Panasonic Patents

Panasonic Corporation manufactures and sells electronic and electric products. Its products include audiovisual equipment (such as flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray recorders, digital cameras, PCs projectors and in-flight entertainment systems), home appliances (such as cooking, beauty, cooling and heating equipment), systems and communications products (such as mobile phones and surveillance and security cameras). Panasonic also offers lighting, automotive systems (such as car navigation systems) and industrial devices (such as electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and optical devices).

Panasonic Patents by Type

  • Patent number: 10004140
    Abstract: A three-dimensional circuit substrate according to the present disclosure includes a base body and a wiring pattern formed on an outer surface of the base body. Also, the outer surface of the base body includes a mounting surface which faces the substrate when the three-dimensional circuit substrate is mounted onto the substrate, and an installation surface which is different from the mounting surface and is a surface where an electronic component is installable. Further, a recess is formed on a side where the mounting surface is provided in the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10004116
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a power converter and a controller. The power converter includes a transformer having primary, secondary and tertiary windings, and a switching device electrically connected in series with the primary winding. The controller is configured to measure a signal simulating a primary current flowing through the primary winding based on a voltage occurring across the tertiary winding and detect timing for turning the switching device off based on the signal simulating the primary current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Fukui, Kazutoshi Suganuma, Toshifumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10004170
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic component mounter configured to include a supplier holder in which a radial lead type electronic component supplier can be mounted, and to cause a mounting head to hold a radial lead type electronic component so as to mount the component on a board positioned by a board holder. The electronic component mounter includes a tape guide passage that guides a tape body after the radial lead type electronic components are picked up from the tape body. The electronic component supplier is configured to further include a posture converter that converts a posture of the tape body from a posture perpendicular to a horizontal plane to a posture parallel to the horizontal plane, after the radial lead type electronic components are picked up from the tape body, and that introduces the tape body to the tape guide passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Nagasawa, Dai Yokoyama, Hideaki Watanabe, Shigeki Imafuku, Jintao Huang
  • Patent number: 10003562
    Abstract: A system for exchanging messages between crews stationed on a vehicle and staff or 3rd parties stationed within at least one or more travel points. A vehicle mail server has a shared e-mail account that is addressable with a unique vehicle attribute and accessible by the vehicle crew. The shared e-mail account is also addressable with a trip identifier alias. A central mail server also has a shared e-mail account that is associated with one of the travel points, and accessible by crew deployed thereto. The shared e-mail account is also addressable with one or more trip identification and status aliases. An association between the trip identifier alias and the vehicle attribute, as well as between the trip identification and status alias and the travel point is dynamically defined on the central mail server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Haak
  • Patent number: 10001880
    Abstract: A strain quantity threshold value is set in accordance with a distance from a pressure detection unit for each divided predetermined subdivision which is obtained by dividing an operation surface of a touch panel unit into a plurality of subdivisions. The minimum value of the strain quantity threshold value is set to be a value larger than a strain quantity when water or the like is attached to the operation surface of the touch panel unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamaguchi, Tomoki Takano
  • Patent number: 10003736
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes an optical system, an image pickup unit that captures a subject image through the optical system and generates a captured image, and a controller that calculates an evaluation value from a region corresponding to an AF frame in the captured image and drives the optical system according to the calculated evaluation value to perform an automatic focus operation. The controller includes a normal illumination mode set when brightness of the captured image is a predetermined value or more, and a first low-illumination mode and a second low-illumination mode set when the brightness of the captured image is less than the predetermined value. In the first low-illumination mode, a first automatic focus (AF) frame that is larger than an AF frame set in the normal illumination mode is set. In the second low-illumination mode, a second AF frame that is smaller than the first AF frame is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Shibuno
  • Patent number: 10002976
