Patents Examined by Walter L. Lindsay, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11953844
    Abstract: The present disclosure features an image forming apparatus having a first developing unit having a first developing roller; and a first toner supply unit configured to supply toner to the first developing unit, the first toner supply unit having: a first container configured to accommodate the toner therein, the first container having a first inlet opening through which the toner is received in the first container and a first outlet opening through which the toner in the first container is discharged; a first lid configured to close the first inlet opening; and a first shutter configured to open the first outlet opening when the first lid closes the first inlet opening, and to close the first outlet opening when the first lid opens the first inlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11953349
    Abstract: A magnetic tracking system is configured to determine an object pose of a tracked object in an environment of the magnetic tracking system. The tracking system includes a transmitter assembly that includes a transmitting coil configured to generate a magnetic signal indicative of an object pose of a tracked object with respect to the transmitter assembly and a marker that visually identifies a pose of the transmitter assembly with respect to a camera device. The camera device captures at least one image of the transmitter assembly. A computing device determines, based on the image, a pose for the transmitter assemblies in the image. Based on the magnetic signal and the pose associated with the transmitter assembly, the computing device determines the object pose of the tracked object in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Northern Digital Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Robert Schneider
  • Patent number: 11953854
    Abstract: A powder collection container accommodates a powder discharged from a discharge port of a powder discharge device including a powder discharger provided with a shutter member that opens and closes the discharge port. The powder collection container includes a moving member that is movable between a first position where the moving member abuts against the shutter member to open the discharge port of the powder discharge device, and a second position where the moving member does not abut against the shutter member and the discharge port of the powder discharge device is not opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 11953515
    Abstract: A method of processing information of a rotating wheel includes measuring angular velocity of a rotating wheel with a gyroscopic sensor, determining an instantaneous position of the rotating wheel with an accelerometer, and determining the angular positions of the rotating wheel based on the measured angular velocity and the instantaneous position of the rotating wheel. The gyroscopic sensor and the accelerometer are mounted on the rotating wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daopeng Fu
  • Patent number: 11946993
    Abstract: The present disclosure may provide imaging method and system. The method may include obtaining a plurality of signals relating to a region of interest (ROI) of an object acquired by applying to the object a plurality of chemical exchange and saturation transfer (CEST) preparations with a plurality of offset frequencies; and generating an image of the ROI based on the plurality of signals. The plurality of CEST preparations may be configured to excite proton exchange of a substance in the ROI. The plurality of CEST preparations may be divided into one or more groups. Each of the one or more groups may include multiple CEST preparations with a same offset frequency among the plurality of offset frequencies. After a last CEST preparation in each of the one or more groups is applied to the object, the substance may reach a saturation degree that exceeds a saturation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qi Liu, Jian Xu
  • Patent number: 11946903
    Abstract: Circumferential and axial magnetizers for a magnetic flux leakage pig. A magnet bar may comprise at least one magnet and may be configured to collapse radially inward to the shaft. Magnetizers may include a cushion disposed about the shaft and biasing the magnet bar against a pipe wall. A sensor head disposed between circuit poles at each polar end of the magnet monitors magnetic flux. The central shaft of a circumferential magnetizer or axial magnetizer may comprise a joint linking an additional smart pig module. A novel magnetizer cushion is described, as are smart pigs containing one or more circumferential or axial magnetizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Novitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Thompson, Min Xu, Calin Cristian Ganea
  • Patent number: 11946773
    Abstract: A control unit having a detection device that includes: a multi-turn detection unit capable of continuing detection of a rotation position of multiple rotations of a steering shaft driven by a motor without power supply from outside; a position detector detecting the rotation position in one rotation of the rotor; a count calculator calculating multiple rotation position information related to the rotation position of multiple rotations based on a detection value of the multi-turn detection unit; and an angle calculator calculating a motor rotation angle related to the rotation position in one rotation based on a detection value of the position detector. The multi-turn detection unit is disposed at a position different from the motor, thereby detection of the rotation position of multiple rotations is continuable even when a supply of electric power from outside is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujita, Nao Uematsu, Katsuhiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11947300
