Detailed Holder For Original Patents (Class 355/75)
  • Patent number: 11899377
    Abstract: A semiconductor processing method includes operations. An exposure process is performed on a semiconductor workpiece and includes selecting a target state of a reticle based on given data and regulating the reticle to reach the target state. A development process is performed on the semiconductor workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yueh-Lin Yang, Chi-Hung Liao
  • Patent number: 11892778
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a device for adjusting a wafer, a reaction chamber, and a method for adjusting a wafer. The device for adjusting a wafer includes: a lifting module, the lifting module including a first carrier surface configured to carry a wafer, and the first carrier surface ascending to a preset highest position or descending to a preset lowest position relative to a reference surface; a carrier module, the carrier module including a second carrier surface, a position of the second carrier surface being higher than the preset lowest position and being lower than the preset highest position, and the second carrier surface being configured to receive and carry the wafer carried on the first carrier surface; and a suction module, the suction module including a first suction opening facing the wafer and surrounded by the second carrier surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: CHANGXIN MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Congjun Wu, Xing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11874596
    Abstract: The instant disclosure discloses a workpiece container system comprising a storage assembly. The storage assembly comprises a seat member and a seat cover. The seat member defines a workpiece receiving region that encompasses a geometric center region thereof, configured to receive a workpiece; wherein a lower diffuse inducing component is provided on the seat member within a planar projection of the workpiece yet offsets the geometric center region. The seat cover is configured to engage the seat member at a periphery region around the workpiece receiving region thereof, so as to cooperatively form an enclosure for housing the workpiece; wherein an upper diffuse inducing component is provided on the seat cover over the planar projection of the workpiece and protectively overlaps the geometric center region of the seat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ming-Chien Chiu, Chia-Ho Chuang, Hsing-Min Wen, Hsin-Min Hsueh, Shu-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 11843300
    Abstract: The disclosed linear motor includes a stator having a plurality of cores and coils that excite the plurality of cores, respectively, and a movable element having a permanent magnet and configured to move using electromagnetic force applied from the stator as driving force, each of the plurality of cores has an excitation unit wound with the coil and an acting unit configured to be magnetically coupled to the excitation unit and cause a magnetic flux applied from the excitation unit to work on the permanent magnet of the movable element, and the linear motor includes an airgap or a heat conduction reduction portion between the excitation unit and the acting unit, and the heat conduction reduction portion reduces heat conduction from the excitation unit to the acting unit more than in a case where the excitation unit and the acting unit are in direct contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaharu Naka, Norihiro Suzuki, Satoru Deguchi
  • Patent number: 11837486
    Abstract: A transportation container is provided with a container body constructed of a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, and two sidewalls forming a front opening for loading or unloading a reticle pod into or out of the container body; a lid for opening and closing the front opening; and a lift plate above the container body configured to connect to a carrier of an overhead hoist transfer (OHT) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Lee, Yu-Piao Fang
  • Patent number: 11822256
    Abstract: A reticle is pre-heated prior to an exposure operation of a semiconductor substrate lot to reduce substrate to substrate temperature variations of the reticle in the exposure operation. The reticle may be pre-heated while being stored in a reticle storage slot, while being transferred from the reticle storage slot to a reticle stage of an exposure tool, and/or in another location prior to being secured to the reticle stage for the exposure operation. In this way, the reduction in temperature variation of the reticle in the exposure operation provided by pre-heating the reticle may reduce overlay deltas and misalignment for the semiconductor substrates that are processed in the exposure operation. This increases overlay performance, increases yield of the exposure tool, and increases semiconductor device quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Chieh Chang, Kai-Fa Ho, Li-Jui Chen, Heng-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 11808319
    Abstract: A horizontally arranged six-degree-of-freedom constant-stiffness mechanism is provided, and includes an upper platform, a bottom plate, three composite spherical hinges, spherical hinges, support rods, guide rail slider assemblies, and six electromagnetic adjustable stiffness units. Two ends of a shaft on which a permanent magnet is fixed in each electromagnetic adjustable stiffness unit are fixed to the bottom plate via shaft supports. Axially moving housings of electromagnetic adjustable stiffness units are fixed on sliders of the guide rail slider assemblies via slider backing plates respectively. Guide rail slider assembles are fixed on the bottom plate. Tops of the housings are mounted with the spherical hinges respectively. A bottom of the upper platform is uniformly mounted with the composite spherical hinges. One end of each support rod is threadedly connected to a corresponding one of the spherical hinges, and another end is connected with a corresponding one of composite spherical hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignees: Chongqing University, Shanghai University
