Patents Examined by Rena L. Dye
  • Patent number: 9564637
    Abstract: A method for making a lithium battery cathode composite is provided. A mixed solution including a solvent, an iron salt, and a phosphate is provided. An alkaline solution is added in the mixed solution until the mixed solution has a pH value in a range from about 1.5 to about 5. The mixed solution is stirred to react the iron salt with the phosphate to form a number of iron phosphate precursor particles. The iron phosphate precursor particles are heated. A lithium source solution, a reducing agent, and the iron phosphate precursor particles are mixed to form a lithium iron phosphate precursor slurry. Outer surfaces of the lithium vanadium phosphate particles are coated with the lithium iron phosphate precursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gai Yang, Chang-Yin Jiang, Jian Gao, Jie-Rong Ying, Jian-Jun Li, Xiang-Ming He
  • Patent number: 9543566
    Abstract: Miniature electrodes and electrochemical cells are disclosed. Such electrodes are made from forming an electrode mixture onto a current collector and distal end of a feedthrough pin such that the current collector and distal end of the feedthrough pin is encapsulated. The methods and electrode assemblies disclosed herein allow such electrode assemblies to be made free from the step of directly attaching a formed electrode to a feedthrough pin and thus simplifying assembly and decreasing size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hailiang Zhao, Christian S. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9537147
    Abstract: An anode structure may include a first bus bar having a first conductive coating, a second bus bar having a second conductive coating, and a plurality of silicon elements between the first bus bar and the second bus bar with a first void between a first one of the silicon elements and a second one of the silicon elements. Additionally, at least the first one of the silicon elements to expand into the first void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Andy Keates
  • Patent number: 9525194
    Abstract: A method of reversibly connecting two substrates includes positioning an electrically conductive adhesive connector including a shape memory polymer (SMP) between the substrates, heating the connector to a temperature higher than the SMP transition temperature, applying a load and cooling the connector below the transition temperature to transform the connector to a conforming shape to form an adhesive bond attaching the substrates and providing an electrical connection therebetween. The method may include disconnecting the connector from the substrates by heating the connector above the SMP transition temperature, which may disrupt the electrical connection between the substrates. The connector may be a battery tab connector configured to connect a battery cell to another battery cell or a terminal. The connector may be releasable from the battery tab such that the battery tab is reusable after removal of the connector. The connector may be multi-layer and generally arcuate in a permanent shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: John C. Ulicny, Blair E. Carlson, Tao Xie
  • Patent number: 9502695
    Abstract: A molding packaging material including a matte coat layer having excellent formability, chemical resistance, solvent resistance, and printability is provided. The molding packaging material 1 includes an outer base material 13 made of a heat-resistant resin, an inner sealant layer 16 made of a thermoplastic resin, a metal foil layer 11 arranged between the outer base material 13 and the inner sealant layer 16, and a matte coat layer 14 formed on one side of the outer base material opposite to the other side thereof to which the metal foil layer 11 is arranged. The matte coat layer 14 is made from a resin composition containing a base compound resin including a phenoxy resin and a urethane resin, a curing agent, and solid fine particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Showa Denko Packaging Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Minamibori
  • Patent number: 9496543
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an apparatus and method for enhancing the safety of a secondary battery. The apparatus include a sensor part comprising a first sensor attached to the surface of a cell of the secondary battery to detect a movement of the cell, and a second sensor to detect a movement of a pack housing; a memory part for storing a critical value for a difference between a first measurement value obtained from the first sensor and a second measurement value obtained from the second sensor; and a controlling part for calculating a difference value between the first measurement value and the second measurement value and comparing the calculated difference value with the critical value stored in the memory part to stop the operation of the cell when the calculated difference value is greater than the critical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-Sang Kwon, Jae-Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 9490478
    Abstract: The use of fibril materials, such as fibril cellulose materials and other similar materials, in electrochemical cells and components thereof is generally described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sion Power Corporation
    Inventors: Yuriy V. Mikhaylik, David L. Coleman
  • Patent number: 9474411
    Abstract: A baking pan assembly including a frame with at least three contiguous walls defining an upper opening and a lower opening, and having a lip at least partially bordering the lower opening. The assembly further includes at least one removable sheet sized to block the lower opening of the frame, and at least one divider array sized to rest on the sheet within the frame. The array defines a plurality of compartments to receive goods to be baked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Magical Housewares LLC
    Inventor: Mary Gattineri
  • Patent number: 9468924
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a method for producing a dispersion composition of fluorine-containing ion exchange resin comprising a copolymer represented by formula: wherein x and y represent numbers satisfying 0?x<1, 0?y<1, and x+y=1; Z represents H, Cl, F, or a perfluoroalkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms; m represents an integer of 0 to 12; and n represents an integer of 0 to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei E-materials Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiko Murai, Kohei Kita, Naoki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9461339
    Abstract: A battery sleeve for extending the operational life of one or more batteries, the battery sleeve comprising a positive conductive electrode configured such that when the battery sleeve is coupled to at least one battery, the positive conductive electrode of the sleeve serves as the new positive terminal of the at least one battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Batteroo, Inc.
