Patents Represented by Law Firm Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack
  • Patent number: 8349736
    Abstract: A base conductive member is formed on a surface and in a hole section of a substrate, and a resist is formed on a part of the base conductive member in which a conductive layer is not to be formed. The conductive layer is formed on a part except for the part in which the resist has been formed, and a mask metal is formed on the conductive layer. Then, the resist is removed, and the base conductive member is etched using the mask metal as a mask to form the conductive layer into a predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Muragishi, Kai Takayuki, Saito Daishiro, Daisuke Yamamoto, Takeshi Koiwasaki
  • Patent number: 8349031
    Abstract: The invention provides a battery separator comprising a porous resin film and a crosslinked polymer supported thereon and having iminodiacetic acid groups in side chains of the polymer chains. The iminodiacetic acid group is preferably represented by the formula wherein M1 and M2 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a lithium atom, a potassium atom, a sodium atom, or triethylamine. It is preferred that the layer of the crosslinked polymer is substantially nonporous or solid, and ion conductive, and that the crosslinked polymer has in the molecule oxetanyl groups which are capable of cation polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Take, Shunsuke Noumi, Sadahiro Nakanishi, Yoshihiro Uetani, Keisuke Kii, Kinkou Sho
  • Patent number: 8350549
    Abstract: A converter utilizing synchronous rectification comprises a first switch, a second switch connected in series to the first switch, and a gate drive circuit controlling each switch to switch to on/off-state using pulse-width modulation. Each switch includes a channel region that is conductive in both forward and reverse directions in on-state and is not conductive in the forward direction in off-state, and a unipolar diode region conductive only in the reverse direction. The gate drive circuit synchronizes output timing for signal with which the first switch switches to on-state with output timing for signal with which the second switch switches to off-state, and synchronizes output timing for signal with which the first switch switches to off-state with output timing for signal with which the second switch switches to on-state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kitabatake
  • Patent number: 8351312
    Abstract: An optical disc recording apparatus (10) is provided with a tracking servo (13) for tracking a spiral track of concave and convex marks, an analog signal processor (14) for extracting a reproduction signal corresponding to the concave and convex marks, a digital signal processor (15) for extracting a channel clock synchronized with a channel bit length of the concave and convex marks, and a sub-information recording section (30) for recording sub-information by irradiating laser light based on the tracking to the spiral track. The sub-information recording section (30) records all the sub-information by repeating a process of recording a part of the sub-information by discretely irradiating laser light at a specified interval and with a specified frequency in synchronism with a channel clock by one tracking to form recordable marks on a reflective film a plurality of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Yamaoka, Yuji Takagi, Takeharu Yamamoto, Makoto Usui
  • Patent number: 8352594
    Abstract: A network monitoring device which monitors a network in which data is transmitted through relays, includes a monitoring frequency recording unit (111) which records monitoring frequencies for monitoring transmission statuses of the relays, a selection probability generating unit (112) which generates selection probability information which is probability values for the relays, a monitoring object determining unit (113) which determines, according to the monitoring frequency and the selection probability information, a relay the transmission status of which is to be monitored, a transmission status obtaining unit (106) which obtains transmission status information indicating a transmission status on the relay determined, a transmission status recording unit (107) which records the transmission status information, an activation level calculating unit (109) which calculates, using the transmission status information, activation level indicating suitability of the monitoring on the transmission statuses of the re
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Ishii, Takao Yamaguchi, Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8348027
    Abstract: The flow of hydraulic fluid induced by sliding movement of a piston in a cylinder is controlled by a pilot-type main valve and a pilot valve, which is a pressure control valve, thereby generating damping force. By thrust from a solenoid actuator, the valve-opening pressure of the pilot valve is controlled, and the pressure in a pilot chamber is also controlled to control the valve-opening pressure of the main valve. When there is a failure, a valve body of the pilot valve is retracted to abut against a fail-safe disk by spring force of a valve spring. Thus, damping force is generated by the fail-safe disk at the downstream side of the pilot valve, and the valve-opening pressure of the main valve is also controlled by the fail-safe disk to obtain an appropriate damping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 8347470