    Abstract: A first finger electrode group including finger electrodes on the first principal surface. A second finger electrode group including finger electrodes on the second principal surface. The second finger electrode group is divided into divided electrode portions, the number of electrodes of the electrode portions decreasing as a distance from a central portion of the second finger electrode group increases towards outside, and a coupling portion is arranged between each adjacent ones of the divided electrode portions and electrically connects at least two of the finger electrodes of the divided electrode portion on inside with at least one of the finger electrodes of the divided electrode portion on outside. The number of finger electrodes of the divided electrode portion closest to the central portion of the second finger electrode group is larger than the number of finger electrodes of the first finger electrode group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Sato, Shigeharu Taira, Hirotada Inoue
  • Patent number: 9999851
    Abstract: A filter mounting structure, includes a casing including upper, lower, front, back, left and right side panels and a filter unit. The filter unit includes a filter, a first support frame located at a front end of the filter, and a second support frame located at a side of the filter. The filter is mounted on the first and second support frames. A first mounting port is provided in the front side panel and a second mounting port is provided in any one of the left and right side panels. A mounting space is included in the casing and extends toward the first and second mounting ports respectively. The first support frame is mounted on the front side panel of the casing through the first mounting port and the second support frame is mounted on the left or right side panel of the casing through the second mounting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: PANASONIC ECOLOGY SYSTEMS GUANGDONG CO., LTD., PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunran Wu, Longchang Yu, Norihiko Hasegawa, Soma Hara
  • Patent number: 10001311
    Abstract: A simple inverter-controlled refrigerator includes temperature detector (17), constant speed main body control unit (12) whose power is turned on/off by temperature detector (17), and that can drive a constant speed compressor, inverter control unit (14) that is connected to constant speed main body control unit (12), and that is operated, based on a power on/off signal of constant speed main body control unit (12). And variable speed compressor (8) that is connected to inverter control unit (14), and that is controlled, based on an output from inverter control unit (14). Inverter control unit (14) has rotation speed setting unit (23) which is operated, based on the power on/off signal of constant speed main body control unit (12), and which is configured to set a rotation speed of variable speed compressor (8), and inverter drive circuit unit (24) which drives variable speed compressor (8) at the rotation speed set by rotation speed setting unit (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Ohnishi, Hiroaki Kase, Mitsuhiro Fukuda, Masaki Sumi, Katsumi Endou, Shigetomi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10003169
    Abstract: A laser module according to the present disclosure includes a laser diode, a first collimating lens, and a beam twister. The laser diode includes a plurality of emitters and emits laser light from each of the plurality of emitters through a light emission surface. The first collimating lens is provided at a first distance from the light emission surface of the laser diode and parallelizes a fast-axis-wise divergence of the laser light. The beam twister is provided at a second distance away from the first collimating lens and turns the laser light approximately 90 degrees. Each of the plurality of emitters has a width of 5 ?m to 120 ?m on the light emission surface. The plurality of emitters have a pitch of 295 ?m to 305 ?m on the light emission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuma Motofuji, Takayuki Yoshida, Naoto Ueda, Kouji Oomori
  • Patent number: 10000021
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manufacturing a three-dimensional shaped object. The method of the present invention comprises the repeated steps of: (i) forming a solidified layer by irradiating a predetermined portion of a powder layer with a light beam, thereby allowing a sintering of the powder in the predetermined portion or a melting and subsequent solidification thereof; and (ii) forming another solidified layer by newly forming a powder layer on the resulting solidified layer, followed by the irradiation of a predetermined portion of the powder layer with the light beam; wherein only the surface portion of the solidified layer, to which a force is applied when the three-dimensional shaped object is used, is subjected to a machining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Abe, Yoshikazu Higashi, Isao Fuwa, Masataka Takenami
  • Patent number: 10003219
    Abstract: This communication apparatus makes it possible to have a non-contact charging module and a sheet antenna coexist, even in the case where there the non-contact charging module and the sheet antenna in the communication apparatus. The apparatus is provided with: a housing; a secondary-side non-contact charging module, which is housed in the housing, receives power by means of electromagnetic induction, and has a first coil having a conducting wire wound thereon, and a first magnetic sheet facing the first coil; and an NFC antenna, which is housed in the housing, and has a second coil having a conducting wire wound thereon, and a second magnetic sheet facing the second coil. The secondary-side non-contact charging module and the NFC antenna are not laminated to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Akio Hidaka, Takumi Naruse, Munenori Fujimura, Kenichiro Tabata, Tokuji Nishino
  • Patent number: 10000056
