Patents Examined by Geraldina Visconti
  • Patent number: 11021654
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid crystal composition comprising one or more compounds represented by formula I, one or more compounds represented by formula II, and one or more compounds represented by formula III: The liquid crystal composition has simultaneously a lower rotary viscosity, a better photoelectric performance, a higher clearing point, a good low temperature performance, and less display defects. Further disclosed is a liquid crystal display element or device comprising the liquid crystal composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SHIJIAZHUANG CHENGZHI YONGHUA DISPLAY MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhian Liang, Guoliang Yun, Yujing Di, Zhe Shao, Sumin Kang, Dongmei Wang
  • Patent number: 11015120
    Abstract: A low birefringence ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) mixture composed of at least two components shows birefringence in the range 0.05 to 0.14, which is suitable for the modern display and photonic devices. The cell gap can be tuned from 1.5 ?m to 4 ?m to reduces the fabrication complexity and chromatic distortion by electro-optical modulation. The FLC mixtures can be employed in a wide temperature range. The characteristics of the said FLC mixture can be tuned by tuning the concentration of the constituents of the mixture. The helical pitch of the FLC mixtures can be varied from 100 nm to 10 ?m. A smectic tilt angle can be varied between 17° to 45° and the spontaneous polarization can be tuned over a wide range to meet requirements of different electro-optical modes, and the FLC mixture is applicable for a wide variety of electro-optical effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Valerii Vladimirovich Vashchenko, Evgenii Pavlovich Pozhidaev, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Vladimir Grigorievich Chigrinov, Hoi Sing Kwok
  • Patent number: 11015122
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal composition formed by combining a polymerizable compound represented by formula I with a specific liquid crystal component, particularly a PSVA liquid crystal composition for displays or TV applications and a PSA-IPS liquid crystal composition for an IPS mode, and a liquid crystal display element or liquid crystal display comprising this liquid crystal composition; in particular, the polymerizable compound has a faster polymerization rate, and a “material system” formed from the selected polymerizable component and liquid crystal component should have the lowest rotary viscosity and the best photoelectric properties, and has a high VHR after (UV) photoradiation, this avoiding the problem of the occurrence of residual images to final displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SHIJIAZHUANG CHENGZHI YONGHUA DISPLAY MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kui Wang, Mingxia Wang, Zhian Liang, Guoliang Yun, Ke-Lun Shu, Guofang Wang, Huifang Wang
  • Patent number: 11015123
    Abstract: The present application relates to a liquid-crystalline material comprising a sterically hindered N-oxide and a dye. The invention furthermore relates to the use of the liquid-crystalline material in an optical switching device for regulation of the passage of sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Junge, Ursula Patwal, Ewa Dominica Ptak
  • Patent number: 11015121
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid-crystalline media (LC media) having negative or positive dielectric anisotropy comprising self-aligning mesogens (SAMs) which effect homeotropic (vertical) alignment of the LC media at a surface or the cell walls of a liquid-crystal display (LC display). The invention therefore also encompasses LC displays having homeotropic alignment of the liquid-crystalline medium (LC medium) without conventional imide alignment layers. The LC media may be supplemented by a polymerisable or polymerised component, which serves for stabilisation of the alignment, for adjustment of the tilt angle and/or as passivation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG
    Inventors: Archetti Graziano, Andreas Taugerbeck
  • Patent number: 11008515
    Abstract: A liquid-crystalline medium which comprises at least one compound selected from the group of compounds of the formulae IA to IH, in which Z1 denotes a single bond, —CH2CH2—, —CH?CH—, —CH2O—, —OCH2—, —CF2O—, —OCF2—, —COO—, —OCO—, —C2F4—, —(CH2)4—, —CHFCHF—, —CF2CH2—, —CH2CF2—, —C?C—, —CF?CF—, —CH?CHCHO— or —CH2CF2O—, and the use thereof for an active-matrix display, in particular based on the VA, PSA, PS-VA, PALC, FFS, PS-FFS, SA-VA, PS-IPS or IPS effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Hirschmann, Monika Bauer, Martina Windhorst, Marcus Reuter, Kristin Weiss
  • Patent number: 11008514
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid-crystalline medium based on a mixture of polar compounds having positive dielectric anisotropy, characterised in that it comprises one or more compounds of the formula I in a total concentration of ?40%, in which the parameters have the meanings indicated in claim 1, and to the use of the liquid-crystalline medium for electro-optical purposes, in particular in liquid-crystal light valves for lighting devices for motor vehicles, and to liquid-crystal light valves which comprise this medium and lighting devices for motor vehicles which contain such liquid-crystal light valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Wittek, Dagmar Klass
