Patents Examined by Elizabeth Evans
  • Patent number: 10073341
    Abstract: In nanoimprinting processes, photo-cured products often separate from the substrate and stick to the mold due to insufficient adhesion between the photo-cured product and the substrate. This causes a defect of pattern separation. An adhesion layer composition used for forming an adhesion layer between a substrate and a photocurable composition includes a compound (A) having at least two functional groups, and a solvent (B). The functional groups include at least one functional group capable of being bound to the substrate, selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, carboxy, thiol, amino, epoxy, and (blocked) isocyanate, and at least one hydrogen donating group as a functional group capable of being bound to the photocurable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Honma, Toshiki Ito, Tomonori Otani, Kazumi Iwashita
  • Patent number: 10072190
    Abstract: An adhesive tape is provided comprising a duct tape having an adhesive surface and a non-adhesive surface, a white ink printed on the non-adhesive surface of the duct tape, and a colored ink printed on top of the printed white ink. The white ink and the colored ink are digitally printed and UV curable. A self-wound roll of adhesive duct tape having digitally printed ink on the non-adhesive surface of the duct tape is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Shurtape Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Eric Festa, Sr., Windy Kathal, Ameet Santosh Kulkarni, David Adam Worley
  • Patent number: 10065376
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object fabrication device, a three-dimensional object fabrication method, and a three-dimensional object decorated in any desired colors are provided. In the three-dimensional object, second colored regions of the layers overlap each other, and a discharged ink volume of a coloring ink per unit volume is reduced to a smaller volume in the second colored region than in a first colored region adjacent to the second colored region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunio Hakkaku
  • Patent number: 10068606
    Abstract: An optical device, such as an optical storage medium, comprises a layer of material in the solid state that has a refractive index that is switchable between at least two stable values by applied light. A reflector is spaced apart from the layer of material by a solid spacer layer transmissive to light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Harish Bhaskaran, Peiman Hosseini, Carlos Andres Rios-Ocampo
  • Patent number: 10035875
    Abstract: A patterned film structure consists of a substrate and of a patterned polymeric layer which selectively covers and exposes part of the surface of the substrate. The patterned polymeric layer is selected form at least one of an unsubstituted poly-para-xylylene and a substituted poly-para-xylylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MAY-HWA ENTERPRISE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsien-Yeh Chen, Chih-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 9993994
    Abstract: An apparatus to be affixed to a vehicle to conceal a damaged portion of the vehicle where the apparatus has an exterior surface with a color base coat of paint covered with a clear coat finish, which color base coat of paint exactly matches the color base coat of paint on the vehicle and the clear covering serves to further match the color of the paint on the vehicle which in turn has a clear coat covering. The invention serves to conceal minor damage to the vehicle until the damage such as a ding, dent, scratch etc can be repaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis R. Termeer
  • Patent number: 6746746
    Abstract: The inventions relates to a laser beam optical recording medium which features several read/write levels, comprising a first half-transparent level and at least a second level, the first one being close to the laser transmitting source, each level comprising a phase changing material layer with two stable states controlled by a laser beam, where the phase changing material is a metallic alloy whose chemical formula writes as: [(GeyTe1-y)a(SbzTe1-z)1-a]1-b(In1-xTex)b with: 0.4≦y≦0.6 0.3≦z≦0.5 0.4≦x≦0.6 0.3≦a≦0.5 0.01≦b≦0.3 the reflection coefficient of the first level being in the range from 10% to 30%, the transmission coefficient being at least 45%, the writing power being lower than 23 mW and the erasing power being lower than 10 mW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignees: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, MPO International
    Inventors: Bernard Bechevet, Romuald Paviet, Robin Perrier, Jean-Michel Bruneau
  • Patent number: 6706358
    Abstract: A data storage disk may include depressions or raised features, which may be filled and/or polished with various materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Terry McDaniel, John H. Jerman, Karl A. Belser
  • Patent number: 6500555
