Patents Examined by Gregory H Curran
  • Patent number: 10598747
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance fingerprinting (“MRF”) framework that implements simultaneous multislice acquisition techniques with a Hadamard RF-encoding to simultaneously acquire magnetic resonance data from multiple slices simultaneously is described. As one non-limiting example, magnetic resonance data can be simultaneously acquired from four different slices. In other embodiments, however, the Hadamard encoding can be condensed into one or two acquisitions, rather than four.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Case Western Reserve University, The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Gulani, Mark A. Griswold, Alice Yang, Yun Jiang, Kawin Setsompop
  • Patent number: 10599090
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process cartridge comprising: a housing; a rotatable component; a driving force receiver configured to transmit a driving force to the rotatable component; an elastic member; wherein when the process cartridge is installed in an imaging device comprising a driving head, the driving force receiver has a first state and a second state relative to the driving head, the first state being a state in which the driving force receiver contacts the driving head and is in a pre-engaged position and the second state being a state in which the driving force receiver is engaged by the driving head; wherein when the driving force receiver is in the first state relative to the driving head, the elastic member is configured to urge the driving force receiver to transition from the first state to the second state as a result of rotation of the driving head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: JIANGXI YIBO E-TECH CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Liangliang Hu, Shiping Ao
  • Patent number: 10578702
    Abstract: An imaging phantom having a housing and a dynamic perfusion assembly positioned within the housing. The dynamic perfusion assembly permits the flow of at least one contrast agent into a non-contrast solution at a desired rate. The dynamic perfusion assembly includes a first chamber that receives at least one contrast agent and a second chamber that receives a non-contrast solution. The second chamber receives the at least one contrast agent from the first chamber at the desired rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: UAB Research Foundation, Southern Research Institute
    Inventor: Harrison Kim
  • Patent number: 10578703
    Abstract: Full-cycle rapid scan (RS) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) can be performed without the instability of prior art methods and with a higher scan rate than traditional half-scan methods. In particular, a full scan is performed, but the constant RF driving B-field can be mathematically represented as two step functions, each corresponding to one half of a full scan cycle. This mathematical representation can be carried through the deconvolution such that two deconvolutions, one for the up cycle and one for the down cycle, can be performed. The solutions to these two deconvolutions can then be summed to give a single spectrum having a higher signal-to-noise ratio than half-cycle RS scans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Colorado Seminary Which Owns and Operates the University of Denver
    Inventor: Mark Tseytlin
  • Patent number: 10558135
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus of the embodiment includes a roller, a plurality of developing units, an image forming unit, a sensor, and a control unit. The rollers carry a sheet. The plurality of developing units include different types of developing materials. The image forming unit forms a plurality of images on a transfer belt by the developing materials of each of the plurality of developing units. The sensor reads the plurality of images formed on the transfer belt. The control unit controls the speed of the roller based on the positions of the plurality of images read by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eizo Kurita
  • Patent number: 10558150
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging unit that charges the surface of the image holding member, an electrostatic latent image forming unit that forms an electrostatic latent image on the charged surface of the image holding member, a developing unit that includes a developer containing toner particles containing a release agent having a melting temperature ranging from 60° C. to 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Kitajima, Masataka Kuribayashi, Takafumi Koide, Teppei Yawada, Shota Oshima
  • Patent number: 10551765
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including an image bearing member, a charging member, an exposing member, a developer carrying member, a storage member to store a first lifetime threshold for the first image forming mode, a second lifetime threshold for the second image forming mode and a value related to a driving amount of the image bearing member. The image forming apparatus further includes a controller to (i) perform a first determination regarding the lifetime corresponding to the first mode based on the value related to the driving amount and the first lifetime threshold and (ii) perform a second determination regarding the lifetime corresponding to the second mode based on the value related to the driving amount and the second lifetime threshold, and a notifying unit to perform a notification based on a result of the first or second determination to the image bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichiro Hirata, Shinichi Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 10551767
    Abstract: A developer container is manufactured in which, in molding, a recess is disposed in an area in which a confluence in which first resin poured from a first inlet and second resin poured from a second inlet merge is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoya Asanuma, Tetsuya Numata, Takatoshi Hamada
  • Patent number: 10551777
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotary endless fixing belt; a nip forming member disposed in an interior of the fixing belt; a rotary opposed member to contact the nip forming member via the fixing belt to form a nip together with the fixing belt; a heat source to directly heat the fixing belt at a portion other than the nip, including at lease one heat-generation part disposed outside lateral ends of a maximum area of the fixing belt where a recording medium passes through, wherein a recording medium carrying an unfixed image is conveyed to the nip and the fixing device fixes the unfixed image onto the recording medium; and a shielding member disposed between the fixing belt and the heat generation part of the heat source and configured to shield heat from the heat source at least at an area outside the maximum passing area of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Hase, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Takeshi Uchitani, Yutaka Ikebuchi, Takuya Seshita, Shuutaroh Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10545450
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a rotatable member, a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the rotatable member, and a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member. A first regulating portion is provided inside of the cylindrical member for preventing the end portion of the coupling member from disengaging in an axial direction of the cylindrical member, with the first regulating portion being capable of deformation to allow the one end portion of the coupling member to disengage in the axial direction of the cylindrical member. A second regulating portion is provided for regulating the deformation of the first regulating portion in a state in which the end portion of the coupling member is mounted to the inside of the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeo Miyabe, Takahito Ueno, Atsushi Takasaka
  • Patent number: 10545437
    Abstract: In a heater according to the present invention, one of conductive lines is arranged to extend from a temperature detection element toward one end portion of a substrate in a lengthwise direction of the substrate, whereas the other the conductive line is arranged to extend from the temperature detection element toward the other end portion of the substrate in the lengthwise direction of the substrate, and at least one of the two conductive lines has an area that is inclined in both of the lengthwise direction and the widthwise direction of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Jinkoma, Tomonori Sato, Atsushi Iwasaki, Takashi Nomura