    Inventors: Huayan Pu, Tong Wang, Qimin Li, Jinglei Zhao, Jun Luo, Jie Ma
  • Patent number: 11773478
    Abstract: A deposition mask includes a mask film including a polymer, a plurality of first deposition openings defined in the mask film. and a conductive layer which is on the mask film and receives a power. The conductive layer includes a first conductive pattern and a second conductive pattern spaced apart from each other along the mask film and electrically disconnected from each other. The conductive layer receives the power at the first conductive pattern and the second conductive pattern, and receipt of the power at the first conductive pattern and the second conductive pattern provides an electrostatic chuck function of the deposition mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Duckjung Lee, Ji-Hee Son, Sungsoon Im
  • Patent number: 11768444
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus that cures an imprint material on a substrate in a state where a mold is in contact with the imprint material includes a substrate holding unit having a plurality of holding regions that holds the substrate, and a control unit configured to control a pressure in each of the holding regions independently, wherein the control unit controls the pressure based on at least one of shape information and distortion information of the substrate, at least when the imprint material is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuji Okada
  • Patent number: 11765291
    Abstract: In a medium conveying device, a projector projects light, a projection light amount of the light changes, at every fixed time, to a first projection light amount and a second projection light amount less than the first projection light amount, a receiver receives the light projected from the projector, a processor determines, at fixed sampling timings, whether a reception light amount of the receiver is at a first reception light level or a second reception light level smaller than the first reception light level, determines, when the reception light amount alternately changes to the first reception light level and the second reception light level, that a medium is not present on a conveying path, and determines, when the reception light amount is fixed to either the first reception light level or the second reception light level, that the medium is present on the conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kenichi Tamura
  • Patent number: 11754140
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a coupling beam eddy current damper with shear displacement amplification. The coupling beam eddy current damper with shear displacement amplification comprises a rigid rod, rotating shafts, a pin column, pins, levers, screws, thread sleeves, copper sheets, permanent magnet components, a steel structural component, balls, ball supports and an outer shell. When vibration occurs, coupling beams on both sides of the damper are relatively vertically displaced; at this moment, two levers move up and down relative to the rigid rod; the movement causes the screws and the copper sheets to rotate; the copper sheets rotate in a magnetic field, then induced electromotive force will generates inside the magnetic field, thereby generating eddy current in the copper sheets. The eddy current effect will produce a damping force that impedes the rotation of the copper sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Xing Fu, Hongnan Li, Gang Li, Xingheng Zhang, Zhiqian Dong, Wenlong Du
  • Patent number: 11703786
    Abstract: A fixing device includes: a non-contact heating unit configured to heat a recording medium in a non-contact manner; and a contact heating unit configured to press and heat the recording medium on a downstream side of the non-contact heating unit in a conveyance direction of the recording medium, in which the non-contact heating unit controls an amount of heat applied to the recording medium according to information on whether the recording medium is black or not, and a thickness of the recording medium, and the contact heating unit controls the pressure applied to the recording medium according to the thickness regardless of whether the recording medium is black or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Shimodaira, Masato Yamashita, Tetsuro Kodera, Mitsuhiro Matsumoto, Kosuke Yamada, Takayuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11693319
    Abstract: A method of processing a substrate, includes emitting light including vacuum ultraviolet light to a front surface of the substrate, which has a resist film formed thereon from a resist material for EUV lithography, before an exposure process in an interior of a processing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Keiichi Tanaka, Kosuke Yoshihara, Yoshihiro Kondo, Makoto Muramatsu, Teruhiko Kodama
  • Patent number: 11694937
    Abstract: Implementations of methods of making a semiconductor device may include: providing a partial semiconductor wafer. The method may also include providing a wafer holder including a tape portion with one or more openings through the tape portion. The method may include mounting the partial semiconductor wafer over the one or more openings in the tape portion of the wafer holder and providing an electrical connection to the partial semiconductor wafer through the one or more openings in the tape portion during probe test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Seddon
  • Patent number: 11681117
