Patents by Inventor Akira Higuchi

Akira Higuchi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200362142
    Abstract: Provided is a thermoplastic resin powder, including a heat-resistant antistatic agent in an amount of 0.01% by mass or greater but 30.0% by mass or less. Also provided is a resin powder, including resin particles and resin fine particles having a number-based primary particle diameter of 1.50 micrometers or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Akira SAITO, Yasuyuki YAMASHITA, Satoshi OGAWA, Yunsheng SUN, Shinzo HIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10840406
    Abstract: An optical semiconductor element includes: an optical waveguide body; a first electrode that is disposed on the second clad layer; a second electrode that is disposed on a second clad layer on one side of the first electrode in a light guiding direction of the optical waveguide body; a third electrode that is disposed on the second clad layer on the other side of the first electrode in the light guiding direction; and at least one fourth electrode that faces the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode with the optical waveguide body interposed therebetween. The optical waveguide body includes a first separation region that electrically separates a first region under the first electrode from a second region under the second electrode and a second separation region that electrically separates the first region under the first electrode and a third region under the third electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Masamichi Yamanishi, Akira Higuchi, Toru Hirohata, Kazunori Tanaka, Kazuue Fujita, Yasufumi Takagi, Yuta Aoki, Satoru Okawara
  • Patent number: 10800096
    Abstract: A resin powder for solid freeform fabrication includes resin particles having a significantly pillar-like form including resin particles having a concave portion on the circumferential side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sohichiroh Iida, Shigenori Yaguchi, Hitoshi Iwatsuki, Yasuo Suzuki, Nozomu Tamoto, Shinzo Higuchi, Akira Saito, Yasuyuki Yamashita, Kiichi Kamoda
  • Publication number: 20200280258
    Abstract: A device includes: a first power conversion circuitry configured to convert primary-side power into secondary-side power; and a control circuitry configured to: generate a command value associated with the secondary-side power; calculate a limited command value by modifying the command value so that the command value is equal to or less than a secondary-side limit, wherein the first power conversion circuitry is controlled based on the limited command value; transmit the limited command value to a second power conversion device comprising a second power conversion circuitry connected in parallel to the first power conversion circuitry; receive, from the second power conversion device, information indicating an adjustment value, wherein the adjustment value is added to the limited command value for controlling the second power conversion circuitry; and modify the secondary-side limit based on a difference between a primary-side limit associated with the primary-side power and the adjustment value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Akira YAMAZAKI, Kentaro INOMATA, Masato HIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10744776
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes a casing, a tank formed with a liquid storage chamber which stores liquid, an inlet which allows the liquid to be poured into the liquid storage chamber, and a liquid outflow channel which allows the liquid to flow out from the liquid storage chamber, a conveying mechanism which conveys a recording medium along a conveying path extending in a front-rear direction, a carriage which moves in a left-right direction, and a head mounted on the carriage and having a nozzle which jets the liquid onto the recording medium conveyed by the conveying mechanism. The tank, the conveying path, and the carriage are arranged inside the casing, the tank is arranged outside the conveying path in the left-right direction, and at least a part of the tank is arranged inside both ends of a movement area of the carriage in the left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohisa Higuchi, Akira Shinoda, Akinori Igarashi, Suguru Tomoguchi, Hisaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10717468
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a sub frame is fixed to front mount brackets and rear mount brackets of a pair of front side frames. A power unit is arranged on the front side of the sub frame in the vehicle body, and the power unit is supported by the pair of front side frames. A tilt surface is formed on the sub frame, and the tilt surface tilts to ascend toward the rear of the vehicle body. A rear portion of the power unit faces the tilt surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukiyasu Hara, Tetsuhiro Arima, Yasuhito Sato, Tomoya Takeda, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Akihiro Ikeya, Akira Kobayashi, Ken Yasui, Eisei Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10706231
    Abstract: Provided is an input apparatus that can reduce incorrect inputs and improve the operability. The input apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a keyboard module and a control circuit. The keyboard module has a plurality of key areas, and a plurality of sensor devices capable of detecting pressures of keystroke operations for the plurality of key areas, respectively. The control circuit that makes a difference between input sensitivity to the keystroke operation of one key area and input sensitivity to the keystroke operation of a key area next to the one key area on the basis of a pressure information item about each of the key areas next to each other, the pressure information item being detected by the keystroke operation on the plurality of sensor devices at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kamata, Munetake Ebihara, Hideyoshi Wakimoto, Akira Fujisawa, Ichirou Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20200176144
