Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 10845752
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes at least one pressing unit configured to bring the developing roller and the photoreceptor in contact with each other, an operating unit which is configured to be in an operating position during which a pressing force of the pressing unit is generated, and a standby during at which the pressing force is released, and a cover unit detachably provided to one side of the developing device and configured to guide movement of the operating unit to the operating position. By this configuration, operation of the operating unit is linked with an operation of detachment or attachment of the cover unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Wan Ho Lee, Jin Ho Park, Han Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10843454
    Abstract: A fabric mesh panel having a print area and a perimeter mesh area, the perimeter mesh area having folded-back edge portions which are adhesively attached to a remainder of the perimeter mesh area. The folded-back edge portions have stress relieving cuts extending from a termination edge back toward edge pockets defined by the mesh edge portions. Continuous adhesive strips extend around the fabric mesh panel on the top and bottom surfaces of the mesh panel, overlapping the termination edge of the folded back edge portion on the top surface of the mesh panel and in approximate registry therewith on the bottom surface of the mesh panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: JSMD Key Products, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Larson
  • Patent number: 10828885
    Abstract: A printing process that reduces the amount of flash that occurs when printing to a surface of a plastic card. The printing can occur by a retransfer printing process. The printing process includes generating an image canvas that has rounded corners instead of the conventional right angle corners. The use of rounded corners on the image canvas reduces the amount of printing in the image canvas at the corners compared to an image canvas that has right angle corners, thereby reducing the amount of printing that is present that could form flash at the corners of the card surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Entrust Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick C. Cronin
  • Patent number: 10825621
    Abstract: A keyboard key structure includes a plurality of keycaps. Each keycap has a keycap body and an outward layer. The keycap body has an appearance with a first color. The outward layer has an appearance with a second color different from the first color. The outward layer is formed above the keycap body. The outward layer is formed with an engraving portion. The first color is exposed in the engraving portion. The present invention also provides a method of manufacturing a keycap of a keyboard key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Che-Hui Tsai, Te-Wei Li, Chieh-Liang Hsiao, Jen-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 10786984
    Abstract: A segment wheel for a device for printing on hollow bodies has a plurality of segments formed on its circumference. A printing blanket, for printing on the hollow bodies, is, or at least can be, arranged on at least one segment. The segment wheel has a main body, the main body being made from a metal material. The segments are arranged along the circumference of the main body, each at a joint. Each segment is releasably connected to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KOENIG & BAUER AG
    Inventor: Michael Koblinger
  • Patent number: 10780714
    Abstract: A mandrel wherein a portion of the mandrel body outer surface is conical; i.e., flared outwardly, is provided. In this configuration, the necked can is drawn against the conical portion of the mandrel body outer surface while a generally cylindrical portion of the mandrel body extends into the can. Further, the space between the cylindrical portion of the mandrel body and the can is pressurized so as to resist deformations in the can during the decorating process. In an exemplary embodiment, the mandrel includes an elongated mandrel body with an outer surface, a proximal, first end, a proximal medial portion, a distal medial portion, and a distal, second end and having an axis of rotation. The mandrel body outer surface includes an elongated conical portion; the mandrel body outer surface conical portion is disposed adjacently about the mandrel body first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Joseph Vella
  • Patent number: 10780689
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coating selected regions of a surface of a substrate with a film are disclosed. A cyclically moveable transfer member has an imaging surface which is coated with individual particles formed of, or coated with a thermoplastic polymer, and substantially all particles that are not in direct contact with the imaging surface are removed so as to leave a uniform monolayer particle coating on the imaging surface. Selected regions of the imaging surface are exposed to radiation to render the particles tacky within the regions, and the coated imaging surface and the substrate are pressed against one another to cause transfer of only the particles rendered tacky in the coating, such that the transferred particles form a film on the substrate. The monolayer on the imaging surface of the transfer member is replenished with fresh thermoplastic particles and the cycle repeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Landa Labs (2012) LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Anton Krassilnikov, Michael Nagler, Moshe Fahima, Nir Rubin Ben Haim, Ofer Aknin, Ronen Yogev
