Patents Represented by Law Firm Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak and Seas
  • Patent number: 6345452
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and a device for drying a hollow body (2), such as containers, container preforms, tubes or various conduits. The invention is characterized in that it consists in guiding (9) a drying agent (heat, dessicant, dry air . . . ) towards the assembly of surfaces to be dried, using means enabling said agent to pass entirely over all said surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Sidel S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Feuilloley, Véronique Bernard
  • Patent number: 6346053
    Abstract: In a golf ball having on its surface a multiplicity of dimples, the dimples include a majority of large dimples with a diameter of 3.0 to 4.2 mm and account for at least 65% of the entire ball surface area. The large dimples have a depth of 0.1-0.35 mm, an edge angle of up to 30°, and a radius of curvature at the edge of 1-50 mm. Not only excellent flight performance is achieved, but the ball can be smoothly released from a mold at the end of molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michio Inoue, Keisuke Ihara
  • Patent number: 6346837
    Abstract: In a digital delay-locked loop circuit, a variable delay circuit for delaying an input signal and generating an output signal includes a first variable delay circuit for delaying the input signal with a first delay time changed at first intervals and a second variable delay circuit for delaying the input signal with a second delay time changed at second intervals smaller than the first intervals. A phase comparator compares the phase of a feedback signal derived from the output signal with the phase of said reference signal. A counter circuit controls the first and second delay times in accordance with a difference in phase between the feedback signal and the reference signal so that the difference in phase is brought close to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Atsufumi Shibayama
  • Patent number: 6343869
    Abstract: A light unit 1 for a vehicle has a driving-environment detecting device 2 for detecting information (the shape of the road, the position of the vehicle, whether or not oncoming and preceding vehicle exist, the traffic volume density and ambient luminous intensity) indicating a driving environment provided by a path through which a vehicle is driven. A mode determining device 3 determines a driving mode which is included in driving modes classified in accordance with combinations of information detected by the driving-environment detecting device 2 and which is dynamically changed when the driving environment is changed during driving of the vehicle. In accordance with an instruction signal supplied from the mode determining device 3 to an illumination control device 4 and corresponding to the driving mode, illumination which is performed by the light unit 5 is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6344694
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including: a semiconductor substrate, and an interconnect made of a titanium silicide film overlying the semiconductor substrate, the titanium silicide film including at least one atom selected from the group consisting of phosphorus, arsenic and antimony at an average density between 5×1019 and 3×1020 atoms/cm3. Although the titanium silicide film is conventionally recognized to cause depletion of an underlying polysilicon and increase of a connected-polysilicon-plug resistance, these deficiencies can be suppressed by specifying the average density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 6344622
    Abstract: A switch device includes a key member (4). The key member (4) has a display switch button (13) including a transparent portion through which image information displayed on a display screen of an image display device is transmitted so as to display the image information on an outer side surface of the key member (4). Further, the key member (4) has a button mounting frame (16) including a switch depressing portion (14) operative to switch a switch (6) when the key depressing portion (14) is depressed, and having a button mounting hole portion to which the display switch button (13) is attached. Furthermore, the key member (4) has a waterproof dust cover (19) of a rubber material, which is molded integrally on the button mounting frame (16) to cover the same, and which includes a support portion (17) held in intimate contact with the display screen, and a contractible skirt portion (18). A plurality of resin filling holes are formed in the button mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Takiguchi, Toshifumi Kobayashi, Atuyoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6342550