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus, a cutting apparatus, and a controller. The cutting apparatus includes a conveyance path, a first cutting unit configured to cut, at a cutting position with respect to a conveyance direction of the sheet on the conveyance path, the sheet in a width direction perpendicularly intersecting with the conveyance direction, and a second cutting unit configured to cut, at a cutting position with respect to the width direction, the sheet in the conveyance direction. The controller is configured to control the cutting apparatus such that, in a case where the sheet is cut neither with the first cutting unit nor with the second cutting unit, the sheet is conveyed through the conveyance path with the first cutting unit and the second cutting unit retreated not to contact with the sheet passing through the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Takada, Tadashi Iwakawa, Rin Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11947284
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developing container, a developing roller, a supplying roller, a first magnetic including a first magnetic pole, a second magnetic including second to fifth magnetic poles, and a regulating member. Maximum magnetic flux densities of the third and fourth magnetic poles are larger than maximum magnetic flux densities of the fourth and fifth magnetic poles, respectively, with respect to a normal direction to the supplying roller. In a case that positions where a magnetic flux density of the fourth magnetic pole is 50% of the maximum magnetic flux density thereof with respect to the normal direction are a first position and a second position, a position where the magnetic flux density of the fourth magnetic pole becomes maximum with respect to the normal direction is downstream of an intermediary position between the first position and the second position by 3 degrees or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Mugita
  • Patent number: 11946995
    Abstract: A method of calibrating an inertial measurement unit, the method comprising: (a) collecting data from the inertial measurement unit while stationary as a first step; (b) collecting data from the inertial measurement unit while repositioning the inertial measurement unit around three orthogonal axes of the inertial measurement unit as a second step; (c) calibrating a plurality of gyroscopes using the data collected during the first step and the second step; (d) calibrating a plurality of magnetometers using the data collected during the first step and the second step; (e) calibrating a plurality of accelerometers using the data collected during the first step and the second step; (f) where calibrating the plurality of magnetometers includes extracting parameters for distortion detection and using the extracted parameters to determine if magnetic distortion is present within a local field of the inertial measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: TECHMAH MEDICAL LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed R. Mahfouz
  • Patent number: 11940515
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium for evaluating structural integrity of a gradient coil disposed in a magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. A sensor obtains a parameter reading of the gradient coil, wherein the parameter reading includes a back electromotive force (back EMF) measurement. The structural integrity of the gradient coil is determined as function of the back EMF measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: GE PRECISION HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Garrett William Astary, Derek Seeber, Andrew John Panos
  • Patent number: 11940400
    Abstract: A gas sensor system includes at least one gas sensor configured to receive at least one gas to be sampled; a processor configured to implement computer executable instructions; a first output interface in communication with the processor; and a computer memory in communication with the processor. A method includes measuring a density of the at least one gas; at least one of a) heating and b) cooling the at least one gas with a first thermal input; determining a first rate at which the at least one gas changes temperature when at least one of a) heating and b) cooling the at least one gas; comparing at least one of the density and the first rate to a reference database of gases; and determining at least one of a) a category b) a lower explosive limit and c) a concentration of the at least one gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Gas Activated Systems
    Inventors: Michael A. Bryan, Robert Bodnar, James Yu
  • Patent number: 11938865
    Abstract: A sensor attachment structure for a side part of a vehicle body includes: a side panel part facing substantially sideward; a rear panel part facing substantially rearward; a lower panel part facing substantially downward; a sensor attachment member to which a sensor configured to detect surrounding information on a lateral side of a vehicle is attached; a side joined member extending from the sensor attachment member toward the side panel part and joined to the side panel part; a rear joined member extending from the sensor attachment member toward the rear panel part and joined to the rear panel part; and a lower joined member extending from the sensor attachment member toward the lower panel part and joined to the lower panel part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Kitagawa, Takashi Chirifu
