Patents Examined by Thien Tran
  • Patent number: 9768078
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is formed by removing a sacrificial gate dielectric layer and a sacrificial gate to form a gate cavity. A conformal dielectric first liner is formed in the gate cavity and a conformal second liner is formed on the first liner. A first etch removes the second liner from the bottom of the gate cavity, leaving material of the second liner on sidewalls of the gate cavity. A second etch removes the first liner from the bottom of the gate cavity exposed by the second liner, leaving material of the first liner on the bottom of the gate cavity under the second liner on the sidewalls of the gate cavity. A third etch removes the second liner from the gate cavity, leaving an L-shaped spacers of the first liner in the gate cavity. A permanent gate dielectric layer and replacement gate are formed in the gate cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Chet Vernon Lenox, Seung-Chul Song, Brian K. Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 8097827
    Abstract: A method for soldering or hybridizing two components including preparing, on opposing surfaces of the components to be welded or hybridized, a wettability surface, depositing on one of the wettability surfaces an appropriate quantity of solder material, constituting a soldering or hybridizing dot, contacting the wettability surfaces of the components with the solder material deposited, then raising the temperature of the chamber in which the components are positioned, to at least the melting point of the solder material in order to ensure the effective soldering or hybridizing of the two components together by a remelt effect. At least one of the components is in contact with a conducting track having another quantity of solder material that constitutes a sacrificial dot, having a contact area with the at least one component that is higher than that of the solder quantity that constitutes the soldering or hybridizing dot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventor: Francois Marion
  • Patent number: 8076605
    Abstract: Systems and methods automatically modify a laser-based system for processing target specimens such as semiconductor wafers. In one embodiment, the laser-based system detects a trigger associated with a processing model. The processing model corresponds to a set of wafers. In response to the trigger, the system automatically adjusts one or more system parameters based on the processing model. The system then uses the modified system parameters to selectively irradiate structures on or within at least one wafer in the set of wafers. In one embodiment, the trigger includes variations in a thermal state related to a motion stage. In response to the variations in the thermal state, the system operates the motion stage in a series of movements until a thermal equilibrium threshold is reached. The sequence of movements may, for example, simulate movements used to process a particular wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly J. Bruland, Clint Vandergiessen, Duane Eitzen
  • Patent number: 8071912
    Abstract: A laser is used to a form information indicative of a pattern on a surface of a support piece formed from a compressed wood fiber product substrate. The pattern can be a wood grain. The field of the laser is increased, to allow lazing more of the material at once. According to an embodiment, the field is increased in a way that does not reduce the resolution of the lasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: TechnoLines, LP
    Inventors: Darrel Costin, Sr., Darrel Costin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8065954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food fryer. The food frying apparatus generally comprises two sections: a frying section and an oil removal section. The frying section houses and/or heats oil for frying the food, and the oil removal section is operable to reduce the oil content of the food. Exemplary embodiments of the invention comprise a basket well that is configured to be movable between a cooking section and a spinning section. The basket well may be configured to comprise a bearing surface and a basket well gear. The fryer device may further comprise a frame that comprise a bearing configured to interface with the bearing surface. Further, the fryer device may comprise a rotational motor that comprises a spinning gear configured to interface with the basket well gear. The fryer device may also comprise a drawer configured to be slidably removable from the fryer device. The fryer device may also comprise a retrofit fryer device configured to be adaptable to pre-existing fryer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Spinfry, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lincoln Foster, Del Moffat Thornack
  • Patent number: 8061265
    Abstract: A carton includes inclined end panels that bring microwave susceptor heating materials at the carton ends into close proximity with an article accommodated within the carton. The carton is of relatively simple construction and may be stacked with other cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Cambay
  • Patent number: 8035058
