Patents by Inventor Toru Kanno

Toru Kanno 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: 20220136679
    Abstract: Improvement of the luminous efficiency of a fluorescent layer is achieved. A wavelength conversion element is provided that converts incident, light from a wavelength range thereof to another wavelength range, the wavelength conversion element including a fluorescent layer including first particles and second particles dispersed in a first binder, the second particles being smaller than the first particles, wherein the first particles fluoresce under light having the wavelength of the incident light, and the first binder accounts for from 10% inclusive to 50% exclusive by volume of a particle group including the first particles and the second particles in the fluorescent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: TORU KANNO, HIROKAZU ICHINOSE, HIDEOMI YUI
  • Publication number: 20210372593
    Abstract: Provided is compatibility between adhesion to a substrate (lower layer) and durability improvement. An optical element includes a phosphor layer facing a lower layer, and a bonding layer keeping the phosphor layer in intimate contact with the lower layer. The phosphor layer includes an inorganic binder, and phosphor particle dispersed with the inorganic binder. The bonding layer includes an organic binder. The phosphor layer has a first surface facing the lower layer, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a side surface connecting the first and second surfaces together. The bonding layer connects together the second surface, the side surface, and a surface of the lower layer to keep the phosphor layer in intimate contact with the lower layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: HIDEOMI YUI, SHIGERU AOMORI, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, HIDETSUGU MATSUKIYO, TORU KANNO, HIROKAZU ICHINOSE
  • Publication number: 20210222849
    Abstract: Energy density of excitation light for irradiation is adjusted to achieve an improvement in fluorescent light emission intensity. An optical element includes a phosphor layer configured to emit fluorescent light by being excited by excitation light emitted from a light source, the phosphor layer has a first surface to be irradiated with the excitation light, an excitation light irradiation region of the first surface includes a first region and a second region, the first region is processed beforehand to be set at an angle that is not perpendicular to a propagation direction of the excitation light, and the first region and the second region are non-parallel to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: HIDEOMI YUI, SHIGERU AOMORI, MUTSUKO YAMAMOTO, TORU KANNO, TOMOKO UEKI
  • Publication number: 20210210660
    Abstract: A wavelength conversion element having improved fluorescent light emission intensity is achieved by controlling the increase in the temperature of the fluorescent layer. The wavelength conversion element includes a fluorescent layer in which phosphor particles are dispersed in a binder, the fluorescent layer including a first region and a second region, the first region being configured to be at a more elevated temperature than the second region due to an effect of excitation light, wherein the phosphor particles are constituted of a phosphor doped with a central light emitting element, and at least one of a concentration of the central light emitting element, a size of the phosphor particles, and a volume ratio of the phosphor particles with respect to the binder is configured to change from the first region to the second region of the fluorescent layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: TORU KANNO, SHIGERU AOMORI, HIDETSUGU MATSUKIYO
  • Publication number: 20210102426
    Abstract: The present invention, in an aspect thereof, is directed to a daylighting device including: a daylighting sheet including: a transparent base member; and a plurality of transparent daylighting sections on a first face of the base member; and at least one hollow structural body composed of a resin provided on a second face of the base member opposite the first face, the at least one hollow structural body including: a transparent, first plate section; a transparent, second plate section opposing the first plate section; a plurality of structural bodies extending in a direction of alignment of the daylighting sections between the first plate section and the second plate section and arranged at prescribed intervals in a direction of extension of the daylighting sections; and hollow portions between the structural bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: SHUMPEI NISHINAKA, TORU KANNO, HIDEOMI YUI, DAISUKE SHINOZAKI, SHUN UEKI, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200263857
    Abstract: A daylighting device includes: a translucent base material; a translucent daylighting layer disposed on a first face side of the base material, the daylighting layer including daylighting sections and gap portions provided between the daylighting sections; and a translucent warping-restraining layer disposed on a second face side of the base material, wherein the daylighting layer and the warping-restraining layer have approximately equal linear expansion coefficients. Another daylighting device includes: a translucent base material; a translucent daylighting layer disposed on a first face side of the base material, the daylighting layer including daylighting sections and gap portions provided between the daylighting sections; and a translucent warping-restraining layer disposed on a second face side of the base material, wherein both the daylighting layer and the warping-restraining layer have either a greater linear expansion coefficient or a smaller linear expansion coefficient than does the base material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicants: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: DAISUKE SHINOZAKI, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, SHUN UEKI, SHUMPEI NISHINAKA, TORU KANNO
