Patents by Inventor Makoto Watanabe

Makoto Watanabe 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: 20190288297
    Abstract: A membrane-electrode assembly including a catalyst layer that includes a catalyst-supporting carrier in which a catalyst is supported on a carrier made of an inorganic oxide, and a highly hydrophobic substance having a higher degree of hydrophobicity than the inorganic oxide, the catalyst layer being formed on at least one surface of a polymer electrolyte membrane. It is preferable that, in the membrane-electrode assembly, the degree of hydrophobicity of the highly hydrophobic substance is from 0.5 vol % to 45 vol % at 25° C., the degree of hydrophobicity being defined as a concentration of methanol (vol %) when a light transmittance of a dispersion obtained by dispersing the highly hydrophobic substance in a mixed solution of water and methanol reaches 80%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Koji TANIGUCHI, Masahiro WATANABE, Makoto UCHIDA, Katsuyoshi KAKINUMA
  • Publication number: 20190286136
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a recognition unit that recognizes a surrounding situation of a vehicle, and a driving control unit that controls one or both of steering or acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle based on the surrounding situation recognized by the recognition unit. The driving control unit determines whether or not an occupant is riding in the vehicle, and differentiates a road on which the vehicle is caused to travel, between a case where it is determined that the occupant is riding in the vehicle and a case where it is determined that the occupant is not riding in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto Nakatsuka, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Seiichi Yamamoto, Yuki Motegi
  • Publication number: 20190284669
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for manufacturing an aluminum alloy member capable of suppressing deterioration in ductility thereof. In the method for manufacturing an aluminum alloy member, an aluminum alloy casting material that contains 2.0 to 5.5 mass % of Cu, and 4.0 to 7.0 mass % of Si in which a content of Mg is 0.5 mass % or less, a content of Zn is 1.0 mass % or less, a content of Fe is 1.0 mass % or less, a content of Mn is 0.5 mass % or less and the balance is made of Al and inevitable impurities is used. The method for manufacturing an aluminum alloy member includes a heating and holding step of heating and holding the aluminum alloy casting material within a solid-liquid coexisting temperature region; and a quenching step of rapidly cooling the aluminum ally casting material after performing the heating and holding step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke YOKOTA, Hirotsune WATANABE, Makoto KIKUCHI, Hiroshi KAWAHARA, Yasushi IWATA, Jun YAOKAWA, Kazuma HIBI
  • Publication number: 20190279629
    Abstract: A speech system includes a processor configured to acquire a situation value indicating a situation involving a plurality of persons based on pieces of emotion information indicating emotions of the plurality of persons, and control a speech of an object based on the acquired situation value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Okamoto, Toshiki Endo, Toshihiko Watanabe, Makoto Honda
  • Publication number: 20190278278
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) includes a recognition unit (130) that is configured to recognize a surrounding situation of a subject vehicle that is able to be automatically driven, and a control unit (120, 160) that is configured to perform a predetermined operation with respect to a cause of obstruction to traffic of a traffic participant due to a predetermined contact of the subject vehicle in a case that the recognition unit recognizes that the predetermined contact of the subject vehicle has occurred, and the control unit differentiates an operation that is executed in a case that it is recognized that an occupant is not onboard the subject vehicle from an operation that is executed in a case that it is recognized that the occupant is onboard the subject vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Naoto Yasuda, Takafumi Hirose, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Makoto Nakatsuka, Yuki Oshitani, Susumu Iwamoto
  • Publication number: 20190271982
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a recognizer (130) that recognizes a situation near an own-vehicle, and a driving controller (140, 160) that controls one or both of steering or acceleration/deceleration of the own-vehicle on the basis of a recognition result of the recognizer, wherein the driving controller does not perform determination of an operation mode of control of the acceleration/deceleration when the recognizer has recognized that an occupant is riding in the own-vehicle, and determines the operation mode of control of the acceleration/deceleration on the basis of a state of another vehicle present near the own-vehicle recognized by the recognizer when the recognizer has recognized that no occupant is riding in the own-vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Watanabe, Makoto Nakatsuka, Seiichi Yamamoto, Yuki Motegi
  • Patent number: 10401789
