Processes Patents (Class 101/483)
  • Patent number: 10414615
    Abstract: A sheet stacker includes a sheet conveyor arrangement and a stacker platform. The sheets are fed in a sheet feeding direction on the stacker platform, to form stacks of sheets thereon. The stacker platform supports a stack conveyor configured and controlled to move in a conveyor direction to move the stack under formation such that sequentially piled up jobs are placed in an approximately centered position one with respect to the other according to the sheet feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Fosber S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Adami
  • Patent number: 10343417
    Abstract: A method of generating a diagnostic plot for a printing system includes printing a first half of a diagnostic pattern representative of a first state of the printing system, and printing a second half of the diagnostic pattern representative of a second state of the printing system. Variation of the diagnostic pattern from an adjacent diagnostic pattern indicates the printing system is out of specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jordi Sender Beleta, M.Isabel Borrell Bayona, Marcos Casaldaliga Albisu, Marti Rius Rossell
  • Patent number: 10328661
    Abstract: Asymmetric expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes that contain multiple layers of ePTFE where at least one layer of ePTFE has a microstructure different from the microstructure of a second ePTFE layer. In exemplary embodiments, the asymmetric membrane contains a first ePTFE layer that has an “open” microstructure and a second ePTFE layer that has a less open, or “tight” microstructure. A third ePTFE layer having an “open” microstructure may be positioned on the second ePTFE layer. The asymmetric membranes possess print durability and are both abrasion resistant and air permeable. Additionally, printed asymmetric ePTFE membranes demonstrate low gloss. A textile may be affixed to the asymmetric membrane such that the first ePTFE layer is the outer surface of the laminate. Laminates containing the asymmetric membrane are sufficiently durable against abrasion so that articles of apparel having an exterior film surface remain liquid proof after an abrasion challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Hodgins, Justin J. Skaife, David J. Luber
  • Patent number: 10203354
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cantilever for a scanning type probe microscope, the cantilever including a support portion, a lever portion extending from the support portion, a protrusion portion formed on a free end side of the lever portion, an apex angle of the protrusion portion being an acute angle, and a probe in which a fine wire formed at a distal end of the protrusion portion is coated with a functional film, and a major axis/minor axis ratio of a cross-sectional shape of the probe is smaller than a major axis/minor axis ratio of a cross-sectional shape of the fine wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: National University Corporation Nagoya Institute of Technology, OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Kitazawa, Michitsugu Arima, Masaki Tanemura
  • Patent number: 10198659
    Abstract: Home healthcare and other clinical solutions are embodied in a platform that diagnoses cancer and other disease states. Representing the lowest cost healthcare solution and a means to reduce healthcare cost; The platform combines imaging and diagnostic technologies with conventional inkjet technologies to provide a contextual diagnostic that will replace most clinical laboratories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Glenn Spaulding
  • Patent number: 10155400
    Abstract: A printing apparatus and a printing method that can reduce a difference in glossiness in an in-plane direction of a printed matter to which aqueous varnish has been applied. The apparatus and method satisfy a relationship of “Tp?(40/6)×tw?a” when the temperature of a recording surface at the time of application of aqueous varnish containing water is denoted by Tp, coating formation time of the aqueous varnish is denoted by tw, and a constant determined according to an allowable value of a gloss difference, which is a difference between glossiness of the recording surface of a printed matter of which applied aqueous varnish has been dried in a first direction and glossiness of the recording surface in a direction orthogonal to the first direction, is denoted by a. Here, the unit of the temperature Tp is ° C. and the unit of the coating formation time tw is minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFIRM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mataki
  • Patent number: 10131163
    Abstract: Method for calibrating a vacuum level for a web-based printer, comprising the steps of: transporting a medium over a medium support surface comprising vacuum holes for applying a suction force to the image receiving member; applying a suction force to the medium; sensing the advancement of the medium for generating advancement data; comparing the advancement data to a reference; and adjusting the suction force based on the comparison between the advancement data and the reference. The present invention further provides an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: OCE-HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Taco M. De Boer
  • Patent number: 10124529
