Patents Examined by Timothy Meeks
  • Patent number: 8852335
    Abstract: A fully compostable container is provided having an enclosed body with an opening through an interior surface and an exterior surface. The enclosed body having a plant fiber structural layer configured to biodegrade in ambient conditions into nontoxic residue and a fluid barrier layer formed on a first side of the structural layer to form the interior surface of the enclosed body, the fluid barrier layer configured to biodegrade in ambient conditions into nontoxic residue. The container is gradually biodegradable when exposed to a set of factors in a natural environment and has a shelf life of six months when stored under standard commercial conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sacred Greeen, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia Tolibas-Spurlock, Bambi Allred-Forsman, Darla Agnew-Von Moos
  • Patent number: 8852688
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for producing removable surface protection by the application of a curable, liquid coating composition (liquid film), in which the surface is treated using water, or an aqueous solution of surface-active agents, and the coating composition is subsequently applied. Preferably, the surface is the topcoat of a motor vehicle. The invention further relates to the use of water or aqueous solutions of surface-active agents in such a method. Finally, the invention also relates to a removable surface protection coating of this nature. According to the invention, the flow of the coating composition into a uniform film is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventor: Michael Grau
  • Patent number: 8846157
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing solid materials having an air content of ?16 vol. % in relation to the total volume of solid materials, characterised in that hydraulically setting coating agents containing at least one cationic protective colloid are applied to an undersurface by means of mechanical methods using compressed air with air quantity factors of up to 100 or by manual methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventor: Klaus Bonin
  • Patent number: 8828496
    Abstract: A coating method of coating a surface of an object with a paint containing a glitter pigment, including: spraying the paint onto the surface of the object; and controlling a color shade of the paint on the object by adjusting a particle size of paint particles to be sprayed according to a spray width indicating a width of a spread of the paint particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuki Kurata, Hiroyuki Mitomo
  • Patent number: 8828475
    Abstract: An image forming method which applies a zinc-containing metal soap to a surface of an intermediate transfer belt including nitrogen on its surface. At least one of the following formulae is satisfied: (1?C/D)×100(%)?(B/A)×100(%)?10(%) (F/E)×100(%)?30(%) wherein A and B represent a percentage content of nitrogen at the surface of the intermediate transfer belt before and after image formation on 1,000 sheets, respectively, C represents a percentage content of zinc at the surface of the intermediate transfer belt after the image formation on 1,000 sheets, D represents a percentage content of zinc based on all elements other than hydrogen in the zinc-containing metal soap, and E and F represent a percentage content of nitrogen at the surface of the intermediate transfer belt before and after application of the metal soap thereto for 5 minutes without image formation, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Momoko Shionoiri, Toshiyuki Kabata
  • Patent number: 8828502
    Abstract: A method of making a conductive article includes depositing on a substrate a metal nanoparticle composition having water, silver nanoparticles dispersed in the water and a water-soluble polymer having both carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid groups. The weight percentage of silver in the composition is greater than 10%. The metal nanoparticle composition is dried. The dried metal nanoparticle composition is converted to improve the electrical conductivity of the dried metal nanoparticle composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Yongcai Wang, Paul Matthew Hoderlein, John Andrew Lebens, Hwei-Ling Yau, David Paul Trauernicht
  • Patent number: 8828275
    Abstract: A metal nanoparticle composition includes water and a water-soluble polymer having both carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid groups. Silver nanoparticles are dispersed in the water and the weight ratio of the polymer to silver is from 0.008 to 0.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Yongcai Wang, Paul Matthew Hoderlein, John Andrew Lebens, Hwei-Ling Yau, David Paul Trauernicht
  • Patent number: 8828536
    Abstract: A conductive article includes a metal nanoparticle composition formed on a substrate. The metal nanoparticle composition includes silver nanoparticles and a polymer having both carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid groups. The weight ratio of the polymer to silver is 0.0005 to 0.04.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Yongcai Wang, Paul Matthew Hoderlein, John Andrew Lebens, Hwei-Ling Yau, David Paul Trauernicht
