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

  • Publication number: 20180105016
    Abstract: A heat pump device includes an air conditioning control device configured to switch the heat pump device among a plurality of operation modes including an air-heating operation mode in which an indoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator and an outdoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, and an air-cooling operation mode in which the indoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator. The air conditioning control device switch a refrigerant pipe such that refrigerant is, in the air-cooling operation mode, supplied to part of the outdoor heat exchanger serving as a refrigerant inlet in the air-heating operation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicants: JAPAN CLIMATE SYSTEMS CORPORATION, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi HAMAMOTO, Kohei FUKAWATASE, Yoshihiko OTAKE, Kou KOMORI, Subaru MATSUMOTO, Katsuyoshi WAKANO
  • Publication number: 20180106449
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a holder that holds an optical fiber, a wavelength converter that wavelength-converts laser light emitted from the optical fiber, and a case that is made of metal, holds the wavelength converter, and houses the holder. The holder includes a main body having a lead end face from which the laser light is emitted, and a flange projecting from an outer circumferential face of a base end of the main body. The case has a through hole penetrating from one end face to another end face, and the wavelength converter is attached to the case to be coaxial with the through hole. The through hole houses the main body, and has an abutting face which the lead end face of the main body abuts. The flange is secured to the case in a state where the lead end face of the main body abuts the abutting face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi KITAOKA, Hideharu KAWACHI, Sachiko AZUMA
  • Publication number: 20180105186
    Abstract: An information processing system that appropriately estimates a driving conduct includes: a detector that detects a vehicle environment state, which is at least one of surroundings of a vehicle and a driving state of the vehicle; a behavior learning unit configured to cause a neural network to learn a relationship between the vehicle environment state detected by the detector and a behavior of the vehicle implemented after the vehicle environment state; and a behavior estimation unit configured to estimate a behavior of the vehicle by inputting, into the neural network that learned, the vehicle environment state detected at a current point in time by the detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideto MOTOMURA, Mohamed Sahim KOURKOUSS, Yoshihide SAWADA, Toshiya MORI, Masanaga TSUJI
  • Publication number: 20180106944
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus that wavelength-converts laser light guided by an optical fiber to output light having a different wavelength as the laser light, includes: a holder that holds the optical fiber; a wavelength converter that wavelength-converts the laser light emitted from the optical fiber; and a case that holds the wavelength converter and houses the holder. The holder includes a straight groove into which one end of the optical fiber is fitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi KITAOKA, Hideharu KAWACHI, Sachiko AZUMA
  • Publication number: 20180108818
    Abstract: A light-emitting module is provided. The light-emitting module includes a substrate, a light-emitting element mounted on the substrate, and a sealant that seals the light-emitting element. The sealant includes a resin material containing a wavelength converter. A cross section of the sealant taken through the light-emitting element satisfies HMAX/W?0.3, where W is a width of a base of the sealant and HMAX is a maximum height of the sealant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke TAKEHARA, Hisaki FUJITANI, Masumi ABE
  • Patent number: 9947931
    Abstract: Provided is a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery including a nonaqueous electrolyte and an electrode assembly including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The electrode assembly further includes a layer containing a metal oxide powder between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The positive electrode contains a phosphate ester compound represented by Formula (1); where X and Y each independently represent a metal atom, a hydrogen atom, or an organic group; at least one of X and Y represents a metal atom; X and Y are coincident when the metal atom is divalent; and n represents an integer of 2 or more and 10 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takafumi Tsukagoshi, Tomoki Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 9949380
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an electronic component including a circuit component provided with plural first electrodes in an end, and a substrate provided with plural second electrodes includes: pressing a part of a second surface of an inside of a second edge of the circuit component in the end to the substrate by a press attaching surface of the press attaching tool with an adhesive arranged between the circuit component and the substrate; making a part of the adhesive reach the second surface to cover at least a part of the second edge by the pressing; and curing the adhesive between the end and the substrate and the part of the adhesive covering the at least the part of the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Eifuku, Wanyu Tie, Hironori Munakata
  • Patent number: 9946273
