Patents Examined by Vinod D Patel
  • Patent number: 8410402
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing moisture from a lighting apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment of the present invention, the apparatus for removing moisture from a lighting apparatus includes at least one light emitting diode (LED) for outputting visible light and at least one LED for outputting infrared light to remove moisture from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Burton
  • Patent number: 8288693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heating element (20), in particular for heating user contact surfaces of a passenger compartment of a vehicle, comprising a) at least one heating zone in which at least one first electrical conductor strand is disposed for heating a passenger of the automotive vehicle; b) at least one additional second conductor strand for supplying electrical energy into the at least one first conductor strand for heating the heating zone; c) a contact area in which the at least one additional second conductor strand is connected, in an electrically conductive manner, to the at least one first conductor strand for heating the heating zone; and wherein at least one of the first or second conductor strands includes at least one filament-like inner strand core comprising a polyamide, a carbon fiber, a polypropylene, or a polyester and at least one jacket layer that includes silver, copper, gold, nickel, or an alloy thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Michael Weiss, Simone Köhler, Peter Tremmel
  • Patent number: 8117961
    Abstract: An apparatus for thawing frozen food items includes an enclosure having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a side wall extending between the top and bottom walls and defining a thawing chamber. One of the walls includes an access opening to the thawing chamber. A closure associated with the enclosure is movable between opened and closed positions wherein the thawing chamber is accessible through the access opening when in the opened position and the closure covers the access opening when in the closed position. A showerhead is adapted to discharge a shower of water onto frozen food items held by the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Penguin Rapid Thawers LLC
    Inventor: Melbourne H. Sann
  • Patent number: 8097832
    Abstract: A heating device for an article specially worn in the water activities includes a magnetic unit, a power source unit, an inductive unit, a control unit, a heating unit, and a display unit. In this device, the magnetic unit is to generate a magnetic output. The power source unit is to provide a power source needed by the device. The inductive unit, induced by the magnetic force of the magnetic unit, generates an inductive signal output. The control unit, electrically connected to the power source unit and the inductive unit, generates a control signal output by receiving an inductive signal output from the inductive unit. The heating unit is electrically connected to the control unit and is driven by the control signal output from the control unit to process a heating procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Petatech International Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chia-Chin Huang, Chiun Tseng
  • Patent number: 8022333
    Abstract: The invention is aimed at a substrate, in particular window pane, with an electrically conducting and heatable coating, at least one communication window made in the latter in the form of an interruption of said coating, the window being able to allow communication radiation used as signal carrying information to be transmitted therethrough and whose wavelength lies in a span of wavelengths that can be reflected or absorbed by the coating, and another electrically conducting element in contact with at least one part of edges of the window and in contact with the coating, characterized in that the communication window is provided with an electrically conducting covering and linked electrically to the other electrically conducting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Helmut Maeuser
  • Patent number: 8022334
    Abstract: A heatable glass pane is disclosed. The glass pane includes two bus bars which are located parallel to a base edge of the glass pane and arranged essentially in a line in their axial direction, spaced apart a short distance from one another. The glass pane includes a set of heating wires which are in electrical contact with the two contact busbars and the heating wires have essentially the same lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Bäumler
  • Patent number: 7982166
    Abstract: A ceramic heater is provided that has a heat generating resistor and a lead member which supplies electric power to the heat generating resistor buried in a ceramic body, and exhibits excellent durability by controlling the cross sectional shape and plan configuration of the heat generating resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kukino, Hideaki Yoshidome, Satoshi Tanaka, Makoto Mido, Masanori Ueda
  • Patent number: 7973263
    Abstract: The invention concerns a vehicle outside mirror module with a heatable mirror glass assembly group, whereby the mirror glass assembly group exhibits at least one mirror glass and an at least one layered, foil-like heating foil, flexibly configured on the back side of said mirror glass, provided with power supply points. To this end, there are configured or integrated, on or in the heating foil, at least one means of lighting and at least one additional power supply point. On or in the heating foil, between the one or the several lighting means and the one or the additional power supply points, are configured or integrated conductive tracks providing current which contact said power supply points. Each lighting means has at least one main light exit surface whose spectral centroid lies above the mirror back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Ronald Oehmann
  • Patent number: 7947924
    Abstract: A heating cooking device includes a top plate, a heating unit, a touch key including a first electrode and a second electrode, an input unit for applying an alternating current (AC) voltage to the second electrode and for outputting a voltage changing according to a change of the AC voltage when the first electrode is pushed, a detector for outputting a first signal if the voltage output from the input unit changes from the reference value to the first value, an operation judging unit for outputting a second signal according to a rate of change of the voltage output from the input unit, and a controller operable to perform control of the heating unit based on the first and second signals. The controller is operable to perform control of energization of the heating unit if the controller does not receive the second signal after receiving the first signal, and not to perform the control of the energization of the heating unit if the controller receives the second signal after receiving the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Niiyama, Masamichi Komada, Seiji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7947925
    Abstract: There are provided a heater unit and a battery structure with heater, which are capable of heating the battery structure appropriately and preventing a heater (part or whole of the heater) itself from excessively increasing in temperature. A first heater unit is provided with a first sheet heater, a first holding member holding it, and a first sheet placed between a lower surface of a first heater and the first holding member in such a manner as to be deformable in at least a direction of thickness of the first heater. The first heater is deformed when the first heater unit is fixed to the battery pack 50, thereby pressing the lower surface of the first heater to bring an upper surface of the first heater into close contact with an outer surface (a surface to be heated) of a spaced part of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic EV Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Suzuki, Naoki Fukusako, Jun Okuda, Yukie Uemura, Kunio Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 7923667
