Patents by Inventor Akira Murata

Akira Murata 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).

  • Patent number: 10890805
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes sequentially from a viewing surface side: a first polarizer; an out-cell retardation layer; a first substrate; an in-cell retardation layer; a horizontally aligned liquid crystal layer; a second substrate; and a second polarizer. The liquid crystal display device includes a viewing angle compensation film between the first polarizer and the out-cell retardation layer or between the second substrate and the second polarizer. The out-cell retardation layer is a laminate including sequentially from a viewing surface side: a first retardation layer having an NZ coefficient of 1.0-1.1 and an Re of 120 nm or greater and smaller than 137.5 nm; and a second retardation layer having an Re of 0-10 nm and an Rth of 80-150 nm. The in-cell retardation layer is a third retardation layer having an NZ coefficient of 0.7-1.4 and an Re of 120 nm or greater and smaller than 137.5 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Hasegawa, Akira Sakai, Takako Koide, Yuichi Kawahira, Koji Murata, Kiyoshi Minoura
  • Patent number: 10838159
    Abstract: An optical fiber colored core wire includes: a bare optical fiber; a primary layer that comprises a UV curable resin that covers the bare optical fiber; a secondary layer that comprises a UV curable resin that covers the primary layer; and a colored layer disposed outside the secondary layer and that comprises a colored UV curable resin. The primary layer has a Young's modulus that is greater than or equal to 70% of a saturated Young's modulus of the primary layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Murata, Yoshie Sajima, Mizuki Isaji, Tomoaki Kaji
  • Patent number: 10829862
    Abstract: In a tin-plated product wherein a surface of a substrate 10 of copper or a copper alloy is plated with tin, an underlying layer 12 of at least one of nickel and a copper-nickel alloy is formed on the surface of the substrate 10, and an outermost layer formed on the surface of the underlying layer 12 is composed of a copper-tin alloy layer 14 and tin layers 16, the copper-tin alloy 14 being formed of a large number of crystal grains of a copper-tin alloy, each of the tin layers 16 being arranged in a corresponding one of recessed portions, each of which is formed between adjacent crystal grains of the large number of crystal grains of the copper-tin alloy, the adjacent crystal grains being adjacent to each other on the outermost surface of the outer most layer, the area ratio occupied by the tin layers 16 on the outermost surface being 20 to 80%, and the maximum thickness of the tin layers 16 being smaller than the average particle diameter of the crystal grains of the copper-tin alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: DOWA METALTECH CO., LTD., YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsunori Murata, Hirotaka Kotani, Hideki Endo, Akira Sugawara, Yuta Sonoda, Tetsuo Kato, Hideki Ohsumi, Jyun Toyoizumi
  • Publication number: 20200325329
    Abstract: The present invention provides a polyarylate resin which is excellent in heat-resisting properties, abrasion-resisting properties, solubility properties in non-halogenated organic solvents, a water vapor-barrier property, mechanical properties, liquid sag-resisting properties and deformation-resisting properties (such as adhesive properties). The present invention relates to a polyarylate resin comprising a dihydric phenol residue shown in general formula (1) and an aromatic dicarboxylic acid residue shown in general formula (2), a film comprising the same and a laminated product thereof: (wherein X represents a liner or branched bivalent hydrocarbon group having 4 to 8 carbon atoms.) (wherein R1 and R2 respectively and independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, which may be substituted by one or more halogen atoms, or a halogen atom, and p and q respectively and independently represent an integer of 0 to 4.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: UNITIKA LTD.
