Patents by Inventor Koji Nagao

Koji Nagao 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: 20210084950
    Abstract: The present invention relates, for instance, to a food or beverage comprising: (a) a sweet substance that induces a response through a taste-related molecule other than the sweet taste receptor T1R2/T1R3; (b) a sodium source; and (c) a naturally occurring high-intensity sweet substance having a good taste quality, wherein the amount of the ingredient (b) is 11.5 to 46 mg/100 ml in terms of sodium and the amount of the ingredient (c) is a sweetness threshold or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Tadahiro OHKURI, Akiko FUJIE, Yoshiaki YOKOO, Yoji ASAMI, Koji NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20200404955
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a crystal of rebaudioside D that exhibits high solubility in water. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a rebaudioside D crystal having a crystalline form ? that shows peaks in X-ray diffraction (CuK?: ?=1.5405 ?) at two or more positions selected from the group consisting of 2?=6.7±0.2 deg, 10.8±0.2 deg, 12.9±0.15 deg, and 22.2±0.2 deg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro URAI, Yoshiaki YOKOO, Koji NAGAO, Hiroshi TAKIYAMA, Shoji KUDO
  • Publication number: 20200224235
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to: determine the structure of a novel steviol glycoside which is detected from species containing a large amount of Reb. C (also referred to as dulcoside B), and a trace amount of which is capable of influencing the quality of taste; and understand the taste characteristics of said steviol glycoside. The present invention provides a compound represented by formula (1) or a salt thereof, or a hydrate thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazunari IWAKI, Katsuro MIYAGAWA, Eiichiro ONO, Tadayoshi HIRAI, Misa OCHIAI, Koji NAGAO, Soichiro URAI, Takehiro WATANABE, Kohki FUJIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20190352324
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to determine the structure of a novel steviol glycoside that is detected in cultivers containing an abundance of Reb.C (also called dulcoside B) and that affects the quality of taste in a small amount, and to identify the quality of taste properties. According to the present invention, a compound represented by formula (1), or a derivative, salt, or hydrate thereof is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazunari IWAKI, Katsuro MIYAGAWA, Eiichiro ONO, Tadayoshi HIRAI, Misa OCHIAI, Koji NAGAO, Soichiro URAI, Takehiro WATANABE, Kohki FUJIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180139986
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a beverage wherein fading of a caramel coloring is reduced. The present invention also has an object to provide a method for producing such a beverage and a method for reducing the caramel coloring fading in the beverage. The beverage meeting the following conditions (A) and (B): (A) a ratio of a content of RebD or RebM to a content of RebA is 0.45 or more, and (B) a caramel coloring is contained so that Lab values of the beverage are respectively L: 45 to 55, a: 10 to 20, and b: 25 to 35.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Akiko IZUMI, Soichiro URAI, Tomoyuki NISHIBORI, Koji NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20180125109
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention aims to provide a low-calorie natural beverage suppressed in decrease in sweetness during storage. Provided is a beverage meeting the following conditions: (A) a mass ratio of (RebD and/or RebM)/RebA is 0.52 to 1.58; and (B) a total Brix of RebA and RebD and/or RebM in terms of sucrose is 5 to 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro URAI, Tomoyuki NISHIBORI, Akiko IZUMI, Koji NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9907326
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a carbonated beverage comprising a stevia extract in which foaming is suppressed and a method for producing the same. A carbonated beverage comprising RebA and RebD and/or RebM, wherein a content of RebA is 500 ppm or less; a content of RebD and/or RebM is 486 ppm or less; ((RebD and/or RebM)/RebA) is 0.45 or more in a mass ratio; and a total content of RebA and RebD and/or RebM is 0.5 to 13.5 in Brix in terms of sucrose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro Urai, Akiko Izumi, Koji Nagao
  • Patent number: 9826769
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a carbonated beverage comprising a stevia extract in which foaming is suppressed and a method for producing the same. A carbonated beverage comprising RebA and RebD and/or RebM, wherein a content of RebA is 500 ppm or less; a content of RebD and/or RebM is 486 ppm or less; ((RebD and/or RebM)/RebA) is 0.45 or more in a mass ratio; and a total content of RebA and RebD and/or RebM is 0.5 to 13.5 in Brix in terms of sucrose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro Urai, Akiko Izumi, Koji Nagao
  • Publication number: 20170303566
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a carbonated beverage comprising a stevia extract in which foaming is suppressed and a method for producing the same. A carbonated beverage comprising RebA and RebD and/or RebM, wherein a content of RebA is 500 ppm or less; a content of RebD and/or RebM is 486 ppm or less; ((RebD and/or RebM)/RebA) is 0.45 or more in a mass ratio; and a total content of RebA and RebD and/or RebM is 0.5 to 13.5 in Brix in terms of sucrose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro URAI, Akiko IZUMI, Koji NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9788565
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a carbonated beverage comprising a stevia extract in which foaming is suppressed and a method for producing the same. A carbonated beverage comprising RebA and RebD and/or RebM, wherein a content of RebA is 500 ppm or less; a content of RebD and/or RebM is 486 ppm or less; ((RebD and/or RebM)/RebA) is 0.45 or more in a mass ratio; and a total content of RebA and RebD and/or RebM is 0.5 to 13.5 in Brix in terms of sucrose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro Urai, Akiko Izumi, Koji Nagao
  • Publication number: 20170215458
