Patents Examined by Kevin S. Wood
  • Patent number: 9084367
    Abstract: Structured cabling solutions may include techniques and systems usable to route, organize, and otherwise manager wires, optical fibers, and other cables. Structured cabling solutions may include one or more chassis coupled to and movable relative to a frame to provide access to signal connectors on the chassis. Structured cabling solutions may also include labeling schemes that identify patch connectors that correspond to outlets in a structured cabling installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Telect, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Robert Hawley, Jeremy James Gallagher, Walt Dean Takisaki, James Patrick Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9052467
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector for transmitting high optical power, specifically power exceeding 1 kW. The connector includes an optical fiber having one of its ends in direct optical contact with a body made of a transparent material. The body in connection with the optical fiber end has a surface with an area exceeding the contact surface area of the optical fiber. The surface of the transparent body has a substantially conical design in order to provide an efficient flowing geometry around the contact end of the fiber, to increase the surface area for incident power loss radiation and deviate such radiation towards the optical axis of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: OPTOSKAND AB
    Inventors: Sven-Olov Roos, Daniel Bengtsson, Ola Blomster
  • Patent number: 8867876
    Abstract: An optical fiber splitter has a higher density fiber optic array that allows for smaller packaging. The optical fibers that extend from the optical fiber splitter have one end connectorized and their spacing at the other end reduced, thereby eliminating components that were heretofore required. A method of making the fiber optic array includes interleaving the optical fibers to reduce the overall dimensions of the fiber optic array and the fiber optic splitter. A tool is used to reduce the spacing of the optical fibers in the fiber optic array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Cable Sytems LLC
    Inventors: Costas Saravanos, Elli Makrides-Saravanos, Otto I. Szentesi, William J. Miller
  • Patent number: 8840229
    Abstract: A continuous inkjet method includes modulating a liquid jet having a wavelength ?, and causing first and second droplets to break off from the liquid jet and travel along a path. The second droplet has a break off length that is longer than the break off length of the first droplet. The first and second break off lengths have a difference of at least one wavelength ? in response to stimulation pulses. A charge differential is produced between the first and second droplets. The trajectories of the first and second droplets are caused to diverge so that one of the first and second droplets is collected and the other of the first and second droplets is deposited on a surface. A transition in droplet creation is identified between stimulation cycles that produce the first and second droplets. A skip cycle is introduced between the stimulation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Piatt, Randy Lee Fagerquist
  • Patent number: 8770721
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a liquid discharge substrate including a discharge port; a flow path for supplying liquid to the liquid discharge substrate; an absorption member capable of absorbing a laser beam, wherein a first flow path portion constituting a portion of a wall of the flow path is formed on a surface thereof; and a transparent member transparent to a laser beam, wherein a second flow path portion constituting another portion of the wall of the flow path is formed on a surface thereof; wherein the flow path is formed by welding the surfaces of the absorption and transparent members with each other at a periphery of the first flow path portion using a laser beam, and wherein the second flow path portion is constituted by a depression including an inclined surface capable of reflecting a laser beam directed toward the first flow path portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Morita, Kenji Kitabatake, Satoshi Oikawa
  • Patent number: 8746846
    Abstract: A nozzle plate includes: a nozzle plate main body made of metal, the nozzle plate main body having nozzle rows formed of nozzles arranged in parallel and penetrating the nozzle plate main body in a thickness direction, wherein at the outer edge of the nozzles on a droplet discharge surface of the nozzle plate main body, a water-repellent film is provided, and primer treatment is performed on at least part of the periphery of the droplet discharge surface of the nozzle plate main body, the periphery outside the water-repellent film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuji Arakawa
  • Patent number: 8740359
    Abstract: A continuous inkjet system and method has a stimulation device producing a modulation in a liquid jet having a wavelength ? and causing a first liquid droplet to break off from the liquid jet and travel along a path and causing a second liquid droplet to break off from the liquid jet and travel along the path. The first liquid droplet has a first break off length and the second liquid droplet has a second break off length longer than the first break off length. The first break off length and the second break off length have a difference of at least one wavelength ? in response to stimulation pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Piatt, Randy L. Fagerquist
