Patents Represented by Attorney Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP
  • Patent number: 8347642
    Abstract: A controller for a vehicle includes an in-passenger-compartment temperature sensor which detects the temperature of the air supplied to an evaporator by actuating a blower fan, an outside air temperature sensor, an evaporator temperature sensor which detects the temperature of the evaporator, and an engine stop duration determiner which determines an engine stop duration on the basis of the temperature detected by the evaporator temperature sensor immediately before an engine stops and the temperatures detected by the outside air temperature sensor and the in-passenger-compartment temperature sensor. An engine control unit continues the operation of the blower fan after a stop condition holds and the engine is stopped, and then restarts the engine and actuates a compressor when the engine stop duration has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Akahoshi, Kazuhito Aizawa, Kanao Kogure
  • Patent number: 8347845
    Abstract: In an engine oil filter system in which: a filter-attachment base is joined to one side surface of an engine; and an oil filter which filters lubricating oil supplied to the engine from an oil pump is attached to the filter-attachment base, an oil cooler for cooling down the lubricating oil transferred between the engine and the oil filter is formed integrally with the filter-attachment base. Accordingly, it is possible to provide an inexpensive engine oil filter system which includes an oil cooler constituted by utilizing a filter-attachment base, and which thus eliminates the need to modify an oil filter and also the need to form, on an engine, an attachment portion to which the oil cooler is exclusively attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Ogawa, Kentaro Sugimura, Hiroaki Hasebe, Kouhei Arakawa
  • Patent number: 8352975
    Abstract: A chucking device includes a turntable fixed to a shaft having a central axis and a cone arranged axially above the turntable. An annular yoke is arranged above a sliding portion of the cone and fixed to the shaft, and a clamp magnet is fixed to the yoke through an adhesive agent. The yoke includes an upper surface having an annular recess defined in a concentric relationship with the central axis, the adhesive agent being applied on a region of the upper surface existing radially inwards of the recess. The recess includes a radial outer wall parallel to the central axis and a radial inner wall inclined radially inwards and axially upwards. The angle between the radial outer wall and a lower surface of the clamp magnet is greater than the angle between the radial inner wall and the lower surface of the clamp magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Ito, Toshihide Sonoda, Daisuke Tsunashima, Takuya Yamane, Shigeo Kawamura, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Hisakazu Motomochi
  • Patent number: 8351247
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate; a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells formed on the semiconductor substrate and arranged in a matrix in a first direction and a second direction on the surface of the semiconductor substrate; a plurality of sense amplifiers formed on the semiconductor substrate and including a first sense amplifier and a second sense amplifier; and a plurality of bit lines extending along the first direction above the memory cell array, and arranged side by side in the second direction, wherein the plurality of bit lines include a first bit line pair formed in a first wiring layer and a second bit line pair formed in a second wiring layer located above the first wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogawa, Hiroyoshi Tomita, Masato Takita
  • Patent number: 8348496
    Abstract: Mainspring for a mechanism driven by a motor spring, especially for a timepiece, formed from a ribbon of metallic glass material. This ribbon is monolithic and has a thickness of greater than 50 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Gritti, Thomas Gyger, Vincent Von Niederhausern
  • Patent number: 8349496
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery having a negative electrode, a non-aqueous electrolyte, and a positive electrode having a positive electrode active material comprising sodium oxide, is characterized in that the sodium oxide contains lithium, and the molar amount of the lithium is less than the molar amount of the sodium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoharu Saito, Hideyuki Koga, Katsutoshi Takeda, Masahisa Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8348533
    Abstract: There is provide a printer having a rotational driving mechanism in which a print sheet can be fed in both of forward and reverse directions and a platen can be securely supported without dropping off from a head holder. The printer contains a head unit 4, a platen 20 that is freely rotatably mounted on the head unit 4 to support a print sheet and feed a print sheet through rotation, and a print head 53 for performing print on the print sheet supported by the platen 20. The head unit 4 has support grooves 10 for supporting the rotational shaft 21 of the platen 20, and a rotational driving mechanism 30 having plural gears for transmitting the rotational driving force of a driving motor 40 to a platen-side gear 22. The rotational driving mechanism 30 contains a gear 33 at the end side and two planetary gears 36 and 37.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Citizen Systems Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8349542
