Patents Assigned to Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9493620
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical film that has excellent adhesion and surface hardness between the film substrate and a hard coat layer or other functional layer, has improved brittleness, is transparent, and has low moisture absorption and high heat resistance. Additionally disclosed are an antireflective film, a polarizing plate, and a display device using the same. The optical film has at least a hard coat layer or a back coat layer as a functional layer containing a resin on a film substrate, and is characterized in that said film substrate contains a thermoplastic acrylic resin (A) and a cellulose ester resin (B), with the content ratio by mass of said thermoplastic acrylic resin (A) and said cellulose ester resin (B) being in a range thermoplastic acrylic resin (A):cellulose ester resin (B)=95:5 to 50:50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Okano, Nobuo Kubo, Daisuke Doi
  • Patent number: 9407903
    Abstract: A compound-eye type stereoscopic image shooting apparatus has a single image sensing device and two shooting optical systems. The two shooting optical systems include a first shooting optical system for forming a first subject image composed of light in a first wavelength range alone and a second shooting optical system for forming a second subject image composed of light in a second wavelength range alone which is different from the first wavelength range. The image sensing device has an image sensing surface divided into a first image sensing area for recording the first subject image and a second image sensing area for recording the second subject image. The image sensing device has, on the image sensing surface, a wavelength filter that transmits, in the first image sensing area, light in the first wavelength range alone and, in the second image sensing area, light in the second wavelength range alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9272448
    Abstract: A cellulosic resin film which is wide and, despite this, is extremely reduced in breakage during a stretching step; a process for producing the film; and an antireflection film, a polarizer, and a liquid-crystal display each comprising or employing the film. The process for cellulosic resin film production comprises casting a liquid cellulosic resin on a support to form a web, peeling the web from the support, subsequently drying the web in a first edge gripping step (105) while gripping both edges, temporarily eliminating the edge gripping, and then stretching both edges in the width direction in a second edge gripping step (109). The process is characterized in that the first edge gripping step is followed by a heat treatment step in which both edge parts of the web relieved from the edge gripping are heated with heating rolls (107 and 108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Kuzuhara, Takashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 9250359
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to prevent or suppress occurrences of uneven saponification and blocking, while improving cutting properties and dimensional stability. Specifically disclosed is a hard coat film (130) which comprises a protective film (114) for protecting a polarizer (112), and a hard coat layer (118) that is formed on the protective film (114). The sum of the thickness of the protective film (114) and the thickness of the hard coat layer (118) is less than 40 ?m, and the mixed region of the protective film (114) and the hard coat layer (118) is 1-20% of the thickness of the hard coat layer (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Tomohisa Ohta
  • Patent number: 9243131
    Abstract: A retardation film, contains: a cellulose derivative; and an esterified compound in which all or a part of OH groups in a compounds (A) containing one of a furanose structure and a pyranose structure or in a compound (B) in which 2 to 12 of at lease of a furanose structure and a pyranose structure are bonded, are esterified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Minori Tamagawa, Noriyasu Kuzuhara
  • Patent number: 9193115
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an optical element including: a surface including a plurality of grooves arranged concentrically. Each of the grooves includes a bottom surface with a predetermined width, a side surface, and a curved surface with a predetermined curvature radius. The bottom surface extends in a radius direction of the grooves. The curved surface connects the bottom surface and the side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Fujimoto, Taisuke Oyanagi
  • Patent number: 9156196
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing optical elements, the method including the following processes: a process to determine the wave-front aberration for a lens fabricated using a reference die, and then choose the integer multiple of a predetermined constant that is closest to the difference between a lens design value and the wave-front aberration for the lens fabricated using the reference die; and a process to determine the amount of aberration correction that cancels out the aforementioned integer multiple aberration, change the lens design so that either the low-order spherical aberration or the low-order astigmatism therefor becomes equal to the aberration correction, and fabricate a correction die from either a first or a second die, with the shape of the molding surface thereof changed on the basis of the changed design value. Then the die design value is decided upon, yielding a final die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Tadafumi Sakata, Youichi Ogawa, Kazunari Tada
  • Patent number: 9081231