    Abstract: A drum unit includes: a frame; a first photosensitive drum; a second photosensitive drum; a charger; and a storage medium. The frame includes: a first frame plate; a second frame plate spaced apart from the first frame plate in a first direction; a third frame plate connecting one end of the first frame plate to one end of the second frame plate; and a fourth frame plate connecting another end of the first frame plate to another end of the second frame plate. The first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum are rotatably supported by the frame. The second photosensitive drum is spaced apart from the first photosensitive drum and positioned closer to the third frame plate than the first photosensitive drum to the third frame plate in a second direction. The storage medium has an electrical contact surface positioned at an outer surface of the third frame plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Isao Kishi, Nao Itabashi, Yohei Hashimoto, Kouji Watanabe, Makoto Souda
  • Patent number: 10395807
    Abstract: There is provided a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet stably having excellent magnetic characteristics and coating adhesion even when a rapid heating is conducted in a primary recrystallization annealing (decarburization annealing). Concretely, it is a grain-oriented electrical steel sheet provided on its sheet surface with a tension-applying type insulation coating constituted with a coating layer A formed on a steel sheet side and mainly composed of an oxide and a coating layer B formed on a surface side and mainly composed of glass, characterized in that a ratio R (?B/?A) of a tension ?B of the coating layer B on the surface side applied to the steel sheet to a tension ?A of the coating layer on the steel sheet side A applied to the steel sheet is within a range of 1.20-4.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Terashima, Makoto Watanabe, Masanori Uesaka, Ryuichi Suehiro, Toshito Takamiya
  • Publication number: 20190247647
    Abstract: An electric treatment device includes an impedance detector to measure bioelectrical impedance at a site of a body of a user, using electrodes in contact with the site, a voltage controller to perform treatment of the site by controlling a voltage applied to the electrodes, a storage to store a current value corresponding to an electric stimulation intensity provided to the site and desired by the user, and a voltage controller to set a target voltage value of the applied voltage based on the measured bioelectrical impedance and the current value stored in the storage. The voltage controller increases the voltage value of the applied voltage until the target voltage value set by the voltage controller is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuru SAMEJIMA, Yui WATANABE, Makoto TABATA, Tetsuya SATO, Shozo TAKAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20190247646
    Abstract: An electric treatment device includes an impedance detector to measure bioelectrical impedance at a site of a body of a user by using electrodes in contact with the site, a voltage controller to perform treatment of the site by controlling a voltage applied to the electrodes, and a timer to set a target time from when treatment of the site is started by the voltage controller to when the voltage value of the applied voltage reaches the target voltage value, based on the measured bioelectrical impedance. The greater the measured bioelectrical impedance is, the shorter the timer sets the target time. The voltage controller increases the voltage value of the applied voltage to the target voltage value based on the set target time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuru SAMEJIMA, Yui WATANABE, Makoto TABATA, Tetsuya SATO, Shozo TAKAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20190244544
    Abstract: An organ model for a catheter simulator is formed from elastic materials, and a heart model for a catheter simulator includes a main body of heart and coronary arteries laid along the surface of the main body of heart, in which a portion of the coronary arteries is attachable and detachable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Keita OKAYAMA, Yasushi SAKATA, Daichi WATANABE, Makoto INADA, Munekuni SATO
  • Patent number: 10374561
    Abstract: Provided is an amplification circuit that amplifies an input signal and outputs an amplified signal. The amplification circuit includes: an amplification element that outputs the amplified signal from an output terminal thereof; an inductor having one end to which a power supply voltage is supplied and another end that is connected to the output terminal of the amplification element; a variable resistor that is connected in parallel with the inductor; and a resistance value adjusting circuit that adjusts a resistance value of the variable resistor in accordance with the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Tabei, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190226093
    Abstract: Provided are coated metal, the metal having improved properties due to a novel coating, a coating-forming treatment solution for forming the novel coating, and a method for producing the coated metal that has the novel coating. The coated metal includes metal and a coating formed on the metal. The coating includes Si, P, and O, and at least one selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Ba, Sr, Zn, Al, and Mn. The coating includes a compound having a NASICON-type crystal structure represented by the general formula MIMIV2(MVO4)3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Terashima, Makoto Watanabe, Toshito Takamiya
  • Patent number: 10360813
