Patents Examined by Sonya Mazumdar
  • Patent number: 9956814
    Abstract: A method of decorating a substrate comprises the steps of supplying a substrate, supplying a carrier, providing the carrier with a textured surface, applying a sublimation agent on the carrier, placing the substrate and the carrier including the textured surface and the sublimation agent onto each other, pressing the substrate and the carrier together and subliming the sublimation agent towards the substrate, removing the carrier from the substrate, wherein the textured surface of the carrier is provided by applying a pattern of a hard substance on the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: UNILIN BVBA
    Inventor: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 9938111
    Abstract: An embodiment of the inventive method of transfer lamination involves metallizing a first side of a film and then bonding the metallized first side to a substrate. Then a coating is applied to a second side of the film after it has been bonded to the substrate. The bonded film and substrate are then placed in an oven. The film is then stripped from the substrate leaving metal from the film deposited on the substrate. The application of the coating is performed as an inline part of the transfer lamination process thereby providing an ease of manufacture presently unknown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Hazen, Keith McCrodden
  • Patent number: 9934705
    Abstract: A lenticular label for a container, such as a curved glass bottle, is formed of a lenticular array having a plurality of lenticules on a front face and a smooth back face and a compliant base layer having first and second faces. A first adhesive is disposed between the first face of the compliant base layer and the smooth back face of the lenticular array. The first adhesive is in substantial contact with both the first face of the compliant base layer and the smooth back face of the lenticular array. A second adhesive is disposed upon the second face of the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Steven M. Spiro, Stephen S. Daniell
  • Patent number: 9927327
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for collecting thin tissue samples for imaging. Thin tissue sections may be cut from tissue samples using a microtome-quality knife. In one example, tissue samples are mounted to a substrate that is rotated such that thin tissue sections are acquired via lathing. Collection of thin tissue sections may be facilitated by a conveyor belt. Thin tissue sections may be mounted to a thin substrate (e.g., by adhering thin tissue sections to a thin substrate via a roller mechanism) that may be imaged, for example, by an electron beam (e.g., in an electron microscope). Thin tissue sections may be strengthened before cutting via a blockface thinfilm deposition technique and/or a blockface taping technique. An automated reel-to-reel imaging technique may be employed for collected/mounted tissue sections to facilitate random-access imaging of tissue sections and maintaining a comprehensive library including a large volume of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Kenneth Jeffrey Hayworth, Amy Au Hayworth
  • Patent number: 9895271
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying discrete components of a first substrate to a second substrate includes a programmable servo motor having a shaft. The servo motor is programmed to rotate the shaft in a first phase and a second phase at a variable angular velocity in a single direction. The apparatus also includes a crank member connected with the shaft, a connector link connected with the crank member, and a tamper member connected with the connector link. When the shaft rotates in the first phase, the tamper member travels from a first position to a second position to displace a selected portion of the second substrate into contact with the discrete component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bradley Edward Walsh, Paul Anthony Kawka, David Carlton Ordway
  • Patent number: 9862141
    Abstract: Electronic components are often assembled using robotic equipment, such as pick-and-place machines, that is not optimized for components such as ultra-thin semiconductor bare dice. Selective laser-assisted die transfer is described based on the unique blistering behavior of a multilayer dynamic release layer when irradiated by low energy focused laser pulse(s) in which the blister creates translation of the article being placed. Accurate placement results are provided with negligible lateral and angular displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Val R. Marinov, Orven Swenson, Mark Pavicic, Ross A. Miller, Zhigang Chen, Ferdous Sarwar, Matthew R. Semler
  • Patent number: 9830038
    Abstract: A touch substrate includes a base substrate, a common electrode and a wire electrode. The base substrate has a plurality of common electrode areas. A common electrode is disposed in each of the common electrode areas. The common electrode has a plurality of first electrode lines extended in a first direction and arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction and a plurality of second electrode lines arranged in the first direction. The wire electrode is connected to an end of the common electrode to apply a voltage to the common electrode. The common electrode and the wire electrode are simultaneously formed through a same process using a printing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Kyu-Young Kim, Bo-Sung Kim, Youn-Gu Lee, Nam-Ok Jung
  • Patent number: 9819030
    Abstract: It becomes easy to regulate the storage modulus of the ionomer solution to be not lower than 150 Pa. The production method of catalyst ink for fuel cell includes steps of; (i) preparing a catalyst dispersion by mixing an electrode catalyst, water and an alcohol; (ii) preparing a gelated ionomer solution by mixing an ionomer and a solvent; and (iii) producing catalyst ink by mixing the catalyst dispersion and the gelated ionomer solution, wherein the step (ii) comprises concentration a step of concentrating the gelated ionomer solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Noriaki Ishihara, Masao Okumura
  • Patent number: 9809015
    Abstract: A method of customizing an article with graphics applied using a graphic transfer assembly is disclosed. The method includes a step of creating or selecting a customized graphic to be applied to an article. The article and the customized graphic are placed within the graphic transfer assembly. A deformable membrane may apply the customized graphic to curved portions of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Scot Hull, Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 9801762
    Abstract: A method for producing a multi-layered absorbent article is disclosed. At least two of the layers include a colored region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: David Christopher Oetjen
  • Patent number: 9802357
    Abstract: A transferring assembly for transferring onto an object a RFID identification device consisting of a microchip connected to an antenna made of electrically conductive material, wherein a film of adhesive material is applied to a supporting element, the microchip is applied on the film of adhesive material in a zone of the supporting element, the antenna is formed by applying the wire made of electrically conductive material to the film of adhesive material and electrically connecting the antenna to the microchip, and the zone is pressed against a surface of the object, with the RFID identification device facing the surface, the adhesive material, and/or the supporting element, being chosen so that the adhesive material has an adhesiveness on the surface of the object that is significantly greater than the adhesiveness of the film on the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Res Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Marcello Lolli
