US Pat. No. 9,303,857

LED LAMP WITH OMNIDIRECTIONAL LIGHT DISTRIBUTION

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lamp comprising:
an optically transmissive enclosure;
a base connected to the enclosure defining a longitudinal axis of the lamp extending from the base to a distal end of the
enclosure;

a substrate comprising a surface disposed substantially perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis supporting a plurality of
LEDs in the enclosure positioned to direct light primarily away from base wherein the periphery of the substrate comprises
alternating first recessed portions and first protruding portions that define a plurality of laterally extending projections
where one of the plurality of LEDs is supported on one of the plurality of projections;

a heat sink comprising second protruding portions and second recessed portions that correspond to the first protruding portions
and first recessed portions on the periphery of the substrate such that the second protruding portions are vertically aligned
with the first protruding portions and the second recessed portions are vertically aligned with the first recessed portions
such that a plurality of passages are formed along the longitudinal axis of the heat sink that extend from adjacent the LEDs
toward the base, the heat sink having a first portion located inside of the enclosure and a second portion located outside
of the enclosure where the plurality of passages extend from inside the enclosure to outside the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,056,499

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a holding part having a holding surface for sucking and holding a sheet-shaped recording medium by negative pressure;
an ejection part for ejecting an ink droplet to the recording medium held on said holding surface; and
a moving part for moving said holding part relative to said ejection part, in a first direction extending along said holding
surface;

said ejection part including:
a housing having an opposing surface opposed to said holding surface;
an upstream ejection port and a downstream ejection port provided on said opposing surface and arranged at an interval in
said first direction; and

a central bypass passage opened in a region of said opposing surface of said housing between said upstream ejection port and
said downstream ejection port, wherein

a distance between said opposing surface and the recording medium held on said holding part is 0.5 mm or more and 2 mm or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,261,317

SUPPRESSOR ASSEMBLY FOR A FIREARM

Daniel Defense, Inc., Bl...

17. A suppressor assembly attached to a firearm, the firearm having a barrel, a bore, and a muzzle end, the suppressor assembly
comprising:
a gas block mount comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the gas block mount is positioned about the barrel and
spaced apart from the muzzle end of the firearm, wherein an inner diameter of the second end of the gas block mount is greater
than outer diameter of the barrel;

an outer tube comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the outer tube is attached to the second end
of the gas block mount, and wherein the second end of the outer extends beyond the muzzle end of the firearm;

a baffle attached to and positioned within the outer tube; and
a chamber formed at least partially between the barrel of the firearm and the outer tube, wherein at least a portion of the
chamber is formed between the muzzle end and the first end of the baffle, wherein at least a portion of the second end of
the gas block mount is spaced apart from the barrel and forms a portion of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,067,412

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CORRECTING STEP SHIFT THEREOF

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A printing apparatus configured to perform printing to a print medium, the printing apparatus comprising:
a printer having at least two line heads spaced away in a transportation direction of the print medium, the line heads each
having a plurality of recording modules with a train of recording devices arranged linearly in a width direction of the print
medium;

a scanner configured to scan an image printed with the printer to obtain a scanned image;
a correcting-chart printing unit configured to cause a first line head of the printer to print a first correcting chart in
a first line head printing area, and cause a second line head to print a second correcting chart in a second line head printing
area, away from the first line head printing area in the transportation direction, said recording modules being arranged in
a width direction of the print medium so that line figures printed by the recording modules of the first line head, and line
figures printed by the recording modules of the second line head, that are printed at the same position in the transportation
direction, do not overlap each other;

a scanned image collecting unit configured to operate the scanner to read the first line head printing area and the second
line head printing area to collect a first scanned image and a second scanned image, respectively;

a correction-data calculating device configured to calculate correction data, the correction-data calculating device regarding
a line figure in the first scanned image formed with one of the plurality of recording modules as a reference line figure,
and determining a difference in the transportation direction between the reference line figure and a line figure formed with
the other recording module as a reference head difference, determining a difference in the transportation direction between
a first line figure and a second line figure of the second scanned image as an individual head difference, the first line
figure being formed with the first line head and the second line figure being formed with the second line head, and summing
up the reference head difference and the individual head difference to obtain a total for every recording module, the reference
head difference being regarded as the correction data in the transportation direction for every recording module in the first
line head, and the total being regarded as the correction data for every recording module in the second line head; and

an adjusting device configured to adjust a timing in accordance with the correction data upon printing with the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,217,544

LED BASED PEDESTAL-TYPE LIGHTING STRUCTURE

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) based bulb, comprising:
an elongated pedestal comprising multiple surfaces, wherein said pedestal comprises a top surface and at least one side surface
such that said at least one side surface has an angle greater than 90 degrees to said top surface;

a plurality of LEDs, each of which can be mounted to one of said surfaces, said pedestal comprising a thermally conductive
path to conduct heat away from said LEDs; and

a diffuser arranged in relation to said LEDs so that light from said LEDs passes through said diffuser, with said diffuser
modifying the emission pattern of said LEDs producing the desired bulb emission pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,099,921

INTEGRATING CIRCUITRY FOR MEASURING CURRENT IN A SIMO CONVERTER

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A system comprising:
a single inductor multiple output (SIMO) converter comprising:
storage circuitry; and
a plurality of output channels in communication with the storage circuitry, the plurality of output channels comprising a
plurality of loads configured to draw current received from the storage circuitry, wherein each output channel comprises a
load of the plurality of loads, and wherein an output channel of the plurality of output channels further comprises a capacitor;

integrating circuitry in communication with the SIMO converter, the integrating circuitry being configured to output an output
signal indicative of an accumulated average amount of current drawn through the output channel over a sample period, wherein
the sample period corresponds to an amount of time in which a net current flow through the capacitor is zero; and

a controller in communication with the integrating circuitry, wherein the controller comprises:
a sampler module configured to receive the output signal from the integrating circuitry, and sample the output signal upon
expiration of the sample period to generate a sampled output signal; and

a compensation module configured to determine whether to change one or more timing parameters used to control current conduction
through the SIMO converter based on the sampled output signal generated by the sampler module.

US Pat. No. 9,376,945

TWO CIRCUIT ADJUSTABLE PCV VALVE

M.E. Wagner, LLC, Bear C...

1. A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve having multiple internal fluid channels and a plurality of manual adjusters
operable for regulating fluid flow within the fluid channels based on engine operating conditions, the PCV valve comprising:
a first fluid channel inlet port and a second fluid channel inlet port connecting the PCV valve to the engine crankcase and
combustion blow-by vapors contained therein;

a vacuum port outlet connecting the PCV valve to a vacuum port on the engine manifold air intake;
a first fluid channel fluidly connecting said first fluid channel inlet port and said vacuum port outlet;
a second fluid channel fluidly connecting said second fluid channel inlet port and said vacuum port outlet, said second fluid
channel orifice having a primary outlet and a secondary outlet to said vacuum outlet port;

a crossover port channel fluidly connecting said first fluid channel to said second fluid channel, said crossover port channel
remaining dimensionally unchanged in respect to engine manifold vacuum;

said first fluid channel including in its pathway a first ball valve biased by a spring and being operable within said first
fluid channel in response to engine manifold vacuum such that in a first vacuum transition condition, when engine manifold
vacuum exceeds a preset vacuum transition level or idle mode, said first ball valve blocks fluid flow from said crossover
port channel through said first fluid channel into the vacuum port outlet and in a second vacuum transition condition or cruise
mode, when engine manifold vacuum is below said preset vacuum transition level, the first ball valve exposes said crossover
port channel to vacuum present in the vacuum port outlet due to spring bias force allowing fluid flow from said crossover
port through said first fluid channel and into the vacuum port outlet;

a first adjuster operable by the user being operable in connection with said first ball valve and spring, said first adjuster
is positioned to increase or decrease the force on said spring biasing said first ball valve resulting in a varying of said
preset vacuum transition level such that fluid flow will be blocked or allowed to flow through the crossover port and through
the first fluid channel;

a second fluid channel including in its pathway a second ball valve being operable within said second fluid channel such that
fluid flow is permitted under all vacuum levels through an outlet orifice between said second fluid channel and said vacuum
outlet port, said outlet orifice remaining dimensionally unchanged with respect to engine vacuum level;

a second adjuster being operable by the user for dimensionally altering the outlet orifice geometry between said second fluid
channel and said vacuum port outlet thereby altering flow rate under all vacuum conditions;

a third adjuster operable by the user for dimensionally altering the orifice geometry of said crossover channel port between
said first fluid channel and said second fluid channel thereby altering flow rate only when vacuum is below the preset vacuum
transition level;

whereby an idle mode singular fluid flow path regulating the idle flow rate may be increased or decreased by the user operating
the second adjuster when the engine is operating at a vacuum level exceeding the preset vacuum transition level, with the
first adjuster being operable to change the preset vacuum transition level, fluid flows through said second fluid channel
only, thereby making the idle flow rate governed by the outlet orifice between the second fluid channel and the vacuum outlet
port with said second adjuster being operable to dimensionally change the second fluid channel outlet orifice geometry increasing
or decreasing fluid flow, and

whereby a cruise mode dual flow path regulating the cruise flow rate may be increased or decreased by the user operating the
third adjuster in conjunction with the second adjuster, when the engine is operating at a low vacuum level below the preset
vacuum transition level, with the first adjuster being operable to change the preset vacuum transition level, fluid flows
through the second fluid channel while also allowing an additional fluid flow through the first fluid channel via the crossover
port thereby making the cruise flow rate governed by both the outlet orifice of the second fluid channel and the crossover
port between the first and second fluid channel, said second adjuster being operable to dimensionally change the second fluid
channel outlet orifice geometry increasing or decreasing fluid flow and the third adjuster being operable to dimensionally
change the crossover port geometry increasing or decreasing fluid flow, and

whereby said first and second ball valves in said first and second fluid channels block any reverse fluid flow from the manifold
air intake into the engine crankcase under conditions when the manifold air intake is under pressure rather than vacuum, said
first ball valve sealing off said first fluid channel inlet port and said second ball valve sealing off said second fluid
channel inlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,083,911

NOZZLE SHADING METHOD, AND AN INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS USING SAME

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A nozzle shading method applicable to nozzles of an inkjet printing apparatus, comprising:
a reading step for repeatedly reading charts for shading correction with a contact image sensor (CIS) type scanner with a
plurality of read conditions consisting of varied exposure amounts, while emitting light from light emitters, thereby to obtain
a plurality of image data with different read conditions;

a density value converting step for converting luminance values of the plurality of image data read with the plurality of
read conditions consisting of the varied exposure amounts into density values, respectively, based on a luminance value to
density value conversion table corresponding to each of the plurality of read conditions consisting of the varied exposure
amounts;

a correction table creating step for creating nozzle shading correction tables corresponding to all input tone values, based
on target density values for correction which are the plurality of density values converted and combined with density values
having a region where detection of the density values is saturated; and

a shading correcting step for carrying out shading correction based on the correction tables.

US Pat. No. 9,234,587

MULTI-CAPACITY CYLINDER

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A multi-capacity hydraulic system, comprising
a hollow cylinder closed by a cylinder head;
an annular piston moveable within the hollow cylinder, the piston dividing the interior of hollow cylinder into a first chamber
and a second chamber;

a hollow piston rod coupled to the piston, the piston rod aligned with an opening in the piston; and
a secondary rod moveable within the hollow piston rod, the secondary rod defining a third chamber in the hollow piston rod;
wherein the multi-capacity hydraulic cylinder is coupled to a fluid reservoir with a hydraulic circuit comprising a pressure
sensitive switch, the switch movable between a first position directing a hydraulic fluid to the third chamber and second
position directing fluid to the first chamber; and

wherein the third chamber has a cross-sectional area that is less than the cross-sectional area of the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,110,523

STYLUS AND STYLUS CIRCUITRY FOR CAPACITIVE TOUCH SCREENS

JCM Electronics Stylus, L...

1. A circuit for a capacitive touch screen stylus, the circuit comprising:
a. a conductive tip for providing capacitive coupling with a capacitive touch screen;
b. an inverting charge integrator connected to the conductive tip for providing an output signal proportional to a charge
induced at the conductive tip;

c. an inverting amplifier for generating an amplified signal proportional to the signal output from the inverting charge integrator;
d. a conductive contact for providing electrical or capacitive coupling between the amplified signal and an exterior of the
stylus; and

e. a power supply circuit for powering the inverting charge integrator and the inverting amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,489,673

PAYMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS

National Payment Card Ass...

9. A payment method, comprising:
operating a mobile application server that communicates with at least one consumer mobile device;
operating a financial switch that communicates with at least one POS device;
receiving, performed by the mobile application server, an email address and a PIN that are received after having been entered
into a consumer-side mobile device;

providing, performed by the mobile application server, a temporary token that is a multi-digit number displayed on the consumer
mobile device; wherein the providing of the temporary token is performed after receiving the email address and the PIN;

identifying a customer associated with the multi-digit number at the time of the POS transaction and settling a payment transaction
for the identified customer via an ACH system selected from the group consisting of the Federal Reserve ACH system and the
Electronic Payment Network (EPN) system.

US Pat. No. 9,059,226

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment apparatus comprising:
a first substrate transport robot having a first hand which holds a substrate;
a second substrate transport robot having a second hand which holds the substrate; and
said first and second robots being accessible to a substrate transport passage;
said substrate transport passage being defined between or outside treatment units;
a hand cleaning unit which is accessible by the first hand of the first substrate transport robot and the second hand of the
second substrate transport robot, wherein the hand cleaning unit is configured and disposed in a position within said substrate
transfer passage for cleaning the first hand and the second hand, being disposed above or below a substrate transfer unit
within said substrate transfer passage at which the substrate is transferred between the first hand and the second hand.

US Pat. No. 9,439,249

LED LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR USE WITH AC-OUTPUT LIGHTING BALLASTS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. An apparatus for interfacing a ballast to at least one light emitting diode (LED), the apparatus comprising:
a passive rectifier circuit; and
a matching circuit coupled at an input port and/or an output port of the passive rectifier circuit and configured to at least
partially match an impedance of the ballast, wherein the at least one LED is provided in a housing and mounted on a substrate
contained within a translucent portion of the housing, wherein the housing comprises non-translucent first and second end
caps that cap respective ones of the first and second ends of the elongated housing and wherein the passive rectifier circuit
and the matching circuit are at least partially contained within at least one of the first and second end caps.

US Pat. No. 9,345,091

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE (LED) LIGHT FIXTURE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A light emitting device (LED) lighting system comprising:
at least one LED configured to emit light at an illumination output level;
at least one light sensor configured to measure the illumination output level of light emitted by the at least one LED and
an ambient light level in proximity to the at least one LED; and

a control unit, the control unit configured:
to detect a light level that comprises both the illumination output level emitted by the at least one LED and the ambient
light level falling below an original illumination output level in an area, wherein the original illumination output level
comprises a stored numerical value that represents a portion or percentage of a maximum illumination output level of the at
least one LED and is established based on a predetermined lighting level in the area; and

to increase the illumination output level by the at least one LED to produce the predetermined lighting level associated with
the original illumination output level in the area.

US Pat. No. 9,395,034

EQUIPMENT PAD THAT INCLUDES ONE OR MORE RISERS

J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. An equipment pad for elevating an equipment unit about an exterior of a home or a building, the equipment pad comprising:
a base comprising:
a base surface that extends laterally outward;
a base opening formed completely through the base surface; and
a plurality of riser portions extending upward from the base surface to elevate and support the equipment unit, each riser
portion comprising:

a riser top surface portion that is substantially level and substantially continuous,
a riser side wall portion extending upward from the base surface to the riser top surface portion, the riser side wall portion
elevating the riser top surface portion above the base surface, the riser side wall portion tapering inward, and

a riser interior portion defined between the riser top surface portion and the riser side wall portion, the riser interior
portion being substantially hollow,

wherein the plurality of riser portions together define a single, continuous riser, at least one of the riser portions forming
an angle with reference to an adjacent riser portion such that the riser includes at least one turn, wherein the single, continuous
riser consists of two disconnected end points,

wherein the riser top surface portions together define a support surface for receiving the equipment unit, the support surface
being substantially level, and

wherein the riser interior portions are positioned over the base opening so that the equipment pad is stackable with another
similarly shaped equipment pad such that a riser portion of another similarly shaped equipment pad is nestably stackable within
the base opening and the riser interior portion of an adjacent equipment pad by passing the riser portions of one equipment
pad through the base openings of another equipment pad and into the riser interior portion.

US Pat. No. 9,480,115

DYNAMIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE (LED) LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A method for dynamically controlling a light emitting device (LED) lighting fixture, comprising:
receiving, at an LED lighting fixture, a lighting adjustment signal corresponding to a target lighting level;
determining a delta value that represents a difference between a current lighting level of the LED lighting fixture and the
target lighting level and a step time value associated with the determined delta value, wherein the step time value increases
as the delta value reduces in magnitude; and

adjusting the current lighting level of the LED lighting fixture to a new current lighting level for the duration of the step
time value.

US Pat. No. 9,364,873

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD AND SUBSTRATE TREATMENT APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A substrate treatment method comprising:
a higher temperature maintaining step of maintaining a substrate held by a substrate holding unit at a higher temperature
that is not lower than 250° C.; and

a phosphoric acid/suspension liquid supplying step of supplying a phosphoric acid aqueous solution and a silicon suspension
liquid to a front surface of the substrate held by the substrate holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,426,883

LOW PROFILE, HIGHLY CONFIGURABLE, CURRENT SHARING PARALLELED WIDE BAND GAP POWER DEVICE POWER MODULE

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A power module apparatus, comprising:
a base plate defining a topology pattern;
a power substrate positioned above the base plate;
at least two power contacts, each of the at least two power contacts electrically connected to the power substrate;
at least two parallel shared current path power devices electrically connected to the at least two power contacts;
a gate and source board mounted above the power substrate, the gate and source board including a first interconnection channel
and a second interconnection channel, each interconnection channel mounted in an interconnection position selected from a
position group, the position group consisting of a first interconnection position, a second interconnection position, a third
interconnection position, and a fourth interconnection position;

gate drive connectors electrically connected to the gate and source board;
a housing secured to the power substrate, the gate drive connectors and the at least two power contacts extending through
the housing, the housing defining fastener apertures;

fasteners positioned in the fastener apertures; and
the at least two power contacts bent over the fastener apertures to retain the fasteners in the fastener apertures.

US Pat. No. 9,440,461

PRINTING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A printing apparatus performing printing to a print medium transported from a supplying section to a discharge section,
the printing apparatus comprising:
a printing apparatus body selectively composed of a plurality of transportation units, the transportation units having a transport
path with given slopes in side view of a transportation direction from the supplying section to the discharge section,

upon connection of the transportation units, a connection part between two of the transportation units containing a slope
change portion of the transport path,

when it is assumed that one of the plurality of transportation units adjacent to the supplying section is a first transportation
unit, the first transportation unit includes a slope that inclines upward from a side adjacent to the supplying section to
a side adjacent to the discharge section in side view of the transport path,

when it is assumed that one of the plurality of transportation units adjacent to the discharge section is a second transportation
unit, the second transportation unit includes a slope that inclines downward from the side adjacent to the supplying section
to the side adjacent to discharge section in side view of the transport path,

when it is assumed that one of the plurality of transportation units between the first transportation unit and the second
transportation unit is a third transportation unit, the third transportation unit includes an inclination changing device
to connect the first transportation unit and the second transportation unit which respectively have differently inclined slopes
from each other,

when the third transportation unit is connected between the first transportation unit and the second transportation unit,
a connection part between the third transportation unit and one of the transportation units connected to the third transportation
unit is the inclination change portion point and a vertex of the transport path, and

the inclination changing device allows change of inclination of the transport path from the supplying section to the discharge
section upward or downward in side view of the transportation direction from the supply section to the discharge section,

the inclination changing device includes:
a roller holding frame holding a plurality of transport rollers;
a pivot frame swinging the roller holding frame rightward and leftward when the transport path is seen in side view; and
a swing holding frame fixing the roller holding frame swung by the pivot frame at a given swinging attitude.

US Pat. No. 9,449,807

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising:
a chamber having a chamber body and a chamber cover and forming an internal space which is sealed by closing an upper opening
of said chamber body by said chamber cover;

a substrate holding part disposed in said internal space of said chamber, for holding a substrate horizontally;
a substrate rotating mechanism for rotating said substrate together with said substrate holding part about a central axis
oriented in a vertical direction;

a processing liquid discharge part for discharging a processing liquid supplied onto said substrate to the outside of said
chamber,

a plurality of lift pins arranged in a circumferential direction about said central axis and protruding downward from said
chamber cover; and

a lift pin moving mechanism for moving said plurality of lift pins in said vertical direction relative to said chamber cover,
wherein said substrate rotating mechanism comprises:
an annular rotor part disposed in said internal space of said chamber, to which said substrate holding part is attached; and
a stator part disposed around said rotor part outside said chamber, for generating a rotating force between itself and said
rotor part,

wherein respective tip portions of said plurality of lift pins are moved down from an escape position to a transfer position
by said lift pin moving mechanism, and said substrate is transferred between said plurality of lift pins and said substrate
holding part at said transfer position.

US Pat. No. 9,462,651

THREE-WAY SOLID-STATE LIGHT BULB

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A power supply for a solid-state light bulb, the power supply comprising:
first and second inputs for receiving a voltage;
an output for connection to a solid-state light emitter; and
a control circuit connected to the first and second inputs and to a feedback input for a driver, to selectively adjust a light
output among various light outputs for the solid-state light emitter by using the feedback input to divert current from a
feedback loop to set a regulation point for the driver in accordance with a selective presence of the voltage at the first
and second inputs.