    Abstract: A vertical alignment mode liquid crystal display comprising: a liquid crystal cell; a first polarizer; a second polarizer; a first optical film arranged between the first polarizer and the liquid crystal cell; and a second optical film arranged between the liquid crystal cell and the second optical film, wherein the first and the second optical films each are a resin film having an optically biaxial property, the first and the second optical films meet: Formula (1) Ro1>Ro2; Formula (2) Rth1<Rth2; Formula (3) DSPRo1<DSPRo2; and Formula (4) DSPRth1<DSPRth, wherein Ro1 and Ro2 represent in-plane retardation values of the first and the second optical films, respectively, Rth1 and Rth2 represent retardation values in the thickness direction of the first and the second optical films, respectively, and DSPRo1, DSPRo2, DSPRth1 and DSPRth2 represent wavelength dispersion properties of Ro1, Ro2; Rth1 and Rth2, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro Yano, Shigeki Oka, Ayako Inagaki, Yuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9057842
    Abstract: Disclosed are a polarizing plate manufacturable by a manufacturing method safe in work and less imposing a burden on the environment using protective films excellent in adhesion with the polarizer and a method for manufacturing the same. A liquid crystal display device using the polarizing plate and having both a large viewing angle and a high visibility (high contrast and so forth) is also disclosed. The polarizing plate made by holding both surfaces of the polarizer held with protective films is characterized in that at least one protective film is a protective film hydrophilized by either a plasma treatment or a corona treatment and that the surface energy of the protective films before the hydrophilization and the surface energy of the protective films after the hydrophilization satisfy a predetermined relational expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9053734
    Abstract: Provided are a glass substrate for information recording media wherein air bubbles can be sufficiently removed, and an information recording medium using the glass substrate. The glass substrate contains 65 to 90 mass % of SiO2+Al2O3+B2O3 (where SiO2 is 45 to 75 mass %, Al2O3 is 1 to 20 mass %, and B2O3 is 0 to 8 mass %), 7 to 20 mass % of R2O (where R represents Li, Na, or K), 0.1 to 12 mass % of R?O (where R? represents Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, or Zn), and 0.5 to 10 mass % of TiO2+ZrO2. Moreover, the glass substrate contains at least one multivalent element selected from among a group consisting of V, Mn, Ni, Mo, Sn, Ce, and Bi; the molar ratio of the total amount of the oxide of the multivalent element to the total amount of TiO2+ZrO2 is within the range of 0.05 to 0.50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kajita, Hideki Kawai
  • Patent number: 9044879
    Abstract: The aim is to regulate thickness on the optical axis in the production of wafer lenses. Disclosed is a wafer lens production method that is equipped with a dispensing process for dropping resin onto a molding die (64), an imprinting process for pressing either the molding die (64) or a glass substrate (2) toward the other, and a releasing process for releasing the glass substrate (2) from the molding die (64), and that repeats the processing from the dispensing process to the releasing process as a single cycle and successively forms resin lenses (4) on the glass substrate 2); wherein the height (A) of the non-lens area (6) surrounding the lenses (4) and the heights (B and C) of the glass substrate (2) are measured between the releasing process of a first cycle and the dispensing process of a second cycle, and the position of the molding die (64) is corrected for imprinting processes of the second cycle, on the basis of the heights (A-C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuiti Fujii, Shigeru Hosoe, Toshiya Takitani, Akihiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9034218
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to provide a cellulose ester film which satisfies the requirement 0.95<plasticizer content of A surface/plasticizer content of B surface<1.05, provided that A surface represents one surface of the cellulose ester film and B surface represents the other surface, has a high sound velocity of the film and is excellent in light leakage and color unevenness, and a film-forming method of this cellulose ester film. The cellulose ester film of the present invention, which contains a cellulose ester, is characterized by satisfying the requirement 0.95<plasticizer content of A surface/plasticizer content of B surface<1.05, provided that A surface represents one surface of the cellulose ester film and B surface represents the other surface, and having a sound velocity along at least one of a film transport direction and the lateral direction at 23.° C. 55% RH of 2.0-2.7 km/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Minori Tamagawa
  • Patent number: 9034223
    Abstract: An optical film of high planarity that even in the use of an optical film material containing a non-resinous additive in an amount of 5 mass % or more, would exhibit inexpensive satisfactory roll cleaning effects, and that would find application in, especially, various functional films such as a retardation film and a protective film for polarization plate for use in a liquid crystal display apparatus, etc.; and a process for producing the optical film. There is disclosed a process for producing an optical film according to a melting casting film forming method, including extruding a melt of resin blend containing a resin and 5 mass % or more of non-resinous additive through a casting die into a film form, wherein a first roller (5) for cooling has a temperature of the melting point of the additive to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the resin blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Heki
  • Patent number: 9010944
