Patents Examined by Bernard Pianalto
  • Patent number: 6964793
    Abstract: A high-throughput lithography process for creating high-resolution patterns in a polymerizable composition using carefully controlled electric field followed by curing of the polymerizable composition is described. The process involves the use of a template that includes the desired patterns. This template is brought into close proximity to the polymerizable composition on the substrate. An external electric file is applied to the template-substrate interface while maintaining a uniform, carefully controlled gap between the template and substrate. This causes the polymerizable composition to be attracted to the raised portions of the template. By appropriately choosing the various process parameters such as the viscosity of the polymerizable composition, the magnitude of the electric field, and the distance between the template and substrate, the resolution of the structures formed in the liquid may be controlled to conform to that of the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Carlton Grant Willson, Sidlgata V. Sreenivasan, Roger T. Bonnecaze
  • Patent number: 6962753
    Abstract: In a composite magnetic body comprising soft magnetic powder dispersed in an organic binding agent and having an electromagnetic interference suppressing effect, powder excellent in thermal conductivity is further dispersed into the organic binding agent so as to provide a composite magnetic body excellent in thermal conductivity. This composite magnetic body may also be used as a heat dissipation sheet for an electronic device. Further, it may also constitute a heat sink having an electromagnetic interference suppressing effect. As the organic binding agent, thermoplastic polyimide or liquid crystal polymer can be cited. As the powder excellent in thermal conductivity, Al2O3, AlN, cubic BN, insulating SiC or a heat conductive reinforcement (capton) can be cited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: NEC Tokin Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyoshi Yoshida, Mitsuharu Sato, Norihiko Ono
  • Patent number: 6951586
    Abstract: The disclosed invention consists of an improved gypsum based, cellulosic containing board and method for applying a resin to an untreated board at a spray station where pMDI resin is sprayed onto the front and back side of the board. A resin distribution system is used to supply the spray nozzles with pMDI. Optionally, a second spray station is included, if desired, to add additional pMDI resin over the surface of the board to achieve complete coverage. The improvement is an increased water resistance and flexural strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Christopher R. Nelson, Mark B. Scalf
  • Patent number: 6951668
    Abstract: A process for applying a coating containing a fusible material to a cutting edge of a cutting tool includes heating the fusible material to fuse the same, the heating being provided by microwave energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Guimont, Randy Nicolgai
  • Patent number: 6933020
    Abstract: A coating composition that can be used in a process for coating a substrate where in a first step a radiation curable coating composition is applied to the substrate and/or a radiation permeable film. Next, the substrate and the film are pressed together in such a way that the coating composition is sandwiched between them. Thereafter, the coating composition is cured by irradiation through the film to obtain a coated substrate. In a subsequent step, the film is removed from the coated substrate. The coating composition applied to the film and/or the substrate is a hot melt composition comprising 20 to 100 wt. % of a radiation curable resin or mixture of radiation curable resins having a viscosity in the range of from 15 to 10,000 mPa.s in the temperature range of from 40 to 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Akzo Nobel N.V.
    Inventors: Clive Nicholas Dove, John Sutcliffe, Ann Kerstin Birgitta Kjelqvist Lindell
  • Patent number: 6933015
    Abstract: A method of forming a film of a coating solution on a substrate includes steps of moving a coating solution discharge member relative to a substrate while a coating solution is being discharged from the coating solution discharge member to the surface of the substrate, and changing a discharge direction of the coating solution to an outer peripheral portion of the substrate to make the amount of application to the outer peripheral portion smaller than that to other portions. This can reduce the amount of application to the outer peripheral portion of the substrate, thereby making it possible to restrain protuberance of the coating solution at the outer peripheral portion of the substrate caused by surface tension. Consequently, a coating film which is uniform also at the outer peripheral portion on the substrate is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Kitano, Shinji Kobayashi, Yukihiko Esaki, Masateru Morikawa
  • Patent number: 6929823
    Abstract: A process for the high-speed rotary application of a liquid coating agent containing at least one pigment and/or at least one extender onto a substrate, wherein the process comprises the steps: (a) directly supplying at least two liquid components in a specified quantity ratio which determines the qualitative and quantitative composition of the coating agent to at least one high-speed rotary atomizer or preparation of a premix from at least two liquid components in a specified quantity ratio which determines the qualitative and quantitative composition of the coating agent and supply of the premix to at least one high-speed rotary atomizer, (b) high-speed rotary atomizing the components directly supplied in step (a) or of the premix supplied in step (a) to the at least one high-speed rotary atomizer and (c) applying the material atomized in step (b) onto a substrate, wherein at least one of the components used in step (a) contains at least one pigment and/or at least one extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Dirk Holfter
