US Pat. No. 9,316,306

SHIFTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A shifting device for a vehicle, the shifting device comprising:
a shift lever that is operable in a shift direction and a select direction that intersects with the shift direction, the shift
lever including a spherical proximal end portion; and

a main body that has a circular hole, the main body being configured to hold the shift lever in the circular hole, wherein:
the shift lever includes a guide protrusion, the guide protrusion being configured to inhibit rotation of the shift lever
about an axis of the shift lever, the guide protrusion protruding from the spherical proximal end portion in one direction
of the shift direction and the select direction;

the main body includes an operating direction guide groove, the operating direction guide groove being configured to guide
the guide protrusion so as to permit operation of the shift lever when the shift lever is operated; and

when the shift lever is in a neutral position, an interval between a proximal end portion of the guide protrusion and an inner
wall of the operating direction guide groove which is opposed to the proximal end portion is larger than an interval between
a distal end portion of the guide protrusion and an inner wall of the operating direction guide groove which is opposed to
the distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,127,761

GUIDE PLATE FOR SHIFT LEVER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A guide plate for a shift lever device, the guide plate comprising:
an elastic member that includes an operation hole, which restricts a movement range of a shift lever that automatically returns
to a home position after being operated and guides movement of the shift lever;

a support plate that supports the elastic member; and
an impact absorption mechanism for absorbing impact of the shift lever when the shift lever automatically returns to the home
position, wherein the impact absorption mechanism includes

a slit formed in the elastic member and arranged proximal to the operation hole,
a seat capable of absorbing impact of the shift lever, wherein the seat is arranged closer to the operation hole than the
slit, and

a stopper extending into the slit, wherein the stopper is formed by extending part of the support plate into the slit so as
to support inwardly curved deformation of the seat.

US Pat. No. 9,218,089

NOISE CANCELLATION ELECTRODE DRIVING FOR TOUCH PANEL

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A touch input device comprising:
a touch panel including a sensor pattern and an operation surface arranged above the sensor pattern, wherein the sensor pattern
consists of first electrodes and second electrodes insulated from one another and arranged in a grid, wherein the first electrodes
intersect with the second electrodes;

a controller that includes a first electrode driver and a cancellation electrode driver, wherein the first electrode driver
applies a drive pulse signal sequentially to each of the first electrodes of the sensor pattern and detects a touch location
where the operation surface of the touch panel is touched based on changes in capacitance of the sensor pattern according
to the drive pulse signal; and

a cancellation electrode to which the cancellation electrode driver applies a cancellation pulse signal with the same amplitude
as the drive pulse signal, during application of the drive pulse signal such that the cancellation pulse is applied to the
cancellation electrode each time the drive pulse signal is applied to each of the first electrodes of the sensor pattern,
wherein the cancellation pulse signal has a phase inverted from a phase of the drive pulse signal,

wherein the cancellation electrode is a single electrode formed from a strip of conductive material arranged parallel to the
first electrodes on the same substrate layer as the sensor pattern and the cancellation electrode is discrete from the first
and second electrodes and is not overlapping the first electrodes and the second electrodes,

wherein the cancellation electrode is located adjacent to the sensor pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,342,201

CAPACITIVE TOUCH INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A capacitive touch input device comprising:
a plurality of drive electrodes arranged on an insulation panel in a first direction at equal intervals therebetween;
a plurality of detection electrodes S(m) arranged on the insulation panel in a second direction perpendicular to the first
direction, the plurality of detection electrodes S(m) intersecting with all of the plurality of drive electrodes with an insulative
interval therebetween;

a detection voltage generation circuit for generating an AC detection voltage;
a drive control circuit for setting a plurality of drive electrode groups DV(n), each consisting of two or more drive electrodes
adjacent to each other in the second direction, along the second direction so that each of the drive electrodes belongs to
at least one of the drive electrode groups DV(n) and executing drive control of applying the detection voltage in a synchronized
manner to the drive electrodes belonging to the drive electrode group DV(n) for all of the drive electrode groups DV(n); and

a capacitance detection circuit for detecting a detection voltage level R(m,n) appearing at the detection electrode S(m) intersecting
with the drive electrode group DV(n) in accordance with a capacitance change between the drive electrode group DV(n) and an
input operator upon the drive control of the drive electrode group DV(n) by the drive control unit, the capacitive touch input
device detecting, for every drive control for all of the drive electrode groups DV(n), an input position of the input operator
in the first direction and the second direction on the insulation panel on the basis of the detection voltage levels R(m,n)
detected from all of the detection electrodes S(m) by the capacitance detection circuit, wherein

one of the two or more drive electrodes belonging to each of the drive electrode group DV(n) and the drive electrode group
DV(n?) adjacent to each other in the second direction is a common drive electrode arranged therebetween;

a pitch between the drive electrodes arranged in the second direction at equal intervals is set so that upon the drive control
of the drive electrode group DV(n) by the drive control circuit, a change in the detection voltage level R(m,n) appears at
the detection electrode S(m) arranged in the vicinity of the input operator at least at a position where the input operator
is distant from the drive electrode group DV(n) up to a center position of the drive electrode group DV(n?) adjacent to the
drive electrode group DV(n) in the second direction, and

the center position of the drive electrode group DV(n?) adjacent to the drive electrode group DV(n) in the second direction
does not belong to the drive electrode group DV(n).

US Pat. No. 9,278,669

STEERING LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A steering lock device, comprising:
a lock body attached to a column post that rotatably supports a steering shaft; and
a steering lock unit that restricts or releases a rotation of the steering shaft by turning a key cylinder unit housed in
the lock body,

wherein the steering lock unit comprises a locking bar engageable with the steering shaft, a lock stopper holding the locking
bar, a camshaft to convert a rotary motion of the key cylinder unit into a linear motion of the lock stopper, and a lock holder
configured such that the lock stopper, the cam shaft and the locking bar are installed therein by being inserted thereinto
in a same direction,

wherein an interlocking unit for preventing a reverse rotation of the key cylinder unit is installed in the lock holder by
being inserted thereinto in the same direction as the lock stopper, the camshaft and the locking bar.

US Pat. No. 9,329,736

CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL INPUT DEVICE THAT MEASURES INTERNAL RESISTANCES FOR COMPENSATION

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An input device, comprising:
a selection circuit to which a plurality of electrodes disposed in a capacitive touch panel are connected through a first
line;

a second line connected to the selection circuit and having a same internal resistance as that between the plurality of electrodes
and the selection circuit wherein the second line is separate from the first line connecting the plurality of electrodes to
the selection circuit;

a constant current source configured to supply electric power of constant current to the plurality of electrodes;
an A/D conversion part connected to the selection circuit so as to either measure a voltage of the plurality of electrodes
when the first line is connected thereto or to measure a measurement value when the second line is connected thereto, wherein
the plurality of electrodes and the second line are each connected selectively to the A/D conversion part by the selection
circuit;

a control part configured to control the selection circuit so as to allow the A/D conversion part to measure a voltage of
one of the plurality of electrodes and the measurement value when the second line is connected to the A/D conversion part,
and to calculate an electrostatic capacitance of one of the plurality of electrodes based on the voltage of one of the plurality
of electrodes and the measurement value; and

a third line connected to the selection circuit and comprising a corrective resistance and the same internal resistance as
that between the plurality of electrodes and the selection circuit,

wherein said second line is connected to a ground at one end thereof,
wherein the A/D conversion part is configured to measure a measurement value when the corrective resistance is connected to
the A/D conversion part, and

wherein the control part is configured to subtract a value due to an influence of the internal resistance from the measurement
value when the corrective resistance is connected to the A/D conversion part, subtract the value due to the influence of the
internal resistance from the voltage of one of the plurality of electrodes, based on the measurement value when the second
line is connected to the A/D conversion part, and calculate the electrostatic capacitance of one of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,354,746

CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL

SMK Corporation, Tokyo (...

3. A capacitive touch panel comprising:
a plurality of detection electrodes S(n) disposed at equal intervals in a direction of detection on an insulating panel;
a detection voltage generation circuit for generating an AC detection voltage;
drive electrodes disposed to be insulated from the plurality of detection electrodes S(n);
a drive control unit for applying a detection voltage to the drive electrodes;
electrode select means for selecting a particular detection electrode S(n) sequentially from the plurality of detection electrodes
S(n);

capacitance detection means for detecting a detection voltage level R(n) of a detection voltage appearing on a detection electrode
S(n) selected by the electrode select means; and

position detection means for identifying a detection electrode S(n) from the plurality of detection electrodes S(n), the detection
electrode S(n) having a detection voltage level R(n) varied due to a change in capacitance between the selected detection
electrode S(n) and a drive electrode in a vicinity thereof to which the detection voltage is applied, the change being caused
by an input operation object approaching the detection electrode S(n), the position detection means detecting an input operation
position of the input operation object from a position at which the identified detection electrode S(n) is disposed in the
direction of detection on the insulating panel, wherein

the electrode select means allocates the plurality of detection electrodes S(n) to any one of two or more detection electrode
groups SG(k) so that the detection electrodes S(n) allocated to each detection electrode group SG(k) are disposed at equal
intervals and spaced apart from each other at least by one detection electrode S(n) in the direction of detection, and, in
each of the two or more detection electrode groups SG(k), sequentially selects the detection electrodes S(n) allocated to
the detection electrode group SG(k) in the direction of detection;

the position detection means makes a comparison between detection voltage levels R(n) each appearing on a set of detection
electrodes S(n) and S(n+1) which are adjacent in the direction of detection to the detection electrode S(n) having a varied
detection voltage level R(n), and identifies the detection electrode S(n) which is varied in detection voltage level R(n)
by an approach of the input operation object;

the electrode select means alternately allocates the plurality of detection electrodes S(n) one by one to two types of detection
electrode groups SG(1) and SG(2) in the direction of detection;

when the electrode select means selects the detection electrode S(n) allocated to one of the detection electrode groups SG(1) and SG(2), the drive control unit employs, as a drive electrode, at least either one of detection electrodes S(n?1) and S(n+1) which
are allocated to another detection electrode group SG(2) or SG(1) and disposed on both the sides of the selected detection electrode S(n) in the direction of detection, and applies a detection
voltage thereto; and

the drive control unit applies an inverted detection voltage having an opposite phase with respect to the detection voltage
to at least one of the detection electrodes S(n).

