Patents Examined by Deborah Jones
  • Patent number: 7341781
    Abstract: A material useful in a process for embossing a flexible graphite sheet is presented. The inventive material is a flexible graphite sheet which has a preselected void condition which provides the capability of controlling the morphology, and thus the functional characteristics, of the resulting embossed sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: GrafTech International Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Klug
  • Patent number: 7147924
    Abstract: A coated article is provided so as to include an overcoat including zirconium oxide or chromium oxide. In certain example embodiments, the overcoat includes a dual layer overcoat including a nitride inclusive layer which supports a zirconium oxide (ZrOX) layer. In certain example embodiments, the overcoat may be of chromium oxide, with or without such a nitride inclusive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventor: Grzegorz Stachowiak
  • Patent number: 7097889
    Abstract: An artificial barrel cactus consisting of a plurality of sickles; and a plurality of welds laterally interconnecting and radially arranging the sickles about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Desert Steel Company
    Inventor: Eric J. Carroll
  • Patent number: 7078109
    Abstract: The thermal interface structure of the present invention is suited for use in a non-referenced die system between a heat source and heat sink spaced up to 300 mils apart and comprises a plurality of layers including a core body of high conductivity metal or metal alloy having opposite sides, a soft thermal interface layer disposed on one side of the core body for mounting against the heat sink and a thin layer of a phase change material disposed on the opposite side of the core body for mounting against the heat source wherein the surface area dimension (footprint) of the core body is substantially larger than the surface area of the heat source upon which the phase change material is mounted to minimize the thermal resistance between the heat source and the heat sink and wherein said soft thermal interface layer is of a thickness sufficient to accommodate a variable spacing between the heat source and the heat sink of up to 300 mils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Thermagon Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Hill, Jason Strader, James Latham
  • Patent number: 7056588
    Abstract: A coated article is provided so as to have a fairly high visible transmission (TY or Tvis) to sheet resistance (Rs) ratio (i.e., a ratio Tvis/Rs). The higher this ratio, the better the coated article's combined functionality of providing for both good solar performance (e.g., ability to reflect and/or absorb IR radiation) and high visible transmission. In certain example embodiments, coated articles herein may be heat treatable. Coated articles herein may be used in the context of insulating glass (IG) window units, architectural or residential monolithic window units, vehicle window units, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: George Neuman, Philip J. Lingle, Ronald E. Laird, Thomas A Seder, Grzegorz Stachowiak
  • Patent number: 7056589
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plain bearing composite material with a metallic base layer, optionally with a porous support layer applied thereto and a lead-free bearing layer, forming a bearing surface for a bearing partner with a bearing surface material made from plastic with PEEK and a lubricant in the form of zinc sulfide and/or barium sulfate. The plain bearing composite material is characterised in that the bearing material comprises PEEK as matrix-forming plastic component and the lubricant is in the form of 3–15 wt. % zinc sulfide and/or barium sulfate and a hardening component in the form of 3–15 wt. % titanium dioxide and additionally 5–25 wt. % carbon fibers and 5–15 wt. % graphite particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: KS Gleitlager GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Haupert, Wolfgang Bickle
  • Patent number: 7052762
    Abstract: Multilayer optical films are comprised of materials with glass transition temperatures below room temperature (<30° C.). The high refractive index polymers are unique in that they exhibit mechanical properties similar to other low Tg semi-crystalline polymers, yet have significant birefringence (>0.05) when strain induced oriented. Novel combinations of comonomers for thermoplastics control the rate of crystallinity for improved processability and flexibility, giving the films crease and crumple recovery advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Hebrink, James M. Jonza, Nagraj Koneripalli
  • Patent number: 7048866
    Abstract: There is provided a method for producing a metal/ceramic bonding article wherein a metal member 12 is formed so as to have a predetermined shape by printing a resist 14 in a predetermined region on the metal member 12 to etch the metal member 12 after bonding the metal member 12 to a ceramic member 10. In this method, at least one strip-like non-printed portion 16 having a width of, e.g. 0.01 to 0.5 mm, in which the resist is not printed, is provided in a region inwardly spaced from the outer periphery of the resist 14 by a predetermined distance, e.g. 0.01 to 0.5 mm, to control the etch rate in the outer peripheral portion of the metal member 12. Thus, the width and thickness of a fillet is freely changed. For example, a stepped portion (or a stepped portion and fillet) having a width of 0.05 to 0.5 mm and a thickness of 0.005 to 0.25 mm is formed in the outer peripheral portion of the metal member 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Dowa Mining Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jynji Nakamura, Noboru Kamihira
  • Patent number: 7049003
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of making a laminated window such as a vehicle windshield. At least one of the two glass substrates of the window is ion beam milled prior to heat treatment and lamination. As a result, defects in the resulting window and/or haze may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Scott V. Thomsen, Rudolph Hugo Petrmichl, Anthony V. Longobardo, Vijayen S. Veerasamy, David R. Hall, Jr., Henry Luten
  • Patent number: 7045204
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fragrant ornament that releases fragrance only when people who use the ornament change the shape of the ornament by pulling, kneading and squashing. Also, the present invention comprises a fragrant ornament having a fragrance container, which is made of elastic material and has fragrance release pores that completely or approximately hold the aromatic substance inside and generally release fragrance when the shape of the fragrance container is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: E-Anthree Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Yasushi Enguchi
  • Patent number: 7045219
    Abstract: The present invention relates to short metal fibers. A set of short metal fibers, with an equivalent diameter ranging from 1 to 150 $(m)m, comprises entangled and curved fibers. At least 10% of the short metal fibers are entangled, whereas the length of the curved fibers is distributed according to a gamma-distribution, having an average length preferably between 10 and 2000 $(m)m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: N.V. Bekaert S.A.
