Patents Examined by Elizabeth Mulvaney
  • Patent number: 9855718
    Abstract: A multi-layer laminate may include a substrate, a printed build layer adjacent the substrate and defining a texture having elevated areas and areas of relief, a printed image layer adjacent the build layer, and a coating layer having a mineral loading and a method for creating a textured laminate may include steps to cause the printed image to be in registration with the texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: WILSONART LLC
    Inventors: Michael Riebel, Milton Riebel
  • Patent number: 9849652
    Abstract: Various flexible heat sealable decorative articles and methods of making the same are described. The flexible heat sealable decorative articles are lightweight and can be combined with other decorative elements, such as metalized films. Various decorative are mixed or combined with one another to form highly attractive flexible heat sealable decorative articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HIGH VOLTAGE GRAPHICS, INC.
    Inventor: Louis Brown Abrams
  • Patent number: 9827709
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to synthetic attachment discs made from adhesive nanofibers and/or microfibers that are capable of attaching long fibers to a wide variety of surfaces, and related methods for forming and using them. The synthetic attachment discs of the present invention use very little material relative to prior art systems, while producing a very strong attachment force. Experimental and theoretical evidence are provided to confirm the advantages of thousands of micron-size ‘staple-pins’ and their low peeling angles to enhance the adhesive forces required to peel the synthetic attachment discs. The present invention provides a unique strategy for designing new adhesives that use very little material for various biomedical and material science applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventors: Ali Dhinojwala, Vasav Sahni, Dharamdeep Jain
  • Patent number: 9830941
    Abstract: An optical recording medium includes a transmissive recording layer containing an oxide of a metal MA, an oxide of a metal MB, and an oxide of a metal MC. The metal MA is at least one kind selected from the group consisting of Mn and Ni. The metal MB is at least one kind selected from the group consisting of W and Mo. The metal Mc is Zr. An atomic ratio (MA/MB) of the metal MA to the metal MB is not less than 0.37 and not more than 1.31. The metal MC is contained in the transmissive recording layer at not less than 0.9 atomic % and not more than 27.5 atomic %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Sone
  • Patent number: 9822226
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide: a dry film comprising a resin layer which has excellent detachability from a carrier film and in which cracking and powdering are inhibited; and a printed wiring board comprising a cured article obtained by curing the dry film. The dry film comprises a resin layer containing a thermosetting resin component, a filler and at least two solvents, wherein the at least two solvents both have a boiling point of 100° C. or higher and the boiling points of the at least two solvents are different by not less than 5° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TAIYO INK MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Chujo, Arata Endo
  • Patent number: 9816012
    Abstract: A step of scattering electrically conductive particles on a wiring board having wiring that is formed in accordance with an array pattern of the electrically conductive particles and prevented from being charged, and charging the electrically conductive particles; a step of aligning the charged electrically conductive particles in a predetermined array pattern corresponding to the wiring pattern by moving a squeegee on the wiring board; and a step of bonding a transfer film having an adhesive material layer formed thereon to the wiring board and transferring the electrically conductive particles aligned in a predetermined array pattern to the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiichiro Shinohara
  • Patent number: 9809012
    Abstract: A flexible display device includes: a display panel to generate an image; and a window member on the display panel, the window member including: a base film; and a polymer layer including a first part and a plurality of second parts having lower hardness than that of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Xie
  • Patent number: 9807871
    Abstract: An electronic assembly includes a substrate having in a first zone a low contrast first conductive pattern; a high contrast fiducial mark in a second zone of the substrate different from the first zone, wherein the fiducial mark and the first conductive pattern are in registration; and a second conductive pattern aligned with the first conductive pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel J. Theis, Ann M. Gilman, Kim B. Saulsbury, Matthew S. Stay, Shawn C. Dodds, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • Patent number: 9799821
    Abstract: A residual stress in a PZT type ferroelectric film 12 formed on a substrate body 11 by a sol-gel process is ?14 MPa to ?31 MPa, and the ferroelectric film 12 is crystal oriented in a (100) plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro Doi, Hideaki Sakurai, Nobuyuki Soyama
  • Patent number: 9797924
    Abstract: Provided herein in an apparatus, including a substrate; a functional layer, wherein the functional layer has a composition characteristic of a workpiece of an analytical apparatus; and pre-determined features configured to calibrate the analytical apparatus. Also provided herein is an apparatus, including a functional layer overlying a substrate; and pre-determined features for calibration of an analytical apparatus configured to measure the surface of a workpiece, wherein the functional layer has a composition similar to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gennady Gauzner, Zhaoning Yu, Nobuo Kurataka, David S. Kuo, Kim Y Lee, Yautzong Hsu, Hong Ying Wang
  • Patent number: 9797036
    Abstract: A metal workpiece, such as a wheel, and a method of providing an enhanced corrosion resistant surface coating on an exposed surface of a metal or alloy substrate (such as magnesium). A corrosion resistance basecoat is formed, including generating an oxide layer, and applying a first primer coating onto at least a portion of the oxide layer. The method may further include identifying highest corrosion prone areas on the substrate and designing a support rack that avoids contact with these corrosion prone areas. The method also includes forming a topcoat over at least a portion of the basecoat, by applying a second primer coating onto at least a portion of the first primer coating and depositing a sputtered metallic film onto the second primer coating using a physical vapor deposition technique. A clear coat layer may be applied over the metallic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Lei Gao
  • Patent number: 9799735