US Pat. No. 9,415,589

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLOR-CORRECTING PRINTING ON RECORDING MEDIUM

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A printing apparatus with a printing unit performing printing onto a recording medium to be transported, the apparatus
comprising:
a transporting unit transporting the recording medium;
a transportation velocity detector detecting a transportation velocity of the recording medium;
a timing reference signal generator generating a timing reference signal of the printing by the printing unit in accordance
with transportation of the recording medium;

a printing correction data generator generating printing correction data in accordance with the transportation velocity and
the timing reference signal so as to correspond to a time-dependent variation of the timing reference signal generator; and

a printing corrector correcting the printing of the printing unit to the recording medium in accordance with the printing
correction data,

the timing reference signal generator comprising:
a roller contacting to the recording medium; and
an encoder connected to the roller, wherein
the timing reference signal is a detection signal of the encoder,
the time-dependent variation of the timing reference signal generator corresponds to a variation in perimeter of the roller
to which the encoder is connected, and

the printing correction data generator obtains the variation in perimeter of the roller to which the encoder is connected
in accordance with the transportation velocity and the timing reference signal, and generates the printing correction data
in accordance with the variation in perimeter of the roller to which the encoder is connected.

US Pat. No. 9,272,539

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING A PRE-PROCESSING LIQUID AND A POST-PROCESSING LIQUID, AND AN IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING A PRE-PROCESSING LIQUID AND A POST-PROCESSING LIQUID

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to eject droplets from the image forming apparatus, and to form an image on a surface of
a printing medium;

a pre-processing unit configured to apply a pre-processing liquid to the surface of the printing medium before the image is
formed by the image forming unit; and

a post-processing unit configured to apply a post-processing liquid different from the pre-processing liquid to the surface
of the printing medium after the image is formed by the image forming unit,

wherein the pre-processing unit applies an amount of the pre-processing liquid which is determined based on a type of the
printing medium and the post-processing unit applies an amount of the post-processing liquid which is determined based on
the type of the printing medium,

wherein the application amount of the post-processing liquid is reduced when the application amount of the pre-processing
liquid is reduced, and

wherein the application amount of the post-processing liquid is raised when the application amount of the pre-processing liquid
is raised.

US Pat. No. 9,208,964

LOCKOUT DEVICE

MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC, ...

1. A lockout device comprising:
a body having first and second laterally spaced outer side walls extending longitudinally between opposed front and rear surfaces
of the body, and extending vertically between opposed upper and lower surfaces of the body, the body including a recess disposed
in the lower surface of the body and extending between a front clamp retaining portion of the body and a rear clamping portion
of the body, wherein the body further defines a lock passage extending longitudinally from a first opening in the upper surface
of the body to a second opening in the rear surface of the body;

a clamp assembled with the clamp retaining portion of the body and adjustably extendable into the recess for clamping engagement
of an external structure when the external structure is inserted into the recess; and

a cover including a front portion, a rear portion, and an upper portion extending between the front portion and the rear portion,
the cover being connected with the body and movable between a lockout position, in which the front portion of the cover covers
at least a portion of the clamp to prevent adjustment of the clamp, and a release position, in which the clamp is uncovered
to permit adjustment;

wherein the cover includes a first cutout in the upper portion and a second cutout in the rear portion, wherein when the cover
is in the lockout position, the first cutout aligns with the first opening of the body and the second cutout aligns with the
second opening of the body, to permit insertion of a lock member through the first lock passage, thereby preventing movement
of the cover from the lockout position to the release position; and

wherein the lock passage comprises a first lock passage, and wherein the body further defines a second lock passage extending
through the clamp retaining portion and from a third opening in a first side surface of the body to a fourth opening in a
second side surface of the body opposite the first side surface, and wherein the cover includes third and fourth cutouts that
align with the third and fourth openings of the body when the cover is in the lockout position, to permit insertion of a lock
member through the second lock passage, thereby preventing movement of the cover from the lockout position to the release
position.

US Pat. No. 9,351,341

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR HEATING SUBSTRATE BY IRRADIATING SUBSTRATE WITH FLASH OF LIGHT

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A heat treatment apparatus for heating a substrate by irradiating the substrate with a flash of light, comprising:
a chamber for receiving a substrate therein;
a support part for supporting the substrate within said chamber;
a flash lamp for irradiating a first surface of the substrate supported by said support part with a flash of light; and
a restriction member provided on the first surface side of the substrate and for restricting the jumping of the substrate
from said support part when the flash irradiation is performed wherein

said first surface is a front surface on which a pattern is formed, and
said restriction member restricts a peripheral portion of the front surface of the substrate in which no pattern is formed,
and

wherein said restriction member is a concave lens having a concave surface configured such that a distance from the front
surface of the substrate decreases gradually from the center of the substrate toward the peripheral portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,295,107

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS HEATING SUBSTRATE BY IRRADIATION WITH LIGHT

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A heat treatment method of irradiating a substrate with light to heat the substrate, said heat treatment method comprising
the step of:
repeatedly applying a plurality of pulses to a gate of an insulated-gate bipolar transistor connected to a flash lamp, thereby,
emitting light from said flash lamo to perform light irradiation to the substrate, the surface temperature of said substrate
reaches a maximum temperature, and thereafter, maintaining said surface temperature at said maximum temperature for a certain
period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,468,070

COLOR CONTROL OF LIGHT EMITTING DEVICES AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

CREE INC., Durham, NC (U...

1. A light emitting device comprising:
a plurality of first LEDs; and
a plurality of second LEDs;
light output of the light emitting device falling within a first chromaticity region at one or more first operating parameters;
and

electrical circuitry including one or more drivers or current controllers for providing a first adjusted drive current of
predetermined value to the plurality of first LEDs and a second drive current to the plurality of second LEDs to provide the
light output of the light emitting device falling within a defined second chromaticity region;

wherein the predetermined value of the first adjusted drive current is based on binning of the first LEDs; and
wherein a ratio of the first adjusted drive current to the second drive current ranges from 0.7 to 1.3.

US Pat. No. 9,455,134

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing method comprising:
a water rinsing step of supplying a rinsing liquid that contains water to a substrate; followed by
a first solvent rinsing step of supplying a solvent to the substrate; followed by
a hydrophobizing step of hydrophobizing a surface of the substrate by supplying a vapor of a hydrophobizing agent to the substrate
including a pattern formed on the surface of the substrate;

wherein the solvent supplied to the substrate in the first solvent rinsing step is a solvent that is capable of dissolving
the rinsing liquid and the hydrophobizing agent and lower in surface tension than water;

a drying step of drying the substrate by vaporizing the hydrophobizing agent adhering to the substrate, after performing the
hydrophobizing step; and

a step of maintaining the substrate in a state of not contacting water from an end of the hydrophobizing step to an end of
the drying step.

US Pat. No. 9,355,872

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment method, comprising
a substrate holding step of horizontally holding a substrate;
a substrate rotating step of rotating the substrate about a vertical rotational axis extending through a center portion of
an upper surface of the substrate;

a treatment liquid droplet supplying step of spraying droplets of a treatment liquid from a liquid droplet nozzle to a spouting
region on the upper surface of the substrate while the liquid droplet nozzle being moved such that the spouting region moves
between the center portion and a peripheral edge portion on the upper surface of the substrate, the spouting region having
a rectangular shape extending in a longitudinal direction;

a protective liquid nozzle moving step of moving a protective liquid nozzle while maintaining a positional relationship between
the liquid droplet nozzle and the protective liquid nozzle such that the protective liquid nozzle is arranged at an upstream
side of the liquid droplet nozzle with respect to a substrate rotation direction and that an angle formed between a spouting
direction of the protective liquid nozzle and the longitudinal direction of the spouting region is ranging from 25 degrees
to 35 degrees in plan view; and

a protective liquid supplying step of spouting a protective liquid from the protective liquid nozzle onto the upper surface
of the substrate during the nozzle moving step, thereby producing a flow of the protective liquid on the upper surface of
the substrate toward the spouting region along the upper surface of the substrate such that the droplets of the treatment
liquid impinge on the spouting region so as to cover the spouting region with a liquid film of the protective liquid film.

US Pat. No. 9,340,028

LIQUID STORING DEVICE, LIQUID STORING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A liquid storing device comprising at least a tank for storing a liquid, a supply tube that supplies the liquid to the
tank, and a discharge tube that discharges the liquid stored in the tank,
the supply tube diverging at a branch part into an upper supply tube and a lower supply tube,
the branch part being formed by a main tube and a branch tube, and being also a T branch joint diverging in a direction substantially
orthogonal to the main tube,

the main tube being connected in fluid communication with the supply tube on an upstream side thereof, and being connected
in fluid communication with the lower supply tube on a downstream side thereof,

the branch tube being connected in fluid communication with the upper supply tube,
the upper supply tube having an upper supply port in the tank, the upper supply port positioned above a level of the liquid
stored in the tank, and

the lower supply tube having a lower supply port in the tank, the lower supply port positioned below the level of the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,097,910

IMAGING APPARATUS, DETECTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An imaging apparatus for imaging a sample plate whose surface has a plurality of wells which are capable of holding a fluid,
comprising:
an illumination member which irradiates light from above the sample plate which is in a horizontal condition; and
an imager member which receives transmitted light which is transmitted to below the sample plate and captures an image which
includes at least one of the wells,

wherein the imager member includes an imaging element and an optical system which focuses the transmitted light upon the imaging
element, and a depth of field of the optical system is equal or smaller than 0.6 mm;

wherein the depth of field is defined by a following formula:
Dof=2sf2?F(f+s)/{f4??2F2(f+s)2}

where a symbol Dof denotes the depth of field, a symbol s denotes a distance between a principal point of the optical system
and a bottom surface of the well, a symbol f denotes a focal length of the optical system as measured on the imaging element
side, a symbol F denotes a F-number of the optical system, and a symbol ? denotes a pixel pitch of the imaging element.

US Pat. No. 9,142,433

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising:
a substrate holding part for holding a substrate with a main surface thereof directed upward;
a processing liquid supply part for supplying a processing liquid onto said main surface of said substrate on which a device
has been formed in advance;

an anti-static liquid supply part for supplying an anti-static liquid having electrical resistivity higher than that of said
processing liquid onto said main surface of said substrate from an anti-static liquid nozzle positioned above said main surface
of said substrate;

a liquid removing part for removing a liquid from said main surface of said substrate; and
a control part configured to control said processing liquid supply part, said anti-static liquid supply part, and said liquid
removing part to supply said anti-static liquid onto said main surface of said substrate to thereby puddle entire said main
surface of said substrate with said anti-static liquid, and to then remove said anti-static liquid from said main surface
and further supply said processing liquid onto said main surface of said substrate to thereby perform a process.

US Pat. No. 9,059,221

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing method in which a substrate is held in a horizontal posture and rotated about a vertical axis, and
while a cleaning solution is being continuously discharged to a surface of the substrate from an outlet of a discharge nozzle,
the outlet of said discharge nozzle is scanned from a position opposed to a center of the substrate to a position opposed
to a circumferential edge of the substrate, so as to allow a dried region to form at the center of the substrate;
wherein after the outlet of said discharge nozzle has started to move from the position opposed to the center of the substrate
toward the circumferential edge of the substrate, and before drying at the center of the substrate is started, the movement
of the outlet of said discharge nozzle is once stopped, and after drying has started, by a centrifugal force causing the cleaning
solution, which the surface of the substrate is covered with, to flow in a region inside a circumference defined by the center
of the substrate as the center and by a distance to a position on the substrate surface opposed to the outlet of said discharge
nozzle as the radius, the outlet of said discharge nozzle is moved again toward the circumferential edge of the substrate,
whereby only one dried core, which will be a starting point when the dried region is formed on the substrate, is produced,
and then the dried region of which said dried core is the starting point is spread all over the surface of the substrate,
to dry the substrate; and

during the process of scanning the outlet of the discharge nozzle to the position opposed to the circumferential edge of the
substrate, the rotation speed of the substrate is decreased.

US Pat. No. 9,449,825

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR HEATING SUBSTRATE BY IRRADIATION WITH FLASHES OF LIGHT, AND HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A heat treatment apparatus for heating a substrate having a pattern formed on a front surface thereof by irradiating said
substrate with flashes of light, said heat treatment apparatus comprising:
a chamber configured to receive a substrate;
a support member configured to support a substrate within said chamber;
a first flash lamp configured to irradiate a back surface of a substrate supported on said support member with flashes of
light, to thereby perform a supplementary heating on said substrate;

a second flash lamp configured to irradiate a front surface of said substrate having subjected to the supplementary heating
with flashes of light, to thereby heat said front surface to a predetermined target temperature; and

a halogen lamp configured to, before said first flash lamp starts the supplementary heating, preheat said substrate by irradiating
said back surface with light.

US Pat. No. 9,234,388

REMOVABLE WINDOW AND DOOR SCREENS

Flexscreen LLC, Murrysvi...

1. A screen adapted to be removably captured within receiving grooves that run along a perimeter of a door frame opening or
window frame opening, the screen comprising:
a resilient screen frame having a flexible spring-like characteristic, wherein the screen frame forms a plane, wherein the
screen frame is capable of being distorted in a direction parallel to the plane of the screen frame, wherein the screen frame
is capable of assuming a defined shape, substantially similar to a window or door frame opening and the screen frame is adapted
to be at least partially concealed within receiving grooves of a door frame or window frame;

a defined shape sized screen mesh secured to the screen frame, wherein the screen mesh keeps the screen frame in the defined
shape under tension provided by the spring-like characteristic of the screen frame;

where the screen frame is distorted from the defined shape when a force is applied against the screen frame, and where the
screen frame and screen mesh retain the defined shape when the force is removed; and

a door or window frame having receiving grooves located on the door or window frame such that the door or window may be in
a closed position simultaneously with the screen being contained within the receiving grooves, wherein the receiving grooves
are of a depth D such that the width W of the side members of the screen frame are substantially less than the depth D so
that the screen frame does not obscure the line of sight through the door or window opening.

US Pat. No. 9,176,132

METHOD OF CALIBRATION

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A method of calibration for improving the accuracy of the process of estimating the volume of a cell clump from an image
including the cell clump, comprising the steps of:
a) directing light from one of a first position lying over a cell clump held in a well having a bottom portion at least which
is pervious to light and a second position lying under said cell clump toward the other of the first and second positions
to receive said light at an imaging device disposed in the other of the first and second positions, thereby acquiring an image
including said cell clump;

b) measuring the optical density of said cell clump in the image acquired in said step a);
c) acquiring cross-section information about said cell clump held in said well to determine the vertical height of said cell
clump, based on said cross-section information; and

d) acquiring data representing a relationship between the optical density measured in said step b) and the height determined
in said step c),

wherein in said step c), pieces of cross-section information are acquired by acquiring a distribution of cells at each of
a plurality of cross-sections of said cell clump, and determining said vertical height of said cell clump at each position,
based on said pieces of cross-section information.

US Pat. No. 9,288,863

LIGHTING APPARATUS AND METHODS USING RECONFIGURABLE DIMMING MAPPING

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting apparatus, comprising:
at least one light emitting device; and
a reconfigurable driver circuit configured to drive the at least one light emitting device with an intensity that varies responsive
to a dimming signal according to an adjustable mapping of the dimming signal to output of the light emitting device,

wherein the mapping is configurable using circuit component selection, and
wherein the includes selection among linear and nonlinear circuit components.

US Pat. No. 9,281,386

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH SELF-ALIGNED OHMIC CONTACTS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A Schottky barrier device comprising:
one or more semiconductor layers;
a drain contact and a source contact on a first surface of the one or more semiconductor layers; and
a gate contact including a proximal end on the first surface of the one or more semiconductor layers between the drain contact
and the source contact and a distal end opposite the proximal end, wherein the gate contact is defined by a pair of tapered
sidewalls that each expand laterally as the gate contact extends vertically away from the proximal end, terminating into respective
ones of a pair of lateral edges at the distal end, such that each lateral edge of the gate contact is laterally aligned with
an interior lateral edge of either the drain contact or the source contact, leaving a vertical gap between each lateral edge
of the gate contact and the respective interior lateral edge of the drain contact and the source contact,

wherein a first void extends vertically between the first surface of the one or more semiconductor layers and a first of the
tapered sidewalls of the gate contact.

US Pat. No. 9,238,362

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for performing printing to a printing sheet through discharging ink droplets, the apparatus
comprising:
at least three inkjet heads configured to discharge the ink droplets to the printing sheet simultaneously in response to inputted
electric signals, and arranged orthogonal to a transport direction of the printing sheet;

at least three power supply circuits configured to supply drive voltage to the inkjet heads respectively; and
a change-over switch disposed between the inkjet heads and the power supply circuits and electrically connecting the power
supply circuits to the inkjet heads, respectively, and, when one of the power supply circuits breaks down, switching electrical
connection such that the drive voltage is allowed to be supplied to the inkjet heads by electrically connecting the power
supply circuits other than the breakdown power supply circuit to one of the inkjet heads corresponding to the breakdown power
supply circuit, wherein

when none of the power supply circuits breaks down, the change-over switch electrically connects the power supply circuits
and the inkjet heads in one-to-one manner, and when one of the power supply circuits breaks down, the change-over switch electrically
connects all the power supply circuits other than the breakdown power supply circuit to one of the inkjet heads corresponding
to the breakdown power supply circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,234,934

INSPECTING DEVICE AND INSPECTING METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inspecting device for inspecting a photo device comprising:
an irradiation part for irradiating said photo device with pulsed light;
a detection part having a detector for detecting an electric field intensity of an electromagnetic wave pulse depending on
irradiation with probe light emitted from a light source for said pulsed light;

a delay part for changing a time difference between a time that said electromagnetic wave pulse arrives at said detector and
a time that said probe light arrives at said detector, thereby delaying a timing for detecting said electromagnetic wave pulse
through said detector;

a temporal waveform restoration part for restoring a temporal waveform of said electromagnetic wave pulse based on said electric
field intensity of said electromagnetic wave pulse detected by said detector in said plurality of pieces of detection timing;

an electromagnetic wave pulse analysis part for detecting a negative peak of said electric field intensity in said temporal
waveform, and

a setting part for setting a detection timing for detecting said electromagnetic wave pulse radiated from said photo device
through said detector, based on the detection timing for detecting said negative peak in said temporal waveform.

US Pat. No. 9,312,343

TRANSISTORS WITH SEMICONDUCTOR INTERCONNECTION LAYERS AND SEMICONDUCTOR CHANNEL LAYERS OF DIFFERENT SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A transistor comprising:
a semiconductor drift layer of a first semiconductor material;
a semiconductor channel layer on the semiconductor drift layer wherein the semiconductor channel layer comprises a second
semiconductor material;

an interconnection layer electrically coupled between the semiconductor drift layer and the semiconductor channel layer, wherein
the interconnection layer comprises a third material; and

a control electrode on the semiconductor channel layer;
wherein the third material comprises polycrystalline silicon.

US Pat. No. 9,120,387

ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT

Caterpillar Global Mining...

16. A method of controlling power supply to heavy equipment comprising:
receiving, using a computerized controller, data related to a previous operation of the heavy equipment;
predicting, using the computerized controller, an increase in demand upon an electrical bus based upon the received data relating
to a previous operation of the heavy equipment; and

coupling, using the computerized controller, an energy storage element to an electrical bus in advance of the predicted increase
in demand upon the electrical bus to maintain a substantially constant voltage on the electrical bus during the predicted
increase in demand and prevent a drop in voltage on the electrical bus that would otherwise result from the predicted increase
in demand.

US Pat. No. 9,447,319

YELLOW PHOSPHOR HAVING AN INCREASED ACTIVATOR CONCENTRATION AND A METHOD OF MAKING A YELLOW PHOSPHOR

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A yellow phosphor having an increased activator concentration, the yellow phosphor comprising:
a host lattice comprising yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG); and
an activator comprising cerium (Ce) in the host lattice, the cerium being present at a concentration of at least about 5 wt.
% Ce,

wherein the yellow phosphor has a chemical formula Y3-xCexAl5O12.

US Pat. No. 9,362,147

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment method comprising:
a substrate holding step of holding a substrate horizontally; and
a substrate covering step of covering an upper surface of the substrate with a gas-flow flowing from a center portion of the
upper surface of the substrate to a peripheral portion of the upper surface of the substrate along the upper surface of the
substrate in parallel with the substrate holding step by ejecting a gas from a gas ejection nozzle disposed adjacent the center
portion of the upper surface of the substrate, the gas ejection nozzle having a smaller diameter than the substrate; wherein

the substrate covering step includes:
a first gas supplying step of supplying a gas into a flow passage provided in the gas ejection nozzle;
a retaining step of retaining the gas supplied into the flow passage in a buffering space provided in the gas ejection nozzle
by supplying the gas supplied into the flow passage into the buffering space, the buffering space communicating with the flow
passage, the buffering space having a sectional area greater than a sectional area of the flow passage;

a center-ejecting step of ejecting the gas supplied into the buffering space from a center port provided in a lower surface
of the gas ejection nozzle toward the center portion of the upper surface of the substrate, the lower surface opposed to the
upper surface of the substrate, the center port communicating with the buffering space, the center port having an area greater
than the sectional area of the flow passage; and

the substrate being treated is one of a semiconductor wafer, a substrate for a liquid crystal display device, a substrate
for a plasma display device, a substrate for a Field Emission Display device, a substrate for an optical disk, a substrate
for a magnetic disk, a substrate for a magneto-optical disk, and a substrate for a photo mask.