    Abstract: Imprint lithography templates having leading and trailing edge borders are provided that achieve zero-gap imprinting between adjacent fields with full-feature height features provided in the pattern exclusion zones (PEZ) located between such fields. The leading edge borders include dummy features, e.g., elongated features directionally oriented parallel to the mesa edge, while the trailing edge border includes a recess extending to the mesa edges. When used in a step-and-repeat process, the trailing edge border overlaps edge portions of an adjacent imprinted field that were previously patterned by the leading edge border of the template, producing full-feature height features in the pattern exclusion zones between such fields, and avoiding gaps or open areas between such fields that otherwise lead to non-uniformity of downstream processes such as etch processes and CMP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Nanotechnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaddi S. Haase, Kosta S. Selinidis, Zhengmao Ye
  • Patent number: 10081193
    Abstract: An ink containing device comprises an ink cartridge and adaptor. The ink cartridge has a first main body having a chamber configured to store ink, and an ink outlet portion disposed on a first surface of the main body configured to flow out from the chamber to an outside of the main body and an indicator configured to indicate correspond to an amount of ink in the chamber. The adaptor has a second main body having a second surface, and a movable member configured to move with respect to the second main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanbe, Yuki Takagi, Hirotake Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10067452
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form an image on contiguous paper; a job selecting unit configured to select a plurality of jobs to be continuously executed, by user operation; an amount-of-blank setting unit configured to set an amount of blank to be inserted between the plurality of jobs selected by the job selecting unit, by user operation; and a control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form the image such that a blank of the amount of blank set by the amount-of-blank setting unit is inserted between the plurality of jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Junpei Kaminaka
  • Patent number: 10035337
    Abstract: A method for preparing a thin film polymer structure having a functional substance on an A surface and a B surface of the film, the polymer structure being obtained by: (a) adsorbing polyfunctional molecules to a region of an arbitrary shape in an interface between a substrate body and a liquid phase; (b) polymerizing and/or crosslinking the adsorbing polyfunctional molecules to form a polymer thin film; (c) bonding a functional substance to the A surface of the formed thin film and then forming a soluble support film on the A surface; (d) exfoliating the thin film and the soluble support film from the substrate body; and (e) bonding to the B surface of the thin film a functional substance identical to or different from the functional substance bonded to the A surface and then dissolving the soluble support film with a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: NANOTHETA CO, LTD., TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shinji Takeoka, Yosuke Okamura, Toshinori Fujie, Saori Utsunomiya, Takahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 9972792
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide a composition having a blend of an electron transport material and an organo alkali-metal salt wherein the salt has a glass transition greater than 115° C. The organo-alkali metal salt may be selected from the group consisting of lithium 2-(2-pyridyl)phenolate (LiPP), lithium 2-(2?,2?-bipyridine-6?-yl)phenolate (LiBPP), 2-(isoquinoline-10-yl)phenolate (LiIQP), and lithium 2-(2-phenylquinazolin-4-yl)phenolate and lithium 2-(4-phenylquinazolin-2-yl)phenolate. In a preferred embodiment, the organo-alkali metal salt is lithium 2-(2?,2?-bipyridine-6?-yl)phenolate (LiBPP). Aspects of the invention also provide films and devices having a film layer prepared from the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC, Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. De Vries, Kenneth L. Kearns, Jr., Travis E. McIntire, Sukrit Mukhopadhyay, Peter Trefonas, III, William H. H. Woodward
  • Patent number: 9947731
    Abstract: Disclosed is an organic light-emitting display substrate, including a substrate and a pixel defining layer on the substrate which includes a plurality of dams crisscrossing in a display area of the substrate to define a plurality of pixel units and define the boundary of the display area, wherein the pixel defining layer further includes a groove arranged on a top surface of each dam, the grooves at least define one frame-shaped area, at least one pixel unit is arranged in each frame-shaped area, and the grooves are used for accommodating a solvent when forming an organic light-emitting element by inkjet printing. Also disclosed is a manufacturing method of an organic light-emitting display substrate and a display device. The present invention can improve the film forming effect of a film layer formed on the substrate, so that the brightness of a display image of the display device is more uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Jiao, Wenjun Hou, Chinlung Liao
  • Patent number: 9941930
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for supplying a power to a load connected in a capacitive power transfer system comprises a sheet (210) of a non-conductive material; and a plurality of conductive stripes (220), each two adjacent conductive stripes being electrically insulated from each other, wherein the sheet forms an insulating layer of the capacitive power transfer system and the plurality of conductive stripes form at least a pair of transmitter electrodes of the capacitive power transfer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Eberhard Waffenschmidt, Theodorus Johannes Petrus Van Den Biggelaar, Adrianus Sempel, Oscar Hendrikus Willemsen, Dave Willem Van Goor, Henricus Theodorus Van Der Zanden, Maarten Marinus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Herpen