  • Patent number: 8828495
    Abstract: A method minimizes emissions while spraying a mixture of a resin composition and a polyisocyanate onto a surface. The resin composition has a hydroxyl content of at least 400 mg KOH/g and includes a blowing agent that is a liquid under pressure, a first polyol, at least one additional polyol other than the first polyol, and optionally a catalyst, surfactant, and water. The mixture is sprayed onto the surface to form a polyurethane foam having a closed cell content of at least 90 percent. The mixture is also sprayed through a spray nozzle at a spray angle corresponding to a control spray angle of from 15 to 125 degrees measured at a pressure of from 10 to 40 psi using water as a standard. The step of spraying produces less than 50 parts of the polyisocyanate per one billion parts of air according to OSHA Method 47.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Joseph Ogonowski
  • Patent number: 8828503
    Abstract: A method of making a multi-layer micro-wire structure includes providing a substrate having a surface and forming a plurality of micro-channels in the surface. A first material composition is located in a first layer only in each micro-channel and not on the surface. A second material composition different from the first material composition is located in a second layer different from the first layer only in each micro-channel and not on the surface. The first material composition in the first layer and the second material composition in the second layer form an electrically conductive multi-layer micro-wire in each micro-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Hwei-Ling Yau, David Paul Trauernicht, John Andrew Lebens, Yongcai Wang, Ronald Steven Cok
  • Patent number: 8821988
    Abstract: A method for surface engineering a metal substrate involves mixing precursor powders with a polymer binder to create a coating mix and coating the substrate with the coating mix. The substrate is then heated via induction heating, with the frequency and duration of the heating being controlled so as to cause a reaction of the precursor powders to create one or more types of ceramics or intermetallics, evaporate the polymer binder, melt a portion of the substrate, and cause the synthesized compounds to mix with the substrate and form a compositionally graded surface modification. The compound(s) created by the reactions are mixed with molten portion of the substrate and upon re-solidification of the substrate, are distributed at decreasing percentages along a depth of the substrate so that their content varies from 100% at a surface of the substrate to 0% at a defined depth of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Dayton T. Brown, Inc.
    Inventor: Atul Gokhale
  • Patent number: 8821982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the production of a tire sealant (C) with a polymeric base. A highly viscous first sealant component (A) (including a natural rubber component that is undiluted or diluted with at least one additional natural rubber component and mixture ingredients that are free of a solvent and an activator) is mixed with at least one second sealant component (B) (comprising a separately produced medium with low viscosity containing at least one activator), to combine to the tire sealant (C), wherein a cross linking occurs associated with the subsequent application of the tire sealant (C) to the inside of the tire. Appropriate method steps are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Sostmann, Martin Welzhofer, Joe Guardalabene, Casper Van De Pol
  • Patent number: 8821985
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for combinatorial processing are disclosed. Methods include introducing a substrate into a processing chamber. Methods further include forming a first film on a surface of a first site-isolated region on the substrate and forming a second film on a surface of a second site-isolated region on the substrate. The methods further include exposing the first film to a plasma having a first source gas to form a first treated film on the substrate and exposing the second film to a plasma having a second source gas to form a second treated film on the substrate without etching the first treated film in the processing chamber. In addition, methods include evaluating results of the treated films post processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: ShouQian Shao, Chi-I Lang, Sandip Niyogi, Jinhong Tong
  • Patent number: 8821987
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing using a remote plasma source are disclosed. The apparatus includes an outer chamber, a remote plasma source, and a showerhead. Inert gas ports within the showerhead assembly can be used to alter the concentration and energy of reactive radical or reactive neutral species generated by the remote plasma source in different regions of the showerhead. This allows the showerhead to be used to apply a surface treatment to different regions of the surface of a substrate. Varying parameters such as the remote plasma parameters, the inert gas flows, pressure, and the like allow different regions of the substrate to be treated in a combinatorial manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Shanker, Tony P. Chiang, Chi-I Lang, Sandip Niyogi
  • Patent number: 8821967
