Patents Examined by G. M. Hyder
  • Patent number: 10444662
    Abstract: A toner cartridge for use with an image forming apparatus includes a memory storing identification data of the toner cartridge and parameter information including image formation process parameters dependent on toner characteristic or ambient conditions. A transceiver unit communicates with the image forming apparatus to send the process parameter information stored in the memory to the image forming apparatus when the identification data is authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOSHIBA AMERICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Toru Homma, Hiroshi Hashidume, Hisanobu Ajima, Nobuo Tohata, Takahiro Nakajima, Takumi Hatano
  • Patent number: 10444658
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is capable of performing a second image forming operation in which a peripheral velocity ratio of a developer bearing member to an image bearing member becomes greater than that in a first image forming operation, and in which a potential difference between a developing bias applied to the developer bearing member and a supply bias applied to a supply member becomes a potential difference at which a urging force causing a developer at the contact portion between the developer bearing member and the supply member to move from the supply member to the developer bearing member becomes smaller than that in the first image forming operation, or becomes a potential difference at which a urging force causing the developer to move from the developer bearing member to the supply member is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Bunro Noguchi, Hisashi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10444170
    Abstract: System and method for analyzing changes in a fluid flowing through a conduit, including defining at least one coordinate within said conduit, said conduit having a first plurality of slices, receiving at least one known value for at least one property of the fluid, measuring said fluid using magnetic resonance, determining at least one image from the measured fluid, the at least one image having a second plurality of slices for said at least one coordinate, determining a second set of values for said at least one property of said fluid, comparing the first set of values and second set of values for said at least one property to determine a difference value, checking deviation of the determined difference from a predetermined value for said fluid, and issuing an alert if the deviation is not substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ASPECT AI LTD.
    Inventors: Uri Rapoport, Boaz Shapira
  • Patent number: 10436870
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. By using image data of a subject acquired by performing a first imaging process, the processing circuitry is configured to detect a first region including at least a part of a first site, the first site and a second site having a symmetrical relationship with each other in the subject. The processing circuitry is configured to derive a second region including at least a part of the second site on the basis of the first region. The processing circuitry is configured to set a Radio Frequency (RF) pulse application region used for performing a second imaging process, on the basis of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takamasa Sugiura, Kensuke Shinoda, Takuya Fujimaki, Yasunori Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10436859
    Abstract: A sample tube carrier includes a housing space in which a sample tube can be accommodated, and a locking mechanism constituted by a valve and a spring. When introducing a sample tube, the sample tube carrier is mounted on one end of a sample tube passage member communicating with an NMR probe device and the one end comes into contact with the valve and brings the valve into an opened state, thereby introducing the sample tube into the NMR probe device through the sample tube passage member. When collecting the sample tube, gas is jetted into the sample tube passage member toward the housing space and the gas pressure acts to discharge the sample tube from the NMR probe device to the housing space through the sample tube passage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Endo, Masahide Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10427438
    Abstract: A control device determines whether an abnormality occurs in an image formed on a paper sheet with reference to image forming information regarding image formation generated by an image forming device that provides an area to be cut in the paper sheet and forms an image in an image forming area and read image information generated according to reading by a reading device that reads the image formed on the paper sheet, and generates control information for controlling image formation of the image forming device, wherein in a case where an abnormality is detected in the image forming area, the control device generates control information for adjusting positions of the image forming area and the area to be cut to move the abnormality to the area to be cut and notifies the image forming device of the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yago
  • Patent number: 10429776
    Abstract: A controller of an image heating apparatus executes a first heater control operation, when a sheet having a width such that the sheet passes both a position of a first temperature detector and a position of a second temperature detector, is heated in a nip, for controlling power supply to a heater so that a temperature detected by the second temperature detector is maintained at a heater target temperature, and a second heater control operation, when a sheet having a width such that the sheet passes through the position of the first temperature detector, but does not pass through the position of the second temperature detector, is heated in the nip, for controlling the power supply to the heater, so that the temperature detected by the first temperature detector, irrespective of the temperature detected by the second temperature detector, is maintained at a film target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Hashiguchi, Yusuke Hirota