  • Patent number: 11940460
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wheel speed sensor for a vehicle, the wheel speed sensor including: a base unit; a plurality of support units positioned on the base unit; and chip units respectively mounted on the support units and configured to detect a measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Geun Lee, Da Mi So, Ji Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 11940514
    Abstract: Systems and methods for data transmission may be provided. The system may at least include a data transmission module. The system may obtain MR signals from one or more RF coils. The system may generate, via a first portion of the data transmitting module, first data based on the MR signals. The system may generate, via a second portion of the data transmitting module, second data based on the first data. The second portion of the data transmitting module may connect to the first portion of the data transmitting module wirelessly. The system may further store the second data in a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ling Ji
  • Patent number: 11940518
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a technique for providing an image of diagnostically relevant area of a jaw region of a patient by means of a magnetic resonance apparatus by capturing information about the jaw region of the patient, which comprises at least one reference to a position and/or an extent of the diagnostically relevant area of the jaw region. The technique also includes adjusting a parameter of a magnetic resonance measurement as a function of the captured information about the jaw region of the patient, carrying out the magnetic resonance measurement with the adjusted parameter, capturing image data of the jaw region of the patient, reconstructing an image of the diagnostically relevant area of the jaw region as a function of the captured image data, and providing the image of the diagnostically relevant area of the jaw region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Healthineers AG
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, Carmel Hayes, Mario Zeller
  • Patent number: 11933808
    Abstract: A buffer unit for temporarily storing a substrate includes a housing having a space for storing a substrate therein, one or more slots disposed within the housing for placing a substrate thereon, and a holding unit disposed at a bottom portion of the housing, having a flat and non-inclined top surface, and comprising a built-in wireless charging module. A substrate type sensor is stored at the holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SEMES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Seop Choi, Yong-Jun Seo, Sang Hyun Son, Ji Young Lee, Gyeong Ryul Kim, Sun Yong Park
  • Patent number: 11933639
    Abstract: A sensor and a sensing system includes a chain of sensors, wherein each sensor comprises an input control port, an output control port, a power interface and an output interface, and is configured such that, when the sensor is powered over the power interface, an enable signal at the input control port triggers the sensor for executing a sequence which comprises measuring a physical property, and subsequently transmitting an enable signal over the output control port. The output control port of an earlier sensor is connected with the input control port of a next sensor. A first sensor is configured for repeating the sequence with a predefined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MELEXIS BULGARIA EOOD
    Inventors: Tsvetan Marinov, Rumen Peev
  • Patent number: 11935158
    Abstract: A method for performing real-time magnetic resonance (MR) imaging on a subject is disclosed. A prep pulse sequence is applied to the subject to obtain a high-quality special subspace, and a direct linear mapping from k-space training data to subspace coordinates. A live pulse sequence is then applied to the subject. During the live pulse sequence, real-time images are constructed using a fast matrix multiplication procedure on a single instance of the k-space training readout (e.g., a single k-space line or trajectory), which can be acquired at a high temporal rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Anthony Christodoulou, Zhaoyang Fan, Debiao Li, Pei Han
  • Patent number: 11933643
    Abstract: An inductive angle measuring device includes a scanning element and a scale element having scale tracks. First and third scale tracks have an equal first number of scale structures, and a second scale track has a different number of scale structures. The scale tracks are arranged circumferentially and concentrically about an axis, such that the first scale track is located radially inwardly, the second scale track is located radially between the first scale track and the third scale track, and the third scale track is located radially outwardly. The scanning element includes receiver conductors by which the signals having angle-related signal periods can be generated. The first signal period is equal to the third signal period. An overall signal can be generated from the first signal and the third signal and can be combined with the second signal for determining absolute angle position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Oliver Tiemann, Martin Heumann, Alexander Frank