    Abstract: A pulsatile flow generating pump for a catheter simulator, which makes it possible to conveniently perform catheter operation training is provided. The pump (10) includes a cylinder (13) provided inside with a piston performing a reciprocating motion; a driving motor (15) causing the piston to perform a reciprocating motion; a link mechanism (19) converting the rotational motion of the driving motor (15) to the reciprocating motion of the piston; an extrusion port (86b), through which a liquid inside the cylinder is extruded to the outside by the piston; a suction port (86a), through which a liquid from the outside is sucked into the cylinder; and a control unit 70 for controlling the rotation of the driving motor 15. The control unit 70 controls the driving motor 15 so as to output pulsatile flows at a rate of 20 times to 200 times per minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: OSAKA UNIVERSITY, JMC CORPORATION, FUYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keita Okayama, Yasushi Sakata, Daichi Watanabe, Makoto Inada, Munekuni Sato
  • Patent number: 10361642
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device including a rotary power generation device using an electret, which is capable of preventing a spiral spring from being wound up or fully extended. The electronic device includes a power generation mechanism including: first rotary member, which is supported in a freely rotatable manner, and has a center of gravity shifted from a rotation center; second rotary member supported in a freely rotatable manner; an elastic member configured to elastically connect the first rotary member and the second rotary member to each other for rotary motions thereof; a stationary member arranged so as to be opposed to the second rotary member; and an electret film formed on a surface of any one of the second rotary member and the stationary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensaku Matsumoto, Takashi Ihara, Makoto Watanabe, Akira Izumi
  • Publication number: 20190218684
    Abstract: There is provided a new and improved method for producing a gallium nitride stacked body that can produce a single-crystal layer with few crystal defects, the method including: an intermediate layer formation step of forming an intermediate layer (12) of gallium nitride with random crystal orientations on a substrate (11); and a single-crystal layer formation step of forming a single-crystal layer (13) of gallium nitride on the intermediate layer (12) by a liquid phase epitaxial growth method. Also the intermediate layer (12) may be formed by a liquid phase epitaxial growth method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto WATANABE, Shinya AKIYAMA
  • Patent number: 10355285
    Abstract: A membrane-electrode assembly including a catalyst layer that includes a catalyst-supporting carrier in which a catalyst is supported on a carrier made of an inorganic oxide, and a highly hydrophobic substance having a higher degree of hydrophobicity than the inorganic oxide, the catalyst layer being formed on at least one surface of a polymer electrolyte membrane. It is preferable that, in the membrane-electrode assembly, the degree of hydrophobicity of the highly hydrophobic substance is from 0.5 vol % to 45 vol % at 25° C., the degree of hydrophobicity being defined as a concentration of methanol (vol %) when a light transmittance of a dispersion obtained by dispersing the highly hydrophobic substance in a mixed solution of water and methanol reaches 80%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUI MINING & SMELTING CO., LTD., UNIVERSITY OF YAMANASHI
    Inventors: Koji Taniguchi, Masahiro Watanabe, Makoto Uchida, Katsuyoshi Kakinuma
  • Patent number: 10356339
    Abstract: A frame memory and a computing processing unit are provided within an image pickup device having a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate mutually stacked and electrically directly connected, and digital image data having undergone resize processing are output from the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Ise, Shinobu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10348219
    Abstract: A board arrangement structure includes a housing, a first board fastened to the housing, a second board arranged in parallel enabling, relative movement with respect to the first board, an electrically charged film, a counter electrode, and an output part outputting electric power generated between the electrically charged film and the counter electrode, at least one of the electrically charged film and the counter electrode being arranged at a first facing surface of the first board and the other being arranged at a second facing surface of the second board facing the first facing surface, and the first facing surface of the first board being, fastened to a reference mounting surface provided at the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Izumi, Takashi Ihara, Makoto Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10333152
    Abstract: A fuel cell system and a method of operating the same is provided that is capable of reducing degradation of a cathode catalyst of a fuel cell. A fuel cell system is provided that includes a fuel cell having a catalyst used for an anode, wherein a carrier of the catalyst is composed of a material with a property where electric resistance in an oxygen containing atmosphere is greater than electric resistance in a hydrogen atmosphere; and a control device configured to control the fuel cell, when supply of fuel gas is stopped during stoppage of operation of the fuel cell, to consume all or part of the fuel gas in a fuel gas chamber, followed by introducing oxygen containing gas into the fuel gas chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF YAMANASHI
    Inventors: Makoto Uchida, Katsuyoshi Kakinuma, Masahiro Watanabe, Akihiro Iiyama