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes a pair of clampers that clamp a substrate, a mask plate contacted to the substrate, a pair of squeegees provided above the mask plate vertically, and a squeegee controller that selectively controls one of the pair of squeegees to move in the horizontal direction in abutment against the mask plate so that the selected one of the pair of squeegees slides on the mask plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiya Kuroda, Masayuki Mantani
  • Patent number: 10001116
    Abstract: In a sealed compressor, electrically-operated element (104) and compressive element (106) driven by electrically-operated element (104) are housed in the inside of sealed container (102). Compressive element (106) includes shaft (126) formed of main shaft (136) and eccentric shaft (134), and cylinder block (128) having; bearing (144) which pivotally supports main shaft (136) of shaft (126); and cylinder (142). Further, the compressive element (106) includes piston (130) which is movable in the cylinder (142) in a reciprocating manner, and connecting portion (132) which connects eccentric shaft (134) and piston (130) to each other. Electrically-operated element (104) is formed of an outer-rotor-type motor which includes stator (150), and rotor (152) which is disposed coaxially with stator (150) so as to surround an outer periphery of stator (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigo Yanase
  • Patent number: 10000107
    Abstract: A heat pump device 20 is operated so as to make a switch between multiple operation modes including a first dehumidification and heating operation mode in which a refrigerant discharged from a compressor is circulated through a downstream interior heat exchanger 31, a first pressure reducing valve 52, an upstream interior heat exchanger 32, and an exterior heat exchanger 33 in this order so that the heat exchanger 31 functions as a radiator and the heat exchanger 32 functions as a heat absorber, and a second dehumidification and heating operation mode in which the refrigerant discharged from the compressor is circulated through the downstream interior heat exchanger 31, a second pressure reducing valve 53, the exterior heat exchanger 33, and the upstream interior heat exchanger 32 in this order so that the heat exchanger 31 functions as a radiator and the heat exchanger 32 functions as a heat absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: JAPAN CLIMATE SYSTEMS CORPORATION, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kohei Fukawatase, Yoshihiko Otake, Kou Komori, Subaru Matsumoto, Katsuyoshi Wakano, Mio Furui, Norihiro Miyamura
  • Patent number: 10000352
    Abstract: An electronic component supply apparatus that transports a component supply tape which has accommodation sections and sprocket holes formed at regular intervals and which accommodates an electronic component in each of the accommodation sections, to a component picking-up position and that supplies the electronic component accommodated in the accommodation section to a component mounting apparatus, the electronic component supply apparatus includes a slippage detector that detects slippage occurring in a transport of the component supply tape by a component supply tape transport unit; and a transport correction unit that corrects the transport of the component supply tape by the component supply tape transport unit based on the slippage detected by the slippage detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Matsumori, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10001247
    Abstract: A vacuum heat-insulating material includes: an outer cover material; and a core material which is sealed in a tightly closed and decompressed state on the inside of the outer cover material. Outer cover material has gas barrier properties and satisfies at least one of a condition that a linear expansion coefficient is 80×10?5/° C. or lower when a static load is 0.05 N within a temperature range of ?130° C. to 80° C., inclusive, a condition that an average value of a linear expansion coefficient is 65×10?5/° C. or higher when a static load is 0.4 N within a temperature range of ?140° C. to ?130° C., inclusive, a condition that an average value of a linear expansion coefficient is 20×10?5/° C. or higher when a static load is 0.4 N within a temperature range of ?140° C. to ?110° C., inclusive, and a condition that an average value of a linear expansion coefficient is 13×10?5/° C. or higher when a static load is 0.4 N within a temperature range of +50° C. to +65° C., inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Shima, Akiko Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10001823
    Abstract: The communication system includes a plurality of communication devices, and the communication devices form a hierarchical structure having two or more levels where an upper-level communication device is connected to one or more lower-level communication devices. In this communication system, a communication device connected to lower-level communication devices sequentially applies, to each of the connected lower-level communication devices, an operation of turning on one lower-level communication device and transmitting an address to the turned-on lower-level communication device. The address is set on the basis of the sequence of turning on the lower-level communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10002633
    Abstract: There are provided an optical disk and an optical disk recording method which are capable of stable data reading in a case where a recording linear density is increased. According to an optical disk of the present disclosure, a run-in pattern recorded in a groove track and a run-in pattern recorded in a land track are made different patterns so that no great change is caused in the amplitude of an acquired signal due to interference between adjacent recording patterns, and thus, data may be stably read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Nakata, Harumitsu Miyashita, Naohiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 10001696
