Electrical Connector Means Patents (Class 347/50)
  • Patent number: 11897261
    Abstract: A head includes: a head unit; and a wiring film configured to be connected to the head unit. The wiring film includes: a flexible substrate; a first IC provided on the flexible substrate; a second IC provided on the flexible substrate; a first wire provided on the flexible substrate to connect the first IC and a first contact portion of the head unit; a second wire provided on the flexible substrate to connect the second IC and a second contact portion of the head unit; and a third wire provided on the flexible substrate. The first IC has a long side extended in a predetermined direction and connected to the first wire, the second IC has a long side extended in the predetermined direction and connected to the second wire, and the first IC and the second IC are aligned along the predetermined direction to be apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11864328
    Abstract: An FPC connection structure including: several strands of FPC conductor patterns coated with an insulating film; and FPC terminals each extending from one end portion of each of the FPC conductor patterns and provided in a flat type to enable spot welding on a substrate terminal unit provided on the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Dong-Kwan Jang
  • Patent number: 11858268
    Abstract: A priming device for a fluid cartridge, a fluid dispense device configured for priming the fluid cartridge, and a method for priming a fluid cartridge. The priming device includes an impact mechanism for a fluid cartridge, wherein the fluid cartridge is devoid of a backpressure device and has a fluid reservoir and an ejection head chip in fluid flow communication with the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Adam D. Carrithers, Bruce A Deboard, Raymond Joseph Fortuna, II, Bruce D. Gibson, Michael A. Marra, III, Robert W. Milgate, III
  • Patent number: 11845275
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a liquid discharge head includes a flexible printed circuit (FPC) connected to piezoelectric elements. The FPC has a first end in the first direction. A wiring layer of the FPC has a first region at the first end and a cover layer covering on a second region. The piezoelectric elements are spaced from each other in a second direction and each has a first electrode on a side surface facing towards the FPC. The first side has a joint surface facing the first region of the wiring layer. The first electrode is electrically connected to the wiring layer at the joint surface. The side surface includes a step portion that is recessed from the joint surface. A portion of the cover layer protrudes into a space adjacent to the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Shimosato, Taiki Goto, Akio Hamada
  • Patent number: 11833838
    Abstract: Provided is an ink jet recording method capable of recording an image with a tertiary color, less causing color shift even with use of a recording apparatus having an ink inlet port. The ink jet recording method includes recording an image, with use of an ink jet recording apparatus that includes a plurality of aqueous inks; an ink storage portion that independently stores the aqueous inks; a recording head having formed therein an ejection orifice through which each aqueous ink is ejected; and a tube through which each aqueous ink is supplied from the ink storage portion to the recording head. The ink storage portion has provided thereto an inlet port through which the aqueous ink is filled, the tube is formed of a resin material, a cyan ink contains a phthalocyanine pigment, and both of a yellow ink and a magenta ink individually contain an azo pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Maki Motomura, Tomohiro Yamashita, Takashi Saito, Arihiro Saito
  • Patent number: 11833832
    Abstract: A liquid storage container includes: a storage chamber; a supply port capable of supplying the liquid into the storage chamber; a hollow protruding portion protruding from the supply port; and a plug member attachably and detachably attached to the supply port. The plug member includes: a plug portion for sealing the supply port; a cover portion formed integrally with the plug portion; a pinch portion including a first portion and a second portion provided on the cover portion and opposite to each other; and a hollow portion extending from the cover portion through the plug portion. The plug portion and the cover portion are made of an elastic body, and the hollow portion has an opening on the cover portion side. A width of the opening is narrowed and a side face of the plug portion is deformed toward the hollow portion by pinching the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Okada, Shinichi Miyauchi, Akira Shiba
  • Patent number: 11827021
    Abstract: A method includes applying a mold chase to a fluid ejection die to at least partially define at least one cavity. The mold chase includes a feature to contact a fluid ejection portion of the fluid ejection die, and at least one structure separate from the feature to contact a first end portion adjacent a first end of the fluid ejection die. The method includes filling the at least one cavity with a mold compound to produce a molded carrier for the fluid ejection die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Christopher A. Leonard, Anthony M. Fuller
  • Patent number: 11820143
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes a channel member, a pressurizing part, a cover member, and a sealing member. The channel member includes an ejection hole, a pressurizing chamber, an ejection hole surface, and a pressurizing chamber surface. The pressurizing chamber is connected with the ejection hole. The ejection hole surface is positioned on the ejection hole side. The pressurizing chamber surface is positioned on the pressurizing chamber side. The pressurizing part is positioned in a pressurizing region in the pressurizing chamber surface. The cover member stands on the channel member. The sealing member seals the cover member and the channel member. The channel member includes a groove positioned in the pressurizing chamber surface but outside the pressurizing region. The cover member is positioned in the groove. Further, the sealing member is positioned between a fixing portion in the cover member which is positioned in the groove and the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Daiki Furuzawa, Shuhei Kawamata