    Abstract: Portable robot for carrying out the drilling process in the assembly of aeronautical components which are secured on a support known as a stand. The robot comprises a displaceable platform in order to permit it to be located close to the stand, and an arm, which supports a frame comprising a beam intended to support a drilling head that can be displaced in the three axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventors: Javier Gonzalez Sáinz, Juan Ramón Astorga Ramírez, Agustin J. Sáenz Fernández, Valentin Collado Jiménez
  • Patent number: 8351224
    Abstract: A power conversion apparatus includes a main circuit with switches, and performs power conversion to generate power to a three-phase AC load from a three- or single-phase AC power supply. Some of the switches are configured, using a bidirectional switch including a normally-on device that is turned OFF when a gate circuit is provided with a positive or negative voltage, and a normally-off device that is turned ON when the gate circuit is provided with a positive or negative voltage, to provide only a specific unidirectional current flow when the gate circuit is not activated, and when the gate circuit is activated, provide and control a bidirectional current flow to direct only in an arbitrary unidirectional way. By providing the power conversion apparatus with a capability of directing back, to a load (motor), any power coming therefrom, the conversion apparatus requires no direct-current link capacitor and a diode clamping circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hiromichi Ohashi, Kyungmin Sung, Masamu Kamaga, Mitsuaki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8348197
    Abstract: The lifting surfaces comprise a torsion box capable of bearing aerodynamic and inertial loads. The torsion box has lateral parts that are connected together by an attachment comprising a rib, having a central upper part and a central support lower part joined only by angled cross bars, forming a truss structure along the length of the central support upper part and the central support lower part. The angled cross bars are attached to the upper and the lower parts of the central support: alternatively to both sides of a plane of symmetry defined by said upper and lower parts of the central support, dividing the torsion box in the two lateral parts making a zone of access perpendicular to the length of the central supports, where said zone of access is closed with a piece provided with at least one hole for permanent access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, SL
    Inventors: Abel Lobo Barros, Jesús Vicente Bajo González, José Luis Lozano García, Antonio Francisco Pintor Archilla, Jesús Rodrígues Bodas
  • Patent number: 8349886
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a glucokinase activator which is useful as a pharmaceutical agent such as agents for the prophylaxis or treatment of diabetes, obesity and the like, and the like. The present invention is a compound represented by the formula (I): wherein each symbol is as defined in the specification, or a salt thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
    Inventors: Tsuneo Yasuma, Osamu Ujikawa
  • Patent number: 8349807
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to a method whereby a humoral immune response is induced more efficiently in producing an antibody against an antigen protein by gene immunization. A fusion gene composed of a gene encoding the full-length of a part of the antigen protein or a gene encoding a chaperonin subunit or a chaperonin subunit linkage linked thereto is administered to express the fusion gene in the animal, thereby inducing a humoral immune response to an antigen protein by administering. An example of the chaperonin includes Escherichia coli GroEL. There is also provided with a composition for immunization, a method for producing an antibody, a method for producing a hybridoma, and a method for producing a monoclonal antibody.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Joe Chiba, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joe Chiba, Jun-ichi Hata, Naoki Nishiguchi, Masahiro Furutani
  • Patent number: 8350932
    Abstract: Provided is an image generation device generating a high-quality image of an object under a pseudo light source at any desired position, based on geometric parameters generated from a low-quality image of the object. The image generation device includes: a geometric parameter calculation unit (102) that calculates a first geometric parameter regarding a surface structure from light source position, viewpoint position, and geometric normal information regarding the surface structure; a high-resolution database unit (103) that stores an exemplum indicating a mesostructure of a portion of the surface and has a spatial resolution higher than the geometric normal information; an exemplum expansion unit (104) that increases the exempla to be spatially expanded; a geometric parameter modification unit (105) that modifies the first geometric parameter using the increased exempla; and an image generation unit (106) that generates an output image by applying the modified geometric parameter to a reflection model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Iwasaki, Lorcan MacManus, Neil Dodgson
  • Patent number: 8348774
    Abstract: The outer peripheral surface of the boot attaching section of an outer joint member (2), when viewed in cross section, is non-cylindrical, with a large diameter section (22a) and a small diameter section (22b) appearing alternately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Takabe
