Patents by Inventor Noriyuki FUKASAWA

Noriyuki FUKASAWA 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: 11117379
    Abstract: An ink replenish container comprises a container main body that is able to store the ink; an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet; and a cap attachable to a front end side of the ink outlet formation member. The ink outlet includes an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface located inward of the outer circumferential surface, the inner circumferential surface surrounding an opening through which the ink passes. The cap includes a first protrusion that is configured to contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a first exit seal portion, and a second protrusion that is configured to contact with the inner circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a second exit seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadashi Watanabe, Ryoichi Tanaka, Tadahiro Mizutani
  • Publication number: 20210237456
    Abstract: An ink refill container configured to refill an ink tank with ink and an ink refill system. An ink refill container includes a container main body having an ink chamber; an ink outlet forming portion provided at an edge of the container main body including an ink outlet configured to allow ink to flow out from the ink chamber; a valve provided in ink outlet forming portion and configured to seal the ink outlet in an openable and closable manner; and a positioning structure configured to abut on part of the ink tank and position the valve relative to ink tank when valve is opened. The positioning structure has a positioning surface located on an opposite side to a container main body side where the container main body is located, across the valve and extends in a direction intersecting with a center axis of the ink outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Taku ISHIZAWA, Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Naomi KIMURA, Shoma KUDO, Manabu AKAHANE
  • Publication number: 20210229453
    Abstract: A liquid storage container includes: a housing including a case having a case opening, and a lid that closes the case opening; and a sheet that holds the lid and the case together, the sheet extending over lid exterior faces and case exterior faces and being disposed so as to surround the outer circumference of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadahiro Mizutani, Mao Otashiro
  • Patent number: 11072180
    Abstract: An ink tank that communicates with an ink ejecting head, includes: an ink chamber configured to house ink; an ink inlet portion that communicates with the ink chamber and that receives ink supplied from an ink supply container; and an ink viewing portion that is a portion of a wall that defines the ink chamber and that enables the ink in the ink chamber to be viewed from an outside, the ink chamber having an ink guide wall for guiding the ink from the ink inlet portion toward the ink viewing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Taku Ishizawa, Noriyuki Fukasawa, Hideki Okumura, Naomi Kimura
  • Patent number: 11007787
    Abstract: There are provided an ink refill container configured to appropriately refill an ink tank with ink and an ink refill system including such an ink refill container. An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 provided to include an ink chamber 76; an ink outlet forming portion 66 provided at an edge of the container main body to include an ink outlet 65 configured to allow ink to flow out from the ink chamber; a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet forming portion and configured to seal the ink outlet in an openable and closable manner; and a positioning structure configured to abut on part of the ink tank and position the valve relative to the ink tank when the valve is opened. The positioning structure has a positioning surface 84 that is located on an opposite side to a container main body side where the container main body is located, across the valve and that is extended in a direction intersecting with a center axis 85 of the ink outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Taku Ishizawa, Noriyuki Fukasawa, Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Manabu Akahane
  • Patent number: 11001068
    Abstract: An ink replenish container comprises a container main body that is able to store the ink; and an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet. The container main body includes a screw formation portion having a screw for engaging with the ink outlet formation member, and a shoulder portion provided on a front end side of the screw formation portion. The ink outlet formation member includes an abutting portion that abuts the shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadashi Watanabe, Ryoichi Tanaka, Tadahiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10913280
    Abstract: An ink replenish container comprises a container main body that is able to store the ink; and an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet. The container main body includes a screw formation portion having a screw for engaging with the ink outlet formation member, and a shoulder portion provided on a front end side of the screw formation portion. The ink outlet formation member includes an abutting portion that abuts the shoulder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadashi Watanabe, Ryoichi Tanaka, Tadahiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10894418