US Pat. No. 9,330,510

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION METHOD AND ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A method for registering an electronic key to a controller of a communication subject, wherein the electronic key includes
a unique electronic key ID and an encryption code corresponding to the electronic key ID and used for encrypted communication
between the electronic key and the controller, the method comprising:
locating an electronic key ID of a registered electronic key, which is registered to a first controller that was previously
installed in the communication subject, based on a communication subject ID unique to the communication subject;

reregistering the registered electronic key to a second controller, installed in the communication subject in lieu of the
first controller, by storing the electronic key ID of the registered electronic key and an encryption code corresponding to
the electronic key ID in the second controller; and

associating the communication subject ID of the communication subject, a controller ID unique to the first controller, the
electronic key ID and the encryption code of the registered electronic key to one another,

wherein the reregistering the registered electronic key to the second controller includes checking that the electronic key
ID of the registered electronic key is associated with the communication subject ID and the controller ID of the first controller.

US Pat. No. 9,285,920

CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL

SMK Corporation, Tokyo (...

3. A capacitive touch panel comprising:
a plurality of detection electrodes S(n) disposed at equal intervals in a direction of detection on an insulating panel;
a detection voltage generation circuit for generating an AC detection voltage;
drive electrodes disposed to be insulated from the plurality of detection electrodes S(n);
a drive control unit for applying a detection voltage to the drive electrodes;
electrode select means for selecting a particular detection electrode S(n) sequentially from the plurality of detection electrodes
S(n);

capacitance detection means for detecting a detection voltage level R(n) of a detection voltage appearing on a detection electrode
S(n) selected by the electrode select means; and

position detection means for identifying a detection electrode S(n) from the plurality of detection electrodes S(n), the detection
electrode S(n) having a detection voltage level R(n) varied due to a change in capacitance between the selected detection
electrode S(n) and a drive electrode in a vicinity thereof to which the detection voltage is applied, the change being caused
by an input operation object approaching the detection electrode S(n), the position detection means detecting an input operation
position of the input operation object from a position at which the identified detection electrode S(n) is disposed in the
direction of detection on the insulating panel, wherein

the electrode select means allocates the plurality of detection electrodes S(n) to any one of two or more detection electrode
groups SG(k) so that the detection electrodes S(n) allocated to each detection electrode group SG(k) are disposed at equal
intervals and spaced apart from each other at least by one detection electrode S(n) in the direction of detection, and, in
each of the two or more detection electrode groups SG(k), sequentially selects the detection electrodes S(n) allocated to
the detection electrode group SG(k) in the direction of detection;

the position detection means makes a comparison between detection voltage levels R(n) each appearing on a set of detection
electrodes S(n) and S(n+1) which are adjacent in the direction of detection to the detection electrode S(n) having a varied
detection voltage level R(n), and identifies the detection electrode S(n) which is varied in detection voltage level R(n)
by an approach of the input operation object;

the electrode select means alternately allocates the plurality of detection electrodes S(n) one by one to two types of detection
electrode groups SG(1) and SG(2) in the direction of detection;

when the electrode select means selects the detection electrode S(n) allocated to one of the detection electrode groups SG(1) and SG(2), the drive control unit employs, as a drive electrode, at least either one of detection electrodes S(n?1) and S(n+1) which
are allocated to another detection electrode group SG(2) or SG(1) and disposed on both the sides of the selected detection electrode S(n) in the direction of detection, and applies a detection
voltage thereto; and

the drive control unit applies an inverted detection voltage having an opposite phase with respect to the detection voltage
to at least one of the detection electrodes S(n).

US Pat. No. 9,261,547

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE DETECTION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electrostatic capacitance detection device, comprising:
a plurality of electrodes formed on a touch panel and configured to detect an electrostatic capacitance;
an electrostatic capacitance measurement part configured to select one electrode from the plurality of electrodes as a detection
electrode, to allow the electrodes other than the detection electrode to be in a first electric potential condition and then
to be in a second electric potential condition that is different from the first electric potential condition, and to measure
a first voltage of the detection electrode in the first electric potential condition and a second voltage of the detection
electrode in the second electric potential condition; and

a judgment part configured to compare measurement values based on the first and the second voltages of the detection electrode,
thereby to judge whether the detection electrode is in a short circuit condition,

wherein the electrostatic capacitance measurement part is configured to sequentially perform a first loop measurement with
respect to all of the plurality of electrodes, the first loop measurement comprising:

selecting one of the plurality of electrodes as the detection electrode;
rendering the plurality of electrodes except for the selected detection electrode in the first electric potential condition;
and

measuring the first voltage of the selected detection electrode in the first electric potential condition, and
wherein the electrostatic capacitance measurement part is configured to, after the first loop measurement, sequentially perform
a second loop measurement with respect to all of the plurality of electrodes, the second loop measurement comprising:

selecting one of the plurality of electrodes as the detection electrode;
rendering the plurality of electrodes except for the selected detection electrode in the second electric potential condition;
and

measuring the second voltage of the selected detection electrode in the second electric potential condition.

US Pat. No. 9,234,575

SHIFT SWITCHING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

12. A shift switching device for use with a vehicle including a drive wheel, wherein the shift switching device outputs a
signal for switching shift modes of a transmission operated in a plurality of modes including a power cutting mode that cuts
power transmission to the drive wheel and a power transmitting mode that transmits power to the drive wheel, the shift switching
device comprising:
a shift panel including a gate provided with a plurality of mode designation positions;
a shift lever movable along the gate, wherein the shift lever automatically returns to a home position when an operation force
applied to the shift lever is released; and

push type operation members each spaced from the shift lever and associated with the power cutting mode;
wherein the plurality of mode designation positions of the gate include drive start designation positions selected when starting
the transmission of power to the drive wheel to which power is not being transmitted, the drive start designation positions
include only a drive position and a reverse position, each located at a position that the shift lever reaches when moved from
the home position in a selection operation direction and then in a shift operation direction that is orthogonal to the selection
operation direction, and the push type operation members include a parking switch and a neutral switch, and wherein the parking
switch is located substantially at the center of the gate in the selection operation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,436,383

OPERATING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
a detecting portion formed from a touch panel having an operation surface that outputs a first detection value in accordance
with a distance between a detection object and the operation surface;

a determination circuit that determines contact to the operation surface by the detection object by comparing the first detection
value acquired from the detecting portion and a pre-set first threshold;

a discrimination circuit that, after contact has been determined by the determination circuit, discriminates on the basis
of the first detection value the amount of sensitivity of the detection object contributing to the detection value detected
by the detecting portion;

an alteration circuit that alters the first threshold to a second threshold on the basis of the amount of sensitivity of the
detection object discriminated by the discrimination circuit; and

an control unit that detects an operation by the detection object by comparing a second detection value acquired from the
detecting portion to the second threshold acquired from the alteration circuit,

wherein different areas of the operating surface of the touch panel are contacted with detection objects having different
contact areas;

wherein the discrimination circuit associates the different contact areas of the detection objects on the operation surface
of the touch panel with different distances between the detection objects and the touch panel that result in the outputting
of the first detection values, and wherein the alteration circuit alters the first threshold to a second threshold such that
the different distances become a substantially same distance.

US Pat. No. 9,293,811

ANTENNA DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An antenna device comprising:
an antenna including:
a plurality of plate-like legs coupled to a base plate, and
a plurality of plate-like arms supported by the plurality of legs, wherein adjacent arms of the plurality of arms are continuous
with each other,

wherein at least two of the plurality of legs have thicknesses in different thickness-wise directions,
wherein the plurality of plate-like arms include:
at least one first arm, each first arm of the at least one first arm having a thickness only in a direction substantially
parallel to the base plate, and extending in a single direction in a plane parallel to the base plate, and

at least one second arm, each second arm of the at least one second arm having a thickness only in a direction substantially
perpendicular to the base plate, and extending in a single direction in the plane parallel to the base plate,

wherein each of the at least one first arm is directly connected only to the at least one second arm of the plurality of arms,
and does not contact another arm of the at least one first arm, and

wherein each of the at least one second arm is directly connected only to the at least one first arm of the plurality of arms,
and does not contact another arm of the at least one second arm.

