Patents by Inventor Yoshinobu Tokuno

Yoshinobu Tokuno 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: 20180095047
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes, and a driving power terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20180074007
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating beard and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 9797858
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltages to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8741124
    Abstract: A biosensor is disclosed comprising a support; a conductive layer composed of an electrical conductive material such as a noble metal, for example gold or palladium, and carbon; slits parallel to and perpendicular to the side of the support; working, counter, and detecting electrodes; a spacer which covers the working, counter, and detecting electrodes on the support; a rectangular cutout in the spacer forming a specimen supply path; an inlet to the specimen supply path; a reagent layer formed by applying a reagent containing an enzyme to the working, counter, and detecting electrodes, which are exposed through the cutout in the spacer; and a cover over the spacer. The biosensor can be formed by a simple method, and provides a uniform reagent layer on the electrodes regardless of the reagent composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Masaki Fujiwara, Eriko Yamanishi, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20140144791
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltages to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8668820
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20130306494
    Abstract: A biosensor is disclosed comprising a support; a conductive layer composed of an electrical conductive material such as a noble metal, for example gold or palladium, and carbon; slits parallel to and perpendicular to the side of the support; working, counter, and detecting electrodes; a spacer which covers the working, counter, and detecting electrodes on the support; a rectangular cutout in the spacer forming a specimen supply path; an inlet to the specimen supply path; a reagent layer formed by applying a reagent containing an enzyme to the working, counter, and detecting electrodes, which are exposed through the cutout in the spacer; and a cover over the spacer. The biosensor can be formed by a simple method, and provides a uniform reagent layer on the electrodes regardless of the reagent composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Masaki Fujiwara, Eriko Yamanishi, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8551017
    Abstract: A sensor and a lancet are integrated with each other. A thin strip-shaped sensor and a lancet are integrated so that the lancet moves in parallel, along a longitudinal direction of the sensor. A measuring device to which an integrated lancet and sensor is attached is provided with a function of driving the attached lancet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kojima, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8480867
    Abstract: Apparatus are disclosed for measuring substrate content present in a specimen that is applied to a biosensor, where the apparatus include an input for receiving an electrical signal from the biosensor; and a circuit coupled to the input to detect the electrical signal to determine whether an amount of the specimen needed for specimen detection has been supplied to the biosensor; where the apparatus measures the substrate content included in the specimen when the circuit determines that an amount of the specimen needed for specimen detection has been supplied to the biosensor, and the apparatus is prevented from measuring the substrate content included in the specimen when the circuit determines that the specimen has not been sufficiently supplied to the biosensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Masaki Fujiwara, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8475646
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for measuring substrate content in a specimen using a biosensor that includes two pairs of electrodes in a specimen supply path, where the methods include the steps of: (a) a first detecting step for detecting an electrical change in the first pair of electrodes; (b) a second detecting step for detecting an electrical change in the second pair of electrodes after the first detecting step; (c) a judging step for judging a shortage of specimen amount that is needed for measurement, when an electrical change is not detected in the second detecting step within a prescribed period of time after the first detecting step; (d) an indicating step for indicating a shortage of the specimen amount; and (e) a stopping step for stopping measurement of substrate content in the specimen once the shortage of specimen amount is indicated in the indicating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Masaki Fujiwara, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8470162
    Abstract: Quantifying devices and methods are disclosed for quantifying substrate content using a biosensor where the methods include a first detecting step for detecting an electrical change generated between a measuring electrode and a counter electrode of a biosensor by applying a sample liquid to the biosensor; a second detecting step for detecting an electrical change generated between a detecting electrode of the biosensor and the counter electrode or the measuring electrode by applying the sample liquid to the biosensor; and a notification step for informing a user when the second detecting step does not occur within a predetermined period after the first detecting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Masaki Fujiwara, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20130020208
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno, Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Yasuhiko Sawada
  • Patent number: 8349157
    Abstract: A biosensor is disclosed comprising a support; a conductive layer composed of an electrical conductive material such as a noble metal, for example gold or palladium, and carbon; slits parallel to and perpendicular to the side of the support; working, counter, and detecting electrodes; a spacer which covers the working, counter, and detecting electrodes on the support; a rectangular cutout in the spacer forming a specimen supply path; an inlet to the specimen supply path; a reagent layer formed by applying a reagent containing an enzyme to the working, counter, and detecting electrodes, which are exposed through the cutout in the spacer; and a cover over the spacer. The biosensor can be formed by a simple method, and provides a uniform reagent layer on the electrodes regardless of the reagent composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Masaki Fujiwara, Eriko Yamanishi, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8298400
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20120251708
    Abstract: A biosensor is disclosed comprising a support; a conductive layer composed of an electrical conductive material such as a noble metal, for example gold or palladium, and carbon; slits parallel to and perpendicular to the side of the support; working, counter, and detecting electrodes; a spacer which covers the working, counter, and detecting electrodes on the support; a rectangular cutout in the spacer forming a specimen supply path; an inlet to the specimen supply path; a reagent layer formed by applying a reagent containing an enzyme to the working, counter, and detecting electrodes, which are exposed through the cutout in the spacer; and a cover over the spacer. The biosensor can be formed by a simple method, and provides a uniform reagent layer on the electrodes regardless of the reagent composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Masaki Fujiwara, Eriko Yamanishi, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8235914
    Abstract: A sensor and a lancet are integrated with each other. A thin strip-shaped sensor and a lancet are integrated so that the lancet moves in parallel, along a longitudinal direction of the sensor. A measuring device to which an integrated lancet and sensor is attached is provided with a function of driving the attached lancet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kojima, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8142629
    Abstract: A biosensor according to the present invention comprises a support 1, a conductive layer 2 composed of an electrical conductive material such as noble metal, for example gold, palladium or the like, and carbon, slits 3a and 3b parallel to the side of the support 1, slits 4a and 4b vertical to the side of the support 1, a working electrode 5, a counter electrode 6, a detecting electrode 7, a spacer 8 which covers the working electrode 5, the counter electrode 6 and the detecting electrode 7 on the support 1, a rectangular cutout part 9 forming a specimen supply path, an inlet 9a of the specimen supply path, a reagent layer 12 formed by applying a reagent including an enzyme or the like to the working electrode 5, the counter electrode 6 and the detecting electrode 7, which is exposed from the cutout part 9 of the spacer 8, and a cover 13 which covers the spacer 8, as shown in FIG. 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Masaki Fujiwara, Eriko Yamanishi, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Publication number: 20120043227
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno, Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Yasuhiko Sawada
  • Patent number: 8118756
    Abstract: A sensor and a lancet are integrated with each other. A thin strip-shaped sensor and a lancet are integrated so that the lancet moves in parallel, along a longitudinal direction of the sensor. A measuring device to which an integrated lancet and sensor is attached is provided with a function of driving the attached lancet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kojima, Yoshinobu Tokuno
  • Patent number: 8101063
    Abstract: A method of measuring a quantity of a substrate contained in sample liquid is provided. This method can reduce measurement errors caused by a biosensor. The biosensor includes at least a pair of electrodes on an insulating board and is inserted into a measuring device which includes a supporting section for supporting detachably the biosensor, plural connecting terminals to be coupled to the respective electrodes, and a driving power supply which applies a voltage to the respective electrodes via the connecting terminals. One of the electrodes of the biosensor is connected to the first and second connecting terminals of the measuring device only when the biosensor is inserted into the measuring device in a given direction, and has a structure such that the electrode becomes conductive between the first and second connecting terminals due to a voltage application by the driving power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Tokunaga, Yoshinobu Tokuno