Patents Represented by Law Firm Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack
  • Patent number: 8344733
    Abstract: A sample measurement device (110), in which a biosensor (30) having an electrode is mounted, voltage is applied to the electrode, and the concentration of a specific component in a sample deposited on the biosensor (30) is measured, comprises a voltage source (19) configured to apply voltage to the electrode, a time measurement component (22), and a controller (18) configured to control the voltage to be applied and measure the concentration of the specific component. The time measurement component (22) measures a detection time, which is the length of time between the mounting of the biosensor (30) and the deposition of a sample on the biosensor (30). The controller (18) changes a set value for measuring the concentration of a specific component according to the detection time. Consequently, measurement accuracy can be improved regardless of the temperature of the biosensor (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Nakamura, Teppei Shinno
  • Patent number: 8346187
    Abstract: A transmission circuit broadens a controlled bandwidth of a voltage controller while ensuring voltage withstanding ability of the voltage controller. The transmission circuit includes a phase modulator outputting a phase modulation signal and a power amplifier including a transistor. The transmission circuit also includes a collector controller controlling a collector voltage, a base controller controlling a base bias voltage, and a switching controller, which switches, when a level indicated by the power level signal is lower than a predefined value, to control the collector controller in accordance with an amplitude signal and a power level signal, and which switches, when the level indicated by the power level signal is equal to or more than the predefined value, to control the base controller in accordance with the amplitude signal and the power level signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 8345465
    Abstract: A method of driving a variable resistance element includes: a writing step performed by applying a writing voltage pulse having a first polarity to a variable resistance layer to change a resistance state of the layer from high to low; and an erasing step performed by applying an erasing voltage pulse having a second polarity to the layer to change the state from low to high. Here, |Vw1|>|Vw2| where Vw1 represents a voltage value of the writing voltage pulse for first to N-th writing steps (N?1) and Vw2 represents a voltage value of the writing voltage pulse for (N+1)-th and subsequent writing steps, and |Ve1|>|Ve2| where Ve1 represents a voltage value of the erasing voltage pulse for first to M-th erasing steps (M?1) and Ve2 represents a voltage value of the erasing voltage pulse for (M+1)-th and subsequent erasing steps. The (N+1)-th writing step follows the M-th erasing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsaku Muraoka, Takeshi Takagi, Satoru Mitani, Koji Katayama
  • Patent number: 8346010
    Abstract: An image processing device that can highly precisely correct an image with a degraded image quality due to the unnecessary diffracted light generated in the optical system including the diffractive optical element is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takamasa Ando, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 8344017
    Abstract: An anti-hepatitis C virus agent or anti-HIV agent comprising, as an active ingredient, a fullerene derivative which has a nitrogen atom forming a ring together with adjacent bonded carbon atom pairs constituting the carbon cluster skeleton of the fullerene or a quaternary amine salt thereof is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Corporation
    Inventors: Tadahiko Mashino, Kumiko Shimotohno
  • Patent number: 8343891
    Abstract: A method of improving the properties of urea granulates, more especially the caking tendency, the dust formation and the foaming tendency in aqueous media, by the addition of an additive to the urea, wherein the additive comprises a carboxylic acid compound with the general formula XY—(Z)—COOH, in which Z is a saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon with 1-25 carbon atoms and X and Y are selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom or a polar organic functional group, and in that the additive is added as a solution in a polar solvent to the urea granulates, which are subsequently dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yara International ASA
    Inventors: Erik Alexander Bijpost, Luc Vanmarcke, Jacobus Gerardus Korver, Ruud van Belzen
  • Patent number: 8343822
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a flexible semiconductor device includes (i) forming an insulating film on the upper surface of metal foil, (ii) forming an extraction electrode pattern on the upper surface of the metal foil, (iii) forming a semiconductor layer on the insulating film such that the semiconductor layer is in contact with the extraction electrode pattern, (iv) forming a sealing resin layer on the upper surface of the metal foil such that the sealing resin layer covers the semiconductor layer and the extraction electrode pattern, and (v) forming electrodes by etching the metal foil, the metal foil being used as a support for the insulating film, the extraction electrode pattern, the semiconductor layer, and the sealing resin layer formed in (i) to (iv) and used as a constituent material for the electrodes in (v). The metal foil need not be stripped, and a high-temperature process can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Hirano, Seiichi Nakatani, Tatsuo Ogawa, Takashi Ichiryu, Takeshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8342636