    Abstract: A cloud server (104) receives environmental information of respective installation sites of a plurality of appliances (101a, 101b, 101c, 102a, 102b) via a network (1000), and determines one or more appliances that are installed in a same room among the plurality of appliances (101a, 101b, 101c, 102a, 102b), based on the received environmental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Kazuki Funase, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 9948935
    Abstract: An image decoding apparatus includes a request unit that requests an image transmission apparatus to transmit an image, a transmission unit that transmits range information indicating a range which is a partial range of the image and which is selected in accordance with a user operation to the image transmission apparatus, a receiving unit that, while the partial range of the image is selected, receives, from the image transmission apparatus, the entirety of the image when the image belongs to a first type and a portion of the image when the image belongs to a second type, by receiving one or more tiles, which corresponds to the partial range of the image and outside which a reference to is prohibited in inter-picture prediction, among a plurality of tiles included in the image, and a decoding unit that decodes the received entirety or portion of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kengo Terada, Hisao Sasai, Tadamasa Toma, Noritaka Iguchi, Yui Koashi
  • Patent number: 9944048
    Abstract: Provided are a laser-bonded component and a production method for same that ensure sufficient bonding strength using little laser energy and which cause little increase in surrounding temperature. A nickel layer, being a surface layer, is formed having sufficient thickness on the upper surface of a copper plate that is uppermost amongst at least two superposed copper plates, a laser is irradiated from above the nickel layer, a re-solidification section formed by fusing and alloying the copper in the copper plates and the nickel in the nickel layer is formed through to inside the bottommost copper plate, and the copper plates are bonded together. The re-solidification section having high breaking strength is formed by the alloying of the nickel and the copper. As a result, the copper plates can be bonded with a small welding surface area and little laser energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Nishikawa, Tomomi Tanaka, Toshiki Itoi, Yoshiaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9947146
    Abstract: The present disclosure makes it possible to perform a failure diagnosis of an electric two-wheeled vehicle easily, conveniently, and immediately. The electric two-wheeled vehicle includes an electric equipment unit having an IC tag and a host unit. The host unit is capable of communicating with the IC tag, and obtains failure information of the electric equipment unit while electric power is supplied from the battery to the electric equipment unit. The information communication terminal obtains the failure information by communicating with the electric two-wheeled vehicle in a non-contact manner, and transmits the failure information to the server via the network. The server performs a failure diagnosis on the electric two-wheeled vehicle based on the failure information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoko Maeda, Kaoru Kudou, Masayuki Fujioka, Keita Sakai, Takashi Ishimura, Susumu Fukushima, Nobuhiko Mutoh, Kazunari Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9948884
    Abstract: In a converting method for converting luminance of an input video in order to display the video on a display device, the luminance of the video is a first luminance value in a first luminance range where a maximum luminance value is defined as a first maximum luminance value that exceeds 100 nit. The method includes acquiring a first luminance signal indicating a first luminance value of the video, selecting a luminance converting process to be executed from among a plurality of luminance converting processes based on a reference luminance value corresponding to reference reflectance included in first meta data of the acquired first luminance signal, converting the first luminance value indicated by the acquired first luminance signal into a second luminance value in a second luminance range where a maximum luminance value is defined as a second maximum luminance value that is smaller than the first maximum luminance value and larger than 100 nit based on the selected luminance converting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kozuka, Tadamasa Toma, Kengo Terada, Takahiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 9948288
    Abstract: Provided is a compensation circuit capable of improving compensation precision for manufacturing variations. The compensation circuit includes a manufacturing variation detection circuit which detects manufacturing variation of a transistor based on a first voltage output from an output terminal of the transistor having an input terminal applied with a substantially constant first current to temperature or based on a second current output from an output terminal of the transistor having an input terminal applied with a substantially constant second voltage to temperature, and a voltage generation circuit which generates a supply voltage supplied to an electric circuit based on the manufacturing variation. The first current corresponds to the substantially constant second voltage to temperature, and the first voltage corresponds to the substantially constant second current to temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshimoto, Hiroshi Komori, Ryo Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9948948
    Abstract: When a block (MB22) of which motion vector is referred to in the direct mode contains a plurality of motion vectors, 2 motion vectors MV23 and MV24, which are used for inter picture prediction of a current picture (P23) to be coded, are determined by scaling a value obtained from averaging the plurality of motion vectors or selecting one of the plurality of the motion vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kondo, Shinya Kadono, Makoto Hagai, Kiyofumi Abe
