Patents by Inventor Yukihiko Sato

Yukihiko Sato 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: 11062627
    Abstract: A tape includes: a sheet; first and second media arranged adjacent to each other in a longitudinal direction of the sheet, spaced from each other, and peelably stuck to the sheet; a first separating line extending between first and second ends of the sheet in a widthwise direction between the first and second media; and a second separating line formed at a portion of the sheet which is located between a center position of the second medium in the widthwise direction and a first end of the second medium in the widthwise direction. The second separating line is formed at at least a portion of the sheet which is located between first and second ends of the second medium in the longitudinal direction. Each of the first and second separating lines includes a portion formed through or cut in the sheet in a thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Yukihiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10717311
    Abstract: A medium includes a base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other. Regions are defined along a first direction. The regions include: a first region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable; a second region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is non-stickable; and a third region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is at least partly stickable. Four first vertexes of a first imaginary trapezoid shape which are located on an outer shape of the first region and four second vertexes of a second imaginary trapezoid shape which are located on an outer shape of the third region are symmetric with respect to an axis parallel with a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Yukiko Takami, Tsutomu Kato, Takaaki Banno, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama, Yukihiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10625527
    Abstract: A tape includes a sheet and an elongated label that includes first portions and second portions. A second-side end portion of a first-side second portion is connected to a first-side end portion of one first portion, and a first-side end portion of a second-side second portion is connected to a second-side end portion of the one first portion. The one first portion has a first length in a tape widthwise direction. Each of the first-side second portion and the second-side second portion has a second length in the widthwise direction of the tape and a third length in a tape longitudinal direction. The second length is greater than the first length. The one first portion has a fourth length in the tape longitudinal direction which is greater than or equal to a specific length and less than a sum of the specific length and the third length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Banno, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukiko Takami, Tsutomu Kato, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10525747
    Abstract: A tape includes: a sheet; first and second media; a first separating line located between first and second media of one pair and extending between first and second ends of the sheet in a widthwise direction; a first cutting portion formed through the first medium and extending from a first end of the first medium to a first endpoint; a second cutting portion formed through the second medium and extending from a first end of the second medium to a second endpoint; and second and third separating lines extending in a longitudinal direction between the first endpoint and a first-medium end portion and between the second endpoint and a second-medium end portion, respectively. A side of the first endpoint on which the first-medium end portion is located is identical in the longitudinal direction to a side of the second endpoint on which the second-medium end portion is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10438517
    Abstract: A medium includes a base layer and a separation layer. Regions are defined along a first direction. The regions include: a first region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer includes opposite end portions in a second direction, and at least the opposite end portions are stickable; a second region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is non-stickable; and a third region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable. A longest length of the first region in the second direction is less than a length of the second region or the third region in the second direction at a particular position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Murayama, Kazuyuki Katagiri, Daisuke Baba, Yukihiko Sato, Shota Iijima, Haruki Matsumoto, Harumitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10438518
    Abstract: A label medium includes a label including: information-printable first and second indicator portions; first and second wrapping portions; a first through portion having at least a portion of a first hole or a first slit; and a second through portion having at least a portion of a second hole or a second slit. The first indicator portion, the first wrapping portion, and the first through portion are arranged in this order in a first direction. The second indicator portion, the second wrapping portion, and the second through portion are arranged in this order in one of the first direction or a second direction. The first indicator portion and the second indicator portion are at least connected to each other via a line. The first hole or the first slit and the second hole or the second slit are at least partly symmetric with respect to the imaginary line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukihiko Sato, Shino Maeda
  • Patent number: 10407200
    Abstract: A label of a label medium includes: first and second indicator portions each having an information-printable region; first and second wrapping portions to be wrapped on a wrapped member; and first and second through portions through which the first and second indicator portions are passed. The first and second indicator portions are arranged in this order in a first direction and connected to each other via a first line. The second indicator portion, the second wrapping portion, and the second through portion are connected to each other and arranged in this order in the first direction, The first wrapping portion and the first through portion are arranged in this order in the first direction or a second direction. The first wrapping portion and the second wrapping portion, and/or the first through portion and the second through portion are connected to each other via a second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10322591
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor that conveys a medium including a base layer and a separation layer and including a first region, a second region, and a third region; a printer; and a controller. The controller is configured to control the printer to print a first mark on a portion of the medium in one of the first region and a first-region-side portion of the second region and to print a second mark on a portion of the medium in one of the third region and a third-region-side portion of the second region such that the first mark and the second mark are arranged in a line in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Ito, Junya Kawai, Shuhei Nohara, Harumitsu Inoue, Yukihiko Sato, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10315442