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an oxide thin film comprises: providing a coating material composed of a first precursor material, a fuel material and a solvent; coating the coating material on a substrate; and annealing the coated coating material on the substrate to convert the coated coating material into an oxide thin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: National Cheng Kung University
    Inventors: Jih-Jen Wu, Wei-Ting Wu, Ching-Mei Wang, Jen-Sue Chen
  • Patent number: 8815338
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite lithium iron phosphate material, which comprises formulating lithium iron phosphate material and purified water at a weight ratio of 1:5-15 into a suspension solution, slowly adjusting the pH value of the suspension solution to 1-3 with phosphoric acid at a concentration of 5-30% in weight, adding an analytically pure soluble chloride in an amount of 0.05-2% based on the molar amount of the lithium iron phosphate material; then adding ammonia water into the solution to adjust the pH value of the solution to 5-6 to obtain hydroxide colloid; drying liquid through spraying to prepare powder, and calcining at 300-450° C. for 3-6 hours under an inert atmosphere; coating the oxide with high conductivity obtained by thermally decomposing the hydroxide colloid on the surface of the lithium iron phosphate material grains; ball milling and sieving the calcined material into a finished product. Also disclosed is the composite lithium iron phosphate material produced by such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Haite Electronic Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Liguang Ye
  • Patent number: 8814998
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a three-step method for an aqua based chemical composition for flame retardation. The composition comprises: Sodium Borate, Boric Acid, Guanylurea Phosphate, Hydrogen Peroxide, Magnesium Chloride, and Sodium Silicate. The referenced salts are dissolved in distilled water, and the resultant flame retarding solution is coated on substrate surfaces to be protected against flame retardation. The flame retarding composition solution from step-1 alone may be used on non-prepared substrate surfaces. The flame retarding composition solution fully satisfies the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 25.853(a) vertical burn test, and Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 25.853(d) heat release test. The utility of the present invention extends to numerous commercial and non-commercial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Aziz Khadbai, Joseph Roberts Sparling, James Burton Anderson, Ian Douglas Buchanan
  • Patent number: 8808810
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to the use of graphene as a transparent conductive coating (TCC). A substrate having a surface to be coated is provided. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) template is disposed on the surface to be coated. A precursor comprising a precursor molecule is provided, with the precursor molecule being a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and discotic molecule. The precursor is dissolved to form a solution. The solution is applied to the substrate having the SAM template disposed thereon. The precursor molecule is photochemically attached to the SAM template. The substrate is heated to at least 450 degrees C. to form a graphene-inclusive film. Advantageously, the graphene-inclusive film may be provided directly on the substrate, e.g., without the need for a liftoff process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventor: Vijayen S. Veerasamy
  • Patent number: 8802202
    Abstract: A method of surface coating a metallic object, including removing substantially all of the existing silver sulfide tarnish if present, ultrasonically cleaning the object with immersion in a solvent, uniformly dispersing selected nanoparticles over the surface of the object by sonicating the object in an ultrasonic bath containing the selected nanoparticles. The invention further includes quickly rinsing the object with solvent upon removal from the ultrasonic bath to inhibit formation of large agglomerates, drying the object with a flow of gas, optically inspecting the object for the presence of agglomeration and applying a barrier layer conformal coating and a protective layer conformal coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Suneeta S. Neogi, Jayant Neogi
  • Patent number: 8802190
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed the formulation and application of an anti-corrosion coating system for use on an associated metallic substrate, the coating composition including at least a sacrificial binder and particles of at least one metallic compound comprising a metal which is anodic relative to the metallic substrate. The associated method includes the steps of applying the coating system to the metallic substrate to form an initial coating, heating this initial coating to remove the sacrificial binder and continued heating under controlled atmospheric conditions sufficient to reduce the metallic compound(s) to elemental metal and form a corrosion suppressing alloy coating on the metallic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Alan Seid