Patents by Inventor Yasushi Tomioka

Yasushi Tomioka 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: 10877337
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device comprising a TFT substrate having pixels each including a common electrode formed on an organic passivation film, an interlayer insulating film formed so as to cover the common electrode, a pixel electrode having a slit and formed on the interlayer insulating film, a through-hole formed in the organic passivation film and the interlayer insulating film, and a source electrode electrically conducted to the pixel electrode via the through-hole. A taper angle at a depth of D/2 of the through-hole is equal to or more than 50 degrees. The pixel electrode covers part of a side wall of the through-hole but does not cover the remaining part of the side wall of the through-hole. This configuration facilitates the alignment film material to flow into the through-hole, thereby solving a thickness unevenness of the alignment film in vicinity of the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Toshimasa Ishigaki, Hidehiro Sonoda, Sumito Ueta
  • Patent number: 10877325
    Abstract: In a liquid crystal display device, a common electrode is formed on an organic passivation film, an interlayer insulating film is formed on the common electrode, a pixel electrode with a slit is formed on the interlayer insulating film, and a through hole is formed in the organic passivation film and the interlayer insulating film, so that the pixel electrode is connected to a source electrode of a TFT through the through hole. Further, the taper angle around the upper base of the through hole is smaller than the taper angle around the lower base. Thus, the alignment film material can easily flow into the through hole when the diameter of the through hole is reduced to connect the pixel and source electrodes, preventing display defects such as uneven brightness due to the absence of the alignment film or due to the alignment film irregularity around the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Yosuke Hyodo, Hidehiro Sonoda, Noboru Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 10852589
    Abstract: The present invention prevents the shaving of an alignment film caused by a columnar spacer in a liquid crystal display device of an IPS method using photo-alignment. A plinth higher than a pixel electrode is formed at a part where a columnar spacer formed over a counter substrate touches a TFT substrate. When an alignment film of a double-layered structure is applied over the pixel electrode and the plinth, the thickness of the alignment film over the plinth reduces by a leveling effect. When photo-alignment is applied in the state, a photodegraded upper alignment film over the plinth disappears and a lower alignment film having a high mechanical strength remains. As a result, it is possible to prevent the shaving of the alignment film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Noboru Kunimatsu, Masaki Matsumori, Hidehiro Sonoda, Yasushi Tomioka, Toshiki Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20200348561
    Abstract: Regarding a flexible display apparatus, a technique capable of securing connection performance between the members in the thickness direction and reducing the change of the cell gap, and besides, achieving favorable optical property such as the improvement of the aperture ratio is provided. A display apparatus 1 includes: a first substrate SB1 having flexibility; a second substrate SB2 having flexibility; a liquid crystal layer LQ serving as an electrooptic layer; and a display area made of these components. The second substrate SB2 includes: a color filter (second color filter CF2) arranged in a region corresponding to an opening P1 of each pixel in the display area in a plan view; and a first light blocking film BM1 having an ultraviolet-light transmitting property and arranged in a region corresponding to a non-opening P2 between pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichiro OKA, Yosuke Hyodo, Lu Jin, Yasushi Tomioka
  • Publication number: 20200303490
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a substrate, a first organic film, wiring lines, a second organic film, and a first inorganic film. The substrate has a first area including a display area, a second area including a mounting area, and a third area located between the first area and the second area. The first organic film is disposed on the substrate in the third area. The wiring lines are arranged at intervals in a first direction on the first organic film and extend in a second direction crossing the first direction. The second organic film covers the first organic film and the wiring lines in the third area. The first inorganic film is disposed on the second organic film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi TOMIOKA, Hajime Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20200305294
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a first submodule having a display panel, a second submodule having a cover member located on the display panel, and a first decoupling layer located between the first submodule and the second submodule, and each of the first submodule and the second submodule has a single neutral plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime YAMAGUCHI, Yasushi TOMIOKA
  • Patent number: 10754206
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes an insulating substrate including a first surface, and a second surface opposite to the first surface, a circuit board mounted on the first surface, a supporting member adhered to the insulating substrate on the second surface, and an antistatic layer located between the insulating substrate and the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ide, Daisuke Sonoda, Yasushi Tomioka