  • Patent number: 9791601
    Abstract: In a method for fabricating an embedded pattern using a transfer-based imprinting, an adhesive layer is formed on a substrate. The adhesive layer has a photo curable resin. A stamp having a protruded pattern is prepared. A thin-film layer is formed on an outer surface of the protruded pattern of the stamp. The stamp having the thin-film layer contact with the adhesive layer is pressed to selectively transfer the thin-film layer of the protruded pattern to the adhesive layer. Ultraviolet rays (UV) are irradiated to cure the adhesive layer. The stamp is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Jun-Hyuk Choi, Eung-Sug Lee, Ji-Hye Lee, Jun-ho Jeong, Joo-Yun Jung, Dae-Guen Choi, Cheol-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9757954
    Abstract: A process for using an inkjet printer to apply translucent inks for producing a pseudo-metallic visual effect on a substrate is disclosed. The process uses a matte printing technique that results in a metallic appearance when applied to various substrates, such as commercial plastic cards. The resulting card product is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Total System Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Braswell
  • Patent number: 9757929
    Abstract: A transfer laminate (35), comprising a carrier film having an adhering decorative element having a solid, pigmented, partially cured decorative layer, is laminated on the decoration side onto a substrate (40) having a temperature between 50 and 70° C. on the decoration side, on which substrate a coating that can be painted over has been applied in the course of a traditional process. The paint layer of the coating that was applied last is still moist and tacky after the intermediate drying thereof. The transfer laminate (35) is laminated onto the still moist and tacky paint layer on the substrate (40), and at least the region of the transfer laminate (35) containing the decorative element is pressed onto the substrate coating over the entire area at a pressure of 0.2 to 5.0 bar for 40 to 240 seconds. Then the carrier film is quickly cooled to a temperature less than 20° C. and then removed from the substrate coating, wherein the decorative element remains on the substrate coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Wörwag Lack-und Farbenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Curt Niebling, Christian Drexler
  • Patent number: 9481135
    Abstract: A method for defining trajectories of fiber on a layup surface, including the definition of a transfer mesh of a transfer surface corresponding to a simplified surface, substantially continuous, of the layup surface, the direction of a fiber at an analysis point of the layup surface, being obtained by: definition of a projected point by normal projection of an analysis point on the transfer mesh, definition of a reference direction at said projected point, definition of the normal to the transfer element, definition of a cutting plane by the projected point, the reference direction and the normal, definition of the line of intersection of the cutting plane with the plane of the element, the direction of the fiber at the analysis point being obtained from this line of intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Olivier Munaux
  • Patent number: 9475338
    Abstract: A textile printing method includes coating a printing surface of a fabric with a pretreatment liquid; ejecting an adhesive liquid onto the printing surface to form an adhesive layer, after the coating of the printing surface; and transferring metallic foil onto the adhesive layer by bringing a sheet, on which the metallic foil is formed, into contact with the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9457926
    Abstract: A method for applying decorations to packages includes applying a main decoration to the package, and applying a detachable part label with a reduced adhesion strength. The part label is provided on a region of the main decoration and takes up part of a surface region of the main decoration. The part label is printed on by using a digital printing process controlled by a computer that relies on a digital printing mask that is stored or generated by the computer. The computer controls the print head to cause it to print a print on the part label after the part label has been applied to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Schach
  • Patent number: 9457551
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a display is provided. A display including a supporting layer, a flexible layer and a display structure is provided. The display structure has a top side and a bottom side which are opposite to each other. One of the supporting layer and the flexible layer is disposed at the bottom side of the display structure, and the other one of the supporting layer and the flexible layer is disposed at the top side or the bottom side of the display structure. When the supporting layer and the flexible layer are both disposed at the bottom side of the display structure, the flexible layer is located between the supporting layer and the display structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Chi-Che Tsai, Po-Ching Lin, Cheng-Ta Chen, Cheng-Chung Chiang, Wei-Yen Wu, Yen-Hui Wu
  • Patent number: 9446877
    Abstract: A system for applying labels to cable or conduit including at least one label and a label applicator. The label applicator including at least one guide roller, at least one tamping device comprising at least one tamping pad for applying at least one label onto the moving cable or conduit, and a guide shoe assembly. The guide shoe assembly comprises a guide shoe, the guide shoe comprises a rounding member, a plurality of springs for providing flexibility to the rounding member when the moving cable or conduit passes the at least one guide shoe, a support mount for supporting the at least one guide shoe, a plurality of pivots disposed between the rounding member and the rounding member support for adjusting the set of springs, and a fitted member for providing an anchor for the at least one guide shoe to connect with the support mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Bennett, William T. Bigbee, Jr., Steve Griffin
  • Patent number: 9434206
    Abstract: For simpler production of a waterproof, decorated wall, ceiling or floor panel with improved quality, the invention proposes a process involving the following steps: provision of a panel-shaped carrier and a non-woven fabric, application of an adhesive to one surface of the carrier or to a surface of the non-woven fabric, lamination of the non-woven fabric by means of the applied adhesive to the surface of the carrier, impregnation of the non-woven fabric with a liquid means, hardening of the impregnating agent, application of a sealing layer as a liquid composition and hardening of the sealing layer and/or application of a top layer as a liquid composition and hardening of the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Egon Hoff