  • Patent number: 11813873
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a channel unit. The channel unit is formed therein with: a plurality of individual channels aligning in a first direction, a common channel extending in the first direction, a supply hole in communication with the common channel, and a damper chamber provided in a position overlapping with the supply hole in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The channel unit includes a first plate having a first surface where a recess is formed to constitute the damper chamber, and a second plate having a second surface attached to the first surface via an adhesive. A protrusion is provided on a bottom of such a first part of the recess as overlaps with the supply hole in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jiro Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Sekiguchi, Yoshitsugu Morita
  • Patent number: 11780254
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head according to an embodiment includes a head body having a first surface configured to discharge a liquid and a second surface facing the first surface, a drive IC positioned away from the second surface of the head body, and a head cover configured to cover at least the second surface of the head body while housing the drive IC. The head cover includes a top plate facing the second surface of the head body and a first side plate extending in one direction that is a direction from the top plate toward the second surface, the first side plate includes a first portion that is in contact with the drive IC, and that extends in the one direction, and a second portion positioned in a portion closer to the second surface than the first portion, and the second portion includes a diameter expanding portion having a diameter that expands toward the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuhei Kawamata
  • Patent number: 11729927
    Abstract: A rotary shaft mechanism of an electronic is provided. The rotary shaft mechanism includes a first rotating assembly and a second rotating assembly, wherein the first rotating assembly is provided with a first through hole, and the second rotating assembly is provided with a second through hole, wherein the first through hole is in communication with the second through hole, and an axis of the first through hole and an axis of the second through hole are both intersected with a rotary shaft between the first rotating assembly and the second rotating assembly. A flexible circuit board of the electronic device is disposed in the first through hole and the second through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignees: BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuhong Liu, Zhanshan Ma, Jiankang Sun, Zheng Ge, Lili Chen
  • Patent number: 11712900
    Abstract: Provided is an image recording apparatus including: a carriage configured to support a recording head that ejects a liquid to a recording medium and configured to perform reciprocating motion in the scanning direction; a liquid containing portion configured to contain liquid; a tube configured to connect the recording head and the liquid containing portion to supply liquid from the liquid containing portion to the recording head, the tube including a first section that extends in the scanning direction and a second section that extends in the scanning direction above the first section; and a support portion configured to support the first section and be secured to an apparatus main body, and in the support portion, a rotating member is provided below the second section at a position facing the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kousuke Tanaka, Koya Iwakura, Hideaki Matsumura, Tetsu Hamano, Nobuhiro Toki, Daiju Takeda, Fumie Kameyama, Koki Shimada, Shota Asada, Ken Takenaga, Yusuke Tanaka, Yuta Araki, Taiji Maruyama, Atsushi Matsuyama, Yusuke Naratani
  • Patent number: 11669010
    Abstract: An ejection material ejecting device includes: an ejection unit including an ejection opening configured to eject an ejection material; an electric substrate configured to control ejection of the ejection material; a first flexible cable connected to the ejection unit; a second flexible cable connected to the electric substrate; and a joint at which the first flexible cable and the second flexible cable are joined by an anisotropic conductive film, wherein the joint is covered with a sealant resistant to the ejection material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Kuri, Noriyasu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11569429
    Abstract: S1 is a sum of the areas of a plurality of individual electrodes formed on a first plane of a piezoelectric body of a liquid discharge head, S2 is an area of a first common electrode formed on a second plane, S3 is an area of a second common electrode formed on a third plane, D1 is a distance between a neutral plane and the first plane in a stacking direction, D2 is the distance between the neutral plane and the second plane in the stacking direction, and D3 is the distance between the neutral plane and the third plane in the stacking direction. Then, D1×S1+D2×S2>D3×S3 is satisfied. The liquid discharge head includes a plurality of conductor layers which are formed on the third plane, without contact with the second common electrode and without contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyohei Naito, Takashi Aiba, Keiji Kura
  • Patent number: 11538978
