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: 20240034429
    Abstract: A front fork (1) according to the present invention includes: a fork main body (2) including a vehicle body side tube (3) and an axle side tube (4); a cap body (5) attached to a vehicle body side tube (3); a cylinder (6) provided in the axle side tube (4); a cylindrical rod (7) axially movably inserted into the cylinder (6); an electric device (8) housed in the cylinder (6); and a wire (9) that is inserted into the rod (7), passes through the cap (C), and is drawn out from the fork main body (2) and is connected to the electric device (8), in which the connection tube (13b) and the rod (7) in the cap (C) are connected by a connection nut (27) that is rotatably mounted on an outer circumference of one of the connection tube (13b) and the rod (7) and is restricted in movement in the axial direction toward the other, and screwed to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicants: KYB Motorcycle Suspension Co.,Ltd., KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi SUGAWARA, Naoki ITO, Takumi HAYASHIGUCHI, Hirokatsu MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20240024223
    Abstract: A method for producing a coating film, including forming a coating film containing a deposit containing fibers on a surface of an object for forming a coating thereon by an electrostatic spray of a composition. The composition includes component (a) a polymer having a coating film forming ability, (b) one or more volatile substances selected from the group consisting of water, an alcohol and a ketone, and (c) an oil component being liquid at 25° C. and containing a component (c1) one or more selected from the group consisting of oil components having a surface tension at 25° C. of 25 mN/m or less and being liquid at 25° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki ASAMI, Hikaru KIMURA, Hirokatsu SUGAWARA
  • Publication number: 20230406443
    Abstract: A front fork (1) of the present invention includes: a fork main body (2) having a vehicle body side tube (3) and an axle side tube (4); a cap (5) placed in the vehicle body side tube (3); a cylinder (6) provided inside the axle side tube (4); a rod (7) inserted into the cylinder (6) so as to be movable in an axial direction; an electric device (6) mounted inside the cylinder (6); an electric wire (9) connected to the electric device (8); a suspension spring (10) biasing the fork main body (2) in an extending direction, and an adjuster (11) capable of adjusting a support position of a spring seat (12). The electric wire (9) is drawn from the cap (5) at a position misaligned from an axial center line of the fork main body (2) to an outside of the fork main body (2). An operational portion (17) of the adjuster (11) is provided in the cap (5) at a position misaligned from the axial center line (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicants: KYB Motorcycle Suspension Co.,Ltd., KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi SUGAWARA, Naoki ITO, Takumi HAYASHIGUCHI, Hirokatsu MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20230287601
    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: May 19, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu SUGAWARA, Shinji KODAMA, Michael Edward Philip RUSSELL, Carl Gordon HEWETT, Joe Antony WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 11697890
    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 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Shinji Kodama, Michael Edward Philip Russell, Carl Gordon Hewett, Joe Antony Williams
  • Patent number: 11377759
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokatsu Sugawara
  • Patent number: 11203025
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Ryan Forsthoefel, David Mefford, Brian Umstead
  • Patent number: 11076670
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokatsu Sugawara
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: D925694
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Sugawara, Ryan Forsthoefel, Michael Edward Philip Russell, Carl Gordon Hewett