US Pat. No. 9,298,917

ENHANCED SECURITY SCADA SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Redwall Technologies, LLC...

1. A method of operating a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) element in a first security mode defined by a
first security policy, the SCADA element included in a SCADA system, comprising:
monitoring applications, processes, and tasks that access a processor of the SCADA element by a SCADA element security monitor
that is unique to the SCADA element and is distinct from a system security monitor that is associated with a system security
server of the SCADA system, wherein the SCADA element security monitor monitors the SCADA element alone in a manner unique
to the SCADA element security monitor while the system security monitor monitors each SCADA element included in the SCADA
system via the system security server, wherein the SCADA element security monitor is configured to detect malicious code that
is uniquely tailored to attack the SCADA element, and wherein the system security monitor alone is insufficient in detecting
the malicious code;

determining one or more violations of the first security policy by a violating application, process, or task associated with
the malicious code that accesses the processor of the SCADA element the determining being performed by the SCADA element security
monitor unique to the SCADA element, wherein the first security policy is stored on the SCADA element and is unique to the
SCADA element and wherein the first security policy is configured to trigger a graduated action that is customized to prevent
the malicious code from tampering with the processor of the SCADA element; and

taking the graduated action pursuant to the first security policy in response to the detection of one or more violations of
the first security policy.

US Pat. No. 9,248,666

DRYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A drying apparatus for drying ink adhering to a print medium, the drying apparatus comprising:
a heater facing a transportation path where the print medium is transported;
a blowing source configured to blow air to the heater; and
a casing configured to enclose the heater, the casing comprising:
an inflow port into which the air from the blowing source flows; and
a blowing port configured to narrow and blow warm air heated with the heater to the transportation path outside the casing
in a direction along the transportation path;

an exhaust unit disposed outside the casing and configured to exhaust the warm air blown through the blowing port to the transportation
path;

a suction unit configured to supply air to the blowing source; and
a warm-air circulator configured to supply the warm air collected in the exhaust unit to the suction unit, the suction unit
comprising:

an outside-air suction port configured to suck outside air;
a warm-air suction port provided as the exhaust unit and the warm-air circulator on a path connecting the blowing source and
the outside-air suction port, and configured to suck the warm air blown to the transportation path;

a suction-blowing source provided on the path adjacent to the outside-air suction port rather than the warm-air suction port,
and configured to suck the outside air; and

a dry controller configured to change difference in quantity of air between the blowing source and the suction-blowing source,
wherein

the suction-blowing source is set to blow a smaller quantity of air than the blowing source.

US Pat. No. 9,321,573

DISPLAY PACKAGE

MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC, ...

1. In combination, a padlock, a key for unlocking the padlock, and a padlock display package, the padlock having a shackle
lockable with a lock body, the padlock display package comprising:
a base member having a front side and a back side; and
a key retainer extending from the front side of the base member and including first and second side walls extending to an
open upper end to define a cavity receiving the key therebetween, wherein the locked shackle of the padlock extends through
a shackle passage in the key retainer cavity to secure the padlock to the display package;

wherein a portion of the padlock shackle in the shackle passage blocks removal of the key from the open upper end of the key
retainer.

US Pat. No. 9,292,730

APPARATUS FOR PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An apparatus for physics and chemistry which processes an image obtained by photographing cells, comprising:
an extraction part for extracting a plurality of objects from said image;
an adoption/non-adoption processing part for classifying said objects as adopted, as not adopted or as a third category in
accordance with a predetermined condition; and

a display part for displaying a result of said adoption/non-adoption process,
said display part including
a first switching part for switching between highlighting and unhighlighting of an object determined as adopted in said image,
a second switching part for switching between highlighting and unhighlighting of an object determined as not adopted in said
image, and

a third switching part for switching between highlighting and unhighlighting of an object determined as the third category
in said image,

said first switching part, said second switching part and said third switching part are configured for switching between highlighting
and unhighlighting of objects independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 9,124,842

IMAGE DATA GENERATION METHOD, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An image data generation method of generating halftone image data through halftone processing performed on a multi-tone
color image that includes images of a plurality of color components, the method comprising:
a) performing halftone processing on each image of at least one color component among said plurality of color components to
generate single-color halftone image data regarding each of said at least one color component, said single-color halftone
image data indicating sizes of a plurality of dots that are respectively to be formed at a plurality of pixel positions that
are arranged in a matrix in a halftone image region;

b) obtaining a hue of each pixel that corresponds to each pixel position in said color image, and in a case where the hue
of said each pixel is within a first hue range, determining that a threshold dot size at said each pixel position for a target
color component is a predetermined reference threshold dot size, said target color component being included in said plurality
of color components and being one color component other than said at least one color component, and in a case where the hue
of said each pixel is within a second hue range in which coloration of said target color component is stronger than in said
first hue range, determining that said threshold dot size is a predetermined corrected threshold dot size that is larger than
said reference threshold dot size; and

c) performing halftone processing on an image of said target color component with reference to the single-color halftone image
data regarding said at least one color component to generate single-color halftone image data that indicates sizes of a plurality
of dots of said target color component that are respectively to be formed at said plurality of pixel positions in said halftone
image region,

said operation c) including:
c1) performing halftone processing on one pixel in the image of said target color component and provisionally determining
a size of a dot of said target color component that is to be formed at a pixel position corresponding to said one pixel;

c2) obtaining a total dot size that is a sum of a previous total dot size and a provisional dot size, said previous total
dot size being a sum of sizes of dots of said at least one color component that are to be formed at said pixel position, and
said provisional dot size being the size of the dot of said target color component that is provisionally determined in said
operation c1);

c3) comparing said total dot size with a threshold dot size at said pixel position, and in a case where said total dot size
is smaller than or equal to said threshold dot size, determining that the size of the dot of said target color component is
a size equal to said provisional dot size, and in a case where said total dot size is larger than said threshold dot size,
determining that the size of the dot of said target color component is a largest dot size that is within a range of a difference
between said threshold dot size and said previous total dot size;

c4) in a case where said total dot size is larger than said threshold dot size in said operation c3), changing a pixel value
of a group of neighboring pixels at one or more pixel positions that are located around said one pixel and at which the size
of the dot of said target color component has not yet been determined, on the basis of a pixel value of said one pixel and
a difference between said provisional dot size and the size of the dot of said target color component; and

c5) changing said one pixel to a next pixel in accordance with a predetermined processing order of said plurality of pixel
positions and repeating said operations c1) to c4).

US Pat. No. 9,061,529

PRINTING APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing to a print medium supplied from a roll of the print medium, comprising:
two or more units formed by dividing a printing apparatus body depending on functions;
an endless belt provided for each of the two or more units and disposed along a transportation path of the print medium;
a holding mechanism fixedly arranged on the endless belt for holding both ends of an attachment bar to which the print medium
is attached; and

an endless-belt driving mechanism for driving the endless belt, the two or more units delivering the attachment bar between
the units adjoining each other.

US Pat. No. 9,234,638

LED LAMP WITH THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE ENCLOSURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lamp comprising:
an enclosure comprising a reflector and a lens, the reflector being exposed to the ambient environment and being made of thermally
conductive material;

a base;
at least one LED located in the enclosure and operable to emit light when energized through an electrical path from the base;
a heat sink comprising a heat dissipating portion that is at least partially exposed to the ambient environment and a heat
conducting portion that is thermally coupled to the at least one LED, the reflector being thermally coupled to the heat sink
and being exposed to the exterior of the lamp such that heat from the heat sink may be dissipated to the ambient environment
at least partially through the reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,343,311

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment method for introducing a dopant into a surface of a silicon substrate, the method comprising:
a hydrogen annealing step of heating a substrate having an oxide film formed on a surface thereof in a hydrogen-containing
atmosphere with the oxide film remaining thereon to reduce said oxide film with hydrogen and hydrogen-terminate silicon at
an interface between said oxide film and said substrate; and

an introduction step of supplying a chemical solution containing a dopant to the surface of said substrate to introduce the
dopant into said surface after said hydrogen annealing step.

US Pat. No. 9,296,229

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A printing apparatus printing an image onto a web, the printing apparatus comprising:
a transport mechanism transporting the web;
a printing head printing the image onto the web to be transported;
a serpentine amount sensor detecting a serpentine amount caused by transportation of the web at a position where the printing
head is disposed or a position therearound;

a predicted waveform data generating unit generating predicted waveform data on the serpentine amount to be produced in the
following web in accordance with actually measured waveform data on the detected serpentine amount;

a shift amount determining unit determining a shift amount of a printing position of the image to be shifted in a width direction
of the web, intersecting a transportation direction of the web, in a direction in which the predicted serpentine amount is
decreased in accordance with the predicted waveform data; and

a correcting unit correcting the printing position of the image in accordance with the shift amount and applying a corrected
printing position to the printing head.

US Pat. No. 9,176,496

SUBSTRATE TREATING SYSTEM

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treating system comprising:
a substrate treating apparatus having a substrate treating unit for carrying out predetermined treatments of substrates, a
load port with physical load ports for receiving pods for storing the substrates, the load port transferring the pods to and
from the substrate treating unit, and an internal buffer interposed between the substrate treating unit and the load port
for transferring the substrates to and from the substrate treating unit, transferring the pods to and from the load port,
and temporarily storing the pods in time of transfer;

a carrier transport system for transferring the pods to and from the load port; and
a host computer for communicating with the substrate treating apparatus and the carrier transport system, and instructing
the carrier transport system to transport the pods according to a situation of the substrate treating apparatus;

wherein the substrate treating apparatus includes a transport-related control unit arranged, when the load port is being used
by one of the pods and a vehicle of the carrier transport system approaches to transfer another of the pods to the load port,
to suspend a notice of transfer disapproval until completion of the use by the one of the pods.

US Pat. No. 9,079,407

INKJET APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COLLECTING MIST

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inkjet apparatus comprising:
a transport mechanism for transporting a strip-shaped base material in a direction of movement along the length thereof;
at least one jet head for jetting out ink droplets toward a recording surface of said base material;
a switching part for bending said base material in a direction opposite to said recording surface in a position downstream
in said direction of movement as viewed from said at least one jet head to switch said direction of movement from a first
direction to a second direction; and

a mist suction part for suctioning air containing mist of said ink from near said recording surface of said base material
passing over said switching part, said mist suction part including a suction opening at least part of which is positioned
on the extension of said first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,572,226

MASTER/SLAVE ARRANGEMENT FOR LIGHTING FIXTURE MODULES

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
a driver module adapted to drive an associated light source and to facilitate communications over a serial communications
bus as a slave communication device;

a communications module adapted to facilitate wireless communications with other elements in a lighting network and communications
as a master communication device with the driver module over the serial communications bus; and

an auxiliary module adapted to provide a lighting fixture function for the lighting fixture and facilitate communications
as a master communication device with the driver module over the serial communications bus such that the communications module
and the auxiliary module each initiate communications with the driver module.

US Pat. No. 9,093,772

LOCKOUT DEVICE

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

1. A method of locking out a power connection including at least a first pin, the method comprising:
inserting the first pin into an opening in a housing of a lockout device and between gripping surfaces of at least one gripping
member disposed within the housing; and

actuating a driving member, operatively connected with the at least one gripping member and assembled with the housing, from
a release position to a lockout position, to axially move the at least one gripping member within the housing, such that internal
surfaces of the housing urge the at least one gripping member into gripping engagement with the first pin, wherein actuating
the driving member from the release position to the lockout position comprises rotating an actuator engaged with the driving
member; and

axially moving the actuator out of engagement with the driving member to prevent movement of the driving member out of the
lockout position.

US Pat. No. 9,238,303

TRANSFER POSITION TEACHING METHOD, TRANSFER POSITION TEACHING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A transfer position teaching apparatus for teaching a transfer position of a substrate comprising:
a substrate transfer member;
a hand for transferring the substrate to the substrate transfer member;
a teaching substrate supported by the hand in place of the substrate to be transferred to the substrate transfer member; and
a detection member, placed at a position corresponding to the substrate transfer member to detect a position of an electrical
contact between the teaching substrate and the detection member,

wherein the substrate transfer member is a substrate-storing container for storing a plurality of substrates in a stacked
condition, and

wherein the detection member includes a pair of Y-direction contact members placed correspondingly to a width of an opening
of the substrate-storing container and an X-direction contact member placed correspondingly to a depth of an opening of the
substrate-storing container.

US Pat. No. 9,111,966

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a substrate holder which holds a substrate having a pattern formed in a surface of the substrate in a predetermined positional
relationship with a reference indicator of the substrate;

a cleaner which abuts an adhesive member on the surface of the substrate which is held by the substrate holder and peels off
the adhesive member along the surface of the substrate in a peeling direction which is not at right angle to a direction of
the pattern, thereby cleaning the surface of the substrate;

a detection section which detects the reference indicator; and
a controller which executes at least one of change of the peeling direction of the adhesive member and rotation of the substrate
based upon a direction of the pattern at the time of detection of the reference indicator by the detection section, thereby
adjusting the angle of the peeling direction of the adhesive member with respect to the direction of the pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,484,413

METHODS OF FORMING BURIED JUNCTION DEVICES IN SILICON CARBIDE USING ION IMPLANT CHANNELING AND SILICON CARBIDE DEVICES INCLUDING BURIED JUNCTIONS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:
a silicon carbide substrate having a first conductivity type;
a silicon carbide drift layer having the first conductivity type on the silicon carbide substrate and having an upper surface
opposite the silicon carbide substrate; and

a buried junction structure in the silicon carbide drift layer, wherein the buried junction structure has a second conductivity
type opposite the first conductivity type and has a junction depth that is greater than about two microns;

wherein the buried junction structure comprises floating regions of the second conductivity type;
wherein the buried junction structure has a thickness of from about 1.5 microns to about 3 microns.

US Pat. No. 9,368,428

DIELECTRIC WAFER LEVEL BONDING WITH CONDUCTIVE FEED-THROUGHS FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION AND THERMAL MANAGEMENT

CREE, INC., Goleta, CA (...

1. A device, comprising:
at least one integrated circuit chip comprising:
a first wafer comprising a first surface, a second surface, at least one epitaxial layer on said second surface, and an etch
layer on the epitaxial layer, wherein the etch layer defines an opening, further comprising a reflective layer in the opening
and a contact on the reflective layer;

a second wafer comprising a first surface and a second surface;
a bond medium layer comprising a thermally insulating dielectric material, said second wafer and said bond medium layer at
least partially defining a via;

a passivation material in said via;
a conductive layer in said via; and
a thermally conductive material which fully fills said via;
wherein at least part of a surface of said via is doped; and
wherein at least one portion of said second surface of said first wafer is bonded to at least one portion of said first surface
of said second wafer using said bond medium layer, thereby forming a wafer pair.

US Pat. No. 9,242,468

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising;
an ejecting part for ejecting a liquid toward a base material, said ejecting part and said base material moving relative to
each other in a predetermined movement direction; and

a cap part for receiving the liquid ejected from said ejecting part during maintenance,
said cap part including;
a liquid receiving part for receiving the liquid ejected from said ejecting part while facing said ejecting part during maintenance;
and

an exhaust part disposed laterally to said liquid receiving part and for evacuating a gas contained within said liquid receiving
part,

said liquid receiving part including:
a first liquid receiving chamber having an opening opposing a portion of said ejecting part;
a second liquid receiving chamber disposed further from said exhaust part than is said first liquid receiving chamber, separated
from said first liquid receiving chamber by a division wall, and having an opening opposing another portion of said ejecting
part; and

a flow path disposed without passing through said first liquid receiving chamber, and connecting said second liquid receiving
chamber and said exhaust part, and

said exhaust part including:
a first fan part connected to said first liquid receiving chamber and for evacuating a gas contained within said first liquid
receiving chamber; and

a second fan part connected to said second liquid receiving chamber through said flow path and for evacuating a gas contained
within said second liquid receiving chamber,

wherein a bottom surface of said first liquid receiving chamber and a bottom surface of said second liquid receiving chamber
are each an inclined surface that is inclined downward away from said exhaust part.

US Pat. No. 9,214,331

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing method, comprising:
a preparation step of preparing a solidification liquid to be supplied to a substrate in a supercooled liquid state;
a solidified material forming step of supplying the solidification liquid prepared in the preparation step to the substrate
via a space and forming a solidified material of the solidification liquid on the substrate; and

a removing step of removing the solidified material of the solidification liquid on the substrate, wherein
the solidification liquid is solidified by an external stimulus that is at least one of a landing impact of the solidification
liquid onto a surface of the substrate and applying vibration transmitted from the substrate; and

the solidified material forming step is for changing the thickness of the solidified material of the solidification liquid
on the substrate within the plane of the substrate by supplying a solidification liquid in a supercooled liquid state onto
the solidified material of the solidification liquid on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,044,940

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for printing images on printing paper by discharging ink while moving inkjet heads and the
printing paper relative to each other, comprising:
an inkjet head holder for holding the inkjet heads to be movable by at least two shafts extending vertically;
a control device for operating at least two motors respectively coupled to the at least two shafts to move the inkjet head
holder vertically along the at least two shafts at least between a printing position, a standby position of the inkjet head
holder, and an origin position above the standby position;

a detecting device for detecting slits formed in at least two different sizes in each of slit disks rotatable by the at least
two motors, and outputting detection signals concerning synchronous rotations of the at least two motors and directions of
rotation of the at least two motors; and

a monitoring device for monitoring, during a vertical movement of the inkjet head holder caused by the control device, synchronous
rotations of the at least two motors by monitoring the signals outputted from the detecting device and counting the slits
of the slit disks, and corresponding directions of rotation of the at least two motors by monitoring orders in which the slits
of the slit disks appear, the monitoring device having at least two counters respectively for storing counts of the slits
of the slit disks provided for the at least two motors, respectively, and a comparator for comparing a difference between
the counts of the at least two counters and one of a first threshold value for a time of normal vertical movement and a second
threshold value for a time of return to the origin position after occurrence of an abnormality,

wherein the control device causes the comparator of the monitoring device to compare the difference between the counts of
the at least two counters and the first threshold value at the time of normal vertical movement, and

when the monitoring device has detected occurrence of an abnormality, the control device:
raises the inkjet head holder to the origin position while causing the comparator to compare the difference between the counts
of the at least two counters and the second threshold value, and

only when the inkjet head holder has been able to reach the origin position, lowers the inkjet head holder from the origin
position to the printing position.

US Pat. No. 9,728,434

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF TRANSPORTING SUBSTRATE STORING CONTAINER

SCREEN Semiconductor Solu...

1. A substrate processing apparatus arranged to perform given processing on substrates, comprising:
a storage device in and from which a substrate storing container storing a plurality of said substrates is carried;
a main body arranged to take out the substrates from the substrate storing container carried in the storage device, perform
the given processing on the taken out substrates, and store the substrates after the processing in the substrate storing container;
and

a controller arranged to control an operation of the storage device, wherein
the storage device includes:
a plurality of platforms on which the substrate storing container is to be placed; and
a transport device arranged to transport the substrate storing container among the plurality of platforms,
the transport device includes first and second holders configured to be capable of holding an upper portion of the substrate
storing container and moving independently from each other among the plurality of platforms,

the second holder is provided below the first holder, and
the controller sets a distance in a vertical direction between the first holder and the second holder to be larger than a
height of the substrate storing container such that the substrate storing container held by the first holder is positioned
between the first holder and the second holder when the substrate storing container is transferred between the first holder
and any of the plurality of platforms, and sets the distance in the vertical direction between the first holder and the second
holder to be smaller than the height of the substrate storing container when the substrate storing container is transferred
between the second holder and a platform arranged at a highest position;

wherein the plurality of platforms are arranged to line up in a horizontal direction, and
the transport device further includes:
a horizontal moving mechanism arranged to move the first and second holders in the horizontal direction in which the plurality
of platforms line up; and

a vertical moving mechanism arranged to move the first and second holders independently from each other in a vertical direction;
wherein the vertical moving mechanism includes:
a support body arranged to support the first and second holders such that the first and second holders can move in the vertical
direction;

a support body vertical moving mechanism arranged to move the support body in the vertical direction; and
first and second holder moving mechanisms arranged to move the first and second holders, respectively, relative to the support
body in the vertical direction, and

the horizontal moving mechanism moves the support body in the direction in which the plurality of platforms line up; and
wherein
the support body includes first and second support members provided at a distance from each other in the horizontal direction
and provided to extend in the vertical direction,

the first holder moving mechanism moves the first holder along the first support member,
the second holder moving mechanism moves the second holder along the second support member, and
the first and second holders are configured to be capable of advancing/retreating between a position sandwiched by the first
and second support members and each of positions of the plurality of platforms.

US Pat. No. 9,412,926

HIGH POWER SOLID-STATE LAMP

CREE, INC., Goleta, CA (...

1. An optical device, comprising:
a solid state light source;
a reflector positioned to reflect light from said light source into directional light emission, heat from said light source
at least partially transmitting into said reflector; and

a first heat sink mounted to said reflector positioned in thermal contact with said light source such that heat from said
light source transmits into said first heat sink, said first heat sink comprising a thermally conductive conformable porous
material layer adjacent said light source, said porous material layer comprising a 3-dimensional pore structure comprising
interconnected pores, with the surfaces of said pore structure providing increased surface area for heat to dissipate into
the ambient compared to bulk heat sinks, said porous material layer further comprising a graded porous material region wherein
part of said porous material region comprises a higher density pore structure than the remainder of said region, said first
heat sink shaped to fit around said reflector, wherein said reflector is configured to spread heat from said light source
throughout said first heat sink;

wherein said reflector comprises a reflective metal and wherein said reflector is affixed to said first heat sink.

