Patents Examined by Yaovi M Ameh
  • Patent number: 11513341
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include scanners that can provide improved scanning laser devices. Specifically, the embodiments described herein provide scanners with a modular construction that includes one or more separately formed piezoelectric actuators coupled to a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) scan plate, flexure structures, and scanner frame. Such modular scanners can provide improved scanning laser devices, including scanning laser projectors and laser depth scanners, LIDAR systems, 3D motion sensing devices, gesture recognition devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Ellis
  • Patent number: 11511552
    Abstract: An inkjet printing machine for printing individual sheets comprises at least one printing station and a transport system defining a transport track for transporting the individual sheets through the printing station, along a transport direction. The transport system comprises a plurality of gripper conveyors (150) running along the transport track for holding the individual sheets during a printing process in the printing station. Each of the gripper conveyors (150) comprises an energy storage (161) for providing energy for operating a gripper mechanism (171) of the gripper conveyor (150). The printing machine allows for efficient and flexible handling of individual sheets, in particular large format sheets of materials such as corrugated cardboard or other materials that have a certain degree of inherent stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventors: David Pousaz, Olivier Freymond, Romain Bersier, Jean-Philippe Besson, Nicolas Mosetti
  • Patent number: 11511318
    Abstract: The inventions relates to a method for producing a decorative workpiece with a structured surface comprising the following steps: (B) applying a first liquid lacquer having a coarse structuring over the entire surface, wherein a difference in thickness between thicker regions and thinner regions is at least 50 ?m, in particular at least 100 ?m; (E) applying a second liquid, at least partially transparent lacquer for producing a fine structuring in some regions. Furthermore, an apparatus for performing the method and a workpiece produced by the method are claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Hymmen GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventor: René Pankoke
  • Patent number: 11504983
    Abstract: A thermal head of the present disclosure includes a substrate, a heat-generating portion, electrodes, and a protective layer. The heat-generating portion is located on the substrate. The electrodes are located on the substrate and are connected to the heat-generating portion. The protective layer covers the heat-generating portion and parts of the electrodes. A skewness Rsk of the protective layer is larger than 0. Further, A thermal head of the present disclosure includes a substrate, a heat-generating portion, electrodes, and a protective layer. The heat-generating portion is located on the substrate. The electrodes are located on the substrate and are connected to the heat-generating portion. The protective layer covers the heat-generating portion and parts of the electrodes. A kurtosis Rku of the protective layer is larger than 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironari Abe
  • Patent number: 11503187
    Abstract: A networked product imaging system includes devices that provide the production of imaged goods. Sellers are easily integrated into the network with minimal or no inventory requirements. Customer requirements are provided to a central computing device (CCD) that has two-way communication with a plurality of geographically separated product image forming devices. The central computing device determines specifications for forming the image on the blank product in accordance with the customer's order. The central computing device selects a product image forming device from the plurality of geographically separated product forming devices for fulfilling the order, based upon factors that include the specification of the product image forming device available, the product image forming inventory and the blank product inventory available at the geographic location of the product image forming device. The selected product image forming device forms the image on the blank product at the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Ming Xu, Nathan Hale, Major Murphy
  • Patent number: 11498352
    Abstract: A system for performing substrateless and/or local donor Laser Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT), comprising a reservoir comprising at least one opening and an energy source configured to deliver energy to a donor material within said reservoir, characterized by at least one of: said reservoir is embedded into a medical device; said reservoir is in fluid connection with a medical device; said reservoir is incorporated into a medical device; said reservoir contains at least one biologically active substance; and, said reservoir is in fluid connection with at least one source of at least one biologically active substance. This system enables deposition of material by LIFT without any need for a donor substrate. Methods of substrateless and local donor LIFT, in particular for medical and biological applications, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: PRECISE BIO INC.