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a pan housing that is supported so as to be pan-rotatable about a pan-axis, a supporting arm of which a base end is supported by one end of the pan housing so as to be rotatable about a first tilt-axis which is spaced away from and perpendicular to the pan-axis, and a tilt housing which accommodates a camera, and of which one end side opposing the supporting arm is supported by a tip of the supporting arm so as to be rotatable about a second tilt-axis which extends in the same direction as the first tilt-axis extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jyouji Wada, Yoshihito Urashima, Shinichiro Okamura, Akihiro Iizuka, Kouji Abe, Hideaki Yamada, Takashi Saitou, Hirofumi Sugi
  • Patent number: 10003055
    Abstract: A battery module includes: a plurality of battery cells and a case for housing the plurality of battery cells. The case has a plurality of through-holes which are provided to a wall part forming an outer face of the battery module and via which gas ejected from at least one of the plurality of battery cells is discharged in a dispersed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Shimizu, Yoshihiro Shiotsu, Hiroshi Takasaki
  • Patent number: 10002289
    Abstract: A moving body tracking method and a moving body tracking device detect a position of a moving body in each of a plurality of frame images which configure a video, detect a trajectory of the moving body based on the image which is obtained by using the plurality of frame images, determine a final position of the moving body in each of the plurality of frame images based on the detected position and the position of the moving body which is obtained from the detected trajectory, and output the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junko Ueda
  • Publication number: 20180163112
    Abstract: Provided is a thermally conductive sheet including an oriented-graphite thermally conductive layer and an insulating thermally conductive layer stacked on the oriented-graphite thermally conductive layer, the oriented-graphite thermally conductive layer including a polymer matrix including a plate-like graphite powder, flat surfaces of particles of the plate-like graphite powder being oriented in the thickness direction of the sheet, the insulating thermally conductive layer including a polymer matrix including an insulating thermally conductive filler dispersed in the polymer matrix, the insulating thermally conductive layer having a thermal conductivity and an insulating property. The thermally conductive sheet has a high thermal conductivity and an insulating property, is capable of being readily fixed to an adherend, and is easy to handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicants: POLYMATECH JAPAN CO., LTD., PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Yoshiya Sakaguchi, Masafumi NAKAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180166061
    Abstract: Provided is a sound masking device that can effectively mask a noise at a predetermined position in a vehicle. Sound masking device includes: information acquisition unit that acquires frequency information indicating a frequency of a noise; signal source that generates a masker signal in order to output a masker sound masking the noise; pitch shifting unit that performs pitch shifting on the masker signal according to the frequency information that has been acquired; first corrector that performs correction on the masker signal after the pitch shifting according to the predetermined position; and output unit that outputs the masker signal after the correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa KOTEGAWA, Kiyohisa HIGASHI
  • Publication number: 20180166213
    Abstract: A method for producing a magnetic core includes a processing step of giving a desired shape to a strip made of an alloy composition, a heat-treating step of forming bcc-Fe crystals, and then a stacking step of obtaining a magnetic core having a shape. Here, the alloy composition is Fe—B—Si—P—Cu—C and has an amorphous phase as a primary phase. In the heat-treating step, the strip is heated up to a temperature higher than a crystallization temperature of the alloy composition at a high heating rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicants: TOHOKU MAGNET INSTITUTE CO., LTD., PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro MAKINO, Nobuyuki NISHIYAMA, Kana TAKENAKA, Yukio NISHIKAWA, Terutsugu SEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20180166240
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay includes: a fixed terminal including a fixed terminal main body extending in a first direction, a fixed terminal arm portion, and two fixed contacts; a movable spring including two movable contacts, and extending in a second direction; a backstop; and a fixed terminal retainer. One of the fixed terminal main body and the fixed terminal arm portion is a first side terminal portion facing in the second direction, and the other is a second side terminal portion curving from a first edge of the first side terminal portion in a direction opposite to the second direction. A leg portion of the backstop is provided away from the first side terminal portion in the direction opposite to the second direction, and is provided between the two movable contacts on a projection plane with a perpendicular extending in the second direction when viewed from the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LT D.