    Abstract: A cask includes a cask body, an outer cylinder, a plurality of fins, and a plurality of neutron shields. The cask body has a tubular shape around a central axis and is capable of housing fuel assemblies. The outer cylinder has a tubular shape surrounding the cask body. The fins are aligned in a circumferential direction in a tubular space formed between the cask body and the outer cylinder, and connect an outer peripheral surface of the cask body and an inner peripheral surface of the outer cylinder to divide the tubular space into a plurality of divided spaces. The neutron shields contain a neutron shielding material with which the divided spaces are filled. Each neutron shield includes a void portion extending in the axial direction along the central axis. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce stress that may be exerted on the outer cylinder or other components by thermal expansion of the neutron shielding material when the fuel assemblies are housed in the cask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Akira HIGUCHI, Kenta HAMADA, Hiroyuki MORITA, Akihiro SHIN
  • Publication number: 20200144930
    Abstract: A power conversion apparatus connectable in parallel to a second power conversion apparatus includes circuitry that generates a carrier wave, generates a pulse signal synchronized with the carrier wave, generates power that is based on a width of the pulse signal, obtains a monitor value corresponding to a circulating current circulating between the power conversion apparatus and the second power conversion apparatus, and based on the monitor value obtained while the power conversion circuitry is generating driving power, changes a period of the carrier wave to decrease the circulating current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Kentaro Inomata, Akira Yamazaki, Masato Higuchi, Hidenori Hara
  • Publication number: 20200141511
    Abstract: When a rotating body is oriented at a default position due to the absence of a driving force, a first hook portion and a second hook portion are engaged with a fixed engagement portion and/or a movable engagement portion. When the rotating body is rotated from the default position by the driving force, the first hook portion is engaged with one of the fixed engagement portion and the movable engagement portion, and the second hook portion is engaged with the other of the fixed engagement portion and the movable engagement portion. A throttle valve device includes a pressing portion that presses the first hook portion and/or the second hook portion to apply a pressing force toward a center of a coil portion in a coil axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventor: Akira HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20200131460
    Abstract: A culture apparatus includes a culture vessel including an internal space containing a culture solution in which a culture target is suspended, a gas supply apparatus supplying a single gas or a mixed gas to the internal space of the culture vessel, and an agitation apparatus agitating the culture solution by changing position and posture of the culture vessel. The agitation apparatus changes the position and posture of the culture vessel to circulate the culture solution in the internal space of the culture vessel so that a bottom surface of the internal space of the culture vessel is partially revealed and that the revealed portion transitions in a circulating direction R.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Akira HIGUCHI, Hiroyuki NAITO, Itsuro MOTEGI
  • Publication number: 20200086713
    Abstract: A vehicular air conditioner includes an air conditioning, a heater core, a heat pump cycle unit, a temperature detector, and a controller. The heat pump cycle unit includes a first inside heat exchanger disposed downstream of the heater core in a flow direction of a conditioning air, a second inside heat exchanger disposed upstream of the heater core in the flow direction of the conditioning air, and an outside heat exchanger. The temperature detector is configured to detect a passage air temperature, the passage air temperature being a temperature of the conditioning air that has passed through the heater core. The controller is configured to selectively switch a circuit layout of the heat pump cycle unit between a cooling circuit, a heating circuit, and a dehumidifying-heating circuit based on the passage air temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Akira YAMAGUCHI, Yoshiharu ENDO, Tetsuya TAKECHI, Terukazu HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20200016827
    Abstract: Provided is a resin powder for producing a three-dimensional object, wherein the resin powder has a number-average equivalent circle diameter of 10 micrometers or greater but 150 micrometers or less, and wherein a median in an equivalent circle diameter-based particle size distribution of the resin powder is higher than the average equivalent circle diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuyuki YAMASHITA, Akira SAITO, Sohichiroh IIDA, Hitoshi IWATSUKI, Yasuo SUZUKI, Nozomu TAMOTO, Kiichi KAMODA, Shigenori YAGUCHI, Shinzo HIGUCHI, Toshiyuki ISEKI, Yasutomo AMAN, Toshiyuki MUTOH, Mitsuru NARUSE
  • Patent number: 10428889
