Patents by Inventor Yasuhiro Niikura

Yasuhiro Niikura 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: 20180336840
    Abstract: Provided is a novel display device without deterioration of display quality or a novel display device in which flickering due to a reduced refresh rate is suppressed. The display device includes a pixel for displaying a still image at a frame frequency of less than or equal to 1 Hz. The pixel includes a liquid crystal layer. The liquid crystal layer includes a molecule whose dipole moment is greater than or equal to 0 debye and less than or equal to 3 debye. Thus, flickering due to a reduced refresh rate can be suppressed, which leads to an improvement in display quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Makoto IKENAGA, Daisuke KUBOTA, Ryo HATSUMI
  • Patent number: 9957213
    Abstract: A novel organic compound that can be used in a variety of liquid crystal devices or a liquid crystal composition containing the novel organic compound is provided. An organic compound represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. A novel liquid crystal composition containing the organic compound is provided. In General Formula (G1), Ar1 and Ar2 separately represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms. In addition, m and n separately represent 0 or 1. R1 and R2 separately represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 11 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 11 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Makoto Ikenaga, Manabu Kobayashi, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Patent number: 9708285
    Abstract: A dioxolane derivative represented by formula (G1) is provided. The explanation of the substituents is given in the specification. The use of the dioxolane derivative enables the production of a liquid crystal composition and a liquid crystal display device including the liquid crystal composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Yuko Kawata
  • Patent number: 9580651
    Abstract: An organic compound represented by General Formula (G100) is provided. A novel liquid crystal composition containing the organic compound is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Makoto Ikenaga, Manabu Kobayashi, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Patent number: 9475989
    Abstract: A novel material of a binaphthyl compound represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. Ar11 and Ar12 independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, m represents 1 or 2, and n represents any one of 0 to 2. R12 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a single bond. R13 represents hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms. One of R10 and R11 represents a substituent represented by General Formula (G2), and the other represents hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Patent number: 9441164
    Abstract: To provide a novel material for a liquid crystal composition that can be used for various liquid crystal display devices. A novel isosorbide derivative represented by General Formula (G2) is provided. In General Formula (G2), Ar1, Ar2, Ar3, and Ar4 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 4 to 12 carbon atoms; l, k, m, and n each independently represent any of 0 to 3; R21 and R23 each independently represent oxygen, a single bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms; and R22 and R24 each independently represent hydrogen, oxygen, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Yuko Kawata
  • Publication number: 20160185746
    Abstract: A dioxolane derivative represented by formula (G1) is provided. The explanation of the substituents is given in the specification. The use of the dioxolane derivative enables the production of a liquid crystal composition and a liquid crystal display device including the liquid crystal composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Yuko Kawata
  • Patent number: 9371485
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition including a dioxolane compound represented by the general formula (G1) as a chiral agent is provided. In the general formula (G1), R1 and R2 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms and having a phenyl group as a substituent; R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other to form a ring; R3 and R4 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and a cycloalkyl group; and R5 to R40 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboraory Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Tamura, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Sachiko Kawakami, Yuko Kawata
  • Patent number: 9260660
    Abstract: A novel material for a liquid crystal composition that can be used for various liquid crystal devices is provided. A novel cyanobiphenyl derivative represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. In General Formula (G1), R1 represents a single bond or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms. Note that in General Formula (G1), R1 may have a substituent. Examples of the substituent are fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I), a cyano group (CN), a trifluoromethylsulfonyl group (SO2CF3), a trifluoromethyl group (CF3), a nitro group (NO2), an isothiocyanate group (NCS), and a pentafluorosulfanyl group (SF5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Publication number: 20150255029
    Abstract: [Object] Provided is a novel display device without deterioration of display quality or a novel display device in which flickering due to a reduced refresh rate is suppressed. [Solution] The display device includes a pixel for displaying a still image at a frame frequency of less than or equal to 1 Hz. The pixel includes a liquid crystal layer. The liquid crystal layer has a dielectric constant anisotropy of higher than or equal to 2 and lower than or equal to 3.8. Thus, flickering due to a reduced refresh rate can be suppressed, which leads to an improvement in display quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Makoto IKENAGA, Manabu KOBAYASHI, Ryo HATSUMI
  • Publication number: 20150210924
