Patents by Inventor Akira Watanabe

Akira Watanabe 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: 20240102927
    Abstract: A terahertz-wave signal input unit 11 configured to input a terahertz-wave signal from a spectroscopic apparatus 200 for detecting a terahertz wave acting on a photoresist, and a terahertz-wave signal analysis unit 12 configured to analyze a terahertz-wave signal input by the terahertz-wave signal input unit 11 to acquire characteristic information of the photoresist are included, and spectroscopic processing using a terahertz wave is performed on a photoresist to acquire characteristic information of the photoresist (a characteristic value or a correlation characteristic indicating a relationship between a plurality of elements including the characteristic value).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Inventors: Akira WATANABE, Tadashi OKUNO, Takeji UEDA
  • Patent number: 11939027
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal is provided with a pedal shaft, and a body part and an end cap. The pedal shaft has a center axis. The body part is rotatably supported by the pedal shaft around the center axis. The body part has a pedal shaft receiving bore with a first opening and a second opening. The first opening receives the pedal shaft along the center axis. The end cap is adjustably attached to the body part at the second opening to adjust a position of the pedal shaft within the pedal shaft receiving bore in an axial direction with respect to the center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Tatsuya Watanabe, Atsuhiro Emura
  • Patent number: 11941284
    Abstract: It is possible to reduce analysis cost of a management system. The management system includes a CPU and manages one or more storage devices that provide, to a higher-level device, one or more volumes for inputting and outputting data. The CPU is configured to collect performance information of the volume from the storage device at a predetermined first time interval and detect a QoS violation of the performance information of the volume at a second time interval longer than the first time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Soichi Watanabe, Akira Deguchi, Kazuei Hironaka
  • Patent number: 11936718
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device and an information processing method that enable output of information using a more optimal output modal. Provided is an information processing device including a processing unit configured to perform processes of: acquiring apparatus information regarding an output modal for each electronic apparatus; selecting an electronic apparatus having an output modal that outputs information from among a plurality of electronic apparatuses on the basis of the acquired apparatus information; and outputting the information from an output modal of the selected electronic apparatus. The present technology can be applied to, for example, electronic apparatuses such as information apparatuses, video apparatuses, audio apparatuses, or household electrical appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriko Totsuka, Hiroaki Ogawa, Yuki Takeda, Kan Kuroda, Yoshinori Maeda, Yuichiro Koyama, Akira Takahashi, Kazuya Tateishi, Chie Kamada, Emiru Tsunoo, Akira Fukui, Hideaki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20240084885
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a sprocket that mitigates the impact of tension fluctuations resulting from load torque changes, suppresses noise and vibration, ensures stable chain behavior, prevents sprocket durability loss and the generation of harmonics during rotation, along with a chain drive system. Tooth roots between adjacent teeth of the sprocket include those with a radial deviation from a root circle of a standard tooth profile, set within a predetermined numerical range corresponding to a tooth pitch. A phase variation pattern is created by changing a root radius in accordance with an angular position. The phase variation pattern has a waveform with an amplitude varied within a range of ( 1/7)Amax, where Amax represents a maximum amplitude. The chain drive system includes a plurality of sprockets and a chain passed over the sprockets, at least one of them being the above-described sprocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Shoichiro Shimizu, Yuta Watanabe, Akira Hirai
  • Publication number: 20240087963
    Abstract: To planarize a substrate having irregularities on its surface. Provided is a method of chemical mechanical polishing of a substrate. The method includes the step of polishing the substrate using a processing solution, and the step of changing concentration of an effective component in the processing solution, which contributes to the polishing of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Akira FUKUNAGA, Katsuhide WATANABE, Itsuki KOBATA, Manabu TSUJIMURA
  • Patent number: 11923560
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes: an electrode plate including a main body portion and an electrode terminal portion protruding from the main body portion along a first direction; and a separator adhered to the electrode plate, wherein the main body portion of the electrode plate includes a central region located in a vicinity of a center in the first direction, a first region located on a side close to the electrode terminal portion with respect to the central region in the first direction, and a second region located on a side opposite to the first region with respect to the central region in the first direction, and adhesion strength per unit area between the electrode plate and the separator in the first region is higher than adhesion strength per unit area between the electrode plate and the separator in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: PRIME PLANET ENERGY & SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daiki Watanabe, Yu Matsui, Akira Nishida