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid discharge head including a piezoelectric body having a plurality of individual electrodes and a first common electrode, and a plurality of conductor layers. The plurality of individual electrodes have first to fourth individual electrode arrays, and the first common electrode has first and second extending portions, a plurality of first projecting portions, and a plurality of second projecting portions. Each of the first projecting portions overlaps partially with one of the plurality of individual electrodes forming the second individual electrode array along the stacking direction, and each of the second projecting portions overlaps partially with one of the plurality of individual electrodes forming the third individual electrode array along the stacking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyohei Naito, Takashi Aiba, Keiji Kura
  • Patent number: 11529649
    Abstract: A piezoelectric film includes a substrate having flexibility, and at least two piezoelectric elements provided to the substrate so as to be arranged at intervals of a first dimension along a first direction, the piezoelectric elements are each configured by stacking a first electrode film, a piezoelectric film made of an inorganic material, and a second electrode film along a thickness direction of the substrate, and an area between the piezoelectric elements adjacent to each other along the first direction forms a vibrational region which can be displaced in the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Chikara Kojima, Hironori Suzuki, Eiji Osawa, Koji Ohashi
  • Patent number: 11524506
    Abstract: A mobile device configured to be coupled to a counterpart device includes a driving section configured to be driven by electric power, a coupling section configured to be coupled to the counterpart device, and an accommodation section configured to accommodate an all-solid-state battery. When the counterpart device is coupled to the coupling section, the driving section is driven by electric power supplied from the counterpart device, and when the counterpart device is not coupled to the coupling section, the driving section is driven by electric power supplied from the all-solid-state battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shota Odajima
  • Patent number: 11485139
    Abstract: A pagewide printhead for printing redundantly in four colors. First and second rows of printhead chips are mounted on a common ink manifold having four ink supply channels for supplying four colors of ink to the first and second rows of printhead chips. Dedicated ink outlets interconnect one ink supply channel of the ink manifold with a pair of redundant nozzle rows in each printhead chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jason Thelander, David Burke, Andrew Thomas
  • Patent number: 11472184
    Abstract: A liquid discharging apparatus may include a first head unit and a second head unit. The first head unit includes first and second parts. A position of the second part in a first direction is different from that of the first part, and a width is shorter than a width of the first part in a second direction. The second head unit includes a fourth part and a fifth part. A position of the fifth part in the first direction is different from that of the fourth part, and a width is shorter than a width of the fourth part in the second direction. The first head unit and the second head unit are disposed side by side in the second direction. At least a part of the second part and at least a part of the fifth part do not overlap with each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kanegae, Nobuaki Ito
  • Patent number: 11440328
    Abstract: The present application discloses an inner container type ink cartridge and a manufacturing method thereof. The manufacturing method includes the following steps: removing an upper cover of an original ink cartridge to obtain a cartridge shell; electrically connecting an external control circuit board with an original control circuit board of the original ink cartridge; arranging an internal control circuit board at a corresponding position of an inner container; and installing the inner container in the cartridge shell, so that internal contacts of the internal control circuit board of the inner container are electrically connected with the external control circuit board. A first chip of the external control circuit board or a second chip of the internal control circuit board is written with actual ink volume data of the inner container and an adopted program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SPEED INFOTECH (BEIHAI) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Chenhai Zhao, Baohai Li
  • Patent number: 11440322
    Abstract: A narrow type inkjet print head chip is disclosed and includes a silicon substrate, an active component layer and a passive component layer. The active component layer is stacked on the silicon substrate and includes plural ESD protection units, plural encoder switches, plural discharge protection units and plural heater switches. The ESD protection units, the encoder switches, the discharge protection units and the heater switches are disposed in each of at least two high-precision regions of the active component layer. The corresponding positions and quantities of these components are the same in the at least two high-precision regions. The passive component layer is stacked on the active component layer and includes plural heaters, plural electrode pads, plural encoders and plural circuit traces. The circuit traces are electrically connected to the ESD protection units, the encoder switches, the heater switches, the heaters, the electrode pads and the encoders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Rong-Ho Yu, Cheng-Ming Chang, Hsien-Chung Tai, Wen-Hsiung Liao, Chi-Feng Huang, Yung-Lung Han
  • Patent number: 11409487
    Abstract: A logic circuitry package for a replaceable print apparatus component includes an interface including a power terminal and at least one logic circuit. The at least one logic circuit is configured to respond to communications sent to a first address via the interface and respond to communications sent to a second address via the interface. The at least one logic circuit is configured to in response to a first command sent to the first address, draw a first current on the power terminal; and in response to a hibernate command sent to the first address, respond to communications sent to the second address and draw a second current on the power terminal less than the first current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James Michael Gardner, Stephen D. Panshin
