Patents Examined by James J. Seidleck
  • Patent number: 9650468
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of forming microcapsules. The method may include combining an active agent in a first solvent S1 and forming a dispersed phase of the active agent in the first solvent, wherein the dispersed phase of active agent has a surface. A reactant may be added to the first solvent, wherein the reactant reacts with the surface of the active agent dispersed phase and encapsulates the active agent wherein at least a portion of the active agent remains unreacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: James D. Oxley
  • Patent number: 9587084
    Abstract: Silane-grafted polyolefin composition comprising a brominated, flame retardant additive is prepared by a process comprising the step of contacting within a reaction-extrusion zone operated at grafting conditions: A. A polyolefin, B. A hydrolysable unsaturated silane, C. A free radical generator, and D. Halogenated polyaryl alkane, e.g., decabromodiphenyl ethane, such that at least a portion of the hydrolysable unsaturated silane is grafted to the polyolefin. The silane-grafted polyolefin is crosslinked after extrusion from the zone, typically as a wire and cable coating, upon exposure to moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology LLC
    Inventor: Michael B. Biscoglio
  • Patent number: 9580586
    Abstract: A polymeric composition is a blend of one or more heterophasic copolymers of propylene and ethylene produced by a multistep polymerization, wherein the heterophasic copolymers comprise a low crystalline matrix component and a soft amorphous elastomeric component, in which both the matrix component and the soft amorphous elastomeric component contain greater than 55% by weight propylene; one or more additional elastomeric components selected from the group of an ethylene/?-olefin C3-C20 copolymer with a total ethylene concentration of greater than or equal to 65% by weight; and a propylene/?-olefin C2, C4-C20 copolymer with a total propylene concentration of greater than or equal to 65% by weight; 5-65% by weight of the total composition of one or more inorganic or organic reinforcement materials; and 0.01-4% by weight of the total composition of a maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene compatibilizer or coupling agent. The polymeric composition has a low crystallinity of less than 30 J/gram measured by DSC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI PLASTICS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Shipley, Sameer G. Mehta, Vaibhav Vishnu Apte, Laura Therese Shereda
  • Patent number: 9556326
    Abstract: A compound of the formula (I) wherein m and n are independently of one another a number from 1 to 50; the ratio of m/n is 1:10 to 10:1, the recurring units X can have the same definition or different definitions, the recurring units Y can have the same definition or different definitions and the recurring units X and Y can have a random, alternating or block distribution; the recurring unit X is a group of the formula (I-a) and the recurring unit Y is a group of the formula (I-b) the radicals R1 independently of one another are C1-C12alkyl or C3-C12cycloalkyl; the radicals R2 and R4 are independently of one another C12-C30alkyl; the radicals R3 are independently of one another hydrogen, C1-C12alkyl or C3-C12cycloalkyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Edoardo Menozzi, Kai-Uwe Schoning
  • Patent number: 9550899
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides latexes and related methods and inkjet inks incorporating such latexes. A latex particulate can comprising multiple intermingled discrete polymer strands, including a low Tg polymer strand having a Tg below 50° C. and a high Tg polymer strand having a Tg at 50° C. or above. The Tg of the high Tg polymer strand can be at least 50° C. greater than the Tg of the low Tg polymer strand, and the average refractive index of the monomers of the low Tg polymer strand can be within 1% of the average refractive index of the monomers of the high Tg polymer strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Michael Ingle, Jr., Phillip C. Cagle
  • Patent number: 9546274
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to compositions, methods of use and kits for use as an automotive protectant composition and/or automotive cleaning composition. The protectant composition and/or cleaning composition comprises at least one surfactant and at least one rheology modifier, at least one silicone component, and water. The composition also optionally comprise, pH adjusters, builders, alkalinity sources, wetting agents, spreading agents, UV absorbers. The protectant composition has a viscosity of about 4000 to 6000 cps and exhibits a Vertical Cling parameter of between 1 and about 7 at a temperature of about 25° C. on automotive surfaces to which the compositions are applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: THE ARMOR ALL/STP PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashot K. Serobian, Jim Ackerman, Kurt Knipmeyer, Bhaskar Ramachandran, Randy Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9528021