  • Patent number: 11919325
    Abstract: An enclosing-sealing apparatus includes a flap opener that opens a flap of an envelope while the envelope is conveyed to an enclosing position. A first envelope detector is disposed upstream from the flap opener in an envelope conveyance direction and detects both ends of the envelope in the envelope conveyance direction. A second envelope detector is disposed downstream from the flap opener in the envelope conveyance direction and detects both ends of the envelope in the envelope conveyance direction in an open state in which the flap opens. A controller determines the open state of the flap based on a first detection result sent from the first envelope detector and a second detection result sent from the second envelope detector. The controller performs troubleshooting for enclosing the enclosure into the envelope if the controller determines that the open state of the flap is faulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kunieda, Michitaka Suzuki, Shinji Asami, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Takahiro Matsuda, Makoto Hidaka, Kazuyoshi Matsuo, Shingo Yoshizawa, Takahiro Watanabe, Takuya Morinaga
  • Publication number: 20240074106
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a conduit configured to circulate magnetic fluid, and a magnetic field generator that applies a magnetic field to the magnetic fluid. The conduit includes at least four areas of a first conduit area in which the magnetic fluid receives heat from a heating unit, a second conduit area from the first conduit area to a cooling unit, a third conduit area in which the magnetic fluid is cooled by the cooling unit, and a fourth conduit area from the cooling unit to the heating unit. When the apparatus is used, a volume of the magnetic fluid in one of the first to fourth conduit areas, in which a flow direction of the magnetic fluid coincides with a gravity direction, is larger than that of another conduit area, in which the flow direction of the magnetic fluid does not coincide with the gravity direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Genki Tanaka, Akira Watanabe, Akinori Inagaki
  • Publication number: 20240040844
    Abstract: There is provided a display device capable of preventing leakage of a drive current generated between adjacent subpixels. A display device including a first electrode layer having a plurality of electrodes arranged two-dimensionally, a second electrode layer provided to face the first electrode layer, an electroluminescence layer provided between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, and an insulating layer provided between the electrodes adjacent to each other. The electroluminescence layer includes a hole transport layer, and the hole transport layer is adjacent to the insulating layer. An energy level Einterface(1) at an interface between the insulating layer and the hole transport layer and an energy level Ebulk(1) in a bulk of the hole transport layer satisfy the following Formula (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: HIROKO SUSA, TAKEO TSUKAMOTO, MIKI KIMIJIMA, AKIRA WATANABE
  • Patent number: 11834603
    Abstract: A heat dissipation sheet 10 includes cohesive inorganic filler particles 1 having a breaking strength of 20 MPa or lower and a modulus of elasticity of 48 MPa or higher and a matrix resin 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sawamura, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Hidaka
  • Patent number: 11839052
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a conduit configured to circulate magnetic fluid, and a magnetic field generator that applies a magnetic field to the magnetic fluid. The conduit includes at least four areas of a first conduit area in which the magnetic fluid receives heat from a heating unit, a second conduit area from the first conduit area to a cooling unit, a third conduit area in which the magnetic fluid is cooled by the cooling unit, and a fourth conduit area from the cooling unit to the heating unit. When the apparatus is used, a volume of the magnetic fluid in one of the first to fourth conduit areas, in which a flow direction of the magnetic fluid coincides with a gravity direction, is larger than that of another conduit area, in which the flow direction of the magnetic fluid does not coincide with the gravity direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Genki Tanaka, Akira Watanabe, Akinori Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11772010
    Abstract: The present application provides an extract production system. The extract production system includes an extraction unit for extracting an extract from a starting material by using a solvent flowing into the interior thereof, a first heat exchange unit for subjecting the solvent flowing into the extraction unit to heat exchange by using a heat exchange medium, and a second heat exchange unit for subjecting the solvent which underwent heat exchange in the first heat exchange unit to heat exchange by reusing the heat exchange medium which underwent heat exchange in the first heat exchange unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventor: Akira Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20230304176
    Abstract: The present disclosure aims at providing an electrolysis apparatus that can efficiently produce hydrogen and can accommodate fluctuating power supplies. A bipolar zero-gap electrolyzer for water electrolysis includes multiple bipolar elements, each of which includes an anode chamber, a cathode chamber, a conductive partition wall provided between the anode and cathode chambers, and outer frames framing the conductive partition wall. The conductive partition wall has protrusions on at least one surface. A conductive elastic body is disposed between a surface of the conductive partition wall opposite the one surface and one of the electrodes. One and the other of the electrodes form conduction with the conductive partition wall at least through the protrusions and at least through the conductive elastic body, respectively. The membrane is sandwiched between the cathode and the anode of the adjacent bipolar elements by elastic stress of the conductive elastic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira WATANABE, Norikazu FUJIMOTO, Yousuke UCHINO, Hiroshige YAMAURA