  • Patent number: 11399118
    Abstract: An example of a color management module is disclosed. The color management module is to generate a mapping from an incoming color space to a printer color space by a color pipeline. In the generation of the mapping, the color pipeline is adjusted so that the mapping of a target color associated with a first composition further includes adding a quantity of a second composition to the mapping of the target color. The second composition comprises a lower visibility than the first composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Maxime Rosello, Li Qian, Pere Gasparin Talarn
  • Patent number: 11383513
    Abstract: In a liquid discharging apparatus, a head control unit, which controls an operation of a head unit, includes a first conversion circuit that converts an image signal input from an outside into a first electric signal, a first photoelectric conversion circuit that converts the first electric signal into an optical signal, the head unit, which discharges a liquid, includes a second photoelectric conversion circuit that converts the optical signal into a second electric signal, a second conversion circuit that converts the second electric signal into a discharge control signal for controlling discharge of a liquid. The first conversion circuit performs a first conversion process of converting the image signal into the first electric signal without depending on a discharge information, and the second conversion circuit performs a second conversion process of converting the second electric signal into the discharge control signal by using the discharge information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayuki Kamijima, Masahiro Koiwai
  • Patent number: 11369781
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing cartridge includes a housing body having a proximal end wall, a distal end wall, a fluid chamber, and a hollow throat portion. The fluid chamber is in fluid communication with the hollow throat portion. The proximal end wall provides a proximal termination of the fluid chamber and the distal end wall provides a distal termination of the hollow throat portion. A plurality of electrical contacts face proximally from the proximal end wall. The fluid dispensing cartridge includes a fluid jetting chip that has a plurality of fluid jetting nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James D. Anderson, Jr., Michael A. Marra, III
  • Patent number: 11364497
    Abstract: A microfluidic system includes, in an example, a substrate and at least two microfluidic devices embedded into the substrate, at least one of the microfluidic devices being different from a remaining number of microfluidic devices. A microfluidic apparatus includes at least two microfluidic devices embedded into a substrate, at least a first microfluidic device of the microfluidic devices being heterogenous to at least a second microfluidic device of the microfluidic devices and a microfluidic channel to fluidically couple the microfluidic devices to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie
  • Patent number: 11358390
    Abstract: Examples include a fluid ejection device comprising a carrier, at least one fluid ejection die, and conductive traces at least partially embedded in the carrier. The carrier has a first portion and a second portion, where an angle of orientation between the first portion and the second portion is nonparallel. The first portion includes an array of openings formed through a top surface of the carrier. The second portion includes at least one die opening through a bottom surface of the carrier. The fluid ejection die is coupled to the second portion of the carrier. Fluid passages formed in a back surface of the fluid ejection die are exposed through the at least one die opening formed through the bottom surface of the carrier. The conductive traces have an array of contact points at first ends of the conductive traces. The array of contact points align with the array of openings of the first portion of the carrier such that the array of contact points are exposed through the array of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Cumbie, Chien-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 11345172
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a tray on which a sheet is to be stacked, a container configured to store the tray such that the tray can be pulled out, a first guide unit configured to guide a slide of the tray in a pull-out direction, a second guide unit spaced apart from the first guide unit in a widthwise direction, a first regulating portion provided in the container and configured to regulate, by abutting against the tray, a tilt of the tray to one direction in the widthwise direction; and a second regulating portion provided in the container and configured to regulate, by abutting against the tray, a tilt of the tray to the other direction in the widthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Saito, Yasushi Ishida, Tomohiko Yata, Masaaki Ishihara
  • Patent number: 11345148
    Abstract: An inkjet recording head includes an ejection chip having ejection orifices an external wiring board for applying an electrical signal, an electrical joining portion in which an external wiring of the external wiring board and the ejection chip are electrically joined, and a resin-sealed portion for sealing the electrical joining portion, in which a first spacer is provided between the electrical joining portion and a member in which the ejection orifices are formed, a second spacer is provided in a region outside a formation region of the external wirings, electrode bumps of the ejection chip and the external wirings of the external wiring board are joined to each other in the electrical joining portion, and the first spacer and the second spacer are joined to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Komuro