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit includes an outer shell; a contact portion that is disposed in the outer shell and that is configured to electronically connect to the apparatus-side terminal by making contact with the apparatus-side terminal; a liquid supply port that is disposed on the outer shell and used for inserting the liquid introducing portion; and a receiving portion that extends in a protruding direction in which the guide member protrudes outward in a mounting state in which the liquid supply unit is mounted onto the liquid ejection apparatus, and that is configured to receive the guide member. At least a part of the receiving portion is located between the liquid supply port and the contact portion in a predetermined direction orthogonal to a direction in which the receiving portion extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Yoshiaki Shimizu, Noriyuki Fukasawa
  • Publication number: 20200298576
    Abstract: A liquid ejection system includes: a liquid ejection apparatus; and a liquid storage container, wherein the liquid ejection apparatus includes a mounting unit having an apparatus-side terminal portion that is elastically deformable in a mounting direction, and an apparatus-side locking portion that restricts the liquid storage container from moving in a direction opposite to the mounting direction of the liquid storage container, and the liquid storage container includes a top surface located on an upper side in a vertical direction in a mounted state in which the liquid storage container is mounted, a container-side locking portion, the container-side locking portion being provided on the top surface, and a container-side terminal portion coupled to the apparatus-side terminal portion, the container-side terminal portion being provided at a position closer to the top surface than to a center of the liquid storage container in the vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki NAITO, Takeshi KOMAKI, Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Takanori MATSUDA
  • Publication number: 20200282730
    Abstract: There are provided an ink refill container configured to appropriately refill an ink tank with ink and an ink refill system including such an ink refill container. An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 provided to include an ink chamber 76; an ink outlet forming portion 66 provided at an edge of the container main body to include an ink outlet 65 configured to allow ink to flow out from the ink chamber; a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet forming portion and configured to seal the ink outlet in an openable and closable manner; and a positioning structure configured to abut on part of the ink tank and position the valve relative to the ink tank when the valve is opened. The positioning structure has a positioning surface 84 that is located on an opposite side to a container main body side where the container main body is located, across the valve and that is extended in a direction intersecting with a center axis 85 of the ink outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Taku ISHIZAWA, Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Naomi KIMURA, Shoma KUDO, Manabu AKAHANE
  • Publication number: 20200269586
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit includes an outer shell; a contact portion that is disposed in the outer shell and that is configured to electronically connect to the apparatus-side terminal by making contact with the apparatus-side terminal; a liquid supply port that is disposed on the outer shell and used for inserting the liquid introducing portion; and a receiving portion that extends in a protruding direction in which the guide member protrudes outward in a mounting state in which the liquid supply unit is mounted onto the liquid ejection apparatus, and that is configured to receive the guide member. At least a part of the receiving portion is located between the liquid supply port and the contact portion in a predetermined direction orthogonal to a direction in which the receiving portion extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku ISHIZAWA, Satoshi SHINADA, Yoshiaki SHIMIZU, Noriyuki FUKASAWA
  • Patent number: 10752008
    Abstract: An object is to identify an abnormal mounted state of a liquid supply unit to a liquid ejection apparatus. There is provided a liquid supply unit configured to supply a liquid to a liquid ejection apparatus that comprises a first electrode assembly including a first electrode and a second electrode; an engagement structure; and a mounting structure which the liquid supply unit is mounted to. The liquid supply unit comprises a liquid supply portion; an engaged structure configured to be engaged with the engagement structure in a mounted state and thereby restrict a motion of the liquid supply unit in a first direction that is a direction of dismounting the liquid supply unit; and an electrically conductive portion provided in the engaged structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Shimizu, Satoshi Shinada, Taku Ishizawa, Noriyuki Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 10752003
    Abstract: There are provided an ink refill container configured to appropriately refill an ink tank with ink and an ink refill system including such an ink refill container. An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 provided to include an ink chamber 76; an ink outlet forming portion 66 provided at an edge of the container main body to include an ink outlet 65 configured to allow ink to flow out from the ink chamber; a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet forming portion and configured to seal the ink outlet in an openable and closable manner; and a positioning structure configured to abut on part of the ink tank and position the valve relative to the ink tank when the valve is opened. The positioning structure has a positioning surface 84 that is located on an opposite side to a container main body side where the container main body is located, across the valve and that is extended in a direction intersecting with a center axis 85 of the ink outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Taku Ishizawa, Noriyuki Fukasawa, Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Manabu Akahane