    Abstract: A lens assembly driving module includes a holder, a metal yoke, a lens unit, a magnet set, a coil, at least one elastic element and at least one damper agent. The metal yoke is coupled with the holder and includes a through hole and at least one extending structure. The extending structure is disposed around the through hole and extends along a direction from the through hole to the holder. The lens unit is movably disposed in the metal yoke. The lens unit includes an optical axis and at least one notch structure. The notch structure is disposed in an outer peripheral area of the lens unit and is corresponding to the extending structure. The damper agent is disposed between the extending structure of the metal yoke and the notch structure of the lens unit. The damper agent is applied to damp a movement of the lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: LARGAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Lu, Te-Sheng Tseng, Wen-Hung Hsu, Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 11681235
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photolithography system cleans debris from an EUV reticle. The system includes a cleaning electrode configured to be positioned adjacent the EUV reticle. The system includes a voltage source that helps draw debris from the EUV reticle toward the cleaning electrode by applying a voltage of alternating polarity to the cleaning electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Hui Li, Cheng-Han Yeh, Tzung-Chi Fu
  • Patent number: 11682573
    Abstract: A pellicle removal tool including a stage that holds a photomask and an associated pellicle, two or more arms positioned around the stage and configured to engage pellicle side wells of the pellicle, and two or more actuators each configured to adjust at least a vertical position of a corresponding one of the two or more arms so as to apply a lifting force to the pellicle for removal of the pellicle from the photomask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: PHOTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hilario Ar-Miguel Alvarez, Spencer Allen Mullens, Jesse Eugene Williams, II
  • Patent number: 11669021
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus with a cover plate formed separately from a substrate table and means for stabilizing a temperature of the substrate table by controlling the temperature of the cover plate is disclosed. A lithographic apparatus with thermal insulation provided between a cover plate and a substrate table so that the cover plate acts as a thermal shield for the substrate table is disclosed. A lithographic apparatus comprising means to determine a substrate table distortion and improve position control of a substrate by reference to the substrate table distortion is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Koen Jacobus Johannes Maria Zaal, Joost Jeroen Ottens
  • Patent number: 11650511
    Abstract: A support table for a lithographic apparatus, the support table having a support section and a conditioning system, wherein the support section, the conditioning system, or both, is configured such that heat transfer to or from a substrate supported on the support table, resulting from the operation of the conditioning system, is greater in a region of the substrate adjacent an edge of the substrate than it is in a region of the substrate that is at the center of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Gertrudis Cornelis Kunnen, Martijn Houben, Thibault Simon Mathieu Laurent, Hendrikus Johannes Marinus Van Abeelen, Armand Rosa Jozef Dassen, Sander Catharina Reinier Derks
  • Patent number: 11630398
    Abstract: The present invention provides a control apparatus for performing synchronous control to synchronize driving of a second moving member so as to follow driving of a first moving member, including a feedforward control system that includes a calculator configured to obtain an input/output response of the second moving member and position deviations of the first moving member and the second moving member while driving the first moving member and the second moving member in synchronism with each other, and calculate a feedforward manipulated variable based on the input/output response of the second moving member and the synchronous error between the first moving member and the second moving member obtained from the position deviations of the first moving member and the second moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 11619885
    Abstract: A mask chuck may include a base plate including a central region and an edge region surrounding the central region, a head part including a first surface connected to the edge region of the base plate and configured to move on the edge region to be close to the central region or away from the central region, and a pad part disposed on a second surface of the head part opposite to the first surface of the head part. The edge region may include a first edge region extending in a first direction, a second edge region extending in the first direction and spaced apart from the first edge region in a second direction crossing the first direction, a third edge region extending in the second direction, and a fourth edge region extending in the second direction and spaced apart from the third edge region in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junho Jo, Youngho Park, Seungyong Song, Youngchul Lee, Youngsuck Choi
  • Patent number: 11609403
    Abstract: An optical module includes a first bearer and a second bearer. The first bearer includes a first bearing portion and an inclined plane, the first bearing portion is configured to carry a first optical element, and the inclined plane is disposed on a peripheral edge of a first end surface of the first bearing portion. The second bearer includes a second bearing portion and a protruding portion, the second bearing portion is configured to carry a second optical element, a second end surface of the second bearing portion faces the first end surface, and the protruding portion extends from the second end surface to the first bearing portion and is configured to contact the inclined plane. When the protruding portion contacts the inclined plane, the inclined plane does not expose the protruding portion in a direction from the first bearing portion to the second bearing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL CO., INC.
