Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Ichikawa

Hiroaki Ichikawa 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: 10336251
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10328816
    Abstract: When a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging is less than a threshold, an electronic control unit determines that the degree of use of external charging is low, and executes a charging guide control to promote the use of external charging at the time of parking at a battery charging point, such as at home or in a battery charging station, where the external charging is performable. Hereby, it is possible to promote a driver to use external charging at the time of parking at the battery charging point. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10328854
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10311653
    Abstract: A use index IDX indicative of a degree of use of external charging is calculated and transmitted to a vehicle external system. The vehicle external system provides a service or imposes a penalty based on the use index IDX. In a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be low based on the use index IDX, if the vehicle external system provides a non-preferential service or imposes a heavy penalty as compared with a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be high, a driver or an owner of a vehicle takes an action by which the use index is determined to indicate a high degree of use of external charging. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10058373
    Abstract: A treatment instrument includes a treatment body that includes a treatment surface provided in the first clamp surface, the treatment surface protruding toward the second clamp surface in response to the supply of heat energy and increasing pressure on the living tissue to treat the living tissue in cooperation with the action of the heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takashino, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Yusuke Takei, Kazuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9967991
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, including a plurality of semiconductor modules, each including a semiconductor element, a main terminal and a wiring portion that connects the semiconductor element and the main terminal, and at least one busbar that each includes a terminal portion, and a plurality of attachment portions, the attachment portions being respectively connected to the main terminals of the semiconductor modules, such that the at least one busbar connects the semiconductor modules in parallel. The largest resistance among all resistances between the terminal portion and each of the attachment portions in each busbar is 10% or less of a resistance of the wiring portion in each semiconductor module. The largest inductance among all inductances between the terminal portion and each of the attachment portions in each busbar is 10% or less of an inductance of the wiring portion in each semiconductor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9871465
    Abstract: A semiconductor device can include an insulating substrate on which at least four semiconductor elements forming a three-level power conversion circuit are mounted, a base plate on which the insulating substrate is provided, a positive conductor plate with a positive DC potential which is connected to one semiconductor element among the semiconductor elements; a negative conductor plate with a negative DC potential which is connected to another semiconductor element among the semiconductor elements and an intermediate potential conductor plate with an intermediate potential which is connected to the remaining two semiconductor elements among the semiconductor elements. The positive conductor plate, the negative conductor plate, and the intermediate potential conductor plate are provided on the base plate. The positive conductor plate and the negative conductor plate are arranged close to the intermediate potential conductor plate so as to face the intermediate potential conductor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuangching Chen, Hiroaki Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20170298378
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a gene capable of conferring more practical environmental stress tolerances to a plant and the use thereof. The present invention provides a plant having enhancement in one or two or more genes selected from the group consisting of a second gene selected from a gene group consisting of a first gene subgroup consisting of Os12g0150200 gene, Os01g0858350 gene, Os05g0445100 gene, Os11g0151400 gene, AT3G48520 gene, and AT2G27690 gene, and a gene functionally equivalent to any of these genes and a second gene subgroup consisting of Os04g0584800 gene and a gene functionally equivalent to this gene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicants: National University Corporation Nagoya University, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
    Inventors: Shin Takeda, Tsukaho Hattori, Ken-Ichi Kurotani, Hiroaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9737295
    Abstract: A suture-needle holder includes: a sheath part; a grasping portion; an operation wire; and an operation part body formed to extend along a longitudinal axis, and connected such that the sheath part is movable in a direction aligned with the longitudinal axis and rotatable around the longitudinal axis. A first groove part having a distal end and a proximal end and extending along the longitudinal axis, and a second groove part having one end connected to the proximal end of the first groove part and the other end at a position separated from the one end in the direction aligned with the longitudinal axis and in a circumferential direction of the longitudinal axis, and extending from the one end to the other end are formed in the operation part body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ichikawa, Akihiro Shimazu
  • Patent number: 9722598
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, according to one possible configuration, includes switching circuits, each switching circuit comprising IGBT chips connected in series and clamping diodes. The semiconductor device also includes a first and a second wiring line and auxiliary emitter lines. The first wiring line and a first auxiliary emitter line connect the emitter terminals of IGBT chips of the first and second switching circuits. The second wiring line and another auxiliary emitter line connect the emitter terminals of the third IGBT chips of the first and second switching circuits. The wiring lines have a large current carrying capacity and a lower resistance value than their respectively connected auxiliary emitter line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20170128121
    Abstract: A treatment instrument includes a treatment body that includes a treatment surface provided in the first clamp surface, the treatment surface protruding toward the second clamp surface in response to the supply of heat energy and increasing pressure on the living tissue to treat the living tissue in cooperation with the action of the heat energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki TAKASHINO, Hiroaki ICHIKAWA, Yusuke TAKEI, Kazuhiro TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170095249
    Abstract: A suture-needle holder includes: a sheath part; a grasping portion; an operation wire; and an operation part body formed to extend along a longitudinal axis, and connected such that the sheath part is movable in a direction aligned with the longitudinal axis and rotatable around the longitudinal axis. A first groove part having a distal end and a proximal end and extending along the longitudinal axis, and a second groove part having one end connected to the proximal end of the first groove part and the other end at a position separated from the one end in the direction aligned with the longitudinal axis and in a circumferential direction of the longitudinal axis, and extending from the one end to the other end are formed in the operation part body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki ICHIKAWA, Akihiro SHIMAZU