  • Patent number: 11318737
    Abstract: A fluidic die includes primitives arranged to form a number of primitive zones, each primitive zone including a memory to store adjustment data, and at least one signal adjuster to receive a fire signal, and to adjust the received fire signal based on the stored adjustment data to provide an adjusted fire signal to each primitive of the primitive zone. The fluidic die includes an address bus and a set of data lines, each data line corresponding to a different one of the primitives. Mode circuitry directs address data from the address bus to each primitive and print data from each data line to the corresponding primitive when a mode signal has a first value, and directs data representing adjustment data from one of the address bus and the set of data lines to at least one of the memories when the mode signal has a second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vincent C. Korthuis, Rodrigo N. Henriquez, Eric T. Martin
  • Patent number: 11305531
    Abstract: A liquid ejection head includes a substrate; an energy generator that is provided on the substrate; an electrode portion that is provided on the substrate; a liquid ejection face that is provided near a surface of the substrate having the electrode portion; and flexible printed circuits including a conductive pattern and a base material having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface having the conductive pattern, the second surface being provided on the opposite side from the first surface. The base material of the flexible printed circuits has a leading region from the terminal end of a region having the conductive pattern to an end of the base material near the energy generator, without formation of the conductive pattern in the leading region, and at least a part of the second surface of the leading region inclines toward the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Teshima, Toshio Kashino
  • Patent number: 11292257
    Abstract: In some examples, a print cartridge comprises a printhead die that includes a die sliver molded into a molding. The die sliver includes a front surface exposed outside the molding to dispense fluid, and a back surface exposed outside the molding and flush with the molding to receive fluid. Edges of the die sliver contact the molding to form a joint between the die sliver and the molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W Cumbie
  • Patent number: 11292248
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus includes a liquid ejection head that ejects a liquid by driving a drive element, a drive signal output circuit that outputs a drive signal for driving the drive element, and a substrate provided with the drive signal output circuit, wherein the drive signal output circuit includes a modulation circuit that modulates an original drive signal to output a modulation signal, an amplifier circuit that amplifies the modulation signal to output an amplified modulation signal, and a demodulation circuit that demodulates the amplified modulation signal to output the drive signal for driving the drive element, and wherein the demodulation circuit is located, on the substrate, between the modulation circuit and the amplifier circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Dai Nozawa
  • Patent number: 11281617
    Abstract: A chip processing device and a method for chip processing using the same is provided, where the device can program, detect, reset or inspect a plurality of chips, and meanwhile has one or more functions of programming, detecting, identifying, resetting or inspecting. The plurality of chips has different communication interfaces, and/or uses different communication protocols. The chip processing device can be configured to program, detect, identify, reset or inspect a chip after obtaining the model of the chip to be processed, thus having higher universality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: APEX MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meichao Qi, Jinxin Liu, Peng Lou, Bin Zhou, Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 11279138
    Abstract: A printing material container is detachably attachable to a printing apparatus having a plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The printing material container comprises a first device, a second device, and a terminal group that includes a plurality of first terminals, at least one second terminal and at least one third terminal. The plurality of first terminals are connected to the first device and respectively include a first contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The at least one second terminal is connected to the second device and includes a second contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals. The at least one third terminal is for the detection of shorting between the at least one second terminal and the at least one third terminal and includes a third contact portion for contacting a corresponding terminal among the plurality of apparatus-side terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noboru Asauchi
  • Patent number: 11254126
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for coating surfaces including surfaces of medical devices, in particular the coating of microprojections on microprojection arrays. The present invention also relates to print head devices and their manufacture and to methods of using the print head devices for manufacturing articles such as microprojection arrays as well as to coating the surfaces of microprojection arrays. The present invention also relates to high throughput printing devices that utilize the print heads of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: VAXXAS PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xi Wang, Michael Carl Junger, Sasikaran Kandasamy, Neil Harris, Christopher Flaim
  • Patent number: 11247207
