Patents Examined by Rashid Alam
  • Patent number: 11167098
    Abstract: A modular electronic cigarette which can be assembled into different shapes and configurations includes at least one atomization module and at least one battery module, the at least one atomization module and at least one battery module being detachably assembled together by means of magnetic connection, snap-fit, USB connection, or accessory to obtain various combination shapes of the electronic cigarette. Threaded connections between components are not required. The electronic cigarette can satisfy requirements of the user for simple and diverse combinations of components, thus increasing the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Jiangsu Jwei Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10686207
    Abstract: To provide a storage battery including a carbon-based material. To provide a graphene compound film having desired ion conductivity and mechanical strength while preventing direct contact between electrodes in a storage battery. To achieve long-term reliability. A lithium-ion storage battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, an exterior body, and a separator between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. In the lithium-ion storage battery, one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode is wrapped in a first film, and the positive electrode, the negative electrode, and the separator are stored in the exterior body. The first film may include a first region in which the first film includes a first functional group. The first film may further include a second region in which the first film includes a second functional group different from the first functional group. The first film may be a graphene compound film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Teppei Oguni, Satoshi Seo, Hiroshi Kadoma
  • Patent number: 10669646
    Abstract: Provided are nickel manganese composite hydroxide particles having a small and uniform particle size and having a double structure which enables to obtain a cathode active material having a hollow structure, and a manufacturing method thereof. When obtaining the nickel manganese composite hydroxide by a reaction crystallization, using an aqueous solution for nucleation, which includes at least a metallic compound that contains nickel, a metallic compound that contains manganese and an ammonium ion donor and controlling the pH value that is measured at a standard solution temperature of 25° C. is 10.5 to 12.0, nucleation is performed in an oxidizing atmosphere in which the oxygen concentration is greater than 1% by volume, and then nuclei are grown by switching the atmosphere from the oxidizing atmosphere to a mixed atmosphere of oxygen and inert gas in which the oxygen concentration is 1% by volume or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Toya, Kensaku Mori, Shin Imaizumi, Kenji Ikeuchi, Toshiyuki Osako
  • Patent number: 10658692
    Abstract: Biological material is used to build up biological cathode electrodes (biological cathode) and biological batteries, particularly biological metal air batteries as well as biological flow battery. A biological battery system includes a reaction vessel, a medium, a conductive anode and a biological cathode electrode. The biological cathode has a conductive support layer, a polymeric binding layer disposed between the conductive support layer and a contact layer. The contact layer being configured to be in electrical contact with biological components in the medium or being deposited with biological components. When the reaction vessel is open to an ambient air, the biological components accept electrons from the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Pei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10622664
    Abstract: Provided is a pouch type secondary battery including an electrode assembly accommodated in an accommodating part of a pouch exterior part. A vertex part of an inner surface of the accommodating part is rounded. The electrode assembly includes a unit stack part that has a structure (a) in which a type of radical units are repeatedly disposed, wherein electrodes and separators are alternately disposed and are integrally coupled in the radical units, and the number of the electrodes is the same as the number of the separators, or a structure (b) in which two or more types of radical units are disposed in a predetermined order, wherein electrodes and separators are alternately disposed and are integrally coupled in the radical units, and the number of the electrodes is the same as the number of the separators. Distal ends of neighboring ones of the separators are not adhered to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Hong Min, Seung Ho Na, Jin Ho Ban
  • Patent number: 10608215
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery pack including a battery cell having a curved surface and a pack housing having a curved surface, the pack housing having a battery cell receiving space corresponding to the curved surface of the battery cell to prevent occurrence of a spring back phenomenon of the battery cell and to prevent change in curvature of the battery cell due to external impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jaehyeon Ju, Seog Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 10608227
