Patents by Inventor Kazuo Imai

Kazuo Imai 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: 10389653
    Abstract: A request distribution system connected with a first and second processing system to adjust resources for use in request processing according to a received request amount includes a reception unit that receives a request, and a determination and a transmission unit. The determination unit determines a processing system as a transmission destination. The transmission unit transmits the request to the determined processing system. When a processing system for processing a request from a predetermined network system is switched from the first to the second processing system, the determination unit determines the first and second processing systems as respective transmission destinations so that the requests are distributed to the first and second processing systems between a start and end of the switching. When the second processing system is determined as the transmission destination per the amount of requests, resources to be used in the second processing system request processing are adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Imai
  • Patent number: 10354300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic-commerce assisting method capable of smoothly and securely conducting electronic commerce on a communication network, and to an electronic-commerce assisting server for realizing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitsugu Hasumi, Takashi Kawashima, Kazuo Imai, Hirofumi Hayaashi
  • Publication number: 20190204713
    Abstract: To enable adjustment of a lens frame (lens barrel) independently, and also to enable a reduction in thickness along the optical axial direction. A blade driving device having a driving member for moving on a plane; a frame for containing the driving member; a thin blade supporting unit that protrudes to the outside, along the direction of movement of the driving member, from a portion of the thickness of the frame, and that has an opening, around the optical axis, along the direction of thickness of the frame; and a blade member that is supported on the blade supporting unit, and that is moved by the driving member, to advance into the opening; wherein the outer peripheral edge of the frame has a recessed portion at the position at which the blade supporting unit protrudes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzo IMAI, Kazuo SHIKAMA, Longji BAI, Nobuaki WATANABE, Shozo IWATO
  • Publication number: 20190196301
    Abstract: Because a thin blade is disposed in a space that has a thickness in the optical axial direction, which contains a coil and a magnet, when the blade is driven the blade tends to become unstable, making smooth operation of the thin blade difficult. A blade driving device has a driving member; a frame that is provided with a driving frame chamber that contains the driving member; a blade supporting unit that has an opening and that structures a blade chamber that is separate from the driving frame chamber; and a blade member that is contained in the blade chamber, and that is moved by the driving member to advance into the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo SHIKAMA, Shozo IWATO, Kenzo IMAI, Longji BAI, Nobuaki WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20190112204
    Abstract: The water treatment device according to the present disclosure includes: an electrochemical cell having electrodes including a positive electrode and a negative electrode, and a bipolar membrane; a tank; a power supply configured to apply power to the electrodes; a water circulation flow path having at least the tank and the electrochemical cell and through which water circulates; a circulation device configured to circulate water in the water circulation flow path; a raw water supply path configured to supply raw water to the water circulation flow path; and a control device. In performing water softening treatment in the electrochemical cell where power is applied to the electrodes so as to remove ions from raw water and soft water is produced, the control device drives the circulation device so as to circulate water in the water circulation flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeru SASABE, Tomoko TANI, Noriyoshi UEYA, Kazuo IMAI, Hiroaki KITAGAWA
  • Patent number: 10120723
    Abstract: An information processing system for processing jobs managed by a plurality of queues includes a first input unit, a determination unit, and a second input unit. The first input unit inputs a first job regularly generated in the information processing system to a first queue. The determination unit determines a queue to which a second job should be input, out of a plurality of queues, wherein the second job is generated upon reception of a request corresponding to an input via a screen provided by the information processing system. The second input unit inputs the second job to a queue determined to be an input target of the second job by the determining. The determination unit determines the queue to which the second job should be input based on a processing state of data to be processed for the second job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Imai
  • Publication number: 20170242866
    Abstract: A management system gives an instruction to assign a value of an attribute corresponding to an environment where a processing system including a virtual machine started using a system image file is constructed, to the system image file, determines, based on a condition according to the value of the attribute assigned to the system image file in response to the instruction, whether the system image file is to be deleted, and gives an instruction to delete, from a storage device, the system image file that has been determined to be deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventor: Kazuo Imai
  • Publication number: 20160357609