  • Patent number: 9942444
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a scanning section, a storage section, an image forming section, and a control section. The scanning section scans an image formed on a first side of the recording medium to obtain scanned image data. The storage section stores therein specific information data indicating a specific image or a specific character string. The control section controls the scanning section and the image forming section. The image forming section forms an image based on input image data on a second side of the recording medium. The control section determines whether or not the input image data includes the specific information data and the scanned image data includes the specific information data and determines based on a result of the determination whether or not to control the image forming section to form a masking image on the first side of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 9939259
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and software are disclosed for determining dimensions of a physical object using a mobile computer equipped with a motion sensing device. In an illustrative embodiment, the mobile computer can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, a user interface, a motion sensing device, and a dimensioning program executable by the microprocessor. The processor can be in communicative connection with executable instructions for enabling the processor for various steps. One step includes initiating a trajectory tracking mode responsive to receiving a first user interface action. Another step includes tracking the mobile computer's trajectory along a surface of a physical object by storing in the memory a plurality of motion sensing data items outputted by the motion sensing device. Another step includes exiting the trajectory tracking mode responsive to receiving a second user interface action. Another step includes calculating three dimensions of a minimum bounding box corresponding to the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Edward Showering
  • Patent number: 9911070
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus prints, when a first product is read by a reading apparatus, a first work instruction sheet including information about all products to be delivered to a first destination of the read first product, prints, if all products to be delivered to the first destination are read by the reading apparatus, a first shipping label for delivery to the first destination, determines, if a second product to be delivered to a second destination different from the first destination is read by the reading apparatus, whether any other product is to be delivered to the second destination, and prints, if it is determined that there no other product is to be delivered to the second destination, a second shipping label for delivery to the second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuro Ogaki, Kimio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9900452
    Abstract: There is provided a control unit for use in a liquid ejecting apparatus using a tank containing a liquid and a storage material attachable to and detachable from the liquid ejecting apparatus, and storing an amount of the liquid in the tank. After the storage material is not mounted on a predetermined place, the control unit receives an answer for a question to ask whether or not the liquid is injected to the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Koganehira, Yasuhiko Kosugi, Tomohiko Sano, Kenji Matsumoto, Kenta Masuzawa
  • Patent number: 9897441
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and software are disclosed for determining dimensions of a physical object using a mobile computer equipped with a motion sensing device. In an illustrative embodiment, the mobile computer can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, a user interface, a motion sensing device, and a dimensioning program executable by the microprocessor. The processor can be in communicative connection with executable instructions for enabling the processor for various steps. One step includes initiating a trajectory tracking mode responsive to receiving a first user interface action. Another step includes tracking the mobile computer's trajectory along a surface of a physical object by storing in the memory a plurality of motion sensing data items outputted by the motion sensing device. Another step includes exiting the trajectory tracking mode responsive to receiving a second user interface action. Another step includes calculating three dimensions of a minimum bounding box corresponding to the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Edward Showering
  • Patent number: 9868277
    Abstract: In a printing press and attached onto the transfer cylinders, an anti-marking system that uniformly supports the transport and the release of the wet printed sheet from one station to the next. The anti-marking sheet consists of a two plus layer system, the outer layer being a textured surface and the inner layer being a microcellular material that is both compressible and resilient. The outer textured layer may be treated with either conductive/anti-static layers or an ink repellent layer or both. The two plus layer system is easily attached to both transfer cylinders and tracking/skeleton wheels using any combination of fixtures from Velcro™, magnetic, metallic, and pressure sensitive double sided tape to elastic loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: PrintGuard, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Rizika, Gary Litman, Joseph Llanes
  • Patent number: 9855752