    Abstract: Thermochromic laminates, which predictably vary their ability to absorb or reflect electromagnetic radiation, are provided. Laminates of the invention advantageously possess temperature trigger zones, that is, points or ranges of temperature, which function to decrease or increase the amount of electromagnetic energy, and particularly energy in the UV, infrared and visible ranges, that is reflected from the laminate, or absorbed as heat by the laminate and transmitted to an underlying structure. Laminates of the present invention can be provided in a variety of colors and temperature trigger points or ranges, and require no input of external energy except that of the impinging radiation. Laminates of the invention advantageously can be used in methods alone or combined with other materials such as roofing, siding, heat exchangers and other heat transfer materials and are therefore useful to control the temperature of an underlying structure or object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Cygnet Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Waleed Khaldi
  • Patent number: 6497935
    Abstract: A phase-change optical information recording medium including a substrate and a recording layer provided on the substrate, the recording layer including a phase-change recording material capable of recording information, reproducing recorded information, and erasing recorded information reversibly with reversible phase changes in the phase-change recording material, with successive formation of a recording mark with a low reflectivity and a length of at least one unit extending in an optical recording scanning direction, and a space with a high reflectivity and a length of at least one unit extending in the optical recording scanning direction, wherein information is recorded by a plurality of signals being recorded in the recording layer, each signal constituting a recording mark area including a recording initiation marking portion with (a) a length of at least two times a minimum length of the recording mark and (b) a width (W1) of at least 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Ippei Ogawa
  • Patent number: 6482493
    Abstract: An optical disc capable of being high a recording density. On the optical disc, there is provided a pit having a width large relative to a length. The width of the pit is larger than the length of the pit so that the optical disc is high in the recording density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dae Young Kim
  • Patent number: 6475589
    Abstract: Embodiments of optical discs and methods for making the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the optical disc comprises: at least two plastic substrates comprising a bonding layer and a data layer disposed therebetween, wherein at least one of the substrates is a read side substrate comprising greater than or equal to about 0.05 wt % colorant, based upon the total weight of the read side substrate, and wherein the read side substrate has a UV Bonding Index of greater than or equal to about 0.5. One method for making the optical disc comprises: forming a first plastic substrate comprising greater than or equal to about 0.05 wt % colorant, based upon the total weight of the first plastic substrate, wherein a UV Bonding Index of the first plastic substrate is controlled to be greater than or equal to about 0.5, disposing a data layer between the first plastic substrate and a second substrate, bonding the first plastic substrate to the second plastic substrate with a bonding layer, and curing the bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vandita Pai-Paranjape, Steven R. Peak, Philippe Schottland, Verghese Thomas, Sharon S. Weis
  • Patent number: 6475588
    Abstract: A colored optical disk and method for making the same are disclosed herein. The method comprises: disposing a first semi-reflective data layer on a first resin layer, wherein the first resin layer has light transmission at a desired reading wavelength of greater than about 60%; disposing a top side of a first fully reflective data layer on a side of said first semi-reflective data layer opposite said first resin layer, wherein reflectivity of the first fully reflective data layer and the first semi-reflective data layer is individually about 18 to about 30%, and wherein a difference in the reflectivity between the first fully reflective data layer and the first semi-reflective data layer is less than about 5%; disposing a separating layer between said first fully reflective data layer and said first semi-reflective data layer; disposing a second resin layer on a bottom side of said first fully reflective data layer; and adding color to at least a portion of the optical disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philippe Schottland, Verghese Thomas, Sharon S. Weis, Steven R. Peak
  • Patent number: 6468617
    Abstract: In an apparatus for fabricating a carbon coating, an object such as a magnetic recording medium is disposed on a side of an electrode connected to a high-frequency power supply. Ultrasonic vibrations are supplied to the object. Discharge is generated between the electrode connected to the high-frequency power supply and a grounded electrode to fabricate a carbon coating on the surface of the object. Also, an electrode interval is set to 6 mm or less, pressure between the electrodes is set to 15 Torr to 100 Torr, whereby high-density plasma is generated to form an ion sheath on an anode side. Therefore, a coating is fabricated on the surface of the object by bombardment of ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Kenji Itoh, Shigenori Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6447868