    Abstract: An information processing system for processing jobs managed by a plurality of queues includes a first input unit, a determination unit, and a second input unit. The first input unit inputs a first job regularly generated in the information processing system to a first queue. The determination unit determines a queue to which a second job should be input, out of a plurality of queues, wherein the second job is generated upon reception of a request corresponding to an input via a screen provided by the information processing system. The second input unit inputs the second job to a queue determined to be an input target of the second job by the determining. The determination unit determines the queue to which the second job should be input based on a processing state of data to be processed for the second job.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuo Imai
  • Publication number: 20160337263
    Abstract: A request distribution system connected with a first and second processing system to adjust resources for use in request processing according to a received request amount includes a reception unit that receives a request, and a determination and a transmission unit. The determination unit determines a processing system as a transmission destination. The transmission unit transmits the request to the determined processing system. When a processing system for processing a request from a predetermined network system is switched from the first to the second processing system, the determination unit determines the first and second processing systems as respective transmission destinations so that the requests are distributed to the first and second processing systems between a start and end of the switching. When the second processing system is determined as the transmission destination per the amount of requests, resources to be used in the second processing system request processing are adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuo Imai
  • Patent number: 8717314
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch pane has a display panel for forming a display screen, a touch panel for allowing an input operation, a piezoelectric device for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel, a casing for accommodating the display panel and the touch panel and a protective sheet having a size larger than the touch panel. The casing has an opening through which the touch panel is exposed. The protective sheet is applied to an entire front surface of the touch panel. The protective sheet has a non-bonded portion at a peripheral edge. The non-bonded portion is not bonded partly to at least one of a peripheral edge of the touch panel and a peripheral edge of the opening of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Imai, Shinya Iwawaki, Takayuki Mizuki
  • Patent number: 8711111
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch panel has a display panel, a touch panel for allowing an input operation, a supporting frame for holding the display panel at an entire peripheral edge a piezoelectric device for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel, a casing for holding the display panel and the touch panel via the supporting frame, and a flexible resin sheet integrally provided to the front surface side of the touch panel. The flexible substrate is formed to have a size entirely larger than a glass substrate on a rear surface side of the touch panel. The peripheral edge of the flexible substrate is held by a rear surface of a peripheral edge of the opening of the casing and a supporting member fixed to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Iwawaki, Kazuo Imai, Takayuki Mizuki
  • Patent number: 8576186
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch panel has a display panel for configuring a display screen and a touch panel for allowing input operation. The structure has an elastic supporting frame for holding the display panel at an entire peripheral edge and supporting the touch panel in parallel with the display panel. The structure has piezoelectric devices for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel. The structure has a casing for holding the display panel and the touch panel by way of the elastic supporting frame and the casing has an opening through which the touch panel is exposed. The elastic supporting frame holds the touch panel at an entire peripheral edge of the touch panel and includes a plurality of touch panel supporting portions for supporting the touch panel at a side edge of a rear surface of the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Imai, Takayuki Mizuki, Shinya Iwawaki
  • Publication number: 20110102343
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch panel has a display panel for configuring a display screen and a touch panel for allowing input operation. The structure has an elastic supporting frame for holding the display panel at an entire peripheral edge and supporting the touch panel in parallel with the display panel. The structure has piezoelectric devices for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel. The structure has a casing for holding the display panel and the touch panel by way of the elastic supporting frame and the casing has an opening through which the touch panel is exposed. The elastic supporting frame holds the touch panel at an entire peripheral edge of the touch panel and includes a plurality of touch panel supporting portions for supporting the touch panel at a side edge of a rear surface of the touch panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SMK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo IMAI, Takayuki MIZUKI, Shinya IWAWAKI
  • Publication number: 20110102341
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch pane has a display panel for forming a display screen, a touch panel for allowing an input operation, a piezoelectric device for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel, a casing for accommodating the display panel and the touch panel and a protective sheet having a size larger than the touch panel. The casing has an opening through which the touch panel is exposed. The protective sheet is applied to an entire front surface of the touch panel. The protective sheet has a non-bonded portion at a peripheral edge. The non-bonded portion is not bonded partly to at least one of a peripheral edge of the touch panel and a peripheral edge of the opening of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SMK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo IMAI, Shinya IWAWAKI, Takayuki MIZUKI