US Pat. No. 9,140,738

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE DETECTION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electrostatic capacitance detection device, comprising:
a substrate having a predetermined thickness;
an electrode layer formed on a front surface of the substrate in a predetermined pattern comprising electrodes to be touched
so as to detect an electrostatic capacitance and wirings drawn from the electrodes; and

a shield layer formed on a rear surface of the substrate and into a shield pattern corresponding to the predetermined pattern
of the electrode layer, such that the electrode layer and the shield layer are disposed on opposite sides of the substrate,

wherein the shield pattern of the shield layer is formed surrounding the electrodes without overlapping with the electrodes,
surrounding the wirings without overlapping with the wirings in a longitudinal direction thereof, and between the wirings
when viewed in the thickness direction of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,070,279

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system, comprising:
a controller arranged in a communication subject that is communicable with an electronic key;
a registration tool that is in wired or wireless connection with the communication subject and performs a registration process
for registering the electronic key to the controller of the communication subject when receiving a registration permission
signal; and

an information center connected to a network,
wherein the registration tool includes
an operator ID acquisition receiver that acquires an operator ID from a key registration operator, and
a communication transmitter that sends the operator ID to the information center through the network,
wherein the information center includes
an operator ID verification processor that verifies the operator ID received from the registration tool, and
a permission information notification transmitter that sends, when the operator ID is verified, the registration permission
signal to the registration tool through the network to permit the registration tool to perform the registration process,

wherein the registration tool sends a key registration request signal including the operator ID to the information center,
and

wherein the operator ID verification processor performs verification that includes verifying a geographical location of the
registration tool that has transmitted the key registration request signal.

US Pat. No. 9,061,554

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system arranged in a vehicle including a direct type tire pressure monitoring unit, the tire
position determination system comprising:
a tire pressure detector coupled to a tire;
a tire position determination unit that locates the tire pressure detector and determines a mounting position of the tire;
a gravitational component force detection unit arranged in the tire pressure detector, wherein the gravitational component
force detects gravitational force applied to the tire pressure detector and generates gravitational force information based
on the detected gravitational force;

a characteristic value acquisition unit that acquires a characteristic value corresponding to an angle of the tire pressure
detector based on the gravitational force information generated by the gravitational component force detection unit, wherein
the characteristic value acquisition unit acquires a first characteristic value of the tire pressure detector when a drive
source of the vehicle is stopped, and the characteristic value acquisition unit acquires a second characteristic value of
the tire pressure detector when the drive source of the vehicle is started;

a characteristic value comparator that compares the first characteristic value and the second characteristic value; and
an operation control unit that determines whether the mounting position of the tire has been changed based on the comparison
of the characteristic value comparator, wherein the operation control unit controls the tire pressure monitoring unit based
on the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,143,320

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system, comprising:
an electronic key system controller installed in a vehicle;
an electronic master key device, including a memory, that performs encrypted communication with the vehicle, wherein the electronic
master key device includes an initial encryption key generation code;

an electronic sub-key device that performs encrypted communication with the vehicle, wherein the electronic sub-key device
differs from the electronic master key device, and wherein the electronic master key device and the electronic sub-key device
each include a transmitter that performs encrypted wireless communication with the electronic key system controller of the
vehicle when entering a vehicle interior communication area and in a vehicle exterior communication area; and

an information center including an additional encryption key, wherein
the electronic master key device memory is configured to store an initial encryption key generated through a computation using
the initial encryption key generation code and an initial encryption key generation logic,

the controller holds the initial encryption key generation logic and identification information unique to the vehicle,
the controller is programmed to acquire the initial encryption key generation code from the electronic master key device,
generate an initial encryption key by performing a computation using the acquired initial encryption key generation code and
the initial encryption key generation logic held by the controller, and store the generated initial encryption key, and

the information center is configured to send the additional encryption key to at least one of the electronic sub-key device
and the controller through a network.

US Pat. No. 9,114,670

MULTIFUNCTION RECEIVER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A multifunction receiver shared by an electronic key system and a tire pressure monitoring system, wherein the electronic
key system verifies an electronic key with a verification controller of a vehicle body through wireless communication, and
the tire pressure monitoring system monitors tire pressure of a tire by transmitting a tire pressure signal from a sensor
arranged on the tire to the vehicle body through wireless communication, the multifunction receiver comprising:
a trigger signal generator that generates a trigger signal when a level shift occurs in at least one of a first operation
mode switch signal and a second operation mode switch signal from the verification controller; and

a mode setter that sets an operation mode based on the first operation mode switch signal and the second operation mode switch
signal in response to the trigger signal received from the trigger signal generator,

wherein the operation mode set by the mode setter is either one of an electronic key system mode for receiving a signal from
the electronic key system and a tire pressure monitoring system mode for receiving a signal from the tire pressure monitoring
system,

wherein
the electronic key system mode includes a first electronic key system mode for receiving a signal from the electronic key
system on a first frequency and a second electronic key system mode for receiving a signal from the electronic key system
on a second frequency, and

when the operation mode is set to the electronic key system mode, in response to the trigger signal, the mode setter selects
the first electronic key system mode or the second electronic key system mode based on the second operation mode switch signal.

US Pat. No. 9,336,972

SWITCH DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A switch device comprising:
a substrate;
a first switch unit and a second switch unit separated from each other and arranged on the substrate;
a pusher that is pivotable to any one of an initial position where the pusher does not push any one of the first and second
switch units, a one-side pushing position where the pusher pushes only the first switch unit, and a two-side pushing position
where the pusher pushes both of the first and second switch units; and

a lever that comes into contact with the pusher when tilted and moves the pusher from the initial position to the one-side
pushing position, wherein

when the pusher is located at the one-side pushing position and the lever is further tilted, the lever moves the pusher from
the one-side pushing position to the two-side pushing position,

the pusher includes a contact surface that comes into contact with the lever, and
the contact surface is downwardly inclined from a middle portion thereof to two ends in a widthwise direction of the pusher
so that force applied from the lever to the pusher produces a force that moves the pusher from the one-side pushing position
to the two-side pushing position.

US Pat. No. 9,281,618

LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A lock device for locking or unlocking a locking subject, the lock device comprising:
a lock member movable, in an axial direction of the lock member, between a lock position where the lock member locks the locking
subject and an unlock position where the lock member unlocks the locking subject, the lock member includes an axial end face
that axially pushes the locking subject, which includes one of a power plug and a lid for a power plug, to immobilize the
locking subject when the lock member moves to the lock position;

a movable transmission member that rotates to move the lock member to at least the lock position; and
a guide mechanism, between the transmission member and the lock member, the guide mechanism including a sloped lock guide
surface,

wherein the lock guide surface guides the lock member to the lock position when the transmission member moves in a first direction,
and

wherein the transmission member is a pivotal element that is rotatable about an axis, and
the lock guide surface is provided on the pivotal element.

US Pat. No. 9,094,382

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system that registers an electronic key device to a vehicle, the electronic key registration
system comprising:
a controller arranged in the vehicle and capable of accessing a data center through at least a network;
an initial electronic key device, a first additional electronic key device, and a second additional electronic key device,
each storing a unique key ID code and a unique encryption key, wherein each encryption key is used for encrypted communication
between the corresponding electronic key device and the vehicle to perform verification; and

a computer-readable medium having instructions stored thereon that include:
a first set of instructions configured to store a vehicle ID code in the controller when manufacturing the controller;
a second set of instructions configured to
generate, with the first additional electronic key device, the encryption key of the first additional electronic key device
by performing a computation using a first encryption key generation code stored in the first additional electronic key device
and a first logic, and

store the generated encryption key in the first additional electronic key device to manufacture the first additional electronic
key device;

a third set of instructions configured to
transmit, with the controller to the data center online, the vehicle ID code and the first encryption key generation code
that is stored in the first additional electronic key device,

generate, with the data center, the electronic key device encryption key of the first additional electronic key device by
performing a computation using the received first encryption key generation code and the first logic,

generate, with the data center, a second encryption key generation code by performing a computation using the generated electronic
key device encryption key, the vehicle ID code, and the second logic,

obtain, with the controller online, the second encryption key generation code from the data center,
generate, with the controller, the encryption key of the first additional electronic key device by performing a computation
using the vehicle ID code, the obtained second encryption key generation code, and the second logic, and

store, in the controller, the generated electronic key device encryption key to register the first additional electronic key
device;

a fourth set of instructions configured to
store, in the second additional electronic key device, the vehicle ID code corresponding to information indicated on an order
sheet, a third encryption key generation code used to generate the encryption key of the second additional electronic key
device, the encryption key of the second additional electronic key device generated by performing a computation using the
vehicle ID code, the third encryption key generation code, and a second logic to manufacture the second additional electronic
key device; and

a fifth set of instructions configured to
read, with the controller, the third encryption key generation code from the second additional electronic key device,
generate, with the controller that is disconnected from the data center, the encryption key of the second additional electronic
key device by performing a computation using the third encryption key generation code, the communication ID code stored in
the controller, and the second logic, and

store, in the controller that is disconnected from the data center, the encryption key of the second additional electronic
key device.