  • Patent number: 9944298
    Abstract: A driver can intuitively and conveniently perform an operation for instructing a traffic lane change to a vehicle. In a driving support device 10, an image output unit 14a outputs, to a display unit 31, an image containing an own vehicle object representing an own vehicle and a plurality of traffic lanes. An operation signal input unit 14b receives an operation of a user for moving the own vehicle object in the image displayed on the display unit 31 from a first traffic lane to a second traffic lane. A command output unit 14c outputs, to an automatic driving control unit 20 that controls automatic driving, a command for instructing the change of a traveling traffic lane of the own vehicle from the first traffic lane to the second traffic lane when the operation is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushige Yamada, Osamu Yamaji, Azusa Gojyo, Satoshi Kajita, Toshiaki Mori, Makoto Okada
  • Patent number: 9947089
    Abstract: A digital specimen manufacturing device comprises: a reduction processing unit which generates a reduced image by reducing a high resolution image of a first magnification into a second magnification image; an operation instruction unit which instructs the imaging unit to update the second magnification and recapture the low resolution image when information indicates the difference between the reduced image and the low resolution image is not within the allowable error range; and an image processing unit which obtains a third magnification, and outputs an image of the digital specimen by reducing the high resolution image into an image of the third magnification which an image magnification greater than the updated second magnification and smaller than the first magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideto Motomura, Yoshikuni Sato
  • Patent number: 9949419
    Abstract: A linear motion device includes: a linear motion mechanism having: a beam elongated in one horizontal direction; a guide member disposed in the beam to extend in the one direction; a moving member disposed to be movable along the guide member; and a moving mechanism that moves the moving member. The beam includes a metallic tubular body formed with an opening portion penetrating the metallic tubular body in the one direction and a tubular reinforcing portion formed of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic and formed in close contact with an inner surface of the metallic tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sano
  • Patent number: 9946079
    Abstract: A method of causing a processor of a head-mounted display including a display device that displays an image to execute operations including receiving information indicating an inclination of the head-mounted display, determining a posture of the head-mounted display based on the received information indicating the inclination, in a case where the posture of the head-mounted display is first posture, controlling the display device to display a representing an operation process performed by a user and superimposed in a field of view of the user, and in a case where it is determined that the posture of the head-mounted display has changed from the first posture to a second posture, switching the image displayed on the display device to a second image having a display area smaller than that of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akinori Ozeki
  • Patent number: 9947324
    Abstract: A first similarity degree processor calculates first similarity degrees between a feature value in voice signal of each of first speakers and each feature value in a plurality of unspecified speaker models of a plurality of unspecified speakers. The processor specifies a plurality of the unspecified speaker models for which the first similarity degrees are equal to or greater than a prescribed value. The processor also associates and stores each of the first speakers and the specified unspecified speaker models. Additionally, the processor calculates, for each of the first speakers, a plurality of second similarity degrees between a feature value in a voice signal of a second speaker and each feature values in the unspecified speaker models associated with the first speakers and stored in a second speaker model storage. The processor further specifies the second speaker based on the second similarity degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Misaki Tsujikawa, Tomoko Matsui
  • Patent number: 9947818
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes a solar cell panel including a plurality of solar cells sealed between a front surface member and a back surface member with a sealing material, and a frame supporting a peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel. The frame includes a main body portion, a fitting portion which is located above the main body portion and in which the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel is to be fitted. The frame further includes an inner flange portion provided at a part of the main body portion below the fitting portion and not below a bottom portion of the main body portion and extending in a direction inward from the peripheral edge portion of the solar cell panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Tsujimoto, Yasutoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 9946948