  • Publication number: 20200201126
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display capable of reducing the occurrence of defective display due to variations in the initial alignment direction of a liquid crystal alignment control film in a liquid crystal display of an IPS scheme, realizing the stable liquid crystal alignment, providing excellent mass productivity, and having high image quality with a higher contrast ratio. The liquid crystal display has a liquid crystal layer disposed between a pair of substrates, at least one of the substrates being transparent, and an alignment control film formed between the liquid crystal layer and the substrate. At least one of the alignment control films 109 comprises photoreactive polyimide and/or polyamic acid provided with an alignment control ability by irradiation of substantially linearly polarized light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Yasushi TOMIOKA, Hidetoshi ABE, Katsumi KONDO
  • Publication number: 20200117058
    Abstract: The present invention prevents the shaving of an alignment film caused by a columnar spacer in a liquid crystal display device of an IPS method using photo-alignment. A plinth higher than a pixel electrode is formed at a part where a columnar spacer formed over a counter substrate touches a TFT substrate. When an alignment film of a double-layered structure is applied over the pixel electrode and the plinth, the thickness of the alignment film over the plinth reduces by a leveling effect. When photo-alignment is applied in the state, a photodegraded upper alignment film over the plinth disappears and a lower alignment film having a high mechanical strength remains. As a result, it is possible to prevent the shaving of the alignment film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Noboru KUNIMATSU, Masaki MATSUMORI, Hidehiro SONODA, Yasushi TOMIOKA, Toshiki KANEKO
  • Publication number: 20200110316
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a TFT substrate having a first alignment film and an opposing substrate having a second alignment film with liquid crystals sandwiched therebetween. One of the first and second alignment films, comprises a first polyimide produced via polyamide acid ester containing cyclobutane as a precursor and a second polyimide produced via polyamide acid as a precursor. The polyamide acid has a higher polarity than that of the polyamide acid ester. The one of the first and second alignment films is responsive to photo-alignment. A first side of the one of the first and second alignment films is adjacent to the liquid crystals, and a second side thereof is closer to one of the TFT substrate and the counter substrate than the first side. The first side contains more of the first polyimide and less of the second polyimide than the second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Noboru KUNIMATSU, Chikae Matsui, Hidehiro Sonoda, Yuko Matsumoto, Shoichi Uchino, Masaki Matsumori, Yasushi Tomioka
  • Patent number: 10613390
    Abstract: An IPS type liquid crystal display device superior in mass productivity and improved in image quality with a higher contrast ratio by decreasing the occurrence of defective display due to the disorder of the initial liquid crystal alignment by the liquid orientation control film and realizing stable alignment of liquid crystals comprises: a pair of substrates, at least one which is transparent; a liquid crystal layer disposed between the pair of substrates; a group of electrodes formed on at least one of the pair of substrates to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal layer; plural active elements connected to the group of electrodes; and an orientation control film disposed on at least one of the pair of substrates, wherein said orientation control film is made of a photosensitive polyimide and a polyamide acid ester and is given orientation control ability by being irradiated with substantially linearly polarized light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc, Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Matsumori, Yasushi Tomioka, Noboru Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 10578924
    Abstract: Various layer separation states are generated by the combination of a polyamide acid ester and a polyamide acid and a long residual image characteristic cannot be further improved merely by combining them. A liquid crystal display device comprises a substrate, a liquid crystal layer, and an orientation film placed between the substrate and the liquid crystal layer. The orientation film comprises a polyimide precursor having two or more components. In the polyimide precursor, an octanol-water partition coefficient is defined as log P and the difference in log P (? log P) between the two components having most distant log Ps is set so as to fall within a prescribed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Matsumori, Shuji Imazeki, Yasushi Tomioka, Noboru Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 10573709
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a display device which includes an insulating substrate having a bend area, and a wiring line located in the bend area. The bend area is bent about a bend axis extending in a first direction. The wiring line in the bend area has a first portion which extends in the first direction and a second portion which extends in a direction intersecting the first portion and is connected to the first portion. A first angle formed by the first portion and the second portion is less than 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Hajime Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10539833