US Pat. No. 9,352,793

SLIDE SHOE FOR UNDERCARRIAGE FRAME ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A slide shoe assembly for an undercarriage frame assembly of an excavating machine having a spaced pair of frame side plates,
a drive tumbler having a plurality of teeth and a rear idler roller rotatably mounted between the spaced pair of frame side
plates, a track comprised of a plurality of interconnected links each having a pair of lugs engaged by the plurality of teeth
of the drive tumbler to drive the track, and a roller path disposed between the pair of lugs, the slide shoe assembly comprising:
a mounting bar configured to extend between inner surfaces of the spaced pair of frame side plates and to be connected thereto
between the drive tumbler and the rear idler roller and proximate lower edges of the spaced pair of frame side plates; and

a slide shoe having a top surface connected to a bottom surface of the mounting bar at a location along a path of travel of
the plurality of interconnected links of the track and between the pair of lugs of each of the plurality of interconnected
links, the slide shoe being dimensioned to be received between the pair of lugs of each of the plurality of interconnected
links and to engage the roller path of each of the plurality of interconnected links.

US Pat. No. 9,190,300

METHOD OF CLEANING SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A method of cleaning a substrate processing apparatus that performs substrate processing with a processing solution, the
method comprising the steps of: (a) causing a substrate holding element to rotate at a first number of revolutions, the substrate
holding element having a holding surface facing a lower surface of a substrate to be held on the substrate holding element,
and at the same time, supplying a cleaning solution from a cleaning solution supply nozzle onto said holding surface while
placing an upper end of a cup surrounding said substrate holding element below said substrate holding element, thereby cleaning
an outer upper surface of said cup with said cleaning solution scattered from said holding surface while said holding surface
is rotating; and (b) causing the substrate holding element to rotate at a second number of revolutions higher than said first
number of revolutions, and at the same time, supplying a cleaning solution from said cleaning solution supply nozzle onto
said holding surface, wherein in said steps (a) and (b), said cleaning solution is supplied from said cleaning solution supply
nozzle onto said holding surface when said holding surface does not hold said substrate, thereby cleaning an area outside
said cup and surrounding said cup with said cleaning solution scattered from said holding surface while said holding surface
is rotating, said area outside said cup including at least a part of a side wall of a chamber of said substrate processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,050,634

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus that performs processing to a substrate having a top surface and a back surface, comprising:
first and second processing regions, arranged adjacent to each other, for performing the processing to the substrate;
a storing and carrying in and out region, arranged adjacent to the first processing region, for storing the substrate and
carrying the substrate into and out of said first processing region;

a first interface provided between said storing and carrying in and out region and said first processing region; and
a second interface provided between said first processing region and said second processing region, wherein
said first processing region includes
a first processing section, and
a first transport device that has first and second hands provided one above another for holding substrates respectively, and
transports the substrate among said first interface, said first processing section and said second interface,

said second processing region includes
a second processing section, and
a second transport device that has third and fourth hands provided one above another for holding substrates respectively,
and transports the substrate between said second interface and said second processing section,

said storing and carrying in and out region includes
a container platform on which a storing container that stores the substrate is placed, and
a third transport device that transports the substrate between the storing container placed on said container platform and
said first interface,

said first processing section includes a plurality of back surface cleaning units that each clean the back surface of the
substrate,

said second processing section includes a plurality of top surface cleaning units that each clean the top surface of the substrate,
and

each of said first interface and said second interface includes
first and second substrate platforms arranged for temporarily receiving and transferring the substrate, and
a reversing device that reverses the top surface and the back surface of the substrate, the reversing device being configured
to simultaneously reverse two substrates, wherein

said first and second substrate platforms and said reversing device are provided one above the another so as to overlap each
other,

a difference in height between the first hand and the second hand is equal to a difference in height between said first substrate
platform and said second substrate platform, and a difference in height between the third hand and the fourth hand is equal
to the difference in height between said first substrate platform and said second substrate platform,

said first transport device is configured to be capable of transferring and receiving the substrate directly to and from said
first and second substrate platforms and said reversing device of each of said first and second interfaces, simultaneously
transferring and receiving two substrates to and from said first and second substrate platforms of each of said first and
second interfaces, and simultaneously transferring and receiving two substrates to and from said reversing device of each
of said first and second interfaces, and

said second transport device is configured to be capable of transferring and receiving the substrate directly to and from
said first and second substrate platforms and said reversing device of said second interface, simultaneously transferring
and receiving two substrates to and from said first and second substrate platforms of said second interface, and simultaneously
transferring and receiving two substrates to and from said reversing device of said second interface.

US Pat. No. 9,383,321

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inspection apparatus for inspecting a photoelectric device, the inspection apparatus comprising:
an excitation light irradiation part for irradiating said photoelectric device with excitation light for causing said photoelectric
device to radiate a terahertz wave;

a detection part for detecting the terahertz wave radiated from said photoelectric device in response to irradiation with
said excitation light;

a temperature changing part for changing a temperature of said photoelectric device at a part irradiated with said excitation
light;

a storage part for storing temperature correlation information regarding a correlation between a temperature of said photoelectric
device and an intensity of said terahertz wave radiated from said photoelectric device in response to irradiation with said
excitation light,

wherein said temperature correlation information is obtained by changing the temperature of said photoelectric device by said
temperature changing part, and collecting intensities of said terahertz wave radiated from said photoelectric device at respective
temperatures; and

a correction part for correcting an intensity of said terahertz wave detected by said detection part based on a temperature
of said photoelectric device obtained by a temperature measuring part and said temperature correlation information.

US Pat. No. 9,230,836

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment method for treating a substrate with a treatment liquid, the substrate treatment method comprising:
an initial preparation step of controlling a liquid surface level of a treatment liquid retained in a treatment vessel at
a first liquid surface level, and then causing a first circulation unit to circulate the treatment liquid from the treatment
vessel through a first circulation path while controlling a temperature of the treatment liquid by a temperature controller
disposed in the first circulation path, thereby divergently spouting in air in the treatment vessel the treatment liquid circulated
by the first circulation unit and temperature-controlled by the temperature controller from a first spouting portion located
above the first liquid surface level, the first liquid surface level being set lower than a lower portion of a substrate held
at a substrate treatment position for treatment with the treatment liquid in the treatment vessel so as to prevent the treatment
liquid retained in the treatment vessel from contacting the substrate held at the substrate treatment position;

a substrate loading step of loading the substrate into the treatment vessel from outside thereof and holding the substrate
at the substrate treatment position, after the initial preparation step;

a substrate treatment step of spouting the treatment liquid circulated by the first circulation unit and temperature-controlled
by the temperature controller from the first spouting portion located above the first liquid surface level toward the substrate
held at the substrate treatment position in air in the treatment vessel while controlling the temperature of the treatment
liquid by the temperature controller disposed in the first circulation path; and

the step of cleaning the treatment liquid by a filter disposed in the first circulation path through which the treatment liquid
is circulated by the first circulation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,554,445

COLOR POINT AND/OR LUMEN OUTPUT CORRECTION DEVICE, LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH COLOR POINT AND/OR LUMEN OUTPUT CORRECTION, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND METHODS OF LIGHTING

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A portable device, comprising:
a light detector;
a correction calculator; and
a correction output element,
the light detector configured to detect at least a first lumen level of light of a first range of at least one hue, the first
range of at least one hue comprising only a portion of visible light hues.

US Pat. No. 9,318,365

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus for processing a substrate comprising:
a spin chuck comprising a plurality of chuck pins each having an accommodating groove for accommodating a portion of peripheral
part of the substrate, holding the substrate at a hold position in a horizontal posture by pressing inner faces of the accommodating
grooves toward portions of peripheral part of the substrate;

a nozzle for ejecting process liquid toward the substrate held by the plurality of chuck pins;
a plurality of guide members, being disposed on the spin chuck, on or above the respective plurality of chuck pins, guiding
process liquid discharged from the substrate to a surrounding area of the substrate;

a spin motor for rotating the spin chuck along with the plurality of chuck pins and the plurality of guide members around
a substrate rotation axis that vertically passes through the substrate; and

a tubular cup, encircling the plurality of chuck pins and the guide members around the substrate rotation axis, receiving
process liquid discharged outwardly from the substrate held by the plurality of chuck pins;

wherein each of the plurality of guide member includes:
an inner-edge guide disposed at a position inward and above the accommodating groove; and
an outer-edge guide disposed at a position level with or below the inner-edge guide and outward the chuck pin.

US Pat. No. 9,393,375

NASAL VENTILATION INTERFACE

Mergenet Solutions, Coco...

1. A respiratory interface, comprising:
a nasal interface, wherein the nasal interface comprises:
a hollow body;
a nasal insert;
a flange about an exterior surface of the nasal insert, the flange adapted to lodge against the interior of the naris of a
user; and

a shapeable rib coupled with a distal portion of the nasal insert adapted to be inserted into the nostril of the user,
wherein the shapeable rib has a length and a rib cross-section normal to said length, wherein the rib cross-section is parallel
to a cross-sectional shape of the nasal insert, and wherein the said cross-sectional shape of the nasal insert is adapted
to be altered by the user to at least two different fixed shapes when the user reshapes the shapeable rib.

US Pat. No. 9,327,918

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING CLEANING PROCESS AND THE LIKE ON SUBSTRATE

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A method of processing a substrate, comprising the steps of:
(a) taking an unprocessed substrate out of a cassette to pass the unprocessed substrate to a passing part by means of a transfer
robot while rotating the unprocessed substrate through 90 degrees about a second rotation axis extending in a horizontal direction;

(b) holding said unprocessed substrate received from said transfer robot in a standing attitude by means of said passing part;
(c) transferring said unprocessed substrate from said passing part to a main transport robot to transport said unprocessed
substrate to a processing part by means of said main transport robot while rotating said unprocessed substrate through 90
degrees about a first rotation axis extending in a horizontal direction;

(d) transferring a processed substrate from said processing part to said main transport robot to pass said processed substrate
to said passing part by means of said main transport robot while rotating said processed substrate through 90 degrees about
said first rotation axis;

(e) holding said processed substrate received from said main transport robot in a standing attitude by means of said passing
part; and

(f) transferring said processed substrate from said passing part to said transfer robot to transport said processed substrate
into a cassette by means of said transfer robot while rotating said processed substrate through 90 degrees about said second
rotation axis,

said steps (a) and (f) including the step of moving a second hand for gripping said substrate forwardly and backwardly in
a direction parallel to said second rotation axis by means of said transfer robot,

said steps (c) and (d) including the step of moving a first hand for gripping said substrate forwardly and backwardly in a
direction parallel to said first rotation axis by means of said main transport robot,

said steps (a) and (f) including the step of moving the substrate upwardly and downwardly in a vertical direction by means
of said transfer robot while maintaining the substrate in a standing attitude without pivoting,

said steps (c) and (d) include the step of moving the substrate upwardly and downwardly in a vertical direction by means of
said main transport robot while maintaining the substrate in a standing attitude without pivoting, wherein

said processing part includes a back surface cleaning processing unit for cleaning the back surface of a substrate; and
said transfer robot rotates said substrate received from said cassette through 90 degrees in said step (a) and said main transport
robot rotates said substrate received from said passing part through 90 degrees in said step (c) to invert and transport the
substrate to said back surface cleaning processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,281,445

METHODS OF FABRICATING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES BY MASKING AND WET CHEMICAL ETCHING

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A method of fabricating a Light Emitting Diode (LED) having a Group III Nitride layer including a Group III Nitride face,
the method comprising:
masking the Group III Nitride face with a two-dimensional array of dots of a mask material that are spaced apart from one
another; and

wet chemical etching the Group III Nitride face that is exposed by the two-dimensional array of dots of the mask material
that are spaced apart from one another to produce Group III Nitride features having sides that extend along crystal planes
of the Group III Nitride layer, wherein sides of two adjacent Group III Nitride features touch one another.

US Pat. No. 9,242,496

PRINTED MATERIAL, METHOD OF PRODUCING PRINTED MATERIAL, AND PRINTER

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A method of producing a printed material, comprising the steps of:
forming a first image layer having undulation on a transparent base member in accordance with first image layer data;
generating intermediate layer data indicating an uneven thickness in conformity with said undulation, from said first image
layer data;

forming an intermediate layer on said first image layer in accordance with said intermediate layer data, said intermediate
layer having a surface which is flat; and

forming a second image layer on said intermediate layer in accordance with second image layer data, wherein
said first image layer, said intermediate layer, and said second image layer are formed by discharging droplets of curable
ink toward said transparent base member,

said first image layer data is data indicating an application amount of ink of each color at each position on said transparent
base member,

said intermediate layer data is generated by subtracting the total application amount of ink of the colors at said each position,
which is indicated by said first image layer data, from a preset value, and

said preset value is smaller than the maximum total application amount of ink at said each position.

US Pat. No. 9,224,226

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DIRECT DRAWING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An image display device for direct drawing apparatus for performing direct drawing of a predetermined pattern on a drawing
object by scanning with a drawing beam, comprising:
an acquisition part for acquiring design data in a vector format describing said pattern;
a specified drawing raster image processing (RIP) parameter setting part for setting a specified drawing RIP parameter to
be used for drawing RIP development of said design data;

a processing area setting part for setting a display object portion of said design data to be subjected to said drawing RIP
development as a processing area;

a display RIP development part for performing display RIP development of a portion of said design data, which corresponds
to said processing area, by using said specified drawing RIP parameter, to thereby obtain a specified image; and

a display part for visibly displaying said specified image,
wherein:
said display RIP development performed by said display RIP development part is a RIP development in which the amount of processed
data is smaller than that in said drawing RIP development for said direct drawing,

said display RIP development part performs RIP development of said portion corresponding to said processing area by using
said specified parameter, to thereby obtain said specified image and also performs RIP development of said portion corresponding
to said processing area by using a predetermined reference parameter, to thereby obtain a reference image, and

a display part visibly displays said specified image and said reference image, overlapping each other and displays a difference
between said specified image and said reference image, being visually distinguished from a common portion between said specified
image and said reference image.

US Pat. No. 9,189,716

GENERATING A THRESHOLD MATRIX TO BE COMPARED WITH AN ORIGINAL IMAGE FOR PERFORMING HALFTONING OF THE ORIGINAL IMAGE

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A threshold matrix generation method of generating a threshold matrix to be compared with an original image of multi-gradation
in performing halftoning of said original image in an image recording apparatus which is capable of recording an image at
single speed and at N-fold speed where N is an integer not less than 2, comprising:
a) preparing a matrix space which is a set of matrix elements arranged both in a column direction which corresponds to a recording
direction in said image recording apparatus and in a row direction perpendicular to said column direction;

b) setting writing elements which are matrix elements corresponding to writing positions on a recording object so that one
writing element is positioned at intervals of (N?1) matrix elements in said column direction and one writing element is positioned
at intervals of (N?1) matrix elements or two writing elements are positioned at intervals of (2N?2) matrix elements in said
row direction in a whole of said matrix space and setting the other matrix elements as non-writing elements always evenly
in the whole area of said matrix space in said operation a) or after said operation a);

c) giving the first turn-on number to one writing element, being thereafter changed to a determined element, and then repeating
a process of specifying a writing element which is farthest away from all determined elements and giving a next turn-on number
to said writing element, being thereafter changed to a determined element, in consideration of repetitive application of said
threshold matrix in performing halftoning of an original image, to thereby allocate turn-on numbers to all writing elements;
and

d) obtaining a threshold matrix for N-fold speed by determining a threshold value of each writing element in accordance with
said turn-on numbers.

US Pat. No. 9,151,669

INSPECTING DEVICE AND INSPECTING METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inspecting device which takes a semiconductor device or a photo device as an inspecting target, the device comprising:
a light source for emitting pulsed light;
a scan part for obliquely irradiating an inspecting target with said pulsed light, while changing an optical path of said
pulsed light, to scan said inspecting target with said pulsed light;

a detection part for detecting an electromagnetic wave emitted non-coaxially with said pulsed light from said inspecting target
in accordance with the illumination with said pulsed light; and

an image generation part for generating an image indicating electric field intensity distribution of said inspecting target
based on an electric field intensity of an electromagnetic wave detected by said detection part,

wherein said image generation part decides a position on said image which corresponds to an acquisition point of an electromagnetic
wave intensity based on an incidence angle of said pulsed light on said inspecting target.

US Pat. No. 9,195,140

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND DEVELOPING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A developing method for developing a substrate, comprising the steps of:
developing the substrate by supplying a developer to the substrate;
rinsing the substrate by spinning the substrate while supplying a rinsing solution to the substrate;
drying the substrate by spinning the substrate, including the step of starting supply of an inert gas from a nozzle directed
substantially at right angles toward a point adjacent a spin center of the substrate in plan view, after finishing the rinsing
step and while a film of the rinsing liquid is present on the substrate; and

wherein, when the rinsing step ends, the drying step is started;
wherein, in said drying step, the supplied inert gas breaks the film of the rinsing liquid, and
said drying step continues supply of the inert gas until an end of a period allocated for said drying step;
said rinsing step replaces the developer with the rinsing liquid;
said developing step continues supply of the developer until an end of a period allocated for said developing step; and
said rinsing step starts supply of the rinsing liquid immediately after the supply of the developer ends.

US Pat. No. 9,585,218

LIGHTING APPARATUS WITH VARIABLE CURRENT SWITCHING FREQUENCY AND METHODS OF OPERATING SAME

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a current modulation circuit configured to modulate a current in at least one light-emitting device responsive to a pulse
width modulated control signal; and

a control circuit configured to vary a pulse width of the pulse width modulated control signal responsive to a first control
input and to control a frequency of the pulse width modulated control signal responsive to a second control input.

US Pat. No. 9,179,512

MULTI-SEGMENT LED LIGHTING APPARATUS CONFIGURATIONS

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A solid state lighting apparatus comprising:
a Light Emitting Diode (LED) string including a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) segments coupled in series with one
another wherein a ratio of respective lumen output from each of the segments, being provided by a respective total epi-area
for each of the segments, is about equal to a ratio of respective average powers for each of the respective segments;

wherein a ratio of respective numbers of LEDs in each of the segments is about equal to the ratio of the respective average
powers for each of the respective segments; and

wherein a first-on/last-off segment included in the plurality of segments includes LEDs having highest efficacy of all LEDs
in the string and a last-on/first-off segment included in the plurality of segments includes LEDs having lowest efficacy of
all LEDs in the string.

US Pat. No. 9,293,364

ELECTROLESS PLATING APPARATUS AND ELECTROLESS PLATING METHOD

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. An electroless plating apparatus comprising:
a pre-plating treatment module including a pre-plating treatment tank for carrying out a pre-plating treatment of a plurality
of substrates, a water-cleaning tank for cleaning with water the substrates after the pre-plating treatment, and a substrate
holder for supporting the lower sides of the substrates and transporting the substrates between the tanks;

a plating module including a plating tank for carrying out electroless plating of the substrates after the pre-plating treatment,
a water-cleaning tank for cleaning with water the substrates after the electroless plating, and a substrate holder for supporting
the lower sides of the substrates and transporting the substrates between the tanks; and

an inter-module substrate transport device for gripping the substrates from above and transporting the substrates between
the pre-plating treatment module and the plating module,

wherein the pre-plating treatment tank is provided with a pre-plating treatment solution circulation line having a temperature
control function for a pre-plating treatment solution, and

the plating tank is provided with a plating solution circulation line having a filter and a temperature control function for
a plating solution, the plating solution circulation line being connected to a flushing line for flushing an interior of the
plating solution circulation line and an interior of the plating tank.

US Pat. No. 9,437,456

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS EMITTING FLASH OF LIGHT

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A heat treatment method irradiating a substrate with flashes of light from flash lamps to heat the substrate, comprising:
(a) a first irradiation step of irradiating said substrate with a flash of light of a first pulse, said first irradiation
step being started at a first time;

(b) a second irradiation step of irradiating said substrate with a flash of light of a second pulse having a length different
from said first pulse, said second irradiation step being started at a second time later than said first time; and

(c) Performing said second irradiation step such that at least a part of the irradiation of a flash of light of said second
irradiation step is superimposed on the irradiation of a flash of light of said first irradiation step.

US Pat. No. 9,261,271

LED LIGHT FIXTURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A light fixture comprising:
a chamber with at least one power-circuitry driver therewithin;
an extruded base supporting at least one LED module outside the chamber; and
a pair of extruded side channels each extending along a respective side of the extruded base.

US Pat. No. 9,082,725

PATTERN FORMING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A pattern forming method comprising the steps of:
alternately stacking at least two insulative films and at least two polysilicon films on a substrate to form a multilayer
film including the at least two insulative films and the at least two polysilicon films;

forming a hole extending through the at least two insulative films and the at least two polysilicon films in the multilayer
film; and

selectively etching the polysilicon films from a side wall of the hole through isotropic etching by feeding into the hole
an etching gas prepared by diluting a fluorine-containing halogen gas with an inert gas, such that a ratio ?/tA of a standard deviation ? of etching depths of the respective polysilicon films in a side wall of the hole after the selective
etching, with respect to an average tA of the etching depths, is in a range from 9% to 13%.