    Abstract: A torsion spring that is used in a throttle valve device increasing and decreasing an opening degree of an intake passage or an exhaust passage of an internal-combustion engine includes: two coil springs connected with each other so that torsion directions are opposite from each other; and a hook disposed between the two coil springs. Of the two coil springs, one side spring arranged at one side in an axial direction biases a valve object to a closing side, and the other side spring arranged at the other side in the axial direction biases the valve object to an opening side. In at least one coil spring of the two coil springs, a dimension of a clearance between the at least one coil spring and the hook connected with each other is larger than an average value of clearances between coil turns of the at least one coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Higuchi, Tohru Shimizu, Tadashi Komiyama
  • Publication number: 20190283537
    Abstract: An electronic control unit is applied to an air conditioner, the air conditioner including a heating unit which heats a heat medium, a casing which allows an air flow to circulate toward a compartment, a blower which generates the air flow in the casing, and a heat exchanger disposed in the casing that heats the air flow by exchanging heat between the heat medium heated by the heating unit and the air flow. The blower air volume of the blower is controlled based on a first candidate value determined based on an estimated blowing temperature, and a second candidate value determined based on a required blowing air temperature and the estimated blowing temperature. The second candidate value is set as a predetermined value when a warm-up operation of the heating unit is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Akira YAMAGUCHI, Tetsuya TAKECHI, Yoshiharu ENDO, Terukazu HIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10409489
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes a keyboard module having a plurality of key areas, and having a plurality of sensor devices capable of detecting a pressure of a keying operation for each of the key areas; and a control circuit that adjusts a parameter of a processing relating to the keying operation of the keyboard module on a basis of information relating to a pressure detected by the sensor device for each of the key areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kamata, Munetake Ebihara, Hideyoshi Wakimoto, Akira Fujisawa, Ichirou Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10404037
    Abstract: A semiconductor laser device of an embodiment comprises: a first electrode having an opening for passage of laser light and arranged on a main surface of a substrate; and a second electrode arranged on a back surface of the substrate. A stacked structural body including an active layer and a photonic crystal layer is arranged between the substrate and the first electrode, and a current confinement layer having an opening for passage of a current is arranged between the stacked structural body and the first electrode. A maximum width of the opening of the current confinement layer is smaller than a maximum width of the opening of the first electrode, and a whole region defined by the opening of the current confinement layer fits within a region defined by the opening of the first electrode as viewed from the first electrode side toward the second electrode side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Higuchi, Yoshitaka Kurosaka, Tadataka Edamura, Masahiro Hitaka
  • Patent number: 10382642
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a light source, a light receiving unit, and an optical system. The light receiving unit includes a plurality of light receiving elements. The optical system includes a plurality of optical components for splitting the light reflected from the object to be read, and guiding the split light to each of the plurality of light receiving elements. The plurality of optical components include a splitting component that splits the light reflected from the object to be read in a direction corresponding to a main direction, and a common component provided with a common portion. The common portion has an optically acting area causing a common effect on the tight split by the splitting component. A cross sectional shape of the optically acting area orthogonal to a direction corresponding to the main direction is the same shape along the direction corresponding to the main direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Satoko Ohzawa, Akira Yamamura, Shogo Asaoka, Yuki Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20190241734
    Abstract: A powder for solid freeform fabrication includes a first resin particle and a second resin particle, wherein MFR2 is greater than MFR1 and a ratio of MFR2 to MFR1 is from 2 to 5, where MFR1 represents a melt mass-flow rate (MFR) of the first resin particle and MFR2 represents a melt mass-flow rate of the second resin particle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuru Naruse, Akira Saito, Hitoshi Iwatsuki, Yasuyuki Yamashita, Toshiyuki Mutoh, Yasutomo Aman, Kiichi Kamoda, Sohichiroh Iida, Shinzo Higuchi, Toshiyuki Iseki
  • Patent number: 10356666
    Abstract: A module includes a switching request receiving unit configured to receive, when the module is connected with one terminal, a switching request indicating a connection switching to another terminal, an address changing unit configured to change the connection destination address using the reception of the switching request by the switching request receiving unit as a trigger, a connection disconnecting unit configured to forcibly disconnect the connection with the one terminal when the connection destination address is changed by the address changing unit, and a connection process executing unit configured to receive a connection request from the another terminal by the connection destination address changed by the address changing unit after the connection with the one terminal is disconnected by the connection disconnecting unit and to connect with the another terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Akira Shibutani, Kazuma Nachi, Yuuta Higuchi