    Abstract: The present invention prevents the shaving of an alignment film caused by a columnar spacer in a liquid crystal display device of an IPS method using photo-alignment. A plinth higher than a pixel electrode is formed at a part where a columnar spacer formed over a counter substrate touches a TFT substrate. When an alignment film of a double-layered structure is applied over the pixel electrode and the plinth, the thickness of the alignment film over the plinth reduces by a leveling effect. When photo-alignment is applied in the state, a photodegraded upper alignment film over the plinth disappears and a lower alignment film having a high mechanical strength remains. As a result, it is possible to prevent the shaving of the alignment film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Noboru Kunimatsu, Masaki Matsumori, Hidehiro Sonoda, Yasushi Tomioka, Toshiki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10534225
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a TFT substrate having a first alignment film and an opposing substrate having a second alignment film with liquid crystals sandwiched therebetween. One of the first and second alignment films, comprises a first polyimide produced via polyamide acid ester containing cyclobutane as a precursor and a second polyimide produced via polyamide acid as a precursor. The polyamide acid has a higher polarity than that of the polyamide acid ester. The one of the first and second alignment films is responsive to photo-alignment. A first side of the one of the first and second alignment films is adjacent to the liquid crystals, and a second side thereof is closer to one of the TFT substrate and the counter substrate than the first side. The first side contains more of the first polyimide and less of the second polyimide than the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kunimatsu, Chikae Matsui, Hidehiro Sonoda, Yuko Matsumoto, Shoichi Uchino, Masaki Matsumori, Yasushi Tomioka
  • Patent number: 10514563
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a first substrate and an external circuit, the first substrate including a first area, a second area, and wirings, the first area including a display area in which pixels are arranged the external circuit being mounted on the second area. The wirings are electrically connected to the external circuit, provided in the first area and the second area, and arranged in the first direction. At least one of the wirings is inclined with respect to a second direction orthogonal to the first direction in a first portion of the second area. The first substrate is bent in the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Hajime Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10473986
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes: a TFT substrate having gate lines and data lines arranged thereon, the gate lines extending in a first direction and arranged in a second direction, the data lines extending in the second direction and arranged in the first direction; a counter substrate having a black matrix and a color filter; and liquid crystals put between the TFT substrate and the counter substrate. Columnar spacers are formed on the counter substrate. Pedestals are formed on portions of the TFT substrate, the portions corresponding to the columnar spacers. A convex portion and a concave portion are present at the top end of the columnar spacer. The pedestal is formed corresponding to the concave portion. The concave portion is opened at the ends thereof and connected to the lateral side of the columnar spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Noboru Kunimatsu, Yosuke Hyodo, Toshiki Kaneko, Yuko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10459264
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a first substrate including a first area and a second area, the first area including a display area where pixels are arranged, and the second area being adjacent to the first area and where wirings are arranged, wherein the wirings are covered with a protection layer, the second area includes a peripheral area and a central area in an arrangement direction of the wirings, and a thickness of at least one of the first substrate and the protection layer varies between the peripheral area and the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Hajime Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10418436
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes an insulating substrate having a display area, a pad area and a bend area, wiring lines, a first protective film and a second protective film. The wiring lines are elongated from the display area to the pad area. The first protective film is located on the insulating substrate and the wiring lines. The second protective film is located on the first protective film and is formed of an organic insulating material different from that of the first protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tomioka, Hajime Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20190227367
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a first substrate and an external circuit, the first substrate including a first area, a second area, and wirings, the first area including a display area in which pixels are arranged the external circuit being mounted on the second area. The wirings are electrically connected to the external circuit, provided in the first area and the second area, and arranged in the first direction. At least one of the wirings is inclined with respect to a second direction orthogonal to the first direction in a first portion of the second area. The first substrate is bent in the first portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc
    Inventors: Yasushi TOMIOKA, Hajime YAMAGUCHI