Patents by Inventor Hiroshi Kikuchi

Hiroshi Kikuchi 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: 9779976
    Abstract: Provided is a thermal type airflow volume meter improving measurement accuracy, a method for manufacturing the same, and an adhesive sheet for use therein, the adhesive sheet divided into at least two or more per adherend and having a thickness of approximately 0.1 mm or less is divided to correspond to a shape of the adherend and generates or increases adhesion or stickiness by external energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ikeo, Toshifumi Sagawa, Ryosuke Doi, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Hideki Mukuno
  • Patent number: 9729769
    Abstract: The present invention provides the following camera. A first camera-side contact pin is a pin corresponding to detection of a signal change caused by coupling of a camera accessory. A second camera-side contact pin is a pin corresponding to supply of power for communication with the coupled camera accessory. A third camera-side contact pin is a pin corresponding to supply of a driving force to an actuator of the camera accessory. The first, second, and third camera-side contact pins are disposed in such a manner that, when a camera-side mount shifts from a first state to a second state, the third camera-side contact pin contacts first and second accessory-side contact surfaces, the second camera-side contact pin contacts the first accessory-side contact surface, and the first camera-side contact pin does not contact the second and third accessory-side contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuyuki Tokunaga, Takashi Hasegawa, Tetsuya Nishio, Yoshihiko Konno, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Azusa Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9716021
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate heat treatment apparatus. The apparatus includes: a conveyance storage unit which includes a first storage section and a second storage section each of which stores a plurality of conveyance containers, and a conveyance mechanism configured to convey the conveyance containers, each of the conveyance containers accommodating a plurality of wafers; and a heat treatment unit including a heat treatment furnace which accommodates a holder configured to hold the plurality of wafers in multiple stages, and performs the heat treatment on the wafers. A mounting stage of a transfer section is provided below the first storage section in the conveyance storage unit. On the mounting stage, the conveyance containers are mounted so that the wafers within the conveyance containers are transferred to the holder in the heat treatment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20170185358
    Abstract: When a PnP ID for a printer driver of an architecture that cannot be used is designated, the printer driver cannot be plug and play installed. Accordingly, a driver different to the driver corresponding to the PnP ID designated by the printer is installed in accordance with the capabilities of the OS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9684229
    Abstract: The camera accessory is attachable to a camera. The camera accessory includes an accessory mount to be detachably coupled with a camera mount). The accessory mount is provided with accessory bayonet claws and brought, by relative rotation with the camera mount, from a first state in which each of the accessory bayonet claws is inserted between camera bayonet claws provided in the camera mount into a second state in which the accessory bayonet claws engage with the camera bayonet claws to complete coupling of the accessory and camera mounts. The camera accessory is further provided with accessory contact surfaces arranged in a relative rotation direction of the mounts in the accessory mount. The accessory contact surfaces includes a first accessory contact surface used for indicating type of the camera accessory and is provided adjacent to the accessory bayonet claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishio, Yoshihiko Konno, Tatsuyuki Tokunaga, Takashi Hasegawa, Azusa Sugawara, Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9666464
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including: a carry-in area where a placing table is provided to place thereon a carrying container including a take-out opening, a flange formed on an upper portion of a side formed with the take-out opening, and a recess formed on a top surface of the flange; a transfer area maintained under an atmosphere different from that of the carry-in area; a partition wall configured to partition the carry-in area and the transfer area and formed with an opening; a door configured to open/close the opening; a carrying container pressing unit configured to press the carrying container placed on the placing table against the partition wall so that the take-out opening of the carrying container faces the opening of the partition wall; and a carrying container holding unit configured to be inserted into the recess to press the carrying container against the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kikuchi, Naoto Saito
  • Patent number: 9658576
    Abstract: A developing device includes a developer bearer, a developer regulator, a casing including an opposing face to oppose the developer bearer upstream from a developing range in a direction of rotation of the developer bearer, and first, second, and third seals. The first seal includes a first end secured to the casing and a second end to contact a latent image bearer upstream from the developing range in a direction of rotation of the latent image bearer. The second seal includes a first end secured to the opposing face of the casing, and a second end to contact the first seal upstream from the developing range. The third seal includes a first end secured to the opposing face of the casing, and a second end to contact developer on the developer bearer between the developer regulator and the developing range in the direction of rotation of the developer bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kimura, Tadashi Ogawa, Hiroyuki Mabuchi, Junichi Terai, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Yukio Otome, Hiroaki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9645777