    Inventors: Kazushige DAIKOKU, Sota NISHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180164244
    Abstract: A chemical sensor has a field-effect transistor, a detection region provided above the field-effect transistor, and a sensitive film provided in the detection region. The sensitive film includes a metal organic framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: HIROAKI OKA
  • Publication number: 20180166086
    Abstract: An audio/speech encoding apparatus/method and an audio/speech decoding apparatus/method are provided. The audio/speech encoding apparatus includes a memory that stores instructions, and a processor that performs operations. The operations include transforming a time domain input audio/speech signal to a frequency spectrum, dividing the frequency spectrum to a plural of bands, calculating norm factors, and quantizing the norm factors. The operations also include calculating differential indices between an Nth band index and an (N?1)th band index, and modifying a range of the differential indices for the Nth band when N is 2 or more. The operations further include replacing the differential index with the modified differential index, and not modifying a range of the differential indices for the Nth band when N is 1. The apparatus encodes the differential indices using a selected Huffman table, and transmits the encoded differential indices and a flag signal over a communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Zongxian Liu, Kok Seng Chong, Masahiro Oshikiri
  • Publication number: 20180166244
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay includes an electromagnet device, a contactor, and a trip device turning the contactor into an open state in which the contactor opens when an abnormal current flows. The electromagnet device includes a first excitation coil, a fixed element, first and second movable elements, and a permanent magnet. The contactor includes a fixed contact and a movable contact. In the electromagnetic relay, while the permanent magnet causes the first movable element to attractingly contact the second movable element, the fixed element attracts the first movable element due to a magnetic flux generated by the first excitation coil so as to move the second movable element together with the first movable element from a normal position to an attracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: MASAKAZU KOBAYASHI, SHINYA KIMOTO, KENJI KANEMATSU
  • Publication number: 20180167734
    Abstract: A loudspeaker diaphragm includes a cone having a curved surface from the outer to the inner periphery, and an annular edge of which inner peripheral part is bonded to the front side of the outer peripheral part of the cone. When seen from the front, the outer periphery of the cone is defined by smooth connection of three larger-diameter parts tangent to a first circle with a larger diameter, and three smaller-diameter parts each located between adjacent two of the three larger-diameter parts and tangent to a second circle with a smaller diameter. In the cone, a shape defined by connecting together points at the same position on the central axis is more circular as the points approach the inner periphery from the outer periphery. The inner periphery of the edge has a smaller radius than the second circle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi KONNO, Ryo KURIBAYASHI, Kazutaka KUBO, Hiroyuki AMADA, Yohei JIN, Hiroyuki MORIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9995291
    Abstract: A sealed compressor of the present invention comprises an electric component (111); a compression component (113) actuated by the electric component (111); and a sealed container (101) which accommodates therein the electric component (111) and the compression component (113), and stores lubricating oil therein; wherein the compression component (113) includes a crankshaft (135) including a main shaft (137) and an eccentric shaft (139); a cylinder block (117) including a bearing unit (123) supporting the main shaft (137) such that the main shaft is rotatable, and a cylinder (121) defining a compression chamber (119); and a suction muffler (131) through which a refrigerant gas (115) flows from an interior of the sealed container (101) to an interior of the compression chamber (119); a separating wall (165) is provided between the suction muffler (131) and the electric component (111); a first space (159) is formed between the suction muffler (131) and the separating wall (165); and a second space (163) is form
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC APPLIANCES REFRIGERATION DEVICES SINGAPORE
    Inventors: Kenji Kinjo, Hiromitsu Iwata, Akihiko Kubota
  • Patent number: 9997202
    Abstract: A playback method is provided for reading out and playing streams from a recording medium. Recorded in the recording medium are a stream file including a first luminance video expressed by luminance of a first dynamic range, and a second luminance video expressed by luminance of a second dynamic range that is broader than the first dynamic range; a playlist file for controlling playback of the stream file; and a number of elementary streams. The playback method includes when playing the first luminance video, reading out any one of the elementary streams listed in the first combination information of the playlist file, and playing at the same time with the first luminance video; and when playing the second luminance video, reading out any one of the elementary streams listed in the second combination information of the playlist file, and playing at the same time with the second luminance video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Kazuhiro Mochinaga