    Abstract: Quality of a silicon carbide single crystal is improved. A crucible having first and second sides is prepared. A solid source material for growing silicon carbide with a sublimation method is arranged on the first side. A seed crystal made of silicon carbide is arranged on the second side. The crucible is arranged in a heat insulating container. The heat insulating container has an opening facing the second side. The crucible is heated such that the solid source material sublimes. A temperature on the second side is measured through the opening in the heat insulating container. The opening has a tapered inner surface narrowed toward the outside of the heat insulating container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsubasa Honke, Kyoko Okita, Tomohiro Kawase, Tsutomu Hori
  • Patent number: 9796810
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide: a heat-curable composition capable of yielding a cured article in which crack generation during a heating-cooling cycle can be inhibited; a dry film thereof; and a printed wiring board comprising the cured article. The heat-curable composition is characterized by comprising a semisolid or a solid epoxy compound and a curing accelerator that is made miscible with the epoxy compound when heated at 130 to 220° C. The dry film comprises a resin layer formed from this heat-curable composition, and the printed wiring board comprises a cured article obtained from the heat-curable composition or the dry film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: TAIYO INK MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Chujo, Arata Endo
  • Patent number: 9782955
    Abstract: Touch sensor layer constructions and methods of making such constructions are described. More particularly, touch sensor constructions that utilize patterned conductive layers that may be applied by a sacrificial release liner, eliminating one or more glass and/or film substrate from touch sensor stacks, and methods of making such constructions are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael W. Dolezal, Robert R. Kieschke, Ta-Hua Yu, Mark A. Roehrig, Pradnya V. Nagarkar, Matthew S. Stay, Shawn C. Dodds, Bernard O. Geaghan
  • Patent number: 9781829
    Abstract: Methods, systems and produced printed substrates are provided, which include substrates composed of one or more materials which are treated by an intermediate layer for normalizing surface energies and a digitally printed formulation adapted to the normalized surface energies. Surface energy normalization may be carried out by physical processes or by selective chemical processes. In an example, a self-assembled monolayer is applied to the surface of a printed circuit board to control ink jet dots by reducing copper surface energy and to improve ink adhesion. The self-assembled monolayer binds via an ? group selectively and covalently to the copper on the board and binds via a hydrophobic ? group to solder mask ink that is applied to the board. The ? group participates in the solidification process of the ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CAMTEL LTD.
    Inventor: Boaz Nitzan
  • Patent number: 9776210
    Abstract: Various laser marking compositions and related methods are described. The laser marking compositions include a molybdenum metal complex, a tungsten metal complex, or combinations thereof. Marks or other indicia formed on a substrate using the compositions and methods exhibit increased contrast and improved substrate bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Sarver, Stephen Rozwood, George E. Sakoske, Terry J. Detrie
  • Patent number: 9770759
    Abstract: Techniques for forming highly stretchable electronic interconnect devices are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an electronic interconnect device includes forming a layer of an adhesion material onto a surface of a substrate material capable of elastic and/or plastic deformation. The formed layer of the adhesion material has a plurality of adhesion material portions separated from one another on the surface of the substrate material. The method also includes depositing a layer of an interconnect material onto the formed layer of the adhesion material. The deposited interconnect material has regions that are not bonded or loosely bonded to corresponding regions of the substrate material, such that the interconnect material may be deformed more than the adhesion material attached to the substrate material. In certain embodiments, the interconnect material can also include a plurality of wrinkles on a surface facing away from the substrate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Indranath Dutta, Rahul Panat
  • Patent number: 9761349
    Abstract: The present invention provides an excellent electrically conductive paste which is applicable or printable and stretchable and which ca realize an electrically conductive membrane having high electrical conductivity. An electrically conductive paste wherein a conductive, filler (B) is uniformly dispersed in a resin (A) characterized in that the resin (A) is a rubber (A1) containing sulfur atom and/or a rubber (A2) containing nitrile group, and that the conductive filler (B) is metal powder (B1) having an average particle diameter of 0.5 to 10 ?m and a conductive material (B2) having a group selected from mercapto group, amino group and nitrite group on its surface and having an aspect ratio of 10 to 10,000. Instead of having said group on the surface, the conductive filler (B) may be subjected to a surface treatment with a rubber containing sulfide bond and/or nitrite group. Also, the conductive filler (B) may be metal nanowire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Imahashi
  • Patent number: 9757925
    Abstract: A packaging product taking the form of a thermally insulating packaging material includes a first multi-layer film bonded to a second layer of multi-layer film. Each multi-layer film can include one or more polymer layers and one or more metallized layers. The multi-layer films are bonded to each other with a pattern that leaves a number of inflatable cells dispersed across a surface of the sheet. At least one end of the sheet can be left unbonded. The uninflated packaging product can be stored and distributed in its uninflated state prior to it being used as a packaging material. Once ready for use, the cells can be inflated through the unbonded ends and the unbonded ends of the sheets can then be sealed to form a robust sheet of thermally insulating packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AKX, SA
    Inventor: Alice K. Duong
  • Patent number: 9761263
    Abstract: An optical information recording and reproducing device that records information on a recording medium and/or reproduces information on the recording medium, using holography is configured to include a laser light source that performs irradiation with laser light, a first light-shielding portion which is capable of switching between transmission and shielding of laser light emitted from the laser light source, and a driving circuit that drives the switching between transmission and shielding of the first light-shielding portion, and a first movement portion that moves the first light-shielding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Taguchi, Koji Fujita, Nobuo Nakai, Koichiro Nishimura, Taku Hoshizawa, Kazuyoshi Yamazaki