  • Publication number: 20170027074
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, including a plurality of semiconductor modules, each including a semiconductor element, a main terminal and a wiring portion that connects the semiconductor element and the main terminal, and at least one busbar that each includes a terminal portion, and a plurality of attachment portions, the attachment portions being respectively connected to the main terminals of the semiconductor modules, such that the at least one busbar connects the semiconductor modules in parallel. The largest resistance among all resistances between the terminal portion and each of the attachment portions in each busbar is 10% or less of a resistance of the wiring portion in each semiconductor module. The largest inductance among all inductances between the terminal portion and each of the attachment portions in each busbar is 10% or less of an inductance of the wiring portion in each semiconductor module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20160157931
    Abstract: A treatment device includes a first energy output portion that is disposed in one of a pair of holding portions and includes first and second operation regions; and a second energy output portion that is disposed in the other holding portion of the pair of holding portions and includes third and fourth operation regions. The first operation region projects toward the second energy output portion more than the second operation region. The third operation region projects toward the first energy output portion more than the fourth operation region. Each of the first and third operation regions includes steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki ICHIKAWA, Hideyuki KASAHARA, Yusuke OISHI
  • Publication number: 20160072499
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, according to one possible configuration, includes switching circuits, each switching circuit comprising IGBT chips connected in series and clamping diodes. The semiconductor device also includes a first and a second wiring line and auxiliary emitter lines. The first wiring line and a first auxiliary emitter line connect the emitter terminals of IGBT chips of the first and second switching circuits. The second wiring line and another auxiliary emitter line connect the emitter terminals of the third IGBT chips of the first and second switching circuits. The wiring lines have a large current carrying capacity and a lower resistance value than their respectively connected auxiliary emitter line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Applicant: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20160030071
    Abstract: A treatment device which applies energy to a biological tissue to treat the biological tissue, includes: an interlocking mechanism that regulates at least one of a closing time until first and second jaws reach a closed state from an opened state when one operation is input into an operating body for a handle, and a unit closing amount from the opened state toward the closed state, interlocks at least one of the first and second jaws with the operating body, and is interposed between the operating body and the handle; and an elastic member that is disposed in the interlocking mechanism, couples the operating body with the handle, pulls the operating body toward the handle at a constant load or a constant pressure, and regulates the closing time until the closed state is reached from the opened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Hiroaki ICHIKAWA, Tatsutoshi HASHIMOTO, Hideyuki KASAHARA, Hideo SOBAJIMA, Yusuke TAKEI
  • Publication number: 20150270786
    Abstract: A semiconductor device can include an insulating substrate on which at least four semiconductor elements forming a three-level power conversion circuit are mounted, a base plate on which the insulating substrate is provided, a positive conductor plate with a positive DC potential which is connected to one semiconductor element among the semiconductor elements; a negative conductor plate with a negative DC potential which is connected to another semiconductor element among the semiconductor elements and an intermediate potential conductor plate with an intermediate potential which is connected to the remaining two semiconductor elements among the semiconductor elements. The positive conductor plate, the negative conductor plate, and the intermediate potential conductor plate are provided on the base plate. The positive conductor plate and the negative conductor plate are arranged close to the intermediate potential conductor plate so as to face the intermediate potential conductor plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Shuangching CHEN, Hiroaki ICHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9125663
    Abstract: A treatment system includes: an absorbent member which is arranged to be discharged into the biological tissues as the fusion targets from the first jaw, thermally deformed when the thermal energy is applied thereto; a first energy discharge portion which is configured to discharge the absorbent member toward the second holding surface, and which is configured to supply the high-frequency energy and the thermal energy to the biological tissues; a second energy discharge portion which is configured to come into contact with at least a part of the absorbent member when the absorbent member is discharged, and which is configured to supply the high-frequency energy and the thermal energy to the biological tissues; and a control unit which is configured to control the energy source to supply the thermal energy after discharging the absorbent member to the biological tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ichikawa, Hideyuki Kasahara, Hiroshi Kakidachi, Masato Tamai
  • Patent number: 9027505
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an apparatus for coloring an electrical wire to improve a visibility and design of the electrical wire. The apparatus includes a coloring device for ejecting a liquid coloring material to an outer surface of the electrical wire and a sliding device for moving relatively the coloring device in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the electrical wire so as to color each whole outer surface of a plurality of coloring regions thereof responsive to a belt-shaped design pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Yanagawa, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Masahiko Agata, Tatsuo Osada, Kenji Kinezuka
  • Patent number: 8986197
    Abstract: A medical system includes: a treatment instrument having an insertion portion configured by an exterior member, and an insertion member that is inserted into the exterior member and is longer than the exterior member; an insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device to transmit a driving force to the exterior member or the insertion member configuring the insertion portion of the treatment instrument, the insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device advancing/retreating at least one of the exterior member and the insertion member; and a driving force non-transmitting portion provided to the insertion member, the driving force non-transmitting portion preventing a driving force of the insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device from being transmitted to the exterior member when the insertion member is moved by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Okada, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Takaaki Komiya, Yoshio Onuki, Kazuki Honda, Yasuhito Kura, Kazushi Murakami