  • Patent number: 9992940
    Abstract: A hydroponic cultivating device includes a first spraying portion configured to supply a plant with water utilizing electric power; a second spraying portion configured to supply the plant with the water utilizing water-line pressure; a detecting portion configured to detect a state of electric power supply necessary for supplying the plant with the water by the first spraying portion; and a controlling portion configured to control the second spraying portion, wherein the controlling portion switches a city-water switching valve and a discharge switching valve from a closed state to an open state, and thereby, supplies the plant with the water by the second spraying portion, in a case where it is determined that the electric power supply is stopped, based on the state of the electric power supply detected by the detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yano, Ayumi Sakai, Sayaka Kato
  • Patent number: 9997930
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a power transmission antenna, receiver circuits, and a control circuit. The power transmission antenna transmits high-frequency power at each of frequencies to wireless power reception apparatuses. Each of the receiver circuits obtains, from a corresponding one of the wireless power reception apparatuses, the value of a required voltage of the wireless power reception apparatus and the value of a power reception voltage received by the wireless power reception apparatus from the wireless power transmission apparatus. The control circuit obtains the required voltage value and the power reception voltage value from each of the receiver circuits, and controls the frequency of the high-frequency power. The control circuit changes the frequency of the high-frequency power so that the sum total of errors between the required voltage and the power reception voltage is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kanno
  • Patent number: 9997934
    Abstract: A power apparatus includes: a storage battery; a first communicator that communicates with external communication equipment through a short-range wireless communication; a power supply circuit that supply power of the storage battery to the electrical equipment; and a control circuitry that causes, when the first communicator receives a request signal for requesting at least one of first information regarding whether or not a power supply operation to supply the power of the storage battery to the electrical equipment through the power supply circuit is normal and second information regarding whether or not an operation of the electrical equipment using power supplied from the storage battery is normal from the external communication equipment, the first communicator to transmit response information including at least one of the first information and the second information to a transmission source of the request signal and to transmit the request signal to another power storage apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Toya
  • Patent number: 9997952
    Abstract: A chargeable communication module is provided, which includes a wireless power charging coil; first and second wireless communication coils, which are respectively electrically isolated from the wireless power charging coil; and a magnetic sheet. The wireless power charging coil is disposed on a surface of the magnetic sheet. The first and second wireless communication coils are adjacent to and outside of the wireless power charging coil. At least a portion of the first wireless communication coil is disposed on the surface of the magnetic sheet. At least a portion of the second wireless communication coil is disposed on the surface of the magnetic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichiro Yamaguchi, Kenichiro Tabata, Munenori Fujimura, Akio Hidaka, Takumi Naruse
  • Patent number: 9997300
    Abstract: A capacitor electrode includes a substrate having electrical conductivity, a conductive layer formed on a surface of the substrate, and an electrode layer formed on the conductive layer. The electrode layer is allowed to adsorb and desorb ions on a surface thereof. The conductive layer contains flake graphite. A density of the conductive layer is greater than 1.1 g/cm3. An average particle size D50 of the flake graphite, which is measured by using a dynamic light scattering method, is less than or equal to 10 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Ito, Hiroyuki Yanagisawa, Koichi Morikawa, Eri Hirose, Nao Matsumura, Mitsuhiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 9997961
    Abstract: A power transmitting antenna includes a first resonant circuit including a power transmitting coil. A power receiving antenna includes a second resonant circuit including a power receiving coil. When the power transmitting antenna and the power receiving antenna are electromagnetically coupled to each other, the power transmitting antenna and the power receiving antenna have an odd-mode resonance frequency corresponding to an odd-mode resonant condition, and an even-mode resonance frequency corresponding to an even-mode resonant condition, and the even-mode resonance frequency is higher than the odd-mode resonance frequency. A wireless power transmitting apparatus is provided with a power transmitting circuit configured to generate high-frequency power at a variable frequency, and supply the high-frequency power to the power transmitting antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kanno, Kenichi Asanuma
  • Patent number: 9997685