    Abstract: When monitoring a logistics line and outputting a video image on a display, a privacy-protected video image processor uses an image of a first specific region corresponding to an area of the logistics line as it is among an original image captured by a capture, and performs mask processing on a person detected in an image of a region other than the first specific region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yazaki, Mihoko Okada, Shinichi Tsukahara, Marie Kuwahara, Junko Noda
  • Patent number: 9948901
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a moving information analyzing system in which a camera and a server are connected to each other. The camera includes an imaging section that captures an image of a predetermined imaging region, a background image generating section that repeatedly generates a background image of a captured image of the imaging region at predetermined timings, a moving information analyzing section that extracts moving information regarding a staying position or a passing position in the imaging region of a moving object included in the captured image, and a transmitter that transmits the background image generated by the background image generating section and the moving information of the moving object extracted by the moving information analyzing section to the server at a predetermined transmission cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Marie Kuwahara, Junko Noda, Shinichi Tsukahara, Mitsuyoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9946849
    Abstract: A content reading method includes identifying first version information indicating a version of a content copyright protection method of an optical disk based on this optical disk, identifying second version information indicating a version of a protocol used in authentication of a host apparatus, determining whether the authentication is to be approved or not by comparing the first version information and the second version information, authenticating the host apparatus according to a result of the determination, reading out, from the optical disk, Volume ID used in decrypting an encrypted content and sending it to the authenticated host apparatus, and 0 the encrypted content from the optical disk and sending it to the authenticated host apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masaya Yamamoto, Kaoru Murase
  • Patent number: 9947921
    Abstract: A silicon-carbon composite material includes: layers of carbon material; and secondary particles of silicon held between the layers of the carbon material. Each of the secondary particles of silicon is an aggregate of primary particles of silicon. At least one of the primary particles of silicon has a diameter 3 nm or more. At least one of the secondary particles of silicon has a diameter of 50 nm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Kajita
  • Patent number: 9945596
    Abstract: A heat pump apparatus includes an evaporator evaporating a refrigerant, an electrochemical compressor compressing the refrigerant evaporated in the evaporator, and a condenser condensing the refrigerant compressed by the electrochemical compressor. The heat pump apparatus is structured such that the refrigerant in a wet steam state is supplied from the evaporator to the electrochemical compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Haraki, Hiroyuki Itsuki
  • Patent number: 9945509
    Abstract: A quick-release mounting apparatus for mounting a panel instrument to a mounting surface or support. The mounting apparatus comprises a frame to be mounted to the mounting support. A slide bar is slidably mounted to the frame and is slidable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The slide bar has a mounting hole configured to receive a mounting pin projecting from the back surface of the panel instrument. The mounting hole locks the mounting pin within the mounting hole in the locked position and allows the mounting pin to be removed from the mounting hole in the unlocked position. A cam is rotatably mounted to the frame and couples the slide bar to an actuator configured to rotate the cam between a locking position and an unlocking position. The actuator has a biasing device which biases the cam toward the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Barnes, Rudy Concepcion, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9945890
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring power, preset information that defines periods in which one or more preset electric devices are scheduled to operate is received, an amount of power available, which is an estimated amount of power available in the building in each period, is calculated, estimated power consumption, which is estimated power consumption in the building in each period, is calculated using power consumption information, to which power consumption of the electric devices to be preset is registered in advance, and the preset information, an alternative instruction with which the estimated power consumption becomes lower than or equal to the amount of power available is generated, and the alternative instruction is displayed on a terminal apparatus. And at least one of the receiving, the calculating the amount of power available, the calculating the estimated power consumption, the generating and the displaying is performed by a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masayuki Kozuka, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose
  • Patent number: 9943647
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical injection device comprises a main body case (2); a pharmaceutical syringe mounting component (3) that is provided inside the main body case (2) and onto which a pharmaceutical syringe (4) is mounted; a piston (5) provided movably with respect to the pharmaceutical syringe (4) mounted onto the pharmaceutical syringe mounting component (3); a drive mechanism (6) for driving the piston (5); a memory (46) that stores a preset pharmaceutical injection schedule; and a controller (7) that resets a current pharmaceutical dose by comparing a planned cumulative pharmaceutical dose, which is a planned cumulative amount of pharmaceutical injected up to the last time on the basis of the pharmaceutical injection schedule stored in the memory, and an actual cumulative pharmaceutical dose, which is a cumulative amount of pharmaceutical actually injected up to the last time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasutaka Mukai, Seiji Kikuchi, Tsuguhiro Kondoh
