Patents by Inventor Hidenao Suzuki

Hidenao Suzuki 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: 10981390
    Abstract: The liquid container comprises: a first chamber that is surrounded by a plurality of walls and is configured to contain a liquid; a liquid inlet port for pouring the liquid into the first chamber; an air opening port that is opened to air; a liquid lead-out port that leads the liquid out of the first chamber; an air lead-in port that is formed in, out of the plurality of walls surrounding the first chamber, a first wall different from the wall constituting a top surface; and an air communication path that allows the air opening port and the air lead-in port to communicate with each other. The air lead-in port is separated from a corner portion where the first wall crosses with another wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Takanori Matsuda, Koji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20190232668
    Abstract: The liquid container comprises: a first chamber that is surrounded by a plurality of walls and is configured to contain a liquid; a liquid inlet port for pouring the liquid into the first chamber; an air opening port that is opened to air; a liquid lead-out port that leads the liquid out of the first chamber; an air lead-in port that is formed in, out of the plurality of walls surrounding the first chamber, a first wall different from the wall constituting a top surface; and an air communication path that allows the air opening port and the air lead-in port to communicate with each other. The air lead-in port is separated from a corner portion where the first wall crosses with another wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenao SUZUKI, Naomi KIMURA, Shoma KUDO, Takanori MATSUDA, Koji KAWAI
  • Patent number: 10343409
    Abstract: In conventional liquid jet apparatuses, improvement in usability is desired. A liquid jet apparatus including a liquid jet head, a liquid container that can store liquid, a housing that covers the liquid jet head and the liquid container, and an operation unit can be operated by a user, a liquid injection port that enables liquid to be injected is formed in the liquid container, when the operation unit is viewed from the front, the first liquid container is arranged between the operation unit and one side wall of the housing, and the second liquid container is arranged between the other side wall opposite to the one side wall of the housing and the operation unit, the housing includes a first cover that covers at least a portion of the first liquid container, and a second cover that covers at least a portion of the second liquid container, and the first cover and the second cover are independently configured to be openable/closable relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Higuchi, Takaaki Ishikawa, Hidenao Suzuki, Naomi Kimura, Koji Kawai, Shoma Kudo, Takanori Matsuda, Ekie Purnomo, Muhamad Gigih Agung Pratomo, Muhamad Auf
  • Patent number: 10183491
    Abstract: A tank comprises a container body configured to contain an ink and an ink fill port configured to accept the ink to be injected into the container body. A cap is provided to close the ink fill port when the cap is attached to the tank. The cap comprises a covering portion configured to cover the ink fill port; a seal portion protruded from the covering portion to be inserted into the ink fill port and configured to close the ink fill port when the seal portion is inserted in the ink fill port; and a skirt portion protruded from the covering portion in a direction of protrusion of the seal portion from the covering portion and located away from the seal portion when the covering portion is viewed from a seal portion side. The skirt portion is protruded more than the seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Soshi Okawa, Koji Kawai, Ekie Purnomo, Muhamad Gigih Agung Pratomo, Muhamad Auf
  • Patent number: 10105959
    Abstract: A liquid supplying apparatus, configured to supply a liquid to a liquid ejecting section that is configured to eject the liquid, includes a tank configured to contain the liquid, the tank including a liquid containing section, and a container section connected to the tank. The container section is exposed to air through the tank, and the container section is connected to the liquid containing section of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Munehide Kanaya, Naomi Kimura, Koki Hayashi, Koji Nishimaki, Shoma Kudo
  • Patent number: 10011118
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to discharge an ink onto paper for recording, a case accommodating at least the recording head, a reading device openable and closable between an open position and a closed position, a liquid container having a liquid storage chamber for storing the ink to be supplied to the recording head and an injection port enabling the ink to be injected from the outside to the inside of the liquid storage chamber, a blocking member configured to block the injection port by coming into contact with the injection port, and a cover provided such that the cover can be opened or closed between an open position where the injection port is exposed and a closed position where the injection port is not exposed. The blocking member is mounted on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Shoichi Ishizawa, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Makoto Omuro, Koji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20180170064