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition including a dioxolane compound represented by the general formula (G1) as a chiral agent is provided. In the general formula (G1), R1 and R2 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms and having a phenyl group as a substituent; R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other to form a ring; R3 and R4 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and a cycloalkyl group; and R5 to R40 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Tomohiro TAMURA, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Tetsuji ISHITANI, Sachiko KAWAKAMI, Yuko KAWATA
  • Patent number: 9039931
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition including a dioxolane compound represented by the general formula (G1) as a chiral agent is provided. In the general formula (G1), R1 and R2 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms and having a phenyl group as a substituent; R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other to form a ring; R3 and R4 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and a cycloalkyl group; and R5 to R40 individually represent any of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Tamura, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Sachiko Kawakami, Yuko Kawata
  • Publication number: 20150076402
    Abstract: A dioxolane derivative represented by formula (G1) is provided. The explanation of the substituents is given in the specification. The use of the dioxolane derivative enables the production of a liquid crystal composition and a liquid crystal display device including the liquid crystal composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro Niikura, Tetsuji Ishitani, Yuko Kawata
  • Patent number: 8968841
    Abstract: A binaphthyl compound represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. In General Formula (G1), Ar2 represents any of an arylene group, a cycloalkylene group, and a cycloalkenylene group, and m is any of 0 to 3; R3 represents any of hydrogen, an alkyl group, and an alkoxy group; and one of R and R1 represents a substituent represented by General Formula (G2) and the other thereof represents hydrogen. In General Formula (G2), Ar1 represents any of an arylene group, a cycloalkylene group, and a cycloalkenylene group, and k is any of 1 to 3; and R2 represents any of hydrogen, an alkyl group, and an alkoxy group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Yuko Kawata, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Publication number: 20150034870
    Abstract: A novel organic compound that can be used in a variety of liquid crystal devices or a liquid crystal composition containing the novel organic compound is provided. An organic compound represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. A novel liquid crystal composition containing the organic compound is provided. In General Formula (G1), Ar1 and Ar2 separately represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms. In addition, m and n separately represent 0 or 1. R1 and R2 separately represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 11 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 11 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko Kato, Yasuhiro Niikura, Makoto Ikenaga, Manabu Kobayashi, Tetsuji Ishitani
  • Publication number: 20150038732
    Abstract: A novel material for a liquid crystal composition that can be used for various liquid crystal devices is provided. A novel cyanobiphenyl derivative represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. In General Formula (G1), R1 represents a single bond or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms. Note that in General Formula (G1), R1 may have a substituent. Examples of the substituent are fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I), a cyano group (CN), a trifluoromethylsulfonyl group (SO2CF3), a trifluoromethyl group (CF3), a nitro group (NO2), an isothiocyanate group (NCS), and a pentafluorosulfanyl group (SF5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Tetsuji ISHITANI
  • Publication number: 20150034868
    Abstract: To provide a novel material for a liquid crystal composition that can be used for various liquid crystal display devices. A novel isosorbide derivative represented by General Formula (G2) is provided. In General Formula (G2), Ar1, Ar2, Ar3, and Ar4 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 4 to 12 carbon atoms; l, k, m, and n each independently represent any of 0 to 3; R21 and R23 each independently represent oxygen, a single bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms; and R22 and R24 each independently represent hydrogen, oxygen, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Tetsuji ISHITANI, Yuko KAWATA
  • Publication number: 20150038722
    Abstract: An organic compound represented by General Formula (G100) is provided. A novel liquid crystal composition containing the organic compound is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Makoto IKENAGA, Manabu KOBAYASHI, Tetsuji ISHITANI
  • Publication number: 20150034869
    Abstract: A novel material of a binaphthyl compound represented by General Formula (G1) is provided. Ar11 and Ar12 independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted cycloalkenylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, m represents 1 or 2, and n represents any one of 0 to 2. R12 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a single bond. R13 represents hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms. One of R10 and R11 represents a substituent represented by General Formula (G2), and the other represents hydrogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Tetsuji ISHITANI
  • Publication number: 20150034874
    Abstract: Provided is a novel material included in a liquid crystal composition that can be used in various liquid crystal display devices. A trifluorophenyl derivative represented by General Formula (G1). In General Formula (G1), Ar1 represents an arylene group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a cycloalkylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a cycloalkenylene group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms; m represents 1 or 2; and R1 represents hydrogen, an alkyl group having 2 to 11 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 2 to 11 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Momoko KATO, Yuko KAWATA, Yasuhiro NIIKURA, Tetsuji ISHITANI