US Pat. No. 9,362,857

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A motor control device, comprising:
an H-bridge circuit to control on/off of a current fed to a motor;
a drive circuit to drive the H-bridge circuit;
a drive command signal generator to generate a drive command signal comprising a pulse signal having a predetermined drive
frequency for sending a command to drive the motor;

a current detection circuit comprising a current detection resistor and a comparator connected in series with the motor and
being operable to output a comparison output signal based on comparison between a current detection signal of a motor current
and a target value signal;

a latch circuit that receives and holds a current detection result based on an ON signal of the drive command signal and the
comparison output signal, and which transmits a latch output signal; and

a gate circuit that generates a signal to drive the drive circuit upon receiving both the ON signal of the drive command signal
and the latch output signal from the latch circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,302

INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An input device, comprising:
a selection circuit that is connected to a plurality of electrodes provided on a capacitive touch panel and selectively connects
the plurality of electrodes;

a calibration resistor connected to the selection circuit;
a constant current source for supplying constant current power to the plurality of electrodes and the calibration resistor;
an A/D converter connected to the selection circuit to measure capacitance of the plurality of electrodes and a measured value
measured when the calibration resistor is connected; and

a control unit controlling the selection circuit to make the A/D converter measure the capacitance of one of the plurality
of electrodes and the measured value measured when the calibration resistor is connected, and determining a contact coordinate
of the touch object on a touch panel by calculating a ratio of the capacitance to the measured value,

wherein the measured value measured when the calibration resistor is connected is measured when disconnecting all of the plurality
of electrodes, and

wherein the calibration resistor is connected in parallel with the plurality of electrodes to the selection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,358,952

PRETENSIONER MECHANISM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A pretensioner mechanism comprising:
a webbing that is capable of restraining an occupant of a vehicle;
a moving member, a restraining force on the occupant from the webbing being increased by the moving member being moved; and
an anchoring portion that is formed in a rod shape and inhibits movement of the moving member by anchoring the moving member,
a slope surface being provided between a top end face and a side face of the anchoring portion, movement of the moving member
being allowed by the anchoring portion being crushed, and the anchoring portion being provided with a facilitating portion
that facilitates crushing of the anchoring portion in a diametric direction thereof by movement of the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,306,735

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system comprising:
an electronic key device having a key ID unique to the electronic key device;
a controller having a first piece of information, wherein the controller is configured to be arranged in a communication subject;
and

a registration tool having a second piece of information that is a registration tool ID of the registration tool, wherein
the registration tool is configured to write the key ID to the controller, and the registration tool ID of the registration
tool differs depending on a first use location of the registration tool, wherein

encrypted communication between the communication subject and the electronic key device is enabled after electronic key registration,
one or both of the controller and the registration tool is configured to compare, before the electronic key registration,
the first piece of information, which is stored in the controller, and the second piece of information, which is stored in
the registration tool,

the controller is configured to permit the electronic key registration when the first piece of information and the second
piece of information conform to each other,

the controller is configured to prohibit the electronic key registration when the first piece of information and the second
piece of information do not conform to each other, and

the controller is configured to store in advance the first piece of information that is an ID of an authorized registration
tool authorized to register the electronic key device to the controller, the ID of the authorized registration tool corresponding
to a second use location of the authorized registration tool,

wherein each of the first piece of information and the second piece of information corresponds to a specific plant where the
electronic key registration is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,510,422

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE DRIVING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A light-emitting diode driving apparatus, comprising:
a switching transistor which has a first terminal electrically connected with a power source and becomes an on-state or an
off-state in response to a pulse width modulation signal applied to a control terminal;

a light-emitting diode which is electrically connected with a second terminal of the switching transistor and emits light
when an electric current flows;

a first comparison circuit which is electrically connected between the switching transistor and the light-emitting diode and
outputs a first voltage depending on a result of comparison between a first input voltage corresponding to a voltage applied
to the light-emitting diode and a first threshold voltage;

a second comparison circuit which is electrically connected between the switching transistor and the light-emitting diode
and outputs a second voltage depending on a result of comparison between a second input voltage corresponding to a voltage
applied to the light-emitting diode and a second threshold voltage different from the first threshold voltage; and

a signal processing circuit which detects a failure having occurred in the light-emitting diode on the basis of an output
state of the pulse width modulation signal, the first voltage, the second voltage and a third voltage on the second terminal
side of the switching transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,495,819

LOCK DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC KEY SYSTEM FOR USE WITH VEHICLE CHARGING INLET

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A lock device to be arranged in a vehicle including an inlet used for charging and a door lock device for locking doors
of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle is configured to perform a predetermined control operation in accordance with a control
request signal transmitted through wireless communication from an electronic key when a normal operation is performed on a
control switch of the electronic key, the lock device comprising:
a lock mechanism configured to switch a locking subject related with the inlet between a lock state and an unlock state; and
a controller that controls the lock mechanism to switch the locking subject between the lock state and the unlock state when
detecting a special operation performed on the control switch,

wherein the controller is configured to perform operations comprising:
checking a condition of the door lock device to determine whether the doors of the vehicle are in a lock state or an unlock
state,

if the controller receives a first signal that corresponds to the special operation when the doors are in the lock state,
switching the locking subject from the unlock state to the lock state via the lock mechanism, and

if the controller receives a second signal that corresponds to the special operation when the doors are in the unlock state,
switching the locking subject from the lock state to the unlock state via the lock mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,397,829

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION METHOD AND ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration method for registering a plurality of electronic keys, which are capable of controlling
a communication subject, to a controller of the communication subject, wherein the plurality of electronic keys include a
first electronic key, which is initially registered, and a second electronic key, which is additionally registered, the electronic
key registration method comprising:
performing an additional key production process including storing, in the second electronic key, identification information
unique to the communication subject, an additional encryption key generation code unique to the second electronic key, and
an additional encryption key that is used to verify the second electronic key; and

performing an additional key registration process including
determining whether or not the identification information is stored in the second electronic key,
obtaining the additional encryption key generation code and the identification information from the second electronic key
when the identification information is determined to be stored in the second electronic key,

generating the additional encryption key with an additional encryption key generation logic, which is stored in the controller
and uses the additional encryption key generation code and the identification information, and

storing the additional encryption key in the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,335,846

OPERATION INPUT USING TOUCH SCREEN AND OPERATION LEVER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operation input device, comprising:
a touch sensor configured to detect a touch operation performed by a detected object without requiring a contact with a contact
point except the touch sensor;

an operation part comprising an operation lever attached to the touch sensor and configured so as to allow an operation of
the operation part in a first direction and a second direction intersecting with the first direction;

a display control part configured so as to control a display device to display on a display screen a first region that displays
a first image based on the operation performed by the detected object, a second region that displays a second image based
on the operation of the operation lever in the first direction, and a third region that displays a third image based on the
operation of the operation lever in the second direction; and

a memory part configured to comprise a dictionary in which a plurality of characters, a plurality of words including the characters,
and a plurality of sentences including the characters are housed,

wherein the display control part is configured to recognize the character written in the touch sensor based on the operation
of the detected object, to extract the candidates of the recognized character from the dictionary of the memory part, and
to control the extracted result to be displayed on the second region as the second image, and

wherein the display control part is configured to, after a character has been selected from the candidates of the recognized
character that has been displayed on the second region as the second image by the operation of the operation lever in the
first direction, extract the words or the sentences based on the selected character from the dictionary so as to be displayed
on the third region as the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,335,858

INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An input device comprising:
a touch panel configured to be displaceable in vertical direction and to be urged upwardly toward an original position in
a non-depressed state, comprising:

a touch position detector which detects a touch position when a surface of the touch panel is touched with a finger;
a depression start detector that detects a start of a depression manipulation of the touch panel while the touch panel is
depressed and displaced downward to a first vertical displacement position;

a determination manipulation detector that detects a determination manipulation when the touch panel is displaced to a second
vertical displacement position which is lower than the first vertical displacement position where the depression start detector
detects the start of the depression manipulation of the touch panel; and

a decision unit that;
when the depression start detector detects that the touch panel arrives at the first vertical displacement position, stores
the touch position detected by the touch position detector, and thereafter

when the determination manipulation detector detects that the touch panel arrives at the second vertical displacement position,
decides that the determination manipulation has been conducted at the touch position, which is stored when the depression
start detector detects that the touch panel arrives at the first vertical displacement position, wherein

a first touch position is detected by the touch position detector when the depression start detector detects the start of
the depression manipulation of the touch panel;

a second touch position is detected by the touch position detector when the determination manipulation detector detects the
determination manipulation; and

when the touch panel is depressed from the first vertical displacement position to the second vertical displacement position,
the decision unit decides that the determination manipulation has been conducted at the first touch position, even when the
first touch position and the second touch position are different, or the first touch position and the second touch position
are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,090,228

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A webbing take-up device, comprising:
a take-up device main body that is provided at a seat back that is capable of tilting, with respect to a seat cushion configuring
a vehicle seat, about an axis having an axial direction in a seat width direction, the take-up device main body including:

a spool that takes up a webbing by rotating in a take-up direction; and
a locking mechanism that, by actuating, restricts rotation of the spool in a pull-out direction that is an opposite direction
to the take-up direction;

an acceleration sensor that includes a housing on which is placed an inertia mass body that actuates the locking mechanism
by moving under inertia, the acceleration sensor being provided at the take-up device main body so as to be capable of turning
with respect to the take-up device main body about a specific turning axis;

an elongated coupling member whose leading end in a length direction is directly or indirectly connected to the housing of
the acceleration sensor, and that turns the housing of the acceleration sensor with respect to the take-up device main body
by displacing in the length direction;

a tilt detection section spaced apart from the take-up device main body that includes a rotating body to which a base end
side in the length direction of the coupling member is anchored and which rotates integrally with tilting of the seat back
or rotates in conjunction with the tilting of the seat back, the rotating body winding up thereon the coupling member from
the base end side in the length direction of the coupling member by rotating in one direction to pull and move the coupling
member towards the base end side in the length direction of the coupling member to move the housing of the acceleration sensor;
and

a coupling member adjusting section to which a base end in the length direction of the coupling member is anchored and that
is provided at the rotating body so as to be capable of adjustably moving relative to the rotating body in a line tangential
to rotation of the rotating body in order to selectively adjust an operating length of the elongated coupling member between
the take-up device main body and the tilt detection section.

