Patents Examined by Timothy Meeks
  • Patent number: 9102181
    Abstract: A method of printing on the sandpaper face of a nail grinding pad comprises printing, with an inkjet plotter printer onto a sandpaper surface, an ink composition including: 60% to 80% by weight of a polymer selected from the group consisting of: polypropylene glycol and its derivatives whose minimum molecular weight is around 200; polysaccharide and its derivatives; polyvinyl alcohol and its derivatives whose average molecular weight is around 10,000 to 200,000; polysucrose and its derivatives whose average molecular weight is around 40,000 to 400,000; and epoxy glycerol propoxylated glycerol and their derivatives whose average molecular weight is 500 to 10,000; and 2% to 10% by weight of a solvent dye or a pigment; 1% to 5% by weight percent of ethanol; and 0.1% to 1.0% by weight percent of surfactants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: Bodi Corporation, Casper Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jae Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9097979
    Abstract: Block copolymer-based mask structures for the growth of patterned polymer brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) are provided. Also provided are methods of making the mask structures and methods of using the mask structures to grow patterned polymer brushes. The mask structures comprise a substrate having a surface, a neutral layer comprising a crosslinked copolymer film disposed on the surface of the substrate and a domain-forming block copolymer film disposed on the crosslinked copolymer film. The crosslinked copolymer film comprises crosslinked random copolymer chains having pendant alkyl halide functional groups that are capable of acting as ATRP initiating sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Padma Gopalan, Daniel Patrick Sweat, Myungwoong Kim, Eungnak Han
  • Patent number: 9050624
    Abstract: A film-forming composition for imprinting that enables a structure to be obtained after coating the composition on a substrate and pressing a mold thereto with low compression pressure, a method of manufacturing a structure using the film-forming composition for imprinting, and a structure obtained thereby. The film-forming composition for imprinting according to the present invention contains a resin and an organic solvent, in which the organic solvent includes a particular solvent having a boiling point of 100 to 200° C. at ambient pressure. When the structure is manufactured, the film-forming composition for imprinting according to the present invention is coated on a substrate to form a resin layer, and after a mold is pressed against the resin layer, the mold is released from the resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9050626
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a part with relief, wherein portions in relief are at least partially coated with a decorative layer. The method a) forms the body of the part; b) selectively alters the surface state of the body of the part to change the adherence thereof locally relative to the decorative layer; c) directly deposits the decorative layer over the entire body; d) removes the portions of the deposited layer which have not adhered to the body of the part. The method can be utilized in decorating timepieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Juliette Muller
  • Patent number: 9048207
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bubble discharging structure, including a substrate which has a first area and a second area adjacent to the first area, and on which a counter substrate is caused to come in contact with the first area to provide a film having a first pattern, and a bubble discharging path through which the first area and the second area communicate with each other, and through which a bubble confined between the substrate and the counter substrate when the counter substrate is caused to come in contact with the first area is discharged from the first area to the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Ando, Tsutomu Mori
  • Patent number: 9040116
    Abstract: A method for spraying a coating and a cold gas spray nozzle is disclosed. The method includes spraying a coating by the cold gas spray nozzle. A rinsing gas is fed to the cold gas spray nozzle during an interruption of the spraying or at an end of the spraying. Deposits in the cold gas spray nozzle are cooled and detached by the rinsing gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Jakimov, Stefan Schneiderbanger, Manuel Hertter
  • Patent number: 9034436
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for inhibiting corrosion on corrosion-sensitive metal with a bacterial exopolysaccharide. Specifically, exopolysaccharides precipitated from NRRL bacterial strains B-1254, B-1355, B-1498, and B-1500 coated on low carbon steel alloy confers anti-corrosion coating to corrosion sensitive metals. Preferably with the coating, the corrosion rate for coated metal is less than 0.4 milli-inch per year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Victoria L. Finkenstadt, Gregory L. Cote, Julious L. Willett
  • Patent number: 9023432
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an resist material for imprinting comprises a first resin component nonvolatile at a substrate on which to form an imprinting pattern, a second resin component volatile at the substrate, and a coupling reaction initiator that promotes curing of the first resin component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Daisuke Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9023425
    Abstract: Fluidized bed reactor systems for producing high purity silicon-coated particles are disclosed. A vessel has an outer wall, an insulation layer inwardly of the outer wall, at least one heater positioned inwardly of the insulation layer, a removable concentric liner inwardly of the heater, a central inlet nozzle, a plurality of fluidization nozzles, at least one cooling gas nozzle, and at least one product outlet. The system may include a removable concentric sleeve inwardly of the liner. In particular systems the central inlet nozzle is configured to produce a primary gas vertical plume centrally in the reactor chamber to minimize silicon deposition on reactor surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: REC Silicon Inc
    Inventors: E. Wayne Osborne, Michael V. Spangler, Levi C. Allen, Robert J. Geertsen, Paul E. Ege, Walter J. Stupin, Gerald Zeininger
  • Patent number: 9005707