    Abstract: Light emitting device includes structure protruding from a side of a surface of second conductive semiconductor layer of LED chip toward a side of a surface of second conductor portion of mounting substrate to contact the surface of second conductor portion, and is positioned to extend around an outer periphery of second electrode. First electrode and a first conductor portion are joined to each other by first joint portion, and second joint portion joining second electrode and second conductor portion to each other fills a space surrounded by second electrode, protruding structure, and second conductor portion. Protruding structure is disposed to extend around the outer periphery of second electrode to surround second joint portion in planar view. A part of mounting substrate overlapping protruding structure in planar view is either identical in height to or lower than a part of second conductor portion joined to second joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Aketa, Mitsuhiko Ueda, Toru Hirano
  • Patent number: 9998654
    Abstract: A control method for controlling an information processing device 101 including a camera 10 for receiving an image and a display 14 having a display surface on the same side as an image-receiving side of the camera 10 according to an embodiment causes a computer 18A of the information processing device 101 for receiving an image of a face 21 of a subject from the camera 10, horizontally inverting the received image, and displaying the horizontally-inverted image on the display 14, to execute: detecting a distance between the information processing device 101 and a reference portion included in the face 21 of the subject; determining a scaling factor based on a ratio between a reference distance used for evaluating the image of the face 21 of the subject and the detected distance; and displaying, on the display 14, as a guide image 35 for guiding the subject in such a direction as to change a distance between the information processing device and the subject, an image corresponding to at least one part include
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Toshiya Arai, Shinji Uchida, Masako Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9997774
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery contains a lithium composite oxide particle as a main component, in which a ratio of Ni to a total number of moles of all metal elements other than Li is greater than 30 mol %. The lithium composite oxide particle includes a secondary particle being aggregation of primary particles having an average particle diameter of 1 ?m or more, and a shell constituted around the secondary particle. A surface layer void is present between the secondary particle and the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidekazu Hiratsuka
  • Patent number: 9996193
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a display device having a touch panel are provided. In one aspect, the display device may comprise a sensor glass for sensing a touch and providing a touch input signal; a touch panel controller that includes a touch panel integrated circuit (IC) coupled to the sensor glass and a first low voltage source; and a display assembly that includes an isolator that couples the touch panel IC to the display assembly, with the isolator electrically isolating the touch panel IC from the display assembly. In another aspect, the display device includes a touch panel controller that receives a touch input signal from a sensor glass and provides touch information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Thong Pham, Kaly Hong
  • Patent number: 9997502
    Abstract: There is provided a component arrangement determination method, in a component mounting apparatus including a plurality of component supply units for supplying components, for determining arrangement of the component supply units used for production of a plurality of types of component mounted boards. The method includes specifying a production frequency of each of the plurality of types of component mounted boards for a predetermined period of time, grouping the plurality of types of component mounted boards into a plurality of groups capable of being produced without changing the arrangement of the component supply units based on the production frequency, and determining arrangement, in the component mounting apparatus, of the component supply units for supplying components necessary for production of types of component mounted boards that belong to each group of the plurality of groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Sagara, Takuya Yamazaki, Hirokazu Takehara, Isato Iwata
  • Patent number: 9995991
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a circuit board, a solid-state image sensing device disposed on an upper surface of the circuit board, a cylindrical lens barrel disposed above the circuit board, a lens housed in the lens barrel, and a holding member that holds the lens barrel and the circuit board therein. The solid-state image sensing device is positioned in an enclosed space formed by the lens barrel and the circuit board. The lens barrel has a first flange portion protruding in a direction perpendicular to a central axis of the lens barrel. The holding member has a first fitting groove portion in which the first flange portion of the lens barrel is fit. A thermal expansion coefficient of the holding member is smaller than a thermal expansion coefficient of the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ida, Tatsuhiko Inagaki
  • Patent number: 9997274
