Patents Examined by Ling Choi
  • Patent number: 10106637
    Abstract: Novel methods and materials particularly useful for ophthalmic applications and to methods for making and using the same are disclosed herein. More particularly, relatively soft, optically transparent, foldable, high refractive index materials particularly suited for use in the production of intraocular lenses, contact lenses, and other ocular implants and to methods for manufacturing and implanting IOLs made therefrom are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Khalid Mentak
  • Patent number: 10100149
    Abstract: A process of living ring-opening polymerization comprising the step of exposing ?-amino acid N-carboxyanhydride monomers to an initiator having a formula NH2CH2[CH2NHCH2]nCH2NH2, wherein n is an integer with value of 1-3 to obtain amino acid polymers, including homopolymers or block copolymers. Use of triethylenetetramine, diethylenetriamine and tetraethylenepentamine exemplified. Representative examples of block copolymers include poly(benzyl-L-glutamate) and poly(benzyl-L-lysine).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Nikolaos Hadjichristidis, Wei Zhao, Yves Gnanou
  • Patent number: 10093756
    Abstract: A method of producing a silane cross-linked polyethylene is disclosed which includes maleating a polyethylene polymer to form a maleated polyethylene and reacting the maleated polyethylene with a primary or secondary amino silane to form a silane-grafted polyethylene. The method further includes treating the silane-grafted polyethylene in a moisture curing process to form the silane cross-linked polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, John Ashbaugh, Jason Clark
  • Patent number: 10087305
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions and articles made therefrom, the compositions comprising poly(trimethylene-2,5-furandicarboxylate) and one or more of a plasticizer, a neutralized carboxylic acid salt or trisodium phosphate as a nucleating agent, and a copolyester derived from furandicarboxylic acid, 1,3 propanediol and at least one poly(alkylene ether) glycol (PAEG), the copolyester comprising a Furan-PAEG soft segment and a PTF hard segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Gordon Mark Cohen, Fredrik Nederberg, Bhuma Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10072120
    Abstract: A process of forming a functionalized polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material includes performing an oxide elimination reaction (e.g., a selenoxide elimination reaction or a sulfoxide elimination reaction) on a saturated PHA material to form an unsaturated PHA material having a carbon-carbon double bond in a polymer backbone. The process also includes utilizing the unsaturated PHA material to form a functionalized PHA material. The functionalized PHA material has one or more cross-linkable functional groups (e.g., one or more thiol groups) bonded to a polymer backbone of the functionalized PHA material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Campbell, Sarah K. Czaplewski, Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10059798
    Abstract: An active ester resin having a molecular structure represented by Structural Formula (1) where X represents a benzene ring or a naphthalene ring, each R1 independently represents a methyl group or a hydrogen atom, k is 0 or 1, n is 1 or 2, l is 1 or 2, and m is the average of a repeating unit and from 0.25 to 1.5. The active ester resin, as a curing agent, can be combined with an epoxy resin to form at least an epoxy resin composition, a cured product, a prepreg, a circuit board and a build-up film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Arita, Tomohiro Shimono
  • Patent number: 10047241
    Abstract: This invention provides hydrophobic compositions for forming hydrophobic toner receptive coatings on a substrate. The hydrophobic coating compositions for forming toner receptive coatings on a substrate contain a hydrophobic polymer comprising: (a) a N-vinyl amide monomer, (b) a non-reactive hydrophobic monomer moiety, and (c) a solvent. The coating compositions may further comprise (d) a substituted or unsubstituted monomer comprising a cyclic ether or an acetoacetate, or mixtures thereof. The invention also provides compositions suitable for addition to toner to enhance adhesion and toner substrates coated with the hydrophobic coating compositions. The hydrophobic polymer may be represented by the following structure, wherein x, y, z, and a, are defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: David K. Hood, Charles J. Wasserman, Karen B. Visscher, Sounak Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10047100
    Abstract: Compounds of formula III: and salts thereof are disclosed. Also disclosed are methods for preparing compounds of formula III, intermediates useful for preparing compounds of formula III and methods for preparing compounds and materials from compounds of formula III.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas R. Hoye, Ashok Pehere, Shu Xu
  • Patent number: 10047210
