Patents by Inventor Hideki Sakano

Hideki Sakano 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: 10654298
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus. A first shaft and a second shaft are disposed on the cartridge installation portion. The tape cartridge includes a printing tape that is wound on a tape core, a platen roller in which a first shaft is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a guided portion which is guided by the second shaft when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. When seen from an attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the guided portion is disposed at an opposite side of the tape core with respect to the platen roller and the guided portion is recessed on an outer peripheral surface of a cartridge casing that forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20200147988
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a platen roller, a winding up core, and a cartridge casing that accommodates a printing tape, an ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core. The cartridge casing includes an insertion hole in which a head cover on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The insertion hole includes a first concave portion and a second concave portion that face a first convex portion and a second convex portion, respectively, on the head cover when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion, and the first concave portion and the second concave portion are formed on an inner wall of the insertion hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 10611179
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is configured to be detachably mounted on a cartridge mounting portion of a tape printing device. The tape printing device includes a sensor unit configured to read information off the tape cartridge. The sensor unit includes a sensor holder that is configured to be in contact with the tape cartridge, the sensor holder including a holder body integrally formed with a positioning pin. The tape cartridge includes a detected portion disposed on a first wall of the tape cartridge and an engaging portion disposed on a second wall of the tape cartridge. When the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge mounting portion, the engaging portion is engaged with the positioning pin, the holder body is in contact with the detected portion, and the detected portion is configured such that the information of the tape cartridge is read from the detected portion with detection light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10569585
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a platen roller, a winding up core, and a cartridge casing that accommodates a printing tape, an ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core. The cartridge casing includes an insertion hole in which a head cover on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The insertion hole includes a facing portion that faces a convex portion on the head cover when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The facing portion is part of an inner wall of the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 10414611
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus to which a tape cartridge is detachably attachable includes: a cartridge attachment portion into which the tape cartridge is attachable; and a base convex portion that is provided on the cartridge attachment portion, a core concave portion of the tape cartridge coming into fit-in engagement with the base convex portion when the tape cartridge is attached to the tape printing apparatus. The base convex portion includes: a pedestal portion with which a recessed portion of the tape cartridge comes into fit-in engagement when the tape cartridge is attached to the tape printing apparatus, and an identification convex portion that is provided as a protrusion on the pedestal portion, an identification concave portion of the tape cartridge coming into fit-in engagement with the identification convex portion when the tape cartridge is attached to the tape printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10369820
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed in a tape printing apparatus on a cartridge installation portion that has a platen driving shaft. The tape cartridge includes a platen roller in which the platen driving shaft is inserted, an outer peripheral surface which is provided parallel with a cartridge installing direction and on an outer shell of the tape cartridge, a pair of projections formed on opposite sides of the outer peripheral surface, and a recessed portion provided on the outer peripheral surface. When seen from the attaching direction of the tape cartridge, the recessed portion is disposed on an opposite side with respect to the platen roller over an imaginary line connecting the pair of projections and disposed at a position to which one of the pair of projections farther from the platen roller is closer than the other of the pair of projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Patent number: 10328732
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is detachably installed on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus having the cartridge installation portion and a press switch. The cartridge installation portion has an installation base portion and an installation peripheral wall portion surrounding the installation base portion and allows the tape cartridge to be installed on the cartridge installation portion. The press switch has a stem projecting in a direction crossing an installation direction of the tape cartridge and provided on the installation peripheral wall portion. The tape cartridge includes a detected portion that is provided on an outer peripheral surface of the tape cartridge and corresponds to the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The detected portion has an installation guide slant surface that presses the stem when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20190185199
    Abstract: A packaging box includes a shelf portion which partitions an interior of the packaging box into an upper space and a lower space, an inner flap which is located above the shelf portion as an inner lid and which is bendable to a closed position where the inner flap faces the shelf portion while extending parallel thereto, and a hold-down piece which is disposed at a position facing the inner flap at the closed position in the shelf portion and which has a first bent portion bendable to protrude outward in a middle portion of the hold-down piece, the hold-down piece formed by cutting and raising the shelf portion to be capable of standing in a tilted state where a distal end side thereof extends toward a first side portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Toshiyuki YAKABE, Hideki SAMATA, Noriyuki HARA, Makiko KATSUYAMA, Akemi ICHIYANAGI, Kazuhiro KURAMOTO, Norio SATO, Shinichi SAKANO
  • Patent number: 10286700
    Abstract: A tape cartridge to be installed in a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus, to which the tape cartridge is detachably installed and which includes an installation base for positioning the tape cartridge, includes a printing tape and a cartridge casing in which the printing tape is accommodated and forms an outer shell of the tape cartridge. The cartridge casing includes a first casing disposed at a front side of the tape when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion, and a second casing disposed at a back side of the tape cartridge when the tape cartridge is installed in the cartridge installation portion. The first casing is formed with an elastic portion which is deformed by a pressing force of a pressing portion of the tape printing apparatus on a casing wall of the first casing at the frond side of the tape cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Publication number: 20190077173