    Inventors: Chaeg-Ran Yu, Chiao-Sen Hsu, Keng-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 11604409
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for identifying dimensional attributes of a first active area of a template; based at least in part on the dimensional attributes of the first active area, determining a desired magnification correction of a second active area of a substrate; determining an out-of-plane distortion of the template, the substrate, or both; applying a back pressure to the template, the substrate, or both, to compensate for the out-of-plane distortion of the template, the substrate, or both; after compensating for the out-of-plane distortion of the template, the substrate, or both: i) contacting an imprint resist positioned on the substrate with the template such that pattern features in the first active area are filled by the imprint resist, and ii) applying an additional back pressure to the template, the substrate, or both, wherein the additional back pressure is selected such that the second active area exhibits the desired magnification correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Byung-Jin Choi, Anshuman Cherala, Mario Johannes Meissl
  • Patent number: 11586116
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus for measuring a height position of an object is provided. The apparatus comprises a light projector that projects measurement light onto the object, a light receiver that receives the measurement light reflected by the object, and a processor that determines a height position of the object based on an image of the measurement light received by the light receiver. The light projector projects a coarse detection pattern and a fine detection pattern having a periodic pattern onto the object, and the processor determines a coarse detection value of a height position of the object based on the coarse detection pattern received by the light receiver, and determines a fine detection value of a height position of the object based on the coarse detection value and the fine detection pattern received by the light receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Saito
  • Patent number: 11570327
    Abstract: A scanner includes a lower unit and an upper unit. The lower unit includes a first document table on which a first document is to be placed. The upper unit includes a second document table on which a second document is to be loaded and a document feed path through which the second document is to be picked up from the second document table fed, the upper unit being coupled to the lower unit to pivot between a closed position in which the first document table is covered and an open position in which the first document table is exposed. The upper unit further includes a reading unit to read an image from the first document and the second document by performing flatbed scanning on the first document and document feed scanning on the second document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Junghoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11567438
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transporter; an image former; a reflective optical sensor; an image density adjuster; and a controller. The image former includes: a photoreceptor; a charger; an exposer; a developer; a transferor; and a fuser. The reflective optical sensor is provided opposite to the photoreceptor across a conveyance path. During image density adjustment, the controller forms a predetermined patch toner image on the photoreceptor, irradiates the patch toner image with light, and control the image density adjuster to adjust image density based on reflected light from the patch toner image. During image forming, the controller causes the reflective optical sensor to emit light on timing that a predetermined leading edge area of the recording area passes, and decides based on reflected light therefrom whether a width in the main scanning direction of a recording medium is longer than a predetermined reference length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11530083
    Abstract: A racking protection device that includes a housing and vibration monitor. The vibration monitor is arranged to record the vibration transmitting through a racking component. The housing includes an alert for alerting a user when the racking requires inspection for damage to impacts. The vibration monitor records the frequency and time of each impact. The vibration monitor includes a memory that counts and records the number of minor impacts. The vibration monitor determines a minor impact when the peak frequency is between a minimum and maximum pre-set level for a predetermined time period. When a predeteiiiiined number of minor impacts is exceeded, the alert is arranged to alert the user to inspect the racking for damage. When the frequency exceeds the maximum pre-set level for a predetermined time period the vibration monitor determines that a severe impact has occurred and the alert is arranged to alert the user to inspect the racking for damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: A-FAX LIMITED
    Inventor: Luke Smith
  • Patent number: 11527982
    Abstract: A linear motor system comprises a plurality of stator elements that have one or more magnetic coils for generating a magnetic flux in the respective stator element and at least one mover that has at least one magnetic element that interacts with the magnetic coils of the stator elements. The mover is moved by means of activation of at least one stator element in a direction of movement relative to the stator elements. At least one selected stator element is configured to change with respect to the magnetic flux from a first state into a second state or to have the second state permanently while at least some of the other stator elements remain in the first state so that the selected stator element exerts a braking and/or holding force on the mover in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Wolfgang Brandstaetter
  • Patent number: 11500298