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a volumetric continuous gradient complex dielectric element with drop-on-demand techniques, such as inkjet printing, by calculating spatial placement of nanocomposite-ink droplets are disclosed. The methods comprise determining or having a multi-dimensional gradient profile representing a volumetric gradient complex dielectric element. Providing or having a plurality of nanocomposite-inks, at least one of the nanocomposite-inks having a curable organic-matrix and a concentration of nanoparticles dispersed within to print the volumetric continuous gradient complex dielectric device. A print mask is determined in one-, two-, or three-dimensions that reconstructs the multi-dimensional gradient profile as a discretized pattern based on the material properties of the plurality of nanocomposite-inks and properties of a printing apparatus with a plurality of printheads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Vadient Optics, LLC
    Inventors: George Williams, John Paul Harmon, Charles G. Dupuy, Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, Sang-ki Park, Bradley J. Hermens
  • Patent number: 9855369
    Abstract: Described herein are bioprinters comprising: one or more printer heads, wherein a printer head comprises a means for receiving and holding at least one cartridge, and wherein said cartridge comprises contents selected from one or more of: bio-ink and support material; a means for calibrating the position of at least one cartridge; and a means for dispensing the contents of at least one cartridge. Further described herein are methods for fabricating a tissue construct, comprising: a computer module receiving input of a visual representation of a desired tissue construct; a computer module generating a series of commands, wherein the commands are based on the visual representation and are readable by a bioprinter; a computer module providing the series of commands to a bioprinter; and the bioprinter depositing bio-ink and support material according to the commands to form a construct with a defined geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Organovo, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Murphy, Scott Dorfman, Nathan Smith, Larry Bauwens, Ian Sohn, Tim McDonald, Chris Leigh-Lancaster, Richard Jin Law
  • Patent number: 9851823
    Abstract: A first polymer latex and second polymer latex can be mixed to form a dried primer layer on a substrate to adhere patterned materials having fine lines. The first polymer latex comprises a first polymer and a first surfactant such that a dried coating of the first polymer latex has a surface polarity of at least 50%. The second polymer latex comprises a second polymer and a second surfactant such that a dried coating of the second polymer latex has a surface polarity of less than or equal to 27%. Moreover, a dried coating of the mixture has a surface polarity of at least 15% and up to and including 50%. Primed substrates are useful for preparing electrically-conductive articles having electrically-conductive fine lines directly on a dried primer layer by applying a patterned material to a substrate. Such articles can be used as touch screen displays in various electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Leo Bauer, Christine Joanne Landry-Coltrain, James Stephen Honan, Brian Andrew Schell, Richard Thomas Kane
  • Patent number: 9842451
    Abstract: An easily producible security feature according to the invention contains at least one luminescence device on and/or in a product carrier. Additionally, the security feature contains, in and/or on the product carrier, at least one absorptive spectral filter for luminescence radiation exiting from the at least one luminescence device, such that a color impression results both under illumination with visible radiation and under luminescence illumination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bundesdruckerei GmbH
    Inventors: Franziska Peinze, Arthur Mathea
  • Patent number: 9821561
    Abstract: Provided is an ink supply set having an ink containing body detachable from a liquid supply apparatus, and an electrical contact unit that is independent of the ink containing body. The ink containing body includes an ink containing portion, an ink guiding portion, and a first engaging portion, the electrical contact unit includes a circuit board and a substrate installation portion, and the liquid supply apparatus includes a liquid introduction portion and a movable support portion. In a state in which the first engaging portion and the substrate installation portion are respectively engaged with the movable support portion, the movable support portion is displaced to a connected position in which the ink guiding portion and the liquid introduction portion are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Ishizawa, Hiroyuki Kawate
  • Patent number: 9815992
    Abstract: An ink composition, including 30% or less pigment, 10% or less dispersant, between 40% and 80% acrylate, 12% or less photoinitiator, and having a viscosity between 2×106 cP and 5×107 cP at 25° C., and between 2.×105 cP and 4.×106 cP at 60° C., and a 60 second tack between 40 and 65 g-m at 25° C., and between 10 and 20 g-m at 60° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: C. Geoffrey Allen, Carolyn Moorlag, Mihaela Maria Birau, Aurelian Valeriu Magdalinis
  • Patent number: 9796193
    Abstract: An ink jet recording method includes discharging a ultraviolet curable ink of which viscosity is 7 mPa·s or more at 20° C. from a head toward a recording medium, and curing the ultraviolet curable ink adhered to the recording medium, wherein, in the discharging, the temperature of the ultraviolet curable ink discharged is 20 to 30° C., and the viscosity of the ultraviolet curable ink at the temperature is 13 mPa•s or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshida, Keitaro Nakano
