Patents Examined by James M Mellott
  • Patent number: 10933443
    Abstract: A method for painting a component, in particular for painting a motor vehicle body component, with a decorative layer is provided. The decorative layer may be a decorative strip, a graphic element, a contrast surface or a pattern. The method includes applying a base coat layer, applying a decorative layer, which is within a decorative region with a limited surface area, to the component, and drying a limited drying region of the component, which drying region comprises at least part of the decorative region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Timo Beyl, Moritz Bubek, Jens Eichhorn, Udo Wolf
  • Patent number: 10926553
    Abstract: Ink jet printing on a non-absorbent substrate involves a wet primer having a primer viscosity. The wet primer is applied on the non-absorbent substrate. An ink jet ink having an ink jet viscosity lower than the primer viscosity is jetted over the wet primer while the primer is still wet. The wet primer and ink are simultaneously cured on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Vincent Oberski, Paul Andrew Edwards
  • Patent number: 10920022
    Abstract: A permanently colored object having a silicone surface which is produced by means of the following steps: a) mixing coloring substances with a still cross-linkable silicone in order to form an application mixture, b) swelling the silicone surface by means of a solvent, c) applying the application mixture to the silicone surface, and d) performing the cross-linking of the silicone of the application mixture, which silicone penetrates the silicone surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Klaus-Peter Anhalt, Martina Zuther
  • Patent number: 10913873
    Abstract: Block copolymers for use in block copolymer lithography, self-assembled films of the block copolymers and methods for polymerizing the block copolymers are provided. The block copolymers are characterized by high Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (?). The block copolymers can be polymerized from protected hydroxystyrene monomers or from tert-butyl styrene and 2-vinylpyridine monomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Padma Gopalan, Daniel Patrick Sweat, Xiang Yu, Myungwoong Kim
  • Patent number: 10899166
    Abstract: Building panels and a method to produce such panels including a solid decorative surface having a decorative wear layer including fibres, binders, colour substance, wear resistant particles and a digital ink print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Niclas Håkansson, Jan Jacobsson, Melker Ryberg, Göran Ziegler
  • Patent number: 10883533
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a spline telescopic shaft includes a masking step in which, in a prescribed axial-direction region of an intermediate manufacturing product, partial tooth grooves that are equally spaced circumferentially are respectively covered by masking members that are equally spaced circumferentially; a resin coating step in which a resin layer is formed, and inner surfaces of the partial tooth grooves covered by the masking members are left as metal exposed portions that are equally spaced circumferentially; and a coating film forming step in which, in a state where the intermediate manufacturing product provided with the resin layer is centered with respect to a broach via the metal exposed portions, the intermediate manufacturing product and the broach are caused to slide relative to each other in an axial direction by press-fitting such that the resin layer is shaved to form a resin coating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Takeshi Koyama, Kazushi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10879177
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a film stack structure formed on a substrate and methods for forming the film stack structure on the substrate. In one embodiment, the method for forming a film stack structure on a substrate includes depositing a first adhesion layer on an oxide layer formed on the substrate and depositing a metal layer on the first adhesion layer, wherein the first adhesion layer and the metal layer form a stress neutral structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Minrui Yu, Kai Ma, Thomas Kwon, Kaushal K. Singh, Er-Xuan Ping
  • Patent number: 10851450
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for preventing oxidation or contamination during a circuit printing operation. The circuit printing operation can be directed to OLED-type printing. In an exemplary embodiment, the printing process is conducted at a load-locked printer housing having one or more of chambers. Each chamber is partitioned from the other chambers by physical gates or fluidic curtains. A controller coordinates transportation of a substrate through the system and purges the system by timely opening appropriate gates. The controller may also control the printing operation by energizing the print-head at a time when the substrate is positioned substantially thereunder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Sass Somekh, Eliyahu Vronsky, Conor F. Madigan
  • Patent number: 10828803
    Abstract: Resin permeation of a dry preform having one or more reinforcement plies is locally influenced during resin infusion using a selectively permeable veil applied to at least one of the reinforcement plies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sam Meure, Martin Szarski
  • Patent number: 10829649
    Abstract: Methods of protecting a submerged surface from biofouling animal organisms include applying a first biologically active inner polymer layer on a surface, impregnated with at least one first biologically active agent that kills a juvenile stage of a biofouling animal organism. A second biologically active outer polymer layer is applied on the first biologically active inner polymer layer, impregnated with at least one second biologically active agent that inhibits a larval stage of the biofouling animal organism from attaching to the second biologically active outer polymer layer. The second biologically active outer polymer layer includes a friction-reducing additive selected from the group consisting of silicone powder, PTFE powder, molybdenum disulfide powder, graphene nano-platelets, graphene oxide, and fluorinated graphene powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: REDJAK, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Reed E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10830923
    Abstract: The invention is related to a process for producing contact lenses that not only comprise a water gradient structural configurations, but also have a minimized uptakes of polyquaternium-1 and a long-lasting surface hydrophilicity and wettability even after being undergone a simulated 30-days lens care regime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Yongxing Qiu, Kasey Jon Minick, John Dallas Pruitt, Newton T. Samuel, Chung-Yuan Chiang, Kelly Kayi Tallau, Matthew McCollum, Richard Govan
  • Patent number: 10830933
