Patents Examined by Vasu Jagannathan
  • Patent number: 9976001
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing a water-absorbing resin powder which contains a given amount of water added thereto, has a low dust content, and has high material properties. When a water-absorbing resin powder which has undergone surface crosslinking is produced on an industrial scale, various problems concerning production are eliminated and a long-term stable operation is possible without causing a deterioration in the material properties of the resin. Even when the process is continued over a long period, the material properties are stabilized (decrease in standard deviation) or improved (improvement in AAP). The process for producing a water-absorbing resin comprises, in the following order, a first classification step for classifying a water-absorbing resin, a surface crosslinking step after the classification, a water addition step for adding water to the water-absorbing resin powder after or during the surface crosslinking, a second classification step, and a conveying step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sumio Okuda, Kunihiko Ishizaki, Katsuyuki Wada
  • Patent number: 9725684
    Abstract: A seamless capsule comprises at least one core and a shell layer. The capsule can further comprise an intermediate layer which surrounds the core(s) and is surrounded by the shell layer. The shell layer comprises a material selected from the group consisting of water-soluble polymers, water-dispersible polymer, hydrogels. The shell layer can further comprise a disintegration aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Fernandes, Robert M. MacMeccan
  • Patent number: 9624615
    Abstract: A method for inhibiting dye transfer between items of laundry in a fabric treating appliance including a treating chamber for receiving the fabric items for treatment according to a cycle of operation, the method including supplying liquid to the treating chamber to form a liquid mixture comprising the liquid and free dye molecules and dye absorbers in solution or in suspension within the liquid mixture. At least one of ultraviolet (UV) or visible light spectroscopy may be conducted on the liquid to define at least one of an absorbance or fluorescence value indicative of a level of at least one of the dye absorber or complex in the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kaustav Ghosh, William L. Murch
  • Patent number: 9315937
    Abstract: We disclose a system for preparing antimicrobial fabrics, coated with metal oxide nanoparticles by means of a novel sonochemical method. These antibacterial fabrics are widely used for production of outdoor clothes, under-wear, bed-linen, bandages, etc. The deposition of metal oxides known to possess antimicrobial activity, namely ZnO, MgO and CuO, can significantly extent the applications of textile fabrics and prolong the period of their use. By means of the novel sonochemical method disclosed here, uniform deposition of metal oxide nanoparticles is achieved simply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Aharon Gedanken, Yeshayahu Nitzan, Ilana Perelshtein, Nina Perkas, Guy Applerot
  • Patent number: 9248085
    Abstract: An aqueous depilatory composition comprising a thioglycolate salt and a fluoride ion source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Paul James Smith, Graeme William Watts, Coralie Claude Monique Rowe, Sarah Jayne Campbell, Neil Charles Dring, Paul Albert Sagel, Rajeev Kumar Passi, Shekhar Mitra, Norman Scott Broyles
  • Patent number: 8915972
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling the operation of a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable treating chamber for holding laundry and a motor for rotating the treating chamber based on a monitored torque signal from the motor of the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcelo Campos Silva, Alvaro Vallejo Noriega
  • Patent number: 8865021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions containing at least one cationic peptide active agent, at least one neutral structure forming amphiphile, at least one anionic structure forming amphiphile and optionally at least one solvent wherein the composition is in the form of a non-lamellar phase structure and/or forms a nonlamellar phase structure on exposure to body fluids. The invention also relates to methods for protecting peptides from enzymic degredation in vivo and to compositions in which the peptide active agent is so protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Camurus AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Joabsson, Fredrik Tiberg
  • Patent number: 8816003
    Abstract: This invention involves a composition, a method of making, and an application of high plasticization-resistant chemically cross-linked polymeric membranes such as cross-linked cellulose acetate (CA) membrane. These cross-linked polymeric membranes with covalently interpolymer-chain-connected rigid networks showed no decrease in CO2/CH4 ideal selectivity under 690 kPa (100 psig) pure CO2 pressure and also no CO2 plasticization up to 3447 kPa (500 psig) pure CO2 pressure. By using the method of chemical cross-linking as described in this invention, the separation characteristics of the polymeric membranes can be decisively improved. These new cross-linked polymeric membranes can be used not only for gas separations such as CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 separations, O2/N2 separation, olefin/paraffin separations (e.g. propylene/propane separation), iso/normal paraffins separations, but also for liquid separations such as pervaporation and desalination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Chunqing Liu, Stephen T. Wilson, David A. Lesch
  • Patent number: 8779069
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are functionalized polymers comprising ethylene and substituted ethylene segments, which have been modified by epoxidation to enhance their crosslinking ability. These functionalized polymers are useful as film forming resins in cathodic electrocoating compositions. Also disclosed herein are aqueous dispersion compositions comprising the functionalized polymers and a process for coating various electrically conductive substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Axalta Coating Systems IP Co., LLC
    Inventors: Simona Percec, Susan H. Tilford
  • Patent number: 8742048
    Abstract: Two part cyanoacrylate/cationically curable adhesive systems, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Rachel M. Hersee, Barry N. Burns, Rory B. Barnes, Ray P. Tully, John Guthrie
  • Patent number: 8742012
    Abstract: The invention includes a thermosetting film-forming composition comprising a polytrialkanolamine reacted with a crosslinking agent composition. The composition forms a three-dimensional crosslinked network having atrane-containing linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Zalich, Susan Donaldson, Gregory J. McCollum, Randy E. Daughenbaugh, Kurt G. Olson, Nathan J. Silvernail
  • Patent number: 8710165
    Abstract: A multibranched polymer represented by the following formula (I), and a method for producing the multibranched polymer: where A represents an organic group having 3 or more branched chains, Xa represents a linking group containing any atom of Groups 14 to 16 in the Periodic Table, Y represents a functional group having a structure capable of having an active halogen atom, Q represents an arm moiety having a repeating unit derived from a polymerizable unsaturated bond, m1 represents any integer of 1 to the number of branched chains of A, m2 represents the number of branched chains of A, n1 represents an integer of 0 or 1 or more, and Ra represents an organic group that is not associated with the polymerization reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Soda Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Niitani, Kiyoshi Kawamura, Akihiro Shirai
  • Patent number: 8415417
    Abstract: The invention relates to a non-fibrous polymer solution essentially consisting of 1 to 8 wt. % para-aramid, at least 50 mole % of the aromatic moieties thereof being unsubstituted, in a mixture of a) a polar amide solvent selected from N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, N,N?-dimethylformamide, N,N?-dimethylacetamide, tetramethylurea, and mixtures thereof; b) between 0.7 mole of an alkali or earth alkali chloride per mole amide groups of the para-aramid and 7.5 wt. % of the alkali or earth alkali chloride, and c) water; and wherein at least 50 wt. % of the formed hydrochloric acid has been neutralized to obtain a solution having a dynamic viscosity which is at least a factor three smaller than the dynamic viscosity of the polymer solution without neutralization. The invention further pertains to a process making the same and para-aramid pulp-like fiber, paper and film made from said polymer solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Teijin Aramid B.V.
