Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 9999249
    Abstract: An exemplary aerosol inhaling device includes a liquid supply, an atomizing device, and a power supply. The liquid supply is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The atomizing device configured for heating the tobacco liquid to form aerosol. The power supply is electrically connected with the atomizing device. The power supply is configured for supplying the atomizing device power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Xingbing Zou, Laizhi Song
  • Patent number: 10000091
    Abstract: A tire with radial carcass reinforcement comprising a crown reinforcement itself capped radially with a tread of which the tread pattern comprises at least two circumferential grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Christophe Gayton, Vincent Martin
  • Patent number: 9993974
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and an apparatus for the fabrication of solid three-dimensional objects from liquid polymerizable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. DeSimone, Alexander Ermoshkin, Edward T. Samulski
  • Patent number: 9987774
    Abstract: A molding apparatus (1) includes: a servomotor (11) for pressing a resin component (W) by moving an upper mold (MU) in a direction in which the upper mold (MU) is made close to a lower mold (ML); servomotors (12a and 13a) each of which retains X-coordinate and Y-coordinate positions of the lower mold (ML); and a position detection section (41) which determines whether or not the resin component which is sandwiched between the upper mold and the lower mold has been cured, the servomotors each terminating the retention of the lower mold when the resin component has been cured. This makes it possible to obtain a molded product while preventing positional displacement caused by a decrease in volume of a resin which is being cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Nakahashi, Hiroyuki Hanato
  • Patent number: 9981312
    Abstract: A 3-D printer scalable to large sizes employs a combination of mechanical and electrical scanning of a linear array of electron beams that operate to melt material of a powder bed. A housing holding the electron beam sources may be maintained at a high vacuum and positioned close to a print surface to minimize electron travel in a softer vacuum surrounding a print bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Thomas Rockwell Mackie, Brandon Joseph Walker
  • Patent number: 9981508
    Abstract: It is a pneumatic tire 1 which is provided with a pair of shoulder land portions 4A defined between shoulder main grooves 3A and tread edges 2t by having the grooves 3A. At least one of the shoulder land portions 4A is provided with a plurality of shoulder lug grooves 5 and a plurality of shoulder sipes 6. The shoulder lug grooves 5 include first shoulder lug grooves 5A extending axially inward from the tread edge 2t and terminating without reaching the shoulder main groove 3A. The shoulder sipes 6 include first shoulder sipes 6A extending axially inward from the axially inner ends 5Ai of the first shoulder lug grooves 5A and connected to the shoulder main groove 3A, and second shoulder sipes 6B intersecting the first shoulder sipes 6A and extending in the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9974334
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electronic smoking articles exhibiting improved moisture control of a reservoir contained therein. The reservoir can be formed of fibrous materials, such as cellulose acetate fiber, thermoplastic fiber, non-thermoplastic fiber, or a combination thereof. The disclosure further provides methods for forming electronic smoking articles and methods of packaging electronic smoking articles (including cartridges thereof) so as to improve moisture control of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Grady Lance Dooly, Stephen Benson Sears, Karen V. Williams, Gary M. Dull, Steven L. Worm, Wesley Steven Jones, Steven Lee Alderman, Paul A. Brinkley, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9969002
    Abstract: In a three-dimensional shaping device, a region of an elevatable/lowerable table 2 for forming a powder layer and a region of a powder supply device are divided by a shield plate, an inert gas injection port is provided in the former region, the shield plate can be freely opened or closed so that a powder spraying squeegee traveling on the table is passed through, or a pipe which supplies powder from the powder supply device to the powder spraying squeegee which has traveled to the side of the shield plate penetrates through the shield plate, or a part of the shield plate is the powder supply port for the powder spraying squeegee which has traveled to the side of the shield plate and the pipe protrudes at a lower part and a sintering device applies a laser beam via a transparent region in a ceiling of a chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Matsuura Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Amaya, Toshihiko Kato, Tetsushi Midorikawa, Hideto Matsubara, Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9963803
    Abstract: A device for texturizing strand material into a wool-type product includes outer and inner nozzle sections. The outer and inner nozzle sections interface and define a passage through which the strand material travels. A locking device in the inner nozzle section is operable to selectively stop movement of the strand material. The locking device includes a seal holder that positions a sealing member within the inner nozzle section to prevent debris from entering the inner nozzle section, thereby promoting continued effective operation of the locking device. The outer nozzle section includes an end nozzle assembly including a hardened outlet tube. The hardened outlet tube is distinct from the outer nozzle section and, thus, can be repaired or replaced independently of the outer nozzle section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OCV Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Luc J. L. Brandt
  • Patent number: 9958088
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a microvalve using surface tension, a microfluidic chip including same and a method for manufacturing same. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a microvalve using surface tension, a microfluidic chip including same and a method for manufacturing same, wherein the microvalve can be manufactured through a simple process and the microvalve and a coaxial sample channel are not separated, and thus the microvalve may be easily installed not only in an existing quadrangular channel but also in the coaxial channel so as to control the flow and amount of a microfluid (sample).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Lee, Edward Kang
  • Patent number: 9956611
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a cutting insert green body by compacting a powder includes a die having an upper die part and a lower die, an upper punch and a lower punch, at least one of which is moveable along a pressing axis in relation to the die. The upper and lower die parts, when joined, define a die cavity that defines the shape of the green body to be formed by the compaction. At least one of the lower and upper die part has a pressing bore extending from the cavity for receiving the lower and upper punch. The upper die part has an upper surface that, at least in one direction, extends rectilinearly, and the upper die part has an upper opening in the upper surface, through which the upper punch is arranged to be forwarded into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SECO TOOLS AB
    Inventor: Dirk Sterkenburg
  • Patent number: 9956825