    Abstract: In order to achieve an object of applying easily producible and variable patterns effectively and in widely varying ways, lacquer is applied to a decoration target material (1) comprising a transparent or translucent glass or resin material to form a lacquer layer (3), and thereafter an alcohol agent is mixed into the undried lacquer layer (3) to make the lacquer material flow and to form lacquer patterns (3a, 3b) using the flow behavior of the lacquer, or a crack pattern is formed on, for example, a foil layer (7), thereby to significantly reduce the drying time of the lacquer layer (3), and to suitably form a lacquer pattern comprising a flowing lacquer pattern, a lacquer crack pattern, and a foil crack pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Duco Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuko Ohori
  • Patent number: 9005710
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for apparel assembly using three-dimensional printing directly onto fabric apparel materials. Disclosed is a method and system for direct three-dimensional printing and assembly of an article of apparel, including designing a three-dimensional pattern for printing, positioning at least a portion of the article on a tray in a three-dimensional printing system, the portion being positioned substantially flat on the tray, printing a three-dimensional material directly onto the article using the designed pattern, curing the printed material, and removing the article from the three-dimensional printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Jones, Ryan R. Larson
  • Patent number: 9005713
    Abstract: A process for improving the adherence of a thermal barrier coating to a substrate includes the steps of providing a substrate, depositing a masking layer of aluminum, an aluminum alloy, or titanium alloy, or titanium on a surface of the substrate, depositing a non-thermally grown oxide layer of alumina or titania on the masking layer, and depositing a thermal barrier coating on the oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian S. Tryon, Joseph Parkos, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8999453
    Abstract: Carbon nanotube-infused fiber materials containing substantially parallel-aligned, infused carbon nanotubes are described herein. The carbon nanotube-infused fiber materials contain a fiber material and a layer of carbon nanotubes infused to the fiber material, where the infused carbon nanotubes are aligned substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the fiber material and at least a portion of the substantially parallel-aligned, infused carbon nanotubes are crosslinked to each other, to the fiber material, or both. Crosslinking can occur through covalent bonding or pi-stacking interactions, for example. The carbon nanotube-infused fiber materials can further contain additional carbon nanotubes that are grown on the layer of substantially parallel-aligned, infused carbon nanotubes. Composite materials containing the carbon nanotube-infused fiber materials and methods for production of the carbon nanotube-infused fiber materials are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Applied NanoStructured Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Tushar K. Shah, Harry C. Malecki, Brandon K. Malet, Robert D. Hoskins, Jigar M. Patel
  • Patent number: 8993068
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to methods for modification of functionalized substrates. In another aspect, the invention relates to systems and methods for fabricating multilayer polymer compositions. In certain embodiments, the multilayer polymer compositions described herein can comprise heterobifunctional polymers and heterotrifunctional molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Koberstein, Hernan R. Rengifo, Cristian Grigoras, Jeffrey Lancaster
  • Patent number: 8993061
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for three-dimensional printing directly onto an article of apparel. Disclosed is a method and system for direct three-dimensional printing onto an article of apparel, including designing a three-dimensional pattern for printing onto the article, positioning at least a portion of the article on a tray in a three-dimensional printing system, the portion being positioned substantially flat on the tray, printing a three-dimensional material directly onto the article using the designed pattern, curing the printed material, and removing the article from the three-dimensional printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Jones, Ryan R. Larson
  • Patent number: 8993050
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing granulates or continuous strips intended for feeding an extrusion machine, formed of a gel comprising at least, as majority elastomer, a styrene thermoplastic elastomer and more than 200 phr of an extender oil, each element of the granulate having a given surface area. The granulate element is sized so that the compactness, of a granulate element, is less than a value decreasing from 1500 m?1 to 375 m?1 and deposited on the surface of said granulates is an anti-tack agent having a value increasing from 2 cm3 to 8 cm3 per m2 of granulate surface area, when the mean size of the particles of said anti-tack agent increases from a value of 1 ?m to 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Vincent Abad, Jean-Marie Mus
  • Patent number: 8980370
    Abstract: A method for making a composite carbon nanotube structure includes the following steps. An organic solvent, a polymer, and a carbon nanotube structure are provided. The polymer is dissolved in the organic solvent to obtain a polymer solution. The carbon nanotube film structure is soaked with the polymer solution. A contact angle between the organic solvent and a carbon nanotube is less than 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai Liu, Ying-Hui Sun, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 8951604
    Abstract: The invention provides for the use of dry building materials comprising one or more polymers in the form of water-redispersible powders, and optionally mineral binders, optionally fillers and optionally additives, for the surface treatment of cementitious substrates that are as yet not fully set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Armin Hoffmann, Juergen Bezler, Stefan Bonimeier
  • Patent number: 8951613
    Abstract: A method of coating a workpiece. The method includes applying a primer layer having a color pigment to the workpiece, applying a basecoat layer to the primer layer, and applying a clearcoat layer to the basecoat layer. The primer layer contributes to the color of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Scott Adams, Daniel J. McQuaid, James Bielak, Aaron Fiala, Majed Hussein Elawar, Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 8945671
    Abstract: A process for producing coated sodium percarbonate particles by spray application of a sodium sulfate-containing aqueous solution onto sodium percarbonate particles in a fluidized bed and simultaneous evaporation of water, wherein sodium sulfate and sodium percarbonate-containing dust is used to prepare the sodium sulfate-containing aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Evonik Treibacher GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Leininger, Michael Scheibe, Harald Jakob