Patents by Inventor Naoto Inoue

Naoto Inoue 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: 20220115618
    Abstract: A light-emitting element includes a light-emitting layer, an upper electrode provided on a first side of the light-emitting layer, and a lower electrode provided on a second side of the light-emitting layer opposite to the first side. The lower electrode is constituted by a first electrode and a second electrode including a first gap therebetween, the second electrode having an area larger than that of the first electrode. The upper electrode is constituted by a third electrode and a fourth electrode including a second gap therebetween, the third electrode facing the first electrode and the second electrode, the fourth electrode facing the second electrode and having an area smaller than that of the third electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: NAOTO INOUE, Chie TORIDONO
  • Patent number: 11289621
    Abstract: A method includes preparing a wafer including a substrate and a semiconductor structure, and irradiating an inner portion of the substrate at a predetermined depth in a thickness direction a plurality of times with laser pulses at a first time interval and a predetermined distance interval between irradiations. Each irradiation performed at the first time intervals in the step of irradiating the substrate with laser pulses includes irradiating the substrate at a first focal position in the thickness direction with a first laser pulse having a first pulse-energy; and after irradiating with the first laser pulse, irradiating the substrate with a second laser pulse performed after a second time interval, the second time interval being shorter than the first time interval and being in a range of 3 ps to 900 ps, and the second laser pulse having a second pulse-energy 0.5 to 1.5 times the first pulse-energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: NICHIA CORPORATION, IMRA AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Minoru Yamamoto, Naoto Inoue, Hiroaki Tamemoto, Yoshitaka Hotta, Hideyuki Ohtake
  • Publication number: 20220043302
    Abstract: In a display device, a drive circuit drives LEDs arranged in n rows (n is an integer equal to or greater than two) so as to correspond to a plurality of areas of a backlight, row by row through division into n time slots or every k rows (k is an n's divisor equal to or greater than two and is smaller than n) through division into n/k time slots in accordance with the status of use of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: NAOTO INOUE, NAOKO GOTO, TOMOYUKI NARA
  • Publication number: 20220020336
    Abstract: A display device includes: light-emitting elements in a backlight divided into a plurality of areas, the light-emitting elements being arranged in such a manner as to correspond to the plurality of areas; and a drive unit configured to drive the light-emitting elements in the plurality of areas by time division based on an input image every prescribed period of time, the drive unit turning on all the light-emitting elements in the plurality of areas in a partial period of the prescribed period of time and driving those light-emitting elements in at least one of the plurality of areas based on the input image in a remaining period of the prescribed period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: NAOTO INOUE, NAOKO GOTO, TOMOYUKI NARA
  • Publication number: 20210241703
    Abstract: To provide a control device capable of reducing power consumption of a display device. A display controller is a control device of a display device including a display including a plurality of light sources to be independently controlled. The display controller performs display processing that involves monitoring an update of an image to be displayed on a screen of the display, and causing a light source corresponding to a display region of the updated image to glow more brightly than another light source, the light source and the other light source being included in the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: MAKOTO SHIOMI, NAOKO GOTO, NAOTO INOUE, AYA OKAMOTO, OSAMU TERANUMA, MASAO KURINO, YUKI KATSUMURA
  • Publication number: 20210233479
    Abstract: To provide a control device capable of reducing power consumption of a display device. A display controller is a control device of a display device including a display including a plurality of light sources to be independently controlled. In accordance with levels of unimportance or levels of importance each corresponding to one of display items displayed by one or more applications of the display device, the display controller controls brightness of a light source corresponding to a display region for the one display item. The light source is included in the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: MAKOTO SHIOMI, NAOKO GOTO, NAOTO INOUE, AYA OKAMOTO, OSAMU TERANUMA, MASAO KURINO, YUKI KATSUMURA
  • Publication number: 20210158139
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and non-transitory computer storage media for generating an ambient occlusion (AO) map for a 2D image that can be combined with the 2D image to adjust the contrast of the 2D image based on the geometric information in the 2D image. In embodiments, using a trained neural network, an AO map for a 2D image is automatically generated without any predefined 3D scene information. Optimizing the neural network to generate an estimated AO map for a 2D image requires training, testing, and validating the neural network using a synthetic dataset comprised of pairs of images and ground truth AO maps rendered from 3D scenes. By using an estimated AO map to adjust the contrast of a 2D image, the contrast of the image can be adjusted to make the image appear lifelike by modifying the shadows and shading in the image based on the ambient lighting present in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Long MAI, Yannick HOLD-GEOFFROY, Naoto INOUE, Daichi ITO, Brian Lynn PRICE
  • Publication number: 20210134236
