Patents by Inventor Kazuaki Kanai

Kazuaki Kanai 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: 11649172
    Abstract: A Li ion conductor having a composition different from a conventional composition is provided. The Li ion conductor contains at least one selected from a group Q consisting of Ga, V, and Al, Li, La and O. A part of an Li site is optionally substituted with a metal element D, a part of an La site is optionally substituted with a metal element E, and parts of Ga, V and Al sites are optionally substituted with a metal element J. A mole ratio of an amount of Li to a total amount of La, the element E, Ga, V, Al, and the element J is not lower than 8.1/5 and not higher than 9.5/5. A mole ratio of a total amount of Ga, V, and Al to a total amount of La and the element E is not lower than 1.1/3 and not higher than 2/3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20230064947
    Abstract: An oxide-based solid electrolyte with a high lithium ion conductance is provided. A lithium ion-conducting garnet type oxide includes Li, La, Ga, Zr, a halogen element, and oxygen. A lithium ion conductivity at room temperature is not lower than 1.0×10?3 S/cm. A proportion of Ga with respect to 1 mole of the oxide may be not larger than 0.5 moles. The halogen element may be at least one type selected from the group consisting of Cl, Br, and I, and a proportion of Li with respect to 1 mole of the oxide may be not smaller than 6.1 moles and smaller than 6.5 moles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Applicant: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20220388859
    Abstract: A Li ion conductor having a composition different from a conventional composition is provided. The Li ion conductor contains at least one selected from a group Q consisting of Ga, V, and Al, Li, La and O. A part of an Li site is optionally substituted with a metal element D, a part of an La site is optionally substituted with a metal element E, and parts of Ga, V and Al sites are optionally substituted with a metal element J. A mole ratio of an amount of Li to a total amount of La, the element E, Ga, V, Al, and the element J is not lower than 8.1/5 and not higher than 9.5/5. A mole ratio of a total amount of Ga, V, and Al to a total amount of La and the element E is not lower than 1.1/3 and not higher than 2/3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20220376294
    Abstract: A solid electrolyte which contains a garnet-type composite metal oxide phase (L) and shows an excellent lithium ion conductivity is provided. The solid electrolyte contains a garnet-type composite metal oxide phase (L) and a phase (D) different from the phase (L). The phase (L) contains Li, La, Zr, O, and Ga, and an Li site in the phase (L) is substituted with the Ga. A lattice constant of the solid electrolyte is not smaller than 12.96 ?. The phase (D) contains at least one of LiF, BaZrO3, YF3, SrF2, and ScF3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicants: KANEKA CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Makio Naito
  • Publication number: 20220359098
    Abstract: A Li ion conductor includes a garnet-type composite metal oxide phase (L) containing Li, La, Zr, and O. The Li ion conductor has a diffraction peak at least one of at 2?=13.8° ±1° and at 2?=15.2° ±1° in X-ray diffraction measurement using CuKa rays. The Li ion conductor may have a metal-containing phase (K) different from the garnet-type composite metal oxide phase (L), and the metal-containing phase (K) contains a halogen element and Li.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Ken Saito
  • Publication number: 20220216510
    Abstract: An LLZ oxide may be a garnet-type oxide that contains Li, La, Zr and O as main constituent elements, and further contains substituent elements such as Zn in addition to the main constituent elements. The substituent elements may contain Bi, Nb, Hf and the like in addition to Zn. The LLZ-type oxide may be used, for example, as a solid electrolyte for an all-solid-state lithium ion secondary battery. The all-solid-state lithium ion secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a solid electrolyte layer that is disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Genta Karino
  • Publication number: 20210202947
    Abstract: A method for producing a positive electrode active material is provided. The method can prevent a gas generation due to an oxidative degradation of a non-aqueous electrolyte in a lithium-ion secondary battery using a positive electrode active material which operates at a high potential. A method for producing a coated positive electrode active material for a lithium-ion secondary battery includes coating a surface of a positive electrode active material with an oxide-based solid electrolyte by a mechanical coating method and then conducting heat treatment at 300° C. or higher, and the positive electrode active material has an average potential of extraction and insertion of lithium of 4.5V or more and 5.0V or less based on Li+/Li.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicants: KANEKA CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Takashi Kikuchi, Kohei Ogawa, Kazuaki Kanai, Makio Naito, Takahiro Kozawa
  • Publication number: 20210179441
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a composite metal oxide particle, and method of producing the same, having an excellent lithium ion conductivity that may be produced at low cost. The present disclosure relates to a garnet-type composite metal oxide particle, containing Li, La, Zr and O; Ga and/or Al; and a halogen element, where a part of a Li site is substituted with the Ga and/or the Al, and at least a part of a particle surface is covered with a melt-solidified material. A ratio of an area covered with the melt-solidified material to a total area of the particle is preferably 10% or more, and the halogen element is preferably Cl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicants: KANEKA CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Shohei Kitano, Makio Naito