    Abstract: An environmentally friendly, formaldehyde-free, aqueous binder composition that includes a carbohydrate, a crosslinking agent, and a pre-reacted product of an alcohol or polyol and monomeric or polymeric polycarboxylic acid or polyglycerol is provided. The pre-reacted product may include glycerol and esters of citric acid such a monoglyceryl citrate, diglyceryl citrate, and triglyceryl citrate as well as other higher molecular weight citric acid-based esters. The inclusion of the pre-reacted product in the binder composition helps to speed the crosslinking reaction, induces faster water evaporation, decreases the viscosity of the binder, helps to reduce the amount of water needed for application of the binder, decreases tackiness, and helps to achieve a maximum vertical expansion of the insulation pack in the transfer zone. The binder composition may be used in the formation of insulation materials and non-woven chopped strand mats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus Hernandez-Torres, Larry Todd Banner
  • Patent number: 10035754
    Abstract: Methacrylated cardanol glycidyl ethers, diglycidyl ethers, intermediates and derivatives thereof are described herein. Compositions and polymers made with such compounds as well as methods of preparation thereof are also described. For example, compounds of Formulas: wherein n, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6 can each represent various different entities are described in the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Dominic Thibeault, François Rouillard, Steve Carrier, Pascal Vuillaume
  • Patent number: 10035129
    Abstract: Oxygen-absorbing resin composition, not responsive to a metal detector, producing no odor after absorption of oxygen and has excellent oxygen-absorbing performance in a wide range of humidity conditions from low to high humidity. An oxygen-absorbing molded article, and a multilayer body, container, injection-molded article and medical containers also provided. The oxygen absorbing resin composition contains a polyester, comprising at least one constituent unit having a tetralin ring component compound, a transition metal catalyst, and a catalyst for producing the polyester. The oxygen-absorbing molded article of the present invention can be formed by molding the oxygen-absorbing resin composition into a film or a sheet. The multilayer body, container, injection-molded article, medical container, etc. of the present invention are obtained by using the oxygen-absorbing resin composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Satoshi Okada, Toshiya Takagi, Takashi Kashiba, Shinpei Iwamoto, Shinichi Ikeda, Fumihiro Ito, Shun Ogawa, Shota Arakawa, Kenichiro Usuda
  • Patent number: 10030091
    Abstract: Compositions may include a monomer, an organic crosslinker, an inorganic crosslinker, and an initiator. Furthermore, compositions may include at least one monomer and triethoxyvinylsilane (TEVS) to provide crosslinking among the at least one monomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Changping Sui, Balakrishnan Panamarathupalayam
  • Patent number: 10030098
    Abstract: A process for the manufacture of a block copolymer includes a reaction of a lactide monomers in the presence of a catalyst with a polymer to form the block copolymer having a lactic acid chain, wherein a polymer selected from polypropylene, polyethylene, polysiloxane, polybutylene succinate, polytrimethylene carbonate, polyester, polyether, polystyrene, polyisoprene, polycarbonate, polyalkylenecarbonate, polyvinyl alcohol, polyurethane, or polyacrylate; and wherein the polymer contains n number of OH and/or NH2 group(s), n is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and Moles ? ? of ? ? Lactide ( Moles ? ? of ? ? Compound * n ) ? 70 , and the reaction is performed at a temperature of at least 70° C. The process includes step of quenching of the reaction in order to form the lactic acid chains consisting of 70 or less of the lactide monomers, and the quenching agent is an acid chloride having a formula of Cl—CO—R9, wherein R9 is 1-pentenyl or aminoethyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Martine Slawinski, Marion Helou, Jeroen Wassenaar
  • Patent number: 10017606
    Abstract: A molded article comprising at least one polyester which comprises: (a) a dicarboxylic acid component comprising: i) 95 to 99.99 mole % of terephthalic acid residues; and ii) 0.01 to 5 mole % of isophthalic acid; and (b) a glycol component comprising: i) 5 to 15 mole % of 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol residues; ii) 85 to 95 mole % of 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol residues; and iii) 5 mole % or less of modifying glycols which are not 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol or cyclohexanedimethanol, wherein the polyester has an inherent viscosity from 0.80 to 1.0 dL/g and a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 90 to 110° C., and wherein the molded article does not contain polycarbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Emmett Dudley Crawford, Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Douglas Stephens McWilliams, David Scott Porter, Gary Wayne Connell, Ted Calvin Germroth, Benjamin Fredrick Barton, Damon Bryan Shackelford
  • Patent number: 10017597
    Abstract: A substantially gel-free and substantially linear biodegradable polyester obtainable by reaction with a radical initiator starting from a precursor polyester provided with an unsaturated chain terminator, wherein the terminator has the formula: T-(CH2)n-CH?CH2, wherein “T” is selected from hydroxylic, carboxylic, amine, amide or ester group, and “n” is an integer comprised between 0 and 13. The content of the unsaturated chain terminator is between 0.01 and less than 1% by moles with respect to the moles of repetitive units of the polyester precursor; and the content of the radical initiator is less than 0.08 wt % with respect to the quantity of the precursor polyester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NOVAMONT S.P.A.
