Patents Examined by Michael Cleveland
  • Patent number: 8968820
    Abstract: This invention provides a process for producing a hybrid nano-filament composition for use in a lithium battery electrode. The process comprises: (a) providing a porous aggregate of electrically conductive nano-wires that are substantially interconnected, intersected, physically contacted, or chemically bonded to form a porous network of electrically conductive filaments, wherein the nano-wires have a diameter or thickness less than 500 nm; and (b) depositing an electro-active coating onto a surface of the nano-wires, wherein the electro-active coating is capable of absorbing and desorbing lithium ions and the coating has a thickness less than 10 ?m, preferably less than 1 ?m. This process is applicable to the production of both an anode and a cathode. The battery featuring an anode or cathode made with this process exhibits an exceptionally high specific capacity, an excellent reversible capacity, and a long cycle life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nanotek Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang, Jinjun Shi
  • Patent number: 8956689
    Abstract: A method for producing a ferroelectric thin film comprising: coating a composition for forming a ferroelectric thin film on a base electrode of a substrate having a substrate body and the base electrode that has crystal faces oriented in the (111) direction, calcining the coated composition, and subsequently performing firing the coated composition to crystallize the coated composition, and thereby forming a ferroelectric thin film on the base electrode, wherein the method includes formation of an orientation controlling layer by coating the composition on the base electrode, calcining the coated composition, and firing the coated composition, where an amount of the composition coated on the base electrode is controlled such that a thickness of the orientation controlling layer after crystallization is in a range of 35 nm to 150 nm, and thereby controlling the preferential crystal orientation of the orientation controlling layer in the (100) plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Watanabe, Hideaki Sakurai, Nobuyuki Soyama, Toshihiro Doi
  • Patent number: 8956690
    Abstract: A laminated body which forms a resin mold by compression molding using a master mold, the laminated body having: a pair of mutually facing base materials, a layer of a liquid or gel-like curable resin material sandwiched between the pair of base materials, and one or more flow suppression bodies, which are composed of a cured product of the curable resin material and are sandwiched between the pair of base materials, wherein the layer of the curable resin material is sealed by the pair of base materials and the flow suppression bodies. Also, a method for manufacturing a resin mold using the laminated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uchida, Tomokazu Umezawa, Masato Fukushima, Shunsuke Takeyama, Takanori Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 8952768
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator is constructed to reduce phase and amplitude ripples in a frequency response. The BAW resonator is fabricated on a substrate 400 ?m thick or less, preferably approximately 325 ?m, having a first side and a polished second side with a peak-to-peak roughness of approximately 1000 A. A Bragg mirror having alternate layers of a high acoustic impedance material, such as tungsten, and a low acoustic impedance material is fabricated on the first side of the substrate. A BAW resonator is fabricated on the Bragg mirror. A lossy material, such as epoxy, coats the second side of the substrate opposite the first side. The lossy material has an acoustic impedance in the range of 0.01× to 1.0× the acoustic impedance of the layers of high acoustic impedance material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Triquint Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Martin Godshalk, Rick D. Lutz, Masud Hannan, Ralph N. Wall, Uppili Sridhar
  • Patent number: 8951602
    Abstract: A method for depositing high aspect ratio molecular structures (HARMS), which method comprises applying a force upon an aerosol comprising one or more HARM-structures, which force moves one or more HARM-structures based on one or more physical features and/or properties towards one or more predetermined locations for depositing one or more HARM-structures in a pattern by means of an applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canatu Oy
    Inventors: David P. Brown, Albert G. Nasibulin, Esko I. Kauppinen, David Gonzales
  • Patent number: 8951601
    Abstract: One limitation to the realisation of mass produced electrochemical cells is a lack of high resolution patterning techniques providing accurate alignment. A method of fabricating a patterned structure on a polymer layer for the manufacture of an electrochemical cell is provided. The method comprises: depositing a polymer layer upon a substrate; and stamping the polymer layer to form an embossed polymer layer using an embossing tool, the embossing tool having a first array of adjacent cells, spaced from one another and extending from the stamping face of the embossing tool and thereby forming a second array of adjacent cells, spaced from one another and extending as cavities within the embossed polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shunpu Li, Masaya Ishida
  • Patent number: 8951603
    Abstract: A method for producing a ferroelectric thin film comprising: coating a composition for forming a ferroelectric thin film on a base electrode of a substrate having a substrate body and the base electrode that has crystal daces oriented in the (111) direction, calcining the coated composition, and subsequently performing firing the coated composition to crystallize the coated composition, and thereby forming a ferroelectric thin film on the base electrode, wherein the method includes formation of an orientation controlling layer by coating the composition on the base electrode, calcining the coated composition, and firing the coated composition, where an amount of the composition coated on the base electrode is controlled such that a thickness of the orientation controlling layer after crystallization is in a range of 5 nm to 30 nm, and thereby controlling the preferential crystal orientation of the orientation controlling layer to be in the (110) plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Watanabe, Hideaki Sakurai, Nobuyuki Soyama, Toshihiro Doi