    Inventors: Ronny Losfeld, Lieven Anaf
  • Patent number: 7041392
    Abstract: A photochromic film includes a laminated film including a composite oxide film composed of at least two elements, one of the two elements selected from the group consisting of Ti, Mn, Co, Ni, Zn, and Sn, and the other of the two elements selected from the group consisting of Mg and Al, respectively, and a transparent conductive film, wherein the light transmission property is changed by UV irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akira Nakazawa, Tsutae Shinoda
  • Patent number: 7041363
    Abstract: The invention relates to a solid body of plastic, glass, ceramic or metal which has at least partially a microstructured surface with rows oriented in a preferential direction of cross-sectionally trapezoidal or wedge-shaped ridges, wherein the ridges have minima and maxima in height (H) which lie in the range from 0 mm to 2 mm, and the minima and maxima follow one another periodically with amplitudes in the range from 0.005 to 20 mm, and the spacing of the rows of neighboring ridges in relation to one another is 0.002 mm to 5 mm, it being possible for the valleys between the rows to be planar, curved or tapered, and the cross-sectionally trapezoidal or wedge-shaped ridges have a wedge angle (?) in the range from 15 to 75°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Roehm GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Krohmer, Hans Lorenz, Norbert Brand
  • Patent number: 7041376
    Abstract: In a window member (10) to be used as a window of a combustion apparatus, adjusting means is bonded to a substrate (11) made of glass. The adjusting means adjusts an average transmittance of the window member so that the average transmittance at a thickness of 4 mm for an electromagnetic wave having a wavelength of 0.4–0.8 ?m falls within a range between 10 and 50%. The adjusting means may comprise a film member (12) bonded to a principal surface (11a) of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Narutoshi Shimatani, Toshimasa Kanai
  • Patent number: 7037589
    Abstract: The invention provides niobium-titanium films, coatings (e.g., low-emissivity coatings) comprising one or more niobium-titanium films, and substrates bearings such coatings. Methods of depositing niobium-titanium films are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Cardinal CG Company
    Inventors: Klaus Hartig, Annette J. Krisko
  • Patent number: 7037602
    Abstract: Multilayer composite for combustion chambers or nozzles of missiles, comprising an interior layer in contact with the combustion gases and an outer layer, wherein the interior layer is a fiber-reinforced ceramic whose matrix comprises phases of carbon and/or phases of silicon carbide and the outer layer is a polymer reinforced with carbon fibers, process for producing the same and combustion chambers and nozzles for missiles made of this composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: SGL Carbon AG
    Inventors: Bodo Benitsch, Udo Gruber, Sven Schweizer, Peter Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 7037597
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a surface-treated copper foil wherein a surface layer which is situated on a side being not bonded to a resin in a copper foil for a printed-wiring board and on which a copper direct drilling process by carbon dioxide laser is easily applied is prepared with a small amount of a covering material in accordance with a simple manner. In the copper foil used for a direct drilling process by laser of the present invention, 50 to 1000 mg/m2 of a covering layer consisting of iron and tin, or a covering layer made of an alloy prepared from iron, tin, and at least one member selected from the group consisting of nickel, cobalt, zinc, chromium, and phosphorous is provided on at least one side of the copper foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Fukuda Metal Foil & Powder Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Takami
  • Patent number: 7029753
    Abstract: A method for etching a deep trench in a substrate. A multi-layer hard mask structure is formed overlying the substrate, which includes a first hard mask layer and at least one second hard mask layer disposed thereon. The first hard mask layer is composed of a first boro-silicate glass (BSG) layer and an overlying first undoped silicon glass (USG) layer and the second is composed of a second BSG layer and an overlying second USG layer. A polysilicon layer is formed overlying the multi-layer hard mask structure and then etched to form an opening therein. The multi-layer hard mask structure and the underlying substrate under the opening are successively etched to simultaneously form the deep trench in the substrate and remove the polysilicon layer. The multi-layer hard mask structure is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kaan-Lu Tzou, Tzu-Ching Tsai, Yi-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 7026056
    Abstract: A structure for encapsulating and protecting fiber insulation material as well as other materials in multicompartment devices in order to provide unitized material which can be applied to any surface desired for insulation or other purposes. A first sheet of material is formed with pockets or depressions in the sheet which are adapted for receiving the material desired to be unitized and a second sheet placed over the first sheet, and the two sheets are attached together in the areas between the pockets or depressions thus encapsulating the material in the pockets. The material is unitized by placing the material in individual sealed metal foil containers or compartments, then the individual containers of unitized material are attached in matrix form to a continuous sheet, such as positioning the containers in openings in the continuous sheet. The product can be applied to any surface desired for insulation or other purposes. Preferably a multilayer metal foil material is employed in the structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: ATD Corporation
    Inventor: G. William Ragland
  • Patent number: RE39070
    Abstract: A wear resistant coating for protecting surfaces undergoing sliding contact is disclosed. The wear resistant coating is applied by high velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF) deposition of a powdered blend of the coating constituents. The powdered blend includes a nickel-chromium alloy, chromium carbide, and molybdenum. The disclosed coating should find use as a bearing surface on piston rings, cylinder liners, and other components of a power cylinder assembly of an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas C. Stong, Thomas J. Smith, Peter J. Einberger