    Abstract: A resist pattern thickening material has resin, a crosslinking agent and a compound having a cyclic structure, or resin having a cyclic structure at a part. A resist pattern has a surface layer on a resist pattern to be thickened with etching rate (nm/s) ratio of the resist pattern to be thickened the surface layer of 1.1 or more, under the same condition, or a surface layer to a resist pattern to be thickened. A process for forming a resist pattern includes applying the thickening material after forming a resist pattern to be thickened on its surface. A semiconductor device has a pattern formed by the resist pattern. A process for manufacturing the semiconductor device has applying, after forming a resist pattern to be thickened, the thickening material to the surface of the resist pattern to be thickened, and patterning the underlying layer by etching, the pattern as a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Miwa Kozawa, Koji Nozaki, Takahisa Namiki, Junichi Kon, Ei Yano
  • Patent number: 8350310
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate; a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells formed on the semiconductor substrate and arranged in a matrix in a first direction and a second direction on the surface of the semiconductor substrate; a plurality of sense amplifiers formed on the semiconductor substrate and including a first sense amplifier and a second sense amplifier; and a plurality of bit lines extending along the first direction above the memory cell array, and arranged side by side in the second direction, wherein the plurality of bit lines include a first bit line pair formed in a first wiring layer and a second bit line pair formed in a second wiring layer located above the first wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogawa, Hiroyoshi Tomita, Masato Takita
  • Patent number: 8350244
    Abstract: A variable resistance device includes a first electrode including a transition metal nitride film, a second electrode including a precious metal or a precious metal oxide, and a transition metal oxide film interposed between the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hideyuki Noshiro
  • Patent number: 8349679
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a method of fabricating a semiconductor device is provided including forming a first interlayer insulating film 11, a crystalline conductive film 21, a first conductive film 23, a ferroelectric film 24 and a second conductive film 25 on a silicon substrate I in sequence, forming a conductive cover film 18 on the second conductive film 25, forming a hard mask 26a on the conductive cover film 18, forming a capacitor upon etching the conductive cover film 18, the second conductive film 25, the ferroelectric film 24 and the first conductive film 23 using the hard mask 26a as an etching mask in areas exposed from the hard mask 26a, and etching the hard mask 26a and the crystalline conductive film 21 exposed from the lower electrode 23a using an etching condition under which the hard mask 26a is etched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Wensheng Wang
  • Patent number: 8350853
    Abstract: When an interpolation point is interpolated using a curve/curved surface, represented by control points, such as a B-Spline curve/curved surface or a subdivision surface, interpolation processing is performed in such a way that a moving vector for moving each control point is calculated using position information on interpolation points constituting the point group, as well as vector information on the unit direction vector that is set for each interpolation point, and the control point is moved in the movement direction and for the movement amount of this moving vector. By, repeating the generation step of a curve/curved surface that interpolates the interpolation point and the movement step of the control point, the position of a new control point is found that fits the curve/curved surface to the positions and the unit direction vectors of the point group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: National University Corporation Yokohama National University
    Inventors: Takashi Maekawa, Shu-Ichi Gofuku, Shigefumi Tamura
  • Patent number: 8347858
    Abstract: In an apparatus for detecting condition of load connected to a general-purpose internal combustion engine, a first threshold value is compared with a sum obtained by adding a predetermined value to a detected throttle opening and changes the threshold value to the sum if the first threshold value is less than the sum and the engine is determined to be under first load condition if the throttle opening exceeds the threshold value. Next a second threshold value is compared with a difference obtained by subtracting change amounts of the engine speed and throttle opening and the engine is determined to be under second load condition if the difference exceeds the second threshold value, thereby enabling to accurately detect a condition of a load connected to the engine. Then the desired engine speed is changed in response to results of the determinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Shimamura, Takao Tamechika, Atsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8349595