    Abstract: Provided is an optical molding material comprising a cyclic polyolefin resin having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 120° C. to 170° C., wherein the melt viscosity of the resin at 260° C. is 5,000 to 50,000 poises as measured at a shear rate of 10 sec−1 and 200 to 1,000 poises at a shear rate of 10,000 sec−1, and the melt viscosity of the resin at 320° C. is 500 to 5,000 poises at a shear rate of 10 sec−1 and 100 to 800 poises at a shear rate of 10,000 sec−1. An optical molding material comprising a cyclic polyolefin resin, an optical molded product and an optical disk substrate, wherein a variation range of retardation of the resin is within ±10% of the retardation at 590 nm when the wavelength is changed from 400 nm to 830 nm, are provided. The material is molded into, for example, the optical disk substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: JSR Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Sekiguchi, Toshihiro Ohtsuki, Takatoshi Ishigaki, Tatsuya Hirono
  • Patent number: 6447869
    Abstract: An optical information recording medium includes a first substrate; at least a first dielectric layer and a recording layer for signal recording provided on a surface of the first substrate; and a second substrate. The first substrate and the second substrate are assembled together in the state of being warped in planar symmetry and flattened. The first dielectric layer and the recording layer is interposed between the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Ohno, Hidemi Isomura, Akihiro Moteki
  • Patent number: 6444285
    Abstract: To obtain a digital video disc having excellent durability in a high temperature and high humidity environment, an ultraviolet curable composition prepared such that water in which the cured coating film has been immersed has a specific conductivity of 100 &mgr;S/cm or less is provided as an adhesive for use in bonding two discs with information recording layers, respectively, having thin films of different kinds of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Dainippon Ink and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Murakami
  • Patent number: 6440518
    Abstract: A transparent coating is used on an optical information disk. The optical information disk is an injection-molded piece of clear poly-carbonate plastic and is impressed with microscopic bumps which are arranged as a single, continuous, extremely long spiral track of data. A thin, reflective aluminum layer is sputtered onto the optical information disc so that the thin, reflective aluminum layer covers the bumps. A thin acrylic layer is sprayed over the thin, reflective aluminum layer in order to protect it. The transparent coating is a composite material which is made of silica as the discontinuous phase and of a polytetrafluoro-ethylene-derived organic polymer as the continuous phase which leads to a fluorine-containing silica-based product. The transparent coating is applied by spin or dip from specific solutions at room temperature followed by a mild and short heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Brandon L. Upper
  • Patent number: 6440516
    Abstract: An optical disc having a light transmitting layer of a reduced uniform thickness. The optical disc has a transparent film bonded via a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or a dry photopolymer sheet on a substrate to serve as a light transmitting layer. The signal recording surface is formed on the substrate and/or the transparent film. The light transmitting layer may be constituted solely by a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or a dry photopolymer sheet. In the present optical disc, recording and/or reproduction is performed from the light transmitting layer with respect to the signal recording surface. The pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or the dry photopolymer sheet is itself in a sheet form and is previously formed into a layer (sheet) of a pre-set thickness, in a manner different from the case in which a UV light curable resin is coated on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamasaki, Tomomi Yukumoto, Motohiro Furuki, Toshiyuki Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 6436503
    Abstract: This invention relates to data storage media, and more particularly to data storage media having both a data storage layer and an adjacent transparent overlayer wherein the data storage layer is capable of reflecting an energy field incident upon said transparent overlayer prior to being incident upon said data layer. Specifically, this invention relates to data storage media having thin transparent polyestercarbonate overlayers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Curtis R. Cradic, Steven F. Hubbard, Cornelis Jan Maria Rijken