Patents by Inventor Keiji Endo

Keiji Endo 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: 20220250519
    Abstract: An armrest includes a frame, a mounting portion included in the frame and having a mounting surface with which the mounting portion is mounted on a bracket of a seat, an armrest-side wire harness arranged in the frame, and an armrest-side connector connected to the armrest-side wire harness and being open in a direction from the mounting surface toward the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicants: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, TOKAI CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi YAMAMOTO, Kaho HAYASHI, Hideki OSHIMA, Takemasa OKUMURA, Takahiko ENDO, Jun JIN, Keiji MAKINO
  • Publication number: 20220198360
    Abstract: To provide a method for predicting a soybean yield at an early stage with high accuracy. The method for predicting a soybean yield comprises: acquiring analytical data of one or more components from a leaf sample collected from the soybean; and predicting a soybean yield using a correlation between the data and a soybean yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhisa FUJIMATSU, Mai SUETSUGU, Jun DEGUCHI, Keiji ENDO
  • Patent number: 10474005
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: an attachment member that is attached to a mobile terminal which includes an imaging section and a lighting section; a lens section that is disposed at a position corresponding to the imaging section of the mobile terminal and closes up a target; and an optical member that guides illumination light from the lighting section, from the lighting section of the mobile terminal toward the target rather than an end of the lens section on a side of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Endo, Tadashi Masuda
  • Publication number: 20180260546
    Abstract: A biometric data processing apparatus (500) includes a control unit (50) that displays, on a display unit, a message requesting the user to perform a predetermined action, and an authentication unit (52), wherein in a case where a first score calculated by collating biometric data of the user with previously-registered biometric data is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value and a detection unit continuously detects a predetermined action from when the detection unit first detects the predetermined action after the message is displayed until an authentication process in the biometric data processing apparatus is ended, the authentication unit (52) determines that authentication of the user is successful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Daichi IWATA, Keiji ENDO
  • Patent number: 10068145
    Abstract: Provided is a unit for photographing, including a holding member configured to hold a pill to be photographed by a photographing section, a supporting member configured to support the holding member so that the pill faces the photographing section at a position that is determined in advance from the photographing section, a fixing unit configured to fix the holding member, which is supported to the supporting member, with a magnetic force, and a switching unit configured to switch a fixed state in which the holding member is fixed by the fixing unit and a released state in which the fixing of the holding member by the fixing unit is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Masuda, Keiji Endo
  • Publication number: 20170199445
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: an attachment member that is attached to a mobile terminal which includes an imaging section and a lighting section; a lens section that is disposed at a position corresponding to the imaging section of the mobile terminal and closes up a target; and an optical member that guides illumination light from the lighting section, from the lighting section of the mobile terminal toward the target rather than an end of the lens section on a side of the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji ENDO, Tadashi MASUDA
  • Publication number: 20170192339
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: an attachment member that is attached to a mobile terminal which includes an imaging section and a lighting section; an optical member that supplies illumination light from the lighting section to a part to be imaged of an imaging target which is imaged by the imaging section in an oblique direction; and a shading member that encloses a periphery of the optical member, wherein a first optical axis of light from the optical member enters the imaging target in a direction oblique to a second optical axis of an optical system of the imaging section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji ENDO, Tadashi MASUDA
  • Publication number: 20170032206
    Abstract: Provided is a unit for photographing, including a holding member configured to hold a pill to be photographed by a photographing section, a supporting member configured to support the holding member so that the pill faces the photographing section at a position that is determined in advance from the photographing section, a fixing unit configured to fix the holding member, which is supported to the supporting member, with a magnetic force, and a switching unit configured to switch a fixed state in which the holding member is fixed by the fixing unit and a released state in which the fixing of the holding member by the fixing unit is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi MASUDA, Keiji ENDO
  • Patent number: 9222101
    Abstract: A method of producing a fatty acid or a lipid containing a fatty acid, using a thioesterase variant having an amino acid sequence in which the 231st amino acid is substituted from threonine to lysine in the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; and a transformant obtained by introducing a gene that encodes the thioesterase variant which transformant has an enhanced ability to produce a fatty acid or a lipid containing a fatty acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuto Tojo, Keiji Endo
  • Patent number: 9169458
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mutant alkaline cellulase having enhanced anti-redeposition ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Ayako Shimazu, Keiji Endo, Mitsuyoshi Okuda
  • Patent number: 8940514