  • Patent number: 10539918
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit and a cartridge removably attached thereto. The image forming unit includes: a toner image forming unit; and a toner storing portion including a first toner storing portion that stores a first toner, a waste toner storing portion that stores a waste toner, and a movable partition that separates the storing portions. The cartridge includes a second toner storing portion that stores a second toner. The image forming unit includes: a first portion for supplying the first toner in the first toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit; a second portion for supplying the second toner in the second toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit; and a conveying member that conveys the first toner supplied through the first portion and the second toner supplied through the second portion, to the toner image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10534288
    Abstract: A developing device includes developer, a developer bearing member, and a supply member that is in contact with the developer bearing member and supplies the developer. The developing device further includes a developing chamber in which the developer bearing member and the supply member are disposed, a developer containing chamber that contains the developer, a partition wall that partitions the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber from each other and is provided with an opening that communicates the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber with each other, and a conveyance member that conveys the developer from the developer containing chamber to the developing chamber. The conveyance member is provided with a hole through which the developer can pass or has a protrusion that generates a gap between the conveyance member and the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kodai Hayashi, Shinichi Agata
  • Patent number: 10534300
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first toner image forming unit for forming first toner image on a transfer belt with a first toner and a second toner image forming unit for forming a second toner image on the transfer belt with a second toner. A secondary transfer unit transfers the first and second toner images from the transfer belt to a sheet traveling in a sheet transport direction. A fixing unit fixes the first and second toner images to the sheet. A control unit controls the first toner image forming unit to form a first pattern, the second toner image forming unit to form a second pattern, and to leaving a margin on a upstream side of the sheet in the sheet transport direction that is greater than or equal to a circumferential distance of a fixing element in the fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akitoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10529446
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for implementing a personalized health care management system. The mechanisms receive a personalized health care plan for a patient having at least one health goal of the patient, and dynamic patient monitoring data from one or more patient monitoring devices associated with the patient. The mechanisms analyze the dynamic patient monitoring data to determine at least one first communication to output to the patient containing content eliciting conformance of the patient with the personalized health care plan to achieve the at least one health goal. The mechanisms send, to a patient care manager computing device of a patient care manager associated with the patient, a second communication based on results of analyzing the dynamic patient monitoring data. The second communication initiates a new communication session, or continues an existing communication session, between the patient care manager computing device and a patient communication device associated with the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory F. Boland, Kristina M. Brimijoin, Atul Kumar, Avraham Leff, Yu Ma, Russell G. Olsen, James T. Rayfield, Katherine Vogt, Justin D. Weisz
  • Patent number: 10527994
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes a cleaning unit, a leaf spring, a holding member, and a strain detection unit. The cleaning unit is configured to contact a surface of an image carrier. The leaf spring supports the cleaning unit. The holding member holds the leaf spring. At least one strain detection unit is attached to the leaf spring. The strain detection unit is configured to detect strain of the leaf spring due to deformation of the leaf spring. The leaf spring has a first end and a second end. The leaf spring includes, at the first end, a first joint region to which the cleaning unit s joined and includes, at the second end, a second joint region to which the holding member is joined. The strain detection unit is located between the first joint region and the second joint region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Aoki
  • Patent number: 10527983
    Abstract: An image forming method includes: supplying a powder onto a recording medium; supplying a coated toner onto the powder on the recording medium; and fixing the powder to the recording medium by heating the coated toner supplied onto the powder and melting the coated toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Michiyo Fujita, Makoto Nomiya, Tomomi Oshiba
  • Patent number: 10520851
    Abstract: A light scanning apparatus including: a light source; a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source; an optical component of an incident optical system configured to introduce the light beam to the rotary polygon mirror; an optical box configured to contain the rotary polygon mirror and the optical component; and a supporting base installed between the light source and the rotary polygon mirror and configured to support the optical component, wherein the supporting base includes: a first dust-proof member configured to seal a boundary portion between the optical box and the supporting base; and a protrusion configured to enter an opening, which is formed in a side wall of the optical box from the inside of the optical box in a state in which the supporting base is mounted to the optical box, the light source being fixed to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Aruga, Yasuaki Otoguro, Yuta Okada, Yoshitaka Otsubo, Yuichiro Imai
  • Patent number: 10514643
    Abstract: A system for reproducing guidance on a task including a plurality of steps is provided. The system includes a hardware processor; and an output device configured to output an image or audio; wherein the hardware processor determines a completed step of the steps based on a change in state of a target on which the task is to be performed, the completed step being a step which has been completed, and the hardware processor causes the output device to reproduce an unfinished part in a first form where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and causes the output device to reproduce the unfinished part in a second form different from the first form where the predetermined condition is satisfied, the unfinished part being a part corresponding to an unfinished step which is not determined to have been completed among the steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tatsunori Okada, Kenichi Komaba, Akito Ota, Hiroshi Sugiura, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Atsushi Tomita
  • Patent number: 10509357
    Abstract: At the time of an end of an image forming job (YES of S1), a controller causes a blade and a developing roller to be separated from a photosensitive drum (S2). At that time, the controller controls separation timing of the belt and the developing roller so that the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum before a surface position of the photosensitive drum contacted to the developing roller at a contact position at the time of a start of separation of the blade from the photosensitive drum reaches a developing position with the separation of the blade. According to this, even when a liquid accumulation reaches the developing position depending on the separation of the blade, the developing roller has already been separated from the photosensitive drum before the liquid accumulation reaches the developing position and therefore, the liquid accumulation is not collected by the developing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isao Komatsu, Kunihiko Kitayama, Genta Sato