Patents Examined by Timothy Speer
  • Patent number: 8247085
    Abstract: Coatings suitable for use as protective oxide-forming coatings on Nb-based substrates exposed to high temperatures and oxidative environments. The coatings contain chromium and/or molybdenum, preferably contains silicon, and optionally contains niobium, titanium, hafnium, iron, rhenium, tantalum, and/or tungsten, which in combination form multiple intermetallic phases, which in combination form one or more intermetallic phases that promote the formation of a slow-growing oxide scale. Depending on the particular coating composition, the intermetallic phases may be: a silicon-modified Cr2Nb Laves phase and optionally a chromium solid solution phase, a CrNbSi intermetallic phase, and/or an M3Si intermetallic phase where M is niobium, titanium, and/or chromium; or M5Si3, MSi2 and/or M3Si2 where M is molybdenum, niobium, titanium, chromium, hafnium, iron, rhenium, tantalum, and/or tungsten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Pazhayannur Ramanathan Subramanian, Joseph David Rigney, Richard DiDomizio, Voramon Supatarawanich Dheeradhada
  • Patent number: 8241714
    Abstract: A decorative architectural glass panel comprises a two or more glass sheets separated by a resin in which one or more decorative objects are suspended. A method of making the glass panel comprises positioning one or more spacers and one or more decorative objects on a first glass sheet, placing a second glass sheet about the first glass sheet, sealing the edges of the first glass sheet and second glass sheet, and filling the space between the first and second glass sheets with a curable liquid resin. The resin can be poured using a substantially horizontal pour in order to keep the decorative objects from substantially shifting when pouring the liquid resin. The resin can also be poured in combination with a vacuum force. In some implementations, the glass panel may also be substituted with a resin panel using polymeric resin sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric M. Adickes
  • Patent number: 8231980
    Abstract: A medical implant includes iridium oxide. The iridium oxide has a plurality of Ir—O ? bonds and a plurality of Ir?O ? bonds. The iridium oxide has a ratio of the Ir—O ? bonds to the Ir?O ? bonds that is greater than 1.3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Liliana Atanasoska, Pankaj Gupta, Charles Deng
  • Patent number: 8227078
    Abstract: A coating for use in combustion systems includes a plurality of refractory metal particles in a ceramic, glass or metal matrix disposed on surfaces of the system that are prone to slag, ash, and/or char buildup during operation of the combustion system. The coating is effective to prevent any substantial interaction with the slag, ash, and/or char.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Martin Mathew Morra, Aaron John Avagliano, Wei Chen, Kristopher John Frutschy, Monty L. Harned, Shashishekara S. Talya, James Michael Storey
  • Patent number: 8221883
    Abstract: For a graphite sheet, a peak intensity ratio (P100/002) of a (100) diffraction peak and a (002) diffraction peak by X-ray diffractometry, and a peak intensity ratio (P110/002) of a (110) diffraction peak and a (002) diffraction peak thereby are set at 10 or more. The graphite sheet is manufactured through a step of preparing a polymer liquid which contains a polymer having carbon in its molecular chains and develops optical anisotropy, a step of unidirectionally orienting the molecular chains of the polymer, a step of obtaining a compact from the polymer liquid in the state that the orientation of the molecular chains of the polymer is maintained, and a step of carbonizing and thereafter graphitizing the compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Polymatech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Shimoyama, Takehiko Nunokawa
  • Patent number: 8221889
    Abstract: A flexible substrate for a TFT includes a metal substrate having a predetermined coefficient of thermal expansion, and a buffer layer on the metal substrate, the buffer layer including a silicon oxide or a silicon nitride, wherein the predetermined coefficient of thermal expansion of the metal substrate satisfies an equation as follows, ? f + 0.162 × ( 1 - v f ) E f ? ? s ? ? f + 0.889 × ( 1 - v f ) E f Ef representing Young's modulus of the buffer layer, vf representing Poisson's ratio of the buffer layer, ?f representing a coefficient of thermal expansion of the buffer layer, and ?s representing the predetermined coefficient of thermal expansion of the metal substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Seob Lee, Dong-Un Jin, Yeon-Gon Mo, Tae-Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 8221833