    Abstract: In conventional liquid jet apparatuses, improvement in usability is desired. A liquid jet apparatus including a liquid jet head, a liquid container that can store liquid, a housing that covers the liquid jet head and the liquid container, and an operation unit can be operated by a user, a liquid injection port that enables liquid to be injected is formed in the liquid container, when the operation unit is viewed from the front, the first liquid container is arranged between the operation unit and one side wall of the housing, and the second liquid container is arranged between the other side wall opposite to the one side wall of the housing and the operation unit, the housing includes a first cover that covers at least a portion of the first liquid container, and a second cover that covers at least a portion of the second liquid container, and the first cover and the second cover are independently configured to be openable/closable relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki HIGUCHI, Takaaki ISHIKAWA, Hidenao SUZUKI, Naomi KIMURA, Koji KAWAI, Shoma KUDO, Takanori MATSUDA, Ekie Pumomo, Muhamad Gigih Agung Pratomo, Muhamad Auf
  • Patent number: 9908337
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that can easily set a state in which liquid accommodation units are filled with a liquid for recording while suppressing increases in an installation area. A recording apparatus including a liquid ejecting head that performs recording by ejecting ink onto sheets of paper, a discharge unit in which a discharge opening that includes a discharge region at which the sheets of paper, on which recording was performed by the liquid ejecting head, are discharged, is formed, and liquid accommodation units that are capable of accommodating the liquid that is supplied to the liquid ejecting head, in an apparatus main body, in which the liquid accommodation units are provided with injection openings through which it is possible to inject ink into the liquid accommodation units, which are provided in a positions that are below the discharge unit in a perpendicular direction (?Z direction) and overlaps with the discharge unit in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Munehide Kanaya, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9868290
    Abstract: With a conventional liquid container, it is difficult to reduce the possibility of soiling with liquid caused by liquid leakage. Provided is a liquid container including a liquid containing portion containing liquid, a liquid inlet portion receiving injection of the liquid into the liquid containing portion, an open air port that communicates with the liquid containing portion and is introducing the atmospheric air into the liquid containing portion, and a liquid absorbent material that is arranged at least in a portion of the periphery of the open air port and that is absorbing the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Matsuda, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki, Naomi Kimura, Munehide Kanaya
  • Patent number: 9855761
    Abstract: An ink tank includes a tank main body that is able to contain ink, an ink filling unit that is provided in the tank main body and has an opening which enables the tank main body to be filled with the ink, and a plurality of ribs that are provided around the ink filling unit of the tank main body and protrude from the tank main body. A clearance in which the ink is held due to a capillary force between the ribs is provided between two adjacent ribs among the plurality of ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Shoma Kudo, Naomi Kimura, Keigo Iizawa, Masayuki Kanazawa, Naofumi Mimura, Keisuke Akimoto, Ryusuke Takakura, Soshi Okawa, Munehide Kanaya, Nobuyuki Nishi, Satoshi Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20170282564
    Abstract: A tank comprises a container body configured to contain an ink and an ink fill port configured to accept the ink to be injected into the container body. A cap is provided to close the ink fill port when the cap is attached to the tank. The cap comprises a covering portion configured to cover the ink fill port; a seal portion protruded from the covering portion to be inserted into the ink fill port and configured to close the ink fill port when the seal portion is inserted in the ink fill port; and a skirt portion protruded from the covering portion in a direction of protrusion of the seal portion from the covering portion and located away from the seal portion when the covering portion is viewed from a seal portion side. The skirt portion is protruded more than the seal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao SUZUKI, Naomi KIMURA, Shoma KUDO, Soshi OKAWA, Koji KAWAI, Ekie PURNOMO, Muhamad Gigih Agung PRATOMO, Muhamad AUF
  • Publication number: 20170274661
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to discharge an ink onto paper for recording, a case accommodating at least the recording head, a reading device openable and closable between an open position and a closed position, a liquid container having a liquid storage chamber for storing the ink to be supplied to the recording head and an injection port enabling the ink to be injected from the outside to the inside of the liquid storage chamber, a blocking member configured to block the injection port by coming into contact with the injection port, and a cover provided such that the cover can be opened or closed between an open position where the injection port is exposed and a closed position where the injection port is not exposed. The blocking member is mounted on the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Hidenao SUZUKI, Shoichi ISHIZAWA, Yoshiyuki TANAKA, Makoto OMURO, Koji KAWAI
  • Publication number: 20170232754