    Abstract: A discharge rate control method for an ink-jet printer (1) includes forming a film (B) on a coating article (2) having a non ink-absorbent characteristic. Ink is discharged on coating article (2) from a plurality of nozzles (4) of a print head (3). The film thickness of film (B) is measured, corresponding to ink discharge positions of each nozzle (4). The discharge rate of ink is corrected for each nozzle (4) by increasing or decreasing the discharge rate based on differences between a target film thickness (Ba) and a film thickness at an ink discharge position of each nozzle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishiihyoki
    Inventors: Teruyuki Nakano, Yasuhiro Kozawa
  • Patent number: 8344191
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for producing 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene represented by the formula CF3CF?CH2, comprising contacting a fluorine-containing propane represented by the formula CF2XCFYCH2Z, wherein X is Cl, Br, or I; one of Y and Z is H, and the other is F, Cl, Br, or I, with at least one catalyst selected from the group consisting of chromium oxides, fluorinated chromium oxides, and iron fluorides in a gas phase. According to the process of the invention, 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene can be easily produced under economically advantageous conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Nose, Daisuke Karube, Akinari Sugiyama, Takashi Shibanuma, Takehiro Chaki
  • Patent number: 8345514
    Abstract: A radio-controlled timepiece in which its reception sensitivity is further enhanced. The radio-controlled timepiece includes: an antenna core 11 made of a magnetic material and formed as a single integrated body including a coiled portion (11a) wound with a coil 19 and extension portions 11b and 11c which are located respectively on the end-portion sides; additional cores 15 and 16 made of a magnetic material; magnetism-collection members 17 and 18 made of a magnetic material; a main plate 31 (timepiece substrate) made of a non-magnetic material; a guide member 33 made of a non-magnetic material; and a liquid-crystal-panel supporting frame 32 (magnetism-collection-member supporting members, pressing member) made of a non-magnetic material and having protrusions 32a and 32b (pressing members) formed thereon. When the main plate 31, the guide member 33, and the liquid-crystal-panel supporting frame 32 are assembled together, the protrusions 32a and 32b press the magnetism-collection members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Sumida, Kazuo Sakamoto, Tadashi Yasuoka
  • Patent number: 8345905
    Abstract: An arc-shaped waterproof wall is provided around a shaft to which a hearing aid main body case and a battery case are rotatably attached, and waterproof ribs are provided to the outer periphery of the installation face of the battery case and the hearing aid main body case, which improves the ability to prevent the penetration of moisture while also keep the cost low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Takeda, Yosimasa Simogochi, Minoru Tada, Makoto Yagi, Fumihiro Asayama
  • Patent number: 8344687
    Abstract: A battery pack updating method updates firmware stored in internal control circuit memory via an update signal sent from a main device that supplies power. When battery pack memory is updated, an AC adapter is connected to the main device, and power is supplied to the main device from the AC adapter. The updating method transmits a charging and discharging blocking signal from the main device to the battery pack control circuit via a communication line. The charging and discharging blocking signal stops discharge from the battery pack rechargeable battery, and stops charging of the rechargeable battery. With rechargeable battery discharging and charging to and from the main device stopped by the charging and discharging blocking signal, the updating method transmits update data from the main device to the battery pack control circuit to update memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Nishikawa, Atsushi Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 8342972
    Abstract: An outer joint member (10) and an inner joint member (40) each have a shaft portion (18 and 46) having a male spline formed thereon, and shaft clamps (60) are press-fitted onto the respective shaft portions (18 and 46). Each of the shaft clamps (60) includes: a connection hole (66) that has a female spline formed therein, extends from a first axial end partway toward a second axial end, and has no quench-hardened layer; and a cylindrical portion (64) that has no female spline formed therein and extends from the second axial end partway toward the first axial end. The shaft portions (18 and 46) each have a quench-hardened layer on the outer circumference thereof. The inner diameter of the connection hole (64) at a portion having no female spline formed therein is less than the outer diameters of the shaft portions (18 and 46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Yamazaki, Minoru Ishijima
  • Patent number: 8345165
    Abstract: When a conventional audio video system is used, it is necessary to identify an input source of audio video information. For this reason, complicated operations and slow operation times have been a problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masazumi Yamada, Junji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8344002