    Inventors: Catia Bastioli, Luigi Capuzzi
  • Patent number: 9994660
    Abstract: The (meth)acrylic acid-based copolymer of the present invention includes, as essential structural units: 16 mol % or more but 24 mol % or less of a structural unit (a) derived from a monomer represented by Formula (1): wherein R2 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; and X and Y each independently represent a hydroxy group, a sulfonic acid group, or a sulfonic acid salt group, at least one of X and Y representing a sulfonic acid group or a sulfonic acid salt group; and 76 mol % or more but 84 mol % or less of a structural unit (b) derived from (meth)acrylic acid or a salt thereof, each based on 100 mol % of all the structural units derived from monomers, the copolymer comprising a main chain having a sulfonic acid group or a sulfonic acid salt group at at least one end thereof, the copolymer having a weight average molecular weight of 1000 to 18000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Nakano, Yuki Sano
  • Patent number: 9988339
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides polyisobutylene (PIB) oligomers that are end-functionalized with ruthenium (Ru) catalysts. Such nonpolar catalysts can be dissolved in nonpolar solvents such as heptane, or any other nonpolar solvent that is otherwise not latently biphasic (i.e., if two or more solvent components are present, they remain miscible with each other throughout the entire reaction process, from the addition of substrate through to the removal of product). Substrate that is dissolved in the nonpolar solvent with the catalyst is converted into product. The lower solubility of the product in the nonpolar solvent renders it easily removable, either by extraction with a more polar solvent or by applying physical means in cases where the product precipitates from the nonpolar solvent. In this manner the catalysts are recycled; since the catalysts remain in the nonpolar solvent, a new reaction can be initiated simply by dissolving fresh substrate into the nonpolar solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: David E. Bergbreiter, Hassan S. Bazzi, Chayanant Hongfa
  • Patent number: 9988476
    Abstract: The invention mainly pertains to a process for heat treating a composition [composition (C)] which contains at least one melt-processible perfluoropolynner [polymer (F)] formed of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) copolymer with one or more perfluorinated comonomers [comonomer (F)] containing at least one unsaturation of ethylene type in amounts from 0.5% to 13% by weight, preferably from 0.6% to 11% by weight, and more preferably from 0.8% to 9% by weight; the process comprising at least the step of heat-treating the composition (C) at a temperature of at least 260° C. and in the absence of a melt flowable polytetrafluoroethylene. The invention is also related to a melt-processible perfluoropolynner [polymer (F1)] formed of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) copolymer with one or more perfluorinated comonomers [comonomer (F)] containing at least one unsaturation of ethylene type in amounts from 0.5% to 13% by weight, preferably from 0.6% to 11% by weight, and more preferably from 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Pasqua Colaianna, Valeriy Kapelyushko, Marco Mirenda
  • Patent number: 9988488
    Abstract: A catalysts for poly(lactide) synthesis having the structure of Formula I: wherein R1 and R2 is, independently, C1-C6 alkoxy, and R3 arylalkyl or substituted phenyl are disclosed. Method of synthesizing the catalysts and method of using the catalysts to prepare poly(lactides) and compositions comprising the catalyst are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Debashis Chakraborty, Swarup Ghosh, Venkatachalam Ramkumar
  • Patent number: 9988393
    Abstract: A monomer comprises the structure wherein R1 comprises H or a substituted hydrocarbyl or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl, and wherein R2 comprises H, a halide, or a substituted or unsubstituted (C1-C4) hydrocarbyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Marc A. Hillmyer, Theresa Reineke, James Gallagher