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a carbonated beverage comprising a stevia extract in which foaming is suppressed and a method for producing the same. A carbonated beverage comprising RebA and RebD and/or RebM, wherein a content of RebA is 500 ppm or less; a content of RebD and/or RebM is 486 ppm or less; ((RebD and/or RebM)/RebA) is 0.45 or more in a mass ratio; and a total content of RebA and RebD and/or RebM is 0.5 to 13.5 in Brix in terms of sucrose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: SUNTORY BEVERAGE & FOOD LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichiro URAI, Akiko IZUMI, Koji NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9326542
    Abstract: Technology for utilizing, as a raw material for food or beverage products, malt sprouts having been removed as the cause of odd taste, despite containing nitrogen sources and various active substances in high proportion, in the production of beer or whiskey is provided by a process for producing a food or beverage product wherein a malt sprout of controlled particle size are used as a raw material. In particular, a process for producing a food or beverage from malt sprouts wherein the ratio of particles of less than 150 ?m size is 60 wt. % or less. This process for producing a food or beverage products preferably comprises the steps of immersing malt sprouts in a liquid so as to leach malt sprout components with the liquid and, after the leaching, removing the residual malt sprouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Katsu Kondo, Koji Nagao, Yoshiaki Yokoo
  • Patent number: 8548684
    Abstract: To obtain an electric power steering control apparatus hard to generate vibration even when accuracy is not high enough for torque vibration of extremely small output of torque detecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Kurishige, Takayuki Kifuku, Koji Nagao
  • Patent number: 8524308
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for producing a tea wherein water-insoluble components of tea leaves have been made soluble in water and the natural umami components inherent to tea leaves have been increased. It also provides a technique for manufacturing a tea-based alcoholic drink which has “tea leaf-origin aroma”, “umami and body” and “mild alcoholic aftertaste” in a good balance. Tea leaves are processed with an extruder at a temperature of 80 to 150° C. and under a pressure of 0.2 to 30 MPa for 5 to 600 sec while supplying 1 to 100 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of the tea leaves, of water or an aqueous sugar solution, Thus, a processed tea leaf product is stably produced while avoiding blowout from the outlet. A tea extracted from this processed tea leaf product shows a significantly improved taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
    Inventors: Koji Nagao, Koichi Nakahara, Hideki Maki, Mika Kimura
  • Patent number: 8346435
    Abstract: Provided is an electric power steering control device capable of performing damping control without current detection to perform stable damping control even when a target current and an actual current value differ from each other. The electric power steering control device includes steering torque detection means for detecting a steering torque, a torque controller for computing an assist torque current, a motor for generating a torque for assisting the steering torque, rotation speed estimation means for estimating a rotation speed of the motor, and a damping controller for computing a damping current by using an estimated value of the rotation speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Kurishige, Takayuki Kifuku, Koji Nagao
  • Publication number: 20110054740
    Abstract: To obtain an electric power steering control apparatus hard to generate vibration even when accuracy is not high enough for torque vibration of extremely small output of torque detecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Kurishige, Takayuki Kifuku, Koji Nagao
  • Publication number: 20100324785
    Abstract: Provided is an electric power steering control device capable of performing damping control without current detection to perform stable damping control even when a target current and an actual current value differ from each other. The electric power steering control device includes steering torque detection means for detecting a steering torque, a torque controller for computing an assist torque current, a motor for generating a torque for assisting the steering torque, rotation speed estimation means for estimating a rotation speed of the motor, and a damping controller for computing a damping current by using an estimated value of the rotation speed of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Kurishige, Takayuki Kifuku, Koji Nagao
  • Publication number: 20100272857
    Abstract: A tea extract and a method of making the tea extract are provided which tea extract contains high concentration of flavor/mellow taste components with reduced amounts of bitter/astringent components. Also a bottled tea beverage is provided which beverage exhibits profound flavor with reduced astringent taste. Enzyme extraction of tea leaves after catechins are removed from the tea leaves enables a tea extract to contain high concentration of flavor/mellow taste components with reduced amounts of bitter/astringent components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Koji Nagao, Hideki Maki, Ken Suzuki, Yoshiaki Yokoo
  • Publication number: 20100255166
    Abstract: A method of roasted coffee beans treatment capable of reducing acidity component of the roasted coffee beans, improving the extraction ratio thereof and drawing out superior flavor originating from coffee and steam treated roasted coffee beans using the method. In the method of roasted coffee beans treatment, a steam treatment is effected on the roasted coffee beans by supplying steam thereto under a flowing condition thereof. More particularly, the roasted coffee beans are accommodated in a bean accommodating portion having a steam supply passage and a steam exhaust passage and the steam treatment is effected by flowing the steam from the steam supply passage to the steam exhaust passage such that the steam is exhausted from the steam exhaust passage at an outlet pressure higher than the atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Koji NAGAO, Yoshiaki Yokoo, Kenzo Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20090131520
    Abstract: Disclosed is a composition for improving lipid metabolism. The composition for improving lipid metabolism comprises a fatty acid menthol ester as an active ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Teruyoshi Yanagita, Koji Nagao, Yu-Ming Wang, Nao Inoue, Keisuke Arao, Toshio Iwata