    Abstract: Microfluidic systems having photodetectors disclosed therein and methods of producing the same are disclosed herein. According to an aspect, a microfluidic system includes a body including an interior wall that at least partially defines an interior space for receipt of fluid. Further, the microfluidic system includes a photodetector disposed on the interior wall and positioned to receive light from fluid in the interior space for generating an electrical signal representative of the received light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: Nan Marie Jokerst, Aditi Dighe, Richard Fair
  • Patent number: 11207889
    Abstract: An inkjet print head includes a print element substrate having an ejection port array of a plurality of ejection ports arranged and an ink supply port that supplies the ink to the ejection ports. A support member has a partition and an opening that supplies the ink to the ink supply port, in which the print element substrate and the support member are bonded by an adhesive. The partition includes a first portion and a second portion. The second portion is located between individual extension lines of two surfaces of the first portion. An end of the surface of the print element substrate facing the second portion is located between an extension line of the surface of the first portion and an extension line of a surface of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuaki Kitayama, Kyosuke Toda
  • Patent number: 11192358
    Abstract: A droplet ejecting device includes: a head including N-number drive elements; a driving circuit including N-number waveform signal selectors and N-number power supply circuit selectors; a plurality of power supply circuits connected to the driving circuit; and a control circuit. Each waveform signal selector selects a waveform signal to be outputted to the corresponding drive element from among a plurality of types of waveform signals. Each power supply circuit selectors selects a power supply circuit to be connected to the drive elements from among the plurality of power supply circuits. The control circuit serially transmits, to the driving circuit via a single control line: N-number items of waveform signal designation information each of which designates the waveform signal to be outputted to the corresponding drive element; and N-number items of power supply designation information each of which designates the power supply circuit to be connected to the corresponding drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takenaka, Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11141976
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a nozzle, a cover, a connector board, and a cap. The nozzle is configured to discharge liquid. The cover covers at least a part of the liquid discharge head except the nozzle. The connector board includes a connector, and a first engaging portion. The connector is detachably connected to a wiring component. The first engaging portion is configured to engage the cover in a first direction. The cap is detachably attached to the cover. The cap includes an opening and a second engaging portion. The opening is configured to engage at least one of the connector and the connector board in a second direction intersecting the first direction and expose at least a part of the connector. The second engaging portion is configured to engage the cover in a third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshimichi Odaka, Yoshitaka Fujinuma, Koji Kawahara
  • Patent number: 11142008
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting unit includes: a liquid ejecting head; and a coupling member coupled to the liquid ejecting head, in which the liquid ejecting head has a first-coupling portion and a second-coupling portion, the liquid ejecting unit further includes: a first-attachment portion provided in a first-position of the coupling member; a second-attachment portion provided in a second-position of the coupling member, the second position being different from the first position; a first-elastic body; and a second-elastic body, and the first-elastic body biases the first-attachment portion or the first-coupling portion in a state in which the first-attachment portion is in contact with the first-coupling portion and the second-elastic body biases the second-attachment portion or the second-coupling portion in a state in which the second-attachment portion is in contact with the second-coupling portion, so that the coupling member is coupled to the liquid ejecting head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Daiki Tatsuta, Masaaki Ando, Junya Suzuki, Takao Yamamoto, Ken Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 11135839
    Abstract: Examples include a fluid die embedded in a molded panel. The fluid die includes a substrate, and the substrate includes a first surface. The molded panel surrounding sides of the fluid die such that the first surface is disposed below a top surface of the molded panel. A raised contact formation is disposed on the substrate to extend at least up to the top surface of the molded panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael W Cumbie, Anthony Fuller, Chien-Hua Chen, Zhen Yi Li
  • Patent number: 11104130
    Abstract: A bifurcation path and a flow path which communicates with the head main body through the bifurcation path are provided. The bifurcation path includes an upstream-side path and a downstream-side path. In a plan view of a flow-path forming surface including the bifurcation path and the flow path, the flow path is disposed in a state where an angle between a flowing direction in the flow path and a flowing direction in the downstream-side path is an acute angle. In addition, an angle between a first wall surface of the flow path, which is the wall surface located downstream from the upstream-side path, and a second wall surface of the upstream-side path, which is the wall surface connected to the first wall surface, is equal to or less than 90°. Furthermore, the second wall surface of the upstream-side path has an R shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Isamu Togashi
  • Patent number: 11090939