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is configured to be detachably mounted on a cartridge mounting portion of a tape printing device. The tape printing device includes a sensor unit configured to read information off the tape cartridge. The sensor unit includes a sensor holder that is configured to be in contact with the tape cartridge, the sensor holder including a holder body integrally formed with a positioning pin. The tape cartridge includes a detected portion disposed on a first wall of the tape cartridge and an engaging portion disposed on a second wall of the tape cartridge. When the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge mounting portion, the engaging portion is engaged with the positioning pin, the holder body is in contact with the detected portion, and the detected portion is configured such that the information of the tape cartridge is read from the detected portion with detection light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10201996
    Abstract: A tape cartridge including a tape member, a tape core on which the tape member is wound, and a cartridge case in which the tape member and the tape core are accommodated. The tape member includes a folded tape main body having a print portion on a first side of the fold and a non-print portion on a second side of the fold. The folded tape main body includes an adhesive layer that pastes the print portion and the non-print portion together. An outermost surface of the print portion forms a print surface. The adhesive layer is provided on an inner surface of the print portion. A first release agent layer is provided abutting the adhesive layer. A second release agent layer is provided on an inner surface of the non-print portion such that the second release agent layer contacts the adhesive layer and the first release agent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10195877
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer, which has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the tape-shaped printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that is formed into a fitting cylindrical shape and has a rotation shaft of the tape roll, an identification concave portion that is provided in an inner peripheral portion of the core shaft and engages with the identification portion, a depressed portion that engages with a pedestal which is disposed on the mounting section, and a core concave portion that includes the identification concave portion and the depressed portion. The identification concave portion is configured to accommodate the identification portion in a state where the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Publication number: 20190030935
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a platen roller, a winding up core, and a cartridge casing that accommodates a printing tape, an ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core. The cartridge casing includes an insertion hole in which a head cover on a cartridge installation portion of a tape printing apparatus is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The insertion hole includes a facing portion that faces a convex portion on the head cover when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The facing portion is part of an inner wall of the insertion hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 10150307
    Abstract: A tape printing device on which a tape cartridge is mounted, the device includes a sensor unit that faces a specification reading pattern formed on a base end surface of the tape cartridge; and a unit energizing portion that energizes the sensor unit toward a base end surface side. The sensor unit has a sensor portion that irradiates a specification reading pattern with a detection light and reads the specification reading pattern, and a sensor holder that supports the sensor portion and presses the base end surface by energizing of the unit energizing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10144229
    Abstract: The tape cartridge is attached or detached in an attaching and detaching direction to or from the tape printing device including a detecting portion for reading specification information of the tape cartridge from a detected portion by irradiating the detected portion disposed in the tape cartridge with detection light. The tape cartridge includes the detected portion disposed on a wall surface in the attaching and detaching direction; and a fitting portion that is disposed on a wall surface on a rear side in a mounting direction. The detected portion is disposed at a position facing the detecting portion when being mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Oida, Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10137716
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a platen roller, a winding up core, and a cartridge casing that accommodates a printing tape, an ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core. The cartridge casing includes an insertion opening in which a head cover on a cartridge installation portion is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion. The insertion opening includes an inner wall portion including a first inner wall that is disposed at a printing tape accommodation side of the insertion opening and a second inner wall that is disposed at a winding up core side of the insertion opening, and a facing portion that is a corner portion formed by the first inner wall and the second inner wall and faces a convex portion on one of the corners of the head cover when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Hideo Sodeyama
  • Patent number: 10124611
    Abstract: A tape cartridge includes a cartridge case in which a printing tape is accommodated. The cartridge case includes a first member having a plurality of joining pins and a second member having a plurality of joining holes to which the joining pins are joined. The second member includes a based end face to which a type reading seal is attachable and that is formed in parallel with a mounting direction of the tape cartridge to the tape printing device, and an engaging portion that is engaged with an engaged portion provided with the tape printing device. The base end face includes a cutout communicating with the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 10099490
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is to be mounted detachably in a tape printing apparatus provided with a cartridge mounting unit to be mounted with the tape cartridge and an apparatus-side lock portion which is provided in the cartridge mounting unit, function as a rigid body, and has an edge on which the tape cartridge mounted is to be locked in an unmounting direction. The tape cartridge includes a cartridge-side lock portion that is locked on the edge of the apparatus-side lock portion in such a manner as to be inclined without facing squarely any wall surface near the edge when the tape cartridge is mounted in the cartridge mounting unit, and a lock spring portion that supports the cartridge-side lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sakano, Shinsaku Kosuge
  • Publication number: 20180290467
    Abstract: A tape cartridge is mounted on a mounting section of a tape printer, which has an identification portion configured to identify a type of cartridge containing a tape-shaped printing medium. The tape cartridge includes a tape roll around which the tape-shaped printing medium is wound, a core shaft portion that is formed into a fitting cylindrical shape and has a rotation shaft of the tape roll, an identification concave portion that is provided in an inner peripheral portion of the core shaft and engages with the identification portion, a depressed portion that engages with a pedestal which is disposed on the mounting section, and a core concave portion that includes the identification concave portion and the depressed portion. The identification concave portion is configured to accommodate the identification portion in a state where the tape cartridge is mounted on the mounting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventor: Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: D835185
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeaki Isobe, Yasutomo Takahashi, Hideki Sakano