  • Patent number: 8945673
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing grafted Group IV nanoparticles is provided and includes a source of Group IV nanoparticles. A chamber is configured to carry the nanoparticles in a gas phase and has an inlet and an exit. The inlet configured to couple to an organic molecule source which is configured to provide organic molecules to the chamber. A plasma source is arranged to generate a plasma. The plasma causes the organic molecules to break down and/or activate in the chamber and bond to the nanoparticles. A method of producing grafted Group IV nanoparticles is also provided and includes receiving Group IV nanoparticles in a gas phase, creating a plasma with the nanoparticles, and allowing the organic molecules to break down and/or become activated in the plasma and bond with the nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Regents of the University of Minnesota, Innovalight, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Mangolini, Uwe Kortshagen, Rebecca J. Anthony, David Jurbergs, Xuegeng Li, Elena Rogojina
  • Patent number: 8936829
    Abstract: Functional groups on the outermost surface of an amorphous hydrocarbon film are substituted. The amorphous hydrocarbon film is formed on a silicon substrate Sub, which is coated with a low-k film. A heat treatment is performed on the amorphous hydrocarbon film in a non-silane gas atmosphere. Next, a heat treatment is performed on the amorphous hydrocarbon film in a silane gas atmosphere immediately after the heat treatment in a non-silane gas atmosphere. After the heat treatment, a film, such as a hard mask, is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Hiraku Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8932677
    Abstract: Liquid dispensing includes providing a downwardly inclined slide surface and a carrier liquid dispensing channel that includes an outlet opening on the slide surface. A carrier liquid source is pressurized causing carrier liquid to flow continuously through the outlet opening of the carrier liquid dispensing channel and down the slide surface. A liquid dispenser array structure is provided and includes functional liquid dispensers located on a substrate that is common to the functional liquid dispensers. The functional liquid dispensers include a functional liquid supply channel, a functional liquid source that provides functional liquid, and a drop formation device associated with an interface of the functional liquid supply channel and the slide surface. The drop formation device is selectively actuated to form discrete functional liquid drops in the carrier liquid flowing down the slide surface. The functional liquid is immiscible in the carrier liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Marcus, Hrishikesh V. Panchawagh
  • Patent number: 8932666
    Abstract: A method is for producing an active matrix organic EL display element by an inkjet method to eject droplets (12) of a liquid via an ejection hole of a nozzle so as to form an organic EL layer. The liquid contains an organic EL layer material. An electrostatic attraction type inkjet apparatus (15) is used whose ejection hole (1b) has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the droplets (12). The droplets are ejected from the nozzle of the electrostatic attraction type inkjet apparatus (15) in such a manner that each of the droplets is 1 pl or less in amount. With this arrangement, the landed droplet dries quickly, and movement of the landed droplet is restricted. This makes it possible to form an organic EL layer accurately with low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Toshio Tahira, Yasuo Nishi, Kazuhiro Murata, Hiroshi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8932669
    Abstract: A method for producing an antiglare film includes: a step of preparing coating liquids comprising components capable of being unevenly distributed in an antiglare layer-forming coating liquid and a low-refractive index layer-forming coating liquid, respectively; a coating step of applying the low-refractive index layer-forming coating liquid as an upper layer and the antiglare layer-forming coating liquid as a lower layer on a support to form a coating layer; and a drying step of drying the coating layer and making the coating layer cause phase-separation so as to unevenly distribute the components and form an antiglare layer and a low-refractive index layer. By the production method, an antiglare film which suppresses reflection and glaring of external light in a display and whitening due to irregular reflection can be produced at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuki Saiki, Kazuhiro Shiojiri, Kazuhiro Oki
  • Patent number: 8927051
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a compound film comprising a substrate and at least one additional layer is disclosed. The method comprising the steps of depositing at least two chemical elements on the substrate and/or on the at least one additional layer using depositions sources, maintaining depositing of the at least two chemical elements while the substrate and the deposition sources are being moved relative to each other, measuring the compound film properties, particularly being compound film thickness, compound-film overall composition, and compound-film composition in one or several positions of the compound film, comparing the predefined values for the compound film properties to the measured compound film properties, and adjusting the deposition of the at least two chemical elements in case the measured compound film properties do not match the predefined compound film properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: FLISOM AG
    Inventors: Dominik Rudmann, Marc Kaelin, Thomas Studer, Felix Budde
  • Patent number: 8906465
