Patents by Inventor Tomohiro Kondo

Tomohiro Kondo 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: 20190161433
    Abstract: A quaternary ammonium compound represented by the following formula (1): [(R1)m(R2)4-mN+]nXn???(1) wherein each R1 independently represents an unsubstituted alkyl group or substituted alkyl group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms; an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms; an aralkyl group where an unsubstituted alkyl group or substituted alkyl group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms is substituted with at least one aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms; or an alkylaryl group where an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms is substituted with at least one unsubstituted alkyl group or substituted alkyl group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms; each R2 independently represents a group having 2 to 60 carbon atoms and 2 to 30 oxygen atoms, the group represented by the following formula: —(RO)k-H, wherein R represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group and k represents a natural number of 2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro KONDO
  • Publication number: 20190136135
    Abstract: Provided are a polymerizable compound having at least one monovalent group (A), a polymerizable composition containing the polymerizable compound, a liquid crystal composite prepared from the polymerizable composition, and a liquid crystal device having the polymerizable composition. In monovalent group (A), R1 and R2 are independently hydrogen, halogen or alkyl having 1 to 20 carbons, and in the alkyl, at least one piece of —CH2— may be replaced by —O— or —S—, and at least one piece of —(CH2)2— may be replaced by —CH?CH—, and in the groups, at least one hydrogen may be replaced by halogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicants: JNC CORPORATION, JNC PETROCHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro YANO, Fumitaka KONDO
  • Patent number: 10265966
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a main-body having a space therein; a thermal head arranged on a substrate provided in the space, the thermal head having heating elements arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction; a conveyor which conveys a thermal paper along a conveyance path provided in the space and intersecting with the arrangement direction; a first temperature sensor provided in a first space in the space on a side of the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; a second temperature sensor provided in a second space in the space on a side opposite to the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; and a processor configured to: correct an amount of applying energy to be applied to the heating elements, based on first and second temperatures detected by the first and second temperature sensors; and apply corrected amount of the applying energy selectively to the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kondo, Yasuhiro Torii, Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 10226943
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a main body; a cassette including a cassette case and a printing medium accommodated in the cassette case; an installing portion provided on the main body for installing the cassette detachably; a thermal head arranged on a substrate provided in the installing portion and having heating elements arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction; a conveyor which conveys the printing medium of the cassette installed in the installing portion along a conveyance path orthogonal to the arrangement direction; a first temperature sensor provided, in the installing portion, on a side of the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; a second temperature sensor provided in the interior of the cassette case or the installing portion; and a processor which corrects an amount of applying energy to be applied to the heating elements, based on first and second temperatures detected by the first and second temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kondo, Yasuhiro Torii, Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 10118667
    Abstract: A bicycle motor control system, configured to control a drive motor that is provided on a bicycle, comprises a controller configured to control a drive motor that is configured to selectively output driving force in accordance with a manual drive force, and cause the drive motor to stop when a detected manual drive force, sensed by a manual drive force sensor, falls below a predetermined force threshold value, which is set in accordance with a crank angle of a crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Hiroshi Matsuda, Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20180281455
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a main-body having a space therein; a thermal head arranged on a substrate provided in the space, the thermal head having heating elements arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction; a conveyor which conveys a thermal paper along a conveyance path provided in the space and intersecting with the arrangement direction; a first temperature sensor provided in a first space in the space on a side of the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; a second temperature sensor provided in a second space in the space on a side opposite to the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; and a processor configured to: correct an amount of applying energy to be applied to the heating elements, based on first and second temperatures detected by the first and second temperature sensors; and apply corrected amount of the applying energy selectively to the heating elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kondo, Yasuhiro Torii, Kohei Terada
  • Publication number: 20180281453
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a main body; a cassette including a cassette case and a printing medium accommodated in the cassette case; an installing portion provided on the main body for installing the cassette detachably; a thermal head arranged on a substrate provided in the installing portion and having heating elements arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction; a conveyor which conveys the printing medium of the cassette installed in the installing portion along a conveyance path orthogonal to the arrangement direction; a first temperature sensor provided, in the installing portion, on a side of the thermal head with respect to the conveyance path; a second temperature sensor provided in the interior of the cassette case or the installing portion; and a processor which corrects an amount of applying energy to be applied to the heating elements, based on first and second temperatures detected by the first and second temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kondo, Yasuhiro Torii, Kohei Terada