    Abstract: A projection type image display apparatus (1) comprises a focus correction system (30). The system includes a temperature detection mechanism (16) for measuring temperature in the vicinity of a projection lens group (13), a correction amount calculation unit (18) for calculating a correction amount for correcting the focus shift caused by a temperature change, and a driving signal generation unit (19) for generating, based on the correction amount, a driving signal for driving a focus adjustment mechanism (15). If the user performs a focus adjustment using a focus operation input unit (23), a focus operation determination unit (21) determines that a focus adjustment has occurred independently of the focus correction system and changes a correction condition stored in a memory (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Maeda, Kohei Wataru, Kazuhiko Inoue, Masahiro Terada, Takashi Ohta, Yasumasa Sawai
  • Patent number: 8997523
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a glass molding, a lower mold includes a recess having a bottom portion and a side portion surrounding the bottom portion, and an outer peripheral planar portion surrounding an upper end of the side portion. A crossing angle between the side portion and the outer peripheral planar portion is set at more than or equal to 45 degrees. A dropping volume of the molten glass drop is such that, when dropped onto the lower mold, a volume of the molten glass drop located above the outer peripheral planar portion is 1.5 times to 6.0 times the volume of the molten glass drop filling the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Ogura
  • Patent number: 8960914
    Abstract: Provided is a laser projection apparatus which forms each one frame by performing two-dimensional scanning with laser light and projects images on a screen (201) with blanking periods inserted between frames, the laser light having been outputted from a laser light source (110). The laser projection apparatus is provided with a chive controlling device (132) which, in each of the blanking periods, changes the polarization state of the laser light having been outputted from the laser light source. This configuration enables speckle reduction by having the polarization state changed from one frame to another, and also enables favorable image projection since there is no change in luminance within each one of the frames. Thus, it is made possible to obtain image quality more favorable than that obtained conventionally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Konno
  • Patent number: 8961845
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical compensation film, which has excellent visibility such as light leakage, uneven color tone and front contrast, and can simultaneously realize retardation and wavelength dispersion. The optical compensation film is characterized by containing a cellulose ester, the following polymer (a), and the following compound (b). (a) A polymer produced by copolymerizing an ethylenically unsaturated monomer having in its molecule a partial structure represented by Formula (1) with at least one ethylenically unsaturated monomer. (b) An esterified compound produced by esterifying all or a part of OH groups in a compound (A) having one furanose structure or one pyranose structure, or an esterified compound produced by esterifying all of or a part of OH groups in a compound (B) containing nor less than 2 and not more than 12 structures of at least one of a furanose structure or a pyranose structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Sera
  • Patent number: 8945454
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a substrate provided with a surface portion having a plurality of concave and convex configurations. The method includes a step of applying a solution between a mold having a configuration corresponding to the concave and convex configurations, and a substrate base member, the solution obtained by dissolving a constructional material for composing the surface portion in a solvent; a step of forming the surface portion by drying the solvent in a state that the solution is applied between the mold and the substrate base member; and a step of releasing the mold from the surface portion. The mold satisfies requirements that a contact angle of a contact portion of the mold to be contacted with the solution is smaller than 90° with respect to the solvent, and that a work of adhesion between the contact portion and the constructional material is smaller than a work of adhesion between the contact portion and the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Sato, Takayuki Okano
  • Patent number: 8947562
    Abstract: A zoom lens has first through fourth lens groups from the object side to the image side, and changes the magnification by changing their intervals. The first and third lens groups and the second and fourth lens groups have negative and positive powers, respectively. When changing the magnification from the wide-angle end to the telescopic end, the interval between the first and the second lens groups is reduced. The first lens group includes a reflective optical element. The second lens group includes at least two lenses, and the lens nearest to the image is a single plastic positive lens. The third lens group is configured by a single plastic negative lens. When the focal length of the single lens nearest to the image in the second lens group is defined as f2L and the focal length of the third lens group is defined as f3, “0.60<|f2L/f3|<1.60” is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8906279
    Abstract: A process for producing a cellulose-ester-resin-containing protective film for polarizers through film formation by melt casting. The protective film diminishes long-period optical unevenness and suffers no unevenness even after long-term storage. Also provided are a protective film for polarizers, a polarizer employing the film, and a liquid-crystal display. The process for producing a protective film for polarizers is a process for producing by the melt casting method a polarizer-protective film containing a cellulose ester resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenzo Kasahara, Koichi Saito, Rumiko Yamada