  • Patent number: 11732818
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve has an inlet port and an outlet port. The electromagnetic valve is configured to open and close a driving fluid passage communicating the inlet port and the outlet port. The electromagnetic valve includes: a housing; a solenoid that includes a bobbin having a coil wound therearound; a moving core that is provided on an axis of the bobbin and is disposed movably in an axial direction; a stationary core that is provided on the axis of the bobbin and is fixed in the housing; and a valve that is configured to be movable together with the moving core and opens and closes the driving fluid passage. The inlet port is opened on one surface side of the housing in the axial direction of the bobbin while the outlet port is opened on the other surface side of the housing in the axial direction of the bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignees: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED, KOGANEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryutaro Tanno, Yuya Suzuki, Tsutomu Shinohara, Tomohiro Nakata, Akira Watanabe, Takahiro Kawano
  • Publication number: 20230200004
    Abstract: An audio recording apparatus provided with a heat radiation fan comprises at least one processor and/or circuit configured to function as following units: an acquiring unit configured to acquire a type of microphone used to record audio; a control unit configured to control a rotation frequency for driving the heat radiation fan; and a recording unit configured to record audio acquired by the used microphone, wherein the control unit changes the rotation frequency of the heat radiation fan according to the type of the used microphone acquired by the acquiring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Inventor: Akira WATANABE
  • Patent number: 11680896
    Abstract: An electromagnetic signal analysis apparatus includes a frequency spectrum obtaining unit 11 to obtain a frequency spectrum that is generated based on an electromagnetic signal obtained by a spectral device 20 and represents a property value with respect to a frequency, a water vapor fitting processing unit 12 to fit a waveform of a single fitting function or a composite waveform, of a plurality of fitting functions to a frequency spectrum at a frequency at which absorption of the electromagnetic waves by water vapor is increased, and a property analyzing unit 14 to analyze a property of a liquid sample using at least two values that determine a characteristic of the fitting function used for the fitting, so that the frequency spectrum, at the frequency at which absorption of the electromagnetic waves by water vapor generated from surfaces of the liquid sample is increased is processed to analyze the property of the liquid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: FEMTO DEPLOYMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Akira Watanabe, Tadashi Okuno, Takeji Ueda
  • Patent number: 11581459
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a light-emitting device, including the steps of: preparing a substrate including a base, a first wall formed on an upper surface of the base, and a recess defined by a lateral surface of the first wall as an inside lateral surface and the upper surface of the base as a bottom surface; mounting a light-emitting element on the bottom surface of the recess; disposing a sealing member which covers the light-emitting element and the first wall; forming a groove section extending from an upper surface of the sealing member to the first wall by removing the sealing member on the first wall; disposing a second wall inside the groove section; and cutting the second wall and the substrate at a position including the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Nichia Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Sakamoto, Akira Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20220390084
    Abstract: A cover body includes: a multi-color molded body including a first resin portion having a gate mark on an outer surface thereof, and a second resin portion having a color different from a color of the first resin portion and adhering to the outer surface of the first resin portion to cover the gate mark. An outer surface of the second resin portion includes a stepped portion that overlaps with the gate mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Takamasa Yagi, Akira Watanabe, Taro Fujisawa, Tomonori Iida, Noriyuki Nakajima, Daisuke Okitsu
  • Publication number: 20220390364
    Abstract: The invention is configured to include a spectroscopy cell 100 as a container including one or more spaces, each of which has a plate shape and contains a to-be-measured object that transmits or reflects a terahertz wave; and a holder 6 including one or more first holder through-holes 6b and 6c disposed at positions corresponding to the spaces of the spectroscopy cell 100, each of the spaces containing the to-be-measured object. A body portion 1 of the spectroscopy cell 100 is made of a resin material that transmits the terahertz wave, and the spectroscopy cell 100 is loaded into the holder 6 and is used. The holder 6 has a function of holding the spectroscopy cell 100, and a function of correcting one or more of a distortion, a twist, and a bending of the spectroscopy cell 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: Akira WATANABE, Tadashi OKUNO, Takeji UEDA