US Pat. No. 9,079,406

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND NOZZLE-CLEANING METHOD THEREOF

Screen Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An inkjet printing apparatus that performs printing while moving an inkjet head and a printing sheet relatively to each
other, comprising:
an inkjet head with a plurality of nozzles, the nozzles being arranged in a width direction of the printing sheet orthogonal
to a relative movement direction of the printing sheet and enabling to eject ink droplets of at least two sizes;

an ink-droplet detector configured to optically detect ink droplets ejected from each of the nozzles; and
a non-ejection recovering device configured to recover non-ejection of ink droplets from each of the nozzles; and
a controller configured to perform flushing that ejects the ink droplets of at least two sizes from each of the nozzles, to
operate the ink-droplet detector to perform an ejection test for detecting an ejection condition of each of the nozzles, and
to operate the non-ejection recovering device to perform cleaning in accordance with results of the ejection test,

the non-ejection recovering device having a function of cleaning each of the nozzles by purge that discharges the ink droplets,
and enables to perform weak purge as weak cleaning and strong purge as stronger cleaning than the weak purge,

the controller performing the ejection test of ejecting only the smaller ink droplets and thereafter ejecting only the larger
ink droplets relative to each of the nozzles prior to printing, and

the controller causing the non-ejection recovering device to perform the weak purge when the ink droplet detector detects
a non-ejection nozzle upon the ejection of only the smaller ink droplets, and causing the non-ejection recovering device to
perform the strong purge when the ink droplet detector detects a non-ejection nozzle upon the ejection of the larger droplets
thereafter through performing the ejection test.

US Pat. No. 9,238,244

DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND DISCHARGE METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A discharge apparatus, comprising:
a nozzle which discharges a paste-like discharge material supplied from a supply part;
a feeder part which is provided on a flow path of the discharge material from the supply part to the nozzle and feeds the
discharge material in the flow path at a predetermined flow rate from the supply part side toward the nozzle side;

a plurality of pressurizers provided in parallel to each other on the flow path between the supply part and the feeder part
and each having a function of temporarily storing the discharge material supplied from the supply part in a storage space
and a function of pressurizing the discharge material stored in the storage space and feeding the discharge material under
pressure to the feeder part; and

a controller which causes at least one of the pressurizers to pressurize the discharge material in the flow path communicating
with the feeder part so that a predetermined positive pressure is applied to the discharge material in the flow path and causes
the discharge material to be supplied from the supply part to at least one of the pressurizers not pressurizing the discharge
material.

US Pat. No. 9,403,187

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing method comprising:
a chemical liquid supplying step of supplying a chemical liquid having a first temperature to a major surface of a substrate;
a rinse liquid supplying step of supplying, after the chemical liquid supplying step, a rinse liquid having a second temperature
lower than the first temperature to the major surface of the substrate to rinse off a liquid remaining on the substrate;

a reaction liquid supplying step of supplying, after the chemical liquid supplying step and before the rinse liquid supplying
step, a reaction liquid, causing an exothermic reaction upon mixing with the chemical liquid and having a liquid temperature
lower than the first temperature and not less than the second temperature, to the major surface of the substrate in a state
where the chemical liquid supplied to the substrate in the chemical liquid supplying step remains on the substrate; and

a temperature decrease suppressing step of supplying, in parallel to the reaction liquid supplying step, a heating fluid having
a temperature lower than the first temperature and higher than the liquid temperature of the reaction liquid to the other
major surface of the substrate at an opposite side of the major surface of the substrate to which the chemical liquid is supplied
in the chemical liquid supplying step,

wherein the temperature decrease suppressing step is started after the discharge of the chemical liquid onto the substrate
in the chemical liquid supplying step is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,279,231

REMOVABLE LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A DIPPER

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A mining shovel, comprising:
a dipper having an inner surface; and
a removable liner assembly coupled to the dipper and adjacent to the inner surface of the dipper, the removable liner assembly
comprising:

a first rail coupled to the dipper;
a first liner segment disposed on the first rail and covering at least a portion of the first rail;
a second liner segment removably coupled to the first rail and covering at least one of a portion of the first liner segment
and a portion of the first rail;

a second rail coupled to the dipper, wherein the second liner segment is disposed on the second rail and covering at least
a portion of the second rail; and

a third liner segment removably coupled to the second rail, the third liner segment covering at least one of a portion of
the second liner segment and portion of the second rail;

wherein the first rail is substantially covered by at least one of the first and second liner segments, and wherein the second
rail is substantially covered by at least one of the second and third liner segments.

US Pat. No. 9,156,294

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND BASE MATERIAL SUPPLY APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
an unwinder that unwinds a sheet-like base material from a roll around which said base material is cylindrically wound;
a recorder that records an image onto a surface of said base material;
a take-up part that takes up said base material on which an image has been recorded by said recorder;
a first supporter that supports said base material that is being conveyed in a first direction away from said recorder after
having been unwound from said unwinder;

a surface modifying part that modifies the surface of said base material by energizing the surface of said base material that
has passed through said first supporter; and

a second supporter that supports said base material that is being conveyed in a second direction toward said recorder after
having passed through said surface modifying part,

wherein said second supporter is more distant from said unwinder than said first supporter is, and
said unwinder is disposed on at least one of a virtual line segment that connects said surface modifying part and said recorder
and a normal to the line segment.

US Pat. No. 9,717,125

ENHANCED LIGHTING FIXTURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
a light source;
a light sensor;
a communication interface; and
circuitry adapted to:
control the light source;
monitor for a light signal provided from a handheld device via the light sensor;
upon receiving the light signal, measure a signal level associated with the light signal; and
effect transmission of the signal level and an identifier associated with the lighting fixture to the handheld device via
the communication interface such that the identifier is transmitted with the signal level.

US Pat. No. 9,393,811

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF RECORDING IMAGE

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a transport mechanism for transporting an elongated strip-shaped recording medium in a longitudinal direction thereof along
a predetermined transport path;

at least one recording head for recording an image on a surface of the recording medium in a recording position on said transport
path;

an upstream detector for detecting a widthwise position of the recording medium in a position upstream of said recording position
on said transport path;

a downstream detector for detecting the widthwise position of the recording medium in a position downstream of said recording
position on said transport path; and

a calculation part for calculating the widthwise position of the recording medium in said recording position, based on detection
results from said upstream detector and said downstream detector.

US Pat. No. 9,204,105

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

SCREEN HOldings Co., Ltd....

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a holder that holds a specimen holding plate substantially in a horizontal state, the specimen holding plate being formed
with a well capable of holding liquid;

a light illuminator that irradiates light from above the specimen holding plate held by the holder to a surface of a specimen
obtained by injecting fluid into the well;

a controller that controls a light quantity distribution of light to be incident on the surface of the specimen from the light
illuminator based on a luminance distribution preliminarily measured at the well with the fluid; and

an imager for obtaining an image of the specimen by imaging the specimen under light illumination at the light quantity distribution
set by the controller;

wherein the controller sets the light quantity distribution of the light to be incident on the surface of the specimen based
on a luminance distribution in a preliminary image obtained by imaging the well by the imager under a predetermined standard
light quantity distribution; and

wherein the controller sets a larger incident light quantity for a position with lower luminance in a background image obtained
by removing high frequency components higher than a predetermined spatial frequency from the preliminary image.

US Pat. No. 9,050,635

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus that performs processing to a substrate having a top surface and a back surface, comprising:
first and second processing regions, arranged adjacent to each other, for performing the processing to the substrate;
a storing and carrying in and out region, arranged adjacent to the first processing region, for storing and carrying the substrate
into and out of the first processing region;

a first interface provided between the storing and carrying in and out region and the first processing region; and
a second interface provided between the first processing region and the second processing region, wherein
the first processing region includes
a plurality of first processing sections, and
a first transport device that has first and second hands provided one above another for holding substrates respectively, and
transports the substrate among the first interface, the plurality of first processing sections and the second interface,

the second processing region includes
a plurality of second processing sections, and
a second transport device that has third and fourth hands provided one above another for holding substrates respectively,
and transports the substrate between the second interface and the plurality of second processing sections,

the storing and carrying in and out region includes
a container platform on which a storing container that stores the substrate is placed, and
a third transport device that transports the substrate between the storing container placed on the container platform and
the first interface,

the first interface includes first, second, third and fourth substrate platforms on which the substrates are placed, respectively,
wherein the first and second substrate platforms are provided one above another, the third and fourth substrate platforms
are provided one above another, and a difference in height between the first hand and the second hand is equal to a difference
in height between the first substrate platform and the second substrate platform and is equal to a difference in height between
the third substrate platform and the fourth substrate platform,

the second interface includes first and second reversing devices that each reverse the top surface and the back surface of
the substrate, each of the first and second reversing devices being configured to reverse two substrates simultaneously,

the first processing section includes a top surface cleaning processing section that cleans the top surface of the substrate,
the second processing section includes a back surface cleaning processing section that cleans the back surface of the substrate,
the first transport device is configured to transport the substrate among the first, second, third and fourth substrate platforms,
the first and second reversing devices and the plurality of first processing sections, and is configured to be capable of
receiving two substrates simultaneously from the first and second substrate platforms, placing two substrates simultaneously
on the third and fourth substrate platforms, transporting two substrates simultaneously to the first reversing device, and
receiving two substrates simultaneously from the second reversing device,

the second transport device is configured to transport the substrate among the first and second reversing devices and the
plurality of second processing sections, and is configured to be capable of receiving two substrates simultaneously from the
reversing device, and transporting two substrates simultaneously to the second reversing device, and

the third transport device is configured to transport the substrate among the storing container placed on the container platform
and the first, second, third and fourth substrate platforms, placing substrates on the first and second substrate platforms,
respectively, and receiving substrates from the third and fourth substrate platforms, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,082,066

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR GENERATING COATING DATA, AND PRINTING DEVICE USING THE SAME

SCREEN Holdings Co., Inc....

1. An image processing apparatus for generating coating data in accordance with inputted image data composed of color data,
the apparatus comprising:
a high-resolution rasterizing processor configured to rasterize the inputted image data with high resolution in accordance
with resolution of a printing head to generate at least one high-resolution raster image;

a low-resolution rasterizing processor configured to rasterize the inputted image data with lower resolution than the resolution
of the printing head to generate at least one low-resolution raster image;

a print-data generating section configured to generate print data depending on the printing head in accordance with the high-resolution
raster image; and

a coating-data generating section configured to generate coating data in accordance with the low-resolution raster image,
wherein

the low-resolution rasterizing processor generates the low-resolution raster image with the inputted image data as a monochrome
image.

US Pat. No. 9,180,687

FILTER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND FILTER MANUFACTURING METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A filter manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing, by inkjet printing, filters arranged at intervals in a transport direction
of a printing medium and in a direction perpendicular to the transport direction, the apparatus comprising:
a printing cell setting unit for setting, based on a predetermined filter pitch and a head resolution, printing cells having
an equal number of dot areas in the direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the printing material;

a shift amount calculating unit for calculating shift amounts between the filter pitch and the printing cells in the direction
perpendicular to the transport direction of the printing medium;

a shift amount determining unit for determining whether shift amounts of the printing cells exceed a unit dot area; and
a printing cell complementing unit for complementing the shift amounts of the printing cells exceeding the unit dot area by
adjusting the number of dot areas included in the printing cells.

US Pat. No. 9,807,825

SOLID STATE LIGHTING DEVICES UTILIZING MEMRISTORS

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A circuit, comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED);
a memristor coupled to the LED; and
a resistor connected in parallel with said memristor and coupled to the LED, in which a change in a resistance of the combination
of the memristor and the resistor changes an emission intensity of the LED.

US Pat. No. 9,233,390

PROCESSING CUP AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Semiconductor Solu...

1. A processing cup provided to surround a substrate when processing using a processing liquid is performed on the substrate
held in a substantially horizontal attitude, comprising:
a first cup arranged to surround the substrate; and
a second cup arranged to surround the first cup, wherein
the first cup includes a first member having a first upper surface arranged to surround the substrate and a second member
having a first lower surface arranged above the first upper surface of the first member to surround the substrate,

the first and second members are configured such that a distance between the first upper surface and the first lower surface
is gradually reduced outward from an outer periphery of the substrate and a clearance is formed between the first upper surface
and the first lower surface at outer peripheries of the first and second members,

a first collection space that collects the processing liquid is formed between the first upper surface and the first lower
surface, and

the second cup has a second lower surface, an inner side surface, and a second upper surface and is configured to form a scatter
capturing space that allows the scattering of the processing liquid that has passed through the clearance and captures the
scattering processing liquid, an upper portion of the scatter capturing space is partitioned by the second lower surface,
an outer periphery of the scatter capturing space is partitioned by the inner side surface, a lower portion of the scatter
capturing space is partitioned by the second upper surface, an outermost peripheral end of the second lower surface is positioned
further below and further outward than an outermost peripheral end of the first lower surface, and the second lower surface
is formed to lead the processing liquid that has passed through the clearance to the inner side surface.

US Pat. No. 9,180,558

HYDRAULIC DOOR SNUBBER

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A dipper assembly for a mining shovel, the dipper assembly comprising:
a dipper having a dipper back and an open dipper bottom;
a dipper door pivotally mounted to the dipper, configured to pivot between an open position and a closed position with a swing
speed, and to cover the open dipper bottom; and

a hydraulic snubber, comprising:
a base having one or more connecting plates;
one or more mounting plates coupled to the base and configured to receive a link extending from the dipper door;
one or more friction plates positioned parallel to the mounting plates and the link; and
a hydraulic cylinder positioned through the mounting plates, the connecting plates, the friction plates, and the link to pivotally
couple the link to the base, wherein the hydraulic cylinder includes a head portion protruding from a first end of the hydraulic
snubber, a tail portion protruding from a second end of the hydraulic snubber opposite the first end, and a piston positioned
through the plates and the link and extending out from the tail portion, wherein the hydraulic cylinder is configured to clamp
the mounting plates, the connecting plates, the friction plates and the link together and reduce the swing speed of the dipper
door by the piston pulling inward against the tail portion and toward the head portion, causing the tail portion and the head
portion to apply a substantially constant compressive force to the plates and the link regardless of wear on the plates and
the link.

US Pat. No. 9,050,616

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd,...

1. A substrate treatment method comprising:
a holding/rotating step of causing a substrate holding/rotating unit to horizontally hold a substrate in a chamber and rotate
the substrate about a vertical rotation axis extending through the substrate;

a treatment liquid supplying step of, simultaneously with the holding/rotating step, spouting a treatment liquid from a treatment
liquid supplying unit toward a center portion of the substrate held by the substrate holding/rotating unit;

a temperature measuring step of, before the treatment liquid supplying step, causing a temperature measuring unit to measure
at least one of an internal air temperature of the chamber and a temperature of the treatment liquid to be spouted from the
treatment liquid supplying unit;

a target value setting step of, after the temperature measuring step, setting a target value of the internal air temperature
of the chamber or the temperature of the treatment liquid to be spouted from the treatment liquid supplying unit based on
a measurement value detected by the temperature measuring unit and also based on information stored in a storage device which
defines a relationship among the air temperature, the treatment liquid temperature, and a treatment uniformity value; and

a temperature controlling step of, before the treatment liquid supplying step, controlling a temperature adjusting unit so
that the internal air temperature of the chamber or the temperature of the treatment liquid to be spouted from the treatment
liquid supplying unit is adjusted closer to the target value.

US Pat. No. 9,699,856

UPGRADEABLE LIGHTING FIXTURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
an outer frame;
a lens coupled to the outer frame, the lens comprising a main lens portion and a removable sensor module cover;
a solid-state light source configured to provide a desired light output based on one or more drive signals, the solid-state
light source coupled to the outer frame and at least partially surrounded by the lens such that at least a portion of the
light provided from the light source is transmitted through the lens towards an area of interest;

driver circuitry coupled to the outer frame and configured to provide the one or more drive signals to the solid-state light
source; and

a sensor module connector coupled to the outer frame under the removable sensor module cover such that when the removable
sensor module cover is removed, the sensor module connector is exposed, wherein the sensor module connector is configured
to mate with a connector from a sensor module in order to electrically couple the sensor module and the driver circuitry and
the sensor module connector is located such that when the sensor module is installed in the lighting fixture, a surface of
the sensor module is facing the area of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,436,087

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH A CLEANING PROCESSING SECTION FOR CLEANING A CHEMICAL LIQUID PROCESSING SECTION

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:
a chemical liquid processing section in which a process is performed on a substrate by a chemical liquid;
a cleaning processing section in which a cleaning process is performed on the chemical liquid processing section; and
a controller configured to control the chemical liquid processing section and the cleaning processing section, wherein
the chemical liquid processing section includes
a chemical liquid storage configured to store the chemical liquid that includes a solvent,
a discharge nozzle configured to discharge the chemical liquid,
a first pipe for leading the chemical liquid stored in the chemical liquid storage to the discharge nozzle,
a supply device provided at the first pipe and configured to supply the chemical liquid stored in the chemical liquid storage
to the discharge nozzle through the first pipe,

a flow path opening/closing unit provided at a portion of the first pipe at a further downstream position than the supply
device and configured to be capable of opening and closing a flow path in the first pipe, and

a filter provided at a portion of the first pipe that is located at a further downstream position than the supply device and
at a further upstream position than the flow path opening/closing unit, wherein

the cleaning processing section includes
a second pipe for leading a cleaning liquid to the first pipe, the cleaning liquid including a component for cleaning away
solid matter,

a fourth pipe for leading to the first pipe a replacement solvent that includes a same component or a same type of component
as a solvent included in the chemical liquid stored in the chemical liquid storage so as not to affect a composition of the
chemical liquid, and

a switching unit configured to be capable of switching a flow path in the first, second and fourth pipes such that the chemical
liquid, the cleaning liquid and the replacement solvent are selectively led to a predetermined flow path range of the first
pipe and the cleaning liquid does not pass through the filter, and

the controller is configured to control the switching unit such that the replacement solvent is led to the flow path range
after the solid matter adhering to the flow path range is cleaned away by the cleaning liquid led to the flow path range,
so that the cleaning liquid in the flow path range is replaced with the replacement solvent, and the chemical liquid is led
to the flow path range after the replacement solvent is led to the flow path range.

US Pat. No. 9,285,071

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY FOR CONDENSER

J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A sleeve, beam and frame system for coupling a condensing unit to a wall or foundation of a structure and supporting the
condensing unit above ground, the system comprising:
a main support beam;
a frame configured to be mounted to the main support beam, the frame configured to support the condensing unit;
a sleeve configured to be mounted in the structural wall or foundation and mated to the main support beam; and
a stabilizing member mounted inside or on a face of the structural wall or foundation, the stabilizing member coupled to the
sleeve and/or beam to resist rotation of the sleeve, beam and frame system;

the sleeve, beam, and frame system configured to be secured to the wall or foundation to interfere with removal of the system,
the main support beam adapted to allow a line set from the condensing unit to pass through at least a portion of the interior
of the main support beam into the sleeve; and

the sleeve adapted to allow the line set to exit from the sleeve into the structure.

US Pat. No. 9,180,550

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS FOR HEATING SUBSTRATE BY LIGHT IRRADIATION

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A heat treatment apparatus for heating a substrate by irradiating said substrate with light, said heat treatment apparatus
comprising:
a chamber configured to receive a substrate;
a holding part configured to hold the substrate within said chamber;
a quartz window arranged at one end of said chamber;
a halogen lamp configured to irradiate one side of the substrate held on said holding part with light through said quartz
window;

a temperature detection part configured to receive an infrared ray emitted from the other side of the substrate held on said
holding part, and two-dimensionally detect the temperature of said the other side;

an infrared-transparent window arranged at the other end of said chamber and configured to allow an infrared ray in a wavelength
region detectable by said temperature detection part to transmit therethrough; and

a temperature correction part configured to, based on a result of the detection obtained by said temperature detection part,
heat a temperature drop region having a relatively low temperature among a region of the substrate held on said holding part.

US Pat. No. 9,190,852

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STABILIZING POWER RATE OF CHANGE WITHIN GENERATOR BASED APPLICATIONS

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A method for stabilizing power rate of change in an electrical power system using an electrical energy storage unit, the
method comprising:
receiving electrical power from an initial source;
providing electrical power within the electrical power system;
receiving a notification that a first rate of change of electrical power is being provided to a first component of the electrical
power system and a second rate of change of electrical power is being provided to a second component of the electrical power
system;

charging the electrical energy storage unit with a load from the first and second component of the electrical power system;
monitoring the electrical energy storage unit and a parameter related to the load; and
based on the monitoring, if the load parameter is greater than the second rate of change of electrical power for the second
component of the electrical power system, providing power from the electrical energy storage unit to the second component
until the load parameter and the second component have equivalent rates of change of electrical power.

US Pat. No. 9,150,208

PARK BRAKE LOGIC

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A braking system for a vehicle comprising:
a first brake;
a parking brake associated with a parking brake system, wherein the parking brake system is adapted to allow an operator to
selectively engage the parking brake;

a warning system; and
a control system associated with the first brake, the parking brake, and the warning system, wherein the control system comprises:
a first brake state detector adapted to output a first brake signal when the first brake is engaged,
a parking brake state detector adapted to output a parking brake signal when the parking brake is engaged, and
a door state detector adapted to output a door position signal when a door is in an open position,
wherein the control system is adapted to:
activate a portion of the parking brake system in response to receiving the first brake signal,
activate the warning system in response to receiving the door position signal without receiving the parking brake signal,
and

activate the warning system in response to receiving the door position signal indicating the door is open, the parking brake
signal indicating the parking brake is engaged, and the first brake signal indicating the first brake is engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,127,435

POWER SHOVEL HOIST MACHINERY WITH AUXILIARY WEIGHT BOX

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A power shovel comprising:
a body including a machine house having a first level and a second level, each of the first level and the second level extending
across an entire lateral area of the body, the second level disposed directly above the first level;

an auxiliary weight box coupled to the body, the auxiliary weight box contained completely within the first level, the auxiliary
weight box having a perimeter defining a horizontal cross-sectional area of the auxiliary weight box;

an auxiliary weight disposed in the auxiliary weight box;
a hoist drum disposed on the second level above the auxiliary weight box, the hoist drum being entirely disposed within the
perimeter of the auxiliary weight box;

a cable coupled to the hoist drum; and
a dipper coupled to the cable, the dipper and cable being configured such that the dipper is raised or lowered when the hoist
drum rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,103,870

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inspection apparatus that inspects a photo device, the inspection apparatus comprising:
an irradiation part that irradiates said photo device with pulsed light emitted from a femtosecond laser;
a detecting part that detects an electromagnetic wave, which is generated from said photo device according to the irradiation
of said pulsed light;

a continuous light irradiation part that irradiates a portion, which is irradiated with said pulsed light in said photo device,
with continuous light; and

an irradiation condition changing part that changes an irradiation diameter of said continuous light.