  • Patent number: 9949155
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. One method includes collecting by a processor connection information for a plurality of user devices accessing a wireless network on a transportation vehicle; determining by the processor available bandwidth for the plurality of user devices depending on a connection type; monitoring currently used bandwidth by the plurality of user devices; receiving a request from a user device to access content via the wireless connection; determining by the processor additional bandwidth for accessing the content by the user device; and rejecting the request for accessing the content when the additional bandwidth and the currently used bandwidth equals or exceeds the available bandwidth for the plurality of user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: Changhwa Lin
  • Patent number: 9948143
    Abstract: A contactless adapter (30) installed in a notebook computer (20) has a plug part (31), a telescopic arm (34), a power circuit part (35), and a power-receiving part (40). The power-receiving part (40) is provided with a secondary coil (41) and has a rotatably linked fixed base plate (42) and a rotating base plate (43). Power can be supplied without contact to the notebook computer (20) from a power-supply device (10) via the contactless adapter (30) by expanding the fixed base plate (42) and the rotating base plate (43) to cause the secondary coil (41) to face the primary coil (11) of the power-supply device (10) provided inside the tabletop (2) of a desk (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Abe
  • Patent number: 9943763
    Abstract: An information equipment has obtained identification information including a store ID indicating a predetermined shop store. An application ID indicating a game application running on information equipment and a user ID indicating a user of the game application are received together with the store ID over a network from the information equipment. A first database which manages a progress level of the game for the user in association with the application ID and the user ID and a second database which manages the application ID and a first game remuneration ID indicating a first game remuneration corresponding to the progress level are referred to, in accordance with the application ID and the user ID. First indication data indicating that the first game remuneration corresponding to the progress level of the game is provided to the user of the game application is transmitted over the network to the information equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 9947462
    Abstract: This wireless power transmission system includes: a power transmitting antenna and a power receiving antenna arranged to face each other and not to be in contact with each other; and an electromagnetic shield structure that includes a first shield and a second shield to house, in its inner space, the power transmitting and power receiving antennas facing each other. The first and second shields are configured to make first and second spaces to house the power transmitting and power receiving antennas, respectively. At least one of the first and second shields includes a protruding portion that is parallel to at least one of the power transmitting and power receiving antennas and that protrudes out of the shield sidewalls. Power is transmitted by a non-contact method through a radio frequency magnetic field from the power transmitting antenna to the power receiving antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kanno
  • Patent number: 9948947
    Abstract: When a block (MB22) of which motion vector is referred to in the direct mode contains a plurality of motion vectors, 2 motion vectors MV23 and MV24, which are used for inter picture prediction of a current picture (P23) to be coded, are determined by scaling a value obtained from averaging the plurality of motion vectors or selecting one of the plurality of the motion vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kondo, Shinya Kadono, Makoto Hagai, Kiyofumi Abe
  • Patent number: 9946275
    Abstract: The power management system includes: a power management device for managing power to be used by multiple power loads; and a large power-using power load. The large power-using power load is defined as a power load which shows a power consumption larger than a difference between allowable power and an upper limit power smaller than the allowable power when operating at a maximum power consumption. The power management device calculates remaining available power available for the large power-using power load, from the total power consumption of the multiple power loads and the upper limit power, and notifies the remaining available power to the large power-using power load. The large power-using power load starts to operate under a condition that its power consumption is equal to or less than the remaining available power notified by the power management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Takehara, Kenji Nakakita, Hitoshi Nomura, Fumitaka Ogasawara, Erina Nagae
  • Patent number: 9945524