    Abstract: A non-transitory storage medium stores a program for: obtaining first to fourth positional information and first and second image information from a storage, displaying a first image indicated by the obtained first image information and a second image indicated by the obtained second image information; receiving selection of one of the first image and the second image displayed on a display, based on an operation of an operation device; and when selection of the first image is received, transmitting information including the first positional information and the second positional information, as cutting-position information indicating cutting positions in a tape, and when selection of the second image is received, transmitting information including the third positional information and the fourth positional information as the cutting-position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Banno, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukiko Takami, Tsutomu Kato, Kentaro Murayama
  • Patent number: 10286693
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a medium including a transparent base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other, the medium further including a printing background layer; a printer configured to print a character on the medium conveyed by the conveyor, wherein the medium on which the character is printed is a printed medium; and a controller configured to control the conveyor and the printer. The controller is configured to: obtain outside-diameter relating information relating to an outside diameter of a wrapped member; and based on the obtained outside-diameter relating information, set a character printable region in which the printer is allowed to print the character on the printing background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minako Ishida, Junya Kawai, Naoto Ito, Shuhei Nohara, Harumitsu Inoue, Yukihiko Sato, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama
  • Publication number: 20190061394
    Abstract: A tape includes: a sheet; first and second media; a first separating line located between first and second media of one pair and extending between first and second ends of the sheet in a widthwise direction; a first cutting portion formed through the first medium and extending from a first end of the first medium to a first endpoint; a second cutting portion formed through the second medium and extending from a first end of the second medium to a second endpoint; and second and third separating lines extending in a longitudinal direction between the first endpoint and a first-medium end portion and between the second endpoint and a second-medium end portion, respectively. A side of the first endpoint on which the first-medium end portion is located is identical in the longitudinal direction to a side of the second endpoint on which the second-medium end portion is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20190066544
    Abstract: A tape includes: a sheet; first and second media arranged adjacent to each other in a longitudinal direction of the sheet, spaced from each other, and peelably stuck to the sheet; a first separating line extending between first and second ends of the sheet in a widthwise direction between the first and second media; and a second separating line formed at a portion of the sheet which is located between a center position of the second medium in the widthwise direction and a first end of the second medium in the widthwise direction. The second separating line is formed at at least a portion of the sheet which is located between first and second ends of the second medium in the longitudinal direction. Each of the first and second separating lines includes a portion formed through or cut in the sheet in a thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Yukihiko Sato
  • Publication number: 20190005853
    Abstract: A label medium includes a label including: information-printable first and second indicator portions; first and second wrapping portions; a first through portion having at least a portion of a first hole or a first slit; and a second through portion having at least a portion of a second hole or a second slit. The first indicator portion, the first wrapping portion, and the first through portion are arranged in this order in a first direction. The second indicator portion, the second wrapping portion, and the second through portion are arranged in this order in one of the first direction or a second direction. The first indicator portion and the second indicator portion are at least connected to each other via a line. The first hole or the first slit and the second hole or the second slit are at least partly symmetric with respect to the imaginary line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukihiko Sato, Shino Maeda
  • Publication number: 20190001713
    Abstract: A label of a label medium includes: first and second indicator portions each having an information-printable region; first and second wrapping portions to be wrapped on a wrapped member; and first and second through portions through which the first and second indicator portions are passed. The first and second indicator portions are arranged in this order in a first direction and connected to each other via a first line. The second indicator portion, the second wrapping portion, and the second through portion are connected to each other and arranged in this order in the first direction, The first wrapping portion and the first through portion are arranged in this order in the first direction or a second direction. The first wrapping portion and the second wrapping portion, and/or the first through portion and the second through portion are connected to each other via a second line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Takaaki Banno, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10112421
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor that conveys a medium including a base layer and a separation layer and including a first through third regions; a printer; and a controller. The controller is configured to: obtain wrapping-manner information indicating (a) a first wrapping manner in which the second region and the third region are wrapped around a wrapped member after the first region and the third region are stuck to each other such that the printed medium is located around the wrapped member or (b) a second wrapping manner in which the second region and the third region are wrapped around the wrapped member after the first region is stuck to the wrapped member; and change control of the conveyor and the printer, depending upon whether the obtained wrapping-manner information indicates the first or second wrapping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Ito, Junya Kawai, Shuhei Nohara, Harumitsu Inoue, Yukihiko Sato, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama
  • Publication number: 20180281496
    Abstract: A medium includes a base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other. Regions are defined along a first direction. The regions include: a first region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is stickable; a second region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is non-stickable; and a third region in which a portion of the medium which is in contact with the separation layer is at least partly stickable. Four first vertexes of a first imaginary trapezoid shape which are located on an outer shape of the first region and four second vertexes of a second imaginary trapezoid shape which are located on an outer shape of the third region are symmetric with respect to an axis parallel with a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Harumitsu INOUE, Yukiko TAKAMI, Tsutomu KATO, Takaaki BANNO, Haruki MATSUMOTO, Kentaro MURAYAMA, Yukihiko SATO
  • Patent number: D838770
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Toshihiro Takahashi, Nobuyuki Iwai, Kazuhisa Tashima, Takaaki Oguchi
  • Patent number: D848525
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide Asano, Yukihiko Sato, Hiromitsu Tanaka
  • Patent number: D865863
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Banno, Tsutomu Kato, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Shimako Nakai
  • Patent number: D865864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Sato, Takaaki Banno, Tsutomu Kato, Haruki Matsumoto, Yukiko Takami, Harumitsu Inoue, Shimako Nakai