    Abstract: To provide a control device capable of reducing power consumption of a display device. A display controller is a control device of a display device including a display including a plurality of light sources to be independently controlled. The control device performs first display processing that involves causing a light source, corresponding to a display region for notice information, to glow more brightly than another light source if the notice information is displayed on a part of the display when the display device is in a lock state. The notice information presents a user a notice, and the light source and the other light source are included in the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: MAKOTO SHIOMI, NAOKO GOTO, NAOTO INOUE, AYA OKAMOTO, OSAMU TERANUMA, MASAO KURINO, YUKI KATSUMURA
  • Publication number: 20210098647
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a light-emitting element includes condensing a laser beam inside a substrate provided with a semiconductor structure to form modified portions including first and second modified portions, including scanning the substrate along a predetermined planned cleavage line to form the first modified portions on the planned cleavage line inside the substrate and cracks generated from the first modified portions, and then scanning the substrate with a laser beam along a first predetermined imaginary line parallel to the planned cleavage line in a top view and is offset from the planned cleavage line in an in-plane direction of the substrate by a predetermined distance to perform second irradiation to form the second modified portions on the first predetermined imaginary line inside the substrate to facilitate development of the cracks generated from the first modified portions. The method then includes cleaving the substrate starting from the first modified portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki YAMAGUCHI, Naoto INOUE, Masaaki SHUTO
  • Patent number: 10964841
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light-emitting element includes: providing a wafer comprising: a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, and a semiconductor structure provided at the first surface; irradiating a laser beam into an interior of the substrate from a second surface side of the substrate, which comprises: forming a plurality of first modified regions, a plurality of second modified regions, and a plurality of third modified regions in the interior of the substrate; and subsequently, separating the wafer into a plurality of light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 10935843
    Abstract: A backlight is configured by a power supply switching circuit configured to switch a supply destination of a power source voltage for LED driving among a plurality of blocks, a plurality of power source lines which are provided in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of blocks and are each connected to an upstream end of each of LED units included in a corresponding block, an LED drive circuit including the same number of turn-on control switches, which are for controlling whether to supply a current to LEDs, as LED units included in each block, and one or more discharge control circuits provided for each block. The discharge control circuit lowers a voltage level at the upstream end of each of LED snits included in a corresponding block after an end of a period in which the power source voltage is supplied to the corresponding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidekazu Miyata, Naoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 10922860
    Abstract: Computing systems and computer-implemented methods can be used for automatically generating a digital line drawing of the contents of a photograph. In various examples, these techniques include use of a neural network, referred to as a generator network, that is trained on a dataset of photographs and human-generated line drawings of the photographs. The training data set teaches the neural network to trace the edges and features of objects in the photographs, as well as which edges or features can be ignored. The output of the generator network is a two-tone digital image, where the background of the image is one tone, and the contents in the input photographs are represented by lines drawn in the second tone. In some examples, a second neural network, referred to as a restorer network, can further process the output of the generator network, and remove visual artifacts and clean up the lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Price, Ning Xu, Naoto Inoue, Jimei Yang, Daicho Ito
  • Publication number: 20210036182
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a light emitting element according to certain embodiments of the present disclosure includes: scanning and irradiating a first laser light having a first irradiation intensity to a sapphire substrate along predetermined dividing lines collectively in a shape of a tessellation of a plurality of hexagonal shapes in a top view to create a plurality of first modified regions along the predetermined dividing lines; and scanning and irradiating a second laser light having a second irradiation intensity greater than the first irradiation intensity to the sapphire substrate along the predetermined dividing lines to create a plurality of second modified regions overlapping the plurality of first modified regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayuki IBARAKI, Minoru YAMAMOTO, Naoto INOUE, Hiroaki TAMEMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210005777
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing light emitting elements includes: providing a wafer including a substrate formed of sapphire and having a first main surface and a second main surface, and a semiconductor layered body disposed on the first main surface of the substrate; irradiating a laser beam into the substrate to form a modified region inside the substrate, the modified region having a crack reaching the first main surface and a crack reaching the second main surface; irradiating CO2 laser to a region of the substrate overlapping with a region to which the laser beam has been irradiated; and cleaving the wafer along the modified region to obtain the light emitting elements each having a hexagonal shape in a plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Naoto INOUE, Minoru YAMAMOTO, Satoshi OKUMURA, Hiroki OKAMOTO, Hiroaki TAMEMOTO