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for forming multilayer coating film excelling in smoothness and distinctness of image, by 3-coat-1-bake system in which a step of applying onto a coating object a water-based intermediate paint (X) to form an intermediate coating film; a step of adjusting the solid content of the intermediate coating film to 70-100 mass %; a step of applying onto the intermediate coating film a water-based base coating paint (Y) containing 30-55 mass parts of alcoholic solvent having a boiling point of 170-250° C., to form a base coating film; a step of adjusting the solid content of the base coating film to 70-100 mass %; a step of applying a clear paint (Z) comprising 40-60 mass parts of carboxyl-containing compound and 60-40 mass parts of polyepoxide onto the base coating film to form a clear coating film; and heating the intermediate coating film, base coating film and clear coating film at 100-120° C. for 3-10 minutes and thereafter further heating them at 130-160° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Ogawa, Koji Kanagawa, Shuichi Nakahara, Tadashi Iida, Hiroyuki Nagano, Yoshizumi Matsuno, Yasushi Nakao
  • Patent number: 8900657
    Abstract: A transferring medium manufacturing method uses a base material, a recording material, and a non-recording material and causes the recording material to adhere to the base material. The transferring medium manufacturing method includes a recording material applying operation in which the recording material is applied to the base material. In a first non-recording material applying operation, the non-recording material is applied to a peripheral part of a recording material applied area. The peripheral part is located along an edge of the recording material applied area. The recording material applied area is an area of the base material where the recording material is applied. In a second non-recording material applying operation, the non-recording material is applied to an inner area, which is surrounded by, and/or located at a relatively inner area position in comparison with an area position of, the peripheral part of the recording material applied area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kunihiko Matsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8900655
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a patterned perpendicular magnetic recording medium comprises steps of: (a) providing a layer stack including a magnetically soft underlayer (“SUL”) and an overlying non-magnetic interlayer; (b) forming a masking layer on the non-magnetic interlayer; (c) forming a resist layer on the masking layer; (d) forming a pattern of recesses extending through the resist layer and exposing spaced apart surface portions of the masking layer; (e) extending the pattern of recesses through the masking layer to expose spaced apart surface portions of the interlayer; and (f) at least partially filling the pattern of recesses with a magnetically hard material to form a perpendicular magnetic recording layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Bing K. Yen, David S. Kuo, Dieter K. Weller, Kim Y. Lee, Koichi Wago
  • Patent number: 8895111
    Abstract: A printed nonwoven web having improved oil crockfastness when an ink composition is applied to an outer surface of the nonwoven is generally disclosed. For example, an ink composition that has improved resistance to rub off of the web, even if the ink composition contacts an oily substance (e.g., baby oil, lotion, etc.), can be printed on a surface of the web. The nonwoven web can be a layer in a laminate having at least a film layer and the nonwoven web layer. For example, the printed laminate can be used as the outercover of an absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Poruthoor, Lisa Sanabria, Ali Yahiaoui, Kelly Branham, Hue Scott Snowden, Olesya Sukhareva
  • Patent number: 8895100
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a compound film comprising a substrate and at least one additional layer is disclosed. The method comprising the steps of depositing at least two chemical elements on the substrate and/or on the at least one additional layer using depositions sources, maintaining depositing of the at least two chemical elements while the substrate and the deposition sources are being moved relative to each other, measuring the compound film properties, particularly being compound film thickness, compound-film overall composition, and compound-film composition in one or several positions of the compound film, comparing the predefined values for the compound film properties to the measured compound film properties, and adjusting the deposition of the at least two chemical elements in case the measured compound film properties do not match the predefined compound film properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: FLISOM AG
    Inventors: Dominik Rudmann, Marc Kaelin, Thomas Studer, Felix Budde
  • Patent number: 8889234
    Abstract: Provided is a method of printing a structural color. The method includes providing a first substrate, forming a layer of a composition for generating a structural color including magnetic nanoparticles and a curable material on the first substrate, applying a magnetic field to the layer of the composition for generating a structural color and exhibiting a structural color using a change in lattice spacing of a photonic crystal composed of magnetic nanoparticles depending on the magnetic field strength, and curing the layer of the composition for generating a structural color to fix the lattice spacing of the photonic crystal and to form a structural color printed layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Sunghoon Kwon, Hyoki Kim
  • Patent number: 8889215
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for making a plurality of touch panels one time. The method includes following steps. A substrate is provided. The substrate has a surface defining a number of target areas with each including two areas: a touch-view area and a trace area. An adhesive layer is formed on the surface of the substrate. A carbon nanotube film is formed on the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer is solidified. An electrode and a conductive trace are formed on each target area so that part of the carbon nanotube film is exposed from a space between adjacent conductive lines of the conductive trace to form an exposed carbon nanotube film on each trace area. The exposed carbon nanotube film on each trace area is removed to obtain a plurality of transparent conductive layers spaced from each other. A number of touch panels is obtained by cutting the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Shih Hua Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Jia-Shyong Cheng, Hung-Yi Hung, Jeah-Sheng Wu