Patents Examined by James M Mellott
  • Patent number: 11402749
    Abstract: A preliminary drop pattern is provided that defines a predetermined location on a substrate for a center of mass of each drop of a plurality of drops. The preliminary drop pattern is adjusted to generate an adjusted drop pattern by radially shifting each drop of a subset of drops of the plurality of drops from the predetermined location by a radial offset. The plurality of drops is dispensed according to the adjusted drop pattern. A template or a superstrate is contacted with the dispensed drops, after which the center of mass of each drop of the subset of drops is radially displaced to a displaced location on the substrate prior to the plurality of drops forming a continuous layer. The radial offset is selected such that the displaced location is within 50 ?m of the predetermined location of the corresponding drop of the preliminary drop pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Niyaz Khusnatdinov
  • Patent number: 11387104
    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 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. The method further includes transferring a pattern including the first layer and the second layer to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Siao-Shan Wang, Ching-Yu Chang, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 11358173
    Abstract: In this method for manufacturing a vehicle part, the following steps are implemented, applying a first varnish coat to a transparent part, applying a paint coat to the first varnish coat, applying a second varnish coat to the paint coat, and irradiating the paint coat and the second varnish coat in part with laser radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Sophie Vidal, Stéphane Guillier
  • Patent number: 11362256
    Abstract: A method is provided for growing a fiber structure, where the method includes: obtaining a substrate, growing an array of pedestal fibers on the substrate, growing fibers on the pedestal fibers, and depositing a coating surrounding each of the fibers. In another aspect, a method of fabricating a fiber structure includes obtaining a substrate and growing a plurality of fibers on the substrate according to 1½D printing. In another aspect, a multilayer functional fiber is provided produced by, for instance, the above-noted methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: FREE FORM FIBERS, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Pegna, Ram K. Goduguchinta, Kirk L. Williams, John L. Schneiter, Shay L. Harrison, Erik G. Vaaler
  • Patent number: 11325356
    Abstract: A method of producing a laminated body, the method including a coagulant solution deposition step of depositing a coagulant solution on a fiber substrate, and a coagulation step of forming a polymer layer on the fiber substrate by bringing a polymer latex into contact with the fiber substrate having the coagulant solution deposited thereon to cause a polymer to coagulate. As the coagulant solution, a solution obtained by dissolving or dispersing 0.2 to 7.0% by weight of a metal salt as a coagulant and 0.1 to 7.0% by weight of an organic acid in a solvent is used. In the method of producing a laminated body, the metal salt is a polyvalent metal salt. In the method of producing a laminated body, the organic acid is an organic acid having at least one group selected from a carboxyl group, a sulfo group, a hydroxy group, and a thiol group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Hayasaka, Tomoya Taniyama, Shinji Kato
  • Patent number: 11305312
    Abstract: In this method for manufacturing a vehicle part, the following steps are implemented, applying a paint coat to a transparent part, applying a first varnish coat to the paint coat, irradiating the paint coat and the first varnish coat in part with laser radiation so as to etch the paint coat and the first varnish coat, applying a transparent primer coat to the first varnish coat, and applying a second varnish coat to the transparent primer coat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Sophie Vidal, Stéphane Guillier
  • Patent number: 11292279
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for preparing printed shrinkable polymeric film substrates, by applying an ink or overprint varnish comprising self-crosslinking acrylic emulsions. The inks and overprint varnishes are rub, scratch, chemical, humidity/water, and heat resistant, as well as being resistant to repeated bending and folding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Rob Deighton, Peter Salthouse, Gary Butler
  • Patent number: 11284676
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe that includes a sole and an upper extending above the sole. The upper has an outer surface and is made of a base material that is partially covered with a coating material, such that the coating material covers at least 90% but not more than 98% of the outer surface of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: John C. S. Koo
  • Patent number: 11260422
    Abstract: A system of applying a coating to a vehicle in sequence with vehicle manufacture is disclosed. The vehicle may be inspected and/or logged into inventory. The vehicle may be electronically recorded into inventory using a computerized data acquisition and/or process control system. The vehicle may be prepared by an operator. The vehicle preparation may include applying masking materials to at least a portion of the vehicle. The vehicle preparation may include application of a pre-treatment to at least a portion of the vehicle. A coating may be applied to at least a portion of the vehicle. The coating may include one or more layers. The masking materials may be removed from the vehicle after the completion of the coating application. The vehicle may be electronically recorded into inventory using a data acquisition and/or process control system. The vehicle may be delivered and/or returned to the vehicle manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ground Effects, Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin William Dollar, Michael Scott Boyko, Robert William Scott, Bradley John Pattison
  • Patent number: 11254026
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for treating a lignocellulosic material, preferably wood, comprising the following steps: (1) soaking of the material with organic fluid in order to dissolve at least 40% and at most 85%, in weight %, of the lignin of the material; (2) washing with organic fluid so as to discharge the dissolved lignin; (3) filling with a filling compound; and (4) finishing, so as to obtain a composite formed of a three-dimensional network of transformed filling compound incorporated into a cellulose and lignin network. The invention also relates to a composite structure able to be obtained in this way, and to any part comprising at least one such structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Timothée Boitouzet