    Abstract: An electricity storage module includes a layered object obtained by layering power storage elements each having positive and negative foil-shaped lead terminals that project in an outward direction from an end portion, and connection members that connect the lead terminals of adjacent power storage elements to each other. An insulating holding member is arranged between the layered object and the connection members. Connection member holding portions that hold the connection members are provided on the insulating holding member, and slits are provided on the insulating holding member so as to extend along edge portions of the connection members. The lead terminals are connected to the connection members by being inserted through the slits and folded over onto the connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoya Okamoto, Hiroomi Hiramitsu
  • Patent number: 10593979
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly for a fuel cell, with a membrane, a catalyst layer (16) and a gas diffusion layer. The catalyst layer (16) has a first side facing the membrane and a second side facing the gas diffusion layer. In the catalyst layer (16) an ionomer content increases towards the membrane. The catalyst layer (16) has a first sublayer (22) in which catalyst particles (26) are coated with a first ionomer (28). The catalyst layer (16) further has a second sublayer (24) with a second ionomer (32) which is closer to the membrane than the first sublayer (22). Pores (30) are present at least between the coated catalyst particles (26). Further, a method for preparing such a membrane electrode assembly, a fuel cell system and a vehicle with a fuel cell system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Carmen Chuy, Scott McDermid, Kyoung Bai, Tran Ngo
  • Patent number: 10588342
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a pipe for cooled smoke and containment are disclosed. In some embodiments, the pipe includes a body and a cover movable engaged to the body. The body includes a first end, a second end, and an axis extending between the first and second end. The body further includes a receptacle positioned closer to the first end than the second end. The cover includes an aperture. The aperture can be selectively aligned with the receptacle of the body. Optionally, the body includes one or more channels that direct smoke to travel along the axis of the body in opposite directions. Further optionally, the body includes one or more reservoirs that direct smoke to travel in a direction perpendicular to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Santiago Lara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10575549
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a casting apparatus for the production of a cast web of homogenized tobacco material, said casting apparatus comprising • o a casting box (4) adapted to contain a slurry of said homogenized tobacco material; • o a movable support; • o a casting blade (6) adapted to cast the slurry contained in the casting box onto the movable support so as to form the cast web; • o wherein said casting blade has a transverse cross section defining a blade edge, said blade edge including a first point having a first radius of curvature and a second point having a second radius of curvature, said first and second radii of curvature being comprised between about 1 and about 500 and being different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Siew Hock Soo
  • Patent number: 10559851
    Abstract: A magnesium battery electrolyte with a wide electrochemical window was developed. The electrolyte includes an organic boron magnesium salt and an aprotic polar solvent. The organic boron magnesium salt is an organic boron magnesium salt complex formed by compounding a Lewis acid with a boron center and a magnesium-containing Lewis base R?2-nMgXn, wherein n is 0 or 1, R and R? respectively represent a fluoroaryl group, an alkylated aryl group, an aryl group, an alkyl group, or a pyrrolidinyl group, and X represents a halogen. The solvent is an aprotic polar solvent such as ether or a mixed solvent thereof. The concentration of the electrolyte is 0.25 to 1 mol/L, and the electric conductivity is 0.5 to 10 mS/cm. The electrolyte allows reversible deposition/dissolution of magnesium, features good cycling stability, and has a wide electrochemical window (>3.0V vs. Mg/Mg2+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jun Yang, Yongsheng Guo, Fan Zhang, Feifei Wang
  • Patent number: 10529998
    Abstract: A fuel cell includes a fuel cell stacked body in which a plurality of fuel cells are stacked in a first direction, a pair of end plates which sandwiches the fuel cell stacked body in the first direction, and a load measurement unit that is disposed between at least one of the pair of end plates and the fuel cell stacked body, and detects an electrode load, which acts on a power generation surface of the fuel cells, in the first direction. The load measurement unit includes a first conductive material, second conducive materials between which the first conductive material is interposed in the first direction, and which include a contact portion that is in contact with the first conductive material, and a detection unit that detects a voltage drop between the second conductive materials, which face each other in the first direction, with the first conductive material interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Saiki, Masao Utsunomiya
  • Patent number: 10522798
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus including: a module unit including one or more energy storage devices and a module case that is a container that holds the one or more energy storage devices; and a first protrusion that protrudes from at least one of an energy storage device bottom surface and a first case surface of the module case so as to form a first space defined by the energy storage device bottom surface and the first case surface, the energy storage device bottom surface being a bottom surface of at least one of the one or more energy storage devices, the first case surface being opposed to the energy storage device bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Oshiba, Hiroyasu Koyama, Yuta Mizukawa, Kazuya Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 10511009