US Pat. No. 9,103,209

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SPEED OF TRAVEL IN A LONGWALL SHEARER

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A mining shearer system for removing material along a mineable distance relative to a mining environment, the system comprising:
a rail assembly to support movement of a shearer carriage thereon, the shearer carriage having at least one rotatably driven
cutter, said at least one cutter being positionable relative to the shearer carriage;

a haulage motor in drivable engagement with the shearer carriage, the haulage motor being structured and arranged to move
the shearer carriage along the rail assembly;

an actuator supported by the shearer carriage, the actuator being structured and arranged to change a cutting height of the
at least one cutter;

a controller configured to control a velocity of the shearer carriage based on a translation speed of the cutter, a maximum
speed of the shearer carriage, and a current and a desired height of the cutter.

US Pat. No. 9,064,252

PAYMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS

National Payment Card Ass...

1. A payment method, comprising:
operating a mobile application server that communicates with at least one consumer mobile device;
operating a financial switch that communicates with at least one POS device;
providing, performed by the mobile application server, a temporary token that is a multi-digit number displayed on the consumer
mobile device;

after a consumer associated with the consumer mobile device has entered the temporary token into the POS device, and after
merchant personnel has swiped a merchant-side card into the POS device, receiving, by the financial switch, a set of data
comprising (1) a merchant identification number read from the merchant-side card, and (2) a multi-digit number received by
the POS device as entered by the consumer;

the merchant personnel keeping possession of the merchant-side card during a shift, and selectively swiping the merchant-side
card into the POS device when a customer indicates a certain mobile payment mode.

US Pat. No. 9,435,596

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RETAINING AN EXTRACTOR PIN IN A BOLT CARRIER GROUP OF A FIREARM

Daniel Defense, Inc., Bl...

1. A bolt carrier group of a firearm, comprising:
a bolt carrier;
a bolt comprising a passage;
an extractor comprising a hole; and
an extractor pin comprising an elongated circular body positioned within the passage and the hole to pivotably attach the
extractor to the bolt, wherein the extractor pin comprises a transverse tab extending from one end of the elongated circular
body.

US Pat. No. 9,419,448

MULTI-MODULE, SCALABLE, HIGH POWER DENSITY, RADIATION-HARDENED POWER CONVERTER INTERFACE SYSTEM

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A selective cell charger apparatus for a battery stack comprising a plurality of individual cells stacked in series, the
apparatus comprising:
a plurality of unique frequency impedance networks with each unique frequency impedance network individually attached to one
cell of the individual cells, the unique frequency impedance network defining a unique band pass filter frequency that is
unique to one cell of the individual cells; and

a frequency shifting block generating a frequency charge signal including at least one charging frequency matching the band
pass filter frequency that is unique to the one cell.

US Pat. No. 9,080,786

DROP-FRONT DRAIN PAN

J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.,...

19. A drop-front secondary condensate drain pan for installation under an air handling unit, the drain pan comprising:
a main base portion configured to be mounted on a support beam;
an auxiliary base portion;
a transitional portion between the main base portion and the auxiliary base portion that defines a substantially vertical,
downwardly sloping surface configured to abut the drain pan to a vertical face of the support beam; and

sidewalls around a perimeter of the drain pan extending upwardly from the main base portion, auxiliary base portion, and transitional
portion;

wherein the drain pan is configured to capture condensate that overflows from a primary drain pan of the air conditioning
unit that is mounted above the drain pan.

US Pat. No. 9,433,263

DUAL NAME BADGE

J.F.R. ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A dual name badge comprising:
a first name badge having a display area;
a second name badge having a display area; and
at least one band that connects the first name badge and the second name badge;
wherein the at least one band is configured to rest upon and conform to a single shoulder of a person, positioning the first
and second name badges on opposite sides of the person's coronal plane, the first and second name badges confined to an upper
portion of the person's torso and to one side of the person's sagittal plane; and

wherein the display area of the first name badge is viewable from in front of the person and the display area of the second
name badge is viewable from behind the person.

US Pat. No. 9,275,938

LOW PROFILE HIGH TEMPERATURE DOUBLE SIDED FLIP CHIP POWER PACKAGING

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A discrete power package, comprising:
a base plate defining multiple mounting apertures;
a lower power substrate mounted to the base plate;
a device directly electrically connected, without wire bonds or solder balls, to the lower power substrate;
at least one lead frame connected to the device;
an upper substrate electrically connected to the device; and
a housing surrounding the device.

US Pat. No. 9,297,616

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSOCIATING AN ACCESSORY WITH A FIREARM

DANIEL DEFENSE, INC., Bl...

1. An accessory for a firearm, the firearm comprising a rail assembly, the accessory comprising:
an accessory portion; and
an attachment portion that mounts the accessory portion to at least a portion of the rail assembly of the firearm, the attachment
portion comprising:

a clamp assembly comprising a moveable clamp and a stationary clamp, wherein the moveable clamp is operable for movement between
a clamped position and an unclamped position;

a lever assembly including a lever operable to be manipulated by a user, wherein the lever is mounted in rotatable communication
with a pivot pin, wherein the lever comprises a proximal end disposed adjacent to the pivot pin and a terminal tip end disposed
distally of the pivot pin, wherein the lever is mechanically connected to the moveable clamp by way of a coupling rod having
a boss at each end, wherein a lever end boss of the coupling rod is positioned within a cam track disposed within the proximal
end of the lever to drive the movable clamp between the unclamped position and the clamped position as the lever assembly
moves between a closed position and an open position, and wherein a clamping force associated with the clamped position is
adjustable by way of an adjustable stepped screw inserted through a stepped opening in the movable clamp and at least partially
positioned within an internal bore of the counting rod; and

a lever assembly housing for enclosing a portion of the lever assembly, the lever assembly housing comprising:
an upper mounting platform, wherein the upper mounting platform is sized to occlude the proximal end of the lever while exposing
the terminal tip end of the lever in the damped position; and

a lower mounting platform, wherein the lower mounting platform extends flush with and occludes the terminal tip end of the
lever in the clamped position, wherein the cam track and the lever end boss ace disposed between the upper mounting platform
and the lower mounting platform.

US Pat. No. 9,288,877

SENSOR MODULE FOR A LIGHTING FIXTURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
a main structure;
a light source provided within the main structure and configured such that light emitted from the light source is directed
out of the main structure toward an illuminated area;

a heatsink coupled to the lighting fixture below the main structure and thermally coupled to the light source, the heatsink
having an internal surface, which houses the light source and is exposed to the main structure, and an external surface, which
is opposite the internal surface and is exposed to the illuminated area; and

a sensor module coupled to the external surface of the heatsink such that the sensor module is below the heatsink.

US Pat. No. 9,169,615

CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR A MINING VEHICLE

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A mining shovel, comprising:
a dipper assembly comprising a dipper arm coupled to a dipper, the dipper arm configured to apply a crowding force to the
dipper;

a boom assembly configured to support the dipper assembly, the boom assembly comprising a boom and a substantially horizontal
support member coupled to the boom and configured to receive an axial force in a direction substantially opposite the applied
crowding force;

an overcrowd prevention system comprising one or more sensors configured to monitor the axial force at the support member;
and

a control module configured to receive signals from the sensors, and to control at least the crowding force applied to the
dipper based on the axial force at the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,470,469

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SEAL BETWEEN A BOLT CARRIER AND A BOLT CARRIER GAS KEY OF A FIREARM

Daniel Defense, Inc., Bl...

1. An assembly for preventing gas leaks in a bolt carrier group of a firearm, the assembly comprising:
a bolt carrier with a gas hole;
a bolt carrier gas key attachable to the bolt carrier about the gas hole;
an O-ring groove disposed on the bolt carrier about the gas hole, wherein the O-ring groove comprises a circular groove disposed
on the bolt carrier about the gas hole; the O-ring groove having a larger inside diameter than an outside diameter of the
gas hole and

a seal disposed within the O-ring groove, wherein the seal comprises an O-ring substantially conforming to a size, shape,
and dimension of the O-ring groove.

US Pat. No. 9,285,082

LED LAMP WITH LED BOARD HEAT SINK

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A LED lamp comprising:
an enclosure that is at least partially optically transmissive defining an interior and an exterior, the enclosure comprising
an exterior surface having a curvature;

a base connected to the enclosure;
a plurality of LEDs mounted on a mounting surface of a substrate for emitting light when energized though an electrical path
from the base, the substrate comprising an electrical conductor in the electrical path for providing current to the plurality
of LEDs, wherein the enclosure comprises apertures and the substrate comprises portions that fit into the apertures, the portions
supporting at least one LED positioned in the interior, the substrate having a surface that is exposed to the exterior of
the enclosure for transmitting heat from the plurality of LEDs and dissipating heat to the ambient environment wherein the
surface of the substrate and the mounting surface are the same physical component, the substrate being formed to conform to
the curvature of the exterior surface of the enclosure such that the substrate does not protrude beyond the exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 9,407,251

METHOD FOR REWORKABLE PACKAGING OF HIGH SPEED, LOW ELECTRICAL PARASITIC POWER ELECTRONICS MODULES THROUGH GATE DRIVE INTEGRATION

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A multi chip power module apparatus comprising:
a baseplate;
a power substrate soldered directly to the baseplate;
at least one power die soldered to the power substrate; and
an integrated multilayer busboard soldered directly to the power substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,353,917

HIGH EFFICIENCY LIGHTING DEVICE INCLUDING ONE OR MORE SOLID STATE LIGHT EMITTERS, AND METHOD OF LIGHTING

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a first group of solid state light emitters, the first group of solid state light emitters including at least one solid state
light emitter; and

a second group of solid state light emitters, the second group of solid state light emitters including at least one solid
state light emitter,

the first group of solid state light emitters, if illuminated, emits light having a dominant wavelength in the range of from
about 441 nm to about 448 nm;

the second group of solid state light emitters, if illuminated, emits light having a dominant wavelength in the range of from
about 555 nm to about 585 nm;

if the first group of solid state light emitters is illuminated and the second group of solid state light emitters is illuminated,
a mixture of (1) light exiting the lighting device that was emitted from the first group of solid state light emitters and
(2) light exiting the lighting device that was emitted from the second group of solid state light emitters would, in the absence
of any additional light, have a first group-second group mixed illumination having x, y color coordinates which define a point
which is within one or more of first, second, third, fourth and fifth areas on the 1931 CIE Chromaticity Diagram,

the first area enclosed by first, second, third, fourth and fifth line segments, the first line segment connecting a first
point to a second point, the second line segment connecting the second point to a third point, the third line segment connecting
the third point to a fourth point, the fourth line segment connecting the fourth point to a fifth point, and the fifth line
segment connecting the fifth point to the first point, the first point having x, y coordinates of 0.32, 0.40, the second point
having x, y coordinates of 0.36, 0.48, the third point having x, y coordinates of 0.43, 0.45, the fourth point having x, y
coordinates of 0.42, 0.42, and the fifth point having x, y coordinates of 0.36, 0.38;

the second area enclosed by sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth line segments, the sixth line segment connecting a sixth
point to a seventh point, the seventh line segment connecting the seventh point to a eighth point, the eighth line segment
connecting the eighth point to a ninth point, the ninth line segment connecting the ninth point to a tenth point, and the
tenth line segment connecting the tenth point to the sixth point, the sixth point having x, y coordinates of 0.29, 0.36, the
seventh point having x, y coordinates of 0.32, 0.35, the eighth point having x, y coordinates of 0.41, 0.43, the ninth point
having x, y coordinates of 0.44, 0.49, and the tenth point having x, y coordinates of 0.38, 0.53;

the third area enclosed by eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth line segments, the eleventh line segment
connecting a eleventh point to a twelfth point, the twelfth line segment connecting the twelfth point to a thirteenth point,
the thirteenth line segment connecting the thirteenth point to a fourteenth point, the fourteenth line segment connecting
the fourteenth point to a fifteenth point, and the fifteenth line segment connecting the fifteenth point to the eleventh point,
the eleventh point having x, y coordinates of 0.35, 0.48, the twelfth point having x, y coordinates of 0.26, 0.50, the thirteenth
point having x, y coordinates of 0.13, 0.26, the fourteenth point having x, y coordinates of 0.15, 0.20, and the fifteenth
point having x, y coordinates of 0.26, 0.28;

the fourth area enclosed by sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth line segments, the sixteenth line segment connecting
a sixteenth point to a seventeenth point, the seventeenth line segment connecting the seventeenth point to a eighteenth point,
the eighteenth line segment connecting the eighteenth point to a nineteenth point, the nineteenth line segment connecting
the nineteenth point to the sixteenth point, the sixteenth point having x, y coordinates of 0.21, 0.28, the seventeenth point
having x, y coordinates of 0.26, 0.28, the eighteenth point having x, y coordinates of 0.32, 0.42, and the nineteenth point
having x, y coordinates of 0.28, 0.44; and

the fifth area enclosed by twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-second and twenty-third line segments, the twentieth line segment
connecting a twentieth point to a twenty-first point, the twenty-first line segment connecting a twenty-first point to a twenty-second
point, the twenty-second line segment connecting the twenty-second point to a twenty-third point, the twenty-third line segment
connecting the twenty-third point to the twentieth point, the twentieth point having x, y coordinates of 0.30, 0.49, the twenty-first
point having x, y coordinates of 0.35, 0.48, the twenty-second point having x, y coordinates of 0.32, 0.42, and the twenty-third
point having x, y coordinates of 0.28, 0.44.

US Pat. No. 9,285,099

PARABOLIC TROFFER-STYLE LIGHT FIXTURE

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A light fixture, comprising:
a fixture housing defining an open end;
a back surface in said housing opposite said open end;
at least one functional louver between said back surface and said open end, said functional louver comprising side reflective
surfaces and a mount surface facing toward said back surface;

at least one light source on said mount surface; and
a retention clip on said mount surface, wherein said retention clip is configured to mate with one or more features on said
mount surface.

US Pat. No. 9,103,618

SUPPRESSOR ASSEMBLY FOR A FIREARM

Daniel Defense, Inc., Bl...

1. A suppressor assembly attached to a firearm, the firearm having a barrel, a bore, and a muzzle end, the suppressor assembly
comprising:
a gas block mount positioned about the barrel and disposed substantially proximal to the muzzle end of the barrel;
an outer tube comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the outer tube is attached to the gas block
mount, and wherein the second end of the outer tube extends substantially beyond the muzzle end of the firearm;

a monolithic baffle comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the second end of the monolithic baffle is attached to
and positioned within the second end of the outer tube, and

a plurality of angled ports positioned within the monolithic baffle, wherein the plurality of angled ports are arranged circumferentially
about the monolithic baffle in a series of rows.

US Pat. No. 9,713,211

SOLID STATE LIGHTING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLABLE BYPASS CIRCUITS AND METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:
a string comprising at least two light emitting device sets serially connected across one voltage source and configured to
produce respective light outputs with respective different characteristics, each set comprising at least one light emitting
device and the string configured to combine the light outputs of the light emitting device sets to produce a combined light
output; and

at least one controllable bypass circuit configured to variably bypass current around at least one light emitting device of
a set of the at least two light emitting device sets responsive to a string current sensor signal to control a characteristic
of the combined light output, wherein the at least one controllable bypass circuit comprises at least two controllable bypass
circuits connected in parallel with one another and in parallel with the at least one light emitting device and configured
to variably bypass current around the at least one light emitting device responsive to respective control inputs.

US Pat. No. 9,347,201

EMERGENCY EGRESS SYSTEM FOR A CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. An emergency egress system for a construction machine including a walkway platform and a cab, the walkway platform is in
proximity of the cab, the walkway platform includes a first side attached to the construction machine and a second side opposed
to the first side and distant from the cab, the emergency egress system comprising:
an access panel assembly coupled to the walkway platform, the access panel assembly having a frame member and a door panel,
the frame member attached to the second side of the walkway platform, the door panel having a first end and a second end,
the first end being hinged to the frame member to allow movement of the door panel between an open position and a closed position
relative to the walkway platform, the second end being opposed to the first end and structured to define a recess portion
between the first side of the walkway platform and the door panel, the second end of the door panel being supported by the
walkway platform, wherein the door panel includes a first surface directed towards an exit direction and a second surface
proximal to the cab;

a latch assembly coupled to the second end of the door panel and to the first surface of the door panel, the latch assembly
including a first base member and at least one wing portion, the first base member secured to the first surface of the door
panel, the at least one wing portion attached to the first base member and extending therefrom;

a handle assembly coupled to the second end of the door panel and the second surface of the door panel, the handle assembly
including a second base member and a holding portion, the second base member secured to the second surface of the door panel
such that the handle assembly works in conjunction with the latch assembly, the holding portion attached to the first base
member and extending therefrom, wherein the holding portion is manipulable to rotate the latch assembly between a locked position
and an unlocked position;

a fixed ladder portion with a first end accommodated in the recess portion and attached to the first side of the walkway platform
in proximity to the cab; and

a slidable ladder portion with a first end accommodated in the recess portion and secured to the access panel assembly via
the at least one wing portion of the latch assembly, in the locked position,

wherein the holding portion is manipulable to rotate the latch assembly in the locked position for holding together the fixed
ladder portion and the slidable ladder portion via the at least one wing portion, to facilitate locking the slidable ladder
portion in the recess portion and maintaining the door panel in the closed position,

wherein the holding portion is manipulable to rotate the latch assembly in the unlocked position to allow the at least one
wing portion to rotate to facilitate unlocking of the slidable ladder portion for exit from the machine and facilitating the
door panel in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,273,860

SENSOR MODULE FOR A LIGHTING FIXTURE

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting fixture comprising:
a main structure;
a light source provided within the main structure and configured such that light emitted from the light source is directed
out of the main structure toward an illuminated area; and

a heatsink thermally coupled to the light source and having an exposed portion with a sensor recess, which is configured to
receive a sensor module comprising at least one environmental sensor, which is exposed to the illuminated area, wherein the
sensor recess comprises:

a main recess; and
a plurality of partially open bosses on either side of the main recess where the main recess and the plurality of partially
open bosses open to the end of the heatsink, such that opposing mounting tabs on the sensor module engage and slide into the
plurality of partially open bosses as the sensor module is slid into the sensor recess via the end of the heatsink.

US Pat. No. 9,271,511

FIRMING PROCESS TO ENHANCE TEXTURE OF THERMALLY PROCESSED IQF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Del Monte Foods, Inc., W...

20. A process for improving the texture of thermally processed berries comprising:
immersing frozen berries in an isotonic solution comprising calcium ions for about 18 hours to 48 hours while maintaining
the isotonic solution during immersion of the berries at a temperature ranging from about 32.degree. F. to 50.degree. F.,
thereby preventing the berries from freezing into a mass block during immersion;

draining the isotonic solution from the berries;
transferring preweighed quantities of the berries into containers;
suspending the quantities of the berries in a syrup;
hermetically sealing the berries in the containers; and
heating the berries and syrup sealed in the containers to achieve commercial sterility.

US Pat. No. 9,450,536

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. An inspection apparatus that inspects a photo device, the inspection apparatus comprising:
an irradiation part that emits a plurality of pieces of pulse light having different wavelengths to irradiate a photo device;
a setting part that sets said wavelengths of said plurality of pieces of pulse light with which said photo device is irradiated
by said irradiation part; and

a detection part that detects an electric field intensity of an electromagnetic wave emitted from said photo device in response
to said plurality of pieces of pulse light with which said photo device is irradiated by said irradiation part, wherein

said irradiation part irradiates said photo device with pulse light having a second wavelength different from a first wavelength
after a time ?t elapses since said photo device is irradiated with pulse light having said first wavelength, and

said time ?t is longer than a generation time for one pulse of said electromagnetic wave emitted by said pulse light.

US Pat. No. 9,273,833

LED LIGHT FIXTURES WITH ARRANGEMENT FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. In an LED apparatus of the type comprising at least one optical member disposed over at least one LED emitter thereon,
the optical member including (a) at least one optical portion corresponding to and over the at least one LED emitter and (b)
a flange portion about the at least one optical portion, the improvement comprising:
at least one on-board connector configured for connection with electrical wiring for powering the LED emitter(s);
the optical-member flange portion defining an aperture therethrough positioned over the at least one on-board connector; and
a wireway structure comprising a one-piece flexible duct with an end portion in engagement with the flange aperture, the duct
forming a channel for passing wires to the on-board connector.

US Pat. No. 9,274,722

SYSTEM, METHOD AND ARTICLE OF MANUFACTURE FOR MONITORING, CONTROLLING AND IMPROVING STORAGE MEDIA SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

Concurrent Ventures, LLP,...