    Inventors: Akira MURATA, Takamasa AKIZUKI, Chiho MATSUMOTO, Keita HAGIWARA
  • Patent number: 10802187
    Abstract: A circularly polarizing plate includes: a first retardation layer having negative refractive index anisotropy; a second retardation layer having positive refractive index anisotropy; and a linear polarizer, the first retardation layer and the second retardation layer being disposed such that their optical axes are parallel to each other, the first retardation layer providing an in-plane retardation whose absolute value is |R1(?)| to light having a wavelength of ? nm, the second retardation layer providing an in-plane retardation whose absolute value is |R2(?)| to light having a wavelength of ? nm, the first retardation layer and the second retardation layer satisfying the following formulas (1) to (4): |R1(450)|>|R1(550)|>|R1(650)|??(1) |R2(550)|>|R1(550)|??(2) |R2(550)|?|R1(550)|>|R2(450)|?|R1(450)|??(3) |R2(650)|?|R1(650)|>|R2(550)|?|R1(550)|??(4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Sakai, Masahiro Hasegawa, Koji Murata, Yuichi Kawahira, Takako Koide, Kiyoshi Minoura
  • Patent number: 10802343
    Abstract: A liquid crystal device (LCD) is configured for minimizing unwanted internal ambient light reflections. The LCD includes a plurality of layers, the layers comprising from a viewing side: a first linear polariser; an external retarder that is made of a cyclic olefin polymer (COP) material or a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) material; a colour filter substrate; a colour filter layer; an internal reactive mesogen (RM) retarder alignment layer; an internal reactive mesogen (RM) retarder; a liquid crystal (LC) layer; and a second linear polarizer. The external retarder and the internal RM retarder are configured such that the optical properties (for example light polarization control function) of the external retarder and the internal retarder are matched to negate each other for light passing through the external retarder and the internal RM retarder. The LCD simultaneously maintains high image quality in both high and low ambient lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nathan James Smith, Andrew Acreman, Hywel Hopkin, Kiyoshi Minoura, Koji Murata, Yuichi Kawahira, Akira Sakai, Jiyun Yu
  • Patent number: 10795197
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a liquid crystal panel including in the following order from a viewing surface side: an antireflection film; a circularly polarizing plate including a linearly polarizing plate and an out-cell retarder; a touch panel including a support and a detection electrode; a panel substrate; and an in-cell retarder, the support having a retardation slow axis that forms an angle of 40° to 50° with a slow axis of the in-cell retarder and with a slow axis of the out-cell retarder, the support having a retardation of 3 nm or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kawahira, Koji Murata, Takako Koide, Masahiro Hasegawa, Akira Sakai
  • Publication number: 20200310182
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a liquid crystal panel. The method includes curing a first reactive mesogen layer with ultraviolet light at an illuminance within a range of 40 to 90 mW/cm2. The liquid crystal panel includes a first transparent base material, a TFT layer and a first alignment film stacked in order on the first transparent base material, a second transparent base material, a color filter layer, an in-cell retardation layer, and a second alignment film stacked in order on the second transparent base material, a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the first alignment film and the second alignment film, an out-cell retardation layer disposed on a side opposite to a color filter layer side of the second transparent base material, and a pair of linearly polarizing plates arranged so as to sandwich the first transparent base material and the out-cell retardation layer and having transmission axes orthogonal to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: KOJI MURATA, AKIRA SAKAI, YUICHI KAWAHIRA, TAKAKO KOIDE, MASAHIRO HASEGAWA, KIYOSHI MINOURA
  • Publication number: 20200310201
    Abstract: The liquid crystal display panel includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a liquid crystal layer provided between the first substrate and the second substrate. The first substrate includes a first dielectric substrate, a first electrode and a second electrode provided on the first dielectric substrate and capable of generating a horizontal electric field in the liquid crystal layer, and a first alignment film being in contact with the liquid crystal layer. The second substrate includes a second dielectric substrate and a second alignment film provided on the second dielectric substrate and being in contact with the liquid crystal layer. The first alignment film has an azimuthal anchoring strength lower than the second alignment film. The liquid crystal layer includes a nematic liquid crystal material and a polymer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: KOJI MURATA, KIYOSHI MINOURA, AKIRA SAKAI, YUICHI KAWAHIRA, KOHZOH NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20200310200