  • Publication number: 20180281454
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a main body having a space therein, a thermal head arranged on a substrate provided in the space, the thermal head having heating elements arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction; a first conveyor which conveys an ink ribbon along a first conveyance path orthogonal to the arrangement direction, a second conveyor which conveys a printing object along a second conveyance path orthogonal to the arrangement direction and on an opposite side of the thermal head with respect to the first conveyance path, a first temperature sensor provided in a first space on a side of the thermal head with respect to the first conveyance path, a second temperature sensor provided in a second space between the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path, and a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kondo, Yasuhiro Torii, Kohei Terada
  • Patent number: 9964890
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a development roll rubber member that has a uniformly roughened surface on a rubber member surface, that is capable of ensuring a sufficient thickness without contaminating a peripheral portion while maintaining a flexibility in a coating layer and a convex portion without impairing softness of a rubber substrate layer, and that has the coating layer achieving non-tackiness and low friction, and a method of manufacturing the same, and the object is achieved by putting a reactive silicone oil, an isocyanate compound, and a diluent solvent capable of dissolving both the reactive silicone oil and the isocyanate compound into a reaction container, by causing a prepolymerization reaction in which the reactive silicone oil and the isocyanate compound are reacted into a polymerized state in the diluent solvent in the reaction container while dissolution in the solvent is maintained, by subsequently mixing a polyol and an isocyanate compound solution and using silic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: NOK Corporation, Synztec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Higashira, Atsushi Ikeda, Tomohiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 9904224
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a process unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet, a fuser configured to heat the sheet passed through the process unit thereby fixing the toner image onto the sheet, a re-conveyor configured to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit, and a controller configured to perform particular duplex printing including controlling, when a temperature of the fuser is a first temperature, the re-conveyor to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit in a first period of time, and controlling, when the temperature of the fuser is a second temperature higher than the first temperature, the re-conveyor to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit in a second period of time longer than the first period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Tomohiro Kondo, Yoshihiro Oyama, Tatsuaki Mori
  • Patent number: 9841711
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device including a heater and a temperature sensor; a feeding roller configured to feed a recording sheet to the fixing device; and a controller. The controller is configured to: turn on the heater when the controller receives a printing command; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a first timing, in a case where the controller determines that a temperature detected by the temperature sensor is equal to or greater than a first threshold temperature; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a second timing later than the first timing, in a case where the controller determines that the detected temperature is smaller than the first threshold temperature; and selectively set the first threshold temperature to a first value or a second value smaller than the first value when the controller receives the printing command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20170345041
    Abstract: A sales data processing apparatus comprises a reading module configured to read an owner identification information of a point card, a point providing module configured to carry out a point providing processing in which a point value is added to the point card of which the owner identification information is read by the reading module, a storage module configured to store the owner identification information of the point card to which the point providing processing is carried out and a use count information of the point card, and a notification module configured to output a notification signal if the use count information of the point card, stored in the storage module, which is indicated by the owner identification information read by the reading module is greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20170297651
    Abstract: A bicycle controller is provided that performs control in accordance with a riding condition of a bicycle. The bicycle controller includes an electronic control unit that controls a motor. The motor assists human power that is inputted to a bicycle. Upon determining a gear changer that changes a gear ratio of the bicycle is operated, the electronic control unit switches a control state of the motor from a first control state to a second control state based on a rotation phase of a crank of the bicycle and changes a timing at which the control state of the motor is switched from the first control state to the second control state based on an inclination of the bicycle in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Yasuhiro TSUCHIZAWA, Hiroshi MATSUDA, Tomohiro KONDO
  • Patent number: 9671726