    Abstract: A light source unit includes an attachment body including an attachment board, a circuit board having a first surface in contact with the attachment board and a second surface on which lighting sources are mounted. The light source unit further includes a cover attached to the attachment body so as to cover the second surface of the circuit board. The cover includes a panel covering the circuit board and a pair of inner flanges each of which extending from both ends of the panel in a width direction of the panel so as to come toward each other. The circuit board is supported by being held between the pair of inner flanges and the attachment board of the attachment body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Jimbo, Toru Mizotani
  • Patent number: 9948971
    Abstract: A server apparatus includes a storage, an acquisition unit, and a controller. The storage stores association information that associates access information on the program processing apparatus corresponding to user identification information with the user identification information. The acquisition unit acquires the user identification information and program-specifying information that specifies a broadcast program. The controller specifies the access information on the association information from the user identification information. Then, the controller causes the program processing apparatus to perform processing regarding the broadcast program specified by the program-specifying information acquired by the acquisition unit by using the access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hitotsuya, Naoya Takao, Shota Hario, Kunio Gobara
  • Patent number: 9948471
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a memory array that includes non-volatile memory cells; a read circuit that, in operation, selects, from the memory array, non-volatile memory cells corresponding to one of resistance value ranges, and obtains pieces of resistance value information about resistance values of the selected non-volatile memory cells; a computation circuit that, in operation, calculates a binarization reference value by using the pieces of resistance value information; and an identification information generation circuit that, in operation, generates individual identification information. The read circuit, in operation, obtains first digital data in accordance with relationships between each of the pieces of resistance value information and the binarization reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Katoh
  • Patent number: 9948526
    Abstract: A server apparatus receives a device ID indicating one electrical home appliance among one or more electrical home appliances and a gateway ID indicating that the one electrical home appliance belongs to a same owner, a same group, or a same home as the one or more electrical home appliances, determines whether or not the one electrical home appliance is a newly connected electrical home appliance, using a management database that manages device IDs indicating the one or more electrical home appliances and the gateway ID, and when it is determined made that the one electrical home appliance is a newly connected electrical home appliance, provides an information device, which is associated with the gateway ID and which differs from the one electrical home appliance, with notification information for confirming whether or not it is to be permitted to collect the log information from the one electrical home appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Motoji Ohmori, Tomoyuki Hirota
  • Patent number: 9946894
    Abstract: Provided is a data processing method in a data processing device that is connected to an external storage device and that is equipped with a storage device, the method including: receiving a writing instruction to store first data in the storage device; dividing the first data into multiple pieces of division data; storing at least one or more of the pieces of division data in the external storage device; and storing second data different from the first data in the storage device, in which the second data is associated with the first data and the multiple pieces of division data. With the data processing method, security in data management can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsurou Kitazawa, Kouji Mutou, Minoru Ozaki, Yutaka Iyoki, Tadaomi Asou
  • Patent number: 9946504
    Abstract: A head-mounted display apparatus worn on the head of a user and a method for controlling the head-mounted display apparatus are disclosed. The head-mounted display apparatus includes an attitude detector that detects the attitude of the head-mounted display apparatus, a manipulation detector that detects a predetermined manipulation performed on the head-mounted display apparatus, a display, and a processor. The head-mounted display apparatus switches a display of first display information to second display information according to a change in the attitude detected by the attitude detector. However, if the manipulation detector detects the predetermined manipulation, the head-mounted display apparatus maintains the display of the first display information without switching to the second display information even if there is a change in the attitude detected by the attitude sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Tetsuji Fuchikami, Kazuki Funase, Akinori Ozeki, Hideshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9949329
    Abstract: In a lighting device, a voltage detector outputs a detection voltage with a magnitude corresponding to a magnitude of a DC voltage outputted from a power supply circuit, a state determiner makes determination of whether a light source is in a turned-on state or in a turned-off state, a power controller is configured to control a DC power supplied from the power supply circuit based on a result of the determination by the state determiner, and the state determiner determines, when a value obtained by subtracting the detection voltage from a first reference voltage is equal to or larger than a first threshold value, that the light source is in the turned-off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Doi
