Patents by Inventor Jun Sato

Jun Sato 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: 20230149143
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for monitoring either or both the performance of an orthodontic appliance for repositioning a patient's teeth and/or the user compliance in wearing the appliance using a biosensor. The apparatuses described herein may include one or more sensors, including biosensors, electrical sensors, or both, configured to generate sensor data related to user compliance and/or repositioning of the patient's teeth by an orthodontic appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Inventors: Yaser SHANJANI, Bruce CAM, John Y. MORTON, Jun SATO
  • Publication number: 20230133005
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for post-processing additively manufactured objects are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a system includes a plurality of containers configured to receive a plurality of additively manufactured object having excess material thereon. The system can include a rotor having a central shaft and a plurality of arms, each arm having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end of each arm can be coupled to the central shaft and a second end of each arm can be coupled to a respective container of the plurality of containers. The system can also include an actuator configured to spin the rotor so as to remove the excess material from the plurality of additively manufactured objects. The system can further include at least one heat source carried on the rotor to heat the excess material to decrease a viscosity thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Publication date: May 4, 2023
    Inventors: Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Srinivas Kaza, Chunhua Li, Lance Robert Pickens, Shawn Stromenger, Jun Sato, Siobhan O'Leary, Peter Webber, Brett E. Kelly, Jennifer Chavez
  • Publication number: 20230134234
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for post-processing additively manufactured objects are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a plurality of additively manufactured objects having excess material thereon. The method can include removing the excess material from the plurality of additively manufactured objects by rotating the plurality of additively manufactured objects. The method can also include adjusting an environmental temperature while rotating the plurality of additively manufactured objects according to a dynamic temperature profile that facilitates removal of the excess material from the plurality of additively manufactured objects. The dynamic temperature profile can include (a) a first temperature configured to decrease a viscosity of the excess material, and (b) a second temperature configured to increase a stiffness of the plurality of additively manufactured objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Publication date: May 4, 2023
    Inventors: Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Srinivas Kaza, Chunhua Li, Lance Robert Pickens, Shawn Stromenger, Jun Sato, Siobhan O'Leary, Peter Webber, Brett E. Kelly, Jennifer Chavez
  • Publication number: 20230137027
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for post-processing additively manufactured objects are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a plurality of additively manufactured objects having excess material thereon. The method can include removing the excess material from the plurality of additively manufactured objects by rotating the plurality of additively manufactured objects. The method can also include receiving sensor data indicative of a cleaning status of the plurality of additively manufactured objects. The method can further include adjusting, based on the sensor data, an operational parameter that enhances removal of the excess material from the plurality of additively manufactured objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Publication date: May 4, 2023
    Inventors: Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Srinivas Kaza, Chunhua Li, Lance Robert Pickens, Shawn Stromenger, Jun Sato, Siobhan O'Leary, Peter Webber, Brett E. Kelly, Jennifer Chavez
  • Publication number: 20230131801
    Abstract: A series of appliances including a first appliance and a second appliance. The first appliance can be configured to receive at least one tooth of a first jaw and have a first number of bite adjustment structures extending from the lingual surface of the first appliance. The first number of bite adjustment structures can have a first shape and location specific to a first stage of the treatment plan. The second appliance can be configured to receive at least one tooth of the second jaw, have a second number of bite adjustment structures extending from the second appliance and be designed to make contact with the first number of bite adjustment structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2022
    Publication date: April 27, 2023
    Inventors: Huizhong LI, Crystal TJHIA, Eric YAU, Rohit TANUGULA, Jun SATO
  • Patent number: 11623601
