignees: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokusho Shikiryo Color & Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Sukekuni Ito, Keiichi Honjo, Masami Imada, Manabu Kudoh
  • Patent number: 6380546
    Abstract: Method and assembly are presented for focusing a charged particle beam while directing it onto a specimen. The assembly comprises a lens arrangement producing a focusing field and first and second deflectors. The first deflector is accommodated within the focusing field, and the second deflector is accommodated downstream of the first deflector with respect to the direction of beam propagation, and is operable in a predetermined manner with respect to the operational mode of the first deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Petrov, Bezalel Rechav
  • Patent number: 6376985
    Abstract: A photocathode having a gate electrode so that modulation of the resulting electron beam is accomplished independently of the laser beam. The photocathode includes a transparent substrate, a photoemitter, and an electrically separate gate electrode surrounding an emission region of the photoemitter. The electron beam emission from the emission region is modulated by voltages supplied to the gate electrode. In addition, the gate electrode may have multiple segments that are capable of shaping the electron beam in response to voltages supplied individually to each of the multiple segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Y. Lee, Tai-Hon Philip Chang, Marian Mankos, C. Neil Berglund
  • Patent number: 6376484
    Abstract: A tetrazole derivatives of formula (I) wherein R1 is H, alkyl, alkoxy, carbocyclic ring, hetero ring, alkyl or alkoxy substituted by carbocyclic ring or hetero ring, etc.; AA1 is bond or  AA2 is bond or  AA1 and AA2, together, may have the formula (a);  Y is the formula (b) (in which Tet ring is tetrazole; Z is alkylene, alkenylene, O, S, SO, SO2, NR26, methylene in alkylene replaced by O, S, —SO—, —SO2— or —NR26—; E is H, alkyl, COOR27 or  in which Cyc is carbocyclic ring or hetero ring); a non-toxic salt thereof, an acid addition salt thereof or a hydrate thereof which has a pharmaceutical agents as an active ingredient. The compound of the formula (I) has an inhibitory effect on interleukin-1&bgr; converting enzyme, therefore, they are useful for prevention and/or treatment of various kinds of inflammatory disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Ohmoto, Makoto Tanaka, Tohru Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Ohno
  • Patent number: 6372419
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic material comprising a support having provided thereon at least a silver halide emulsion layer, wherein the material contains at least one metal complex contained in any of groups A, B and C: group A: an optically active metal complex; group B: a metal complex comprising a metal ion selected from the group consisting of transition metallic elements belonging to period 4 to 6 and group III to XI of the Periodic Table, and typical metallic elements belonging to period 4 to 6 and group XII to XIV of the Periodic Table, and at least one ligand represented by the following formula (I): wherein Z represents an atomic group to form a 5- or 6-membered ring; A represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom; X represents O31, S31 , NR1R2 or COO−; R1 and R2 each represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; R represents a substituent; and n represents 0 or an integer of from 1 to 6; group C: a metal complex selected from a porphyrin complex, a porphycene complex, a pht
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Inaba, Tadanobu Sato, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Takahiro Matsuno
  • Patent number: 6369945
    Abstract: A practical optical film which has excellent anisotropy in the scattering of linearly polarized light, can easily be produced and has excellent thermal stability, and an optical member and an optical element using the optical film, are disclosed. The optical film comprises a birefringent resin film and birefringent minute regions dispersedly contained therein comprising a thermoplastic resin having a glass transition temperature of 50° C. or higher and showing a nematic liquid crystal phase in a range of temperatures lower than the glass transition temperature of the resin constituting the resin film, wherein the difference in refractive index between the resin film and the minute regions in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction in which a linearly polarized light has a maximum transmittance, &Dgr;n1, is 0.03 or larger and that in the maximum-transmittance axis direction, &Dgr;n2, is not larger than 50% of the &Dgr;n1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Takafumi Sakuramoto, Minoru Miyatake
  • Patent number: 6369888
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing speckle during inspection of articles used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, including wafers, masks, photomasks, and reticles. The coherence of a light beam output by a coherent light source, such as a pulsed laser, is reduced by disposing elements in a light path. Examples of such elements include optical fiber bundles; optical light guides; optical gratings; an integrating sphere; and an acousto-optic modulator. These various elements may be combined as desired, such that light beams output by the element combinations have optical path length differences that are greater than a coherence length of the light beam output by the coherent light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Avner Karpol, Silviu Reinhorn, Emanuel Elysaf, Shimon Yalov, Boaz Kenan
  • Patent number: 6369131