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to a window having anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties and/or self-cleaning properties, and a method of making the same. In certain example embodiments, a silver based layer is be provided and the layer(s) located thereover (e.g., the zirconium oxide inclusive layer) are designed to permit silver particles to migrate/diffuse to the surface over time to kill bacteria/germs at the surface of the coated article thereby creating an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal effect. In certain example embodiments, silver may also or instead be mixed in with other material as the top layer of the anti-bacterial coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Vijayen S. Veerasamy, Jose Nunez-Regueiro, Scott V. Thomsen
  • Patent number: 8216687
    Abstract: An article has a metallic substrate having a first emissivity. A thermal barrier coating atop the substrate may have an emissivity that is a substantial fraction of the first emissivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Burd, Robert M. Sonntag, Kevin W. Schlichting
  • Patent number: 8206843
    Abstract: Disclosed are a gradient bioceramic coating comprising a rare earth oxide, a broadband laser method for preparing the bioceramic coating, and the use of the bioceramic coating in the field of medical materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Guizhou University
    Inventors: Qibin Liu, Wenfei Li, Ling Wu
  • Patent number: 8206768
    Abstract: An oxide material (102) is used as masking for patterning by etching which is performed with respect to a substrate or a material laminated on the substrate (101). The oxide material is also used in a multi-step etching which is performed by using a resist (103) formed on the oxide material as a mask. The etching rate of the oxide material for a reaction gas containing an inert gas or hydrogen is higher than the etching rate of the resist for the reaction gas containing an inert gas or hydrogen, while the etching rate of the oxide material for a fluorine-containing gas is lower than the etching rate of the material, which is to be patterned by using the oxide material as a mask, for the fluorine-containing gas. In addition, the oxide material is soluble in a weak acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Megumi Fujimura, Yasuo Hosoda
  • Patent number: 8197940
    Abstract: The durability of a transparent pyrolytic spray applied coating is improved by providing a spray solution of metal acetylacetonates having different particle size distribution. More particularly, the particle size distribution of each of the metal acetylacetonates is a function of its melting temperature, and optionally of its melting temperature and solubility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Sopko, Patricia R. Athey
  • Patent number: 8192851
    Abstract: A dielectric ceramic composition comprises a main component including BaTiO3, a first subcomponent including BaZrO3, a second subcomponent including an oxide of Mg, a third subcomponent including an oxide of rare earth, a fourth subcomponent including an oxide of at least one element selected from Mn, Cr, Co and Fe, and a fifth subcomponent including an oxide of at least one element selected from Si, Al, Ge, B and Li. At least a part of dielectric particles constituting the dielectric ceramic composition comprises a surface diffusion structure comprised of a central layer and a diffusion layer therearound. CR and CRmax, respectively defined as a concentration of said “R” in a proximity point to a boundary face of the dielectric particle and a maximum concentration of the “R” in the diffusion layer, satisfy a relation of CRmax/CR>1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Sanshiro Aman, Takashi Kojima, Mari Miyauchi, Masakazu Hosono, Dan Sakurai, Kosuke Takano, Nobuto Morigasaki
  • Patent number: 8193122
    Abstract: A seed crystal for the fabrication of a superconductor is grown from a rare-earth oxide having the basic formula XwZtBaxCuyOz, X comprising at least one rare-earth element and Z being a dopant which raises the peritectic decomposition temperature (Tp) of the oxide. In a preferred embodiment, the dopant is Mg. Use of this rare-earth oxide material for seed crystals increases the temperature at which cold-seeding can be performed and thus enables the growth of a wider range of bulk superconductor materials by this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David Anthony Cardwell, Nadendla Hari Babu, Yun-Hua Shi
  • Patent number: 8182896