  • Publication number: 20200256532
    Abstract: A daylighting device including: a transparent base material; a plurality of daylighting sections disposed on a first face of the base material; and gap portions provided between the daylighting sections, wherein: the daylighting device has daylighting areas in which light is transmitted through the daylighting sections and light-transmitting areas in which light is transmitted through the base material without passing through the daylighting sections; and the daylighting areas and the light-transmitting areas are arranged so as to alternate in at least one direction in a plane of the first face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: DAISUKE SHINOZAKI, TORU KANNO, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, SHUMPEI NISHINAKA, SHUN UEKI
  • Publication number: 20200166436
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to: provide an agent that effectively suppresses inhibition of antigen-antibody reaction in an immunoassay using a sample containing a body fluid, in particular, a component derived from a biological mucosal membrane, such as saliva; and to suppress false positive and false negative results in the immunoassay. The present invention provides an agent for suppressing inhibition of immune reaction, characterized in that the agent comprises a compound of the following (1) or (2): (1) Sulfonic acid compound of the formula R1—SO3H or a salt thereof. (In the formula, R1 is selected from the group consisting of: a straight-chain C5-C30 alkyl group; a straight-chain C1-C30 alkyl group substituted with an aryl group having at least one straight-chain C5-C30 alkyl group; and an aryl group having at least one straight-chain C5-C30 alkyl group. These groups may include a substituent group.); and (2) Quaternary ammonium ion of the formula N+—R2R3R4R5 or a salt thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Eri Takeuchi, Kana Urayama, Takashi Matsumoto, Kazuki Morioka, Makoto Yamakawa, Kazuo Yoshida, Toru Kanno, Katsuhiko Fukai
  • Publication number: 20200096167
    Abstract: A light-diffusion member includes a plurality of cylindrical lenses arrayed in a prescribed direction, wherein the cylindrical lenses are arrayed in a first direction and extended in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, the cylindrical lenses each have a curved lens surface, and the lens surface has a height that continuously changes with a prescribed period in a cross-section of the cylindrical lens taken along a second imaginary plane that is perpendicular to a first imaginary plane containing both the first direction and the second direction and that is parallel to the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: YASUSHI ASAOKA, TORU KANNO, HIDEOMI YUI
  • Patent number: 10520151
    Abstract: A daylighting apparatus of the present invention includes: a daylighting sheet (13) that has first and second surfaces opposite to each other and that lets light in through the first surface and lets the light out through the second surface at a predetermined distribution of angles; and a visible light-reflecting sheet (15) that reflects part of visible light falling on the first surface of the daylighting sheet (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shun Ueki, Shumpei Nishinaka, Toru Kanno, Daisuke Shinozaki, Hideomi Yui, Tomoko Ueki, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10513091
    Abstract: Provided is a daylighting device (10) that is used by being attached to a window frame (110) supporting an existing window glass (100) and that includes a first base (11) being light-transmissive, a first spacer (12) provided at an outer edge of one surface (11a) of the first base (11) and attached to the window frame (110), and a daylighting member (13) provided on a side of the one surface (11a) of the first base (11), in which the daylighting member (13) includes a second base (14) that is light-transmissive and a plurality of protrusion daylighting portions (15) that are light-transmissive and provided to be adjacent to each other on a side of one surface (14a) of the second base (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shun Ueki, Shumpei Nishinaka, Toru Kanno, Daisuke Shinozaki, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10480736
    Abstract: A daylighting system (10) to be installed over an interior face (1001a) of a window pane (1001), the daylighting system (10) including: a light-transmitting device (20) to be disposed over an upper part of the interior face (1001a) of the window pane (1001); and a shading device (30) joined to the light-transmitting device (20) in such a manner as to be disposed over a lower part of the interior face (1001a) of the window pane (1001).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shumpei Nishinaka, Shun Ueki, Toru Kanno, Daisuke Shinozaki, Hideomi Yui, Tomoko Ueki, Tsuyoshi Kamada, Atsuyuki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10393333