US Pat. No. 9,193,224

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system that determines positions of tires, the tire position determination system comprising:
a tire pressure detector attached to each of the tires, wherein the tire pressure detector transmits a tire pressure signal;
a receiver arranged on a vehicle body, wherein the receiver receives the tire pressure signal from each tire pressure detector;
an axle rotation amount detector that detects a rotation amount of an axle corresponding to each of the tires; and
an automatic locating function unit that calculates an axle rotational angle from an axle rotation amount detected by the
axle rotation amount detector during a first vehicle stopping operation and an axle rotation amount detected by the axle rotation
amount detector in a second vehicle stopping operation, calculates a detector rotational angle from a gravitational component
force generated in the tire pressure detector during the first vehicle stopping operation and a gravitational component force
generated in the tire pressure detector during the second vehicle stopping operation, and determines the position of each
of the tires based on the axle rotational angle and the detector rotational angle, wherein

each tire pressure detector is selectively operated in a pressure determination mode and an automatic locating mode, and
each tire pressure detector includes
a gravitational component force detection unit that detects the gravitational component force and generates a detection signal,
a travelling state determination unit that determines a travelling state of the vehicle using the detection signal from the
gravitational component force detection unit, and

an operation mode switching unit that switches an operation mode of the tire pressure detector from the pressure determination
mode to the automatic locating mode based on the determination of the travelling state determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,509,496

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system comprising:
an electronic key device that stores a key ID, which is unique to the electronic key device, and a first serviceman ID as
a first piece of information, which is written, by a key manufacturer in accordance with an order from a purchaser of the
electronic key device to the key manufacturer to have the electronic key device manufactured, and the order includes the first
piece of information;

a controller arranged in a communication subject;
a registration tool that executes a registration operation including writing of the key ID to the controller, wherein encrypted
communication between the communication subject and the electronic key device is enabled after the key ID and an encryption
key corresponding to the key ID is written to the controller; and

an information center that communicates with the registration tool through a communication network, wherein
the registration tool includes an input and a transmitter, and is configured to:
acquire a second serviceman ID as a second piece of information through a manual operation to the input of the registration
tool by a serviceman who operates the registration tool to perform a task for registering the electronic key device to the
controller of the communication subject,

collect, from the electronic key device, the first serviceman ID as the first piece of information stored in the electronic
key device,

when the registration tool acquires the second serviceman ID as the second piece of information through the manual operation
to the input and collects the first serviceman ID as the first piece of information from the electronic key device, send from
the transmitter to the information center, through the communication network, the first serviceman ID as the first piece of
information collected from the electronic key device, the second serviceman ID as the second piece of information acquired
through the manual operation to the input of the registration tool, and a command to verify the second serviceman ID,

the information center receives the command to verify and compares the first piece of information and the second piece of
information, and

the registration tool includes a processor configured to permit execution of the registration operation when the registration
tool receives a signal from the information center indicating that the first piece of information and the second piece of
information conform to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,391,611

OPERATION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operation device, comprising:
a detecting portion that is configured to detect an operation by a detected object and comprises a plurality of operational
areas each having a different assigned function executable on a controlled device as an operational object; and

a dividing portion to guide the operation of the detected object and to separate the plurality of operational areas along
boundaries between the plurality of operational areas of the detecting portion,

wherein the dividing portion comprises an operable area that allows an operation across adjacent ones of the operational areas
by the detected object,

wherein the dividing portion further comprises a raised portion protruding from the plurality of operational areas, and
wherein the operable area comprises a region lower than the raised portion.

US Pat. No. 9,377,764

PLUG LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A plug lock device comprising:
a release switch arranged in a vehicle and configured to output, when operated, a release switch operation signal;
a lock mechanism switched between a lock state and an unlock state, wherein the lock mechanism restricts removal of a power
plug from an inlet of the vehicle when in the lock state, the lock mechanism permits removal of the power plug from the inlet
when in the unlock state; and

an electronic control unit (ECU) arranged in the vehicle and capable of:
transmitting a wireless signal to a vicinity of the inlet and performing vehicle exterior verification related to unlocking
of the power plug by receiving a key ID code signal from an electronic key that is located in the vicinity of the inlet, and

transmitting a wireless signal to an interior of the vehicle and performing vehicle interior verification by receiving the
key ID code signal from the electronic key that is located within the interior of the vehicle,

wherein the ECU is configured so that:
the ECU automatically switches the lock mechanism from the lock state to the unlock state when the ECU receives the release
switch operation signal and determines that the vehicle exterior verification is accomplished,

when the ECU receives the release switch operation signal and determines that the vehicle exterior verification is unaccomplished,
the ECU automatically switches the lock mechanism from the lock state to the unlock state as long as the ECU determines that
an ignition of the vehicle is activated by accomplishment of the vehicle interior verification and a particular switch arranged
in the vehicle is operated, and

the ECU activates the ignition when vehicle interior verification through wireless communication with the electronic key which
is located in the vehicle is accomplished.

US Pat. No. 9,223,428

TOUCH TYPE INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A touch type input device, comprising:
a display capable of showing a plurality of icons;
a detector that detects touching of an operation surface; and
a controller that moves operational coordinates on the display based on the detection of the detector, wherein the controller
selects one of the icons in accordance with a region in which the operational coordinates are located,

wherein the controller moves the operational coordinates to a specified position in the region where the operational coordinates
are located when a fixed time elapses after a touch-release operation is determined indicating that the touching of the operation
surface has been cancelled, and

the fixed time allows for a plurality of swiping operations to be performed as successive swiping operations.

US Pat. No. 9,079,535

TONNEAU COVER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key system for controlling a tonneau cover device in a vehicle, wherein the tonneau cover device includes
a tonneau cover and a motor, the motor configured to be driven to move the tonneau cover between an extension position, at
which the tonneau cover conceals a cargo compartment of the vehicle, and a storage position, at which the tonneau cover is
separated from the cargo compartment, the electronic key system comprising:
a switch arranged on an outer side of a vehicle door, wherein the switch is configured to output an operation signal when
pushed;

an in-vehicle device installed in the vehicle; and
an electronic key capable of communicating with the in-vehicle device through wireless communication,
wherein the in-vehicle device includes:
a verification control unit configured to generate a request signal and perform ID code verification of the electronic key
based on a response signal transmitted from the electronic key through wireless communication in response to the request signal
transmitted from the vehicle through wireless communication

a switch control unit electrically connected to the switch and the verification control unit, wherein the switch control unit
is configured to determine, based on the operation signal from the switch, whether a first operation for locking and unlocking
the vehicle door is performed on the switch or a second operation for moving the tonneau cover is performed on the switch;
and

a tonneau cover control unit electrically connected to the motor, the verification control unit, and the switch control unit,
wherein the tonneau cover control unit is configured to drive the motor to move the tonneau cover between the extension position
and the storage position when the switch is operated by the second operation in a state in which the ID code verification
of the electronic key is accomplished.

US Pat. No. 9,483,173

INFORMATION PROCESSOR INPUT BUTTON DISPLAY THAT PREVENTS SELECTION OF UNDESIRED BUTTON

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An information processor, comprising:
a means for displaying a plurality of item buttons in a display region, the item buttons each having center coordinates and
outlines;

a means for determining coordinates of an indicated position in the display area based on an input signal;
means for calibrating the center coordinates of each of the plurality of item buttons to coordinates between the center coordinates
and the outlines of each of the item buttons to obtain the calibrated center coordinates based on the outlines; and

a means for determining, each and every time an item button is selected, which of the item buttons is in a selected state
by determining which of the calibrated center coordinates of the item buttons is closest to the coordinates of the indicated
position,

wherein the calibrating means operates such that the center coordinates are displaced in a direction toward one of the outlines
by a predetermined percentage of a width of each of the item buttons to obtain the calibrated center coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,465,730

FLASH MEMORY DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A flash memory device, comprising:
a flash memory including a data region that stores data; and
a memory controller that forms a plurality of blocks, including a first block and a second block, in the data region of the
flash memory, wherein

the memory controller writes to the first block an updated value of the data and a first block management value indicating
whether the first block is in a used state,

when the first block is in an unused state, the memory controller writes the updated value of the data and the first block
management value to the first block, sequentially recognizes updated values of the data, and writes an updated value of the
updated values to the first block when each of the updated values is recognized,

when the first block becomes full, the memory controller copies the updated value, which is written at the end of the updated
values written to the first block, from the first block to the second block and writes a second block management value to
the second block,

the memory controller sets and writes a plurality of different block management values, including the first and second block
management values, respectively, to the plurality of blocks based on a predetermined rule, and

the memory controller compares the plurality of block management values to read the updated value of the data as a true updated
value from the second block,

wherein the predetermined rule sets the plurality of block management values, respectively, as different values that sequentially
increase or decrease, and

the memory controller determines, when more than one of the plurality of blocks is in the used state, that the updated value
of the block storing the largest or smallest one of the block management values is a true updated value.