  • Patent number: 10423098
    Abstract: An image formation apparatus according to one or more embodiments may include: a first conveyer; a second conveyer provided downstream of the first conveyer; a detector that detects a deflection of the medium between the first and second conveyers; a speed controller that controls a speed of the second conveyer within a first speed range; a calculator that calculates an average convey speed of the second conveyer. The calculator calculates a first average speed in a first period from when a leading end of the medium reaches the second conveyer to when the medium is conveyed a predetermined distance from the second conveyer. The speed controller changes, after the first period elapses, the speed of the second conveyer within a second speed range with the calculated first average convey speed as a criteria speed of the second conveyer, based on the detection result from the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Sato, Daitetsu Amada, Satoru Tajima
  • Patent number: 10423119
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a mounting unit configured to mount a development unit including a developing member, a pressing member configured to press the development unit mounted on the mounting unit to separate the developing member from a photosensitive member or bring the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member, and an urging member configured to urge the pressing member, wherein, when mounting the development unit on the mounting unit, the development unit moves in a first direction from the pressing member toward the development unit, parallel to a direction in which the pressing member and the development unit are arranged side by side, wherein the pressing member is movable in the first direction, and wherein the urging member urges the pressing member to move the pressing member in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomofumi Kawamura, Shoichi Zensai, Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 10416605
    Abstract: There is provided a cleaning device in which both sidewalls of a scraper holding unit are formed so that a center line between both the sidewalls of the scraper holding unit is directed substantially toward the center of a fur brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10416248
    Abstract: Magnetic resonance (MR) apparatuses, systems and methods for analysing a material. The magnetic resonance apparatuses include a primary loop defining an aperture that the material being analysed can pass through where the primary loop includes at least one pair of electrically conductive segments. The magnetic resonance apparatus also includes a pair of capacitance units corresponding to each pair of electrically conductive segments. Each capacitance unit is conductively connected to two adjoining conductive segments in series so that the primary loop forms a circuit for a radio frequency (RF) current. The primary loop is adapted to: conduct the RF electrical current so that the RF electrical current is predominantly in-phase over the entire primary loop. The magnetic resonance apparatus further includes: a pair of secondary coils corresponding to each pair of capacitor units, electrically conductively isolated from the primary loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventor: David Geoffrey Miljak
  • Patent number: 10408903
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shimming method in which an electric current surface that is virtually placed so as to surround a measurement position is assumed from a magnetic field measurement value, in which an electric current distribution that reproduces a measurement magnetic field is reproduced through an electric current potential, and in which the reproduced magnetic field distribution is used. A magnetic moment or an electric current distribution that reproduces a magnetic field distribution obtained by a magnetic field measurement device is estimated on a predetermined closed surface, and, from the estimated magnetic moment or electric current distribution, a magnetic field distribution of an arbitrary point that exists in the closed surface is estimated. Then, on the basis of the estimated magnetic field distribution, a shim magnetic body distribution that produces a correction magnetic field for correcting the magnetic field distribution at the arbitrary point is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsushi Abe, Kenji Sakakibara, Takuya Fujikawa, Hikaru Hanada
  • Patent number: 10401453
    Abstract: A method of acquiring magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from an MRI scan of an object includes generating a number of excitation sequences by, in order: generating an excitation pulse, generating an imaging magnetic field gradient, and generating a spoiler magnetic field gradient. MRI data is acquired during the generation of the spoiler magnetic field gradients. The spoiler magnetic field gradients are selected such that, during each excitation sequence, substantially the same k-space trajectory is traversed during the generation of the spoiler magnetic field gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Siemens Healthcare Limited, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, University College, London
    Inventors: Iulius Dragonu, Craig Buckley, Heiko Meyer, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Martina Callaghan, Daniel Papp
  • Patent number: 10401450
