Patents Examined by Maria Veronica Ewald
  • Patent number: 9339169
    Abstract: Micro-patterned treads for endoscopes are disclosed. In an embodiment, the treads include a micro-patterned surface and a roller engaging surface. Micro-patterned tread bearing robotic capsule endoscopes are disclosed. In one embodiment, the endoscope includes a housing, a motor, a geared drive, rollers, and at least one micro-patterned tread. Methods of fabricating closed loop treads are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a solid layer of PDMS on one side of double-sided tape and wrapping a micro-patterned PDMS strip together with the other side of the double-sided tape. In another embodiment, a method includes forming a timing belt PDMS strip on one side of double-sided tape and a micro-patterned PDMS strip together with the other side of the double-sided tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Mark Edwin Rentschler, Levin John Sliker, Benjamin Spencer Terry, Madalyn Diane Kern, Jonathan Schoen
  • Patent number: 9334741
    Abstract: A wall structure (32, 42, 68, 70, 80) with layers (A, B, C, D, E) of non-random voids (26A, 26B, 28B, 30B) that interconnect to form discretely defined tortuous passages between an interior (21) and an exterior surface (23) of the wall for transpiration cooling of the wall. A coolant flow (38) through the wall may be metered by restrictions in coolant outlets (31) and/or within the passages to minimize the coolant requirement. Pockets (44) may be formed on the exterior surface of the wall for thermal Insulation (46). The layers may be formed by lamination, additive manufacturing, or casting. Layer geometries include alternating layers (A, B, C) with different overlapping void patterns (42), 3-D lattice structures (70), and offset waffle structures (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: Siemens Energy, Inc., Mikro Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ching-Pang Lee, Chander Prakash, Gary B. Merrill, Andreas Heselhaus, Andrew J. Burns
  • Patent number: 9334609
    Abstract: A leather-like sheet containing a microfine long-fiber nonwoven fabric containing an entangled web structure made of bundles of microfine long fibers and an elastic polymer impregnated in the microfine long-fiber nonwoven fabric. The leather-like sheet has a machine direction/transverse direction ratio of breaking strength of 1/1 to 1.3/1, an elongation at break in each of the machine direction and the transverse direction of 80% or more, and a machine direction/transverse direction ratio of elongation at break of 1/1 to 1/1.5. The leather-like sheet has a natural dense feeling, a soft hand, a small difference of mechanical properties in the machine direction and the transverse direction, a moderate resistance to elongation and a durable recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Makimura, Hidekazu Andoh, Michinori Fujisawa, Yasunori Murate, Yoshiyuki Ando, Yoshiki Nobuto, Norio Makiyama
  • Patent number: 9315252
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite for an aircraft or spacecraft, comprising: a skin portion; a stringer which is attached to the skin portion; and a former made from fibre composite material, which is attached to the skin portion and forms an opening therewith, through which the stringer extends, substantially transverse to the former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Wolf-Dietrich Dolzinski, Michael Kolax
  • Patent number: 9290855
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for electrophoretic deposition of a three-dimensionally patterned green body includes suspending a first material in a gelling agent above a patterned electrode of an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) chamber, and gelling the suspension while applying a first electric field to the suspension to cause desired patterning of the first material in a resulting gelation. In another embodiment, a ceramic, metal, or cermet includes a plurality of layers, wherein each layer includes a gradient in composition, microstructure, and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the plurality of layers along a predetermined distance in a z-direction perpendicular to the plane of deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus A. Worsley, Joshua D. Kuntz, Klint A. Rose
  • Patent number: 9283731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a touch screen protector for a hand held electronic device having a front face that includes a touch screen portion and a non-functional band. The touch screen protector of the invention comprises a film having front and back sides, an outer perimeter that corresponds to that of the device, and a transparent window; an exposed adhesive or adhesive/spacer provided along the outer perimeter of the film surrounding the transparent window, and multiple dots arranged in a prescribed pitch and present on the back side of the film at a density which is sufficiently high to reduce interference patterns when the transparent window of the protector is pressed against the touch screen portion for operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: AEVOE INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Leonhard, Jonathan Lin, Steven Huang
  • Patent number: 9278655
    Abstract: Embodiments of foldable substrates and methods for making foldable substrates for a motor vehicle are provided herein. The foldable substrate comprises a first wall that has a first outer surface. The first wall comprises a first natural fiber-resin impregnated blank section that is overmolded with a first quantity of polymeric resin that forms at least a portion of the first outer surface. A second wall has a second outer surface. The second wall comprises a second natural fiber-resin impregnated blank section that forms at least a portion of the second outer surface. The first and second walls are hingedly connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Jones, Daniel Vander Sluis