    Abstract: A panel comprising a substrate having a top substrate surface and a bottom substrate surface. The substrate includes a plurality of tiles extending outwardly from the top substrate surface of substrate. The tiles having a top tile surface and a bottom tile surface. The tiles and the substrate are integral and formed of a single piece of material. Each tile is connected to the substrate at a connection area. Each connection area projects upwardly from the top substrate surface of the substrate and includes a bottom connection edge connected to the top substrate surface of the substrate at a first angle and a top connection edge connected to a bottom tile surface of one of the tiles at a second angle. The tiles form an optical image on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Dri-Design, LLC
    Inventors: Marcus Dack, Bradley J. Zeeff
  • Patent number: 8178203
    Abstract: This invention provides an aligned single-walled CNT aggregate comprising a substrate, fine particles of iron catalyst with a density of 1×1011 to 1×1014/cm2 disposed on an alumina co-catalyst above the substrate, and a plurality of single-walled CNTs grown from the fine particles of the iron catalyst, in which the plurality of single-walled CNTs have a specific surface area of 600 m2/g to 2600 m2/g, and a weight density from 0.002 g/cm3 to 0.2 g/cm3, and the alignment degree which satisfies a few of specific conditions. This invention also provides a bulk aligned single-walled carbon nanotube aggregate and a powdered aligned single-walled carbon nanotube aggregate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Kenji Hata, Sumio Iijima, Motoo Yumura, Don N. Futaba
  • Patent number: RE43469
    Abstract: Various single crystals are disclosed including sapphire. The single crystals have desirable geometric properties, including a width not less than about 15 cm and the thickness is not less than about 0.5 cm. The single crystal may also have other features, such as a maximum thickness variation, and as-formed crystals may have a generally symmetrical neck portion, particularly related to the transition from the neck to the main body of the crystal. Methods and for forming such crystals and an apparatus for carrying out the methods are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Walter Locher, Steven Anthony Zanella, Ralph Lampson MacLean, Herbert Ellsworth Bates
  • Patent number: RE45382
    Abstract: An inorganic pigment comprising tin; a divalent metal; niobium; and an oxysulfide, an oxyselenide, or oxysulfo-selenide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Shepherd Color Company
    Inventor: Simon Boocock
  • Patent number: RE45672
    Abstract: An nitride semiconductor device for the improvement of lower operational voltage or increased emitting output, comprises an active layer comprising quantum well layer or layers and barrier layer or layers between n-type nitride. semiconductor layers and p-type nitride semiconductor layers, wherein said quantum layer in said active layer comprises InxGa1?xN (0<x<1) having a peak wavelength of 450 to 540 nm and said active layer comprises laminating layers of 9 to 13, in which at most 3 layers from the side of said n-type nitride semiconductor layers are doped with an n-type impurity selected from the group consisting of Si, Ge and Sn in a range of 5×1016 to 2×1018/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Nichia Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Tanizawa
  • Patent number: RE45810
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing spherical base granules comprising a easily water-soluble drug and suited for film coating by spraying a layering liquid over pharmaceutically inert spherical core particles, thereby coating the particles with a layer comprising the easily water-soluble drug, wherein (1) the spherical core particles have a microcrystalline cellulose content of 30 mass % or greater and a water absorbing capacity of 0.5 cm3/g or greater; and (2) the layering liquid is an aqueous solution comprising at least the easily water-soluble drug and a low water-soluble saccharide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yaginuma, Rika Matsumoto
  • Patent number: RE45821
    Abstract: A zinc-based metal plated steel sheet is excellent in tribological properties during press forming. An oxide layer containing crystalline 3Zn(OH)2·ZnSO4·xH2O is formed on a plated surface. The oxide layer has a thickness of 10 nm or more. The crystalline oxide layer is composed of 3Zn(OH)2·ZnSO4·3-5H2O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Makimizu, Sakae Fujita, Naoto Yoshimi, Masahiko Tada, Shinji Ootsuka, Hiroyuki Masuoka, Katsuya Hoshino, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Masayasu Nagoshi, Wataru Tanimoto, Kyoko Fujimoto