    Abstract: A photo-alignment film of the present invention includes a polymer layer containing a photoreactive polymer and metal nanoparticles dispersed in the polymer layer at a concentration of 109 particles/(cm2×100 nm) or more and 1019 particles/(cm2×100 nm) or less. The metal nanoparticles have an absorption peak in a wavelength region of 420 nm or less. An absorbance A1 at the absorption peak of the metal nanoparticles and an absorbance A2 at an absorption peak of the polymer layer satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula 1: 0.2?A1/A2?25??(Formula 1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: KOJI MURATA, AKIRA SAKAI, YUICHI KAWAHIRA, TAKAKO KOIDE, MASAHIRO HASEGAWA, KIYOSHI MINOURA
  • Patent number: 10760812
    Abstract: In order to carry out, in a heating operation, an airflow rate adjusting operation in which a reduced amount of conditioned air is blown in one or more of a plurality of blowing directions to increase a blowing speed in the rest of the blowing directions, an operation control section is configured to control the flow of the conditioned air such that the conditioned air is blown out in a horizontal blow mode in the blowing direction in which the blowing speed is increased by the airflow rate adjusting operation, and periodically change the blowing direction in which a reduced amount of the conditioned air is blown. As a result, temperature variations in the air-conditioning target space in the heating operation are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Komatsu, Nobuyuki Kojima, Takahiro Wasaka, Masaaki Murata
  • Patent number: 10755738
    Abstract: The present invention provides: an aluminum alloy substrate for magnetic discs with excellent plating surface smoothness; a manufacturing method therefor; and a magnetic disc using said aluminum alloy substrate for magnetic discs. The present invention is an aluminum alloy substrate for magnetic discs, a manufacturing method therefor, and a magnetic disc using said aluminum alloy substrate for magnetic discs, the aluminum alloy substrate being characterized in being obtained from an aluminum alloy containing Mg: 2.0-8.0 mass % (“%” below), Be: 0.00001-0.00200%, Cu: 0.003-0.150%, Zn: 0.05-0.60%, Cr: 0.010-0.300%, Si: 0.060% or less, Fe: 0.060% or less, the balance being obtained from Al and unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: UACJ Corporation, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Kitawaki, Takuya Murata, Akira Hibino, Naoki Kitamura, Masanobu Onishi, Hideki Takahashi, Satoshi Yamazaki, Sadayuki Toda
  • Publication number: 20200249532
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display panel performs displaying in the normally white mode. A first and a second polarizer are disposed so that the transmission axes thereof are perpendicular to each other. A liquid crystal layer is in a twisted alignment state in the absence of an applied voltage. A first substrate has a first electrode having a plurality of rectangular openings extending in parallel to each other, and a second electrode facing the first electrode with a dielectric layer interposed therebetween. The openings each independently have a width S of more than 0.6 ?m and not more than 1.4 ?m, and each pair of adjacent openings independently has a distance L therebetween of not less than 0.3 ?m and not more than 0.7 ?m. A first and a second horizontal alignment film each have an azimuthal anchoring energy of not more than 1×10?4J/m2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: KOJI MURATA, KOHZOH NAKAMURA, KIYOSHI MINOURA, AKIRA SAKAI, YUICHI KAWAHIRA
  • Patent number: 10725336
    Abstract: The liquid crystal display panel includes: a first polarizing plate; a first ?/4 plate; a first substrate; a second ?/4 plate; a liquid crystal layer; a second substrate; and a second polarizing plate, wherein the first substrate includes a black matrix but no photo spacer, the second substrate includes a photo spacer overlapping with the black matrix, liquid crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer homogeneously align with no voltage application, the second ?/4 plate covers no side surface of the photo spacer, and the in-plane slow axis of the first ?/4 plate forms an angle of 45° with the transmission axis of the first polarizing plate and is orthogonal to the in-plane slow axis of the second ?/4 plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kawahira, Akira Sakai, Kozo Nakamura, Masahiro Hasegawa, Takako Koide, Koji Murata, Kiyoshi Minoura
  • Patent number: 10705505
    Abstract: A numerical control device includes: an estimation unit to estimate an accumulation amount of swarf to be produced when a tool mounted on a machine tool cuts a workpiece on the basis of a machining condition in cutting the workpiece by the tool and a value of current to be applied to a motor for moving a shaft of the machine tool when the tool cuts the workpiece. The numerical control device further includes a correction unit to correct the accumulation amount of swarf estimated by the estimation unit on the basis of a machining mode specifying a shape of swarf to be produced when the tool cuts the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tanabe, Munehiro Murata
  • Publication number: 20200209842