    Inventors: Anton J. J. Hendriks, Jan M. Surquin, Mirjam E. Oldenzeel, Rene Journee, Vincent A. Van Bommel
  • Patent number: 8362156
    Abstract: A method for preparing a functionalized polymer, the method comprising the steps of preparing a reactive polymer and reacting the reactive polymer with a heterocyclic nitrile compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Luo, Ryouji Tanaka, Kouichirou Tani
  • Patent number: 8349789
    Abstract: Laundry treatment composition comprising a substituted cellulose having a degree of substitution, DS, of from 0.01 to 0.99 and a specific degree of blockiness, DB, such that either DS+DB is of at least 1 or DB+2DS?DS2 is of at least 1.20, and a laundry adjunct ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Neil Joseph Lant
  • Patent number: 8323838
    Abstract: The invention described the highly conducting amorphous polymer materials which are based on the pure block-type copolymers, which contain polyethylene oxide and other chemically complementary blocks and form the amorphous hydrogen-bonded intramolecular polycomplexes, and those, filled by ion conductive materials, low-molecular-weight organic plasticizer and nanometer-scale inorganic particles. The block-type copolymers are preferably the linear triblock copolymers with a central block of PEO and two side blocks of chemically complementary polyacrylamide (PAAm) or poly(acrylic acid) (PAAc). Due to existence of long side PAAm chains and their interaction with a central crystallizable block of PEO, TBC bulk structure is amorphous and fully homogeneous. It can be represented as a totality of hydrogen-bonded segments of both polymer components, uniformly distributed in PAAm matrix. Presented polymer materials can be used for solid polymer electrolyte for DSSC solar cells and lithium batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Enerize Corporation
    Inventors: Elena M Shembel, Tatyana B. Zheltonozhskaya, Larisa R. Kunitskaya, Svetlana A. Berkova, Timofiy V Pastushkin, Volodymyr I. Redko, Irina M. Maksyuta, Nataliya M. Permyakova, Alexei YU. Kolendo
  • Patent number: 8323810
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel proton-conducting polymer membrane based on polyazole block polymers which, owing to their outstanding chemical and thermal properties, can be used widely and are suitable in particular as polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for producing membrane electrode units or so-called PEM fuel cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: BASF Fuel Cell Research GmbH
    Inventors: Gordon Calundann, Oemer Uensal, Brian Benicewicz, Eugene Scanlon
  • Patent number: 8309644
    Abstract: A method of treating carbon fibers includes introducing a functional group to a carbon fiber surface, and reacting the functional group with a silane to incorporate a silanol moiety to the carbon fiber surface. The functional group is chosen from amine groups, carboxyl groups, hydroxyl groups, and/or carbonyl groups. Also disclosed herein are a fiber-reinforced resin and a method of making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Xiaosong Huang
  • Patent number: 8299175
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preparing a thermoplastic resin with superior impact resistance, chemical resistance and processability as well as excellent gloss and whiteness. The method includes emulsion-polymerizing a conjugated diene compound monomer to prepare a rubber latex having an average particle diameter of 1,800 ? to 5,000 ?, a polymerization conversion ratio of at least 90% and a swelling index of 12 to 40, an average gel content of 70 to 95%, emulsion-polymerizing 45 to 75 parts by weight of the rubber latex with 17 to 40 parts by weight of an aromatic vinyl compound and 4 to 20 parts by weight of a vinyl cyanide compound to prepare a graft copolymer latex, and coagulating the graft copolymer latex with a coagulant at 60 to 80° C., and aging the graft copolymer latex at 80 to 99° C. to obtain a graft copolymer powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keun-hoon Yoo, Chan-hong Lee, Jin-hyoung Lee, Joo-byung Chai, Yu-sung Jung, Bong-keun Ahn, Won-deok Han
  • Patent number: 8288454
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composition having a thermoset polymer and a plurality of hollow microsphere homogenously dispersed in the composition. The polymer is a cyanate ester thermoset, a phthalonitrile thermoset, a crosslinked acetylene thermoset, or a hydrosilation thermoset. Also disclosed herein is a method of: providing a thermosetting compound; adding microspheres to the thermosetting compound; and mixing the thermosetting compound while initiating crosslinking of the thermosetting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Teddy M Keller, Matthew Laskoski, Manoj K. Kolel-Veetil