    Abstract: Dry master batch comprising at least one pigment and a dispersion carrier, characterized in that it contains at least 80% by weight calculated on the weight of the mixture of particles of pigment dispersed in said carrier; it can be prepared by means of a process that comprises the steps of feeding a flow of pigment obtained from a process of synthesis in aqueous or organic phase in the form of a filter pressed, tape pressed or centrifuged wet cake and a flow of a solution of a dispersant carrier in a turbo-mixer, centrifuging such flows against the inner wall of said turbo-mixer, with the formation of a dye paste arranged in a thin and dynamic layer; drying the dye paste obtaining said dry master batch, which is particularly suited for the preparation of inks and paints or for the pigmentation of plastic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Geoline S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppina Cerea
  • Patent number: 6366234
    Abstract: A vehicular radar includes a transmitter for outputting a transmitted electromagnetic wave; an antenna unit for radiating the transmitted electromagnetic wave and receiving a electromagnetic wave reflected by an object to be detected as a received electromagnetic wave; a receiver for detecting the reflected electromagnetic wave received by the antenna unit; and a signal processor for processing an output signal from the receiver to output information about the object. The antenna unit includes a single electromagnetic radiator for radiating the transmitted electromagnetic wave, a single reflector for reflecting the transmitted electromagnetic wave from the electromagnetic radiator and radiating the transmitted electromagnetic wave as a beam, and a reflector swinging device for swinging the reflector so as to successively change a direction of the beam. The reflector swinging device includes a first arm, a second arm, a swinging pivot, a cam and a cam follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Katayama
  • Patent number: 6366916
    Abstract: A flexibly adaptable, i e., configurable and/or extensible, asset management system is disclosed for processing and querying assets, representing data. The system comprises three layers: a Client Application layer, for manipulating and browsing assets, an Asset Manager Server layer, for providing programming interface services specific for assets types, such as storing, querying, and retrieving assets representing data to and from a Data Store, representing the third layer. The Asset Manager Server layer further provides communication services to support the Client Application layer and file transfer between the Client Application layer and the Asset Manager Server layer. The Asset Manager Server includes several configurable and/or extensible modules, including a Client Adapter module, a Schema Adapter module and a Resources module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Baer, I-Ming Kao, Pedro Jacob, Jr., Janet L. Murray, Deidra S. Picciano, Jerry D. Robertson, James A. Willey
  • Patent number: 6365037
    Abstract: A process for producing a low pour-point oil which permits the production of a lower pour point oil without severer hydrodewaxing conditions is disclosed, which comprises hydrodewaxing a mineral oil fraction, which has been separated from a crude oil by distillation and has a boiling point ranging from 250 to 600° C., at a temperature range of from 250° C. to 500° C. in the presence of a zeolite catalyst; and separating a lighter fraction by distillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Japan Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Kazumitu Fujihara, Yoshiyuki Morishima
  • Patent number: 6366687
    Abstract: Data converter apparatus for converting in real time data stored in an input compact format into an output expanded real time format. The data including a plurality of groups and repetition of the groups. The groups including, each, many basic geometric figures (BGF). The data converter includes a processor adapted to selecting data relating to a predetermined division, dividing and processing the data into consecutive bins according to scan order, which bins have structural correspondence to the input format. The data converter is further capable of sub-dividing the division into sub-divisions which have structural correspondence to the output format. The data processor is further capable of processing and allocating the BGFs in the bins to sub-divisions to thereby produce a division data stream in the output expanded real time format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Meir Aloni, Nissim Elmaliach, Mula Friedman, Yonatan Lehman
  • Patent number: 6366690
    Abstract: A method is provided for the detection of defects on a semiconductor wafer by checking individual pixels on the wafer, collecting the signature of each pixel, defined by the way in which it responds to the light of a scanning beam, and determining whether the signature is that of a faultless pixel or of a pixel that is defective or suspect to be defective. An apparatus is also provided for the determination of such defects, which comprises a stage for supporting a wafer, a laser source generating a beam that is directed onto the wafer, collecting optics and photoelectric sensors for collecting the laser light scattered by the wafer in a number of directions and generating corresponding analog signals, an A/D converter deriving from the signals digital components defining pixel signatures, and selection systems for identifying the signatures of suspect pixels and verifying whether the suspect pixels are indeed defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeev Smilansky, Sagie Tsadka, Zvi Lapidot, Rivi Sherman
  • Patent number: 6361838
    Abstract: A practical optical film which has excellent anisotropy in the scattering of linearly polarized light, can be easily produced and has excellent thermal stability, and an optical element using the optical film are disclosed. The optical film comprises an optically isotropic resin film and birefringent minute regions dispersedly contained therein comprising a thermoplastic resin having a glass transition temperature of 50° C. or higher and showing a nematic liquid crystal phase in a range of temperatures lower than the glass transition temperature of the resin constituting the resin film, wherein the difference in refractive index between the resin film and the minute regions in a direction perpendicular to the axis direction in which a linearly polarized light has a maximum transmittance, &Dgr;n1, is 0.03 or larger and that in the maximum-transmittance axis direction, &Dgr;n2, is 50% or smaller of the &Dgr;n1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Miyatake, Takafumi Sakuramoto