  • Patent number: 9266282
    Abstract: The core metal for resin welding improves bonding strength between an outer peripheral resin member and the core metal. The outer peripheral resin member 30 is welded to the peripheral surface 21 of the core metal 20 by fitting the core metal into a fitting hole 31 of the outer peripheral resin member 30, preparing the outer peripheral resin member 30 providing the fitting hole 31 with a smooth internal wall surface; preparing the core metal 20 wherein streaky protrusions 26 and smooth portions 25 are provided; allowing the top parts of the protrusions 26 to contact, and the smooth portions of the core metal 20 to face the smooth internal wall surface; and induction heating to weld the outer peripheral resin member 30 to the protrusions 26 and the smooth portions 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideto Sayama, Toshio Hachiya, Kanji Endo, Masatoshi Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9243367
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to creped tissue webs, and products produced therefrom. The creped tissue webs and tissue products made therefrom are soft and strong, such as having a TS7 value less than about 8.0. Moreover, the tissue of the present disclosure also preferably has low TS750 values such as less than about 7.0. Further, while webs prepared according to the present disclosure have low TS7, and in certain embodiments low TS750 values, they are also strong enough to withstand use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Rekoske, Dave Allen Soerens, Frank Gerald Druecke, Jeffrey James Timm
  • Patent number: 9242891
    Abstract: Disclosed are sanitary wares such as toilet bowls or wash bowls that have a glaze layer which can conceal the body of the sanitary wares satisfactorily without the need to use any opacifier and which is less likely to be contaminated. The sanitary ware includes: a sanitary ware body; and a glaze layer having a single-layer structure as a sole glaze layer on the sanitary ware body, the glaze layer comprising a phase-separated glass as the major part and the glaze layer having a surface roughness Ra of not more than 0.07 ?m. Thus, the body of the sanitary ware can be concealed satisfactorily, and, in a preferred embodiment, a good white color can be imparted to the sanitary ware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Inokuchi, Takahiro Hino, Katsuhiro Kawakami, Tomoyasu Ichiki
  • Patent number: 9222024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing polymerized films with line texture or fingerprint texture or for producing substrates coated with polymerized films with line texture or fingerprint texture, to polymerized films, obtainable by this process, with line texture or fingerprint texture or substrates coated with polymerized films with line texture or fingerprint texture, to pigments obtainable by comminuting such films, to the use of such films, substrates or pigments as or in optical filter(s), polarizers, decorative media, forgeryproof markers, reflective media or for focusing light (in solar cells), to the use of such films as an antibacterial coating, to a forgeryproof marker which comprises such a film, and to a process for detecting forgeryproof markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Jochen Brill, Ulrich Schalkowsky, Thomas Musiol, Claus Hoffmann, Olivier Enger, Oliver Seeger
  • Patent number: 9211592
    Abstract: A lubricant sheet suitable for use in a process of drilling a laminate or a plastic board, comprising a metal foil or an organic film, and a lubricant resin composition layer or a primer layer and the lubricant resin composition layer, the lubricant resin composition layer or the primer layer and the lubricant resin composition layer being formed on at least one surface of the metal foil or the organic film, wherein at least one layer of the primer layer and the lubricant resin composition layer contains a colorant, and a drilling method using the above lubricant sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ikeguchi, Takuya Hasaki, Shinya Komatsu, Toshihiko Kobayashi, Mitsuo Ejiri
  • Patent number: 9211689
    Abstract: Composite material structures prepared from at least one reinforcement material and at least one matrix material are disclosed. The invention provides a simple solution for combining two or more components made of a composite material into a monolithic “fastener free” structure of a composite material having a smooth contour. The composite material structure includes a main frame with at least one load bearing beam having at least one beam surface. To this beam surface at least one composite material fitting is integrally attached. The main frame and the composite material fitting are conjoined by at least one matrix material. In addition, the disclosed technique provides for methods of production of a composite material structure with fittings made of a composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Elbit Systems—Cyclone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Zilberman, Oran Katzuni, Leve Cohen
  • Patent number: 9193098
    Abstract: The invention relates to a skin for a motor vehicle trim element, intended to delimit an outer surface of the trim element and comprising at least one region with a substantially constant thickness. The skin comprises at least one first zone in which the skin comprises an outer layer, formed by a first translucent polyurethane material, and an inner layer, covered by the outer layer and formed by a second polyurethane material, different from the first polyurethane material, and at least one second zone, in which the skin comprises only said outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Jean Francois Oeuvrard, Pierre Guerreiro
