Patents by Inventor Kazuhiro Kondo

Kazuhiro Kondo 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: 20240084411
    Abstract: A reflectance measurement part measures the reflectance of a back surface of a semiconductor wafer. An imaging parameter of a camera is adjusted based on the measured reflectance. The imaging parameter includes exposure time and sensitivity of the camera. The camera with the adjusted imaging parameter images the back surface of the semiconductor wafer to determine the presence or absence of a flaw from the obtained image data. The camera is able to perform appropriate imaging in accordance with the reflectance of the back surface of the semiconductor wafer. Thus, a flaw in the back surface of the semiconductor wafer is detected with reliability even if the reflectance of the back surface is varied due to the deposition of a thin film on the back surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Tomohiro UENO, Ryo KISHIMOTO, Kazuhiro KONDO
  • Patent number: 11398041
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that allow to more accurately identify image processing target areas in an image. An image processing apparatus of the present technology includes a determination unit that determines, on the basis of reliability information indicating reliability of depth information, whether to make a determination on the basis of the depth information, the determination being as to whether an area is a target area for predetermined image processing, and the depth information indicating a depth of an image. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging apparatus that captures a subject, a server that processes a captured image, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rio Yamasaki, Hiromasa Doi, Takaaki Nakagawa, Hideo Okamoto, Kazuhiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20220129150
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a display section having a display screen, an input section having a touch input region on the display screen, and a control section for displaying a plurality of keys. The display screen is provided as a software keyboard where a touch operation on a specific key causes an input of the specific key. In the specific display region on the display screen that can display operation keys on the software keyboard, the control section selects these keys from a previously prepared set of input candidate key groups. In response to a specific operation on the specific display region, the control section allows the plurality of keys to be displayed on the specific display region. In response to touch on a desired key in the specific display region, the control section determines that an input of the key has been performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Takashi HASEGAWA, Tatsuhiko NISHIMURA, Daisuke MATSUI, Masatoshi INAGAWA, Tetsuro INUKAI
  • Patent number: 11249642
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a display section having a display screen, an input section having a touch input region on the display screen, and a control section for displaying a plurality of keys. The display screen is provided as a software keyboard where a touch operation on a specific key causes an input of the specific key. In the specific display region on the display screen that can display operation keys on the software keyboard, the control section selects these keys from a previously prepared set of input candidate key groups. In response to a specific operation on the specific display region, the control section allows the plurality of keys to be displayed on the specific display region. In response to touch on a desired key in the specific display region, the control section determines that an input of the key has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Takashi Hasegawa, Tatsuhiko Nishimura, Daisuke Matsui, Masatoshi Inagawa, Tetsuro Inukai
  • Patent number: 10701281
    Abstract: Image processing device and method for processing images captured at different times. The method may comprise determining a location of a first area in a first image, determining in a second image captured at a different time than the first image, a location of a second area, wherein the first area and the second area include a same object, and determining a new background area in the second image based on the location of the first area and the location of the second area, wherein the new background area includes a portion of the second image included in the first area but not included in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakagawa, Hiromasa Doi, Rio Yamasaki, Hideo Okamoto, Kazuhiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 10671276
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a display section having a display screen, an input section having a touch input region on the display screen, and a control section for displaying a plurality of keys. The display screen is provided as a software keyboard where a touch operation on a specific key causes an input of the specific key. In the specific display region on the display screen that can display operation keys on the software keyboard, the control section selects these keys from a previously prepared set of input candidate key groups. In response to a specific operation on the specific display region, the control section allows the plurality of keys to be displayed on the specific display region. In response to touch on a desired key in the specific display region, the control section determines that an input of the key has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Takashi Hasegawa, Tatsuhiko Nishimura, Daisuke Matsui, Masatoshi Inagawa, Tetsuro Inukai
  • Publication number: 20200071363
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protein and a gene each of which is a factor involved in latent infection with a herpesvirus. An antibody against the factor was detected in approximately 50% of patients suffering from mental disorders, whereas the antibody was hardly detected in healthy persons. Further, a mouse having SITH-1 introduced therein developed a mental disorder such as a manic-depressive illness or depression-like disorder. Based on these findings, it is possible to provide a method for objectively determining a mental disorder and an animal model of a mental disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicants: Virus Ikagaku Kenkyusho Inc., Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Nobuyuki KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10539578
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a novel method for diagnosing, treating, or preventing a mood disorder. The method includes the step of measuring, by using a fusion protein, a level of the anti-fusion protein antibody in a biological sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: JAPAN TOBACCO INC., VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Naomi Oka
  • Patent number: 10526374
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protein and a gene each of which is a factor involved in latent infection with a herpesvirus. An antibody against the factor was detected in approximately 50% of patients suffering from mental disorders, whereas the antibody was hardly detected in healthy persons. Further, a mouse having SITH-1 introduced therein developed a mental disorder such as a manic-depressive illness or depression-like disorder. Based on these findings, it is possible to provide a method for objectively determining a mental disorder and an animal model of a mental disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC., JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Nobuyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10487118
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protein and a gene each of which is a factor involved in latent infection with a herpesvirus. An antibody against the factor was detected in approximately 50% of patients suffering from mental disorders, whereas the antibody was hardly detected in healthy persons. Further, a mouse having SITH-1 introduced therein developed a mental disorder such as a manic-depressive illness or depression-like disorder. Based on these findings, it is possible to provide a method for objectively determining a mental disorder and an animal model of a mental disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC., JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Nobuyuki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20190018022
