Patents Examined by Mathieu D. Vargot
  • Patent number: 11561468
    Abstract: A pattern forming method comprises dispensing a curable composition onto an underlayer of a substrate; bringing the curable composition into contact with a mold; irradiating the curable composition with light to form a cured film; and separating the cured film from the mold. The proportion of the number of carbon atoms relative to the total number of atoms in the underlayer is 80% or more. The dispensing step comprises a first dispensing step of dispensing a curable composition (A1) substantially free of a fluorosurfactant onto the underlayer, and a second dispensing step of dripping a droplet of a curable composition (A2) having a fluorosurfactant concentration in components excluding a solvent of 1.1% by mass or less onto the curable composition (A1) discretely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Tomohiro Saito, Toshiki Ito, Tomonori Otani
  • Patent number: 11554563
    Abstract: The method regards manufacturing devices by replication, wherein each of the devices comprises a device surface. The method comprises producing the devices from a replication material by replication using a replication tool (1), wherein the replication tool (1) comprises a tool material comprising replication sites (4) comprising a replication surface (5) each. Each of the replication surfaces (5) corresponds to a negative of the device surface of a respective one of the devices. The tool material comprises, in addition to the replication sites, one or more mitigating features (7) for reducing asymmetric form errors of the device surfaces. Replication tools (1) and methods for manufacturing these are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Heptagon Micro Optics Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: QiChuan Yu, Han Nee Ng, Tobias Senn, John A. Vidallon, Ramon Opeda, Attilio Ferrari, Harmut Rudmann, Martin Schubert
  • Patent number: 11541616
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for eyeglass lens made using a solution casting process. The method may include providing a first soluble polymer solution. The method may include providing a first dye solution including at least one dye. The method may include adding the first dye solution to the first soluble polymer solution to form a first dyed solution. The method may include casting the first dyed solution to form a first film. The method may include providing a second soluble polymer solution. The method may include providing a second dye solution comprising at least one dye. The method may include adding the second dye solution to the second soluble polymer solution to form a second dyed solution. The method may include casting the second dyed solution onto the first film to form a two-layer film. The method may include laminating or casting the two-layer film to the eyeglass lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Roger Wen Yi Hsu, Daniel Hsu
  • Patent number: 11534995
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing with a display. A protective display cover layer for the display may have an image transport layer such as an image transport layer formed from Anderson localization material. Anderson localization material may be formed using equipment such as heated molds, extrusion equipment, fusion tools, and fiber drawing equipment. The materials used to form a block of Anderson localization material may be polymers or other transparent materials. Elevated temperatures such as temperatures above the melting points of the polymers may be used during extrusion, fusion, drawing, and other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Lin, Nathan K. Gupta, Shubhaditya Majumdar, Prabhakar Gulgunje
  • Patent number: 11529779
    Abstract: A lens with an embedded foil is produced by positioning a foil on a holder, providing adhesive attachment dots on the foil on surface portions opposite to the holder, positioning a front mould ensuring the contact of the dots with a front mould surface, retracting the holder and positioning a back mould opposite to the front mould. The mould is then connected with a sealing bridge to build an assembly forming a mould cavity with a pouring opening. The edge of the foil is spaced apart from the bridge and the assembly has passages between the dots, the foil, and the front mould surface allowing pouring a monomer into the cavity before curing the monomer, decomposing the assembly and cutting the lens from the polymer block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel Piotrowski, René Josef Ulrich, Lutz Körner
  • Patent number: 11524443
    Abstract: The method of the present invention for producing a shaped film includes a step of arranging a thermoplastic resin film to divide a space into a first space located on one surface side of the film, and a second space located on the other surface side, a step of heating the thermoplastic resin film, a step of curving the thermoplastic resin film in one space by using a difference in pressure between the first space and the second space, a step of stopping the curving step of the thermoplastic resin film in a state where at least a convex curved surface of both surfaces of the film is exposed into the space, and a step of cooling the curved film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kamio, Yoshimitsu Aiiso
  • Patent number: 11527835
    Abstract: Methods of preparing composite dielectric materials used in lenses for communications antennas. The methods can include one or more of: using induction heating to expand expandable dielectric particles; combining expandable dielectric particles with pre-expanded dielectric material prior to expansion; and/or performing the expansion of the expandable dielectric particles within a lens or other container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Christiaan Radelet, Hans Bols
  • Patent number: 11524472
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an optical component having micro-structures is described. The method detects a crystallization temperature within a crystallization temperature interval for fully filling the molding material into a mold cavity to rapidly produce the optical element having a micro-structure with a large area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Chen, Cheng-Fan Yu, Chang-Shun Lai, Chien-Yu Hou
  • Patent number: 11518123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to micro-/nanostructured compound-eye arrays and fabrication method thereof, and discloses a fabrication method and applications for the molded polymer parts with the micro-/nanostructured compound-eye arrays on their surfaces, which exhibit both hydrophobicity and light trapping. The fabrication method for the molded polymer parts with the micro-/nanostructured compound-eye arrays includes following steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Hanxiong Huang, Heng Xie
  • Patent number: 11504903
    Abstract: Provided herein according to embodiments is a prepolymer compound of formula I: and a prepolymer compound of formula II: A polymerizable liquid composition comprising the prepolymer compound, methods of use in forming a three-dimensional object, and objects produced are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Poelma
  • Patent number: 11485100
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing an ophthalmic article including a substrate and a functional wafer securely fastened to a first curved face of the substrate, the manufacturing method including the steps of providing the functional wafer preformed according to a first desired shape, the preformed functional wafer having a first preformed face intended to be applied on the first curved face of the substrate, the first preformed face being defined by first geometrical characteristics; determining second geometrical characteristics of the first curved face of the substrate to be manufactured according to the first geometrical characteristics of the first preformed face of the preformed functional wafer; manufacturing the first curved face according to the second geometrical characteristics determined; fixing the preformed functional wafer to the manufactured substrate by applying the first preformed face on the first curved face in order to form the ophthalmic lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Céline Lechat, Julien Hubert