    Abstract: A fixing device for thermally fixing a developer image transferred onto a recording sheet, includes: a flexible fusing member which is flexibly deformable; a heating element; a nip member disposed in such a manner as to contact with a surface of the flexible fusing member and to allow the flexible fusing member to slide along the nip member; a reflecting plate configured to reflect radiant heat from the heating element in a direction toward the nip member; a backup member configured to nip the flexible fusing member with the nip member to thereby form a nip portion for the recording sheet between the flexible fusing member and the backup member; and a stay configured to support both end portions of the nip member. The reflecting plate has at least one flange portion, and the flange portion is held and supported between the nip member and the stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Miyauchi, Yasushi Fujiwara, Takuji Matsuno, Kei Ishida, Noboru Suzuki, Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20170060060
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a process unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet, a fuser configured to heat the sheet passed through the process unit thereby fixing the toner image onto the sheet, a re-conveyor configured to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit, and a controller configured to perform particular duplex printing including controlling, when a temperature of the fuser is a first temperature, the re-conveyor to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit in a first period of time, and controlling, when the temperature of the fuser is a second temperature higher than the first temperature, the re-conveyor to convey the sheet passed through the fuser to the process unit in a second period of time longer than the first period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Takashi SUZUKI, Tomohiro KONDO, Yoshihiro OYAMA, Tatsuaki MORI
  • Publication number: 20170045840
    Abstract: An object is to provide a rubber member for coating a developing roll which is formed a uniform rough surface at a surface of the developing roll, does exert neither damage nor toner stress to the mating member or the toner while maintaining flexibility, is possible to secure a thickness which can sufficiently avoid the effect of the rubber, and can realize non-tackiness and low friction, which can be solved by a rubber member for coating a developing roll which is the rubber member for coating a developing roll obtained by coating a coating layer 13 component at around a developing roll having a rubber substrate layer 12 and curing the same, wherein the coating layer 13 component comprises a liquid binder which contains at least a polyol, an isocyanate compound and reactive silicone oil, silicone rubber particles 101 having a hardness (JIS K6253: 1997) by Durometer A (instantaneous) of 20 to 80 degree and a rubber particle size of 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: NOK Corporation, Synztec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro HIGASHIRA, Atsushi IKEDA, Nozomu SUZUKI, Tomohiro KONDO, Shinobu KANZAKI, Goki INUKAI, Lei WANG, Huu Viet NGUYEN
  • Publication number: 20170031280
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a fixing device including a heater and a temperature sensor; a feeding roller configured to feed a recording sheet to the fixing device; and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to: turn on the heater when the controller receives a printing command; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a first timing, in a case where the controller determines that a temperature detected by the temperature sensor is equal to or greater than a first threshold temperature; cause the feeding roller to feed the recording sheet at a second timing later than the first timing, in a case where the controller determines that the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is smaller than the first threshold temperature; and selectively set the first threshold temperature to a first value or a second value smaller than the first value when the controller receives the printing command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20170023876
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a development roll rubber member that has a uniformly roughened surface on a rubber member surface, that is capable of ensuring a sufficient thickness without contaminating a peripheral portion while maintaining a flexibility in a coating layer and a convex portion without impairing softness of a rubber substrate layer, and that has the coating layer achieving non-tackiness and low friction, and a method of manufacturing the same, and the object is achieved by putting a reactive silicone oil, an isocyanate compound, and a diluent solvent capable of dissolving both the reactive silicone oil and the isocyanate compound into a reaction container, by causing a prepolymerization reaction in which the reactive silicone oil and the isocyanate compound are reacted into a polymerized state in the diluent solvent in the reaction container while dissolution in the solvent is maintained, by subsequently mixing a polyol and an isocyanate compound solution and using silic
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: NOK Corporation, Synztec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro HIGASHIRA, Atsushi IKEDA, Tomohiro KONDO
  • Patent number: 9541870
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a tubular fusing film, a heater, a nip member, a backup member, a backup member, first supporting member, and a second supporting member. The heater may be disposed inside the tubular shape of the fusing film. The nip member may be disposed so as to be in sliding contact with the inner surface of the fusing film and heated by the heater. The backup member may form a nip portion between the backup member and the fusing film with the fusing film between the backup member and the nip member. The first supporting member may be configured to integrally support the heater and the nip member. The second supporting member may be configured to movably support the first supporting member so that the nip member moves relative to the backup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Fujiwara, Noboru Suzuki, Kei Ishida, Yoshihiro Miyauchi, Tomohiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20160347407
    Abstract: A bicycle motor control system, configured to control a drive motor that is provided on a bicycle, comprises a controller configured to control a drive motor that is configured to selectively output driving force in accordance with a manual drive force, and cause the drive motor to stop when a detected manual drive force, sensed by a manual drive force sensor, falls below a predetermined force threshold value, which is set in accordance with a crank angle of a crankshaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Hiroshi Matsuda, Tomohiro Kondo