  • Patent number: 8350789
    Abstract: A 2D image display apparatus using a laser light source. By controlling the timing of a scan by a beam scan portion in response to the characteristic of a laser light source and by setting a light emitting time of the laser light source to an integral multiple of a scan cycle of the beam scan portion, it is possible to illuminate a spatial light modulator homogeneously with a laser beam. It is thus possible to display an image at high accuracy without causing a bright line, irregularities in brightness, and contrast deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Furuya, Kiminori Mizuuchi, Toshifumi Yokoyama, Tatsuo Itoh, Akira Kurozuka, Kazuhisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8351516
    Abstract: As shown in FIG. 7, a data receiver receives video data and audio data together with a frequency division parameter N that depends on the pixel clock of the video data and the sampling frequency of the audio data, and a count value CTS that is obtained by counting the period of the audio clock that has been subjected to frequency division by the frequency division parameter N, with the pixel clock, which are transmitted from a data transmitter, and subjects the pixel clock to frequency division by the count value CTS, phase-control the divided clock (s501) in accordance with a phase comparison clock (s505) that is obtained by dividing an audio clock (s403) oscillated from a VCO (504) by the frequency division parameter N, thereby generating an audio clock (s403). Accordingly, the data transmitter and the data receiver can satisfactorily implement multiplexing of audio data and video data, and transmission of the multiplexed data using an existing DVI cable, with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ejima
  • Patent number: 8352274
    Abstract: A sound determination device (100) includes: an FFT unit (2402) which receives a mixed sound including a to-be-extracted sound and a noise, and obtains a frequency signal of the mixed sound for each of a plurality of times included in a predetermined duration; and a to-be-extracted sound determination unit (101 (j)) which determines, when the number of the frequency signals at the plurality of times included in the predetermined duration is equal to or larger than a first threshold value and a phase distance between the frequency signals out of the frequency signals at the plurality of times is equal to or smaller than a second threshold value, each of the frequency signals with the phase distance as a frequency signal of the to-be-extracted sound. The phase distance is a distance between phases of the frequency signals when a phase of a frequency signal at a time t is ?(t) (radian) and the phase is represented by ??(t)=mod 2?(?(t)?2?ft) (where f is an analysis-target frequency).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Yoshizawa, Yoshihisa Nakatoh
  • Patent number: 8350916
    Abstract: To provide an image processing device that calculates a parameter used for correcting large video jitter with high accuracy even when the accuracy of a sensor for measuring a movement of a photographing device is low. The image processing device includes: a constraint condition generating unit (130) that generates a constraint condition using sensor information such that a parameter value falls within a range; and a parameter calculating unit (140) that calculates the parameter according to the constraint condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Ohmiya, Masayuki Kimura, Hitoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 8349479
    Abstract: A battery mounting mechanism includes a terminal connector, a first stopper, a second stopper, and a release button. The first stopper is disposed movably in the Z axis direction with respect to the terminal connector. The second stopper is disposed on the opposite side of the terminal connector with respect to the first stopper, and is disposed movably in the Z axis direction with respect to the terminal connector. The release button is arranged to release the restriction of the first battery or the restriction of the second battery by the first stopper, and arranged to drive the first stopper and the second stopper in the Z axis direction with respect to the terminal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Okita, Naritoshi Kagaya
  • Patent number: 8348772
    Abstract: A plunging type constant velocity universal joint includes an inner joint member having an outer peripheral surface in which a plurality of linear track grooves are formed in an axial direction and inclined with respect to an axial line, an outer joint member having an inner peripheral surface in which a plurality of linear track grooves are formed in the axial direction and inclined with respect to the axial line in a direction opposite to that of the track grooves of the inner joint member, and having an inside filled with a lubricant, balls incorporated in respective crossing portions between the track grooves of the inner and outer joint members, and a cage arranged between the outer peripheral surface and the inner peripheral surface for retaining the balls in the same plane, in which a large number of minute recesses are formed at random in surfaces of the balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Naohiro Une, Tatsuro Sugiyama, Shin Tomogami, Hisaaki Kura
  • Patent number: D673875
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Swarovski Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Clemens Neuner