  • Patent number: 9757895
    Abstract: A patterning method using an imprint mold, to form an imprinted pattern structure, includes providing a resist layer from which the pattern structure will be formed, performing a first imprint process on a first area of the resist layer by using the imprint mold to form a first pattern of the pattern structure through deformation of the resist layer in the first area, and performing a second imprint process on a second area of the resist layer by using the imprint mold to form a second pattern of the pattern structure through deformation of the resist layer in the second area. The first and second areas are overlapped with each other in a third area of the resist layer, and the performing the second imprint process deforms a first portion of the first pattern in the third area to form the second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sunghoon Lee, Dongouk Kim, Joonyong Park, Jihyun Bae, Bongsu Shin, Hongseok Lee, Jaeseung Chung, Sukgyu Hahm
  • Patent number: 9737793
    Abstract: The present invention includes a novel and modern numbering system design modernizing the design of gaming pieces, such as dice and dominos, while maintaining the qualities of utility for which these pieces were built. The novel design adds not only a pleasing and improved visual quality, but also a tactile quality that enhances the handling of the gaming piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Universty of South Florida
    Inventor: Victoria Lynn Statzer
  • Patent number: 9713926
    Abstract: A photo-curable ink jet ink set includes an undercoating photo-curable ink jet ink containing a (meth)acrylic acid ester having a vinyl ether group expressed by general formula (I), and an overcoating photo-curable ink jet ink. The undercoating photo-curable ink jet ink has a higher surface tension than the overcoating photo-curable ink jet ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keitaro Nakano, Jun Ito
  • Patent number: 9695532
    Abstract: Provided is matte film including: a film layer that is formed in a nano-web shape by electrospinning a polymer material; an ink layer that is coated on one surface of the film layer; and an adhesive layer that is laminated on the other surface of the film layer through electrospinning. Since the film layer is formed in a nano-web shape so that fiber strands are accumulated, the matte film can be thinly produced and have a non-glossy function of performing scattered reflection of light and a fingerprint-preventive function of making fingerprints imprinted. Further, the surface strength of the matte film can be reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Amogreentech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Hoon Lee, Yong Sik Jung, Yun Mi So, In Yong Seo
  • Patent number: 9688078
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and non-transitory computer readable medium for printing on a spherical object are disclosed. For example, the apparatus includes a print head, at least two wheels, wherein each one of the at least two wheels rotates around a single axis, at least one ball support coupled to a mechanical arm, wherein the at least one ball support rotates 360 degrees around and is positioned to secure the spherical object against the at least two wheels and a controller in communication with the print head and the at least two wheels to rotate the spherical object via the at least two wheels into a position to print via the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto A. Irizarry, Carlos Manuel Terrero, Donald R. Fess, Brian Andrew Hanna, Lynn C. Saxton
  • Patent number: 9688087
    Abstract: An ink jet printer that performs printing on the three-dimensional object using an ink jet scheme is provided, the printer includes an ink jet head, and a print object retaining section, the print object retaining section includes a first shaft, a second shaft, a third shaft, and a rotation driving section, a distance between the first shaft and the second shaft is larger than a distance between the first shaft and the third shaft, and in a case of performing printing on a three-dimensional object having a cylindrically shaped portion, the print object retaining section retains the three-dimensional object by mounting the cylindrically shaped portion on the first shaft and the second shaft, or on the first shaft and the third shaft, and the rotation driving section causes the three-dimensional object to rotate by causing at least the first shaft to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Onodera, Masashi Hirano, Toshihiro Sanuki
  • Patent number: 9669617
    Abstract: An anilox roll with low surface energy zone includes a cylinder having a curved contact surface, an ink transfer zone formed on a first portion of the curved contact surface, and a low surface energy zone formed on a second portion of the curved contact surface. The ink transfer zone includes a plurality of cells configured to transfer ink. The low surface energy zone includes a hydrophobic surface with a contact angle of at least 75 degrees and a surface roughness of less than 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Daniel K. Van Ostrand
  • Patent number: 9656794
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah Mary Hinzman
  • Patent number: 9606652