  • Patent number: 6919104
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a process for treating a “permeable” architectural material by impregnation, comprising the spraying onto the architectural material to be treated of one or more liquid-phase dispersions of at least one type of photocatalytic compounds based on metal oxide or sulphide and of at least one type of compound for promoting the adhesion of the said photocatalytic compounds to the said architectural material. The invention also relates to the liquid dispersions used and the architectural materials thus treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Materiaux de Construction
    Inventors: Christian Marzolin, Roman Gerusz
  • Patent number: 6905737
    Abstract: A method for providing activated species for a cyclical deposition process is provided. In one aspect, the method includes delivering a gas to be activated into a plasma generator, activating the gas to create a volume of reactive species, delivering a fraction of the reactive species into a processing region to react within a substrate therein, and maintaining at least a portion of the the gas remaining in the plasma generator in an activated state after delivering the fraction of the gas into the process region. The plasma generator may include a high density plasma (HDP) generator, a microwave generator, a radio-frequency (RF) generator, an inductive-coupled plasma (ICP) generator, a capacitively coupled generator, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Verplancken, Ashok K. Sinha
  • Patent number: 6899775
    Abstract: This invention relates to the printing of a substrate having a pre-printed “print pattern” with a “design layer” of ink where there is differential adhesion within and without the print pattern. The print pattern is receptive to an ink, and the design layer ink forms a durable image material with good bond to the print pattern, but the ink does not form a durable image material on the portions of the substrate outside the print pattern. The design layer ink is a UV-curable ink, and the print pattern may have a higher surface energy than the portions of the substrate outside the print pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Contra Vision Ltd.
    Inventors: George Roland Hill, Chris David Parry
  • Patent number: 6849305
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a photoresist-free method for depositing films composed of metals, such as copper or silica, or their oxides from metal complexes. More specifically, the method involves applying an amorphous film of a metal complex to a substrate. The metal complexes have a metal and a photo-degradable ligand. A preferred ligand is acac or alkyl-acac, expecially in combination with acetate ligands. These films, upon, for example, thermal, photochemical or electron beam irradiation may be converted to the metal or its oxides. By using either directed light or electron beams, this may lead to a patterned metal or metal oxide film in a single step. Low temperature baking may be used to remove residual organics from the deposited film. If silica is the metal, the deposited film has excellent smoothness and dielectric properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: EKC Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan-Pablo Bravo-Vasquez, Ross H. Hill
  • Patent number: 6838177
    Abstract: There is disclosed a process of priming a surface (preferably part of a vehicle) comprising; i) applying a UV radiation curable primer to the area to be primed; ii) curing the primer with UV radiation provided by one or more UV lamps having a UV-B:UV-A ratio of 1:1 or less and substantially no UV-C content, the UV radiation curable primer containing: A. 0-84% by weight of one or more compounds containing one ethylenically unsaturated free-radically polymerisable group per molecule; B. 5-50% by weight of one or more compounds containing two or more ethylenically unsaturated free radically polymerisable groups per molecule; C. 10-70% by weight of one or more pigments, fillers and/or dyes; D. 1-8% by weight of one or more photoinitiators; E. 0-20% by weight of volatile organic solvent and; F. 0-15% by weight of customary additives. Preferably the process also includes sanding the primer and topcoating the primer with one or more topcoats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: David Robert Fenn, Iain W. Harvey, Henryk Skorupski, David N. Walters
  • Patent number: 6835422
    Abstract: A method of producing an adhesive article including the steps of applying release coating compound(s) to a second side of a liner backing; applying an adhesive onto a first side of said coated liner backing; crosslinking said adhesive with E-Beam radiation applied through the second side of said liner backing; and winding said article into a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James J. Kobe, Junkang Jacob Liu, Jolin A. Harrison, Bradley S. Momchilovich, Raymond R. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6835423