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to coated articles having a metamaterial-inclusive layer, coatings having a metamaterial-inclusive layer, and/or methods of making the same. Metamaterial-inclusive coatings may be used, for example, in low-emissivity applications, providing for more true color rendering, low angular color dependence, and/or high light-to-solar gain. The metamaterial material may be a noble metal or other material, and the layer may be made to self-assemble by virtue of surface tensions associated with the noble metal or other material, and the material selected for use as a matrix. An Ag-based metamaterial layer may be provided below a plurality (e.g., 2, 3, or more) continuous and uninterrupted layers comprising Ag in certain example embodiments. In certain example embodiments, barrier layers comprising TiZrOx may be provided between adjacent layers comprising Ag, as a lower-most layer in a low-E coating, and/or as an upper-most layer in a low-E coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Boyce, Patricia Tucker, Shashi Shah, Cesar Clavero
  • Patent number: 10786830
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, composition and method employing a dust mitigation coating that also mitigates or repels water, ice, and other liquids. Techniques to coat the surfaces of equipment and items with these dust, liquid, and ice mitigation coatings, minimizing or eliminating mission problems caused by dust, liquid, or ice accumulation, particularly in outer space or on another planetary body or moon. Further, the dust mitigation coatings should exhibit a Lotus-like effect, making the coated surfaces ultra-hydrophobic. The present invention is also directed to techniques for improving the functioning of terrestrial-based equipment and systems where dust, liquid, or ice accumulation is a problem, such as in hospitals and other health contexts to prevent contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Sharon A. Straka, Mark M. Hasegawa, Kenneth M. O'Connor, Victoria J. Stotzer
  • Patent number: 10737286
    Abstract: Methods for simultaneously dispensing a first fluid pattern at a first dispense region with a first applicator and a second fluid pattern at a second dispense region with a second applicator. The first and second applicators are moved toward their respective dispense regions with a positioner. While dispensing, the second applicator is moved relative to the first applicator in a direction or directions parallel to a first axis, a second axis, and/or a third axis, the axes being mutually orthogonal. The first dispense region may be provided with a unique first tilt and/or a unique first contour relative to the reference plane and along the third axis. Systems for dispensing fluid include a primary positioner supporting a first applicator, and a secondary positioner coupled to the primary positioner and supporting a second applicator and configured to move the second applicator relative to the first applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. Giusti, Philip P. Maiorca, Mark S. Meier, David N. Padgett
  • Patent number: 10707078
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use in molding an imprint material supplied onto a substrate with a mold to form a pattern on the substrate, the method comprising steps of: with respect to each of regions obtained by dividing a region of the mold based on information of a pattern of the mold, obtaining first information of a first arrangement pattern of the imprint material based on information of the pattern of the mold; obtaining second information of a second arrangement pattern of the imprint material based on information of a thickness of a residual layer of the pattern to be formed on the substrate; and obtaining third information of a third arrangement pattern of the imprint material to be arranged on the substrate based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Tamura, Takuro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10695791
    Abstract: A method of applying a viscous material to a fastener comprises aligning a nozzle relative to the fastener by engaging an aligner with the fastener. Engaging the aligner with the fastener comprises positioning the aligner over the fastener and advancing a biasing tube toward the fastener to establish contact between the aligner and a structure to partially retract the aligner into the biasing tube until a plurality of surfaces of the aligner contacts one or more outer surfaces of the fastener. A flexible wall of a dispenser bellows is deflected by expanding a pressure-application device, which is configured to apply pressure on the flexible wall of the dispenser bellows, wherein the dispenser bellows is in fluid communication with the nozzle. The viscous material is expelled from the dispenser bellows responsive to deforming the flexible wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Solomon T. Atsebha
  • Patent number: 10689527
    Abstract: Multi-layer anti-fouling coatings and methods of forming the same include a first biocidal layer formed on a surface. The first biocidal layer includes at least one biocidal biocide that kills a biofouling organism on contact with the first biocidal layer. A first biostatic layer is formed between the first biocidal layer and an external environment. The first biostatic layer includes at least one biostatic biocide that inhibits a biofouling organism from attaching to the first biostatic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: REDJAK, L.L.C
    Inventor: Reed E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10677969
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved diffraction structure for 3D display systems. The improved diffraction structure includes an intermediate layer that resides between a waveguide substrate and a top grating surface. The top grating surface comprises a first material that corresponds to a first refractive index value, the underlayer comprises a second material that corresponds to a second refractive index value, and the substrate comprises a third material that corresponds to a third refractive index value. According to additional embodiments, improved approaches are provided to implement deposition of imprint materials onto a substrate, which allow for very precise distribution and deposition of different imprint patterns onto any number of substrate surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Tekolste, Michael A. Klug, Paul M. Greco, Brian T. Schowengerdt
  • Patent number: 10676811
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display device is provided. A method of manufacturing a display device comprises preparing a thin film forming apparatus including a crucible, which stores a source material for forming a thin film, and a front heatsink, which is disposed on the crucible and includes a reflective plate, wherein the reflective plate has a first surface with a first reflectivity and a second surface with a second reflectivity, which is different from the first reflectivity; and forming a thin film on a substrate by evaporating the source material of the thin film forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heung Yeol Na, Dong Wook Kim, Jae Wan Seol, Seong Ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 10672610
    Abstract: A method for lithography patterning includes forming an opening in a first layer over a substrate and coating a grafting solution over the first layer and filling in the opening. The grafting solution comprises a grafting compound and a solvent. The grafting compound comprises a grafting unit chemically bonded to a linking unit chemically bonded to a polymer backbone. The linking unit comprises an alkyl segment. The grafting unit is attachable to the first layer. The method further includes curing the grafting solution so that a first portion of the grafting compound is attached to a surface of the first layer, thereby forming a second layer over the surface of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Siao-Shan Wang, Ching-Yu Chang, Chin-Hsiang Lin