  • Patent number: 11019116
    Abstract: A conference system includes: a computer processing unit (CPU) that: acquires, for each of information processing devices used by participants of a conference, information specific to a first area in which the conference is held; extracts features from the information specific to the first area; compares the features of each of the information processing devices with one another; groups the information processing devices with similar features together; assigns, for each group of the information processing devices, a work space that can be accessed by the information processing devices of each group; and notifies the information processing devices of each group of information related to the work space that allows the information processing devices of each group to access the work space assigned to each group. The information processing devices access the work space using the information related to the work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachit Garg, Kazuaki Kanai, Toshiyuki Maeshima
  • Publication number: 20210151793
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the present invention are to provide a method for producing a composite metal oxide having an excellent crystallinity by a mechanochemical method. One or more embodiments of the present invention relate to a method for producing a garnet-type composite metal oxide containing Li, La, Zr and O. The method includes a step of treating a mixture containing raw material powders and a flux by a mechanochemical method to react the raw material powders, and the raw material powders contain a Li source powder, a La source powder and a Zr source powder. The raw material powders may further contain at least one selected from an Al source powder and a Ga source powder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicants: KANEKA CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Shohei Kitano, Makio Naito
  • Publication number: 20200342896
    Abstract: A conference support device includes: a voice input part to which voice of a speaker among conference participants is input; a storage part that stores a voice recognition model corresponding to human emotions; a hardware processor that recognizes an emotion of the speaker and converts the voice of the speaker into a text using the voice recognition model corresponding to the recognized emotion; and an output part that outputs the converted text.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuaki KANAI
  • Publication number: 20200192946
    Abstract: Provided are a document processing device and a non-transitory recording medium storing a computer readable program in which it is possible to search for a part similar to a part selected by a user in one document from another document mutually related to the above document. The document processing device comprising: a storage unit that stores plurality of documents related to each other; a hardware processor that: causes a user to select a part of a content of a first document among the plurality of documents stored in the storage unit; searches for a part similar to the selected part of the content of the first document, from documents other than the first document among the plurality of documents; and notifies of a first part which has been found and is similar to the selected part of the content of the first document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuaki KANAI
  • Patent number: 10592174
    Abstract: A first hardware processor included in a server determines one or more candidate apparatuses, which are candidates for being information processing apparatuses that execute a distribution process, based on performance of hardware resources, determines that an apparatus, which responds to an inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable, among the one or more candidate apparatuses is a proxy apparatus, and requests the proxy apparatus to execute the distribution process, and a second hardware processor included in each of a plurality of information processing apparatuses, in response to an inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable from the server, determines whether the distribution process is executable based on a margin of the hardware resources, and in the case where it is determined that the distribution process is executable, responds to the inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shinosaki, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20190394247
    Abstract: A conference system includes: a computer processing unit (CPU) that: acquires, for each of information processing devices used by participants of a conference, information specific to a first area in which the conference is held; extracts features from the information specific to the first area; compares the features of each of the information processing devices with one another; groups the information processing devices with similar features together; assigns, for each group of the information processing devices, a work space that can be accessed by the information processing devices of each group; and notifies the information processing devices of each group of information related to the work space that allows the information processing devices of each group to access the work space assigned to each group. The information processing devices access the work space using the information related to the work space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachit Garg, Kazuaki Kanai, Toshiyuki Maeshima