    Abstract: Electric Room Heater in its housing contains heaters which consist of strip of oriented cold rolled transformer sheet that are cooled by natural air circulation. Heater consists of two cross supports (11) connected by a central support (14). Between the cross supports are placed non-flammable insulating holders (13). The insulating holders have sprockets. Between sprockets lies strip of the heater of oriented cold rolled transformer sheet (12). The insulating holder (13) by its width (17) creates distance between layers of heater strips, and by sprockets width (18) makes distance between adjacent strips, windings, in the layer. These distances make channels for air circulation, thus enabling strip temperature to be less then 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventors: Ratko Isidorovic, Janko Isidorovic, Ksenija Isidorovic
  • Patent number: 7923668
    Abstract: An engine nacelle inlet lip includes both acoustic treatment and electric heating for ice protection. The inlet lip has a composite outer skin and a composite inner skin, with the composite outer skin having at least one integrated heater element embedded in the composite material. An acoustic cellular core positioned between the outer and inner skin acts to attenuate fan noise from the engine. Covering the outer skin and overlying the acoustic core is a perforated erosion shield having a first set of openings that pass entirely thorough its thickness. The composite outer skin includes a second set of openings such that sound waves can pass from an inner barrel portion of the inlet lip through the erosion shield, outer skin, and heater element to the underlying acoustic cellular core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Layland, Keith Towers Brown, Claude Marc Hubert, Daniel P. Christy
  • Patent number: 7880120
    Abstract: The inventive transparent window pane is provided with a resistive heating coating (2) which extends through a substantial portion of the window pane, in particular on a main view field (A) and is electrically connected to at least two conductor rails (4, 5) in such a way that, when an electric' supply voltage is applied between said conductor rails, a circulating current heats the coating heating field, wherein said heating field comprises at least one semi-resistive area (6) directly contacting at least on e conductor rail (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Lothar Schmidt, Carole Baubet, Marc Maurer
  • Patent number: 7875835
    Abstract: The present invention makes a proposal of a heating component for a pipe joint which can be easily mounted on a pipe joint and also can stabilize the assembly quality to the pipe joint. The heating component for a pipe joint is characterized in that the heating component for a pipe joint has partially thereon fitting portions each having an inner face shape fitted with a part of an outer shape of the pipe joint, and also, a holding recess portion for holding therein a heating wire is formed on an inner face portion other than the fitting portions; when the heating wire is held in the holding recess portion, and then, the heating component for piping joint is mounted to the joint by fitting the fitting portions with the parts of the outer shape of the joint, the heating wire held in the holding recess portion comes in contact with the pipe joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignees: Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd., Nitta Moore Company
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tanaka, Atsushi Izumi, Akinobu Tsuda, Kazunori Sawada
  • Patent number: 7872212
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is joined to a liquid container. The integrated circuit includes a passivation layer. A resistor is used as a heater to heat fluid in a liquid container. A mesa structure is formed over the passivation layer. The mesa structure is in contact with the resistor and is used to more effectively deliver heat from the resistor to the liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Tyler Sims
  • Patent number: 7851730
    Abstract: A food support surface is elevated by legs or sidewalls to raise a food product above the floor of the microwave to promote even cooking of the food product. Portions of the side walls extend above the food support surface to provide food product control. The side walls are configured to permit easy access to the food product, thus facilitating removal of the food product from the support surface. A susceptor is disposed on the food support surface to provide conductive heating of the portions of the food product contacting the susceptor during microwave heating. The material and construction of the cooking apparatus provides increased rigidity and support for the food product, while also facilitating cool handling of the cooking apparatus after microwave cooking is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gary Herbert Carmichael, Corey Jacob BeVier, Albert Vincent Maslowski
  • Patent number: 7851729
    Abstract: An electric heating blanket system includes a flexible sheet-like heating element having a substantially uniform watt density output across a surface area thereof, when the heating element is electrically powered. A temperature sensor is coupled to the heating element at a location where the heating element will be in conductive contact with a body when the blanket is draped over the body. The system further includes a temperature controller coupled to the temperature sensor, and an electric power source coupled to the heating element and to the temperature controller, the power source being controlled to provide the watt density output for the heating element according to a temperature sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Augustine Temperature Management LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Rudolf A. Deibel, Scott A. Entenman, Keith J. Leland, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 7834294
    Abstract: Linear-type sheathed heaters are arranged substantially in parallel with each other in a case body. Regions near the ends of the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heaters are held by elastic holding members so as to move in the axial direction. A cylindrical space is formed between the outer peripheral surface of each of the sheathed heater and the case body. A space is provided that communicates the cylindrical spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Shirai, Tomohide Matsumoto, Kazushige Nakamura, Mitsuyuki Furubayashi, Takemi Oketa
  • Patent number: 7829821
    Abstract: A vehicle heating apparatus which directly detects an anomaly in temperature sensors for a heated portion of a vehicle or other device, including first and second front thermistors and first and second rear thermistors in front and rear seats, respectively, and a heater controller which stops a front heater group when a difference between temperatures detected respectively by the first and second front thermistors reaches a predetermined threshold value and which stops a rear heater group when a difference between temperatures detected respectively by the first and second rear thermistors reaches a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Yamada, Koji Suzuki
  • Patent number: RE43283
    Abstract: A blood collecting apparatus comprises a blood collecting needle 152; the blood collecting bag, a first tube whose one end communicates with the blood collecting bag and other end communicates with the blood collecting needle, the branch portion provided on a portion of the first tube, a second tube connected with the branch portion at one end thereof and having a blood take-out port (sampling port); and a flexible resin bag including a third tube communicating with the second tube. The flexible resin bag is capable of accommodating air inside a part of the first tube between the branch portion and the blood collecting needle and air inside the second tube when the blood collecting apparatus is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noboru Ishida, Yoshihiro Yokoo, Hitoshi Kuroki