    Inventor: Aryeh Batt
  • Patent number: 11498342
    Abstract: A thermal head includes a substrate, a heat-generating portion, electrodes, and a protective layer. The heat-generating portion is located on the substrate. The electrodes are located on the substrate and are connected to the heat-generating portion. The protective layer covers the heat-generating portion and parts of the electrodes. Further, a kurtosis Rku of the protective layer is smaller than 3. A thermal head includes a substrate, a heat-generating portion, electrodes, and a protective layer. The heat-generating portion is located on the substrate. The electrodes are located on the substrate and are connected to the heat-generating portion. The protective layer covers the heat-generating portion and parts of the electrodes. Further, a skewness Rsk of the protective layer is smaller than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironari Abe
  • Patent number: 11498345
    Abstract: A cutter unit includes a first frame, a fixed blade, a movable blade, a movable blade drive mechanism and a pressure mechanism. The fixed blade has a first cutting edge portion. One end portion of the movable blade has one end configured to cut a cut item in cooperation with the first cutting edge portion. The second cutting edge portion and the first cutting edge portion contacting with each other at a first point and a second point. Another end portion of the movable blade has a contacting portion in contact with the first frame at a third point. The first point, the second point and the third point define an imaginary triangle. The pressure member presses the movable blade at a pressure contact position so that the movable blade presses against the fixed blade. The pressure contact position is positioned substantially within the imaginary triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mayu Shinoda
  • Patent number: 11491805
    Abstract: Kiosk systems are used for personalizing articles. The articles may include an item to be personalized assembled with components of packaging in a pre-hooped configuration. The system may include a housing and a personalization system within the housing. The personalization system may include a plurality of system components for personalizing the article. The system may also include a conveying system within the housing. The conveying system may be used to transfer the article in the pre-hooped configuration between the system components of the personalization systems. The system may also include a control system in the housing and/or remote from the housing. The control system may receive a personalization order and in response the control system may control the system components of the personalization systems and the conveying system so that the article is personalized without human intervention once within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: CreateMe Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas C. K. Myers, Khamvong Thammasouk, Jinhwa Jung, Benjamin R. Waller, IV, Brett Jason Stern
  • Patent number: 11485598
    Abstract: A conveyance apparatus includes a conveyance unit, a first storage unit, a second storage unit, a measurement unit, and a determination unit. The conveyance unit conveys paper. The first storage unit stores a width of standard paper. The width of the standard paper is a length in a direction crossing a conveyance direction of the paper conveyed by the conveyance unit. The second storage unit stores a user-registered paper width which is different from the width of the standard paper. The user-registered paper width is input by a user. The measurement unit measures a width of the paper. The determination unit determines, based on the measured width and the paper widths stored in the first storage unit and the second storage unit, a width to serve as the measured width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasushi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11485719
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel 3-ketocoumarins with improved water compatibility, which are useful as photoinitiators and to compositions comprising said photoinitiators. The invention also relates to compositions comprising said novel 3-ketocoumarins and to a process for photopolymerizing comprising them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: IGM RESINS ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marika Morone, Vincenzo Razzano, Stephen Postle, Gabriele Norcini
  • Patent number: 11472196
    Abstract: A thermal transfer sheet, a combination of an intermediate transfer medium and a thermal transfer sheet, method for producing a printed material using the thermal transfer sheet, and a decorative material, wherein the thermal transfer sheet includes a transfer layer on one surface of a substrate, the transfer layer having a single layer structure consisting only of a heat seal layer or a multilayer structure including a heat seal layer, and in a case where the transfer layer has the multilayer structure, the heat seal layer among the layers constituting the transfer layer is positioned closest to the substrate. The heat seal layer contains one or both of (i) a polyester having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 55° C. or more and a number average molecular weight (Mn) of 15000 or less, and (ii) a polyester having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of less than 55° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Yoda
  • Patent number: 11472209
    Abstract: A medium transport apparatus includes a first roller configured to apply feeding force to a medium in a medium transport path for transporting the medium, a second roller disposed on an upstream side of the first roller in a medium transport direction in the medium transport path, the second roller being configured to apply feeding force to the medium, a third roller configured to be switched between a first position at which the medium is to be nipped with the second roller and a second position at which the nipping of the medium is to be released, a switching section configured to switch a position of the third roller, and at least one protruding member protruding from an outer circumferential surface of the second roller, the protruding member being configured to separate the medium from the outer circumferential surface of the second roller in the medium transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Sumii