US Pat. No. 9,239,027

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A motor control device, comprising:
an H-bridge circuit to control on/off of a current fed to a motor;
a drive circuit to drive the H-bridge circuit;
a drive command signal generator to generate a drive command signal comprising a pulse signal having predetermined drive frequency
and duty for sending a command to drive the motor;

a current detection circuit comprising a current detection resistor and a comparator connected in series with the motor and
being operable to output a comparison output signal based on comparison between a current detection signal of a motor current
and a target value signal;

a latch circuit to hold a current detection result based on an ON signal of the drive command signal and the comparison output
signal;

a gate circuit to drive the drive circuit based on the ON signal of the drive command signal and a latch output signal from
the latch circuit; and

a control unit that changes the duty of the drive command signal outputted from the drive command signal generator based on
the current detection result in the latch circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,227,471

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system for determining positions of each of a plurality of tires, of a vehicle, each tire
mounted on an associated axle of the vehicle, the tire position determination system comprising:
a tire pressure detector attached to each tire, wherein the tire pressure detector generates a tire pressure signal;
an acceleration detector, that generates gravitational force information, associated with each tire pressure detector;
a receiver arranged in the vehicle, wherein the receiver receives the tire pressure signal from each tire pressure detector;
a plurality of axle rotation amount detectors including an axle rotation amount detector for each axle that detects an axle
rotation amount of the associated axle, wherein each of the plurality of axle rotation amount detectors generate pulses indicative
of the detected axle rotation amount; and

an automatic locator that determines the position of each tire based on the gravitational force information generated by and
received from the associated acceleration detector and the pulses generated by and received from the associated axle rotation
amount detector, wherein the automatic locator includes

a pulse combination determiner that determines whether or not a combination of the pulses generated by and received from each
axle rotation amount detector is an expected combination, and

a pulse acquisition timing setter that sets an acquisition timing of the pulses for the automatic locator based on the determination
of the pulse combination determiner.

US Pat. No. 9,291,666

DETECTING DEVICE AND CURRENT SENSOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A detecting device, comprising:
a detecting part configured to detect a change in an object to be detected so as to output a detection signal;
an amplifying part configured to amplify the detection signal output from the detecting part so as to output a first amplification
signal;

a reference voltage supply part configured to supply a reference voltage to the amplifying part, the reference voltage being
input to the amplifying part so as to be output as a second amplification signal;

a switching part configured to switch a connection between the detecting part and the amplifying part or a connection between
the amplifying part and the reference voltage supply part based on a control signal input thereto; and

a comparing part configured to compare a predetermined amplification factor in the amplifying part, with an amplification
factor obtained from the second amplification signal so as to output the comparison result as a comparison signal,

wherein the detecting part comprises a magnetic sensor,
wherein the magnetic sensor comprises a bridge circuit comprising a first magnetic sensor element to a fourth magnetic sensor
element, and the reference voltage supply part generates a first reference voltage corresponding to a first divided voltage
of the first magnetic sensor element and the second magnetic sensor element, and a second reference voltage corresponding
to a second divided voltage of the third magnetic sensor element and the fourth magnetic sensor element in an initial state,
and

wherein the comparing part is configured to compare a third amplification signal obtained by differentially amplifying the
first divided voltage and the second divided voltage by the amplifying part, with a fourth amplification signal obtained by
differentially amplifying the first divided voltage and the second reference voltage by the amplifying part so as to output
the comparison signal.

US Pat. No. 9,291,259

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A transmission shift device, comprising:
a dial knob configured to be rotatable about an axis and movable when pushed in the axial direction, wherein the axis is fixed
to be stationary in a direction orthogonal to the axis, wherein

when the dial knob reaches a reached position that includes one of a neutral position, a drive position, and a reverse position,
a transmission is switched to a mode corresponding to the reached position;

an alternating action generation unit configured to switch the dial knob, whenever the dial knob is pushed, between a base
position and a hold position, which is separated from the base position in the axial direction;

a base position return unit configured to return the dial knob to the base position when the dial knob has been rotated from
the base position;

a push restriction unit configured to restrict pushing of the dial knob that has been rotated from the base position; and
a rotation restriction unit configured to restrict rotation of the dial knob that is located at the hold position.

US Pat. No. 9,218,059

INPUT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An input apparatus for a vehicle, being used for an operation input of a vehicular electronic device, the input apparatus
comprising:
an operation input device configured to perform a position indication operation on a two-dimensional operation surface having
a predetermined operation range wherein an operation axis is maintained at a neutral angle position when not in operation
and wherein the operation input device is operated, against a reaction force that returns the operation axis to the neutral
angle position, to tilt the operation axis in a direction of a position to be indicated when in operation;

a reaction force applying device configured to apply the reaction force in response to a position indication operation performed
to the operation input device;

a selectable area setting device configured to set selectable areas for the position input in the operation range on the two-dimensional
operation surface;

a reaction force control device configured to set, as a control mode for the reaction force, a guide input mode in which the
reaction force is controlled to guide the position indication operation toward the selectable areas by the operation input
device along unique paths defined on the selectable areas on the two-dimensional surface; and

a setting pattern change portion device, wherein
the operation input device is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle and is operable by a thumb of a driver when the
steering wheel is in a reference position in which the vehicle travels straight and when the driver grips both sides of the
steering wheel,

the unique path includes a plurality of vertical paths and a lateral common path connecting the plurality of the vertical
paths on the two-dimensional operation surface,

the lateral common path divides the plurality of vertical paths into a plurality of upward operation paths and a plurality
of downward operation paths,

the selectable area setting device is configured to set the selectable areas in accordance with one of a plurality of setting
patterns, each of which corresponds to an arrangement position of the selectable areas, the plurality of setting patterns
have the lateral common path but are different from each other, and

the setting pattern change portion device is configured to change the plurality of setting patterns by adding at least one
of the upward operation path and the downward operation path to the lateral common path.

US Pat. No. 9,199,551

LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A lock device for locking or unlocking a locking subject that relates to a power port and includes a lid, the lock device
comprising:
a detector that selectively generates a position detection signal at least corresponding to one of an open position where
the lid is open, a closed position where the lid is closed, and a push position where the lid is pushed from the closed position,

wherein the detector includes:
a first detector that detects whether or not the lid is located at the open position to generate a first position detection
signal;

a second detector that detects whether or not the lid is located at the closed position to generate a second position detection
signal; and

a third detector that detects whether or not the lid is located at the push position to generate a third position detection
signal; and

a controller that controls locking or unlocking of the locking subject and a related device of the locking subject based on
the first position detection signal, the second position detection signal, and the third position detection signal from the
detector.

US Pat. No. 9,199,578

TONNEAU COVER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tonneau cover device including a tonneau cover coupled to an inner side of a hatchback door of a vehicle, wherein the
tonneau cover device electrically moves the tonneau cover between an extension position, at which the tonneau cover conceals
a cargo compartment, and a storage position, at which the tonneau cover is separated from the cargo compartment, and wherein
the vehicle includes a courtesy switch that detects opening and closing of the hatchback door, the tonneau cover device comprising:
a detector configured to
detect that the vehicle is in a first state upon a determination that a pre-operation, for switching the hatchback door from
a closed state to an open state, has not been performed, and

detect that the vehicle is in a second state upon a determination that the pre-operation has been performed; and
a controller configured to
determine whether the vehicle is in the first state or in the second state when the courtesy switch is switched from an activated
state, that corresponds to the open state of the hatchback door, to a deactivated state that corresponds to the closed state
of the hatchback door,

permit movement of the tonneau cover from the storage position to the extension position as long as the vehicle is in the
first state, when the courtesy switch is switched from the activated state to the deactivated state and

restrict movement of the tonneau cover from the storage position to the extension position when the vehicle is in the second
state even when the courtesy switch is switched from the activated state to the deactivated state.

US Pat. No. 9,488,988

PUSH OPERATION MECHANISM HAVING TACTILE FEEDBACK

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
a push operation mechanism that allows a push operation of an operation unit;
a tactile feeling presenting unit comprising a drive transmission mechanism for presenting an operational feeling by driving
said operation unit via said push operation mechanism;

a detection unit that detects a motion of said operation unit; and
a drive control unit that intermittently drives said operation unit by a drive control signal that is generated based on an
activation pulse signal and an advance vibration pulse signal that comprises a prescribed number of pulses and a voltage smaller
than that of said activation pulse signal,

wherein said drive control unit intermittently drives said operation unit by outputting an additional pulse signal which is
larger than said advance vibration pulse signal after outputting said advance vibration pulse signal if said detection unit
does not detect a motion of said operation unit when the prescribed time elapses.