    Abstract: An apparatus for reticle sub-field thermal control in a lithography system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a clamp configured to fix an object. The clamp includes a plurality of gas distribution features that are spatially arranged in a pattern. The apparatus further includes a gas pressure controller configured to individually control a gas flow rate through each of the plurality of gas distribution features to spatially modulate a gas pressure distribution in a space between the clamp and the object. The gas distribution features include a plurality of trenches or holes arranged in an array form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Eric Justin Monkman, Michael Andrew Chieda, Stephen Roux, Victor Antonio Perez-Falcon
  • Patent number: 11438481
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus is provided, including a platen glass having opposed upper and lower surfaces, a support frame supporting a peripheral portion of the platen glass, a reading device reciprocable in a first direction and disposed on an inner side of the support frame so as to be nearer to the lower surface than to the upper surface, a guide formed on an inner bottom surface on the inner side of the support frame and extending in the first direction so as to guide reciprocation of the reading device, a controller that controls operations of the reading device, a harness connecting the reading device and the controller to each other, and a harness accommodating portion accommodating the harness and constituted by a groove having a recessed shape, extending in the first direction, and formed at the inner bottom surface at a position located in front of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mamoru Namba, Katsuro Miura
  • Patent number: 11333984
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for reducing particles in the vicinity of an electrostatic chuck (300) in which a cleaning reticle or substrate (320) is secured to the chuck, the cleaning reticle or substrate having surfaces partially devoid of conductive material so that an electric field from the chuck can pass through to a volume adjacent the substrate to draw particles (360) in the volume to the surface of the substrate. Voltage supplied to the chuck may have an alternating polarity to enhance the attraction of particles to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: ASML Netherlands B.V., ASML Holding N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Bruls, Ronald Peter Albright, Peter Conrad Kochersperger, Victor Antonio Perez-Falcon
  • Patent number: 11320751
    Abstract: An apparatus, which may form part of a lithographic apparatus, comprises a substrate table, a projection system, a gas lock and a gas flow guide. The substrate table is suitable for supporting a substrate. The projection system has a body which defines an interior and an opening. The projection system is configured and arranged to project a radiation beam through the opening onto a substrate supported by the substrate table. The gas lock is suitable for providing a gas flow from the opening away from the interior. The gas flow guide is configured to guide at least a portion of the gas flow away from the substrate supported by the substrate table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Güneş Nakibo{hacek over (g)}lu, Dries Vaast Paul Hemschoote, Remco Yuri Van de Moesdijk
  • Patent number: 11314176
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing a substrate and a method of manufacturing the apparatus are provided. The apparatus for containing a substrate includes: a base having a periphery and an upward-facing top horizontal planar surface with a plurality of contact elements, the contact elements being used for engaging the substrate to hold the substrate upon the upward-facing top horizontal planar surface, an upward-facing frame-like support surface extending from the upward-facing top horizontal planar surface and surrounding the contact elements at a position proximate to the periphery of the base; and a cover having a downward-facing frame-like support surface being in large-area contact with the upward-facing frame-like support surface to define a cavity for containing the substrate between the base and the cover. The downward-facing and upward-facing frame-like support surfaces in contact with each other are not at the same level as the upward-facing top horizontal planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chia-Ho Chuang, Hsin-Min Hsueh, Ming-Chien Chiu
  • Patent number: 11242214
    Abstract: A converting machine is used to convert sheet material into packaging templates for assembly into boxes or other packaging. The converting machine includes a converting assembly that performs transverse conversion functions and longitudinal conversion functions on the sheet material to create the packaging templates. A fanfold crease sensing mechanism detects the presence and location of fanfold creases in the sheet material. Based on the location of the fanfold creases, the fanfold creases are either cut out of the sheet material, or the sheet material is cut to adjust the position of the fanfold crease in a packaging template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: PACKSIZE LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Osterhout
  • Patent number: 11169093
    Abstract: The present invention provides a chemiluminescence detector, which comprises an image capture device sensitive to chemiluminescence located within a container. The container has an array of apertures located in a field of view of the image capture device, and each aperture is defined by a through-bore in a wall of the container. The exterior of the container is engagable with a plurality of sample holders, each sample holder being in alignment with a respective aperture when engaged with the exterior of the container. The passage of light into the container through each aperture is restrictable by a closure device, passage of light into the container through the apertures is thereby controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Randox Laboratories Ltd.