    Abstract: An improved and novel device and fabrication method for a magnetic element, and more particularly a magnetic element (10) including a first electrode (14), a second electrode (18) and a spacer layer (16). The first electrode (14) and the second electrode (18) include ferromagnetic layers (26 & 28). A spacer layer (16) is located between the ferromagnetic layer (26) of the first electrode (14) and the ferromagnetic layer (28) of the second electrode (16) for permitting tunneling current in a direction generally perpendicular to the ferromagnetic layers (26 & 28). The device includes insulative veils (34) characterized as electrically isolating the first electrode (14) and the second electrode (18), the insulative veils (34) including non-magnetic and insulating dielectric properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Youjun Chen, Mark Durlam, Saied N. Tehrani, Mark DeHerrera, Gloria Kerszykowski, Kelly Wayne Kyler
  • Patent number: 6833154
    Abstract: The invention is a process for radiant curing of a coating on a three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Fusion UV Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Okamitsu
  • Patent number: 6833158
    Abstract: The invention provides a coating implement for applying a nonvolatile liquid for protection treatment, which does not dissolve a coloring material, to a recorded product which is provided with a porous layer as an ink-receiving layer on the surface of a substrate, and on which an image has been formed with the coloring material adsorbed on at least the porous layer, thereby protecting the image, wherein a coating surface for applying the liquid to the porous layer having the image is supported by a supporting member, and the coating surface can hold the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Suzuki, Masanori Takenouchi, Takao Yamamoto, Takayuki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 6830774
    Abstract: A processing solution is supplied from processing-solution suppliers onto the surfaces of targets to be processed while a flow rate of the processing solution is being adjusted. The processing solution is fed from a processing-solution supply source at a specific pressure via a processing-solution pressure-up feeder. The pressure of the processing solution fed via the processing-solution pressure-up feeder is adjust to another specific pressure or more at least when the processing-solution suppliers are operating simultaneously. A flow-rate detector detects the flow rate of the processing solution supplied from each processing-solution supplier. A pressure detector detects the pressure of the processing solution fed via the processing-solution pressure-up feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shinichi Hayashi, Hirofumi Ookuma, Kouichi Suefuji
  • Patent number: 6827968
    Abstract: A process for producing a magnetic recording medium is provided, the medium being formed from a non-magnetic flexible support, a non-magnetic layer comprising a non-magnetic powder and a binder, and a magnetic layer comprising a ferromagnetic powder and a binder. The non-magnetic layer is provided on top of the support, the magnetic layer is provided on top of the non-magnetic layer, and the non-magnetic powder includes two or more types of non-magnetic powder, including carbon black and a non-magnetic powder other than carbon black. The process includes a step of separately dispersing a non-magnetic liquid A that includes a binder and a non-magnetic powder other than carbon black, and a non-magnetic liquid B that includes carbon black and a binder, and a step of stirring and mixing the non-magnetic liquid A and the non-magnetic liquid B to prepare a non-magnetic coating solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Naoe
  • Patent number: 6824816
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to processes for producing electrically conductive noble metal thin films on a substrate by atomic layer deposition. According to one embodiment of the invention a substrate with a surface is provided in a reaction chamber and a vaporised precursor of a noble metal is pulsed into the reaction chamber. By contacting the vaporised precursor with the surface of the substrate, no more than about a molecular layer of the metal precursor is formed on the substrate. In a next step, a pulse of molecular oxygen-containing gas is provided in the reaction chamber, where the oxygen reacts with the precursor on the substrate. Thus, high-quality metal thin films can be deposited by utilising reactions between the metal precursor and oxygen. In one embodiment, electrically conductive layers are deposited in structures that have high aspect ratio vias and trenches, local high elevation areas or other similar surface structures that make the surface rough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: ASM International N.V.
    Inventors: Titta Aaltonen, Petra Alén, Mikko Ritala, Markku Leskelä
  • Patent number: 6821568
    Abstract: The interface between a moving conveyor belt and a work piece can be lubricated using an air driven stream of finely divided droplets of a lubricant composition. Droplets of a preferred size are directed by the air stream onto the conveyor with little waste of lubricant off the conveyor. The lubricant provides a very low coefficient of friction and little or no stress cracking in the containers. Using a low pressure and low flow rate air stream in conjunction with a low flow rate liquid lubricant attains the useful particle size in the lubricant add on spray. The liquid lubricant is sheared by the effect of the air flow creating the desirable droplet size and pattern of lubricant on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Bennett, Kim Person Hei, Minyu Li, Amy Haupert, Keith D. Lokkesmoe