US Pat. No. 9,487,088

IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS MOUNTING UNIT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An in-vehicle apparatus mounting unit having a projection that projects into a cabin interior, comprising:
a panel provided to face the cabin interior;
a support for supporting the projection while the projection is made to project into the cabin interior from the panel; and
a support case attached to a side of the panel that is opposite of the cabin interior, the support case accommodating the
support in a space formed thereby together with the panel,

wherein the support is fixed to the panel or the support case by fixing means, and
the fixing means releases fixation for the support when a load pushing the projection toward the panel exceeds a predetermined
load.

US Pat. No. 9,454,232

OPERATING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
a push operation mechanism comprising an operating portion to be push-operated;
a tactile presenting means that drives the operating portion by a driving portion via the push operation mechanism to provide
an operational feeling;

a detecting portion for detecting movement of the operating portion; and
a drive control unit that drives the driving portion by a drive control signal and a main vibration pulse signal output after
outputting the drive control signal, the drive control signal being generated based on a start pulse signal and a pre-vibration
pulse signal with a predetermined number of pulses smaller than the pulse of the start pulse signal,

wherein the drive control unit sets a mask time to ignore a detection signal of the detecting portion in a certain period
when the drive control signal is output and switches from the output of the drive control signal to the output of the main
vibration pulse signal based on a detection signal of the detecting portion after an elapse of the mask time, and

wherein the mask time is set to be a second mask time, where a first mask time elapsing from a start to a stop of an output
of a start pulse signal is a minimum time and the second mask time is a time more than the minimum time.

US Pat. No. 9,139,053

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system, comprising:
a plurality of tire pressure detectors respectively attached to tires on wheels of a vehicle; and
a receiver coupled to a vehicle body of the vehicle, wherein the receiver is configured to receive a tire pressure signal
from each tire pressure detector and monitor the pressure of the corresponding tire based on the tire pressure signal;

wherein each tire pressure detector includes
a unique detector ID,
a gravity component detection unit that detects a certain directional component of gravity and generates a detection signal,
and

a transmission control unit that transmits a radio wave signal including the detector ID based on the detection signal of
the gravity component detection unit; and

the receiver includes
an interface that communicates with axle rotation amount sensors, wherein each axle rotation amount sensor corresponds to
an axle of a plurality of axles connected to the wheels of the vehicle and detects an axle rotation amount of the corresponding
axle, and

a tire mounting position determination processing unit that acquires the detector ID whenever receiving the radio wave signal
from each tire pressure detector and the axle rotation amount detected by each axle rotation amount sensor, associates the
detector IDs with the axle rotation amounts, and determines mounting positions of the tires on the axles based on the axle
rotation amounts associated with the detector IDs of the tire pressure detectors.

US Pat. No. 9,088,104

LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A lock device comprising:
a lock member moved between a lock position, at which the lock member restricts removal of a locking subject from a power
port, and an unlock position, at which the lock member permits removal of the locking subject from the power port;

a transmission member moved between a first position, at which the transmission member fixes the lock member at the lock position,
and a second position, at which the transmission member permits movement of the lock member to the unlock position; and

a forcible unlocking mechanism including
a movable forcible unlocking member that manually moves the transmission member to the second position, and
a holding unit that holds the forcible unlocking member while permitting movement of the transmission member between the first
position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,509,499

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION METHOD AND ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration method for registering a first electronic key, which is capable of controlling a vehicle,
to a controller of the vehicle, the electronic key registration method comprising:
performing an initial production process including
storing identification information unique to the vehicle in the controller, and
storing, in the first electronic key, an encryption key generation code unique to the first electronic key and an encryption
key that is used to verify the first electronic key; and

performing an initial registration process including
writing the identification information stored in the controller to the first electronic key,
obtaining the encryption key generation code from the first electronic key,
generating the encryption key with an encryption key generation logic that uses the encryption key generation code,
registering the first electronic key to the controller by storing the encryption key in the controller, storing encryption
key information related to the encryption key in a database in association with the identification information, and

after the registering the first electronic key to the controller, deleting the encryption key generation code from the first
electronic key.

US Pat. No. 9,461,407

MANUAL UNLOCKING STRUCTURE FOR POWER FEEDING PLUG LOCKING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A locking device comprising:
a restriction member that restricts movement of a hook of a power feeding plug, wherein the power feeding plug is adapted
to be connected to a power receiving connector;

a stopper that supports the restriction member so that the restriction member is movable relative to the stopper;
a drive unit that is electrically driven to move the stopper, wherein the movement of the stopper allows for movement of the
restriction member between a lock position, in which the restriction member is positioned adjacent to the hook and restricts
movement of the hook, and an unlock position, in which the restriction member is separated from the hook and permits movement
of the hook;

an urging member that pushes the restriction member in a direction from the unlock position toward the lock position to move
the restriction member when the stopper moves;

an operation member that is connected to the restriction member to manually move the restriction member, wherein the restriction
member moves relative to the stopper against an urging force produced by the urging member when the operation member moves
the restriction member from the lock position to the unlock position; and

an operation box arranged in a vehicle and used to manually operate the operation member in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,129,764

SWITCH DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A switch device comprising:
a lever;
a switch body arranged in the lever, wherein the switch body supports the lever in a tiltable manner;
at least one pusher moved by contact with the lever when the lever is tilted;
at least one switch unit pushed when the pusher moves; and
a resiliently deformable sealing member arranged between the lever and the switch body where air including dust may enter,
wherein

the sealing member is separated from a location where the pusher comes into contact with the lever, and the sealing member
is resiliently deformed when the lever is tilted,

the sealing member has a generally L-shaped cross-section and includes a main body defined as a rectangular plate, and a seal,
which extends in a direction orthogonal to the main body and is defined as a rectangular plate,

the switch body includes a holding portion having an upper end and a peripheral surface,
the lever is coupled to the upper end of the holding portion,
the peripheral surface of the holding portion includes a coupling section opposed to the lever, and
the coupling section allows for the main body of the sealing member to be coupled to the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,588,167

RECEIVER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A receiver comprising:
an internal antenna installed on a substrate and configured to receive a wireless signal;
an external antenna connected to a connector, which is arranged on the substrate, and configured to receive the wireless signal;
a demodulator arranged on the substrate and configured to demodulate the wireless signals received through the internal antenna
and the external antenna;

an applying circuit arranged on the substrate and configured to apply a voltage to the external antenna via the connector;
and

a disconnection detector arranged on the substrate and configured to detect whether the external antenna is disconnected based
on a voltage or current applied by the applying circuit, wherein

the internal antenna forms a part of the applying circuit,
the applying circuit includes a first path in which a first circuit and a second circuit are connected in series via the connector,
and a second path connected in parallel to the first path,

the first circuit includes the internal antenna and a first resistor connected in series to the internal antenna,
the second circuit includes the external antenna and a second resistor connected in series to the external antenna,
the first path includes a connection line which connects the internal antenna and the connector and which is set to a high
impedance state, and

the disconnection detector is arranged in the second path.

US Pat. No. 9,212,740

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A shift device comprising:
a knob rotated around a rotary axis to select one of a plurality of modes of a vehicle transmission;
a rotary detent member rotated to a rotation position corresponding to the selected one of the transmission modes, wherein
the rotary detent member is arranged coaxially with the knob;

a connecting member that is movable to a first position and a second position, wherein
when the connecting member is located at the first position, the connecting member is engaged with the knob and the rotary
detent member to connect the knob and the rotary detent member, and

when the connecting member is located at the second position, the connecting member is disconnected from the knob;
a drive source that rotates the connecting member and the rotary detent member; and
a control circuit that controls the drive source, wherein
during a normal operation in which a certain condition is unsatisfied, the control circuit controls the drive source to hold
the connecting member at the first position, and

when the certain condition is satisfied, the control circuit controls the drive source to move the connecting member from
the first position to the second position and move the rotary detent member to a rotation position corresponding to a parking
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,180,742

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM HAVING TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS AND USING AXLE ROTATION DETECTORS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system comprising:
a plurality of tire pressure detectors, each attached to one of a plurality of tires and each capable of transmitting a first
radio wave, wherein the first radio wave includes a tire ID and pressure data associated with the tire ID;

a plurality of axle rotation detectors, each corresponding to one of a plurality of axles, wherein each of the axle rotation
detectors detects rotation of the corresponding one of the axles and outputs axle rotation information;

a receiver located on a vehicle body of a vehicle, wherein the receiver is capable of receiving the first radio wave from
each of the tire pressure detectors; and

a controller that monitors the pressure of each of the tires based on the first radio wave received by the receiver, wherein
each of the tire pressure detectors is configured to detect when reaching a specific position on a rotation trajectory of
the corresponding one of the tires and transmit a second radio wave including the tire ID, and

the controller includes
an ID temporary registration unit that temporarily registers, to a memory, tire IDs received from all tire pressure detectors
existing in a signal receivable area of the receiver, and

an ID registration unit that receives the second radio wave from each of the tire pressure detectors, acquires the axle rotation
information from each of the axle rotation detectors whenever receiving the second radio wave, and specifies a tire ID of
a tire that rotates in synchronism with the axle rotation information of each of the axles, from the tire IDs temporarily
registered in the memory, to determine a tire position of each of the tires.