  • Patent number: 10481851
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a function to communicate with a terminal is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive, from the terminal, a print command to print a rasterized image having been stored; a user interface configured to receive, from a user, an execution command to print the rasterized image after the receiver receives the print command; and a printer configured to print the rasterized image after the user interface receives the execution command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Tomoko Maruyama, Kazuaki Kanai, Yusuke Shinosaki
  • Patent number: 10289299
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a detection unit that detects a pinch operation that is an operation of increasing or decreasing a distance between two touch positions on a touch panel; an adjustment unit that, upon reception of setting of a size of a non-standard size sheet, adjusts the set size in accordance with the pinch operation; an angle specification unit that specifies, as a pinch operation angle resulting from the pinch operation, an angle formed by a straight line connecting the two touch positions and one of two orthogonal coordinate axes of a coordinate system of the touch pad; and an adjustment amount change unit that changes an adjustment amount for the set size per operation in accordance with whether the pinch operation angle falls within a first angular range or a second angular range that does not overlap the first angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yukina Hisada, Masayuki Ito, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Hiroki Ueda, Kazuaki Kanai
  • Patent number: 10212310
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an input portion for a user to enter information, the input portion including a first input portion, and a second input portion with which information being entered is hard to be seen by a person around the user as compared with the first input portion. The information processing apparatus also includes a determination portion configured to determine whether or not entry target information to be entered by the user is sensitive. The information processing apparatus further includes a call portion configured to, prior to entry of the entry target information, call the first input portion when the determination portion determines that the entry target information is not sensitive, and call the second input portion when the determination portion determines that the entry target information is sensitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Masayuki Ito, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Hiroki Ueda, Yukina Hisada
  • Patent number: 10158785
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an input portion for a user to enter information, the input portion including a first input portion, and a second input portion with which information being entered is hard to be seen by a person around the user as compared with the first input portion. The information processing apparatus also includes a determination portion configured to determine whether or not entry target information to be entered by the user is sensitive. The information processing apparatus further includes a call portion configured to, prior to entry of the entry target information, call the first input portion when the determination portion determines that the entry target information is not sensitive, and call the second input portion when the determination portion determines that the entry target information is sensitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kanai, Masayuki Ito, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Hiroki Ueda, Yukina Hisada
  • Patent number: 10148845
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of exchanging various types of information with at least one image forming apparatus includes a nonvolatile storage unit capable of higher-speed access processing than a hard disk drive of the image forming apparatus and capable of storing amount-of-use information regarding an amount of use of the image forming apparatus by each user, and a management unit configured to manage usage of the image forming apparatus by a user, by using the amount-of-use information stored in the storage unit. On a predetermined condition, the management unit shifts specific amount-of-use information to a shift destination device that is another image forming apparatus different from the image forming apparatus, the specific amount-of-use information being amount-of-use information about a specific user out of a plurality of pieces of amount-of-use information about each of a plurality of users stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shinosaki, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Tomoko Maruyama, Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20180331994
    Abstract: An electronic mail sender and recipient correlation determination system includes: a hardware processor that determines that a first user of a first electronic mail address that is designated as a destination of a sending electronic mail that has been sent and a second user of a second electronic mail address as a sending source of a reply electronic mail that has been sent are identical. The first user and the second user are identical when the hardware processor determines that values indicating identification information that is included in and specific to the sending electronic mail match specific identification information that is included in an electronic mail of a reply source of the reply electronic mail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Kanai