Patents Examined by Maria Veronica Ewald
  • Patent number: 10046541
    Abstract: A surface with selectable adhesion is achieved by a shape memory alloy that is at least partly coated with a polymer forming a surface structure, thus allowing the adhesion force of the surface to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Leibniz-Institut fuer Neue Materialien gemeinnuetzige GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Simon Schneider, Elmar Kroner, Jessica Kaiser, Mareike Frensemeier, Eduard Arzt
  • Patent number: 10005197
    Abstract: A web includes a curvilinear line of weakness. The curvilinear line of weakness includes a plurality of perforations. Each of the plurality of perforations is separated by a bond area. Each of the plurality of perforations has a perforation length and each bond area has a non-perforation length. In one embodiment, at least two of the perforations lengths are substantially equal. In an alternate embodiment, at least two of the non-perforations lengths are substantially equal. In yet another embodiment, at least two of the non-perforations lengths are substantially unequal and at least two of the perforation lengths are substantially unequal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kathryn Christian Kien, Deborah Sue Slovut, Jeffrey Moss Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10005891
    Abstract: There is provided a polymer film which includes a base film layer having an absolute weight average molecular weight of 50,000 to 1,000,000 and an adhesive layer, and a method for manufacturing the polymer film. This film for a tire inner liner can endow an excellent gas barrier property even to tires having a relatively thin thickness so that weight of the tire can be reduced and fuel efficiency of automobiles can be improved. Further, the present film facilitates molding in a tire manufacturing process, and exhibits excellent adhesion force to a carcass layer while having excellent mechanical properties such as high durability and fatigue resistance together with excellent moldability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Young-Han Jeong, So-Yeon Kwon, Hyun Namgoong, Seong-Hun Kim
  • Patent number: 9920220
    Abstract: Embodiments of films and material layers comprising PEDOT. These embodiments are the result of methods that utilize polymerization processes including vapor phase polymerization (VPP) to form the conductive film comprising PEDOT. In one embodiment, the film can result from a method that includes steps for depositing a coating solution onto a substrate, exposing the substrate to a monomer source, and cleaning the substrate after polymerization. The coating solution can comprise an initiating oxidant, which facilitates growth of PEDOT from 3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT), as well as a quenching agent that neutralizes acid that results from polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventors: William E. Bernier, Nicholas A. Ravvin, Wayne E. Jones, Jr., Kenneth H. Skorenko
  • Patent number: 9899120
    Abstract: A graphene oxide-coated graphitic foil, composed of a graphitic substrate or core layer having two opposed primary surfaces and at least a graphene oxide coating layer deposited on at least one of the two primary surfaces, wherein the graphitic substrate layer has a thickness preferably from 0.34 nm to 1 mm, and the graphene oxide coating layer has a thickness preferably from 0.5 nm to 1 mm and an oxygen content of 0.01%-40% by weight based on the total graphene oxide weight. The graphitic substrate layer may be preferably selected from flexible graphite foil, graphene film, graphene paper, graphite particle paper, carbon-carbon composite film, carbon nano-fiber paper, or carbon nano-tube paper. This graphene oxide-coated laminate exhibits a combination of exceptional thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, surface smoothness, surface hardness, and scratch resistance unmatched by any thin-film material of comparable thickness range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nanotek Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Mingchao Wang, Wei Xiong, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 9889603
    Abstract: A laminated composite structural panel with fiber reinforcement comprising a skin with a thickness e1 and a localized reinforcement or patch. The skin is made up of a stack of fibrous plies in a matrix made of a thermoplastic polymer. The localized reinforcement or patch is joined to the surface of the skin and rises to a thickness of e2 in a direction that is locally normal to the skin, which is made up of a stack of fibrous plies in a matrix made of thermoplastic polymer. The surface of the plies that make up the patch is decreasing from the ply of the patch in contact with the skin so that the edges of the patch have a slope p greater than 0.5. The patch and the skin is joined by a weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Daher Aerospace
    Inventors: Michael Hugon, Alexandre Pelard, Dominique Soubelet