    Abstract: A waterless high-solids basecoat material having a solids content of at least 35% by weight, comprising (a) 1% to 10% by weight of at least one polyester binder with an acid number of at least 20 mg KOH/g, (b) 10% to 30% by weight of at least one acrylate binder, (c) 12% to 30% by weight of at least one kind of polymer microparticles, (d) 9.5% to 30% by weight of at least one crosslinking agent selected from free isocyanates, blocked isocyanates, and amino resins, (e) 1% to 3% by weight of at least one sulfonic acid catalyst, (f) 1% to 35% by weight of at least one pigment, (g) 30% to 65% by weight of at least one organic solvent, and (h) 0.5% to 47% by weight of at least one auxiliary or additive, based in each case on the total weight of the basecoat material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: BASF Coatings GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Low, Veronika Duchnik, Jorn Lavalaye
  • Patent number: 9522999
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing a polymer latex that includes polymerizing one or more ethylenically unsaturated aromatic monomers and one or more conjugated diene monomers in the presence of a hydroperoxide chain transfer agent and sulfur-containing chain transfer agent, wherein the sulfur-containing chain transfer agent is added after the hydroperoxide chain transfer agent. It further relates to the polymer latex thus obtained, to a composition comprising the polymer latex and to the use of the polymer latex or polymer latex composition in a carpet backing, paper coating, or fiber fabric pre-impregnation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: TRINSEO EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Bernard Fouchet, Etienne Lazarus, Nicolas Tissier, Ursula Seiler, Donato Ventresca
  • Patent number: 9523882
    Abstract: A film for a backlight unit including a semiconductor nanocrystal-polymer composite film including a semiconductor nanocrystal and a matrix polymer in which the semiconductor nanocrystal is dispersed, wherein the matrix polymer is a polymer produced by a polymerization of a multifunctional photo-curable oligomer, a mono-functional photo-curable monomer, and a multifunctional photo-curable cross-linking agent, the multifunctional photo-curable oligomer has an acid value of less than or equal to about 0.1 mg of KOH/g, and a content (A1) of a first structural unit derived from the multifunctional photo-curable oligomer, a content (A2) of a second structural unit derived from the mono-functional photo-curable monomer, and a content (A3) of a third structural unit derived from the multifunctional photo-curable cross-linking agent satisfy Equation 1: A1<(A2+A3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Ho Jung, Hyun A Kang, Soo Kyung Kwon, Won Joo Lee, Eun Joo Jang, Hyo Sook Jang, Shin Ae Jun, Oul Cho, In Taek Han
  • Patent number: 9522571
    Abstract: A tire comprises a rubber composition based on at least one diene elastomer, a reinforcing filler predominantly comprising silica, a crosslinking system, and a hydroxyalkylpiperazine of formula (I): in which R1 represents a linear or branched alkyl group comprising from 1 to 18 carbon atoms, R2 represents a linear or branched alkylene group comprising from 1 to 18 carbon atoms, it being understood that R1 and R2 can bear one or more additional hydroxyl groups. The rubber composition is essentially devoid of guanidine derivative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Christelle Darnaud, Karine Longchambon
  • Patent number: 9517446
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a super absorbent polymer (SAP) and a preparation method thereof. More specifically, the present invention provides a SAP satisfying the overall properties required to a SAP and especially the superior initial absorbency and absorbing rate under load at the same time, and a preparation method thereof, by treating the surface of the SAP with a surface treatment solution including water and a diol-based or glycol-based surface crosslinking agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Young Won, Chang-Sun Han, Gi-Cheul Kim, Yong-Hun Lee, Sang-Gi Lee, Kyu-Pal Kim, Sung-Soo Park, Gyu Leem
  • Patent number: 9513526
    Abstract: The present invention provides uniformly electrified electret fine particles having excellent electrophoretic properties. Specifically, the present invention provides a core-shell electret fine particle comprising a core part and a shell part, the core part containing a material that has an ability to disperse a pigment therein, the shell part containing an electret resin, and the electret resin being a fluorine-containing resin and being electretized by electron ray irradiation, radial ray irradiation, or corona discharge treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SAKURA COLOR PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inoue, Tomochika Yoshitsugi, Ryuichi Kiyoe
  • Patent number: 9504972
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for preparing a polymer latex resin powder in which an efficiency of mixing of steam, a latex, and a coagulant is increased by introducing a non-continuous screw into a reactor that performs coagulation and aging and thus a moisture content of a slurry is decreased and, accordingly, drying efficiency may be enhanced, and a polymer latex resin powder with excellent color and powder characteristics may be prepared using a decreased amount of coagulant and a method of preparing a polymer latex resin powder by using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Sull Kim, Min Cheol Ju, Hyung Sub Lee, Hoi In Jeong
  • Patent number: 9499769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing microcapsules with a polyurea wall, as well as to the microcapsules themselves and consumer products comprising these microcapsules. The process of the invention uses 3,5-diamino-1,2,4-triazole as a specific polyamine for forming the wall with the polyisocyanate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Firmenich SA