  • Patent number: 10773514
    Abstract: A method for operating a device for printing hollow cylinder is provided. The device comprises a rotating segmented wheel with a plurality of printing cylinders arranged successively along the periphery of the device. A plurality of plate cylinders are provided in association with the segmented wheel. According to a printing process to be performed, a selected quantity of plate cylinders is thrown onto the segment wheel or is thrown off the segment wheel. In a first printing process, a first partial quantity of thrown-on plate cylinders transfers printing ink to a plurality of the printing blankets arranged on the segment wheel. At the end of the printing process, at least some of the plate cylinders, that were thrown on the segment wheel in the first printing process, are thrown off the rotating segment wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KOENIG & BAUER METALPRINT GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Behnke
  • Patent number: 10766159
    Abstract: A manual craft cutting machine comprises a housing, a template, a press roller, a retainer, a backing plate, and a drive mechanism. The press roller is composed of a first press roller and a second press roller. The press roller is rotated under restriction of the retainer. The retainer comprises a positioning retainer and a sliding retainer. The positioning retainer is provided with a slide groove. The sliding retainer is inserted in the slide groove and movable along the slide groove. The sliding retainer comprises a first sliding retainer rotatably connected with the first press roller and a second sliding retainer rotatably connected with the second press roller. The manual craft cutting machine further comprises a press roller spacing adjustment mechanism. The press roller spacing adjustment mechanism comprises a shift adjusting mechanism for adjusting a large spacing between the press rollers and a fine adjustment mechanism for adjusting a fine spacing between the press rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PARRIC NINGBO STATIONARY AND GIFTS MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fuping Li
  • Patent number: 10766283
    Abstract: The tape cartridge including a roll body around which the tape is wound in a roll shape, a cartridge case in which the roll body is accommodated and which is common to the plurality of types of the tape cartridges, a spacer portion that is provided between the cartridge ease and a first end surface which is one end surface of the roll body, and has a varying size in a tape width direction depending on the type of the tape cartridge such that a position of the center of the tape is common to the plurality of types of the tape cartridges in the tape width direction, and an urging member that is provided between the cartridge case and a second end surface which is another end surface of the roll body and urges the roll body and urges the roll body to a first end surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10768567
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a housing, a cassette insertable into the housing to store printing sheets; an automatic mounting apparatus provided between the housing and the cassette and to allow the cassette to be mounted thereon, where the automatic mounting apparatus comprises an engaging portion configured to protrude on a side surface of the cassette, a rail portion provided in the housing, and a locking device provided at the rear side of the rail portion to interfere with the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Young Goo Kang, Ji Hoon Woo, Jin Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10748721
    Abstract: A push button device can stabilize an operation of a guide mechanism and can enhance product quality. A keyboard device includes the push button device and electronic apparatus includes the keyboard device. A key switch that is a push button device includes a key cap as a push button, a base plate, and a guide mechanism. The guide mechanism includes an outer frame member and an inner member. An outer frame member has a pair of inner surfaces opposed to each other with interposition of an opening in which the inner member is disposed, and each of the pair of inner surfaces is provided with a bearing hole to serve as a first engagement part. The inner member has a pair of outer surfaces opposed to the pair of inner surfaces of the outer frame member, and each of the pair of outer surfaces is provided with a rotation shaft to be a second engagement part. An outer peripheral surface of the rotation shaft has a tapered portion whose outer diameter gradually decreases in an insertion direction of the bearing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kitamura, Mitsuo Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 10737484
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes: a mask guide; a mask moving mechanism; and a squeegeeing mechanism. The mask guide is provided with a mask standby position, a printing-job performing position, and a mask shelter position in this order from a first end to a second end of the mask guide. The mask moving mechanism moves the used mask positioned at the printing-job performing position to the mask shelter position such that it is possible to pick up the used mask from the second end of the mask guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Yamamoto, Masayuki Mantani, Minoru Murakami
  • Patent number: 10737485