    Abstract: An insulating thermally conductive resin composition (10) includes a matrix resin (1) and insulators (2). The insulators (2) are dispersed in the matrix resin and have electrical insulation. The insulating thermally conductive resin composition further includes a thermally conductive phase (3) which has a hither thermal conductivity than the matrix resin and thermally connects the insulators with each other. The thermally conductive phase (3) is composed of an organic substance. The thermally conductive phase that thermally connects the insulators is composed of the organic substance, so that the resultant insulating thermally conductive resin composition has electrical insulation while having improved thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Kotani, Hiroyoshi Yoden
  • Patent number: 9997159
    Abstract: A dictation device includes: an audio input device configured to receive a voice utterance including a plurality of words; a video input device configured to receive video of lip motion during the voice utterance; a memory portion; a controller configured according to instructions in the memory portion to generate first data packets including an audio stream representative of the voice utterance and a video stream representative of the lip motion; and a transceiver for sending the first data packets to a server end device and receiving second data packets including combined dictation based upon the audio stream and the video stream from the server end device. In the combined dictation, first dictation generated based upon the audio stream has been corrected by second dictation generated based upon the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yuichiro Takayanagi, Masashi Kusaka
  • Patent number: 9998312
    Abstract: A transmission method includes mapping processing, phase change processing, and transmission processing. In the mapping processing, a plurality of first modulation signals and a plurality of second modulation signals are generated using a first mapping scheme, and a plurality of third modulation signals and a plurality of fourth modulation signals are generated using a second mapping scheme. In the phase change processing, a phase change is performed on the plurality of second modulation signals and the plurality of fourth modulation signals using all N kinds of phases. In the transmission processing, the first modulation signals and the second modulation signals are respectively transmitted at a same frequency and a same time from different antennas, and the third modulation signals and the fourth modulation signals are respectively transmitted at a same frequency and a same time from the different antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yutaka Murakami, Tomohiro Kimura, Mikihiro Ouchi
  • Patent number: 9998701
    Abstract: An imaging device in the present invention includes an imaging unit that images an image and an installation unit on which the imaging unit is removably installed. The installation unit houses a first contactless transmitter that transmits and receives at least one of a power and a signal in a non-contact basis. The imaging unit houses an axis portion, a second contactless transmitter, and transmits and receives at least one of the electric power and the signal in a non-contact basis, and an imaging mechanism portion that is fixed to the other end portion of the axis portion in the side opposite to the installation unit side, and is connected to the second contactless transmitter via a transmission wire inserted through the axis portion. In this way, a watertproofness and a dustproofness can be improved, and thus, it is possible to improve a long-term reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jyouji Wada, Yoshihito Urashima, Tamotsu Uchida, Toshihisa Tsuda, Hirohito Tsuruta, Masahumi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9998668
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus which corrects uneven exposure caused when a sensor-shift image stabilization and an electronic front curtain reset are used concurrently. The imaging apparatus includes: a camera shake detector configured to detect a camera shake; an imaging device configured to capture e a subject image; an image stabilizer configured to move the imaging device in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis; an electronic front curtain configured to reset electric charges accumulated in the imaging device; a mechanical shutter configured to switch between blocking and passing of a subject image to be collected onto the imaging device; and an image stabilization controller configured to produce an image stabilization signal from the camera shake detected by the camera shake detector and configured to control the image stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mikio Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9997929
    Abstract: A foreign object detecting device includes first, second, and third coils and a foreign object detecting circuit. The foreign object detecting circuit outputs a first detecting signal having a first predetermined waveform to a first terminal of the first coil and outputs a second detecting signal having a second predetermined waveform, which is an inverted form of the first predetermined waveform, to a fifth terminal of the third coil to cause a combined magnetic field extending over the first and third coils. The foreign object detecting circuit measures an amount of change of the impedance value of the first or third coil with respect to a change in the combined magnetic field in the case of the presence of a foreign object. The amount of change exceeds a predetermined value, the foreign object detecting circuit determines that there is a foreign object above the second coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kanno