Patents Examined by Bradford Gates
  • Patent number: 9932660
    Abstract: A method for depositing a layer includes repeatedly performing a unit deposition process until the layer on a deposition target reaches a predetermined thickness. The unit deposition process includes (A) placing the deposition target in a chamber, (B) providing a non-oxidizing gas atmosphere or a vacuum atmosphere in the chamber, (C) depositing the layer on the deposition target by a cold spray process in the non-oxidizing gas atmosphere or the vacuum atmosphere, and (D) heat treating the deposition target after the depositing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Makoto Saito, Noriyuki Hiramatsu, Akira Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9885105
    Abstract: A mask stack and a method of controlling the mask stack are disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes installing, in the mask stack, a first cassette comprising masks that have not been used in a deposition process and a second cassette comprising an accommodation space which is empty. The method also includes using, in the deposition process, at least one mask from the masks included in the first cassette. The method further includes inserting, into the accommodation space of the second cassette, the at least one mask used in the deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongsuk Lee, Jongpyo Shin, Sunglae Cho, Jinok Choi
  • Patent number: 9850623
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a stable aqueous composition comprising an aqueous component, a hydrophobic complex comprised of a multivalent metal salt complexed with nanocellulose fibers and lignin, with the composition exhibiting a viscosity sufficient to prevent coalescing and settling of the hydrophobic complex in the aqueous component. The composition may be used to coat surfaces of articles to produce a hydrophobic surface. Once applied to the surface, the aqueous coating is spread to form a wet film covering the surface and is then dewatered and dried to produce a dried hydrophobic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Sally Krigstin, Mohini Mohan Sain, Javad Sameni
  • Patent number: 9829793
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method of fabrication of free standing open pore membranes with uniform pore size and shape and ordered pore distribution, and its use for synthesis of nanoparticle patterns. The method includes applying a photoresist layer to the top surface of a substrate, heating the photoresist layer for a period of time, and exposing the photoresist layer to a dose of ultraviolet radiation through a mask having a predetermined pattern. The dose of ultraviolet radiation is controlled in intensity and time and the photoresist layer is exposed such that a top portion of the photoresist layer through which the dose of ultraviolet radiation enters the photoresist layer undergoes greater cross linking than a bottom portion of the photoresist layer immediately adjacent to the top surface of the substrate such that a cross linking gradient develops through a thickness of the photoresist layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jun Yang, Tingjie Li
  • Patent number: 9829152
    Abstract: Novel cylinder passivation procedures to increase the room temperature stability of gaseous tin deuteride (SnD4) are described. Incorporation of specific organic-containing materials, which when applied onto surfaces of a vessel and/or conduit extending therefrom, can increase the shelf life stability of thermodynamically unstable gases stored within such pretreated vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald F. Spohn, Ashwini Sinha, Carl B. Richenberg
  • Patent number: 9796877
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of applying a coating in a liquid state to wellbore tubing, such as threaded connector parts or casing sections, before running the tubing downhole. The coating only cures while running downhole. The coating is an elastic curable coating composition, comprising a curable elastic thermosetting resin, a curing agent and a water-absorbing expansion agent. During make-up of a connector, the liquid coating composition acts as lubricant. When cured, the coating will swell when contacted with a wellbore fluid to ensure leak-tightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Erik Kerst Cornelissen, Gerbrand Jozef Maria Van Eijden, Frank Ruckert, Wouter Besijn
  • Patent number: 9789458
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for increasing the order of an array of polymeric micelles or of nanoparticles on a substrate surface comprising a) providing an ordered array of micelles or nanoparticles coated with a polymer shell on a substrate surface and b) annealing the array of micelles or nanoparticles by ultrasonication in a liquid medium which is selected from the group comprising H2O, a polar organic solvent and a mixture of H2O and a polar organic solvent. In a related aspect, the invention provides the highly ordered arrays of micelles or nanoparticles obtainable by the methods of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Williges, Christoph Morhard, Joachim P. Spatz, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: 9782981
    Abstract: The invention describes a method of printing onto a balloon that includes the steps of: coating the printable outer surface of a balloon with a primer material; attaching the balloon about a supporting substrate to form a balloon blank; flattening the printable outer surface of the balloon on the upper surface of the substrate; attaching a first tab on a first end of the balloon blank; attaching a second tab on a second end opposite the first end of the balloon blank; applying the balloon blank to a printer, via the first tab, which in use prints a first image onto the printable surface; and moving the balloon blank back through the printer via the second tab, which in use prints a second image onto the printable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Aamer Shams, Kazveen Aamer
  • Patent number: 9771485
    Abstract: A metallic nanoparticle dispersion includes a dispersion medium characterized in that the dispersion medium includes a solvent according to Formula I, wherein R1 and R2 represent an optionally substituted alkyl group, and R1 and R2 may form a ring. When using a solvent according to Formula I as a dispersion medium, no polymeric dispersants are necessary to obtain stable metallic nanoparticle dispersions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA-GEVAERT
    Inventors: Xavier Andre, Dirk Bollen
  • Patent number: 9765435
    Abstract: A process for producing a titanium load-bearing structure, which comprises cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium particles on to a suitably shaped support member, and a titanium load bearing structure so-produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Saden Zahiri, Mahnaz Jahedi, Jeffrey Lang, Timothy Fox, Richard Fox