  • Patent number: 11458755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a printing method for transferring printing substance from an ink carrier to a substrate, in which the printing substance undergoes a change in volume and/or position with the aid of an energy-emitting device that emits energy during a process time in the form of electromagnetic waves wherein the printing substance comprises a high molecular weight binder. In addition, the present invention describes a printing substance for carrying out the method and the use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FERRO GmbH
    Inventors: Dietrich Speer, Alexander Zeig
  • Patent number: 11458739
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a thermal print head and a method manufacturing thereof and a thermal printer including the thermal print head, which are capable of suppressing low manufacturing efficiency and enhancing wear-resistance against a recording medium. The thermal print head includes: a substrate, having a main surface facing a thickness direction; a resistance layer, including multiple heating portions arranged in a main scan direction and formed on the main surface; a wiring layer, formed on the resistance layer and connected to the heating portions; and a protection layer, covering a part of the main surface, the heating portions and the wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Goro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 11458647
    Abstract: In a cutting device, a cutting blade is reciprocally movable within a movable range including a first retracted position away from a target to be cut and a cut complete position at which cutting of the target is to be completed. A memory is configured to store cutting data indicating the first retracted position. A controller is configured to perform controlling, in response to determining that the cutting blade has stopped at an intervening position between a cut start position at which cutting of the target is started and the cut complete position, a drive portion to move the cutting blade from the intervening position to a second retracted position positioned within the movable range and away from the target. The controller is configured to further perform updating the cutting data stored in the memory so as to indicate the second retracted position in place of the first retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Mizutani
  • Patent number: 11447349
    Abstract: A medium aligning apparatus includes a load tray including a load surface on which a medium discharged from a discharge member that discharges a medium is loaded, a first aligning surface that aligns a plurality of mediums loaded on the load tray by positioning rear ends of the mediums, and a second aligning surface that aligns the mediums by positioning the rear ends of the mediums loaded on the load tray. In the medium aligning apparatus, the first aligning surface and the second aligning surface are switchable, and an angle formed between a wall surface in the discharge tray that receives the mediums discharged from the load tray, the wall surface having the rear ends of the mediums come in contact therewith, and the second aligning surface is smaller than an angle formed between the wall surface and the first aligning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11446941
    Abstract: An inkjet apparatus includes an inkjet head, a scanning mechanism, a surrounding portion surrounding a predetermined region in which the inkjet head is moved by the scanning mechanism in plan view of the substrate surface and which comprises a height at which a nozzle surface of the inkjet head is disposed in side view of the substrate surface, and a vapor supply portion provided outside the substrate surface and in the region surrounded by the surrounding portion in plan view of the substrate surface. The scanning mechanism is configured to control relative positions of the inkjet head and the substrate surface. The vapor supply portion is configured to supply a vapor of the same material as a component of a solvent contained in the ink to the region surrounded by the surrounding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoari Shibata, Norihiko Ochi, Junri Ishikura, Masayuki Morohashi
  • Patent number: 11446938
    Abstract: Panels having a decorative surface may include a plate shaped substrate and a top layer, and the top layer may include a paper layer having a printed pattern. A method for manufacturing such panels may involve providing the paper layer with a treatment, including providing the paper layer with an ink receiving substance. The treated paper layer may be provided with at least a portion of the printed pattern by depositing pigment containing inks using a digital inkjet printer of a single pass type. The printed pattern may have a definition of at least 200 dpi. The pigment containing inks may be water-based. The printed pattern may be a wood pattern. The pigment containing inks may include colored pigments and may comprise up to 8 different colors, including brownish and/or reddish colors. The digital inkjet printer may include print heads with nozzles for firing droplets of pigment containing inks onto the treated paper layer. The paper layer may be fed from a roll, printed upon, and rolled back up again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Benjamin Clement, Luc De Boe
  • Patent number: 11446934
    Abstract: A printing device includes: a feeding tray on which a sheet can be mounted; a first conveying passage; an image forming unit disposed along the first conveying passage and configured to record an image on the sheet; a cutting unit disposed along the first conveying passage downstream of the image recording unit and configured to cut the sheet; a second conveying passage connected to the first conveying passage; and a controller configured to perform: conveying the sheet mounted on the feeding tray to the image recording unit; recording an image on the sheet by the image recording unit; cutting the recorded sheet at a cutting position on the sheet to divide the sheet into a first sheet on which the image has been recorded and a second sheet on which the image has not been recorded; discharging the first sheet; and conveying the second sheet to the second conveying passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Takashi Ohama