  • Patent number: 8737781
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an optical waveguide, includes preparing a light path conversion component including a structure in which a protruding portion having a light path conversion inclined surface is covered with a metal layer and the metal layer serves as a light path conversion mirror, and a structural body in which a core layer is formed on a first cladding layer and an opening portion is provided in an end side of a light path of the core layer, arranging the light path conversion mirror of the light path conversion component in the opening portion of the core layer, and forming a second cladding layer covering the core layer, wherein a light path of a light that propagates through the core layer is converted toward a first cladding layer side by the light path conversion mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunao Yamamoto, Hideki Yonekura, Kenji Yanagisawa, Takanori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8733889
    Abstract: The cleaning device includes: a wiper blade which is arranged along an axial direction of a pressure drum holding and conveying a medium on which liquid is applied, the pressure drum holding the medium on a pressure drum circumferential surface of the pressure drum and conveying the medium in a prescribed medium conveyance direction, the wiper blade wiping and removing the liquid adhering to the pressure drum circumferential surface, the wiper blade being disposed in such a manner that a wiper blade face of the wiper blade is inclined from a normal to the pressure drum circumferential surface at a contact position with the wiper blade face to form an angle of smaller than 90° between the wiper blade face and the pressure drum circumferential surface on an upstream side from the contact position in terms of the medium conveyance direction; a movement device which moves the wiper blade so as to separate the wiper blade from the pressure drum circumferential surface when a gripping member arranged on the pressur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uemura
  • Patent number: 8724938
    Abstract: A tapered waveguide is provided for connection between an input waveguide and a photodiode. The width of the tapered waveguide increases as it extends from the input end that is connected to the input waveguide towards the output end that is connected to the photodiode. The tapered waveguide has an optimum half spread angle to cause higher-order mode excitation when receiving optical signal from the input waveguide. The photodiode either has a constant width or increases in width as it extends away from the output end of the tapered waveguide, its half spread angle being equal to or less than the half spread angle of the tapered waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazumasa Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 8721056
    Abstract: A continuous multi-nozzle inkjet recording apparatus includes a multi-nozzle inkjet head including a liquid chamber, an ink nozzle plate, and a heating unit, a gas flow applicator, a cap, and a gutter unit. The ink nozzle plate includes ink jetting nozzles to jet ink column. The heating unit stimulates the pressurized ink at an exit opening of the ink jetting nozzles to separate ink droplets from the ink column. The gas flow applicator applies a gas flow to flying ink droplets. The gas flow applicator includes an opening to jet the gas flow. The cap shields an area of the gas flow from an ambient atmosphere space existing around a transporting and image forming area for the recording medium. The gutter unit catches ink droplets. Ink droplets not caught by the gutter unit are directed onto a recording medium to form an image on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuro Sekiya
  • Patent number: 8718415
    Abstract: Optical devices with versatile spectral attributes are provided that are implemented with one or more modulated and homogeneous layers to realize leaky-mode resonance operation and corresponding versatile spectral-band design. The first and/or higher multiple evanescent diffraction orders are applied to excite one or more leaky modes. The one- or two-dimensional periodic structure, fashioned by proper distribution of materials within each period, can have a resulting symmetric or asymmetric profile to permit a broadened variety of resonant leaky-mode devices to be realized. Thus, the attributes of the optical device permit, among other things, adjacent, distinct resonance frequencies or wavelengths to be produced, convenient shaping of the reflection and transmission spectra for such optical device to be accomplished, and the wavelength resonance locations to be precisely controlled so as to affect the extent to which the leaky modes interact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Robert Magnusson, Yiwu Ding
  • Patent number: 8702201
    Abstract: An ink discharge apparatus is provided, including a discharge head which has a nozzle surface formed with a first nozzle for discharging an ink of a first color and a second nozzle for discharging an ink of a second color darker than the first color; a cap; a sucking mechanism which performs suction for a space in the cap; a moving mechanism which positions the cap at a capping position and at a retracted position; and a purge control mechanism which controls the moving mechanism so that the cap is separated from the nozzle surface while allowing a second distance between the cap and an area near the second nozzle to be smaller than a first distance between the cap and an area near the first nozzle after completion of a purge operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsunori Nishida