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that can easily set a state in which liquid accommodation units are filled with a liquid for recording while suppressing increases in an installation area. A recording apparatus including a liquid ejecting head that performs recording by ejecting ink onto sheets of paper, a discharge unit in which a discharge opening that includes a discharge region at which the sheets of paper, on which recording was performed by the liquid ejecting head, are discharged, is formed, and liquid accommodation units that are capable of accommodating the liquid that is supplied to the liquid ejecting head, in an apparatus main body, in which the liquid accommodation units are provided with injection openings through which it is possible to inject ink into the liquid accommodation units, which are provided in a positions that are below the discharge unit in a perpendicular direction (?Z direction) and overlaps with the discharge unit in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Munehide KANAYA, Shoma KUDO, Hidenao SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 9707769
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes a recording head configured to discharge an ink onto paper for recording, a case accommodating at least the recording head, a reading device openable and closable between an open position and a closed position, a liquid container having a liquid storage chamber for storing the ink to be supplied to the recording head and an injection port enabling the ink to be injected from the outside to the inside of the liquid storage chamber, a blocking member configured to block the injection port by coming into contact with the injection port, and a cover provided such that the cover can be opened or closed between an open position where the injection port is exposed and a closed position where the injection port is not exposed. The blocking member is mounted on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenao Suzuki, Shoichi Ishizawa, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Makoto Omuro, Koji Kawai
  • Publication number: 20170182813
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing unit including a printing head configured to eject ink onto a sheet and a sheet ejecting portion configured to eject the sheet after the printing head performs a printing operation, a scanner unit located above the printing unit and configured to read an image on a document, and a tank unit located on a lateral side of the printing unit. The tank unit includes a tank storing the ink to be supplied to the printing head and a housing covering the tank. The housing provides at least a front surface, a lateral surface, a rear surface, and an upper surface of the tank unit. A front surface of the printing unit is flush with the front surface of the tank unit when the printing unit has a front surface on a side of the sheet ejecting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Hidenao SUZUKI, Naomi KIMURA, Koji KAWAI, Shoma KUDO, Takanori MATSUDA
  • Patent number: 9643421
    Abstract: There is provided a recording apparatus that can easily set a state in which liquid accommodation units are filled with a liquid for recording while suppressing increases in an installation area. A recording apparatus including a liquid ejecting head 16 that performs recording by ejecting ink onto sheets of paper P, a discharge unit 20 in which a discharge opening 25 that includes a discharge region at which the sheets of paper, on which recording was performed by the liquid ejecting head, are discharged, is formed, and liquid accommodation units 30 that are capable of accommodating the liquid that is supplied to the liquid ejecting head, in an apparatus main body 12, in which the liquid accommodation units are provided with injection openings through which it is possible to inject ink into the liquid accommodation units, which are provided in a positions that are below the discharge unit in a perpendicular direction (?Z direction) and overlaps with the discharge unit in the perpendicular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Munehide Kanaya, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9643423
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid container including a casing that has a side wall surrounding a container portion configured to contain a liquid; a projecting portion that is provided inside of the container portion to be protruded from a fourth wall corresponding to a bottom of the container portion; and a supply port that is provided in the casing to communicate with outside of the casing through an outer area outside of an overlapping area which overlaps the projecting portion in the container portion in a planar view of the fourth wall and discharge the liquid from the container portion. At least part of a second wall provided to face the projecting portion across a first liquid reservoir has optical transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Munehide Kanaya, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9586408
    Abstract: A liquid ejection device provided by the invention can be easily transported in a stable orientation in which the weight balance is kept. A printer of the invention includes a liquid ejection head for ejecting ink onto a sheet, ink tanks for storing ink to be supplied to the liquid ejection head, and tubes that connect the ink tanks to the liquid ejection head. An ink injection opening that enables the injection of ink is formed on the upper side of the ink tanks in the vertical direction, and one portion of the ink tanks and another portion of the ink tanks are respectively arranged on one side and another side that face each other across a sheet conveying region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Munehide Kanaya, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: D802050
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Kawai, Naomi Kimura, Hidenao Suzuki
  • Patent number: D836113
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Hidenao Suzuki, Munehide Kanaya