    Abstract: [PROBLEMS] To provide a fat-and-oil in which the content of docosahexaenoic acid is increased. [MEANS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS] A process for producing highly unsaturated fatty acids comprising culturing a stramenopile capable of producing highly unsaturated fatty acids in a culture medium containing an inhibitor for fatty acid desaturases; fats-and-oils in which the content of highly unsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid produced by the relevant method, is increased. A method for enhancing the productivity of highly unsaturated fatty acids in stramenopiles, comprising culturing a stramenopile in a culture medium containing an inhibitor for fatty acid desaturases; stramenopiles having the enhanced productivity of highly unsaturated fatty acids, generated by the relevant method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: University of Miyazaki, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hayashi, Sanae Nakajima, Naoki Nagano, Yosuke Taoka
  • Patent number: 8348823
    Abstract: A disposable device for the continuous centrifugal separation of a physiological fluid includes: a fixed axial element; a centrifugation chamber that can rotate around the axis of the element; an inlet channel for the blood to be centrifuged, whose dispensing port is close to the base of the chamber; and an outlet passage for a separated constituent, whose inlet port is close to the other end of the chamber in a concentrated area of one of the separated constituents having the lowest mass density in order to remove it continuously. The chamber takes the form of a long tube. The fixed axial element includes a second outlet passage for a second separated constituent, whose inlet port is close to the end of the chamber opposite the base in a concentrated area of the second separated constituent having the highest mass density in order to remove it continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Denis Rochat
  • Patent number: 8348217
    Abstract: Provided are a vibration isolating table (1) with damping mechanism having initial rigidity so that a vibration isolation subject is not swayed under a state in which no vibrations act, and configured to function in a case where vibrations act so that the vibration isolation subject can be protected, and a vibration isolating table unit (15) using the vibration isolating table (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: THK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Nakakubo, Hiroaki Asakura, Takashi Ogata
  • Patent number: 8349722
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes the steps of: preparing an underlying structure having a silicon carbide layer covering a copper wiring, and growing silicon oxycarbide on the underlying structure by vapor deposition using, as source gas, tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane, carbon dioxide gas and oxygen gas, a flow rate of said oxygen gas being at most 3% of a flow rate of the carbon dioxide gas. The surface of the silicon carbide layer of the underlying structure may be treated with a plasma of weak oxidizing gas which contains oxygen and has a molecular weight larger than that of O2 to bring the surface more hydrophilic. Film peel-off and cracks in the interlayer insulating layer decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventors: Tamotsu Owada, Shun-ichi Fukuyama, Hirofumi Watatani, Kengo Inoue, Atsuo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8351188
    Abstract: A first lead frame has a cathode connection portion connected via a first electrically conductive member to a cathode portion, and a first connection portion having a first connection surface, and is at least partially, externally exposed. A second lead frame has a supporting connection portion connected via a second electrically conductive member to the cathode portion, and a second connection portion having a second connection surface facing the first connection surface. A third electrically conductive member interconnects the first and second connection portions. A solid electrolytic capacitor that can achieve low cost and high production yield can thus be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinari Kurokawa, Yoshikazu Hirata, Takuji Yoshitomi
  • Patent number: 8348497
    Abstract: This flat balance spring for a horological balance comprises a wound strip shaped to ensure an approximately concentric development of the balance spring and almost zero force on the pivots and on the fixing point, during a rotation of less than 360° of its inner end relative to its outer end in both directions from its rest position. The stiffness of its strip decreases gradually and through more than 360° from each of its two ends, the lowest stiffness being situated in the median part of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventor: Jerome Daout
  • Patent number: 8349953
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of obtaining a compatible resin blend from at least two incompatible resins which are not conventionally blended with each other. The blend of an incompatible resins is dissolved at a molecular level by being melted and sheared under a high shearing rate by rotating a screw without adding a compatibilizer or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Yongjin Li, Toshiyuki Imoto