    Inventors: Stuart Jackson, Ivan McConnell, Peter Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 11172080
    Abstract: A peripheral includes a body, an image processing device and a processor. The body includes a sub-housing and a second button. The sub-housing includes a control component. The control component includes a first button disposed on an upper surface of the sub-housing. The second button and the first button are disposed on different adjacent surfaces. The image processing device is disposed above or in the body. The image processing device is disposed above the body. The processor controls a first signal generated by the first button to be the same as a first signal generated by the second button. The sub-housing is disposed on an upper lateral side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chia-Ching Lin, Xiang Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 11146702
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: an apparatus main body having a recording unit that performs recording onto a recording medium; and a document reading mechanism unit having a reading unit that reads a document and a document transport unit that transports a document to the reading unit, the document reading mechanism unit being provided in an upper part of the apparatus main body, wherein the apparatus main body includes: a feed roller that feeds the recording medium toward the front of the apparatus; and a frame having a frame surface intersecting the horizontal direction, the frame being located between the feed roller and the recording unit in an apparatus depth direction, and a part of the document reading mechanism unit overlaps the feed roller in the apparatus depth direction, and overlaps the frame in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shintaro Miyamoto, Keisuke Sasaki, Koichi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11036173
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reading main unit including a document platen capable of being loaded with a document, a document cover configured to press the document against the document platen, and a hinge mechanism configured to move between a first position and a second position with respect to the reading main unit, wherein the reading main unit includes a first abutment portion capable of abutting the document cover, and wherein an open angle of the document cover with respect to the document platen is regulated to a first angle by abutment between the document cover and the first abutment portion when the hinge mechanism is in the first position, and the open angle is regulated to a second angle larger than the first angle by a regulation portion provided in the hinge mechanism when the hinge mechanism is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazuyuki Morinaga
  • Patent number: 11018037
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to load or unload a mask pod includes a first load port supporter and a second load port supporter spaced apart from the first load port supporter. Each of the first load port supporter and the second load port supporter includes at least portions of an L-shaped rectangular prism. The first load port supporter and the second load port supporter are disposed diagonally around a rectangular area, where first inner sidewalls of the first load port supporter and second inner sidewalls of the second load port supporter delimit boundaries of the rectangular area, and where a first width of the rectangular area is equal to a second width of the mask pod, and a first length of the rectangular area is equal to a second length of the mask pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Lee, Yu-Piao Fang
  • Patent number: 10775694
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus for mounting a pellicle to a photomask, including a cover having a first side and a second side opposite to the first side, wherein the second side is configured to face the photomask, and an air pad disposed between the first side and the second side, wherein the air pad comprises a compartment filled with air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu Han Liu, Chih-Wei Wen, Chung-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 10714371
    Abstract: A reticle holding tool is provided. The reticle holding tool includes a housing including a top housing member and a lateral housing member. The lateral housing member extends from the top housing member and terminates at a lower edge. The reticle holding tool further includes a reticle chuck. The reticle chuck is positioned in the housing and configured to secure a reticle. The reticle holding tool also includes a gas delivery assembly. The gas delivery assembly is positioned within the housing and configured to supply gas into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chueh-Chi Kuo, Tsung-Yen Lee, Chia-Hsin Chou, Tzung-Chi Fu, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng, Che-Chang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10681238
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a light source that irradiates a document with light; a hardware processor that controls lighting of the light source; a cover that is opened and closed with respect to a document platen on which a document is placed; and a detector that detects a person. When the detector detects a person and when an open angle of the cover is a predetermined angle or less, the hardware processor turns on the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Takehisa Nakao
  • Patent number: 10498913