  • Patent number: 9744542
    Abstract: A method of forming a material structure from structural units contained within a liquid solution in a spray head is described. The liquid solution includes a solvent and a solute, the solute comprising a plurality of the structural units, the structural units including monomer units, oligomer units, or combinations thereof. The method comprises forming droplets of the liquid solution including the structural units, and spraying the droplets on a substrate, thereby substantially increasing the reactivity of the structural units within the droplets relative to the structural units within the liquid solution in the spray head. The increase in reactivity can result from the droplets containing an excess of a particular ion, the ion excess resulting from a voltage applied to conductive walls of the device which dispenses the droplets. The material structure is then formed on the substrate from the more highly reactive structural units within the droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: aPEEL Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Rogers
  • Patent number: 9716012
    Abstract: Provided are methods for selective deposition. Certain methods describe providing a first substrate surface; providing a second substrate surface; depositing a first layer of film over the first and second substrate surfaces, wherein the deposition has an incubation delay over the second substrate surface such that the first layer of film over the first substrate surface is thicker than the first layer of film deposited over the second substrate surface; and etching the first layer of film over the first and second substrate surfaces, wherein the first layer of film over the second substrate surface is at least substantially removed, but the first layer of film over the first substrate is only partially removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: David Thompson, Huixiong Dai, Patrick M. Martin, Timothy Michaelson, Kadthala R. Narendrnath, Robert Jan Visser, Jingjing Xu, Lin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9707696
    Abstract: A device for injecting a fluid internally of a flow of loose material, comprising: a feeder (2) of loose material (100), provided with a lower discharge mouth (24) through which the loose material (100) flows along a descending direction (Y); an injector (3), predisposed to inject a fluid onto the loose material (100), which injector (3) is located below the discharge mouth (24) such as to be positioned internally of the flow of loose material (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IMAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Benedetti
  • Patent number: 9704719
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a semiconductor device is disclosed. A substrate having an oxide layer is provided. At least a portion of the oxide layer is removed and forms a nitride layer. The nitride layer is removed, leaving nitride precipitates. The nitride precipitates are removed using phosphoric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Jui Li
  • Patent number: 9695292
    Abstract: Provided among other things is method of forming texture on an outer surface of an polymer layer of an article, comprising: applying a latex of polymer particles to (a) a support element of the article or (b) a former, to form an polymer layer; applying to the polymer layer discrete particles of carbonic salt so that they embed into the outer surface and gel elastomer adjacent to the carbonic salt; removing the carbonic salt with an aqueous wash; and curing the polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ansell Limited
    Inventors: Putri Faridatul Akmar Megat Abdul Aziz, Mohd Fairuz Mohamad Zawawi, Norazilayati Rastam, Ahmad Helmi Ujar, Hamidon Zain Mohammed
  • Patent number: 9683293
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of conversion coating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to improved methods for improving efficiency of chromium conversion coat processing lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Lawless
  • Patent number: 9677165
    Abstract: A film growing method includes: (A) attaching wall members to ends of a film grown surface of a base material; (B) growing a film on the film grown surface by a cold spray method; and (C) removing the wall members after a thickness of the grown film on the film grown surface becomes equal to a desired film thickness. It can be prevented that the side ends of the grown film are formed in a slope when a thick film is to be grown by using the cold spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Makoto Saito, Noriyuki Hiramatsu, Akira Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9659796
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing integrated circuits on a wafer includes a polish pad; a rinse arm movable over the polish pad; and a post-polish cleaner. The post-polish cleaner includes a brush for brushing the wafer; and a nozzle aiming at the wafer. The apparatus further includes a mixer configured to mix an additive and de-ionized water; and a pipe connecting the mixer to at least one of the rinse arm and the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Hsun Chan, Ming-Che Ho
  • Patent number: 9643128
    Abstract: A method for making a composite polyamide membrane including a porous support and a thin film polyamide layer, wherein the method includes the step of applying a polyfunctional amine monomer and a tetraacyl acyl halide monomer represented by Formula (I) to a surface of the porous support and interfacially polymerizing the monomers to form a thin film polyamide layer; wherein A is selected from: oxygen (—O—); carbon (—C—); silicon (—Si—); each of which may be unsubstituted or substituted, e.g. with alkyl groups of 1-4 carbon atoms; or a carbonyl group (—C(O)—), X is the same or different and is selected from a halogen, and Y is selected from halogen and hydroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tina L. Arrowood, Aman A. Desai, Steven D. Jons, Mou Paul, Abhishek Roy
  • Patent number: 9644321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for coating a paper web (1), comprising the steps in the following sequence: applying a first layer (20) made of a predetermined quantity of melamine resin to a first side of the paper web (1), first drying of the thus coated paper web (1) at a web temperature of at least 120° C., applying a second layer (21) made of a predetermined quantity of urea resin to a second side of the paper web (1), and second drying of the paper web (1) at a web temperature below 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Hauer