    Abstract: A region surrounded by two gate wiring and two drain wiring includes pixels and when there is a defect of short-circuit in adjacent pixel electrodes, the short-circuited portion is removed by irradiating a laser via a mask having a transmission pattern, which corresponds to a pattern of the gate wiring, drain wiring and pixel electrodes in the short-circuited portion. The above short-circuited portion is identified and removed in comparison to a normal pattern, by use of information from an inspection apparatus, and the pattern defect formed on the substrate is automatically repaired. By applying the above method to a manufacturing process of display apparatus, in particular, to a resist pattern forming process, a display apparatus having a highly qualified display property may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Nakasu, Kaoru Yamada, Yuichiro Tanaka, Takeshi Arai, Hideyuki Honoki, Kazushi Yoshimura, Tetsuya Kawamura, Masanori Okawa
  • Patent number: 8017893
    Abstract: A purpose of the present invention is to provide an inverter circuit capable of suppressing an overshooting phenomenon of an input current at an instantaneous time when an initiating operation of the inverter circuit is switched to the normal operation thereof, and thus, capable of preventing damages of IGBTs and a magnetron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Haruo Suenaga, Hideaki Moriya, Shinichi Sakai, Hisashi Morikawa, Toyotsugu Matsukura, Nobuo Shirokawa
  • Patent number: 8008599
    Abstract: A manufacturing method may include forming incisions through an incision layer that is secured to a transfer layer. After defining the incisions, the incision layer is secured to a substrate layer, and the transfer layer is then separated from the incision layer. The manufacturing method may be applied to elements used in footwear, apparel, or a variety of other products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 7958816
    Abstract: A multi-function beverage brewer and cup (10) is taught that includes a travel mug (20) with a filter basket (26) that is removably placed within a top opening of the travel mug. A brewed beverage is created by pouring hot water over tea leafs or coffee grounds that have been placed into the filter basket. A storage container (38), including a lid (40), is used to retain additional tea leafs or coffee grounds and is removably attached to the travel mug. A holding cup (54) engages a lower outside surface of the travel mug for storage. When a beverage is brewed the holding cup and filter basket are removed from the travel mug and the filter basket containing tea leaf or coffee ground residue are stored in the holding cup and a basket/cup cover (34) encloses the holding cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 7943884
    Abstract: An object is to provide a gas container and a method of producing the gas container in which liner constituting members can appropriately be joined to each other and productivity can be improved. A gas container has a resin liner constituted by joining a plurality of liner constituting members, the liner constituting members each having at least a hollow cylindrical part, and a reinforcement layer arranged on an outer periphery of the resin liner. Joining portions of the liner constituting members are joined to each other over a circumferential direction by laser welding, and the joining portions are made of a laser transmitting resin and a laser absorbing resin, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Ishikawa, Masaaki Amano, Masahiko Ota
  • Patent number: 7895940
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for forming and baking an edible cone-shaped container, the container being of a bread dough provided with a light, flaky texture by the inclusion of solid flaked fat pieces in the dough mixture and the cone formed by an initial forming and cooking step followed by multiple baking steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Conics Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward T. Huxel, Thomas A. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 7891288
    Abstract: Apparatus 30 for production of food products, which apparatus 30 comprises a feed section 40 and a compression section 41, the feed section 40 comprising open channels 50 into which food for processing is introduced by a plurality of regulating helixes 70 and drive elements 51 in the channels 50 for moving the food along the channels 50, the compression section 41 lying adjacent the feed section 40 such that food is moved by the drive elements 51 from the channels 50 into the compression section 41, the compression section 41 comprising tubes 66 of desired cross-section and length, whereby in use food is moved along the channels 50 and into the compression section 41 by the drive elements 51, subjected to a desired compression in the compression section 41 and then leaves the compression section 41 at the end thereof remote from the feed section 40. Improved quality food products can thereby be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignees: H. O. Short & Son Ltd., Van Dalsem Design BV
    Inventors: Simon Van Dalsem, Thomas Black Short Gladstone
  • Patent number: 7863544
