Patents by Inventor Noriyuki INUKAI

Noriyuki INUKAI 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: 20200290360
    Abstract: A control unit of a liquid consumption apparatus performs determination processing that determines whether or not each of a first housing container and a second housing container is an unsuitable container that does not satisfy a use condition, performs switching decision that decides switching of a supply source that supplies a liquid composition to a liquid consumption unit to the second housing container when the first housing container is determined to be the unsuitable container while the liquid composition is being supplied from the first housing container to the liquid consumption unit, and continues supply of the liquid composition from the first housing container to the liquid consumption unit regardless of whether or not the second housing container is the unsuitable container until when the switching decision is performed while the liquid composition is being supplied from the first housing container to the liquid consumption unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi KOGANEHIRA, Noriyuki INUKAI, Shigeki FUKUSHIMA, Yasuhiko KOSUGI
  • Patent number: 10759179
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that can reduce at least one of various inconveniences in a sub-tank, such as stock management being complicated. The sub-tank includes: a consumable article containing portion; a sub-tank-side storage unit; and a case that can be detachably attached to multiple slots in a consumable article consumption apparatus and contains the consumable article containing portion. In a state before the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit stores a sub-tank-side identifier configured to distinguish from another sub-tank, and in a state after the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit further stores sub-tank-side consumable article information relating to an attribute of the consumable article replenished in a consumable article containing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Koganehira, Shigeki Fukushima, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Takahiro Imai, Katsutoshi Ozawa, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Noriyuki Inukai
  • Publication number: 20190111697
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that can reduce at least one of various inconveniences in a sub-tank, such as stock management being complicated. The sub-tank includes: a consumable article containing portion; a sub-tank-side storage unit; and a case that can be detachably attached to multiple slots in a consumable article consumption apparatus and contains the consumable article containing portion. In a state before the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit stores a sub-tank-side identifier configured to distinguish from another sub-tank, and in a state after the sub-tank is first mounted in the slot, the sub-tank-side storage unit further stores sub-tank-side consumable article information relating to an attribute of the consumable article replenished in a consumable article containing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi KOGANEHIRA, Shigeki FUKUSHIMA, Yasuhiko KOSUGI, Takahiro IMAI, Katsutoshi OZAWA, Tsuyoshi HAYASHI, Noriyuki INUKAI