    Abstract: A head protection airbag device includes an airbag including a front seat protection portion, and an end side expansion portion, and a partition closing portion. The airbag is configured to be provided with a single receiving area where the head which moves diagonally forward at the time of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle is received by the front seat protection portion, and a collaborative receiving area where the head is received by the front seat protection portion and the end side expansion portion. The partition closing portion is linearly provided to be inclined forward and downward in a state where the airbag is viewed from a side when the expansion of the airbag is completed. The collaborative receiving area includes vehicle inner side surfaces of the end side expansion portion and the front seat protection portion with the partition closing portion interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matsuo Nagata, Jun Sato
  • Publication number: 20230094328
    Abstract: A deposition method includes (a) forming a film including silicon (Si), oxygen (O), and nitrogen (N) on a substrate; and (b) supplying a plasma generating gas including Ar gas and exposing the substrate having the film formed thereon to a plasma generated from the plasma generating gas, wherein a concentration of the nitrogen in the film is adjusted by switching to including a nitriding gas in the plasma generating gas or switching to not including the nitriding gas in the plasma generating gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Inventors: Takashi CHIBA, Jun SATO
  • Patent number: 11616194
    Abstract: An etching method includes: preparing a workpiece including a metal multilayer film having a magnetic tunnel junction and a mask formed by an inorganic material on the metal multilayer film; and etching the metal multilayer film by plasma of a mixed gas of ethylene gas and oxygen gas using the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Ken Ando, Hiroki Maehara, Jun Sato, Kiyoshi Maeda, Shigeru Tahara
  • Patent number: 11612455
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for monitoring the performance of an orthodontic appliance for repositioning a patient's teeth. An orthodontic appliance may include a plurality of teeth receiving cavities shaped to reposition the patient's teeth from an initial arrangement towards a target arrangement, and one or more sensors configured to determine tooth movement (based on position and/or orientation) and/or forces applied to the teeth. The sensor may be distributed between attachments and aligners that mate with the attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaser Shanjani, Bruce Cam, Allen R. Boronkay, Jun Sato, John Y. Morton, Chunhua Li, Srinivas Kaza
  • Patent number: 11602414
    Abstract: Embedded sensors and onboard or off-board processing in an aligner case can detect aligner material and/or quality. Material detection can be used for counterfeit detection, or to trigger material specific events. Quality detection can include detection of common aligner failures or defects. A case for a dental appliance may include a tray for supporting the dental appliance, a cover coupled to the tray, and at least one sensor to detect a deformation of the dental appliance. A case for a dental appliance may include a tray for housing the dental appliance, a cover coupled to the tray, and at least one sensor configured to detect a change in material of the dental appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jun Sato, Bruce Cam, Yaser Shanjani
  • Publication number: 20230062324
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to ornamental indicia carrier and method of producing the same. In some embodiments, the ornamental indicia carrier comprises an ultraviolet light (“UV”) cured ink printed on a thin flexible film and combined with an adhesive layer. The ornamental indicia carrier is capable of enduring the conditions inside the mouth for an extended period of time and can be used in conjunction with a dental appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2022
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Applicant: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Sriram VENKATASANTHANAM, Ramin HEYDARPOUR, John Y. MORTON, Jun SATO, Michael Christopher COLE, Mehdi MOJDEH, Prashanth VANCHY, Natalia Lysaya POWERS, Sibel NARIN, Jeremy RILEY
  • Publication number: 20230062670
    Abstract: A method for generating and fabricating a dental device having a body. The body may have a first plurality of tooth receiving cavities shaped to receive teeth of a first side of an arch. The body may also have a second plurality of tooth receiving cavities shaped to receive teeth of a second side of an arch. A palatal portion may extend between the first plurality of tooth receiving cavities and the second plurality of tooth receiving cavities. The palatal portion may be shaped to apply an expansion force to the teeth of the first side of the arch and the teeth of the second side of the arch. The palatal portion may include a plurality of bands that extend between the first plurality of tooth receiving cavities and the second plurality of tooth receiving cavities, each respective band may have a respective different thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2022
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Applicant: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yuxiang WANG, Jeremy RILEY, Ryan KIMURA, Jun SATO, Luyao CAI, Kevin WEIA, Manlio Fabio VALDIVIESO CASIQUE, Andrei SOLDATOV
  • Patent number: 11589955