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement (1) for the on-line monitoring of the quality of a laser process exerted on a workpiece (3), comprising a laser source transmitting a laser beam (4) to the workpiece (3), the thermal process of the laser beam (4) causing emission of electromagnetical radiation (7) from the process zone on the workpiece (3); a heat detection camera (8) for detecting the electromagnetical radiation emitted from the process zone of the workpiece (3), wherein the arrangement (1) is provided with a tilted non-focussing mirror (5) such that the laser beam (4) which is transmitted by the laser source is let through the tilted non-focussing mirror (5) towards the working piece (3), and the electromagnetical radiation (7) emitted from the process zone on the workpiece (3) is reflected by the tilted non-focussing mirror (5) towards the heat detection camera (8). The invention further relates to a method using such an arrangement (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: LVD Company NV
    Inventors: Wim Serruys, Johan De Keuster, Joost Duflou, Jean-Pierre Kruth
  • Patent number: 7845271
    Abstract: A food processing device comprises a paste reservoir, a feed pump and a flow divider. The flow divider is provided with outlets to four supply lines all of which receive a substantially equal supply of paste as a result of the operation of the flow divider. Each of the outlets is connected to a nozzle. A pair of knives is located ahead of the nozzles, each being provided with four apertures. The knives are provided with an actuating mechanism and a controller. Controller registers and controls operation of the meatball forming device and is electrically connected to the feed pump, to a servomotor and to a shaft encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Machinefabriek Geurtsen Deventer B.V.
    Inventor: Wardo Jacob Hendrik Dietrich
  • Patent number: 7827906
    Abstract: A deep fryer cooking apparatus includes a base that has an upper end and a lower end. A container c has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. The container is positioned on the upper end of the base. A plurality of dividing walls is attached to the bottom and perimeter walls and vertically extends from the bottom wall to a position adjacent to a top edge of the perimeter wall. The dividing walls divide the container into a plurality of compartments. A heating assembly is attached to the base to selectively heat the container. A plurality of mesh baskets each has a size and shape approximately conforming to a size and shape of one of the compartments. Each of the mesh baskets includes a grip for removal of the mesh baskets from a respective one of the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth Carter
  • Patent number: 7806045
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a bread product including: an input means for entering product variables; a processor for determining a production schedule for producing product; a thawer for thawing or partially thawing substantially planar frozen dough pieces; a moulder for working the thawed or partially thawed dough in accordance with predetermined process steps; and an oven for baking the product; the processor controlling or instructing an operator to control the operation of the thawer, shaper and oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Moffat Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Eaton Willett
  • Patent number: 7804042
    Abstract: In a laser annealing system for workpieces such as semiconductor wafers, a pyrometer wavelength response band is established within a narrow window lying between the laser emission band and a fluorescence emission band from the optical components of the laser system, the pyrometer response band lying in a wavelength region at which the optical absorber layer on the workpiece has an optical absorption coefficient as great as or greater than the underlying workpiece. A multi-layer razor-edge interference filter having a 5-8 nm wavelength cut-off edge transition provides the cut-off of the laser emission at the bottom end of the pyrometer response band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiping Li, Bruce E. Adams, Timothy N. Thomas, Aaron Muir Hunter, Abhilash J. Mayur, Rajesh S. Ramanujam
  • Patent number: 7767931
    Abstract: A process for generating nanoscale particles of energetic materials, such as explosive materials, using ultrashort-pulse laser irradiation. The use of ultrashort laser pulses in embodiments of this invention enables one to generate particles by laser ablation that retain the chemical identity of the starting material while avoiding ignition, deflagration, and detonation of the explosive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Welle, Alexander S. Tappan, Jeremy A. Palmer
  • Patent number: 7767932
    Abstract: Multi-axis laser cutting systems are provided. The cutting systems include a multi-axis, relatively high acceleration drive system, which includes drives that are configured to generate balanced inertial forces. In some implementations, the drives operate according to a polar coordinate systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Trumpf, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Zeygerman, Friedrich Kilian