    Abstract: An electrical energy storage device includes: a casing; a terminal; and an current interruption device. The terminal includes a column part inserted in the opening provided on the terminal wall of the casing and a base part disposed within the casing. An insulating member is disposed between the terminal and the terminal wall, the insulating member surrounds an entire periphery of the column part. The insulating member includes a sealing part sealing between the inside and the outside of the casing at a sealing position, and a non-sealing part. In an entire space provided between the terminal and the terminal wall on an inner side of the casing than the sealing position, the non-sealing part is disposed from an end face in the space on a casing outer side to an end face in the space on a casing inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Motoaki Okuda, Takayuki Hirose, Hiroyasu Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10492536
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery and a laser with a dispersal lens is housed in a power module of a vaporizer. A mini USB charging port is integral with the power module. A variety of tanks can be screwed onto the power module such as concentrate or buds or e-juice. After an inhalation the user can experience a 3D light show in his vape cloud, a lit up tank and a sound show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Ron A Angstead, Casey A Angstead
  • Patent number: 10431798
    Abstract: Provided are a separator for a lithium secondary battery including a substrate and a heat-resistance porous layer disposed on at least one surface of the substrate and including a cross-linked binder, wherein the cross-linked binder has a cross-linking structure of a compound represented by Chemical Formula 2, and a lithium secondary battery including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byungmin Lee, Myungkook Park, Seungrim Yang, Eon-Mi Lee, Bokyung Jung, Sungsoo Han, Hana Kim, Jungsue Jang, Minho Cho, Hyoungwoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10431814
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode composite material layer, the positive electrode composite material layer including: a composite particle including a positive electrode active material, a first conductive material and a binder; and a second conductive material arranged on a surface of the composite particle and having a DBP oil absorption number smaller than that of the first conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroya Umeyama, Akihiro Taniguchi, Shuji Tsutsumi, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10424787
    Abstract: Provided is a cathode active material that can simultaneously improve the capacity characteristics, output characteristics, and cycling characteristics of a rechargeable battery when used as cathode material for a non-aqueous electrolyte rechargeable battery. After performing nucleation by controlling an aqueous solution for nucleation that includes a metal compound that includes at least a transition metal and an ammonium ion donor so that the pH value becomes 12.0 to 14.0 (nucleation process), nuclei are caused to grow by controlling aqueous solution for particle growth that includes the nuclei so that the pH value is less than in the nucleation process and is 10.5 to 12.0 (particle growth process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasutaka Kamata, Taira Aida, Hiroyuki Toya
  • Patent number: 10396363
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a copper foil inexpensive and sufficient in tensile strength even after heat treatment. The copper foil includes zinc in a content range of 0.02% by mass to 2.7% by mass in the total mass of the entire copper foil, and if the regions in thicknesses direction from both surfaces of the copper foil where occupies 5% by mass in the total mass of the entire copper foil are referred to as the respective external layers and a region between one external layer and the other external layer is referred to as an internal layer, the internal layer includes copper as a main element and includes 100 ppm or more of one or mixture of small amount-elements selected from carbon, sulfur, chlorine and nitrogen, and includes zinc at 10% or more in the total mass of zinc included in the entire copper foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUI MINING & SMELTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Miyake, Tomoyuki Maeda, Kazutaka Hozumi, Hiroaki Nakahara, Shinichi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10388467
    Abstract: To improve the long-term cycle performance of a lithium-ion battery or a lithium-ion capacitor by minimizing the decomposition reaction of an electrolytic solution and the like as a side reaction of charge and discharge in the repeated charge and discharge cycles of the lithium-ion battery or the lithium-ion capacitor. A current collector and an active material layer over the current collector are included in an electrode for a power storage device. The active material layer includes a plurality of active material particles and silicon oxide. The surface of one of the active material particles has a region that is in contact with one of the other active material particles. The surface of the active material particle except the region is partly or entirely covered with the silicon oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Kuriki, Ryota Tajima, Nobuhiro Inoue, Junpei Momo