    Abstract: A thioesterase comprising an amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1, a thioesterase gene encoding the thioesterase, a transformant comprising the gene, and a method of producing fatty acids or lipids using the transformant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Takuto Tojo, Keiji Endo
  • Patent number: 8778650
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an alkaline protease that has the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2 or of an amino acid sequence having an identity of 90% or more thereto, except that one or more amino acid residues at positions selected from (a) position 6, (b) position 15, (c) position 16, (d) position 65, (e) position 66, (f) position 82, (g) position 83, (h) position 204, (i) position 319, and (j) position 337 of SEQ ID NO: 2, or at positions corresponding thereto, are substituted with certain other amino acid residues. The invention is also directed to detergent compositions and culture medium that contain the protease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Tohata, Mitsuyoshi Okuda, Tsuyoshi Sato, Keiji Endo, Katsuhisa Saeki
  • Patent number: 8623631
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modified promoter DNA capable of enhancing transcription of genes encoding proteins or polypeptides, and a method for producing proteins or polypeptides efficiently by use of the modified promoter DNA. A promoter DNA recognized by SigA and SigE, which is produced by modifying a nucleotide sequence including a promoter recognized by SigA and bases in the vicinity thereof; an expression vector harboring the promoter DNA; a recombinant microorganism containing the expression vector; and a method for producing proteins or polypeptides characterized by culturing the recombinant microorganism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Endo, Katsuya Ozaki
  • Publication number: 20130219557
    Abstract: A method of producing a fatty acid or a lipid containing a fatty acid, using a thioesterase variant having an amino acid sequence in which the 231st amino acid is substituted from threonine to lysine in the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; and a transformant obtained by introducing a gene that encodes the thioesterase variant which transformant has an enhanced ability to produce a fatty acid or a lipid containing a fatty acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuto Tojo, Keiji Endo
  • Patent number: 8460893
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to provide a microorganism which enhances productivity of cellulase and is useful for industrial production of cellulase, and to provide a method for producing cellulase by use of the microorganism. The present invention provides a recombinant microorganism produced by transferring a gene encoding cellulase to a parental microorganism which has been genetically modified so as to overexpress a Bacillus subtilis secY gene or a gene corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Endo, Shenghao Liu, Katsutoshi Ara
  • Publication number: 20130059351
    Abstract: A thioesterase comprising an amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1, a thioesterase gene encoding the thioesterase, a transformant comprising the gene, and a method of producing fatty acids or lipids using the transformant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Takuto Tojo, Keiji Endo
  • Patent number: 8389264
    Abstract: A recombinant microorganism having improved productivity for a protein or a polypeptide, and a method for producing a protein or a polypeptide using the recombinant microorganism, are provided. A recombinant microorganism obtained by transfecting a gene for encoding a desired protein or polypeptide into a microorganism strain which is obtained by genetically constructing to overexpress secY gene of Bacillus subtilis or a gene corresponding to the secY gene, and deleting or inactivating one or more genes selected from sporulation-associated genes and genes corresponding to the sporulation-associated genes from the genome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Shenghao Liu, Keiji Endo, Katsutoshi Ara
  • Publication number: 20130029897
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mutant alkaline cellulase having enhanced anti-redeposition ability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Ayako Shimazu, Keiji Endo, Mitsuyoshi Okuda
  • Patent number: 8293516
    Abstract: A recombinant microorganism is provided that has increased productivity of a protein or polypeptide of interest. A method for producing a protein of interest using the microorganism is also provided. The microorganism is prepared by inserting, in its genome, a transcription initiation regulatory region or both a transcription initiation regulatory region and a ribosome-binding site, upstream of a Bacillus subtilis prsA gene and by deleting or inactivating one or more of the abrB gene, dltA gene, dltB gene, dltC gene, dltD gene, dltE gene, or a gene (genes) corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Endo, Katsutoshi Ara
  • Publication number: 20120058928
    Abstract: An alkaline protease variant derived from an alkaline protease consisting of an amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 2 or consisting of an amino acid sequence having an identity of 90% or more therewith, which variant has mutations wherein one or more amino acid residues at positions selected from (a) position 6, (b) position 15, (c) position 16, (d) position 65, (e) position 66, (f) position 82, (g) position 83, (h) position 204, (i) position 319, and (j) position 337 of the amino acid sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 2, or at positions corresponding thereto are substituted with the following amino acid residues: (a) or a position corresponding thereto: Typ, Leu, Val, Ile, Met, Tyr, Gln, Lys, Thr, Phe, Arg, Ser, Cys, Ala, or His; (b) or a position corresponding thereto: Glu, Met, Asp, Val, Gln, Arg, Cys, Trp, Ala, or Phe; (c) or a position corresponding thereto: Met, Glu, Arg, Val, Lys, Phe, Tyr, Ile, His, Asp, or Cys; (d) or a position corresponding thereto: Trp; (e) or a position corresponding t
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Tohata, Mitsuyoshi Okuda, Tsuyoshi Sato, Keiji Endo, Katsuhisa Saeki