  • Patent number: 11249397
    Abstract: A method of forming a cured layer on a substrate can include applying on the exterior surface of the substrate a first liquid film and subjecting the first liquid film to actinic radiation in at least one first region of the film. The actinic radiated region can modify the substrate surface such that the drop spreading of a region not subjected to actinic radiation is larger than the drop spreading in a region subjected to actinic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Niyaz Khusnatdinov, Timothy Brian Stachowiak, Edward Brian Fletcher
  • Patent number: 11235368
    Abstract: A method for marking a wordpieces and workpiece are disclosed. In an embodiment the method includes applying an identification to a blank in places and after applying the identification to the blank, deforming the blank to form a metal body, wherein deforming the blank comprises rolling so that a thickness of the blank changes more strongly than a width of the blank when the metal body is formed, wherein the identification remains on the metal body at least until after deforming the blank and is not destroyed by deforming the blank, and wherein the identification, both to the blank and to the metal body, has at least one of a difference in reflection or a difference in remission and an albedo difference of at least 15 percentage points in at least part of at least one of a near ultraviolet spectral region, a visible spectral region or a near-infrared spectral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Christoph Zeh, Thomas Härtling
  • Patent number: 11230757
    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: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KATEEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Sass Somekh, Eliyahu Vronsky, Conor F. Madigan
  • Patent number: 11230492
    Abstract: An anti-glare glass of the present disclosure has excellent anti-glare properties and visibility by forming glass in which polysilazane-derived surface unevenness are applied to a glass surface without mixing a heterogeneous element, and has remarkably improved wear resistance and durability since the polysilazane is changed for glass on the glass surface by thermal treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: DNF CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myong Woon Kim, Man Young Park, Hyun Gwan Kim, Ki Hoon Song, Jae Won Oh
  • Patent number: 11219922
    Abstract: A method is provided to form 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, minimize or eliminate 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 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: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Sharon Straka, Kenneth O'Connor, Mark Hasegawa, Boxi Chen, Nathaniel Patrick Hawthorne, Victoria Jane Pederzani Stotzer
  • Patent number: 11203693
    Abstract: A method includes masking at least one hole of an article with a paste, wherein the hole opens onto a surface of the article, applying a coating to the surface of the article, and removing the paste including contacting the paste with water, leaving at least one open hole in the surface of the coated article. The paste includes about 40-80 wt % of a filler material, about 0.5-20 wt % of an inorganic binder, about 0.5-15 wt % of a polyhydroxy compound and about 5-25 wt % of water. The filler material includes a first material which includes alkali metal doped alumina, zirconium oxide, titanium oxide, silicon dioxide, or a combination thereof and a second material which includes a silicate. A weight ratio between the first and second materials is in a range of about 1-10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jianzhi Zhao, Zhida Pan, Cem Murat Eminoglu, Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Liming Zhang, Lei Cao, Wenqing Peng
  • Patent number: 11203031
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods related to improving environmental protection and waste collection from application of deposition material using portable systems that are easier for operators to use on surfaces such as ship hulls are provided. Embodiments include a portable and repositionable deposition material applicator enclosure and application system for applying deposition material on a substrate employing non-adherent deposition material waste removal and selective enclosure coupling and decoupling structures or systems employing magnetic and suction or differential pressure based forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: John William Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11198610
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for making carrier for use in single molecule detection. The method includes: providing a rigid substrate; coating a polymer layer on a surface of the rigid substrate, the polymer layer is in semisolid state; transferring a nano-scaled pattern of a template on a surface of the polymer layer by pressing the template on the surface of the polymer layer; obtaining a flexible substrate by removing the template; and applying a metal layer on the flexible substrate. The carrier for use in single molecule detection has a relative higher SERS and can enhance the Raman scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ying-Cheng Wang, Yuan-Hao Jin, Qun-Qing Li, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 11188058
    Abstract: An adjusting method for adjusting an imprint apparatus includes a preparation step of preparing a sample for evaluating a state in which a contact region of a test mold is in contact with an imprint material supplied on a substrate; an evaluation step of evaluating the sample; and an adjustment step of adjusting the imprint apparatus based on a result of evaluation obtained in the evaluation step. The contact region includes a flat region which does not include a pattern, the evaluation in the evaluation step includes a first evaluation, which is an evaluation of a state of the imprint material in the flat region, and the imprint apparatus is adjusted based on a result of the first evaluation in the adjustment step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiko Asada, Shingo Ishida, Kenta Sasa
  • Patent number: 11186739
    Abstract: A printing method is provided. The printing method includes applying a treatment liquid containing a flocculant operable to flocculate at least one constituent of an ink composition onto a printing medium, and applying at least one ink composition including a white ink composition containing a white coloring material and resin particles onto the printing medium. The volume average particle size of the resin particles varies 50% or less when the white ink composition is mixed with the treatment liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Hitoshi Ohta