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a novel method for diagnosing, treating, or preventing a mood disorder. The method includes the step of measuring, by using a fusion protein, a level of the anti-fusion protein antibody in a biological sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicants: JAPAN TOBACCO INC., VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Nobuyuki KOBAYASHI, Naomi OKA
  • Publication number: 20190012796
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that allow to more accurately identify image processing target areas in an image. An image processing apparatus of the present technology includes a determination unit that determines, on the basis of reliability information indicating reliability of depth information, whether to make a determination on the basis of the depth information, the determination being as to whether an area is a target area for predetermined image processing, and the depth information indicating a depth of an image. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging apparatus that captures a subject, a server that processes a captured image, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: RIO YAMASAKI, HIROMASA DOI, TAKAAKI NAKAGAWA, HIDEO OKAMOTO, KAZUHIRO KONDO
  • Patent number: 10067142
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a novel method of diagnosing and/or treating a mood disorder, the method being superior to the conventional technologies. The present invention attains the object by providing a method of diagnosing and/or treating a mood disorder by use of an anti-SITH-1 antibody level and an anti-HHV-6 antibody level each serving as an index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: JAPAN TOBACCO INC., VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Naomi Oka
  • Publication number: 20180249090
    Abstract: Image processing device and method for processing images captured at different times. The method may comprise determining a location of a first area in a first image, determining in a second image captured at a different time than the first image, a location of a second area, wherein the first area and the second area include a same object, and determining a new background area in the second image based on the location of the first area and the location of the second area, wherein the new background area includes a portion of the second image included in the first area but not included in the second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: TAKAAKI NAKAGAWA, HIROMASA DOI, RIO YAMASAKI, HIDEO OKAMOTO, KAZUHIRO KONDO
  • Publication number: 20180217671
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a remote control apparatus, a remote control method, a remote control system, and a program that are capable of achieving remote control by an intuitive motion using only a hand and an eye. A plurality of imaging units capture images of a space in which an eye and a hand of a user and an operation target device are present. Positions of the eye and the hand of the user and the operation target device are specified on the basis of the captured images. A line of sight of the user is specified on the basis of a positional relationship between the eye of the user and the operation target device. A motion of the user that is made while the hand is located on a straight line being the line of sight is assumed as an operation instruction given to the operation target device. The operation instruction is transmitted to the operation target device to cause the operation target device to operate. The present disclosure can be applied to a remote control apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Okamoto, Takaaki Nakagawa, Hiromasa Doi, Kazuhiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20170190745
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protein and a gene each of which is a factor involved in latent infection with a herpesvirus. An antibody against the factor was detected in approximately 50% of patients suffering from mental disorders, whereas the antibody was hardly detected in healthy persons. Further, a mouse having SITH-1 introduced therein developed a mental disorder such as a manic-depressive illness or depression-like disorder. Based on these findings, it is possible to provide a method for objectively determining a mental disorder and an animal model of a mental disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicants: Virus Ikagaku Kenkyusho Inc., Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Nobuyuki KOBAYSAHI
  • Patent number: 9657324
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods of treating a subject, wherein a biological sample taken from the subject comprises an antibody against a small protein encoded by an intermediate stage transcript of HHV-6 (SITH-1), and the antibody against SITH-1 being present in an amount sufficient to be detected in the biological sample which is at least diluted 10-fold or more by an immunological detection method. Such treatment methods are used for the following: a) treating or preventing mood disorders; b) suppressing an elevation of the level of SITH-1 within cells in the subject's brain, reducing the number of cells in the brain that carry the protein SITH-1, and/or reducing the total amount of SITH-1 in the brain; c) suppressing an elevation of the level of a calcium modulating cyclophilin ligand (CAML) protein within cells in the subject's brain; or d) suppressing an elevation of the level of calcium ions within cells in the subject's brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC., JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kondo, Nobuyuki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20170138957
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a novel method of diagnosing and/or treating a mood disorder, the method being superior to the conventional technologies. The present invention attains the object by providing a method of diagnosing and/or treating a mood disorder by use of an anti-SITH-1 antibody level and an anti-HHV-6 antibody level each serving as an index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicants: JAPAN TOBACCO INC., VIRUS IKAGAKU KENKYUSHO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Nobuyuki KOBAYASHI, Naomi OKA
  • Publication number: 20160283107
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a display section having a display screen, an input section having a touch input region on the display screen, and a control section for displaying a plurality of keys. The display screen is provided as a software keyboard where a touch operation on a specific key causes an input of the specific key. In the specific display region on the display screen that can display operation keys on the software keyboard, the control section selects these keys from a previously prepared set of input candidate key groups. In response to a specific operation on the specific display region, the control section allows the plurality of keys to be displayed on the specific display region. In response to touch on a desired key in the specific display region, the control section determines that an input of the key has been performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicants: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Kazuhiro KONDO, Takashi HASEGAWA, Tatsuhiko NISHIMURA, Daisuke MATSUI, Masatoshi INAGAWA, Tetsuro INUKAI
  • Publication number: 20160171151
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining whether a difference between a first reference sequence and first comparative sequences sharing homology with the first reference sequence is caused by a mutation of the first comparative sequence or a read error in sequencing. The method includes generating second comparative sequences and a second reference sequence by substituting for a sequence having the predetermined base number of the consecutive same bases in the first comparative sequences and the first reference sequence, calculating an edit distance of the second comparative sequence to the second reference sequence, and determining whether the difference is caused by the mutation or the read error based on the edit distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Masumi ABE, Yasuji KASAMA, Harunobu YUNOKAWA, Shinji SATO, Kazuhiro KONDO, Takashi HIEIDA