    Inventor: Fariborz Frankie Roohparvar
  • Patent number: 9391318
    Abstract: Active material particles are provided that exhibit performance suitable for increasing the output of a lithium secondary battery and little deterioration due to charge-discharge cycling. The active material particles provided by the present invention have a hollow structure having secondary particles including an aggregate of a plurality of primary particles of a lithium transition metal oxide, and a hollow portion formed inside the secondary particles, and through holes that penetrates to the hollow portion from the outside are formed in the secondary particles. BET specific surface area of the active material particles is 0.5 to 1.9 m2/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Masahiro Morita, Kensaku Mori, Shin Imaizumi, Kenji Ikeuchi, Toshiyuki Osako, Hiroyuki Toya
  • Patent number: 9385404
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery module including two or more plate-shaped battery cells sequentially stacked, wherein each of the plate-shaped battery cells is constructed in a structure in which an electrode assembly of a cathode/separator/anode structure is mounted in a battery case formed of a laminate sheet including a resin layer and a metal layer, and a heat exchange member, including a plurality of heat exchange plates and a frame to which the heat exchange plates are connected, is mounted at one side of a stack of the battery cells for removing heat generated from the battery cells during the charge and discharge of the battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Soo Yoon, Shinichi Jinushi, Jin Kyu Lee, Dal Moh Kang, Jongmoon Yoon
  • Patent number: 9356267
    Abstract: A protective battery case for use with a mobile electronic device can include a back wall, a right side wall, a left side wall, a bottom wall, and a top wall. The protective battery case can include a battery, which can be disposed in the back wall. A device interface can be configured to engage a corresponding interface on the mobile electronic device to deliver electrical power from the battery to the mobile electronic device. A charging interface can be configured to receive electrical power for charging the battery. The protective battery case can include one or more bumpers disposed on the inside of the protective battery case such that the one or more bumpers abut against sides of the mobile electronic device to provide cushioning and/or shock absorption to protect the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: mophie, inc.