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an aligner breakage solution that tests damage to an aligner using machine learning. A method includes processing data from a digital design for an orthodontic aligner by a trained machine learning model and outputting, by the trained machine learning model, a probability that the orthodontic aligner associated with the digital design will be damaged during manufacturing of the orthodontic aligner. The method further includes making a comparison of the probability that the orthodontic aligner associated with the digital design will be damaged during manufacturing of the orthodontic aligner to a probability threshold and determining whether the orthodontic aligner is a high risk orthodontic aligner based on a result of the comparison. Responsive to determining that the orthodontic aligner is a high risk orthodontic aligner, the method includes performing at least one of a) a corrective action or b) selecting a manufacturing flow for high risk orthodontic aligners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Viktoria Medvinskaya, Arno Kukk, Andrey Cherkas, Anna Akopova, Yuxiang Wang, Rohit Tanugula, Reza Shirazi Aghjari, Andrew Jang, Chunhua Li, Jun Sato, Luyao Cai
  • Patent number: 11576766
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for monitoring either or both the performance of an orthodontic appliance for repositioning a patient's teeth and/or the user compliance in wearing the appliance using a biosensor. The apparatuses described herein may include one or more sensors, including biosensors, electrical sensors, or both, configured to generate sensor data related to user compliance and/or repositioning of the patient's teeth by an orthodontic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaser Shanjani, Bruce Cam, John Y. Morton, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 11576754
    Abstract: Methods for designing and fabrication of a series of apparatuses for expanding a patient's palate (“palatal expanders”). In particular, described herein are methods and apparatuses for forming palatal expanders, including rapid palatal expanders, as well as series of palatal expanders formed as described herein and apparatuses for designing and fabricating them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fuming Wu, Ryan Kimura, Jeremy Riley, Yaser Shanjani, Norman Su, Jun Sato, Bastien Pesenti, John Y. Morton, Jihua Cheng
  • Patent number: 11571279
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an aligner breakage solution that tests probability of aligner breakage at weak points. A method includes gathering a digital model representing an aligner for a dental arch of a patient, receiving material property information for a material to be used to manufacture the aligner, and analyzing one or more regions of the aligner. Analyzing a region of the aligner comprises simulating application of a load around the region, determining at least one of a stress, a strain or a strain energy density at the region, evaluating a strength of the aligner at the region, and determining whether the region satisfies a damage criterion based on the strength of the aligner at the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuxiang Wang, Rohit Tanugula, Reza Shirazi Aghjari, Chunhua Li, Jun Sato, Luyao Cai, Kangning Su
  • Patent number: 11564777
    Abstract: Releasable and removable palatal expander apparatuses for expanding a patient's palate (“palatal expanders”) and methods of using and making them. These releasable palatal expanders are adapted for ease in removal by the patient or caregiver, and may include a breach region configured to predictably bend or break when a pulling force is applied. The palatal expander apparatuses described herein may include one or more locks for locking the palatal expander onto the patient's teeth. The lock(s) may be unlocked to release the palatal expander from the teeth. A lock may include a control for manually unlocking the lock. Unlocking the locks may allow the palatal expander to automatically disengage from the patient's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Kopelman, Ryan Kimura, Yaser Shanjani, Jeremy Riley, Jun Sato, Bob Grove, Reza Shirazi Aghjari
  • Publication number: 20230020281
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion part and an operation part. The operation part is consecutively provided at the insertion part. A bendable portion is provided at a distal end portion of the insertion part so as to be bendable. An operation part-side operation member is provided at a distal end portion of the operation part and has an operation part-side protruding portion. An insertion part-side operation member is provided at a proximal end portion of the insertion part and has an insertion part-side protruding portion and finger rest protruding portions, and the insertion part-side protruding portion and the operation part-side protruding portion indicate a rotational movement position of the insertion part with respect to the operation part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotoshi ONO, Jun SATO
  • Publication number: 20230016838
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure provides a resin layer 10 used for an image displaying device, wherein a shear storage elastic modulus G? of the resin layer 10, at 25° C. and frequency range of 500 Hz or more and 1000 Hz or less, is 30 MPa or more and 200 MPa or less, and a glass transition temperature of the resin layer 10 is 50° C. or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Atsuhiro KOBAYASHI, Yousuke KOUSAKA, Takayuki FUKUDA, Kazuya HONDA, Kana YAMAMOTO, Yoshimasa OGAWA, Jun SATO, Gen FURUI, Keisuke YAMADA, Saori KAWAGUCHI
  • Patent number: D981559
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Sato