    Abstract: A method of printing redundantly in four colors using a pagewide printhead having first and second rows of printhead chips mounted on a common ink manifold and receiving four colors of ink. The method includes the steps of: supplying first and second ink colors from the manifold to the first row of printhead chips; supplying third and fourth ink colors from the manifold to the second row of printhead chips; and printing the inks redundantly from the printhead chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Jason Thelander, David Burke, Andrew Thomas
  • Patent number: 11084300
    Abstract: A liquid discharge head includes a recording element substrate. The recording element substrate includes a discharge aperture forming member defining a discharge aperture from which a liquid is discharged and a substrate having a pressure generating element that pressurizes the liquid so as to discharge the liquid. The liquid discharge head also includes a cover member that defines an opening through which the discharge aperture is exposed. The cover member is disposed on a side of the recording element substrate on which the discharge aperture is formed. In the liquid discharge head, the recording element substrate further includes an electrode disposed on a side of the substrate on which the discharge aperture forming member is formed and an insulation member that covers the electrode. In addition, the insulation member is covered by the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Nakamura, Akio Saito, Zentaro Tamenaga, Toru Nakakubo
  • Patent number: 11065894
    Abstract: In some examples, a fluid ejection assembly is removably mountable in a system, and includes a fluid ejection device, and a removable frame on which the fluid ejection device is mounted. The removable frame includes a plurality of fluid interface members that share a common design to releasably engage with a plurality of fluid interface connectors together as the removable frame is brought into engagement with a support structure in the system and on which the plurality of fluid interface connectors are mounted. Engagement of a first fluid interface member with a first fluid interface connector establishes a gas path through the first fluid interface member and the first fluid interface connector, and engagement of a second fluid interface member with a second fluid interface connector establishes a liquid path through the second fluid interface member and the second fluid interface connector, the liquid path to deliver a liquid to the fluid ejection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rosanna L. Bigford, David N. Olsen, Christopher John Arnold, Paul Allan Osborne
  • Patent number: 11052657
    Abstract: Provided is a droplet discharging device that can efficiently couple a droplet discharging head and a head driving circuit by a cable. A droplet discharging device includes a droplet discharging head, a head driving circuit configured to drive the droplet discharging head, a carriage configured to move while supporting the droplet discharging head and the head driving circuit, and a cable configured to electrically couple a head connector of the droplet discharging head and a circuit connector of the head driving circuit, the cable being detachably coupled to the head connector and to the circuit connector. The droplet discharging head and the head driving circuit are disposed such that the head connector and the head driving circuit do not overlap in a direction of pull-out of the cable from the head connector and the circuit connector and the droplet discharging head do not overlap in a direction of pull-out of the cable from the circuit connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Yoshimura, Katsuya Asamoto
  • Patent number: 11052666
    Abstract: In an example, a printhead carriage to be used in a printing system is disclosed herewith wherein the carriage includes a pocket defined by a first wall and a second wall opposite to the first wall; a set of electrical connectors provided on the first wall; and a mechanical protector. In an example, the mechanical protector may be a sheet with a determined length that extends from the first wall into the pocket and a width that extends along the width of the first wall over the electrical connectors. In an example, the mechanical protector includes an elastic member biased towards the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Alvarez, Jonathan de la Rubia, Diego Lopez Ubieto
  • Patent number: 11050178
    Abstract: Embodiments implement rotation stoppage for a contact pin at a lower cost, in which the contact pin is disposed in a socket main body to establish electrical conduction between an IC package and a wiring board. The contact pin has a barrel, an upper contact member, a lower contact member, and a coil spring. The barrel has a flange that has rotation stoppers protruding in the horizontal direction. When the contact pin is disposed in a socket main body, the rotation stoppers of the flange are brought into contact with the socket main body, whereby the barrel is restrained from rotating relative to the socket main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Miura
  • Patent number: RE48990
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus and method of manufacture are disclosed. One apparatus includes a pressure chamber, a diaphragm covering the pressure chamber, and a piezoelectric element having a piezoelectric component positioned opposing the pressure chamber. The apparatus further includes a first electrode disposed on a first side of the piezoelectric component toward the pressure chamber and a second electrode disposed on a second side of the piezoelectric component opposite the first side in an opposed region, the opposed region being a region opposed to the second electrode. The apparatus also includes a metal film disposed between the piezoelectric component and the diaphragm, the metal film being absent from at least a portion of the opposed region. The metal film and the first electrode are in electrical contact with each other. The first electrode is made of platinum and the metal film is made of a metal material other than platinum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taiki Tanaka