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pneumatic tire including: a groove formed in a tread, the groove having a groove bottom and groove side surfaces arising from the groove bottom; and a projection projecting from the groove bottom, wherein the projection includes a low-step portion located at a low position with reference to the groove bottom and a high-step portion located at a high position with reference to the groove bottom, the low-step portion has a first-side inclined surface inclined in a depth direction of the groove along a first groove side surface of the groove and a second-side inclined surface inclined in the depth direction of the groove along a second groove side surface of the groove, and the first-side inclined surface and the second-side inclined surface are inclined in different directions from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Kuwano
  • Patent number: 9950485
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method of forming an annular apex filler for tire beads. Said apparatus comprises a cylindrical former (2) for supporting a cut length of an apex filler strip (91) of elastomeric material, wherein said cylindrical former (2) comprises a hollow rotary shaft (21) and a plurality of rigid, circumferentially spaced apart fingers (22). The fingers (22) are movably connected to support members (24) for flipping the apex filler when wound on the cylindrical former. The support members (24) are movable connected to substantially radially extending guiding members (25). The guiding members (25) are connected to a hollow rotary shaft (21). The fingers (22) are connected via linkages (27) to a driving member (281) which is connected to a push/pull shaft (28) which extends at least partially through the hollow rotary shaft (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Marco Slot, Gerard Johannes Van Laar
  • Patent number: 9944133
    Abstract: Provided is a pneumatic tire having the structure where a carcass ply is wound around bead cores from the outside in the tire width direction to the inside in the tire width direction, and both end portions of an inner liner extend between beads and the carcass ply. A lightweight and highly rigid tire can be acquired. The tire can also enhance steering stability performance thereof. The pneumatic tire includes: a pair of left and right beads including bead cores 3a; a carcass ply extending between the bead cores; and an inner liner 4 disposed on an inner peripheral side of the carcass ply 5, wherein the carcass ply 5 is wound around the bead cores 3a from the outside in the tire width direction to the inside in the tire width direction, and both end portions of the inner liner 4 extend between the beads and the carcass ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Nagai, Akina Kouuchi
  • Patent number: 9937654
    Abstract: A molding device of an inbuilt component fixing section of a fuel tank includes: a projection member that projects out at a placement face onto which a resin sheet that will form a tank configuration member is disposed in a molten state, and that molds a hollow bulge section in the resin sheet; an elastic body that covers the projection member, and that expands and applies pressure to the bulge section from the inside due to a non-compressible fluid being supplied into a sealed space formed between the elastic body and the projection member; a fluid supply device that supplies the fluid into the sealed space in a state in which the bulge section has penetrated through a fixing hole provided in an inbuilt component; and a fixing member that fixes a location of the elastic body corresponding to a leading end portion to the leading end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Miki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9931777
    Abstract: An apparatus for the production of electrospun fibers using an electrospinning solution comprising: at least one threaded rod having an exterior surface and having a longitudinal axis oriented vertically, a grounded collector, an electrospinning solution dispenser feeding electrospinning solution to the exterior surface of the threaded rod, and a high voltage power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventors: George G. Chase, Kitchaporn Nartetamrongsutt, Hyeon Ung Shin
  • Patent number: 9931828
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing device includes an optical device and a controller that controls the optical device. The controller includes a dividing section that divides an area of a vat that is irradiated with light of a projector into a plurality of blocks, a counting section that counts a number of times of irradiation with light of the projector, a first determination section that determines whether or not the number of times counted by the counting section has reached a predetermined threshold value, a light output section that changes when it is determined by the first determination section that the number of times has reached the predetermined threshold value from a first energy to a second energy lower than the first energy an energy of light to be output from the projector to the photo-curable resin of the block for which determination has been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kouichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9931894
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire including a pair of bead portions, a pair of sidewall portions extending from the bead portions, a tread portion extending across the respective sidewall portions, and a decorative band having a smooth surface and formed on the sidewall portion, wherein: the outermost end in the tire radial direction of the decorative band is positioned on the inner side in the tire radial direction than the largest width position of the tire; the decorative band includes a plurality of decorative lines each extending in the tire circumferential direction and having higher brightness than the base color of the tire; brightness of the decorative line having the highest brightness among the decorative lines is at least 80%; and brightness and/or hue of the decorative line having the highest brightness is different from brightness and/or hue of at least one of other decorative lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sotaro Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 9925709
    Abstract: A method of adjusting an amount of force applied to a plurality of fasteners connecting a lip body to a die body portion on an extrusion die using a fastener tension adjustment assembly is disclosed. The fastener tension adjustment assembly is adjusted to cause at least part of thee fastener tension adjustment assembly to move away from the lip body. In response to movement of the fastener tension adjustment assembly away from the lip body, amount of force applied by the fastener tension adjustment assembly on each of the plurality of fasteners is simultaneously increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Michael K. Truscott
  • Patent number: 9926551
    Abstract: The invention relates to an encapsulating device (100), which is designed to encapsulate a sample (1, 2) in a polymer capsule, comprising a drop generator (10), which is designed to provide a drop (3) of a suspension, which drop contains the sample (1), and a cross-linking device (20), which is designed to polymerize the drop (3), wherein the drop generator (10) has a retaining device (11), which is designed to accommodate the drop (3) in a hanging state, and the cross-linking device (20) is designed to feed a polymerization substance to the hanging drop (3) on the retaining device (11) and to form the polymer capsule. The invention further relates to a method for encapsulating a sample (1, 2) in a polymer capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Heiko Zimmermann, Julia Neubauer