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus acquires, from a plurality of plug-ins that performs searches for printers, detection results in the searches, and displays, based on the detection results, a selection screen enabling selection of a printer from detected printers. If a printer is determined to have been redundantly detected, the printer is displayed as a single selection candidate on the selection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9638987
    Abstract: The camera side mount is brought, by relative rotation with the accessory side mount, from a first state where each accessory side bayonet claw is inserted between the camera side bayonet claws into a second state where the camera side and accessory side bayonet claws engage with each other. The leaf spring biasing the camera side contact pins in the protruding direction is disposed between the camera side mount and the camera body. When the camera being in the normal position is viewed from the direction facing the camera side mount, the leaf spring extends from both sides of the mount center line, which extends from the center of the camera side mount in the direction of gravity, toward the camera side contact pins. The camera side contact pins are arranged at positions other than a position on the mount center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishio, Yoshihiko Konno, Tatsuyuki Tokunaga, Takashi Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Azusa Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20170100965
    Abstract: A tire includes a tread portion being provided with a pair of circumferentially and continuously extending shoulder main grooves and at least one crown main groove between the shoulder main grooves to form a pair of middle portions each of which is between adjacent one crown main groove and one shoulder main groove. Each of the middle portions is provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending longitudinal sipe, a plurality of inner middle sipes extending axially outwardly from the crown main groove and terminating without reaching the longitudinal sipe and a plurality of outer middle sipe extending axially inwardly from the shoulder main groove and terminating without reaching the longitudinal sipe. The number of the outer middle sipes is greater than the number of the inner middle sipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi KIKUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170075200
    Abstract: The camera side mount is brought, by relative rotation with the accessory side mount, from a first state where each accessory side bayonet claw is inserted between the camera side bayonet claws into a second state where the camera side and accessory side bayonet claws engage with each other. The leaf spring biasing the camera side contact pins in the protruding direction is disposed between the camera side mount and the camera body. When the camera being in the normal position is viewed from the direction facing the camera side mount, the leaf spring extends from both sides of the mount center line, which extends from the center of the camera side mount in the direction of gravity, toward the camera side contact pins. The camera side contact pins are arranged at positions other than a position on the mount center line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nishio, Yoshihiko Konno, Tatsuyuki Tokunaga, Takashi Hasegawa, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Azusa Sugawara
  • Publication number: 20170031668
    Abstract: If the ID for a device driver having an architecture which cannot be used by an operating system currently executed on a connected personal computer (PC) is specified in a peripheral device, a suitable device driver cannot be installed in the connected PC on a Plug and Play basis. Therefore, in Plug and Play, based on information of the operating system, the peripheral device performs control to transmit the ID of a device driver having a suitable architecture to the connected PC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9529297
    Abstract: A developing device to develop a latent image on a rotatable image bearer includes an upstream developing roller disposed opposite the image bearer at a first developing position, and a downstream developing roller disposed adjacent to and downstream from the upstream developing roller in a direction of rotation of the image bearer, disposed opposite the image bearer at a second developing position. Each of the upstream developing roller and the downstream developing roller has a most approachable surface that approaches closest to the image bearer and a most withdrawn surface that withdraws farthest from the image bearer. In a state in which a reference surface point of the image bearer is disposed opposite the most approachable surface of the upstream developing roller at the first developing position, the reference surface point opposes the most withdrawn surface of the downstream developing roller at the second developing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Okamoto, Tadashi Ogawa, Hiroyuki Mabuchi, Yukio Otome, Junichi Terai, Hideki Kimura, Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9507313