  • Publication number: 20110102342
    Abstract: A holding structure for a touch panel has a display panel, a touch panel for allowing an input operation, a supporting frame for holding the display panel at an entire peripheral edge a piezoelectric device for applying vibration to the touch panel in accordance with the operation of the touch panel, a casing for holding the display panel and the touch panel via the supporting frame, and a flexible resin sheet integrally provided to the front surface side of the touch panel. The flexible substrate is formed to have a size entirely larger than a glass substrate on a rear surface side of the touch panel. The peripheral edge of the flexible substrate is held by a rear surface of a peripheral edge of the opening of the casing and a supporting member fixed to the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SMK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya IWAWAKI, Kazuo IMAI, Takayuki MIZUKI
  • Patent number: 7400319
    Abstract: A pair of piezoelectric substrates, the length of which is shorter than the length of one side in the longitudinal direction of the operation panel or the supporting board, is respectively fixed to one side from the diagonal position along the longitudinal direction. At the time of detecting an inputting operation, a drive voltage is applied and the entire operation panel or the supporting board is vibrated. Even when the four corners of the operation panel or the supporting board are supported by the housing for accommodating the tablet apparatus or supported by the display device so that the vibration of the four corners is restricted, since either of the pair of piezoelectric substrates, which becomes a vibration source, a feeling of inputting operation can be transmitted to an operator by the vibration, the amplitude of which is not less than a predetermined value, irrespective of the inputting operation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Nakayama, Kazuo Imai, Yoshiaki Yamaguchi, Isamu Saito
  • Patent number: 7343343
    Abstract: A method for purchasing an item using a terminal apparatus connected to a supplier server through a communication line. The method includes accumulating data associated with a user request to purchase an item at the supplier server. The supplier server contacts a credit company server to obtain a credit contract associated with the user request. The credit company server may then send a credit contract to the user, if the user is authorized to receive credit. Another aspect provides a method for electronic purchase of a good. This method includes selecting a credit payment method for the good being purchased using a user terminal coupled to a server. The server then determines payment options associated with the credit payment method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Yoshida, Kazuo Imai, Hideto Hamada
  • Patent number: 7227537
    Abstract: A touch panel of the present invention in which a piezoelectric substrate is fixed to a movable plate or a supporting substrate has a reduced weight, size, and thickness by providing simpler wiring. The touch panel comprises: a movable plate having an input manipulation surface; a supporting substrate, disposed with a slight insulation gap from the movable plate, for supporting the movable plate from a back surface thereof; conductive layers on the movable plate and the supporting substrate on their respective opposing surfaces; and a piezoelectric substrate fixed to the movable plate or the supporting substrate. A pair of driving electrodes on the piezoelectric substrate are fixed to respective opposing surfaces of the piezoelectric substrate. A conductive layer electrode of the movable plate, a conductive layer electrode of the supporting substrate, and the pair of driving electrodes of the piezoelectric substrate are withdrawn integrally using a single connector tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Nakayama, Takehiro Egami, Kazuo Imai, Takeshi Yago
  • Patent number: 7026180
    Abstract: A squeegee is slid over a metal mask plate so as to fill a sealing resin in a resin inflow space through a through hole, and the sealing resin, deposited on an outer surface of an electronic part that includes a vibrating part, is thermally set. A through hole that corresponds to an electronic part is formed in a metal mask plate. The through hole includes a lower smaller through hole and an upper larger through hole communicating with an upper side of the lower smaller through hole, and a step portion is formed within the through hole. A relief recess is provided in a region of a metal mask plate including at least a projected region in which an operating area is projected onto a surface of the metal mask plate opposing the touch panel in a state in which the metal mask plate covers the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Imai, Isamu Saito, Yoshiaki Yamaguchi, Naomi Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20050219230
    Abstract: A plurality of signal conductor wires connected respectively to signal lead patterns, and a plurality of power conductor wires connected respectively to power lead patterns are formed on a connector tail and are arranged to extend in a leading-out direction. A pitch of the power conductor wires is twice larger than a pitch of the signal conductor wires. A sufficient insulating gap is secured between the adjacent power conductor wires, and therefore there is no fear that the short-circuiting occur even when a high drive voltage is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Applicant: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Naomi Nakayama, Kazuo Imai