1. A storage system comprising:
a plurality of storage media devices comprising at least a first storage media device and a second storage media device;
at least one storage controller controlling said first and second storage media devices;
a queue storing a set of commands to be executed in said first or second storage media devices;
wherein said storage controller:
computes a first apparent load associated with said first storage media device as a function of said set of commands, a first
bias associated with execution of said set of commands in said first storage media device, and at least one time factor associated
with execution of said set of commands in said first storage media device;

computes a second apparent load associated with said second storage media device as a function of said set of commands, a
second bias associated with execution of said set of commands in said second storage media device, and at least one time factor
associated with execution of said set of commands in said second storage media device;

said first apparent load less than said second apparent load when said first bias and said second bias are set to a neutral,
unbiased value indicating potential execution of said set of commands in the first storage media device;

negatively biases said first bias until said first apparent load is greater than said second apparent load; and
executes said set of commands in said second storage media device.

US Pat. No. 9,285,103

LIGHT ENGINES FOR LIGHTING DEVICES

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A light engine housing comprising:
at least a first mixing chamber element,
at least a first connection element,
at least a first driver chamber element, and
at least a first component selected from among driver modules, trim elements, fixture elements and heat sink modules,
the first connection element configured to hold in place relative to the first mixing chamber element the first component
selected from among driver modules, trim elements, fixture elements and heat sink modules,

the first driver chamber element and the first mixing chamber element a single-piece are unitary structure.

US Pat. No. 9,051,715

CROWD MACHINERY GUARD FOR MINING SHOVEL

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A crowd machinery guard system for a mining shovel, comprising:
a mounting bracket assembly coupled to the front of the mining shovel frame;
at least one support leg rotatably coupled to the mounting bracket assembly;
an impact plate assembly coupled to the support leg and disposed adjacent to the crowd machinery, the impact plate assembly
comprising:

an impact plate configured to receive impacts from a dipper assembly;
at least one support leg bracket coupled to the impact plate and configured to receive the support leg;
at least one cushion subassembly coupled to the impact plate, the cushion subassembly including a dampening portion; and
wherein the crowd machinery guard system is configured to move between a first position and a second position, receiving an
impact in the first position, moving to a second position upon impact, and absorbing and distributing the force of the impact
in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,194,100

LIGHT GRID SYSTEM FOR ROPE MACHINERY

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A light grid system for rope machinery, the rope machinery including a rope drum having a center line, and a rope wrapped
around the rope drum, the rope configured to maneuver a machinery component, the light grid system comprising:
one or more light grid assemblies, comprising:
sensor frames coupled substantially perpendicularly to one or more vertical post assemblies, wherein the sensor frames are
configured to mount substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the rope drum and extending along the length of the
rope drum; and

sensors coupled to and positioned along the length of the sensor frames, the sensor frames including at least a first sensor
frame having sensors configured to emit one or more light beams, and at least a second sensor frame having sensors configured
to receive the one or more light beams, such that the one or more light beams are configured to extend across the width of
the rope drum and in a plane substantially perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the rope drum, and wherein the sensors
are adjustable relative to the sensor frames to move the one or more light beams horizontally relative to the rope drum and
in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the rope drum;

wherein the one or more light beams are positionable a predetermined distance away from the rope; and
wherein the one or more light grid assemblies are configured to transmit a signal to a control module associated with the
rope machinery when at least one of the one or more light beams is obstructed.

US Pat. No. 9,156,269

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
an ejecting part for ejecting a liquid toward a base material, said ejecting part and said base material moving relative to
each other in a predetermined movement direction; and

a cleaning mechanism for cleaning a lower surface of said ejecting part,
said ejecting part including:
an ejection head having a head lower surface in which a plurality of outlets for ejecting the liquid are arranged in an arrangement
direction that intersects said movement direction; and

a guiding part for fixing a position of said ejection head relative to said guiding part and having a guide lower surface
that is spaced from said head lower surface on each side in said movement direction,

said cleaning mechanism including:
a cleaning unit to be brought into contact with said head lower surface; and
a cleaning unit movement mechanism for moving said cleaning unit relative to said ejection head in a cleaning direction from
one side to the other side in said arrangement direction to allow said cleaning unit to clean said head lower surface, and

said cleaning unit including:
a base part;
a liquid holding part protruding above a central portion of said base part, said central portion facing said head lower surface,
and for holding a liquid in a gap between said head lower surface and said liquid holding part;

a wiping part fixed to said base part further to a rear side of said cleaning unit in said cleaning direction than said liquid
holding part and for wiping said head lower surface while in contact with said head lower surface; and

a pair of positioning parts that are located on opposite sides of said liquid holding part in said movement direction, spaced
from said liquid holding part, and protrude above said base part, and are for maintaining said gap while in contact with said
guide lower surface,

wherein said pair of positioning parts are each in the shape of a wall extending in said arrangement direction,
a space between said liquid holding part and each of said pair of positioning parts is in the shape of a groove extending
in said arrangement direction, and

said groove forms a flow path on said base part for guiding said liquid to sides of said base part.

US Pat. No. 9,109,612

SEALED HYDRAULIC TANK SYSTEM FOR MINING SHOVEL

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A tank system defining a fluid chamber for retaining hydraulic fluid used to control one or more hydraulic cylinder in
a mining shovel, the tank system comprising:
an upper tank comprising a plurality of baffles partitioning the upper tank into a plurality of compartments, wherein a first
baffle includes a first aperture formed within the first baffle and

a second baffle includes a second aperture formed within the second baffle, wherein the first and second apertures are configured
to direct a flow of fluid through the upper tank, wherein the second baffle extends perpendicular to the first baffle and
is positioned downstream of the first baffle such that the first and second apertures form a serpentine flow path having a
substantially right angle turn, and wherein the first and second baffles are configured to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid
through the serpentine flow path to filter contaminants from and de-aerate the hydraulic fluid;

a lower tank coupled to the upper tank by a transfer pipe; and
an expansion bladder, the expansion bladder coupled to the upper tank through an air transfer tube located exterior to the
upper tank, wherein air is exchanged between the tank system and the bladder when the cylinder is activated.

US Pat. No. 9,435,819

AUTONOMOUS TEMPERATURE ACCELEROMETER SENSOR

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A sensor apparatus configured to operate in a high temperature environment defined as being above two hundred and twenty
five degrees celsius, the sensor apparatus comprising:
a high temperature power subsystem including a high temperature energy harvesting component electrically connected to a high
temperature energy storage component;

high temperature power conditioning electronics connected to the high temperature power subsystem;
a high temperature sensor connected to the high temperature power subsystem, the high temperature sensor generating a sensor
output;

a high temperature signal conditioning block connected to receive the sensor output and output a conditioned signal;
a high temperature voltage controlled oscillator connected to receive the conditioned signal and output an oscillating signal,
the high temperature voltage controlled oscillator being connected to and responsive to a temperature dependent component;
and

a high temperature amplifier connected to receive the oscillating signal and output a wireless signal to an antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,165,798

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate processing apparatus for processing a substrate, comprising:
a substrate holding part for holding a substrate;
a processing liquid supply part for supplying a processing liquid onto a first main surface of the substrate on which a device
has been formed in advance, said first main surface being one main surface of said substrate;

an anti-static liquid contacting part for bringing said first main surface of said substrate and a second main surface which
is the other main surface thereof into contact with an anti-static liquid having electrical resistivity higher than that of
said processing liquid;

a liquid removing part for removing liquid from said substrate by at least one of: drying said substrate, rotating said substrate,
and providing another liquid to said substrate; and

a control part configured to control said processing liquid supply part, said anti-static liquid contacting part and said
liquid removing part to bring entire said first main surface and said second main surface of said substrate into contact with
said anti-static liquid to thereby maintain a wetted state, to then remove said anti-static liquid from said substrate, and
subsequently, to supply said processing liquid onto said first main surface of said substrate to thereby perform a process,
wherein

said anti-static liquid contacting part configured to said first main surface and said second main surface of said substrate
into contact with said anti-static liquid, after said substrate has been subjected to a drying process and thereby electrically
charged in advance before being loaded into said substrate processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,059,713

CAPACITIVE TOUCH KEYPAD ASSEMBLY

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

1. A capacitive touch keypad assembly comprising:
a housing including a barrier panel and a keypad display disposed on an exterior surface of the barrier panel, the keypad
display defining a plurality of key locations each aligned with a corresponding axially extending bore in the barrier panel;

a capacitance sensing substrate disposed within the housing and including a plurality of key sensors in alignment with the
corresponding plurality of key locations; and

a plurality of electrically conductive members each having a first end axially fixed within a corresponding one of the plurality
of barrier panel bores and a second end engaging a corresponding one of the plurality of key sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,074,812

DRAIN PAN WITH INTEGRATED RISER

J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A secondary drain pan configured to be placed under an air handling unit to secure and drain any excess condensate that
overflows from a primary drip pan of the air handling unit and to support the air handling unit apart from any drainage, the
secondary drain pan comprising: a base; a lip extending upward from a perimeter of the base, the lip securing drainage on
the base; at least two risers extending upward from the base and substantially across the base, each riser having riser portions
comprising: side walls that extend upward from the base, a bottom of the side walls turning into the base such that an inner
surface of the riser portions turns outward to form a bottom surface of the base; an upper support surface capable of supporting
at least a portion of the air handling unit thereon, an outer surface of the side walls turning laterally inward to form the
upper support surface; and at least one rib disposed along the side walls that increases load-bearing ability of the riser;
and a supportive structure disposed between the riser portions, the supportive structure having less height than the riser
support surfaces; wherein the upper support surface is wider at the at least one rib; wherein the riser portions about the
at least one rib comprise a substantially frustoconical cross-section; wherein the riser portions connect at an angle such
that the riser portions form one longer riser, wherein a distance between the risers varies along a length of the at least
two risers; each riser enclosed from above and from the sides, limiting air or water from passing through the riser so that
any drainage descends to the base, the upper support surfaces positioned above the lip to support the air handling unit above
the lip and apart from any drainage on the base; wherein at least a portion of the side walls of each riser and at least one
end of each riser tapers to the base such that drainage on the base may flow around the at least one end such that a drainage
opening interfacing the base through the lip allows the drainage to flow freely out of the base; wherein the base, the lip,
the at least one rib, and the risers are molded as a unibody drain pan with integrated support; wherein at least the risers
are shaped to be nestably stackable with risers of another similarly shaped secondary drain pan; and wherein the riser portions
comprise conical sharps, pyramidal sharps, rectangular sharps, triangular sharps, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,410,731

EXPANDABLE DRAIN PAN

J.F.R. ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A secondary condensate drain pan for installation under an air handling unit, the secondary drain pan comprising:
a base;
a continuous sidewall around a perimeter of the secondary drain pan extending upwardly from the base to form a continuous
basin; and

an expansion section within the basin comprising a plurality of upper fold lines and a plurality of lower fold lines, the
expansion section configured to expand and collapse along the pluralities of upper and lower fold lines;

wherein the expansion section includes portions of the base and portions of the continuous sidewall;
wherein the secondary condensate drain pan is configured to capture condensate that overflows from a primary drain pan of
the air handling unit that is mounted above the secondary drain pan;

wherein, whether the expansion section is expanded or collapsed, the continuous sidewall is high enough, relative to the upper
fold lines of the expansion section, to enable condensate to flow across the upper fold lines while remaining contained within
the basin; and

wherein the continuous basin comprises a drainage outlet, and the expansion section is configured to minimize pooling of drainage
away from the drainage outlet as the basin provides a pathway for condensate to the drainage outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,096,992

DIPPER DOOR ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A dipper assembly for a mining shovel, comprising:
a dipper having a dipper back and an open dipper bottom;
a dipper door coupled to the dipper back for movement between an open position and a closed position about a first longitudinal
axis, wherein the dipper back provides a locating datum at the first longitudinal axis;

a closure mechanism configured to retain the dipper door in the closed position, the closure mechanism comprising:
a link having a first leg disposed adjacent the dipper back and a second leg disposed adjacent the dipper door; and
at least one side link plate having a first end pivotally coupled to the first leg and a second end coupled to the dipper
back, the second leg of the link pivotally coupled to the dipper door, so that the link and dipper door are movable as an
assembly between the closed position and the open position; and

wherein the dipper back includes a mounting assembly configured to locate and mount the closure mechanism, the mounting assembly
comprising:

one or more fixed mounts coupled to the second end of the side link plate and at least partially defining a second longitudinal
axis, wherein the side link plate is rotatable about the second longitudinal axis to a pre-defined over-center angle that
corresponds to the closed position; and

one or more block assemblies positioned to limit a rotation of the side link plate to the pre-defined over-center angle that
corresponds to the closed position, wherein the one or more block assemblies include a stop block coupled to a support frame
and received by a socket of the support frame to provide a contact surface for the side link plate in the closed position,
and wherein, in order to limit the rotation of the side link late in the closed position to the re-defined over-center angle
the one or more fixed mounts and the second longitudinal axis are located relative to the locating datum and the socket is
located relative to the locating datum and the one or more fixed mounts.

US Pat. No. 9,056,551

BRAKING SYSTEM CONTACTOR CONTROL AND/OR MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A method of monitoring a plurality of contacts including first contacts, second contacts, and third contacts in a braking
system for a vehicle, the vehicle including a power bus, the first contacts, the second contacts, the third contacts disposed
between a first conductor of the power bus and a second conductor of the power bus, the method comprising:
receiving a first sense signal from a first current transformer, a second sense signal from a second current transformer and
a third sense signal from a third current transformer, each of the first, second, and third sense signals being representative
of a current through a set of three respective conductors between the first conductor and the second conductor, wherein the
first current transformer, the second current transformer, and the third current transformer include a coil disposed around
a conductor;

providing a first signal representing whether the first contacts are closed in response to the first sense signal, a second
signal representing whether the second contacts are closed in response to the second sense signal, and a third signal representing
whether the third contacts are closed in response to the third sense signal, wherein a set of three solid state relays provide
the first, second, and third signals; and

opening and closing the first, second, and third contacts using a solid state timer, wherein the solid state timer bypasses
respective resistors in series with respective coils for a period of time, wherein the period of time begins after control
contacts are closed, the control contacts being in series with the respective coils and the solid state timer.

US Pat. No. 9,658,020

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING BARRELS TO FIREARMS

Daniel Defense, Inc., Bl...

1. A barrel mounting system for a firearm, the firearm having a barrel, an upper receiver having a distal end and a hand guard
assembly having a proximal end, the barrel mounting system comprising:
an upper receiver mounting portion disposed distally upon the firearm upper receiver;
a hand guard assembly mounting portion disposed proximally on the hand guard assembly; and
a firearm barrel extension for interconnecting the barrel, the upper receiver, and the hand guard assembly of the firearm,
the firearm barrel extension having:

an elongated rear barrel extension section having an interior and an exterior;
an elongated front barrel extension section having an interior and an exterior and the interior having internal threads therein
for securement to the barrel;

a barrel extension mounting and attachment flange unitarily formed with the firearm barrel extension between the elongated
rear barrel extension section and the elongated front barrel extension section;

the barrel extension mounting flange having exteriorly thereon a plurality of barrel extension mounting protrusions disposed
in a radially spaced array; and

each barrel extension mounting protrusion having a mounting aperture disposed therein for receiving a threaded mounting screw
to join and attach with the upper receiver mounting portion and the hand guard assembly mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,287,469

ENCAPSULATION FOR PHOSPHOR-CONVERTED WHITE LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A light emitting diode (LED) device, comprising:
an LED chip on a mount surface;
a conversion layer on said LED chip, said conversion layer comprising a binder material and a plurality of phosphor particles
throughout said binder material;

a plurality of nanoparticles throughout said binder material such that the effective refractive index of a combination of
said binder material and said nanoparticles is between the refractive index of said phosphor particles and the refractive
index of a surrounding medium; and

a light scattering layer on said conversion layer and in contact with said mount surface, said light scattering layer comprising
a plurality of light scattering particles throughout said surrounding medium, the refractive index of said light scattering
particles being greater or less than the refractive index of said surrounding medium, wherein light conversion only takes
place in the conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 9,141,090

ACCESS CODE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

1. A method of managing access codes for an access restricted product including a code interface for entry of an access code
to permit operation of the product, the method comprising:
providing the product with an access restricting mechanism configured to permit operation of the product in response to entry
of either one of a first access code and a second access code using the code interface;

providing the product with indicia identifying the first access code and a product code and without identifying the second
access code;

providing an electronically accessible code storage unit associating the second access code with at least one of the first
access code and the product code; and

identifying the second access code to a user, for subsequent user entry of the second access code using the code interface,
in response to user input of the at least one of the first access code and the product code into a terminal in communication
with the code storage unit;

wherein the second access code is associated with the at least one of the first access code and the product code in the electronically
accessible code storage unit prior to any user input of the at least one of the first access code and the product code into
the terminal in communication with the code storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,385,020

SUBSTRATE HOLDING AND ROTATING DEVICE, SUBSTRATE TREATMENT APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DEVICE, AND SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment apparatus comprising:
a substrate holding and rotating device; and
a treatment liquid supply unit which supplies a treatment liquid to an upper surface of a substrate held by the substrate
holding and rotating device;

the substrate holding and rotating device comprising:
a turntable rotatable about a vertical rotation axis;
a rotative drive unit which rotates the turntable;
a holding member which is provided on the turntable and horizontally holds the substrate in upwardly spaced relation to the
turntable;

a protection disk disposed between the turntable and a substrate holding position at which the substrate is held by the holding
member, and attached to the turntable so as to be vertically movable relative to the turntable between a lower position and
an adjacent position closer than the lower position to a lower surface of the substrate held by the holding member above the
lower position, the protection disk having a notch provided in a peripheral portion thereof at a position corresponding to
a position of the holding member to border the holding member;

a lateral side covering member which is attached to the protection disk and covers a space defined between the substrate held
by the holding member and the turntable from a lateral side of the turntable;

wherein the lateral side covering member includes a skirt portion having a first portion extending radially outwardly from
a peripheral edge of the protection disk and a second portion extending downwardly from the first portion outside of the turntable;

a magnetic levitation mechanism including a first magnet attached to the protection disk, a second magnet which has an annular
shape coaxial about the vertical rotation axis and generates a repulsive force with respect to the first magnet, a first support
member which non-rotatably supports the second magnet, and a first relative movement mechanism which moves the first support
member relative to the turntable so as to change a distance between the first magnet and the second magnet, the magnetic levitation
mechanism being configured to levitate the protection disk from the turntable by the repulsive force generated between the
first magnet and the second magnet; and

an inert gas supply unit which supplies an inert gas, which does not undergo chemical reactions under operating conditions
of the substrate treatment apparatus, to a space defined between the substrate held and rotated by the substrate holding and
rotating device and the protection disk located at the adjacent position;

wherein the protection disk has a restriction portion provided on an upper surface thereof, the restriction portion defines
an orifice between the restriction portion and a peripheral edge of the lower surface of the substrate held by the holding
member, and the orifice restricts an inert gas flow passage defined between the substrate held by the holding member and the
protection disk.

US Pat. No. 9,252,472

LOW REFLECTANCE HIGH POWER RF LOAD

Calabazas Creek Research,...

1. A load for RF traveling waves having:
a first end cap with an aperture for an input waveguide coupled to a source of RF traveling wave energy;
a cylindrical body sealed on one end by said first end cap and sealed on an opposite end by a second end cap;
a reflector for receiving RF energy from said waveguide and reflecting said RF traveling wave energy to the inner surface
of said cylindrical body, said reflector positioned in an axial extent closer to said first end cap than said second end cap;

said reflector, said cylindrical body, and said first and second end cap having partially reflective inner surfaces which
in combination form a path of successive reflection whereby said RF traveling wave energy is reflected to the back surface
of said reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,063,429

NEGATIVE DEVELOPING METHOD AND NEGATIVE DEVELOPING APPARATUS

SCREEN Semiconductor Solu...

7. A negative developing apparatus comprising:
a substrate holder configured to hold a substrate horizontally;
a substrate spinning section configured to spin the substrate held horizontally with the substrate holder;
a developer supplying section configured to supply a developer containing an organic solvent to a surface of the substrate
held with the substrate holder;

a cleaning liquid supplying section configured to supply a cleaning liquid only to a rear face of the substrate; and
a controller configured to control the substrate spinning section, the developer supplying section and the cleaning liquid
supplying section so as to perform a developing step, a surface-drying step, a rear-face cleaning step and a rear-face drying
step, the developing step development being performed by supplying the developer from the developer supplying section to the
surface of the substrate to coat a resist film on the surface of the substrate with the developer; the surface drying step
being performed by spinning the substrate at a first speed without supplying the cleaning liquid, removing a dissolved product
from the surface of the substrate together with the developer, and drying the surface of the substrate, the dissolved product
containing components of the resist film dissolved into the developer; the rear face cleaning step being performed by supplying
the cleaning liquid from the cleaning liquid supplying section to the rear face of the substrate and spinning the substrate
at a second speed lower than the first speed; and in the rear-face drying step, the rear face of the substrate being dried
by spinning the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,591,707

SOLID STATE LIGHTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting device comprising:
an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled between a power supply node and ground; and
a system controller configured to:
sample a drive signal provided to the array of LEDs at random or semi-random intervals to generate a plurality of drive signal
samples;

determine a moving average of the plurality of drive signal samples to generate a drive signal measurement; and
generate one or more control signals based on the drive signal measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,411,993

RFID DETECTION SYSTEM

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

1. An RFID detection system, comprising:
a detection circuit including:
a single antenna configured to detect a presence of one or more RFID devices near the RFID detection system, the one or more
RFID devices having a resonant frequency; and

an oscillation circuit configured to sweep an operating frequency of the detection circuit across a range of frequencies,
the range of frequencies including the resonant frequency of the one or more RFID devices, the sweeping comprising performing
a plurality of oscillation cycles, each oscillation cycle passing through the resonant frequency twice;

a filter circuit configured to:
receive a signal from the detection circuit;
remove one or more first components of the signal corresponding to one or more harmonics of a frequency of two times an oscillation
frequency at which the oscillation circuit completes each oscillation cycle; and

output one or more second components of the signal in a band around the frequency of two times the oscillation frequency;
a tone detection circuit configured to:
receive the one or more second components from the filter circuit; and
monitor the one or more second components to determine whether the one or more second components include a voltage signal
component appearing twice during a complete oscillation cycle of the sweeping; and

a comparator configured to:
compare the voltage signal component appearing twice during the complete oscillation cycle to a reference voltage, and
switch the RFID detection system from a low power mode into an active communication mode in response to the voltage signal
component appearing twice during the complete oscillation cycle of the sweeping and the voltage signal component exceeding
the reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,356,129

TUNNEL JUNCTION FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS HAVING SELF-ALIGNED SOURCE AND GATE ELECTRODES AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A transistor structure, comprising:
a channel layer;
a barrier layer on the channel layer, wherein the barrier layer and the channel layer induce a two dimensional electron gas
at an interface between the channel layer and the barrier layer;

a drain electrode on the barrier layer;
a gate electrode on the barrier layer and spaced apart from the drain electrode, the gate electrode including a sidewall;
a trench in the barrier layer and the channel layer adjacent the sidewall of the gate electrode, the trench extending through
the barrier layer and into the channel layer and exposing a sidewall of the channel layer beneath the sidewall of the gate
electrode; and

a source electrode in the trench, the source electrode contacting the sidewall of the channel layer and forming a Schottky
junction with the channel layer;

wherein the sidewall of the gate electrode overhangs the source electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,702,106

EROSION CONTROL EQUIPMENT PADS AND ACCESSORIES

J.F.R. ENTERPRISES INC., ...