    Inventors: Nguyen To, Erik John Gjøvik
  • Patent number: 9318746
    Abstract: Disclosed are a positive electrode for a rechargeable lithium battery and a rechargeable lithium battery including the same, and the positive electrode includes a current collector including a carbon layer disposed on a substrate; and a positive active material layer disposed on the current collector, wherein the carbon layer has a loading level of 0.5 g/m2 to 3 g/m2. The effects of the carbon layer include improving the high power characteristics and the power density by decreasing the internal resistance of an electrode, and to improve the power density by providing uniform current to the positive electrode. The carbon layer may have a thickness of about 1 ?m to about 2 ?m. The carbon layer may include a carbon-based material of artificial graphite, natural graphite, carbon black, acetylene black, ketjen black, denka black, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignees: Samung SDI Co., Ltd., ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Dong-Hwan Yu, Gun-Ho Kwak, In-Sung Uhm, Bo-Ra Shin
  • Patent number: 9299966
    Abstract: Subassemblies for use in an electrochemical device are provided, as are processes for preparing the subassemblies and electrochemical cells incorporating the subassemblies. In some embodiments, the subassemblies include (a) a first electrode and (b) a separator or a first current collector or both. The first electrode is bonded to the separator or the first current collector or both. In some embodiments, the subassemblies further include a second electrode and a second current collector. In some embodiments, the electrodes or separators are sintered. Bipolar cells are also provided, including a plurality of stacked electrochemical cells that are joined in series. The positive electrode and the negative electrode of each stack include a sintered electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: A123 Systems LLC
    Inventors: Yet-Ming Chiang, Andrew C. Chu, Young-Il Jang, Michael Wixom
  • Patent number: 9271590
    Abstract: A drinking straw comprises a thermoplastic tube and an active ingredient in the tube, releasable in a liquid drawn through the tube. The active ingredient is held in place between branched portions of the straw defined by neighbouring recesses formed in the tube and an inner seam connecting the neighbouring recesses. The branched portions are spaced from the ends of the straw. A device and method for making the drinking straw are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Silman Invest & Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Patent number: 9265272
    Abstract: Provided is a disintegrable or non-disintegrable oral flavor delivery product. The product includes a disintegrable or non-disintegrable chewable pouch with a plurality of perforations. The pouch encloses a non-tobacco flavor product that can be in a gel, semi-liquid, and/or liquid form. A user chews, sucks, and/or manipulates the pouch to cause the enclosed flavor product to leach out of the perforations into the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shon Gedevani, Dennis Geib, Bruce Waymack, William R. Sweeney, Cindy Hayes, Danielle R. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9265271
    Abstract: A method for decorating a cake: providing a solid edible figure contour having an open top face and an open bottom face, and at least one void; providing a solid edible frame; placing the contour and the frame on a pan; filling the at least one void of the solid edible figure contour and a void between the solid frame and the solid edible figure contour with a decorative layer of edible pourable substance comprising multiple colors of candies, and the like; pouring a solidifying binding edible substance onto the solid contour, frame and the decorative layer; turning the hardened solid coating upside down, such that the lid is under the hardened solid coating; and placing the hardened solid coating having the colorful figure on a cake by sliding the figure off of the lid and removing the pan, thereby providing a cake coating having an edible colorful figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Rachel Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9265273
    Abstract: A feed additive composition includes a protective agent, lecithin in an amount of 0.05 to 6% by weight relative to a total weight of the composition, a basic amino acid in an amount of at least 40% by weight and less than 65% by weight relative to the total weight of the composition, and water. A method of producing a feed additive composition includes preparing a molten mixture of at least one protective agent, lecithin and at least one basic amino acid, and solidifying the molten mixture by immersing the molten mixture in water or an aqueous liquid. The protective agent includes hydrogenated vegetable oils and/or hydrogenated animal oils having melting points of greater than 50° C. and less than 90° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: AJINOMOTO CO., INC.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Nakazawa, Hiroyuki Sato, Yuki Miyazawa, Susumu Shibahara, Sachiko Oka, Yumi Goto
  • Patent number: 9265268
    Abstract: There is provided a method of storing bananas comprising the steps of (a) exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more ethylene-active compound, and (b) after said step (a), exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more cyclopropene compound while said bananas have color stage 2 to 6 on the seven-stage scale, wherein said bananas are kept in a modified-atmosphere package for a time period that includes at least a time interval that lasts for 1 hour, wherein said time interval begins between the conclusion of said step (b) and 72 hours from the conclusion of said step (b), and wherein said modified-atmosphere package is constructed so that the transmission rate of carbon dioxide for the entire package (PCT) is from 2,400 to 120,000 cubic centimeters per day per kilogram of bananas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Nazir Mir, Deirdre Margaret Holcroft, William Nixon James, Jr., Alvaro R. Ureña-Padilla, Bruce Menning