  • Patent number: 6358600
    Abstract: A sheet for protecting a paint film which does not deteriorate or discolor the paint film even when the sheet is adhered to protect the paint film under the condition containing acidic rainwater or detergent and can maintain the adhered state over an extended-period of time without peeling off is disclosed. The sheet for protecting a paint film comprises a porous substrate and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer formed on one surface of the porous substrate. The sheet has an air permeability in a direction of sheet thickness of 20,000 sec/100 cc or more and a moisture permeability in a direction of sheet thickness of 2,000 g/m2·24 hr or more. The sheet for protecting a paint film further comprises a porous substrate and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer formed on one surface of the porous substrate, wherein the porous substrate has an ultraviolet transmission of 10% or less at a wavelength of from 190 to 370 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignees: Nitto Denko Corporation, Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Hayashi, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Kenichi Shibata, Kenji Sano, Mitsuyoshi Shirai, Mitsuru Horada, Hiroshi Sugawa, Komaharu Matsui, Takeshi Eda, Hiroshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 6360005
    Abstract: A defect detection system for inspecting objects such as reticles, photomasks, semiconductor wafers, flat panel displays and other patterned objects has two or more stages, whereby the object is examined separately for fine defects, by inspecting a binary level representation of the object, and for ultra fine defects, by inspecting a gray level representation of the object. The system also includes re-inspection apparatus for re-inspection of detected defects, thereby to reduce the false alarm rate, and for classifying the remaining defects by size, area and type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Meir Aloni, Amir Alon, Yair Eran, Itzhak Katz, Yigal Katzir, Gideon Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 6358654
    Abstract: A toner comprising: a plurality of mother particles; and a plurality of external additive particles to be attached to the mother particles, the external additive particles including external additive particles attached to the mother particle and external additive particles liberated from the mother particles, wherein an inclination (particle sizes of the external additives/particle sizes of the mother particles) of an approximation straight line obtained by approximating distribution of particle sizes of the external additives with respect to the particle sizes of the mother particles by a least-square method is not larger than 0.6. Also, disclosed is an image forming apparatus using the toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ito, Toshiya Takahata, Hideki Okada, Kazuhiro Ichikawa
  • Patent number: RE37621
    Abstract: An optical communication transmission system including an optical amplifier lumped repeater system of the present invention includes, for the purpose of preventing degradation of the transmission characteristic arising from wavelength dispersion of optical fibers due to raised power of the optical signal, transmission optical fibers provided for all or most of the repeating sections and having wavelength dispersion values set to different values from zero, and optical fibers provided for the individual sections to compensate for the sum of wavelength dispersion of the sections so as to reduce the total wavelength dispersion to zero. The optical fiber for compensation for each section may be replaced by a substitutive compensation element. Alternatively, very small wavelength dispersion which remains due to failure in compensating to zero dispersion may be compensated for using a dispersion equalizer of an electric system in the reception section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoya Henmi, Shogo Nakaya, Tomoki Saito
  • Patent number: RE37662
    Abstract: A coins receiving and dispensing apparatus suitable for food shops or restaurants allows precise transfer and reception of various coins without error and confirmation of the balance of the coin. When coins received from customers are inserted into this apparatus, the coins are immediately sorted by a sorting mechanism with respect to the denominations of the currency and stored at the respective storage portions. When the coins are paid out as change, the coin feeder operates based on a dispensing command signal produced corresponding to the differences between the sold amount inputted in the register and the received amount from the customers to feed the coins of the wanted denomination in the necessary number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Uchida, Noboru Ichihara
  • Patent number: RE37679
    Abstract: A signal selection circuit is disclosed for use in an intelligence TV. The intelligence TV can display a signal prioritized in the order of a TV OSD signal, a PIP signal, an information signal, and a TV signal. The structure for carrying out this prioritization includes a TV signal processor for processing a TV signal and outputting a TV signal, an information signal processor for outputting an information signal by decoding the received information data from value added networks and for outputting a first switching control signal by recognizing a selection mode, and a PIP signal processor for processing the TV signals as a main picture signal and a sub picture signal and for outputting a PIP signal and a second switching control signal. A TV microcomputer generates an OSD for the operation of the TV. Plural switching devices operate responsively to switching control signals from the TV microcomputer, the information signal processing unit and the PIP signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Moon-hwan Suh