1. An erosion control kit for an outdoor support pad for a condenser or transformer, the kit comprising:
a hard-walled ground-insertable soil retention barrier configured to be driven to or below a top surface of the support pad
and to wrap around soil that is under at least a corner of the support pad resting on grade, the hard-walled barrier comprising:

at least one soil-impermeable monolithic corner piece that is continuous and has first and second latitudinal dimensions that
are configured to diverge at a 90° angle for embracing two sides of the support pad, the corner piece also having a longitudinal
dimension that is elongated relative to its first latitudinal dimension; and

at least one soil-impermeable planar piece;
wherein the at least one corner piece and the at least one planar piece are configured to overlap to form a soil-impermeable
barrier; and

wherein the at least one corner piece and the at least one planar piece each comprise an attachment area configured to interface
with the support pad above a bottom edge of the support pad and to locate a top edge of the soil retention barrier at or below,
and no higher than, the top surface of the support pad.

US Pat. No. 9,474,111

SOLID STATE LIGHTING APPARATUS INCLUDING SEPARATELY DRIVEN LED STRINGS AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A solid state lighting apparatus comprising:
a first string of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) configured to operate in response to a rectified ac voltage having a cycle
including a null time interval when the first string is off; and

a second string of LEDs, separate from the first string of LEDs, configured to emit light during a portion of the null time
interval, wherein the null time interval comprises a variable contiguous combination of a phase cut dimming time interval
of the cycle and an off time portion of the cycle when a level of the rectified ac voltage is insufficient to forward bias
any LED included in the first string of LEDs, the variable contiguous combination being responsive to a phase cut dimmer input.

US Pat. No. 9,192,013

LIGHTING DEVICES WITH VARIABLE GAMUT

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a first electrically activated emitter;
a second electrically activated emitter; and
a control circuit configured to adjust operation of the first and second electrically activated emitter to move between at
least two operating states;

wherein a first operating state of the at least two operating states generates a combination of light exiting the lighting
device that was emitted by the first electrically activated emitter and the second electrically activated emitter that produces,
in the absence of any additional light, first operating state aggregated light emissions having a first gamut area index (GAI)
value;

wherein a second operating state of the at least two operating states generates a combination of light exiting the lighting
device that was emitted by the first electrically activated emitter and the second electrically activated emitter that produces,
in the absence of any additional light, second operating state aggregated light emissions having a second GAI value;

wherein the second GAI value differs from the first GAI value by at least 10%; and
wherein the first operating state aggregated light emissions produce, in the absence of any additional light, emissions including
a first color point, and the second operating state aggregated light emissions produce, in the absence of any additional light,
emissions including a second color point, and

wherein, when plotted on a CIE 1976 u?-v? chromaticity diagram, the first color point and the second color point differ from
one another by a Delta u?v? value of no greater than 0.01.

US Pat. No. 9,085,182

DATA PROCESSING METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS AND THE PRINTING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A data processing method of a printing apparatus for printing a multi-color image on a printing medium by a first printing
head and a second printing head while transporting the printing medium relative to the first printing head and the second
printing head in a printing medium-feed direction, the first printing head being disposed upstream of the printing medium-feed
direction and the second printing head being spaced away from the first printing head and being disposed downstream of the
paper-feed direction, the method comprising:
a skew detecting step of detecting a degree of skew of the printing medium;
a correction printing-data generating step of shifting print data for performing multi-color image printing for every printing
color in a locatable area in a direction orthogonal with respect to the medium-feed direction in accordance with the degree
of skew to generate correction printing-data, the locatable area being set for locating the print data for the every printing
color; and

a printing step of performing printing on the printing medium with the first printing head and the second printing head in
accordance with the correction printing-data,

wherein in the correction printing-data generating step, the locatable area being set wider than a locatable area with no
skew, and a shift amount of the first printing head being larger than a shift amount of the second printing head in the printing
medium-feed direction and the direction orthogonal with respect to the printing medium-feed direction.

US Pat. No. 9,615,452

SILVER FILLED TRENCH SUBSTRATE FOR HIGH POWER AND/OR HIGH TEMPERATURE ELECTRONICS

CREE FAYETTEVILLE, INC., ...

1. A filled substrate apparatus, comprising:
a low temperature co-fired ceramic insulating body defining fillable apertures partially extending through the ceramic insulating
body, the fillable apertures having a length and a width defined by a plurality of ceramic walls, and the fillable apertures
having a depth defined by a bottom ceramic surface; and

silver conductors plated with a plating conductor having a material different from the silver conductors, the silver conductors
being positioned in contact with the low temperature co-fired ceramic insulating body in the fillable apertures, the silver
conductors having a uniform cross section of substantially pure silver.

US Pat. No. 9,559,684

NON LINEAR RESONANT SWITCH CELL

Cree Fayetteville, Inc., ...

1. A nonlinear resonant switch cell, comprising:
a switch cell drain connection;
a switch cell source connection;
a first junction gate field-effect transistor with a first JFET drain, a first JFET source, and a first JFET gate, the first
JFET drain electrically connected to the switch cell drain connection;

a second junction gate field-effect transistor with a second JFET drain, a second JFET source, and a second JFET gate, the
second JFET source electrically connected to the switch cell source connection;

a third junction gate field-effect transistor with a third JFET drain, a third JFET source, and a third JFET gate, the third
JFET drain electrically connected to the first JFET source, and the third JFET source electrically connected to the switch
cell source connection;

a resonant inductor with a first inductor terminal and a second inductor terminal, the first inductor terminal electrically
connected to the first JFET source, and the second inductor terminal electrically connected to the second JFET drain;

a recovery capacitor with a first capacitor terminal and a second capacitor terminal, the first capacitor terminal electrically
connected to the switch cell drain connection;

a drain clamp diode with a clamp anode and a clamp cathode, the clamp anode electrically connected to the second inductor
terminal, and the clamp cathode electrically connected to the second capacitor terminal;

an energy transfer diode with a transfer anode and a transfer cathode, the transfer anode electrically connected to the second
capacitor terminal; and

an energy recovery component with a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal electrically connected to the
transfer cathode and the second terminal electrically connected to the switch cell source connection.

US Pat. No. 9,437,448

SUBSTRATE TREATMENT METHOD AND SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treatment method for forming a dopant-containing thin film on a surface of a substrate, the method comprising:
providing a substrate that is without an oxide film; and
supplying a dopant solution to the surface of said substrate that is without an oxide film to form a dopant-containing thin
film thereon; and

performing said supplying step without performing hydrogen-termination to the surface of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,501,046

SAFETY LOCKOUT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

1. A lockout-tagout system comprising:
a plurality of lockout-tagout devices; and
a lockout-tagout electronics device comprising processing electronics configured to:
receive information regarding a lockout-tagout procedure for a location or device in response to reading a location tag via
optical or RFID recognition;

recall the lockout-tagout procedure for the location or device corresponding with the location tag based on the information
received in response to reading the location tag;

present feedback instructions to a user regarding at least one of placing and removing one or more of the plurality of lockout-tagout
devices according to the lockout-tagout procedure;

read identifying information from the one or more of the plurality of lockout-tagout devices that are placed or removed as
a part of the lockout-tagout procedure; and

cause the one or more of the plurality of lockout-tagout devices that are placed or removed to be associated with the location
or device in a memory when the one or more of the plurality of lockout-tagout devices are determined to comply with the lockout-tagout
procedure, wherein the association is made in accordance with the lockout-tagout procedure.

US Pat. No. 9,455,839

WIRELESS KEY MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHENTICATION

Master Lock Company LLC, ...

11. An electronic locking device, comprising:
a wireless transceiver;
a memory;
an electronically controllable locking mechanism; and
a processor configured to:
store a secret key in the memory, wherein the secret key is associated with a first code for the electronic locking device;
store an access key in the memory, wherein the access key is associated with a second code for the electronic locking device;
receive, via the transceiver, a request from a mobile device;
wake from a sleep function of the electronic locking device;
broadcast, via the wireless transceiver, a unique identifier corresponding to the electronic locking device in response to
waking from the sleep function;

transmit, via the transceiver, a security challenge to the mobile device;
verify, using the access key, a response to the challenge, wherein the response is received from the mobile device, and wherein
the response comprises data generated with a copy of the access key stored by the mobile device;

validate, in response to verifying the response, data from the mobile device, wherein validating the data comprises:
decrypting an encrypted user profile, wherein the user profile is decrypted using the secret key, and wherein the user profile
is encrypted by a server with a copy of the secret key stored by the server; and

verifying the decrypted user profile; and
initiate, in response to validating the data, an action of the electronic locking device as specified by the request.

US Pat. No. 9,324,602

SUBSTRATE INVERTING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate inverting apparatus for inverting a substrate, the substrate inverting apparatus comprising:
a support mechanism which supports a plurality of substrates in a state where the substrates are stacked vertically in a spaced-apart
manner in a horizontal posture; and a clamping and inverting mechanism which clamps said plurality of substrates supported
by said support mechanism respectively and inverts said plurality of substrates at a time, wherein

said clamping and inverting mechanism comprises:
a pair of clamping members which clamps each one of said plurality of substrates from both edge portions;
a clamping member drive part which moves said pair of respective clamping members between a near position where a part of
the clamping members is arranged close to or is brought into contact with a side surface of the substrate, and a remote position
where said clamping members are away from said side surface; and an elastic member which elastically biases said clamping
members arranged at said near position toward the side surface of said substrate,

said support mechanism comprises:
a plurality of support members which support said plurality of respective substrates from a lower surface side thereof; and
a support member drive part which moves said plurality of respective support members between a support position where a part
of the support member is brought into contact with a lower surface of the substrate, and a standby position where said support
member is away from said lower surface, and

said support member drive part moves the support member to said standby position from said support position by moving said
plurality of respective support members downward while moving said support members away from the center of said substrate
as viewed in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,272,458

ONE-PIECE BLOW MOLD HALVES FOR MOLDING A CONTAINER

GARRTECH INC., Stoney Cr...

1. A method of producing a container comprising the steps of:
providing a blow mold including:
a pair of mold halves having an operative configuration wherein said mold halves together define a cavity for a container,
the container having a main body and a push-up base;

wherein each of the pair of mold halves has a first portion and a second portion formed integrally with the first portion,
wherein the first portion and the second portion are machined out of a single piece of metal and when the pair of mold halves
is in the operative configuration, the first portions collectively define the main body and the second portions collectively
define the push-up base

wherein each of the mold halves is machined out of a single piece of metal
providing a quantity of material having an interior void such that the quantity of material is disposed inside the cavity;
introducing air into the void to conform the material to the shape of the cavity;
allowing the material to harden to produce a molded article selected from the group consisting of the container and a precursor
product adapted to be trimmed to produce the container; and

opening the mold to release the molded article.

US Pat. No. 9,206,583

VOID PROTECTION SYSTEM

Caterpillar Global Mining...

1. A mining shovel, comprising:
a boom assembly;
a hydraulic cylinder having a rod end and a head end;
a dipper coupled to the boom assembly such that movement of the hydraulic cylinder moves the dipper;
an independent metering valve assembly coupled to the hydraulic cylinder and to a fluid source, the assembly comprising:
one or more fluid source-cylinder valves each having an opening for fluidly connecting the fluid source to the hydraulic cylinder;
an operator input device;
a sensor assembly for monitoring the fluid pressure within the rod end and the head end of the hydraulic cylinder;
a control module configured to monitor movement of the operator input device and control the hydraulic cylinder based on the
movement of the operator input device, and, when there is no movement at the operator input device, to:

monitor pressure within the head end and the rod end of the hydraulic cylinder by receiving signals from the sensor assembly;
when the signals indicate that the pressure in the rod end or the head end of the hydraulic cylinder is below a first threshold
pressure, increase the opening of the corresponding fluid source-cylinder valve and increase fluid flow from the fluid source
to fill the corresponding end of the hydraulic cylinder until the pressure in the corresponding end is above a second threshold
pressure; and

when the signals indicate that the pressure in the rod end or the head end of the hydraulic cylinder is greater than the second
threshold pressure, reduce the opening of the corresponding fluid source-cylinder valve and decrease fluid flow from the fluid
source.

US Pat. No. 9,064,922

SUBSTRATE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE INSPECTION METHOD

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate inspection apparatus, comprising:
a rotator that holds and rotates a substrate having a coating film formed on a surface;
a light irradiator that irradiates light to the surface of the substrate;
photoelectric converter that receives specularly reflected light from the surface of the substrate and captures an image of
a scanning line having at least a length of the radius of the substrate in a main scanning direction parallel to a radial
direction of the substrate from a center of rotation of the substrate; and

an image processor that generates a two-dimensional image by arranging images captured by the photoelectric converter during
one turn of the substrate in a sub scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction and judges whether an edge
line of the coating film is good or bad using a judgment band set in parallel to the sub scanning direction for the two-dimensional
image,

wherein the image processor includes:
an edge detector that divides an image included in the judgment band out of the two-dimensional image into a plurality of
block images in the sub scanning direction and detects whether or not each block image includes the edge of the coating film;
and

a good and bad judgment unit that judges whether the edge line of the coating film is good or bad based on the number of the
edge-detected block images by the edge detector.

US Pat. No. 9,122,961

PRINTED IMAGE INSPECTING APPARATUS AND PRINTED IMAGE INSPECTING METHOD

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A printed image inspecting apparatus for reading out an image printed on a printing sheet in accordance with printed image
data and inspecting a printing result on the printing sheet, the printed image inspecting apparatus comprising:
a reader configured to read front and back faces of the printing sheet to obtain front inspecting image data and back inspecting
image data, respectively;

a mask generating unit configured to generate a show-through area mask, representing an area where show-through possibly exists,
in accordance with inverted front printed image data of the printed image data and the back printed image data of the printed
image data, the inverted front printed image data being obtained by inverting the front printed image data in a horizontal
direction; and

a determining unit configured to inspect the back printed image data and the back inspecting image data of a show-through
area corresponding to the show-through area mask with a show-through inspection threshold, and to inspect the front printed
image data and the front inspecting image data as well as the back printed image data and the back inspecting image data of
an area other than the show-through area with a normal inspection threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,388,637

UNDERGROUND REAMER

HARD METALS AUSTRALIA PTY...

1. A reamer for underground passageways, comprising:
a support housing having plural integral pairs of spaced-apart laterally extending support wings, wherein between each pair
of support wings there is a longitudinally extending slot to receive a laterally extending cutting wing such that each cutting
wing is captured between a respective pair of support wings; and

a stabilization ring comprising a circular sleeve supported by plural radial support pillars which extend from a central collar;
wherein, the cutting wings engage with the support housing to resist rearward longitudinal movement, with the support wings
to resist torsional forces, and with the circular sleeve of the stabilization ring to resist radial movement.

US Pat. No. 9,273,835

LINEAR LED LAMP

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A lamp comprising:
a tubular enclosure having an electrical connection at an end; and
at least one array of LED devices electrically connected without a mechanical support structure and disposed in the tubular
enclosure without being encapsulated to enable the lamp to emit light in all directions when the at least one array of LED
devices is energized through the electrical connection; and

an optically transmissive, fluid medium contained in the enclosure in thermal communication with the at least one array of
LED devices.

US Pat. No. 9,275,979

ENHANCED COLOR RENDERING INDEX EMITTER THROUGH PHOSPHOR SEPARATION

CREE, INC., Durham, NC (...

1. A solid state lamp, comprising:
a light emitting diode (LED) on a surface;
a first conversion material with light from said LED passing through said first conversion material, wherein said first conversion
material converts and re-emits at least some of said LED light;

a second conversion material on said surface and spaced from said first conversion material by an optical cavity, with light
from said LED passing through said second conversion material, wherein said second conversion material converts and re-emits
at least some of said LED light;

wherein said first conversion material comprises an excitation spectrum that overlaps with the emission spectrum of said second
conversion material.

US Pat. No. 9,243,758

COMPACT HEAT SINKS AND SOLID STATE LAMP INCORPORATING SAME

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. A solid state lamp comprising:
a first portion;
a second portion;
at least one solid state light emitter; and
at least a first arm and a second arm,
the first portion comprising a heat sink, the heat sink comprising a plurality of mounting surfaces, the plurality of mounting
surfaces defining an opening that extends through the heat sink, at least one of the mounting surfaces having at least one
fin that extends into the opening, the second portion comprising an electrical contact,

each of the first and second arms extending in a lengthwise direction from the second portion to the first portion and configured
to allow air flow between the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,570,560

DIFFUSED JUNCTION TERMINATION STRUCTURES FOR SILICON CARBIDE DEVICES

Cree, Inc., Durham, NC (...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a silicon carbide layer having a first conductivity type and including a main junction adjacent a surface of the silicon carbide
layer; and

a junction termination region at the surface of the silicon carbide layer adjacent the main junction and having a second conductivity
type that is opposite the first conductivity type, wherein a charge in the junction termination region decreases with lateral
distance from the main junction, and wherein a maximum charge in the junction termination region is less than about 2×1014 cm?2,

wherein the charge in the junction termination region decreases smoothly with lateral distance from the main junction;
wherein the junction termination region has a linearly graded doping profile that decreases in concentration laterally with
distance from the main junction; and

wherein a vertical depth of the junction termination region from a p-n junction between the junction termination region and
an upper surface of the silicon carbide layer decreases with lateral distance from the main junction.

US Pat. No. 9,370,937

INSPECTING CHART AND PRINTING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. An inspecting chart for determining a correction value for correcting a skew or serpentine transportation of a print medium,
the inspecting chart comprising:
a reference pattern containing a first line segment group and a second line segment group, the first line segment group being
formed by a plurality of first line segments printed by a reference printing head on the print medium at a first given interval,
the first line segments each having a first line width parallel to a transportation direction of the print medium, the second
line segment being formed by second line segments printed by a printing head on a center between two adjacent first line segments
or a center of each of the first line segments, the printing head being spaced away from the reference printing head in the
transportation direction of the print medium, and the second line segments each having a second line width and being parallel
to the first line segments;

a first-side deviation pattern spaced away from the reference pattern in a direction orthogonal to the transportation direction
of the print medium, and including the first line segment group and a second line segment group, the second line segment group
being formed by the second line segments printed by a given deviation from the center between the two adjacent first line
segments or the center of each of the first line segments toward a first side of the direction orthogonal to the transportation
direction of the print medium; and

a second-side deviation pattern spaced away from the reference pattern in the direction orthogonal to the transportation direction
of the print medium opposite to the first-side deviation pattern across the reference pattern, and including the first line
segment group and a second line segment group, the second line segment group being formed by the second line segments printed
by a given deviation from the center between the two adjacent first line segments or the center of each of the first line
segments toward a second side of the direction orthogonal to the transportation direction of the print medium,

the first-side deviation pattern and the second-side deviation pattern being printed with various deviations.

US Pat. No. 9,247,752

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CURLED EXTRUDATE

Kellogg Company, Battle ...

1. A shaping assembly for producing a discrete spiral shaped food product comprising:
a die defining at least one aperture centered on an aperture axis and extending to an aperture exit for movement of a stream
of food mass through said at least one aperture and out said aperture exit;

at least one shaping tool including a plate portion having an outer plate periphery and an inner plate periphery that defines
a plate opening overlying said at least one aperture, and at least one slicing blade disposed across said plate opening and
fixedly connected to said plate portion on opposing sides of said inner plate periphery, said at least one slicing blade also
disposed over at least a portion of said aperture exit and extending axially along said aperture axis to slice the stream
of food mass along said aperture axis into a plurality of sliced food mass portions; and

a coupling arrangement engaging said shaping tool to rotate said at least one slicing blade and spin the plurality of sliced
food mass portions into a spiral shaped stream of food mass, wherein said at least one slicing blade simultaneously slices
and spins the stream of food mass to create the spiral shaped stream of food mass.