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a flame-retardant polycarbonate resin composition which contains phosphorus-free flame-retardant(s), has an excellent impact resistance, an excellent heat resistance as well as an excellent moldability, and can satisfy a severe flammability level. According to the present invention, there is provided a flame-retardant polycarbonate resin composition which comprises (A) 100 parts by weight of an aromatic polycarbonate resin, (B) 0.01-5 parts by weight of an organic sulfonic acid metal salt, (C) 0.01-5 parts by weight of a fluorinated polyolefin, (D) 0.2-20 parts by weight of a diene-containing multi-layered polymer, and wherein the content of a phosphorus-containing flame-retardant is less than 0.5 parts by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Ishii, Ken Shimomai
  • Patent number: 6343314
    Abstract: A videoconferencing system and method comprising a plurality of workstations, providing AV capture and reproduction facilities, interconnected by a network providing an AV path for carrying signals representing videoconference participants. The system and method includes one or more of a remote participant hold selection mechanism and a remote participant disconnection mechanism. The remote participant hold selection mechanism is operable to place at least one of the other participants on hold, during a videoconference call among a hold-activating participant and a plurality of other participants. The remote participant disconnection mechanism is operable by a participant teleconference call among the participant and a plurality of the other participants without disconnecting the remaining participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Collaboration Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Lester F. Ludwig, J. Chris Lauwers, Keith A. Lantz, Gerald J. Burnett, Emmett R. Burns
  • Patent number: 6341053
    Abstract: The present invention provides a magnetic tunnel junction device for an external magnetic field sensor. The device comprises a stack of multi-layers, which include a first antiferromagnetic pinning layer, a ferromagnetic free layer, a tunneling barrier layer, a ferromagnetic pinned layer, and a second antiferromagnetic pinning layer. The first pinning layer has a first pinning field, which pins a magnetization of the free layer in a track width direction. The second pinning layer has a second pinning field, which pins a magnetization of the pinned layer in a direction in the plane of the stacked layers of the magnetic tunnel junction, along the applied external magnetic field direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Nakada, Hisanao Tsuge, Yuji Tsukamoto, Hisao Matsutera, Nobuyuki Ishiwata, Atsushi Kamijo
  • Patent number: 6341230
    Abstract: A gel layer retained in a retaining member 15, such as non-woven fabric, is placed on one side of an electrode element 1. The electrode element 1 is held by a flexible and extendable tape 11, and the tape 11 adheres to a biological surface tissue. When being plastered onto the biological surface tissue, the tape 11 is covered with cover films 12 and 13, thereby preventing occurrence of a kink in the tape 11. After the tape 11 has been attached to the biological surface tissue, a butt-joined portion between two sub-divisions constituting a cover film 12 is exfoliated to the outside, thus preventing removal of the tape 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignees: Nihon Kohoen Corporation, Kabushikikaisya Kyoma
    Inventors: Yasuaki Koike, Takayuki Kawasaki, Shigehiro Nishiwaki, Tadashi Matsumoto, Hideo Akita
  • Patent number: 6340540
    Abstract: The hologram recording sheet according to the invention is made up of a base film and hologram sensitive materials sensitive to different wavelength regions formed therein in a desired pattern, or a film and at least two hologram recording sensitive materials sensitive to different wavelength regions laminated on the film with a transparent plastic spacer layer located therebetween, thereby enabling the required diffraction light wavelengths to be recorded on the required sites without producing unnecessary interference fringes. At least two hologram recording sensitive materials sensitive to different wavelength regions are formed on different sites on a film in dotted or striped configuration, the size of which is up to 200 mm or at least twice as large as the thickness of the sensitive material layers, thereby enabling regions diffracting light of different wavelengths to be formed in the form of independent sets of interference fringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Ueda, Tsuyoshi Hotta, Yukio Taniguchi, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Hideyuki Iriyama
  • Patent number: 6341014
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of and a system for detecting errors in harmonizing an optical instrument (1) with a reference direction (V—V). According to the invention, the reference direction (V—V) is materialized by a reference light beam (17) and the latter is directed onto an optoelectronic detector (3) disposed in the focal plane (2) via an invariant system (10) and an a focal system (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Gilles Maurel, Guy Henri Abel Cerutti-Maori
  • Patent number: 6340515