    Abstract: There is provided a daylighting device (10) installed to face window glass and including a daylighting member (40) having a light-transmissive base member and a plurality of light-transmissive daylighting units disposed adjacent to each other on at least one surface of the base member, and the daylighting member (40) includes a movable unit that moves such that the one surface of the base member follows a movement of the sun to turn toward an orientation of the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideomi Yui, Tsuyoshi Kamada, Toru Kanno, Shun Ueki, Tomoko Ueki
  • Patent number: 10385608
    Abstract: A daylighting device of the present invention includes: a daylighting member including: a first light-transmitting base member; and a plurality of protruding, light-transmitting daylighting sections provided on a first face or a second face of the first light-transmitting base member; and a ventilation hole configured to enable a space on the first face to communicate with a space on the second face opposite from the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kanno, Tsuyoshi Kamada, Shun Ueki, Shumpei Nishinaka, Hideomi Yui, Daisuke Shinozaki, Tomoko Ueki
  • Patent number: 10344531
    Abstract: A daylighting slat (40) includes a daylighting plate (40) extending in one direction. The daylighting plate (40) includes: a transparent base material (41) having a curved or angled shape in a cross-section taken perpendicular to a lengthwise direction of the daylighting plate (40); a plurality of transparent daylighting sections (42) at least in a first region (41Aa) of a first face (41A) of the base material (41); and gap portions between the daylighting sections (42), wherein each of the daylighting sections (42) has a side face in contact with one of the gap portions, a part of the side face serving as a reflection face where light incident to that daylighting section (42) is reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kanno, Shumpei Nishinaka, Daisuke Shinozaki, Shun Ueki, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10337242
    Abstract: A daylighting device (10) including: a flexible base material (20) having light-transmitting properties; and a plurality of daylighting sections (30) on at least one of faces (20a) of the base material (20), each of the daylighting sections having light-transmitting properties and including at least two protrusion portions adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Shinozaki, Shun Ueki, Shumpei Nishinaka, Toru Kanno, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10227820
    Abstract: A daylighting slat (4) includes: a daylighting plate (51); and a support member (24) that supports the daylighting plate (51), in which the daylighting plate (51) includes; a base that has light transparency; and a plurality of daylighting parts that are provided on a first surface of the base, have light transparency, and form a gap portion between the plurality of daylighting parts, in which a part of a side surface of a daylighting part, which is in contact with the gap portion, functions as a reflecting surface that reflects light entering the daylighting part, and the support member (24), at least a part of which has light transparency, includes a gripping portion (25) that grips at least a part of a peripheral part of the daylighting plate (51) and has light absorbability, and a protective plate (26) formed of a plate body that is provided so as to face a first surface or a second surface of the daylighting plate (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kanno, Shun Ueki, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10197712
    Abstract: A light-diffusing-member manufacturing method includes a step of forming a light diffusion portion on one surface side of a base, by developing an exposed negative photosensitive resin layer with an alkali developing solution, and a step of performing an acid treatment on the light diffusion portion with an acid solution, after removing the alkali developing solution which is adhered to the light diffusion portion and suspended matter in the alkali developing solution in the negative photosensitive resin layer, so as to lower an ionization degree of the negative photosensitive resin layer which is in an ionized state due to the alkali developing solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Ochi, Yasushi Asaoka, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Toru Kanno
  • Publication number: 20180313141
    Abstract: A daylighting device according to an aspect of the present invention includes a daylighting member and a support unit, disposed on an interior side of a window glass to support the daylighting member. The support unit includes an adjusting mechanism that adjusts a position of the daylighting member relative to the window glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: SHUMPEI NISHINAKA, SHUN UEKI, TORU KANNO, DAISUKE SHINOZAKI, HIDEOMI YUI, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20180291681
    Abstract: A daylighting member according to an aspect of the present invention includes a plurality of substrates having a light transmitting property; a plurality of daylighting portions having a light transmitting property, the plurality of daylighting portions extending linearly on a first surface of each of the substrates and extending in different directions on different substrates; and a gap portion provided between the plurality of daylighting portions. The plurality of substrates include at least a first substrate or a second substrate, the first substrate having a first daylighting portion inclined at an angle ?1 relative to an edge side of the substrate, the second substrate having a second daylighting portion inclined at an angle ?2 relative to the edge side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: TORU KANNO, SHUMPEI NISHINAKA, DAISUKE SHINOZAKI, SHUN UEKI, TSUYOSHI KAMADA