    Abstract: Accuracy of unsupervised anomalous sound detection is improved using a small number of pieces of anomalous sound data. A threshold deciding part (13) calculates an anomaly score for each of a plurality of pieces of anomalous sound data, using a normal model learned with normal sound data and an anomaly model expressing the pieces of anomalous sound data, and decides a minimum value among the anomaly scores as a threshold. A weight updating part (14) updates, using a plurality of pieces of normal sound data, the pieces of anomalous sound data and the threshold, weights of the anomaly model so that all the pieces of anomalous sound data are judged as anomalous, and probability of the pieces of normal sound data being judged as anomalous is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuma KOIZUMI, Yuta KAWACHI, Noboru HARADA, Shoichiro SAITO, Akira NAKAGAWA, Shin MURATA
  • Patent number: 10689762
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus can suppress particle generation on a substrate, and can reduce a consumption amount of a processing liquid. A substrate processing apparatus 1 includes a processing chamber 30 having a processing space 31 in which a substrate W is processed; a vaporizing tank 60, configured to store the processing liquid therein, having a vaporization space 61 in which the stored processing liquid is allowed to be vaporized; a decompression driving unit 70 configured to decompress the vaporization space 61; and a control unit 18. The control unit 18 vaporizes the processing liquid into the processing gas by decompressing the vaporization space 61 without through the processing space 31, and then, vaporizes the processing liquid into the processing gas by decompressing the vaporization space 61 through the processing space 31, and supplies an inert gas into the vaporization space 61.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Akira Murata, Satoshi Kaneko, Kazuki Motomatsu, Kazunori Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20200192165
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes sequentially from a viewing surface side: a first polarizer; an out-cell retardation layer; a first substrate; an in-cell retardation layer; a horizontally aligned liquid crystal layer; a second substrate; and a second polarizer. The liquid crystal display device includes a viewing angle compensation film between the first polarizer and the out-cell retardation layer or between the second substrate and the second polarizer. The out-cell retardation layer is a laminate including sequentially from a viewing surface side: a first retardation layer having an NZ coefficient of 1.0-1.1 and an Re of 120 nm or greater and smaller than 137.5 nm; and a second retardation layer having an Re of 0-10 nm and an Rth of 80-150 nm. The in-cell retardation layer is a third retardation layer having an NZ coefficient of 0.7-1.4 and an Re of 120 nm or greater and smaller than 137.5 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: MASAHIRO HASEGAWA, AKIRA SAKAI, TAKAKO KOIDE, YUICHI KAWAHIRA, KOJI MURATA, KIYOSHI MINOURA
  • Patent number: 10678087
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display panel includes a first ?/4 retardation layer, a first substrate, a color filter layer, a liquid crystal layer containing horizontally aligned liquid crystals, and a second ?/4 retardation layer that is formed from a different material from the first ?/4 retardation layer between the first substrate and the color filter layer or between the color filter layer and the liquid crystal layer. The second ?/4 retardation layer has a smaller thickness in a region overlapping the blue color filter than in a region overlapping the green color filter. The first ?/4 retardation layer provides a retardation Rout(?) to light having a wavelength of ? nm. The second ?/4 retardation layer provides a retardation Rin(?). The retardation Rout(?) and the retardation Rin(?) satisfy the following formula (1) in the region overlapping the blue color filter. ?1.0 nm<Rin(450)?Rout(450)<10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Sakai, Yuichi Kawahira, Koji Murata, Masahiro Hasegawa, Takako Koide, Kozo Nakamura, Kiyoshi Minoura
  • Patent number: 10670911
    Abstract: The liquid crystal display panel includes: a first polarizing plate; a first ?/4 plate; a first substrate; a second ?/4 plate; a liquid crystal layer; a second substrate; and a second polarizing plate, wherein the first substrate includes a black matrix, and a photo spacer overlapping with the black matrix, d crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer homogeneously align with no voltage application, the second ?/4 plate is made of a self-assembling photo alignment material containing a photo functional group capable of causing at least one chemical reaction selected from the group consisting of photodimerization, photoisomerization, and photo-Fries rearrangement, and covers a side surface of the photo spacer, and the in-plane stow axis of the first ?/4 plate forms an angle of 45° with the transmission axis of the first polarizing plate and is orthogonal to the in-plane slow axis of the second ?/4 plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kawahira, Akira Sakai, Kozo Nakamura, Masahiro Hasegawa, Takako Koide, Koji Murata, Kiyoshi Minoura