    Abstract: A conductive member is used in a state in which the conductive member maintains contact with a subject member. The conductive member has a single-body structure and is formed of a polymeric base material that contains a conducting filler. A portion of the conductive member in which the density of the conducting filler is lower than that in the remaining portion or substantially zero ranges 20-120 &mgr;m inwardly from an end of the conductive member at which the conductive member abuts the subject member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignees: Hokushin Corporation, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Gouki Sasagawa, Tetsuya Nakamura, Masato Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 6338539
    Abstract: An ink jet recording device includes an external switch, a device for detecting the amount of ink left in each ink cartridge, and a device operating such that when an instruction to replace the ink cartridge is generated by the switch, or when a device detects an ink end of the cartridge, only the ink cartridge to be replaced is exposed through a window in the recording device. The ink cartridge to be replaced is specified, and only the specified ink cartridge is automatically moved to a replaceable position. Correct replacement of more than one ink cartridge is ensured, and the cartridge replacing work is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Kobayashi, Seiji Mochizuki, Kazuhisa Kawakami, Shigenori Fukasawa, Masahiro Isono, Masahiro Nakamura, Nobutoshi Ohtsuka, Nobuhito Takahashi, Hitoshi Hayakawa, Norihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 6338996
    Abstract: In a semiconductor memory device production method for a semiconductor memory device having a capacitor formed by a high dielectric insulation film and a noble metal upper electrode successively formed on a noble metal lower electrode, the formation of the capacitor is followed by anneal in a gas mixture atmosphere of oxygen concentration of 0 to 5% and nitrogen at temperature of 300 to 400 degrees C. This enables to reduce the leak current at room temperature and suppress leak current increase during a high temperature operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Iizuka
  • Patent number: 6339202
    Abstract: A composite material tubular insulative jacket contains a dielectric gas under pressure and electrical switchgear and includes a metallic collar fixed to one end at least and provided with a member for fixing the collar to a support member. A seal is disposed between the support member and the jacket. A metallic insert is attached to this end of the jacket by an interference fit and by gluing, the seal being disposed between the insert and the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: GEC Alsthom T&D SA
    Inventors: Henri Ardyna, Marc Durieu, François Biquez
  • Patent number: 6338228
    Abstract: A modular element for making up a ceiling, said element being a metal section member whose section on a plane perpendicular to the length of the element has a flat bottom web with two vertical flanges: a front flange and a first rear flange, the front flange being extended by an outwardly-extending front horizontal limb parallel to the web, and the first rear flange being extended by a first frontwardly-extending horizontal rear limb, wherein, beyond a certain margin x from each end of said element, said first rear limb is provided with an extension including at least one second rear vertical flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Chevalier
  • Patent number: 6339155
    Abstract: The uracil compounds represented by the formula [V]: wherein R1 represents C1-C5 perfluoroalkyl group and Q represents an aromatic group, can be produced by making the amide compounds represented by the formula [II]: wherein R1 and Q have the same meanings defined above, or its hydrate react with a cyanate salt in the presence of a protonic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Minoru Takano, Hirofumi Mishima
  • Patent number: 6339341
    Abstract: To decrease a number of cells for programmable wiring means in a programmable logic LSI. An element cell as programmable logic means in the programmable logic LSI comprises a memory circuit, a read-out circuit, and an inter-cell connection control circuit. The element cell unit functions also as programmable wiring means. Further, the input/output connections for a plurality of the element cells are assured by twisting inter-cell connection lines 108. Furthermore, a feed-back loop is formed by connecting input/output signal lines, when the element cell is operating as programmable logic means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Fujii, Koichiro Furuta, Masato Motomura
  • Patent number: RE37507
    Abstract: A method of variable length coding/decoding of image data and an apparatus thereof can vary the length of an escape sequence during variable length coding to thereby reduce the amount of transmitted data. The method of variable length coding/decoding includes the steps of loading an initial potential maximum run length; determining a number of bits necessary to express the potential maximum run length, coding a run length using the necessary number of bits and decreasing the potential maximum ran length by an amount equal to the previously coded run length to arrive at a new potential maximum ran length until an end of a block to be encoded has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Je-Chang Jung