  • Publication number: 20200139716
    Abstract: Convenience of an ink bottle and a bottle set is improved. An ink bottle includes: a container portion that contains ink; a guiding portion that is formed in one end portion of the container portion, and includes an outflow port from which the ink in the container portion flow out; and a cover that covers at least an end portion of the container portion on the opposite side of the guiding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku ISHIZAWA, Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Ryoichi TANAKA, Manabu AKAHANE, Koichi TOBA, Takumi NAGASHIMA, Yoshiaki SHIMIZU, Tadashi WATANABE, Noriyuki FUKASAWA
  • Publication number: 20200114651
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit includes an outer shell, a liquid supply portion that is arranged in the outer shell and can supply a liquid to the liquid ejection apparatus, and an engaged structure including an engaged portion that can engage with the engagement portion of the liquid ejection apparatus, and a first opening that is formed in the outer shell and through which the engagement structure can be inserted. The engaged portion is arranged further inward than an outer surface of the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku ISHIZAWA, Satoshi SHINADA, Yoshiaki SHIMIZU, Noriyuki FUKASAWA
  • Patent number: 10618292
    Abstract: A printer comprises a main body cover configured to change over a state between a closed state and an open state; a tank including an ink container portion configured to contain ink and an ink inlet configured to inject the ink; a tank cover configured to change over a state between a closed state and an open state; and an ink bottle including a container portion and a delivery portion. In the open state of both the main body cover and the tank cover, the ink bottle is self-supported and configured to deliver the ink from the delivery portion of the ink bottle to the ink inlet. A space is formed between the main body cover and the ink bottle when the ink bottle is self-supported. At least part of the ink bottle is located in a locus drawn by the main body cover during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadahiro Mizutani, Naomi Kimura, Shoma Kudo, Ryoichi Tanaka, Tadashi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20200086648
    Abstract: An ink tank that communicates with an ink ejecting head, includes: an ink chamber configured to house ink; an ink inlet portion that communicates with the ink chamber and that receives ink supplied from an ink supply container; and an ink viewing portion that is a portion of a wall that defines the ink chamber and that enables the ink in the ink chamber to be viewed from an outside, the ink chamber having an ink guide wall for guiding the ink from the ink inlet portion toward the ink viewing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Taku ISHIZAWA, Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Hideki OKUMURA, Naomi KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20200070523
    Abstract: An ink replenish container comprises a container main body that is able to store the ink; an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet; and a cap attachable to a front end side of the ink outlet formation member. The ink outlet includes an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface located inward of the outer circumferential surface, the inner circumferential surface surrounding an opening through which the ink passes. The cap includes a first protrusion that is configured to contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a first exit seal portion, and a second protrusion that is configured to contact with the inner circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a second exit seal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Taku ISHIZAWA, Tadashi WATANABE, Ryoichi TANAKA, Tadahiro MIZUTANI
  • Publication number: 20200070534
    Abstract: A liquid container is used in a liquid consumption device including a mounting unit to which a liquid container provided with a prism at a predetermined site, and a liquid container not provided with a prism at the predetermined site are replaceably mounted; a light emitting unit that emits light to the predetermined site of the liquid container; and a light receiving unit that receives light reflected from the predetermined site. The liquid container is not provided with the prism, and is provided with a reflection reduction unit that reduces reflection of light to the light receiving unit, at the predetermined site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku ISHIZAWA, Noriyuki FUKASAWA, Shuichi KOGANEHIRA, Takayuki YAZAWA
  • Patent number: 10543692
    Abstract: A liquid supply unit includes an outer shell, a liquid supply portion that is arranged in the outer shell and can supply a liquid to the liquid ejection apparatus, and an engaged structure including an engaged portion that can engage with the engagement portion of the liquid ejection apparatus, and a first opening that is formed in the outer shell and through which the engagement structure can be inserted. The engaged portion is arranged further inward than an outer surface of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Satoshi Shinada, Yoshiaki Shimizu, Noriyuki Fukasawa