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including a scanner unit configured to be openable on an apparatus front side with respect to a printer unit due to a first hinge portion on an apparatus rear side, a cover to cover a feed port configured to be openable due to a second hinge portion on the apparatus front side of the feed port, wherein a rotation axis of the first hinge portion is positioned on the apparatus rear side of a rotation axis of the second hinge portion in an apparatus depth direction. Interlocking with an operation to open the scanner unit, the cover moves while a portion thereof is in contact with a surface of the paper feed tray or the sheet placed thereon to open the cover in an interlocking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Ishida, Haruo Uchida, Mitsuyuki Fujibayashi, Izumi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10491771
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, having a body, a feeder tray, a conveyer, a first reader, and a shifting device, is provided. The body includes a first inlet, a second inlet, and a conveyance guide. The feeder tray being at a closed position covers the first inlet and the feeder tray being at an open position exposes the first inlet. The conveyer conveys a readable medium guided by the conveyer guide. The first reader reads an image on a first side of the readable medium conveyed by the conveyer. The shifting device shifts the first reader to a first position in a case where the feeder tray moves from the closed position to the open position and to a second position in a case where the feeder tray moves from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuro Miura, Tianjin Xie, Satoshi Miyase
  • Patent number: 10486924
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document platen on which a document is to be stacked, a pressing sheet having flexibility, a conveyance unit provided in a base member, an open portion provided in the base member and rotatable in a first direction with respect to the base member to open at least a part of the conveyance path, and a rotation member rotatable in the first direction with respect to the base member. The pressing sheet presses the document against the document platen. The conveyance unit forms a conveyance path within which the document is to be conveyed. The reading unit reads the document conveyed by the conveyance unit. The open portion retains one end of the pressing sheet in a longitudinal direction. The rotation member retains the other end of the pressing sheet in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10481540
    Abstract: A scanner cover including a first plate and a second plate is provided. The first plate has a first surface; multiple compressible and deformable elastic structures are arranged protruding on the first surface. The second plate is stacked on the first plate and the second plate has a second surface facing to the first surface, the elastic structures are contacted with the second surface, and deformation of each elastic structure is contained in the second plate while the elastic structures are compressed. While the first plate and the second plate are pressed to move close to each other, the elastic structures are compressed and a restoring force is thereby provided between the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tzu-Cheng Chang, Shih-His Chiang, Hung-Huan Sung
  • Patent number: 10475038
    Abstract: A system including: a document holder configured to receive a document; one or more optical sensors directed toward the document holder; one or more processors; and at least one memory having stored thereon computer program code that, when executed by the processor, instructs the processor to: control the one or more optical sensors to capture a plurality of images of the document within the document holder; identify a feature of the document within each of the plurality of images, the feature having visual characteristics that differ based on an angle at which the feature is viewed; and output, in response comparing the respective visual characteristics of the feature of the document in each of the plurality of images to corresponding expected visual characteristics of the feature for the document, an indication of a verification of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Osborn, Daniel Marsch
  • Patent number: 10437142
    Abstract: A support frame for a pellicle includes a frame body made of an aluminum alloy. The frame body has: a top surface onto which a pellicle film is bonded; and an underside surface onto which a transparent substrate is bonded. A material of which the frame body is made has a Young's modulus larger than that of which the transparent substrate is made. The structure described above makes it possible to reduce deformation of the transparent substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Iizuka, Koichi Nakano, Hayato Kiyomi, Kazuhiro Oda, Tomohiro Isobe
  • Patent number: 10404883
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a reader; a first conveyance roller pair; a second conveyance roller pair; and a hardware processor that lowers a conveying force exerted from the second conveyance roller pair on a sheet when acceleration control for accelerating a conveying speed of the sheet whose image has been read by the reader is performed, compared with a case in which the acceleration control is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Anezaki
  • Patent number: 10397412
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data obtained by reading, performed by a reading unit, a chart on which an image has not been formed by an image forming unit and second image data obtained by reading, performed by the reading unit, a chart formed by the image forming unit, and an estimation unit configured to change the second image data using the first image data and estimate a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the image forming unit from a feature amount obtained by analyzing the changed image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daiki Ikari