    Abstract: A novel compound represented by the formula (1) below which has ?-secretase inhibitory activity, its pharmaceutically acceptable salt or a prodrug thereof. wherein Ar is a substituted or unsubstituted 5 to 6 membered mono cyclic aromatic group; R1, R2 and R3 are hydrogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group or the like, or R2 and R3 may be taken together with the adjacent nitrogen atom and carbon atom respectively to form a 3 to 6 membered ring; R4 is C1-6 alkyl group, C1-6 alkyl group substituted by phenyl, phenylthio, or a hetero ring, or the like; A is represented by the formula below: wherein X and Y are oxygen atom, NH or sulfur atom, Z is hydrogen atom, hydroxy group which may be substituted, amino group, thiol group, or the like; and B is hydroxy group, substituted or unsubstituted amino group, substituted or unsubstituted aliphatic or aromatic amino group, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kiso
  • Patent number: 8344670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a retraction device for a movable piece of furniture, having a pulling means windable on a roll, and an electric motor is provided for driving the roll. The retraction device also has a coupling for releasably connecting the movable piece of furniture to the electric drive, and the coupling has a first coupling part for fastening to the movable piece of furniture and a second coupling part connected to the pulling means. The first coupling part has an opening for at least the partial acceptance of the second coupling part. A locking mechanism is provided by which the first coupling part can be connected to the second coupling part in at least two different positions, and the second coupling part is located at different depths in the opening in the two different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventor: Simon Gassner
  • Patent number: 8344268
    Abstract: An electronic component packaging structure includes a circuit board, electronic components mounted on the circuit board and a moisture-proof coating layer covering the electronic components. The moisture-proof coating layer is constituted from a polymer material coating having at least two layers of a lower layer and an upper layer, and the polymer material forming the lower layer has higher swelling property and/or solubility to a repairing solvent that is selected from among hydrocarbon-based solvents than the polymer material forming the upper layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tsujimura, Hidenori Miyakawa, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Hiroe Kowada, Koso Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8346051
    Abstract: A recording and reproducing apparatus (100) can record information on a recording memory (111) having a recording region where a smallest unit for erasing recorded information is a block, on a unit of a cluster that is a unit smaller than the block. The recording and reproducing apparatus (100) includes: an input unit (130) that receives a request for starting or ending recording a file; and a system control unit (101) that records a header section of the file and a data section following the header section, from the beginning of the block in the recording region, when the request for starting recording is received; and updates the header section and records the updated header section on another cluster different from the cluster on which the header section before update is recorded when the request for ending recording is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromasa Hoshino, Seiji Horita, Takayuki Nakamura, Takanori Okada, Hideaki Mita
  • Patent number: 8344154
    Abstract: 2-Ethenylthio-type carbapenem derivatives of formula (I) or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof are provided. The compounds according to the present invention have potent antimicrobial activity and a wide antimicrobial spectrum against pneumococci including penicillin resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (PRSP), Haemophilus influenzae including ?-lactamase-negative, ampicillin-resistant Haemophilus influenzae (BLNAR), and Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahisa Maruyama, Yuko Kano, Takashi Ando, Toshiro Sasaki, Kazuhiro Aihara, Toshiki Fujita
  • Patent number: 8344085
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel polymer, and a mixture and a cement admixture thereof. The cement admixture has higher dispersibility compared to the previous ones. The novel polymer of the present invention has a different structure from the conventional copolymers used for cement admixtures, using an unsaturated carboxylic acid monomer and an unsaturated polyalkylene glycol monomer as the monomer components. The novel polymer of the present invention basically contains a polyalkylene glycol chain and a polymer segment bonded to the chain. Another type of the novel polymer of the present invention contains two polyalkylene glycol chains and a polymer segment connecting the chains. In these polymers, at least one of unsaturated monomers constituting the polymer segment is an unsaturated carboxylic acid monomer or an unsaturated polyalkylene glycol monomer. The cement admixture of the present invention comprises a polymer, made from these monomers, or a mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yuasa, Noboru Sakamoto, Yuko Matsuda