  • Patent number: 9890345
    Abstract: A system and method for forming at least one of graphene and graphene oxide on a substrate and an opposed wear member. The system includes graphene and graphene oxide formed by an exfoliation process or solution processing method to dispose graphene and/or graphene oxide onto a substrate. The system further includes an opposing wear member disposed on another substrate and a gas atmosphere of an inert gas like N2, ambient, a humid atmosphere and a water solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Anirudha V. Sumant, Ali Erdemir, Junho Choi, Diana Berman
  • Patent number: 9891350
    Abstract: A light-blocking article is designed to be lightweight but effective to block most incident actinic radiation and can be designed into fabrics, curtains, and other materials. Such an article has an opacifying layer that is capable of blocking predetermined electromagnetic radiation. The article contains (a) porous particles comprising a continuous polymeric binder and pores within the continuous polymeric binder, the porous particles having a glass transition temperature of at least 25° C. and a mode particle size of at least 2 ?m and up to and including 50 ?m. The article also contains an opacifying colorant that absorbs the predetermined electromagnetic radiation (such as within 400 nm to 700 nm), in an amount of at least 0.001 weight % based on the total dry weight of the opacifying layer, and a matrix polymer in which the porous particles and opacifying colorant are dispersed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin D. Lofftus, Mridula Nair, Mary Christine Brick
  • Patent number: 9873821
    Abstract: An adhesive film including a compound including a urethane functional group, the adhesive film having a ratio (B/A) of 180° peel strength (B) after leaving the adhesive film at 70° C. for 2 minutes to 180° peel strength (A) at 25° C. of about 5 or more, is disclosed. A display apparatus including the adhesive film is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Hyun Mun, Lee June Kim, Ik Hwan Cho, Chan Woo Kim, In Cheon Han
  • Patent number: 9873767
    Abstract: A polyimide resin containing a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (1) and a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (2), a content ratio of the repeating structural unit of formula (1) with respect to the total of the repeating structural unit of formula (1) and the repeating structural unit of formula (2) being 20 mol % or more and less than 40 mol %, and the polyimide resin satisfying predetermined conditions: wherein R1 represents a divalent group having from 6 to 22 carbon atoms containing at least one alicyclic hydrocarbon structure; R2 represents a divalent chain aliphatic group having from 5 to 16 carbon atoms; and X1 and X2 each independently represent a tetravalent group having from 6 to 22 carbon atoms containing at least one aromatic ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Yuuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9868267
    Abstract: To provide a multilayer structure having high gas barrier property and crack resistance as well as excellent fatigue resistance, an inner liner for a pneumatic tire using such a multilayer structure, and a pneumatic tire comprising the inner liner. According to the present invention, in a multilayer structure 1 including a barrier layer 2 and an elastomer layer 3, a proportion of a thickness of the elastomer layer 3 in the multilayer structure ((U1+U2+ . . . +Un)/T) is 60% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kitano, Tetsuo Amamoto, Takatsugu Tanaka, Nahoto Hayashi, Masao Hikasa, Yusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9862818
    Abstract: The present invention provides a resin composition containing: (A) an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer having an ethylene content of 20 mol % or more and 50 mol % or less; (B) an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer having an ethylene content of 30 mol % or more and 60 mol % or less; and (C) an unsaturated aldehyde, a value obtained by subtracting the ethylene content of the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (A) from the ethylene content of the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (B) being 8 mol % or more, a mass ratio (A/B) of the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (A) to the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (B) being 60/40 or more and 95/5 or less, and the content of the unsaturated aldehyde (C) with respect to a resin content being 0.01 ppm or more and less than 100 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Nakazawa, Hiroshi Kawai
  • Patent number: 9856589