    Abstract: A first polymer latex and second polymer latex can be mixed to form a dried primer layer on a substrate to adhere patterned materials having fine lines. The first polymer latex comprises a first polymer and a first surfactant such that a dried coating of the first polymer latex has a surface polarity of at least 50%. The second polymer latex comprises a second polymer and a second surfactant such that a dried coating of the second polymer latex has a surface polarity of less than or equal to 27%. Moreover, a dried coating of the mixture has a surface polarity of at least 15% and up to and including 50%. Primed substrates are useful for preparing electrically-conductive articles having electrically-conductive fine lines directly on a dried primer layer by applying a patterned material to a substrate. Such articles can be used as touch screen displays in various electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Leo Bauer, Christine Joanne Landry-Coltrain, James Stephen Honan, Brian Andrew Schell, Richard Thomas Kane
  • Patent number: 9598704
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and apparatuses for transfecting a cell with a compound of interest by stressing the cell, e.g. with shear stress. The compound of interest may be nucleic acids, proteins, molecules, nanoparticles, drugs, etc., or any combination thereof. Methods of printing cells with an inkjet printing device are also provided, wherein at least a portion of viable cells (preferably at least 1%) are transfected with a compound of interest. Preferably, at least 25% of the cells are viable after printing. In addition, methods of forming an array of viable cells are provided wherein at least a portion of the viable printed cells (preferably at least 1%) are transfected with at least one compound of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Tao Xu, James J. Yoo, Anthony Atala
  • Patent number: 9585461
    Abstract: A method of producing an adhesive sheet for skin includes attaching a water-absorptive support to a water-permeable biocompatible film to prepare a stack including the biocompatible film and the support, applying an aqueous ink including water and a functional material to the biocompatible film side of the stack thereby to fix the functional material to the biocompatible film, and separating the biocompatible film having the functional material fixed thereto from the support. An adhesive sheet for skin comprises a water-permeable biocompatible film to which an aqueous ink including water and a functional material has been applied and fixed and a water-absorptive support detachably attached to the biocompatible film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruka Kusukame, Tomoki Masuda, Masayo Shinoda
  • Patent number: 9581954
    Abstract: A printer cleaning device cleans an image receiving surface with a surface preparation material, includes a roller having a perforated cylindrical wall surrounded by a foam material. The cylindrical wall has an interior volume for holding a fluid pumped into the interior volume by a pump. The pressurized fluid flows through the cylindrical wall into the foam material as the roller is moved into engagement with the image receiving surface. The roller is rotated in a direction opposition to a direction of movement of the image receiving surface to help the foam material to scrub the image receiving surface and apply the fluid to the surface. As the roller is moved away from the surface, the foam material expands to facilitate absorption of fluid and remove material from the image receiving surface. The foam material in one embodiment is hydrophobic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce E. Thayer, Lawrence Floyd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9573339
    Abstract: Asymmetric expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes that contain multiple layers of ePTFE where at least one layer of ePTFE has a microstructure different from the microstructure of a second ePTFE layer. In exemplary embodiments, the asymmetric membrane contains a first ePTFE layer that has an “open” microstructure and a second ePTFE layer that has a less open, or “tight” microstructure. A third ePTFE layer having an “open” microstructure may be positioned on the second ePTFE layer. The asymmetric membranes possess print durability and are both abrasion resistant and air permeable. Additionally, printed asymmetric ePTFE membranes demonstrate low gloss. A textile may be affixed to the asymmetric membrane such that the first ePTFE layer is the outer surface of the laminate. Laminates containing the asymmetric membrane are sufficiently durable against abrasion so that articles of apparel having an exterior film surface remain liquidproof after an abrasion challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Hodgins, Justin J. Skaife, David J. Luber
  • Patent number: 9567134
    Abstract: A beverage container comprising a base, a side surface, an upper end, and an interior volume formed by the base and the side surface, and a personal identifier positioned upon the base of the of beverage container for stain identification and personalization. A method of using a beverage container for personalization of a stain generated by spilling liquid upon a first surface from the beverage container and transferring a portion of the liquid spilled using the surface of the personal identifier affixed to the beverage container to a second (dry) surface, which may be paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Victoria Graves
  • Patent number: 9540233
    Abstract: Electrochemical fabrication processes and apparatus for producing single layer or multi-layer structures where each layer includes the deposition of at least two materials and wherein the formation of at least some layers includes operations for reducing stress and/or curvature distortion when the structure is released from a sacrificial material which surrounded it during formation and possibly when released from a substrate on which it was formed. Six primary groups of embodiments are presented which are divide into eleven primary embodiments. Some embodiments attempt to remove stress to minimize distortion while others attempt to balance stress to minimize distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microfabrica Inc.