    Inventors: Claudie Bellouard-Drevet, Damien Berthier, Marlene Jacquemond, Nicolas Pichon, Sonia Godefroy, Arnaud Struillou, Magali Lateulere, Estelle Rassat
  • Patent number: 9499687
    Abstract: Provided is a polypropylene resin composition. The polypropylene resin composition includes: from about 20 to about 80 parts by weight of a polypropylene resin; from about 1 to about 35 parts by weight of an amine-based kenaf master batch; and from about 1 to about 25 parts by weight of a vinyl-based acetal compatibilizer. Also disclosed is the polypropylene resin composition which is used for vehicle interior and exterior materials, thereby improving physical properties such as low-temperature properties and tensile strength and providing superior resistance against damages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Engineering Plastics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Oh-Deok Kwon, Dae-Sik Kim, Beom-Ho Kim, Hyeong-Geun Oh, Tae-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9488908
    Abstract: Functional nanocomposites containing nanoparticles of different chemical compositions may exhibit new properties to meet demands for advanced technology. It is imperative to simultaneously achieve hierarchical structural control and to develop rapid, scalable fabrication to minimize degradation of nanoparticle properties and for compatibility with nanomanufacturing. The assembly kinetics of supramolecular nanocomposite in thin films is governed by the energetic cost arising from defects, the chain mobility, and the activation energy for inter-domain diffusion. By optimizing only one parameter, the solvent fraction in the film, the assembly kinetics can be precisely tailored to produce hierarchically structured thin films of supramolecular nanocomposites in approximately one minute. Moreover, the strong wavelength dependent optical anisotropy in the nanocomposite highlights their potential applications for light manipulation and information transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Ting Xu, Joseph Kao
  • Patent number: 9486416
    Abstract: The present invention relates to emulsion and double-emulsion based processes for preparing microparticles. The invention also relates to workhead assemblies for in-line flow-through mixing devices that can be used for mixing two or more fluids. The workhead assemblies can be used with the processes for preparing microparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Evonik Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Winchester, Peter Markland
  • Patent number: 9480960
    Abstract: A process for preparing a phase change microcapsule having a thermally conductive shell is introduced. The thermal conductivity of the encapsulation materials for the phase change microcapsules is increased by adding thermally conductive nano-materials. The vinylsilane compound is polymerized with the acrylic monomer to form the copolymer first, and then the thermally conductive inorganic material is added. Thereafter, the phase change microcapsule having the phase change material as the core and the thermally conductive material-containing copolymer as the shell is prepared. The polar functional groups on the surface of the thermally conductive inorganic material condense with the vinylsilane compound to form chemical bonding, thereby substantially increasing the compatibility between the thermally conductive inorganic material and the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHUNG SHAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yen-Feng Shih, Yi-Hsiuan Yu, Yen-Lin Tseng, Hou-An Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9475910
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to nanocomposite compositions that are suitable for air bladders, innertubes, innerliners and other desirable air-retention articles. In particular, this disclosure is directed to compositions that include the nanocomposite, the nanocomposite made in such that its air-retention properties are much improved over what is known, while maintaining desirable elasticity and processability. In a particular aspect, an air-retention article such as an innerliner if formed by first contacting a desirable elastomer, especially a functionalized poly(isobutylene-co-p-methylstyrene) elastomer, with one or more layered fillers such as a clay described further below, and also contacting one or more processing aids, and one or more solvents to form an nanocomposite composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Weiqing Weng, Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Michael Brendan Rodgers
  • Patent number: 9475920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene sheet which comprises carbon fibers having a weight-average fiber length of 1.5 mm to 20 mm and a matrix resin composed of a polypropylene and an acid-modified polypropylene, wherein the carbon fibers are dispersed in the form of single fibers and the interfacial shear strength between the carbon fibers and said matrix resin is 5.50 to 10.5 MPa. Provided is a carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene sheet for obtaining a molded article having excellent mechanical properties and impact resistance, which carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene sheet comprises discontinuous carbon fibers and a polypropylene, can be molded into a complex shape and has isotropic mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Muramatsu, Noriyuki Hirano