  • Patent number: 11001757
    Abstract: Described herein are heterocyclic liquid crystal compositions that can allow for the adjustment of their refractive indices by the application of an electric field. In addition, selectively dimmable reverse-mode polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) elements and devices using these compositions are also described, which are transparent when no voltage is applied and opaque when a voltage is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sazzadur Rahman Khan, Hiep Luu
  • Patent number: 10995272
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pellet mixture including a pellet of a liquid crystal polyester resin composition which contains a liquid crystal polyester resin and an inorganic filler, and a fine powder formed of an organic material, in which a volume average particle diameter of the fine powder is in a range of 10 ?m to 200 ?m, and an amount of the fine powder is in a range of 10 ppm to 2000 ppm with respect to the total mass of the pellet mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hara, Takayuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10988691
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dielectrically positive liquid-crystalline media comprising one or more compounds of the formula I and II in which the parameters have the respective meanings indicated in claim 1, and to liquid-crystal displays, especially active-matrix displays and in particular displays of the vertically aligned mode, containing these media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Takanori Takeda, Masahiko Okamura, Norihiko Tanaka, Yasushi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10988692
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medium comprising at least 60% of one or more compounds of formula I wherein R11, R12, MG11, MG12 and Sp1 have the meaning given herein below, to the use of such media in liquid crystal devices, in particular in flexoelectric liquid crystal devices, and to a flexoelectric liquid crystal device comprising a liquid crystal medium according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Siemianowski, Konstantin Schneider
  • Patent number: 10982145
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a negative dielectric anisotropic liquid crystal composition, a liquid crystal display element, and a liquid crystal display. The negative dielectric anisotropic liquid crystal composition of the present invention comprises a first component composed of one or more compounds represented by formula I and a second component composed of one or more polymerizable compounds: The negative dielectric anisotropic liquid crystal composition disclosed by the present invention has a low rotary viscosity, a fast response speed and a good stability, and is very suitable for manufacturing liquid crystal display elements, particularly suitable for PS (polymer-stabilized) or PSA (polymer-stabilized alignment)-type liquid crystal displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SHIJIAZHUANG CHENGSHI YONGHUA DISPLAY MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenxiao Xing, Jiaming Li, Ruixiang Liang, Xuanfei Sun, Yapeng Huang, Hongru Gao
  • Patent number: 10982150
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid crystalline media comprising one or more naphthothiadiazol derivatives of formula I, in which R11, R12, A11, A12, A21, A22, Z11, Z12, Z21, Z22, W, X11, X12, L, r, s and t have the meanings indicated in claim 1, to the use of such liquid crystal media for optical, electro-optical and electronic purposes, in particular in devices for regulating the passage of energy from an outside space into an inside space, for example in windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Peer Kirsch, Rene Lutz, Michael Junge, Ursula Patwal
  • Patent number: 10975305
    Abstract: To provide a compound having an effect of preventing photodegradation of a liquid crystal composition and high solubility in a liquid crystal composition, a liquid crystal composition containing the compound, and a liquid crystal display element containing the composition. There are provided a compound represented by M(Z-Q)m, a liquid crystal composition containing the compound, and a liquid crystal display element using the composition. Here, m is 3, 4, or 5; M is a trivalent, tetravalent, or pentavalent cyclic group, an organic group, or a group constituted by trivalent nitrogen; Z is a single bond, —O—, —COO—, or —OCO—; and Q is a monovalent group represented by Formula (Q-1): in Formula (Q-1), Ra is a hydrogen atom, —O., —OH, an alkyl group, or an alkenyl group, a terminal group (—CH3) is optionally substituted with —NHR2 or —NR3R4, and here R3 and R4 are an alkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: JNC CORPORATION, JNC PETROCHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Okumura, Michiko Sawada