    Inventors: Ananda H. Kumar, Jorge S. Albarran, Adam L. Cohen, Kieun Kim, Michael S. Lockard, Uri Frodis, Dennis R. Smalley
  • Patent number: 9520644
    Abstract: This antenna (10) has an underlying print layer (2) which is upon the surface of a material (1) to be printed in a predetermined antenna pattern, and an electro-less plating layer (3) applied to the surface of the underlying print layer (2). The underlying print layer (2) is formed from an ink (2a) and a metallic powder (2b). A portion of the particles of the metallic powder (2b) are entrained within the ink layer in which the ink (2a) has been printed in a substantially uniform thickness. Some particles which are of large particle size project from the ink layer, and a portion of the ink (2a) covering the projecting portions is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SHUHOU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 9486953
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus includes: a mold that forms a pattern in a resin on a base plate; a press unit that presses the mold against the resin; a flow channel that is formed by a wall of the mold and a surface of the resin, air flowing along the wall and the surface; a supply unit that supplies air to the flow channel; wherein the supply unit supplies air with a first pressure to the flow channel when the mold makes contact with the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Katsuki Shirai, Chikara Nishio
  • Patent number: 9454609
    Abstract: A search system architecture is disclosed. The search system architecture includes a search server, which in turn includes a search services module and a search engine adapter. The search services module and the search engine adapter are communicatively coupled to one another. The search services module is configured to communicate with a user interface. The search engine adapter is configured to communicate with a search engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Hari Krishna Gutlapalli, Shirish Kasturchand Kothari, Suhas Rohit Mehta, Wai Pak
  • Patent number: 9440461
    Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus is selectively composed of a plurality of transportation units, i.e., an inlet unit, a first intermediate unit, a second intermediate unit, and an outlet unit, having a transport path with slopes in side view of a transportation direction from a paper feeder to a take-up roller. When the transportation units are connected, a connecting part of the transportation unit is an inclination change point VP of the transport path. This achieves maintained tension to the print medium. As above, the inkjet printing apparatus may be selectively composed of a plurality of transportation units. Accordingly, the inkjet printing apparatus is constructible by combination of the units for various type productions, leading to a suppressed stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: RICOH COMPANY, LTD., SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Yamashita, Hiroyuki Fuchioka, Motoyuki Anno
  • Patent number: 9422237
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to molecular printing techniques for use in sensors, arrays, and integrated optics and electronics. The invention features described give rise to the ability to immobilize biological probes by force-induced patterning, while still maintaining the conductivity of the graphene substrate. Most particularly, the present invention relates to covalent patterning of graphene surface using a force-accelerated reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Adam B. Braunschweig, Shudan Bian
  • Patent number: 9361643
    Abstract: A method allowing service subscribers to modify service subscriptions includes receiving an order for a feature package including multiple features and automatically generating a change request upon identifying an existing feature for the subscriber among the features in the feature package. Change requests may be generated automatically until the order includes new features exclusively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: KNAPP INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Meredith Lyn Sime, William Gerritt Demzik, Jr., Christopher Benjamin Bujanda
  • Patent number: 9346256
    Abstract: A method for producing printed products in a production plant, equipped with a digital printing press and at least one post-print processing machine arranged downstream of the digital printing press. The printed products are produced according to work orders for which the digital printing press prints on a print material web. The post-print processing machine processes the print material web into printed products. The production plant is converted for producing different printed products to be produced in a following work order, relative to a preceding work order. A time interval is initially determined for adjusting the post-print processing machine with the longest adjustment time. The post-print processing machine to be adjusted begins with the adjustment as soon as the last printed product of the preceding work order leaves this post-print processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MUELLER MARTINI MARKETING AG
    Inventors: Markus Bracher, Daniel Lutziger
  • Patent number: 9301925
    Abstract: Provided herein is an apparatus for printing cells which includes an electrospinning device and an inkjet printing device operatively associated therewith. Methods of making a biodegradable scaffold having cells seeded therein are also provided. Methods of forming microparticles containing one or more cells encapsulated by a substrate are also provided, as are methods of forming an array of said microparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Tao Xu, James J. Yoo, Anthony Atala