    Abstract: A hydroformed expanded spun bonded nonwoven web has a first substantially planar surface on one side thereof and a second surface on an opposite side thereof. The second surface includes a plurality of protuberances in a pattern. The hydroformed expanded spun bonded web has an average loft of at least about 1.3 times greater than an original average loft of an original unexpanded spun bonded nonwoven web from which the hydroformed expanded spun bonded nonwoven web was created, and an air permeability of at least about 1.2 times greater than an original air permeability of the original unexpanded spun bonded nonwoven web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TREDEGAR FILM PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew D. Maschino, Michael Estel Fisher, John Richard Renner, Todd R. Skochdopole
  • Patent number: 9850568
    Abstract: An article comprises a body and at least one protective layer on at least one surface of the body. The at least one protective layer is a thin film having a thickness of less than approximately 20 microns that comprises a ceramic selected from a group consisting of Y3Al5O12, Y4Al2O9, Er2O3, Gd2O3, Er3Al5O12, Gd3Al5O12 and a ceramic compound comprising Y4Al2O9 and a solid-solution of Y2O3—ZrO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Y. Sun, Biraja P. Kanungo, Vahid Firouzdor, Tom Cho
  • Patent number: 9849636
    Abstract: A vehicle structural element made of plastic has at least one carbon filler reinforced region and at least one fiberglass reinforced region. In a method for producing the vehicle structural element, a pre-heated carbon fiber reinforced region and a pre-heated fiberglass reinforced region are placed in a press and shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Gross, Hans-Georg Werner, Sreenivas Paruchuri
  • Patent number: 9840207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a profile section molded by the multi-injection molding of thermoplastic materials having different hardnesses, and forming a seal or a molding for the body of a motor vehicle, as well as to a method for manufacturing said profile section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventor: Olivier Blottiau
  • Patent number: 9833772
    Abstract: Multilayer substrates for the growth and/or support of CNT arrays are provided. These multilayer substrates both promote the growth of dense vertically aligned CNT arrays and provide excellent adhesion between the CNTs and metal surfaces. Carbon nanotube arrays formed using multilayer substrates, which exhibit high thermal conductivity and excellent durability, are also provided. These arrays can be used as thermal interface materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Carbice Corporation
    Inventor: Baratunde A. Cola
  • Patent number: 9828495
    Abstract: Embodiments of a polyethylene polymer blend having a melt index (I2)<2 g/10 min are provided, wherein the polyethylene polymer blend comprises at least about 50% by wt. of at least one high density polyethylene resin (HDPE) having a density ?0.950 g/cm3, a melt index (I2)<4 g/10 min; a melt flow ratio (I10/I2)?9, and a molecular weight distribution (MWD) of about 2 to about 5; and further comprises about 1% to about 20% by wt. of at least one low density polyethylene resin (LDPE) having a density ?0.930 g/cm3, a melt index (I2) of about 0.1 to about 10 g/min, and an MWD>3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Demirors, Mustafa Bilgen, Yijian Lin
  • Patent number: 9827351
    Abstract: This invention relates to medical, health care and non-medical devices comprising a rubbery or elastomeric polymer material taking up more than 5% by weight of water and at most 500% by weight of water after immersion in demineralized water at room temperature for a sufficient time to reach saturation. The material may be in the form of a foam, or in the form of a coating adapted for adhesion to a substrate, or in the form of a sheet, or in the form of a fiber, and may comprise: —repeating units from one or more hydrophobic organic monomers, and —repeating units from one or more monomers (a) being modified with one or more hydrophilic side groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Burdinski, Joyce Van Zanten, Lucas Johannes Anna Maria Beckers, Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Willem Franke Pasveer, Nicolaas Petrus Willard, Mareike Klee, Biju Kumar Sreedharan Nair, David Smith
  • Patent number: 9815975
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a monolayer film comprising a mixture of a first linear polyethylene having a density in the range of from 0.926 to 0.970 g/cm3; a second LLDPE having a density in the range of from 0.868 to 0.920 g/cm3; and a nucleating agent to get to a better balance of low WVTR and dart while still allowing film production from it on standard monolayer equipment without need for co-extrusion capability. The LLDPE with the higher density is further characterized by having at least 57 percent (by weight of that component) of molecules having a weight average molecular weight in the range of 31,000 g/mole to 1,000,000 g/mole. These components are blended in various ratios ranging from 50 to 90% of the higher density LLDPE, 10 to 50% of the lower density LLDPE and at least 50 ppm of the nucleating agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Swapnil Chandak, Ayush A. Bafna