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance apparatus has a magnetic resonance data acquisition scanner having a basic field magnet that generates a basic magnetic field in a patient-receiving zone of the scanner, and a gradient coil unit in the scanner, formed of individual gradient coil elements, and a shim unit having at least one carrier unit that is movably introducible into the scanner, the carrier carrying at least two shim elements formed of a material for shimming the basic magnetic field. The at least one carrier unit is bendable in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Stocker
  • Patent number: 10401767
    Abstract: A heating system includes a heater, a switching circuit providing alternating current to the heater, and a current sensor. The heating system also includes a controller that controls operation of the switching circuit. At a predetermined time during a half cycle, the controller outputs an activation signal to the switching circuit. Based on an elapsed time from outputting the activation signal that a current signal is at least at a predetermined level, the controller calculates a second time from which a current level does not exceed a threshold level during the half cycle, and outputs an activation signal to the switching circuit at the second time. The heating system is useable within an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Huimin He
  • Patent number: 10401462
    Abstract: A system and method for magnetic resonance imaging is provided. The method includes acquiring a first set of MR signals and a second set of MR signals by applying a pulse sequence on a subject. The method also includes obtaining a first data line by filling the first set of MR signals into k-space along a first trajectory, and obtaining a second data line by filling the second set of MR signals into k-space along a second trajectory. The method also includes determining a candidate k-space shift based on the first data line and the second data line, and determining a candidate gradient delay based on the candidate k-space shift obtained in each of a plurality of iterations. The method also includes reconstructing an image of the subject based on the candidate gradient delay obtained in the last iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: UIH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Qi Liu, Yu Ding
  • Patent number: 10393772
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure utilize customizable waveguide fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printer technology) and patch antenna arrays to create adaptable wave interfaces that can provide efficient signal routing for an ATE system. In this fashion, embodiments of the present disclosure allow for arbitrary waveguide routing from port to port and create high density port spacing at the PCB level and which specifically eliminates the large flange required of prior art waveguides. Furthermore, embodiments include the ability to integrate different waveguide components, including power splitters, couplers, terminations, etc., into a single structure. Thus, embodiments of the present disclosure can reduce signal path losses and simplify the mechanical construction of ATE systems while eliminating the need for coax cables and minimizing the length of PCB microstrips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Don Lee, Daniel Lam, Roger McAleenan, Kosuke Miyao
  • Patent number: 10393837
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is provided. The system includes a main field magnet generating a main magnetic field B0. Moreover, the system further includes an integrated magnet device. The integrated magnet device has field-shift shield coils and gradient coils. The MRI system further includes a removable insert comprising field-shift shield coils. At least one substrate layer is included in the integrated magnet device to provide mechanical support for the field-shift coils and the gradient coils. Moreover, a cooling mechanism is provided to cool at least some of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Geron Andre Bindseil, Chad Tyler Harris, William Bradfield Handler, Blaine Alexander Chronik
  • Patent number: 10393842
    Abstract: A method for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans a field of view and acquires sub-sampled multi-channel k-space data U. An imaging model A is estimated. Sub-sampled multi-channel k-space data U is divided into sub-sampled k-space patches, each of which is processed using a deep convolutional neural network (ConvNet) to produce corresponding fully-sampled k-space patches, which are assembled to form fully-sampled k-space data V, which is transformed to image space using the imaging model adjoint Aadj to produce an image domain MRI image. The processing of each k-space patch ui preferably includes applying the k-space patch ui as input to the ConvNet to infer an image space bandpass-filtered image yi, where the ConvNet comprises repeated de-noising blocks and data-consistency blocks; and estimating the fully-sampled k-space patch vi from the image space bandpass-filtered image yi using the imaging model A and a mask matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Joseph Y. Cheng, Shreyas S. Vasanawala, John M. Pauly
  • Patent number: 10386762
    Abstract: A heating unit includes a circuit board, heating parts, and electrode parts. The heating parts are arranged in a first direction on a surface of the circuit board. The electrode parts are disposed on the surface of the circuit board, and electrically connected to both sides of the heating parts in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction. Each of the heating parts includes a plurality of heating resistors that is arranged in the first direction. Each of the heating resistors has a size ratio of a first length in the second direction to a second length in the first direction is 1 or more and 100 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Eiki, Hiroki Kawasaki, Ryohei Tokunaga, Atsushi Kohama, Yuhiro Sakai, Kotatsu Kawaguchi, Hidenobu Nakagawa