  • Patent number: 8696216
    Abstract: An optical module has a support board, an optical transmission path, and at least a single optical element having a light receiving function or a light emitting function provided on the support board. A light emission surface of the optical transmission path or a light incidence surface of the optical transmission path is arranged such that the optical element and the optical transmission path are optically coupled to each other, with respect to a light receiving surface or a light emitting surface of the optical element. The optical element is sealed by a sealing agent. A gap is provided between the optical transmission path and the surface of the sealing agent on the light receiving surface or the light emitting surface of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Sano, Hiroto Nozawa, Toshiaki Okuno, Junichi Tanaka, Naru Yasuda, Hayami Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 8690297
    Abstract: A sol-gel liquid for use in forming an individualized electromechanical conversion film of an electromechanical conversion element by inkjet methods, including a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) or the PZT and other metal complex oxides; and an organic solvent having properties surrounded by A, B, C, D, E and F in triangular composition diagram of FIG. 3, and having a viscosity of from 3 to 13 mPa·s, a surface tension of 30±5 mN/m and a dehydration rate of from 70 to 80% relative to pure water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Keiji Ueda, Yoshikazu Akiyama, Osamu Machida, Akira Shimofuku, Takakazu Kihira
  • Patent number: 8681302
    Abstract: An array substrate and method for an in-plane switching mode liquid crystal display device are provided. The array substrate according to an embodiment includes a pixel electrode in a pixel region; a common electrode in the pixel region, the common electrode being parallel to the pixel electrode; a first electrode in the pixel region and crossing the pixel and common electrodes; and a second electrode in the pixel region, the second electrode being parallel to the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Ho Choi, Jong-Jin Park
  • Patent number: 8670100
    Abstract: A driving circuit of a liquid crystal display module includes a substrate, a driving chip, a plurality of circuit lines connected to the driving chip, and a dummy pattern disposed outside the circuit lines parallel thereto. The liquid crystal display module includes a display panel, and a driving circuit. The display panel includes an effective pixel region, a non-effective pixel region, a display device displaying an image in the effective pixel region, and signal lines connected to the display device and extending to the non-effective pixel region. The driving circuit includes a substrate, a driving chip, circuit lines, and a dummy pattern disposed outside the circuit lines parallel thereto. The circuit lines each have one end connected to the driving chip and the other end connected to the signal lines. Accordingly, the dummy pattern can reduce defective images caused by the circuit lines damaged by mechanical impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Geun Woo Koh
  • Patent number: 8662646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a droplet generator (10) of the velocity modulation type, the generator (10) being configured so that substantially all the modulation energy generated by piezo-electric crystals (60) is transformed into vibration of the nozzle (34). The generator preferably also includes an internal closure mechanism (70) which blocks off the nozzle (34) when the generator is not in operation, but which is de-coupled from the modulation process when the generator is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Domino Printing Services PLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Morgan, Jonathan Harvey Lucas
  • Patent number: 8606053
    Abstract: In an optical modulator, respective lights for where one input light has been branched, are input via a curved waveguide to a plurality of optical modulation sections arranged in parallel on the same substrate. In a Mach-Zehnder type optical waveguide, a spacing between the pair of branching waveguides of the adjacent optical modulation sections, is formed so as to become wider in the vicinity of a border of an input side polarization inversion region than in the vicinity of a start point of an interaction portion. As a result, even if a signal electrode of the optical modulation sections shifts at the boundary portion of the polarization inversion region, the spacing between the signal electrodes does not become narrow, and hence the radius of curvature of curved waveguides for guiding the input light to the respective optical modulation sections can be increased, so that it becomes possible to apply input light to the optical modulation sections at low loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Masaki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: RE44892
    Abstract: The electro-optical module has a substrate with a mounting surface that is free from depressions. A surface-mounted component unit is disosed on the mounting surface. The component unit contains as integral components an electro-optical component and a lens which are aligned directly with one another. The surface serves, furthermore, as a reference plane for assembling a receptacle for an optical fiber plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Meyer-Güldner, Jörg-Reinhardt Kropp, Mathias Grumm, Georg Jeiter