  • Patent number: 9949351
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mobile terminal that controls lighting devices that illuminate spaces, the terminal including a display and a memory. The method causes a computer of the terminal to obtain current time information, rearrange scene icons, using the memory that stores scenes indicating illumination states established by the lighting devices and scene time information indicating times of the scenes, while associating the scenes and the scene time information with each other. The scene icons correspond to the scenes based on the current time information and the scene time information. The rearranged scene icons are displayed on the display, and, when a scene icon is selected, a control signal for controlling the lighting devices is transmitted to the lighting devices, so that the spaces are illuminated in an illumination state indicated by a scene corresponding to the selected scene icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Kento Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9947191
    Abstract: A master device stores audio data and image data transmitted from an outdoor monitoring camera in an image memory and transmits the data to a mobile phone terminal, the mobile phone terminal includes a display/input unit, displays the image data and a predetermined icon on the display/input unit, and transmits a request signal for stopping the storage operation performed by the master device to the master device when a predetermined operation is performed on the predetermined icon, and the master device stops storing the audio data and the image data in the image memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Wada, Mitsuru Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9946008
    Abstract: An indication lighting device provided is capable of reducing the number of electric wiring from a fixed, part to a moving part when an indication part is provided in the moving part's side. The indication lighting device makes indication by emitting light from a light source arranged in a fixed part to an optical waveguide arranged in a moving part, reflecting the light incident on the optical waveguide by reflection surfaces of prisms of the optical waveguide to an indication part provided in a tip side of the optical waveguide to be propagated, and emitting the light propagated inside the optical waveguide through the indication part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukui, Masaru Fujita, Tomohisa Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9949187
    Abstract: A mobile wireless terminal is provided that controls a timing or a position in which handover is conducted between a plurality of access points, the terminal includes an antenna that receives a radio wave from an access point, a wireless communication interface that measures the radio wave, a processor, and a memory. The processor stores first and second received powers from respective first and second access points in the memory, conducts handover where a difference acquired by subtracting the first received power from the second received power is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold, estimates a first available bandwidth before the handover and stores it in the memory, estimates a second available bandwidth after the handover and stores it in the memory, and controls a timing when handover of the mobile wireless terminal is conducted based on an available bandwidth difference between the first and second available bandwidths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Miyagoshi, Kenji Ooi, Akihiro Suzuki, Masaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9944766
    Abstract: A prepreg includes a fiber base material and a thermosetting resin composition impregnated into the fiber base material. The thermosetting resin composition contains a thermosetting resin including an epoxy resin; a curing agent; an inorganic filler; and an acrylic acid ester copolymer having a weight average molecular weight of 10×104 or more and less than 45×104. A content of the inorganic filler is 150 parts by mass or more relative to a total of 100 parts by mass of the thermosetting resin and the curing agent. A content of the acrylic acid ester copolymer is more than 30 parts by mass and 90 parts by mass or less relative to the total of 100 parts by mass of the thermosetting resin and the curing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsumoto, Takatoshi Mito, Tatuo Yonemoto
  • Patent number: 9948222
    Abstract: A power supply device (2) is provided with a push-type power generator (4). When a push-button (5) on the push-type power generator (4) is pushed, a variable voltage is generated by a piezoelectric element (6) that excites a primary coil (L1). A high-frequency inverter (8) is activated by the variable voltage, exciting the primary coil (L1), and an alternating field is generated from the primary coil (L1). Secondary power can be supplied by means of the alternating field even if a secondary coil (L2) of an electrical device (10), disposed on a surface of a wall (1) opposite the surface on which the charging device (2) is disposed, is not in contact with the power supply device (2). The secondary coil (L2) of the electrical device (10) causes a light-emitting diode (LED1) to illuminate using secondary power obtained by non-contact power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Abe
  • Patent number: D815630
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuharu Nagai, Vitali Bulgarov
  • Patent number: D815640
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuharu Nagai, Vitali Bulgarov
  • Patent number: D815733
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryota Uchida