Patents Represented by Attorney Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.
  • 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: 8352989
    Abstract: A content reproduction device includes: a plurality of communication units (a cellular phone and a wireless LAN communication unit), each receiving a content transmitted in segments from a content transmission device over a communication path; a content reconstruction unit that has a buffer in which each segmented data of the content received by each of the communication units is temporarily accumulated, and that reconstructs each segmented data accumulated in the buffer into the content; a reproduction unit that reproduces, at a predetermined bit rate, the content reconstructed by the content reconstruction unit; and a communication control unit that: calculates, for every predetermined time, target transmission speeds to be assigned for content reception performed by the respective communication units, based on free space in the buffer and the bit rate; and transmits a first request signal indicating the calculated target transmission speeds to the content transmission device via one of the communication un
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Mori, Yuji Kaihotsu, Akihiro Yamamoto, Takashi Kuwabara, Manabu Nakakita
  • Patent number: 8349192
    Abstract: A method for collapsing a microbubble includes applying stimulation to the microbubble during the gradual decrease of the its size. As a result, the microbubble floating in a solution that decreases in size due to the natural dissolution of a gas contained in the microbubble and disappears after a while, has the speed of its size decrease enhanced and causes the microbubble to disappear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Reo Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Takahashi, Kaneo Chiba
  • Patent number: 8348493
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic manager for bread dough mixers and to an operating method. The invention consists of an integral module (15) comprising a PLC (2) which, by means of relays (3, 4 and 5), controls a low-speed contact (8), a high-speed contact (9) and an electrovalve (10, 10?) in order to operate a mixer (14). In addition, the PLC (2) controls a temperature sensor (6), a flowmeter (7, 7?) and a visual and audible indicator (13). The corresponding method comprises a parameter definition step, a start confirmation step, an oxygenation step, a liquid metering step, a mixing step and a return-to-rest step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Roberto Brisciani
  • Patent number: 8349387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for production of a coated preparation, characterized by coating a core material with a coating solution, the core material comprising an active ingredient, the coating solution comprising a) a resin composition obtained by copolymerization of polyvinyl alcohol having an average polymerization degree of 1300 or less, and at least one polymerizable vinyl monomer in a weight ratio of 6:4 to 9:1, b) water, and c) an organic solvent. The method for production make it feasible to efficiently coat a preparation such as a tablet, a granule, and a fine granule, etc. (a pharmaceutical drug, an animal drug, an agricultural chemicals, a fertilizer, or a food product) with the coating solution comprising a) the composition comprising the polyvinyl alcohol copolymer as the main component, b) water, and c) the organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Funaki, Tatsumori Yoshida
  • 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: 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: 8351231
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a power converter with an arm including switching devices connected in parallel, realizing long lifespans of switching devices. An inverter includes an upper and a lower arm, and gate drive circuits each driving the corresponding arm according to a gate control signal Gup_s indicating ON/OFF periods. Each arm includes switching devices connected in parallel. Each gate drive circuit includes: a switching gate control circuit 230u bringing a switching device 210u into conduction at the beginning of the ON period and bringing the same out of conduction within the ON period; and a conduction gate control circuit 231u bringing switching devices 211u and 212u within a period from when the switching device 210u is brought into conduction until the same is brought out of conduction, wherein the switching device 210u has a lower parasitic capacitance than the switching devices 211u and the 212u.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Tagome
  • Patent number: 8348400
    Abstract: When liquid materials are fed to inkjet heads, fluid pressures are equalized so that a gas does not remain in liquid feed pipe lines. Separate liquid feed pipe lines (3) for feeding the liquid material, each of which communicates with each of a plurality of inkjet heads (4), are each connected to a common liquid feed pipe line (2) which stores one kind of the liquid material and communicates with an ink tank (1). Separate gas flow pipe lines (19), each of which is capable of feeding a gas and communicates with a connection portion between the common liquid feed pipe line (2) and each of the separate liquid feed pipe lines (3), with each of the inkjet heads (4), or with both the connection portion and each of the inkjet heads (4), are each connected to a bypass pipe line (18a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishiihyoki
    Inventors: Teruyuki Nakano, Yasuhiro Kozawa
  • Patent number: 8352177
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus dynamically sets a frequency of updating a guide arrow in accordance with certain circumstances. The navigation apparatus performs the route guidance by displaying the photographed image and includes a searching section for searching a route from a current position to a destination; and a drawing section for displaying the guide arrow which indicates the route searched by the searching section such that the guide arrow is superimposed on the photographed image, wherein the drawing section dynamically sets a frequency of updating a display of the guide arrow based on a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Akita, Takahiro Kudoh, Tsuyoshi Kindo
  • Patent number: 8351356
    Abstract: A data communication system for starting transmission and reception of target data for processing upon recognition that switching between communication modes is completed. The data communication system includes a master communication device and a slave communication device that continuously perform, at a time of switching from half-duplex communication to full-duplex communication, (i) a handshake using a directional control code indicating the switching and a preamble code indicating completion of the switching and (ii) a handshake using the preamble code and an acknowledge code indicating receipt of the preamble code, whereby each of the devices recognizes that the switching between communication modes by the opposite device is completed and starts transmission and reception of the target data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Nishioka, Hiroshi Suenaga, Tsutomu Sekibe, Isao Kato, Tadashi Ono, Hideyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 8348564
    Abstract: According to a container coupling device 1 of an embodiment, when a container has been lifted with an upper fitting (4) and a lower fitting (5) being engaged with corner fittings (F) of an upper container and a lower container, respectively, via a spring mechanism, a container weight acts on a lower half portion (42) of the upper fitting (4) that crosses an engaging hole (Fa) of the corner fitting (F) of the upper container and on an upper half portion (51) of the lower fitting (5) that crosses an engaging hole (Fa) of the corner fitting (F) of the lower container. The upper fitting (4) and the lower fitting (5) are forcibly rotated against a biasing force of the spring mechanism in a direction in which the upper fitting and the lower fitting overlap an upper fitted portion (22) and a lower fitted portion (23), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sanwa Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumimochi Fukui
  • Patent number: 8349447
    Abstract: An inorganic fine particle layer containing inorganic fine particles and a binder component is formed on a surface of a substrate by chemical bonding. The inorganic fine particles are coated with silane monomer each having an unsaturated bond. The content of the binder component is in the range of 0.1% by mass to 40% by mass to the content of the inorganic fine particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: NBC Meshtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuruo Nakayama, Youhei Jikjhara, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Nobukazu Motojima
  • 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: 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: 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: 8351760
    Abstract: A recording device includes a recording medium operable to store a plurality of program streams and information about recording of each program stream, and a controller operable to control display of the program stream recorded on the recording medium on a display device. When receiving an instruction for selecting a predetermined item from among the plurality of selection items, the controller causes the menu image to be displayed, making the menu image include information representing programs corresponding to at least a part of the plurality of the program streams recorded on the recording medium, in addition to the plurality of selection items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Iwasaki, Kentaro Tanikawa, Kazue Sato
  • Patent number: 8351244
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a memory cell array in which first conductive layers (2) and second conductive layers (14) extend above a semiconductor substrate (1) and three-dimensionally cross with each other, and memory cells each of which includes a current steering element (10) and a variable resistance element (23) electrically connected in series to each other is provided at a corresponding one of three-dimensional cross points between the first conductive layers (2) and the second conductive layers (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Okada, Takumi Mikawa, Koji Arita
  • 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: D673877
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Swarovski Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Ehrenstrasser