  • Patent number: 10883689
    Abstract: The left headlamp (100L) includes first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L) and a light guide member (16L). The first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L) corresponds to partial light distributing patterns (P1L, P2L, and P3L) and have light projection directions parallel to each other. The light guide member (16L) has: first incident surfaces (17L, 18L, and 19L), arranged so as to face the first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L) and corresponding to the first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L); and an emitting surface (20L), arranged so as to face the first incident surfaces (17L, 18L, and 19L) and shared by the first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L). The light guide member (16L) forms a light distributing pattern (PL) by deflecting light projected by the first light source modules (13L, 14L, and 15L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Muneharu Kuwata, Masashige Suwa, Naoki Sawai, Ryoto Adachi, Naoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 10883688
    Abstract: A lamp device for vehicle 1 comprises a light source 2, an inner lens 3 configured to accept light of the light source 2, and a housing 5 configured to cover a periphery of the light source unit 2 and the inner lens 3. When a traveling direction of a light beam with a largest light amount in the light emitted from the light source 2 is defined as front, the housing 5 includes a back surface portion 51 located on a rear side of the inner lens 3, and a lower surface portion 53 located on a lower side of the inner lens 3, the lower surface portion 53 includes an extended portion 53a extended to a front side of a front surface portion 31a of the inner lens 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoto Inoue
  • Publication number: 20200364910
    Abstract: Computing systems and computer-implemented methods can be used for automatically generating a digital line drawing of the contents of a photograph. In various examples, these techniques include use of a neural network, referred to as a generator network, that is trained on a dataset of photographs and human-generated line drawings of the photographs. The training data set teaches the neural network to trace the edges and features of objects in the photographs, as well as which edges or features can be ignored. The output of the generator network is a two-tone digital image, where the background of the image is one tone, and the contents in the input photographs are represented by lines drawn in the second tone. In some examples, a second neural network, referred to as a restorer network, can further process the output of the generator network, and remove visual artifacts and clean up the lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Price, Ning Xu, Naoto Inoue, Jimei Yang, Daicho Ito
  • Publication number: 20200365758
    Abstract: A method includes preparing a wafer including a substrate and a semiconductor structure, and irradiating an inner portion of the substrate at a predetermined depth in a thickness direction a plurality of times with laser pulses at a first time interval and a predetermined distance interval between irradiations. Each irradiation performed at the first time intervals in the step of irradiating the substrate with laser pulses includes irradiating the substrate at a first focal position in the thickness direction with a first laser pulse having a first pulse-energy; and after irradiating with the first laser pulse, irradiating the substrate with a second laser pulse performed after a second time interval, the second time interval being shorter than the first time interval and being in a range of 3 ps to 900 ps, and the second laser pulse having a second pulse-energy 0.5 to 1.5 times the first pulse-energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicants: NICHIA CORPORATION, IMRA AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Minoru YAMAMOTO, Naoto INOUE, Hiroaki TAMEMOTO, Yoshitaka HOTTA, Hideyuki OHTAKE
  • Patent number: 10831871
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot, and an RF tag, the RF tag including a detection device for detecting biometric authentication information of an individual, a memory for storing unique biometric authentication information of an authorized person which is authorized to perform operations related to a task of the robot, a first processor for obtaining a biometric authentication result by comparing the biometric authentication information detected by the detection device with the unique biometric authentication information stored in the memory, and a first antenna for transmitting the biometric authentication result obtained by the first processor. The robot system further includes a control device including a second antenna for receiving the biometric authentication result transmitted from the RF tag, wherein the control device advances a process of the operation when the biometric authentication result indicates that the individual is the authorized person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Inoue
  • Publication number: 20200287074
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light-emitting element includes: providing a wafer comprising: a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, and a semiconductor structure provided at the first surface; irradiating a laser beam into an interior of the substrate from a second surface side of the substrate, which comprises: forming a plurality of first modified regions, a plurality of second modified regions, and a plurality of third modified regions in the interior of the substrate; and subsequently, separating the wafer into a plurality of light-emitting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto INOUE