Patents by Inventor Hirokatsu Sugawara

Hirokatsu Sugawara 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: 20210054531
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held electrospinning or electrospraying apparatus and system, method, and portions thereof, comprised of a durable portion of the hand-held apparatus and a consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus. The consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus, which may contain the solution to be output in electrospin or electrospray fashion, may be replaced in whole or in part to provide additional or alternative solution. A base station may be provided, and can output high voltage and communication signals to the hand-held apparatus to enable the electrospin or electrospray operation by the hand-held apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu SUGAWARA, Shinji KODAMA, Michael Edward Philip RUSSELL, Carl Gordon HEWETT, Joe Antony WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 10851475
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held electrospinning or electrospraying apparatus and system, method, and portions thereof, comprised of a durable portion of the hand-held apparatus and a consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus. The consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus, which may contain the solution to be output in electrospin or electrospray fashion, may be replaced in whole or in part to provide additional or alternative solution. A base station may be provided, and can output high voltage and communication signals to the hand-held apparatus to enable the electrospin or electrospray operation by the hand-held apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Shinji Kodama, Michael Edward Philip Russell, Carl Gordon Hewett, Joe Antony Williams
  • Publication number: 20200122169
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held electrospinning or electrospraying device and system, method, and portions thereof are described. Such device can be for electrospinning or electrospraying a predetermined solution toward a deposit surface. The device can have a durable portion, a semi-durable portion, and a consumable portion. The consumable portion can be received and held by the semi-durable portion, and the semi-durable portion holding the consumable portion can be removably coupled to the durable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Hirokatsu SUGAWARA, Ryan FORSTHOEFEL, David MEFFORD, Brian UMSTEAD
  • Publication number: 20190153624
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for reducing humidity of air adjacent to a nozzle of an electrospinning apparatus, charged solution output by the nozzle, a solution path between the nozzle and a deposit surface, and/or the deposit surface. The apparatus can be configured to controllably output the charged solution and gas of a predetermined dryness for deposit of the charged solution on the deposit surface. The gas of the predetermined dryness can be provided adjacent to a nozzle tip of the nozzle from where the charged solution is output. The gas of the predetermined dryness may be output in a predetermined direction toward a focal point at, in front of, or behind the nozzle tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokatsu SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20190153623
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held electrospinning or electrospraying apparatus and system, method, and portions thereof, comprised of a durable portion of the hand-held apparatus and a consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus. The consumable portion of the hand-held apparatus, which may contain the solution to be output in electrospin or electrospray fashion, may be replaced in whole or in part to provide additional or alternative solution. A base station may be provided, and can output high voltage and communication signals to the hand-held apparatus to enable the electrospin or electrospray operation by the hand-held apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Shinji Kodama, Michael Edward Philip Russell, Carl Gordon Hewett, Joe Antony Williams
  • Publication number: 20180184778
    Abstract: Hair care product applicators and systems and methods thereof, are described herein. The hair care product applicator can have multiple platforms configured to hold, table, or confine respective portions of a group of strands of hair, where a first platform is configured to hold a first portion of the group of strands of hair, and a second platform, which can be spaced apart from the first platform, is configured to hold a second portion of the group of strands of hair. The second portion of the group of stands of hair can correspond to the entire group of stands of hair, and the first portion of the group of strands of hair can correspond to less than the entire group of strands of hair. An amount of hair care product can be discharged via a discharge opening for application to at least part of the group of stands of hair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventor: Hirokatsu SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20180042354
    Abstract: A hair pickup tool for picking up strands of hair as a bundle of hair includes a base portion, an upright stem portion extending upright from the base portion, and a stick-shaped pickup portion projecting from the upright stem portion. The stick-shaped pickup portion extends obliquely sideways from the upright stem portion toward the side opposite to the base portion at an angle of inclination of 10 to 70 degrees relative to a plane that is perpendicular to an upright extending direction of the upright stem portion. The stick-shaped pickup portion is provided with one or two or more hair holding protrusions protruding toward the base portion side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokatsu Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9008567
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer member that transfers a toner image to a surface of a recording medium, a transport member that transports the recording medium, with the surface of the recording medium on which the toner image has been transferred by the transfer member facing down, a fixing member that fixes the toner image onto the recording medium while nipping and transporting the recording medium, and a guide member that contacts a back side of the recording medium to guide the recording medium toward the fixing member, the guide member having a clearance part, the clearance part being formed in a portion that guides an outer side portion of a width direction of the recording medium, the clearance part being so shaped as to be clear of the back side of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Satoh, Hirokatsu Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20140010580
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer member that transfers a toner image to a surface of a recording medium, a transport member that transports the recording medium, with the surface of the recording medium on which the toner image has been transferred by the transfer member facing down, a fixing member that fixes the toner image onto the recording medium while nipping and transporting the recording medium, and a guide member that contacts a back side of the recording medium to guide the recording medium toward the fixing member, the guide member having a clearance part, the clearance part being formed in a portion that guides an outer side portion of a width direction of the recording medium, the clearance part being so shaped as to be clear of the back side of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichi SATOH, Hirokatsu SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20130319970
    Abstract: Provided is a package having a synthetic-resin stretch blow molded container (11) for storing a content containing a surfactant, a plug (18) attached to a mouth/neck part (15) of the stretch blow molded container (11), and an outer bag (12) for encasing the entire stretch blow molded container (11) with a space around the periphery of the container, wherein the package can be displayed with the container (11) standing unaided. The stretch blow molded container (11) is formed including a bottom part (14) having a standing arrangement part (13), a mouth/neck part (15), and a body part (16) between the bottom part (14) and the mouth/neck part (15), and a decoration is appended to the outer bag (12). Concerning the stretch blow molded container (11) and the outer bag (12), a value A (A=W/V2/3), which is obtained by dividing the resin amount W (g) by ? th power of the container capacity V (mL), is 0.13 to 0.25, and the capacity of the container (11) is 1000 mL or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Motoaki Moriya, Shinichi Inaba, Michiaki Fujita
  • Patent number: 7424258
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring a toner image formed on an image carrier onto a recording sheet includes a transfer assisting blade adapted to abut the recording sheet and press the recording sheet against the image carrier, the transfer assisting blade having a slant formed in a transverse direction of the blade at a front end of the blade which end is for abutment against the recording sheet, the slant having an angle relative to an advancing direction of the recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Takeharu Nagai
  • Publication number: 20060216075
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring a toner image formed on an image carrier onto a recording sheet includes a transfer assisting blade adapted to abut the recording sheet and press the recording sheet against the image carrier, the transfer assisting blade having a slant formed in a transverse direction of the blade at a front end of the blade which end is for abutment against the recording sheet, the slant having an angle relative to an advancing direction of the recording sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Takeharu Nagai
  • Patent number: D897493
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Dave Mefford, Allison Linkugel
  • Patent number: D913420
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Ryan Forsthoefel, Michael Edward Philip Russell, Carl Gordon Hewett