  • Patent number: 9188705
    Abstract: In order to eliminate non-uniformity in the appearance of a cover glass for photoelectric conversion devices, the reflectance curve of the cover glass is extremely flattened. Provided is a cover glass for photoelectric conversion devices that includes a glass sheet having an uneven surface such as a figured glass, and a reflection-reducing film formed on the uneven surface. The reflection-reducing film includes silica fine particles and a binder for the silica fine particles. The silica fine particles are arranged in a single layer on the top portion of the uneven surface of the glass sheet, while the silica fine particles are arranged in stacks to a thickness equivalent to at least three layers on the bottom portion of the uneven surface. The uneven surface of the glass sheet has an average spacing Sm of at least 0.4 mm but not more than 2.5 mm and an arithmetic average roughness Ra of 0.5 ?m to 5 ?m. The cover glass has a reflectance of at least 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Mizuho Koyo, Toru Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Kawazu, Masaatsu Kido
  • Patent number: 9182522
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hard coat film in which the generation of interference fringes can be reliably prevented. The hard coat film 1 of the present invention includes a transparent film 2 and a hard coat layer 3 provided on the transparent film 2, wherein an interface 5 that can be detected to form by a reflection spectrum analysis exists between the transparent film 2 and the hard coat layer 3, and a refractive index continuously varies in the thickness direction in a region 31 from the interface 5 to a thickness-wise middle part of the hard coat layer 3 without forming an interface that can be detected by the reflection spectrum analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kishi, Hiroyuki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9180960
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a boron reinforced composite structural member. The concepts and technologies illustrated in this disclosure are taught within the context of a boron reinforced aircraft keel. A boron reinforced composite structural member may be constructed of a structural member core and a surrounding structural member casing. In one embodiment, the structural member core includes alternating layers of boron fiber reinforced plies and layers of interior carbon fiber reinforced plies. The boron fiber reinforced plies are oriented in a longitudinal direction, and the interior carbon fiber reinforced plies are oriented diagonally, perpendicular, and parallel to the boron fiber reinforced plies. The structural member casing includes layers of exterior carbon fiber reinforced plies that substantially surround the structural member core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard R. Rosman
  • Patent number: 9176030
    Abstract: A substrate is provided, which comprises a structured surface including a regular pattern of a plurality of elevated structures that are elevated with respect to a nominal surface of the substrate, wherein at least two dimensions are between 1 nm and 100 ?m, the structured surface being configured to stimulate smooth crystallization of microcrystals or to boost hydrophobic properties. A target plate comprising a plurality of substrates is disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SONY DADC Austria AG
    Inventors: Ivan Lucic, Peter Hausberger, Werner Balika, Christian Poeschl
  • Patent number: 9174280
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mold. The present invention is also directed to a device for processing the same, and a replica made therefrom. A device for processing the mold comprises a cutting unit carving a surface of the mold; a housing accommodating the cutting unit and having an aperture through which a portion of the cutting unit protrudes; at least one piezo-electric element disposed between the cutting unit and the housing; and a signal generator applying an electrical signal to the piezoelectric element. The mold comprises a plurality of linear peaks and grooves that are formed on a surface of the mold, wherein both or one of the peaks and grooves have random or periodic meandering-shape. A replica manufactured by the mold comprises a plurality of linear crests and valleys that are formed on a surface of the replica, wherein both or one of the crests and valleys have random or periodic meandering-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seoungho Lee, Gillhyun No
  • Patent number: 9169396
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of a web composed essentially of a granulate and a polymer. In order for the web to have good suction against the substrate after it has been laid on a floor, the interstices between the granulate particles are not allowed to be filled with the polymer. According to the invention, this is brought about in that the polymer is applied to the top side of the granulate. After the polymer melts, the polymer seeps down through the granulate. By means of targeted control or regulation, this sinking process is influenced before the polymer reaches the underside of the web. The invention also comprises a sensor and the product as such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: TPS TechnoPartner Samtronic GmbH
    Inventors: Hanns Joerg Mauk, Bernhard Voith, Bernd Fischer, Karl-Heinz Peter Scholz