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a removable unit to be removably installed in the image forming apparatus, having a unit-side opening, a connectable device having an apparatus-side opening to be connected to the unit-side opening to send developer from one of the removable unit and the connectable device to the other, a receptacle disposed below the unit-side opening and the apparatus-side opening to receive and store developer dropping from above, and a drawer unit to be retractably drawn out from the image forming apparatus. The receptacle is united with the drawer unit to be drawn out from the image forming apparatus together with the drawer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Terai, Tadashi Ogawa, Hiroyuki Mabuchi, Yukio Otome, Hideki Kimura, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Hiroaki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9478520
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device is a solid-state imaging device in which a first substrate formed on a first semiconductor wafer and a second substrate formed on a second semiconductor wafer are bonded via connect that electrically connects the substrates, wherein the first substrate includes photoelectric conversion units, the second substrate includes an output circuit that acquires a signal generated by the photoelectric conversion unit via the connector and outputs the signal, and dummy connectors that support the first and second bonded substrates are further arranged in a substrate region in which the connectors are not arranged in a substrate region of at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Tsukimura, Naohiro Takazawa, Yoshiaki Takemoto, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Haruhisa Saito, Yoshitaka Tadaki, Yuichi Gomi
  • Patent number: 9453984
    Abstract: A first lens unit performing communication with an image pickup apparatus with a first voltage and a second lens unit performing communication with the image pickup apparatus with a second voltage are selectively attached to the image pickup apparatus. The image pickup apparatus includes a controller configured to operate with a third voltage different from at least one of the first and second voltages to output a signal for the communication with the first and second lens units, and a determiner configured to determine the type of the lens unit attached to the image pickup apparatus. The controller is configured to produce, as a voltage of the signal for the communication, from the third voltage, one of the first and second voltages corresponding to a determination result of the determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Hasegawa, Tatsuyuki Tokunaga, Tetsuya Nishio, Azusa Sugawara, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Yoshihiko Konno
  • Publication number: 20160273836
    Abstract: The clamp apparatus of the present disclosure includes a clamp member configured to contact a substrate accommodating container from an upper side and fix the substrate accommodating container to a predetermined position when a cover provided on a front surface of the substrate accommodating container is opened/closed, a driving mechanism configured to drive the clamp member; a casing configured to cover the driving mechanism, a suction port configured to communicate with the casing, an exhaust chamber provided near the casing, and a fan provided inside the exhaust chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Mitsuru Obara, Hisashi Inoue, Keishi Shionaga, Masahiro Kobayashi, Norio Baba, Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9425135
    Abstract: An electrode body is provided as an electrode body capable of appropriately reducing a load when silicon wafer direct bonding is performed. The electrode body 1 includes a base member 10 that has a predetermined thickness; and an electrode portion 20 that is formed on one surface of the base member in a thickness direction thereof. The electrode portion 20 includes a basic bump 21 formed in a substantially columnar shape to protrude on the base member 10 and a fragile bump 22 formed independently from the basic bump to form a metallic bond with the basic bump 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chihiro Migita, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Yoshiaki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9395652
    Abstract: A developing unit includes a developer bearer to bear developer on a surface thereof, first and second developer conveyors each having a spiral blade mounted on a rotary shaft thereof parallel to a rotary axis of the developer bearer to convey developer in opposite directions to each other. A developer drain hole is provided at a given height in a side wall of a second developer conveyance channel to face a communication opening across the second developer conveyor. The first developer conveyor rotates in a direction with its spiral blade rising between the rotary shaft of the first developer conveyor and the communication opening. Rotational phases of the first developer conveyor and the second developer conveyor are fixed and synchronized with each other to weaken momentum of developer flow generated by the first developer conveyor toward the developer drain hole via the second developer conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kikuchi, Tadashi Ogawa, Hiroyuki Mabuchi, Junichi Terai, Hideki Kimura, Yukio Otome, Hiroaki Okamoto, Kazunori Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20160202660
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a removable unit to be removably installed in the image forming apparatus, having a unit-side opening, a connectable device having an apparatus-side opening to be connected to the unit-side opening to send developer from one of the removable unit and the connectable device to the other, a receptacle disposed below the unit-side opening and the apparatus-side opening to receive and store developer dropping from above, and a drawer unit to be retractably drawn out from the image forming apparatus. The receptacle is united with the drawer unit to be drawn out from the image forming apparatus together with the drawer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Junichi TERAI, Tadashi OGAWA, Hiroyuki MABUCHI, Yukio OTOME, Hideki KIMURA, Hiroshi KIKUCHI, Hiroaki OKAMOTO