Patents Represented by Law Firm Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack
  • Patent number: 8350245
    Abstract: To provide a variable resistance element capable of preventing the interface resistance, in a side of the variable resistance element in which resistance change is not allowed, from changing to high resistance due to applied voltage. The variable resistance element is configured by providing a variable resistance film (265) between a first electrode (280) and a second electrode (250), the oxygen concentration within the film of the variable resistance film (265) is high at the side of an interface with the second electrode (250) (high-concentration variable resistance layer (260)) and low at the side of an interface with the first electrode (280) (low-concentration variable resistance layer (270)), and the junction surface area between the low-concentration variable resistance layer (270) and the first electrode (280) is larger than the interface surface area between the high-concentration variable resistance layer (260) and the second electrode (250).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Tsuji
  • 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: 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: 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: 8349259
    Abstract: A biosensor includes a cavity for holding a sample, an electrode system for measuring the sample concentration in the cavity, and a thermocouple for obtaining temperature information during measurement. A measurement device includes a reference temperature junction sensor or an environmental temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of reference temperature junctions of the thermocouple. A temperature compensation measures the temperature difference between a measuring junction and a reference temperature junctions of the thermocouple, and specifies the temperature of a reference temperature junction, thereby using the temperature information as the temperature of a measurement component and performing accurate temperature compensation from the measuring junction temperature information and the environmental temperature information with respect to the measured values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Fujii, Yoshifumi Takahara, Noriyoshi Terashima
  • Patent number: 8350990
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display apparatus includes a light source for emitting light having high directivity; a reflecting plate for reflecting the light emitted by the light source; a liquid crystal layer that the light reflected by the reflecting plate penetrates; a position detector for detecting a position of eyes of a user viewing a display image on the liquid crystal layer to generate position information regarding the position of eyes; a reflection angle controller for controlling a rotation angle of the reflecting plate based on the position information; and a light emission controller for controlling light intensity and a light-emitting angle of the light source according to the rotation angle of the reflecting plate. This configuration enables to effectively radiate the light emitted by the light source toward the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Fuchikami, Yoichi Nishida, Ikuo Fuchigami
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 8348023
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a disk brake having excellent responsiveness. A rotation preventing mechanism 34A prevents a rotation of a carrier 41 (one output member) in a direction causing a piston 12 to return. An internal gear 46 (the other output member) rotates by a predetermined degree to act on the rotation preventing mechanism 34A. When the motor 38 causes a sun gear (input member) to rotate such that the piston 12 moves in a return direction, a rotation of the internal gear 46 according to the rotation of the sun gear 44 releases rotation prevention of the rotation preventing mechanism 34A to the carrier 41. It is possible to release the parking brake without use of a worm gear which is used in the conventional arts for holding a thrust force (self-holding). As a result, it is possible to quickly release the parking brake, and therefore a driver can start to run without delay after parking brake release, whereby the responsiveness is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayasu Sakashita, Jun Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8351211
    Abstract: In an attachment structure for attaching an attached-plate to a printed substrate which is installed in a mechanical chassis, the mechanical chassis includes a positioning pin for positioning the printed substrate; and the attached-plate includes a guide groove that engages with the positioning pin and is slidably guided in a predetermined path, a fixing portion to the printed substrate, and an engaging portion that engages with a side portion of the printed substrate. By causing the attached-plate to slide along a substrate side of the printed substrate with the guide groove being engaged with the positioning pin, the guide groove is guided by the positioning pin, whereby the engaging portion engages with the side portion of the printed substrate. In the engagement state, by fixing the fixing portion of the attached-plate to the printed substrate, the attached-plate is attached to the printed substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Maeda, Yasue Chihara, Yuji Ariyoshi
  • Patent number: 8351025
    Abstract: A target set in a to-be-measured object and used for acquiring a reference value of point-cloud data, the target includes a small circle surrounded by a frame and having the center of the target, a large circle surrounded by the frame and disposed concentrically with the small circle so as to surround the small circle, a low-luminance reflective region located between the frame and the large circle and having the lowest reflectivity, a high-luminance reflective region located between the large circle and the small circle and having the highest reflectivity, and an intermediate-luminance reflective region located inside the small circle and having an intermediate reflectivity which is higher than the reflectivity of the low-luminance reflective region and which is lower than the reflectivity of the high-luminance reflective region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Topcon
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ootani, Tadayuki Ito
  • 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: 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: 8348698
    Abstract: Male terminals are respectively provided in terminal attachment portions formed on a flange unit. Female terminals and grommets are provided for a harness. A seal lip portion to be fitted into each of the terminal attachment portions is formed on each of the grommets. In the cylindrical terminal attachment portions the male terminals are individually accommodated while being electrically insulated from each other. The terminal attachment portions are arranged alternately in two rows so that a line segment obtained by connecting the respective centers of openings of the terminal attachment portions is a polygonal line. The openings are arranged to form the Olympic symbol. At a fore-end of each of the terminal attachment portions, slits are provided. Owing to the slits, the opening is likely to be enlarged when the rubber grommet is inserted therethrough. As a result, the placement of the rubber grommet is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Mitsuba Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bunji Homma, Takao Ikarugi, Taichi Nakamura, Yasunori Fukushima, Takeshi Yanagisawa, Masayuki Toriyama, Naoyuki Yamate
  • 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: 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: 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: D673877
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Swarovski Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Ehrenstrasser