Patents Examined by Elizabeth E Mulvaney
  • Patent number: 11001089
    Abstract: To provide a laminate whereby, when a printed layer is formed by an inkjet printing system, the adhesion of the printed layer can be easily maintained and it is possible to obtain a printed matter having excellent durability; a printed matter using said laminate; and a method for producing the printed matter. The laminate comprises a film-shaped substrate 1 containing a first fluorinated polymer and a coating layer 3 present in contact directly with one side or each side of the substrate 1, wherein the coating layer 3 is a coating layer containing a second fluorinated polymer different from the first fluorinated polymer, the visible light transmittance of the substrate is 0% or more than 0%, and when it is more than 0%, the visible light transmittance difference expressed by the following formula (1), of the laminate, is at most 40%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Aruga
  • Patent number: 11001534
    Abstract: Disclosed are a semi-transparent ceramic sheet decorated through ink light-absorbance and a preparation method thereof. The semi-transparent ceramic sheet comprises a semi-transparent green body, an inner inkjet pattern layer infiltrating into the semi-transparent green body from an upper surface of the semi-transparent green body, a decoloration glaze layer located on the upper surface, and a surface pattern layer located on the decoloration glaze layer. The decoloration glaze layer is capable of decoloring the ink of the inner inkjet pattern layer. The semi-transparent ceramic sheet is provided with the decoloration glaze layer so that the inkjet decoration of the inner inkjet pattern layer cannot be displayed on the surface, and the decorative pattern on the surface of the green body is the surface pattern layer and the inner inkjet pattern layer is completely in the inner layer of the green body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MONALISA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Libiao Xiao, Limin Pan, Zhouqiang Fan, Yijun Liu, Junle Dong, Lingyan Huang
  • Patent number: 10994520
    Abstract: A method includes the steps of providing a disk, wherein the disk has a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a profile, and wherein the disk includes an FDA-compliant plastic material that is configured to be formed into a dental appliance; providing a graphic part, wherein the graphic part includes: a first carrier film, and a graphic disposed on the first carrier film, providing a heat stamping press having a lower platen and an upper platen; positioning the disk on the lower platen; positioning the graphic part on the disk such that the graphic of the graphic part contacts a portion of the first side of the disk; and heat stamping the disk and the graphic part with the heat stamping press, thereby causing the graphic to fuse with the disk to produce a decorated disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DentaGrafix, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Marshall Sacks, Matthew Fischer
  • Patent number: 10988942
    Abstract: Ceramic tile having a ceramic base layer and a cover glaze layer including a printed pattern, where the surface of the ceramic tile has a relief having structural features corresponding to the printed pattern. The structural features are at least partly formed in the surface of the ceramic base layer and manifest themselves through the glaze layer to the upper surface of the tile. Additionally, a method which allows for the manufacturing of such ceramic tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Bernard Thiers, Christine Walmsley-Scott, Bart Van Der Stockt
  • Patent number: 10983256
    Abstract: A privacy film may have a light-blocking layer that is interposed between first and second transparent substrates. The light-blocking layer may have a plurality of opaque portions and a plurality of transparent portions. The opaque portions may be shaped to ensure light from the display is directed only to the primary viewer of the display. Each opaque portion of the light-blocking layer may extend along a respective longitudinal axis between the first and second transparent substrates. Privacy films used to cover curved displays may have opaque portions that extend along longitudinal axes that have different angles relative to the transparent substrates. Opaque portions in the edge of the privacy film may have longitudinal axes that are at non-perpendicular angles with respect to the transparent substrates. A privacy film for a curved display may also include a light-redirecting layer such as a prism layer or a liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Huang, Steven M. Scardato, ByoungSuk Kim, Jun Qi, Victor H Yin, Wenyong Zhu
  • Patent number: 10974530
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a water-insoluble pattern on and/or within a substrate is described. Also described, is a substrate obtained by such a method, a product including such a substrate and the use of the substrate in different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Roger Bollström, Patrick A. C. Gane
  • Patent number: 10971183
    Abstract: A dielectric layer is formed from an oxide containing Sn and at least one of Zn, Zr, Si and Ga. The molar percentages of Sn, Zn, Zr, Si, and Ga, relative to the total elements in the oxide, represented by a, b, c, d, and e, respectively, satisfy the conditions (1)-(7): (1) 0?b/(a+b)?0.6, (2) 0?(c+d)/(a+b+c+d+e)?0.5, (3) 0?b?50, (4) 0?c?40, (5) 0?d?45, (6) 0?e?40, and (7) 20?b+c+d+e?80. The dielectric layer enables favorable information recording in an oxide-based recording layer on which the dielectric layer is directly overlaid, does not require preventive measures for health hazard, and is superior in durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuki Tauchi
  • Patent number: 10964236
    Abstract: A product (20) for use on a surface or as part of a surface, the product comprising: a first layer (22) which carries an indication; and a second layer (26) which overlies at least a portion of the first layer (22), the second layer (26) comprising a porous polymer; wherein the second layer (26) is opaque when dry such that the indication is masked and transparent when wet such that the indication is revealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Peter James Dobson, Leonard Pincher
  • Patent number: 10955747
    Abstract: A method of coating an optical substrate with a transparent, electrically conductive coating includes depositing a semiconductor coating over a surface of an optical substrate, wherein the semiconductor coating has broadband optical transmittance. A doped semiconductor is applied in a pattern over the semiconductor coating. The doped semiconductor in the pattern is activated for electrical conductivity in the doped semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Bradley Dean Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10946616
    Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure feature a bonding layer including a support layer and discrete adhesive patches disposed on one or both sides of the support layer. At least some aspects of the present disclosure feature a flexible display using a bonding layer including discrete adhesive patches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Albert I. Everaerts, Fay T. Salmon, Michael J. Wald
  • Patent number: 10941526
    Abstract: Decoration paper for a decorative laminate, which is inkjet printable, comprising a paper substrate comprising at least one opacifying pigment having a refractive index of greater than 2, and on at least one face of the substrate a surface treatment comprising a binder and between 0.5 and 9 g/m2 of a filler having a specific surface area of between 2 and 100 m2/g and a refractive index of less than or equal to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
    Inventor: Sébastien Charignon
  • Patent number: 10942448
    Abstract: A repatternable nanoimprint lithography stamp includes a magnetic substrate and magnetic core nanoparticles. The magnetic substrate includes a magnet and a magnetic mask, and the magnetic core nanoparticles are arranged in a pattern on a surface of the magnetic substrate. The pattern is defined by selective application of a magnetic field to the magnetic substrate using the magnet and the magnetic mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10941579
    Abstract: A method may be provided for manufacturing a floor panel having a decorative upper side formed by a top layer. The top layer may have at least a decorative layer that includes a digital print and a transparent or translucent wear layer. The method may involve providing a film. The digital print may be provided on the film by jetting one or more inks from a set of inks onto the film using a digital inkjet printer. A primer or adhesion layer may be provided on the digital print or on the translucent or transparent wear layer. The film and the transparent or translucent wear layer may be laminated such that the digital print is in between the film and the transparent or translucent wear layer, and the primer or adhesion layer is between the digital print and the transparent or translucent wear layer. The primer or adhesion layer may be provided by applying the primer or an adhesion promoting substance with at least one roller or by using a print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: UNILIN BV
    Inventor: Benjamin Clement
  • Patent number: 10935700
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention provides a foldable light-transmitting optical film 10 for use in an image display device 50, which includes a resin base material 11, a hard coat layer 12 provided on the first surface 11A of the resin base material 11, and a resin layer 13 having a film thickness of 50 ?m or more and 300 ?m or less and provided on the second surface 11B of the resin base material 11 that is opposite to the first surface 11A, wherein the shear storage modulus (G?) of the optical film 10 at 25° C. in the frequency range from 500 Hz to 1000 Hz inclusive is more than 200 MPa and 1200 MPa or less, and the shear loss modulus (G?) of the optical film at 25° C. in the frequency range from 500 Hz to 1000 Hz inclusive is 3 MPa or more and 150 MPa or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hashimoto, Atsuhiro Kobayashi, Seiichi Isojima
  • Patent number: 10919265
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to intermediate layers (shim-type stacked foils/films) as adjusting elements for mechanical structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Martin, Daniel Vögele
  • Patent number: 10910010
    Abstract: A reversible recording medium according to an embodiment of the present disclosure is a reversible recording medium that includes recording layers and heat-insulating layers that are alternately stacked, in which the recording layers each include a reversible heat-sensitive color developing composition and a first light-heat converting agent. In this reversible recording medium, the recording layers are different from each other in a developing color of their respective reversible heat-sensitive color developing compositions and are different from each other in an absorption wavelength of their respective first light-heat converting agents. This reversible recording medium further includes a heat-generating layer that includes a second light-heat converting agent having an absorption wavelength that is different from the absorption wavelength of the first light-heat converting agent included in each of the recording layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Takahashi, Satoko Asaoka, Taichi Takeuchi, Asuka Tejima, Kentaro Kuriyama, Mitsunari Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10907029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a resin composition containing (A) a compound having a maleimide group, a divalent group having at least two imide bonds, and a saturated or unsaturated divalent hydrocarbon group and (B) a halogen-free flame retardant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Showa Denko Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Tanigawa, Tetsuroh Irino, Minoru Kakitani, Kouji Morita
  • Patent number: 10894507
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle includes a rearview assembly housing, a display on an outer surface of the rearview assembly housing, and a controller configured to receive information on a battery level or a gasoline level of the vehicle, where the display is configured to display the battery level or the gasoline level of the vehicle. The rearview assembly may include a reflective coating, for example a chromium-based reflective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Simon David Field, Hong Wonsik, Jung Jaemun
  • Patent number: 10889062
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to creating a surface identifier using a shape memory material. In one implementation, a processor determines a first property value of the surface identifier associated with a first phase and a second property value of the surface identifier associated with a second phase. A manufacturing device may create a surface identifier using a shape memory material. In one implementation, the surface identifier is created in a manner that causes the surface identifier to exhibit the first property value when the shape memory material is in a first phase and to exhibit the second property value when the shape memory material is in a second phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven J. Simske, Guy Adams
  • Patent number: 10890844
    Abstract: There is provided an embossed film in which the frequency of loss of concavities is smaller, the embossed film including: a film main body; and a plurality of concavities formed on a surface of the film main body. A diameter of an opening surface of the concavity is larger than a visible light wavelength, an arrangement pattern of the concavities has periodicity along a length direction of the film main body, and the difference between the rate of loss of concavities in one end portion of the film main body and the rate of loss of concavities in the other end portion of the film main body is 10 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Yutaka Muramoto, Masanao Kikuchi