    Abstract: There is described a sheet-fed stamping press (10*) comprising a foil application unit (2*) designed to allow transfer or lamination of foil material onto successive sheets (S), which foil material is fed to the foil application unit (2*) in the form of a foil carrier (FC) supplied by means of a foil feeding system (3). The foil application unit (2*) comprises a stamping cylinder (21) with at least one circumferential stamping section (210) provided on a circumference of the stamping cylinder (21) and comprising successive stamping segments (211*; 211**) distributed one after the other about the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21), the stamping cylinder (21) also acting as sheet-transporting cylinder and comprising multiple sheet holding units (21a) distributed about the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21) and designed to hold successive sheets (S) against the circumference of the stamping cylinder (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventors: Matthias Gygi, Regina Bauer, Björn Kriege
  • Patent number: 10730284
    Abstract: A garment printing machine is provided with a transportable platen that can be utilized to significantly decrease the delay in printing expended in loading and unloading a garment for printing in either a digitized garment printing machine or a screen garment printing machine. The platen is provided with structure that holds a print receiving area of a garment firmly in position atop a print panel support plate that forms a part of the platen. Furthermore, the invention includes a platen support structure that cooperates with the conventional couplings on existing conventional garment printing machines. A plurality of transportable platens constructed according to the invention are utilized interchangeably so that while one garment loaded on one of the platens is being printed upon in the printing machine, the prior garment just printed upon is unloaded and the next garment to be printed is loaded onto another identical platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Leo Martinez, Leo Martinez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10710359
    Abstract: A screen printing device and a screen printing method are provided. The screen printing device includes a screen plate and an electrifying device, the screen plate includes a conductive mesh; and the electrifying device is electrically connected with the conductive mesh and configured to apply voltage to the conductive mesh. The screen printing method includes: adopting a printing head to rub against a screen plate to print ink onto a substrate for silk screen printing, wherein the screen plate includes a conductive mesh; and applying voltage with positive or negative polarity to the conductive mesh in the screen printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Zhang, Yuhong Zhou, Duling Qin, Chengpeng Li, Qian Qu
  • Patent number: 10710360
    Abstract: A device for handling foil for use in a printing process during which portions of a layer of the foil are transferred to a substrate comprises a foil input unit for inputting at least one foil web to the device, a number of rotatable shafts and bars for directing the at least one foil web to the printing press and retrieving at least one used foil web from the printing press, an arrangement for controlling operation of the device, and a web tension feedback unit for detecting at least one characteristic related to an actual web tension during operation of the device so as to realize web tension control by adjusting motion and/or positioning of at least one of the rotatable shafts and bars in case the characteristic appears to deviate from a reference related to a set web tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Vinnovation Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Vincent van der Heijden
  • Patent number: 10696090
    Abstract: A thermal transfer light pen and a thermal transfer apparatus favorably perform thermal transfer even using light as a heat source to a thermal transfer sheet and performing thermal transfer to a transfer object with an uneven surface. A thermal transfer light pen includes a hollow pen body including a front end portion, a pressing body in the front end portion of the pen body and including a curved surface projecting toward a front end, a light guide including a first end and a second end, at least a portion of the light guide inside the pen body, and a light source connected to the first end of the light guide. The second end of the light guide is disposed in the front end portion of the pen body and faces the pressing body in the pen body. The pressing body is made of a material transparent to light emitted from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Takahashi, Hidetoshi Atsumi
  • Patent number: 10696064
    Abstract: A decorator assembly is provided. The decorator assembly includes a number of independent ink stations. Each independent ink station is disposed adjacent to the path of travel of the mandrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Vella
  • Patent number: 10688779
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus includes an inspection region setter and an operation stop controller. The inspection region setter sets an inspection region in an inspection plane that intersects with a moving path of a mask until the mask positioned at a printing-job performing position moves to a mask shelter position by the moving mechanism. In addition, the inspection region setter excludes a passing region of the mask from the inspection region while the mask to be positioned at the mask shelter position passes over the inspection plane from the printing-job performing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Yamamoto, Minoru Murakami, Shuichi Tomeoku, Takaaki Sakaue, Takashi Katsuki