  • Patent number: 10975304
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a composition that realizes high ?n, has a wide liquid crystal phase temperature range, small viscosity, excellent low-temperature solubility, and high resistivity and voltage holding ratio, and is stable against heat and light, and to provide a liquid crystal composition having an excellent lens effect and excellent chemical stability using the composition, and a liquid crystal display device and a liquid crystal lens that use the liquid crystal composition. The present invention provides a liquid crystal composition that contains one or two or more compounds represented by general formula (i) and one or two or more compounds represented by general formula (ii), a liquid crystal display device using the liquid crystal composition, a liquid crystal lens using the liquid crystal composition, and a birefringence lens for stereoscopic image display using the liquid crystal composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki Kurisawa, Haruki Ohishi
  • Patent number: 10975306
    Abstract: Provide are a liquid crystal compound represented by formula I, and a liquid crystal mixture comprising the compound A lateral trifluoromethyl-containing liquid crystal compound having the structural characteristics of Formula I not only has a negative dielectric anisotropy (??), an appropriate optical anisotropy (?n), a higher clearing point (CP), a prominent low-temperature miscibility with other liquid crystals, and a low rotary viscosity (?1), but also has a good stability to UV and high temperatures, particularly, a negative dielectric anisotropy. Same can be applied to the formulation of liquid crystal compositions of positive and negative types, and it is particularly prominent that same has the advantages of a good solubility at low temperatures and a high transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Shijiazhuang Chengzhi Yonghua Display Material Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhian Liang, Wei Zhang, Kai Xu, Kui Wang, Yang Xiang, Shen Yuan, Minsheng Guo, Limei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10975307
    Abstract: Disclosed is a liquid crystalline epoxy compound wherein an epoxy group is positioned at a side chain of the longer direction of a mesogen group and each of the mesogen group and the epoxy group is connected to the center of the molecular structure through a flexible linkage. Since the liquid crystalline epoxy compound includes an epoxy group positioned at a side chain of the longer direction of a mesogen group and each of the mesogen group and the epoxy group is connected to the center of the molecular structure through a flexible linkage, the interaction between the mesogens in a cured resin product occurs significantly without weakening even after curing, thereby improving the heat conductivity of the resin compound through the active heat transfer between the mesogens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Munju Goh, Hyeonuk Yeo, Nam Ho You, Se Gyu Jang, Seokhoon Ahn, Young Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10968391
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition includes at least one of a monofunctional compound represented by Formula (1) defined herein and a monofunctional compound represented by Formula (2) defined herein, and at least one of a difunctional compound represented by Formula (3) defined herein and a multifunctional compound represented by Formula (4) defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DAXIN MATERIALS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Lo, Chung-Hsien Wu, Chen Wang, Chun-Chih Wang
  • Patent number: 10961456
    Abstract: A compound having a maximum absorption in a wavelength range of 350 nm to 550 nm that functions as a dichroic dye is provided. In particular, a compound represented by formula (1) is provided. In the compound represented by formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or the like; R2 represents an acyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or the like; R3 represents a hydrogen atom or the like; and Y represents a group of formula (Y1). In the group of formula (Y1), * represents a bonding site with N, or a group of formula (Y2); and in the group of formula (Y2), * represents a bonding site with N; P1 and P2 each independently represent —S— or the like; and Q1 and Q2 each independently represent ?N— or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Noriyuki Hida, Haruki Okawa
  • Patent number: 10961457
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid-crystalline media comprising a) one or more compounds of the formula ST-1, as defined herein, and b) one or more compounds of the formula ST-2, as defined herein, and c) one or more compounds of the formula RV, as defined herein, and d) one or more compounds selected from formula IA and IB, as defined herein, and to liquid-crystal displays containing these media, especially to displays addressed by an active matrix and in particular to displays of the in-plane switching (IPS) or fringe-field switching (FFS) type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Chang-Jun Yun, Chang-Suk Choi, Yeon-Jeong Han, Heui-Seok Jin, Yong-Kuk Yun