  • Patent number: 11472141
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an ophthalmic lens, including: a step of providing a starting optical system (30) having a first optical function and a first main refractive index; a step of providing a transition layer (20) intended to be disposed between the starting optical system (30) and a complementary optical element (12) having a second main refractive index, the transition layer (20) aiming at reducing unwanted reflection caused by the mismatch between the first and the second main refractive index, the transition layer (20) having a transition optical function; and a step of additively manufacturing the complementary optical element (12) on the transition layer (20), the complementary optical element (12) having a second optical function, the second optical function being predetermined as a function of the first optical function and of the transition optical function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Padiou, Mathieu Feuillade, Alexandre Gourraud, Loïc Quere, Olivier Roussel
  • Patent number: 11471981
    Abstract: A fabrication method of transparent material is a method of processing a thermosetting transparent material including a disposing step of disposing an uncured thermosetting transparent material, a laser beam irradiation step of irradiating the disposed uncured thermosetting transparent material with a laser beam so that cavitation bubbles are generated in the uncured thermosetting transparent material, and a curing step of performing a curing process on the uncured thermosetting transparent material in which the cavitation bubbles are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Yasutaka Hanada
  • Patent number: 11466839
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manufacturing method for a wavelength converting component which is prepared from a dispersion containing a crosslinkable ceramizable polymer material having a silazane repeating unit and at least one wavelength converting material. There are further provided wavelength converting components which can be used for converting blue, violet and/or UV light into light with a longer wavelength. There is also provided a light source and a lighting unit comprising said wavelength converting components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Grottenmueller, Abraham Casas Garcia-Minguillan, Fumio Kita, Andreas Benker, Ingo Koehler
  • Patent number: 11454759
    Abstract: In accordance with a method of forming a waveguide in a polymer film disposed on a substrate, a plurality of regions on a polymer film are selectively exposed to a first dosage of radiation. The polymer film is formed from a material having a refractive index that decreases by exposure to the radiation and subsequent heating. At least one region of the polymer film that was not previously exposed to the radiation is selectively exposing to a second dosage of radiation. The second dosage of radiation is less than the first dosage of radiation. The polymer film is heated to complete curing of the polymer film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Linan Jiang, Stanley K. H. Pau, Robert A. Norwood, Thomas L. Koch
  • Patent number: 11454744
    Abstract: A method for producing a microlens according to the present invention includes an etching step and a surface treatment step. In the etching step, a target object which is obtained by forming a second organic film having a lens shape on a first organic film that is formed on a substrate is subjected to etching that uses a plasma of a first processing gas, while using the second organic film as a mask, so that the first organic film is etched so as to transfer the lens shape of the second organic film to the first organic film, thereby forming a microlens in the first organic film. In the surface treatment step, a surface treatment is performed so as to smooth the surface of the microlens that is formed in the first organic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshinari Hatazaki, Takashi Shinyama
  • Patent number: 11446887
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of molding thermoplastic polymers into optical elements. The optical elements in the form of cylindrical discs, semi-finished lens blanks or finished lenses are compression molded at high temperature typically above thermoplastic polymers softening temperature and under high pressure. The semi-finished lens blanks and finished lenses are molded using front and back glass molds inside a mold assembly which reshapes the cylindrical discs that are either previously molded or cut out from thick slab. Also provided are methods for producing single vision and progressive addition lens prescriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: NOVOL, INC.
    Inventors: Jagdish Jethmalani, Sanjiban Chakraborty, Monica Bhatia
  • Patent number: 11440266
    Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional object is carried out by: (a) providing a carrier and an optically transparent member having a build surface, the carrier and the build surface defining a build region therebetween; (b) filling the build region with a polymerizable liquid, the polymerizable liquid including a mixture of (i) a light polymerizable liquid first component, and (ii) a second solidifiable component that is different from the first component; (c) irradiating the build region with light through the optically transparent member to form a solid polymer scaffold from the first component and also advancing the carrier away from the build surface to form a three-dimensional intermediate having the same shape as, or a shape to be imparted to, the three-dimensional object, and containing the second solidifiable component carried in the scaffold in unsolidified and/or uncured form; and (d) concurrently with or subsequent to the irradiating step, solidifying and/or curing the second solidifiable compone
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Carbon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason P. Rolland, Kai Chen, Justin Poelma, James Goodrich, Robert Pinschmidt, Joseph M. DeSimone, Lloyd M. Robeson
  • Patent number: 11433628
    Abstract: Embodiments of the technology relate to a contact lens having a core that is coated by a hydrogel layer, and to methods of making such a lens. The coated lens can include a rigid gas permeable contact lens. The coated lens can also include a hybrid silicone and rigid gas permeable contact lens. In one aspect, embodiments provide for a coated contact lens comprising a lens core with a water equilibrium constant of less than about 2% comprising an outer surface; and a hydrogel layer covalently attached to at least a portion of the outer surface, the hydrogel layer adapted to contact an ophthalmic surface, wherein the hydrogel layer comprises a hydrophilic polymer population of one or more species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Tangible Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen L. Havenstrite, Victor Wayne Mccray, Brandon McNary Felkins, Paul A. Cook
  • Patent number: 11433630
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a method for producing silicone hydrogel contact lenses having less optical defects or free of optical defects by subjecting the extraction tray for the formed silicone hydrogel contact lenses to a reciprocating lowering and raising motion thereof to obtain the silicone hydrogel contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Honghui Lu, Mark Neely, Alice Weimin Liu, Xuxian Niu, Uwe Haken