US Pat. No. 9,150,151

VEHICLE INDICATOR ILLUMINATION CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE INDICATOR ILLUMINATION CIRCUIT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A vehicle indicator illumination circuit comprising:
an indicator that indicates a vehicle state or abnormality;
a control circuit operated by an ignition power supply, wherein the control circuit controls power that is supplied to the
indicator;

a power supply route extending to the indicator, wherein the power supply route includes a first route that closes based on
the control circuit operation and a second route that opens based on the control circuit operation; and

a connection switching circuit that receives a switching request signal from the control circuit when the control circuit
stops operating, and opens the first route and closes the second route in accordance with the switching request signal to
switch the power supply route extending to the indicator from the first route to the second route.

US Pat. No. 9,124,110

IN-VEHICLE WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An in-vehicle wireless charging system comprising:
a warning unit that generates a warning notifying a user that a vehicle is in a situation inappropriate for the user to leave
the vehicle when a door of the vehicle opens under a situation inappropriate for the user to leave the vehicle, wherein the
warning unit is constantly supplied with power;

a wireless charging device that supplies power in a wireless manner to a charged device set at a predetermined charge location
in the vehicle; and

a first switch that detects whether or not the charged device is set at the charge location,
wherein the warning unit generates the warning notifying the user that the vehicle is in a situation inappropriate for the
user to leave the vehicle when the door opens under a situation in which the charged device has been determined from the detection
of the first switch as being set at the charge location.

US Pat. No. 9,083,077

ANTENNA DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key authentication device in a vehicle or a household for use with an electronic key, comprising:
a housing that includes an electronic component compartment having a top opening;
a cover that covers the housing from an outer side;
an antenna fixed to the housing and configured to communicate wirelessly with the electronic key; and
a substrate arranged in the electronic component compartment and electrically connected to the antenna, wherein the substrate
is configured to perform electronic authentication of the electronic key through wireless communication,

wherein the cover includes a transparent part arranged at a position facing a marked information on the substrate and covering
the top opening of the electronic component compartment for allowing to check the marked information of the substrate through
the transparent part, and

wherein the marked information of the substrate includes information that is unique to the electronic key authentication device
for determining whether installation of the electronic key authentication device in the vehicle or the household is correct
or not.

US Pat. No. 9,061,633

TONNEAU COVER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

3. A tonneau cover device used with a fixed guide arranged in a cargo compartment of a vehicle, the tonneau cover device comprising:
a tonneau cover stored in a tonneau cover case arranged in a hinged hatchback door of the vehicle that opens upward, wherein
the tonneau cover is movable between a storage position and a maximum extension position;

a motor stored in the tonneau cover case arranged in the hatchback door, the motor being coupled to the tonneau cover to move
the tonneau cover with respect to the tonneau cover case to the storage position and the maximum extension position;

a tonneau cover sensor that detects a position and movement of the tonneau cover;
a movable guide moved integrally with the tonneau cover while contacting the fixed guide when the tonneau cover moves in the
cargo compartment, wherein the movable guide is separated from the fixed guide when the hatchback door is fully open; and

a controller connected to a door sensor that detects when the hatchback door opens, wherein
the controller drives the motor in accordance with signals provided from the door sensor and the tonneau cover sensor,
the controller stores a set value of an extension length corresponding to a contactable position of the tonneau cover that
allows the movable guide to contact the fixed guide when the hatchback door is fully open, and

when detecting that the tonneau cover has stopped moving toward the storage position during a period from when the hatchback
door starts to open to when the hatchback door fully opens, the controller drives the motor in accordance with the extension
length set value to move the tonneau cover to the contactable position that allows the movable guide to contact the fixed
guide when the hatchback door is fully open.

US Pat. No. 9,454,861

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A remote control system used by a user to remotely control a sliding shutting body of a vehicle that opens and closes to
allow access to the vehicle, the remote control system comprising:
a portable device including a motion sensor that detects an action request motion produced by the user; and
a controller, located at the vehicle, configured to communicate with the portable device through a wireless signal to control
the sliding shutting body in correspondence with the action request motion detected by the motion sensor to respectively open
or close the sliding shutting body, wherein

the motion sensor is set in operation modes, the operation modes including an ON mode that enables detection of the action
request motion and an OFF mode that disables detection of the action request motion, and the controller is configured to selectively
set the motion sensor in the OFF mode in accordance with a determined condition of the sliding shutting body;

wherein the motion sensor is configured to cause transmission by the portable device, through wireless communication to the
controller, of a remote control signal that automatically closes the sliding shutting body when the motion sensor detects
that the action request motion indicates a closing action request of the sliding shutting body, and

wherein when the controller determines that the condition of the sliding shutting body is an opening action of the sliding
shutting body prior to the completion of the automatic closing of the sliding shutting body, the controller is configured
to set the motion sensor in the OFF mode, and subsequently set the motion sensor in the ON mode when the opening action of
the sliding shutting body is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,454,900

RADIO WAVE RECEIVER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A radio wave receiver comprising a receiver controller that performs a signal capturing action in regular or irregular
intervals to capture data transmitted on a radio wave from a remote terminal in synchronization with the signal capturing
action, wherein the receiver controller includes:
a correctness determination unit configured to calculate an error rate or a correctness rate of the data captured by the receiver
controller to determine the correctness of the captured data, and

a capturing frequency setting unit configured to set a capturing frequency, which indicates the number of times the signal
capturing action is performed during a certain period, in accordance with the correctness of the captured data,

wherein the receiver controller is configured to capture data of a single frame by the signal capturing action,
the correctness determination unit is configured to calculate a bit error rate of the data of the single frame, and the capturing
frequency setting unit is configured to increase the capturing frequency when any one of following conditions (a) to (c) is
satisfied,

(a) in a captured frame, the bit error rate is greater than zero and less than or equal to a reference value;
(b) in consecutively captured frames, the bit error rate is greater than zero and less than or equal to the reference value;
and

(c) among a specified number of consecutively captured frames, the bit error rate is greater than zero and less than or equal
to the reference number in a predetermined number of frames;

wherein the capturing frequency setting unit is configured to decrease the capturing frequency after increasing the capturing
frequency when any one of following conditions (d) and (e) is satisfied,

(d) a specified number of consecutively captured frames are correct data; and
(e) among a specified number of consecutively captured frames, the bit error rate is greater than zero and less than or equal
to the reference value in a predetermined number of frames or less.

US Pat. No. 9,148,255

DETECTION SIGNAL OUTPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A detection signal output device comprising:
a plurality of switches switchable between an activated state and a deactivated state, each of the switches being capable
of outputting a signal in accordance with the activated state or the deactivated state;

a plurality of fixed contacts respectively connected to the switches to receive signals output from the switches;
a box-shaped integrated circuit package including:
an integrated circuit that generates an information signal according to the signals output from the switches;
a plurality of first IC terminals arranged at positions facing the fixed contacts, respectively, on a first side surface of
the integrated circuit package and electrically connected to the fixed contacts; and

a plurality of second IC terminals arranged on a second side surface of the integrated circuit package that is located on
the opposite side of the first side surface, wherein the second IC terminals are configured to output the information signal
generated by the integrated circuit;

a plurality of spaced apart connector terminals arranged at positions facing the second IC terminals, respectively, and adapted
to be connected by a cable to an external device;

a square base including a first substrate; and
an extension, coupled to the base, including a second substrate having an IC mounting surface on which the integrated circuit
package is mounted,

wherein the switches are arranged in the first substrate, and
wherein the spaced apart connector terminals, the fixed contacts, the first IC terminals, and the second IC terminals are
arranged on the IC mounting surface of the second substrate in a concentrated manner.

US Pat. No. 9,428,015

TIRE IDENTIFICATION CODE REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire identification code registration system for use with a plurality of tire pressure detectors and a tire pressure
monitoring system receiver, wherein each of the tire pressure detectors includes a unique tire identification code and is
configured to be coupled to a tire, each of the tire pressure detectors is configured to detect pressure of a corresponding
tire and transmit a wireless signal that includes tire pressure information, and the receiver is configured to receive the
wireless signal and monitor the pressure of the corresponding tire based on the received wireless signal,
the tire identification code registration system comprising:
a storage manager configured to store, in a memory, tire identification codes included in wireless signals received during
a predetermined storage period as candidate tire identification codes;

a registration processor configured to register the candidate tire identification codes in the memory as formal tire identification
codes after the candidate tire identification codes are stored in the memory by the storage manager, when a number of candidate
tire identification codes stored in the memory is equal to a predetermined storage number; and

a deletion processor that deletes a candidate identification code from the candidate identification codes stored in the memory,
when the number of candidate identification codes stored in the memory is greater than the predetermined storage number, and
when the candidate tire identification code is not included in a wireless signal received during a predetermined deletion
period.

US Pat. No. 9,407,436

PORTABLE DEVICE REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND PORTABLE DEVICE REGISTRATION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A portable device registration system comprising:
a portable device that uses a first encryption key to perform encrypted communication with a vehicle which uses a second encryption
key that corresponds to the first encryption key of the portable device; and

a controller included in the vehicle, wherein the portable device registration system registers the portable device to the
controller;

wherein the controller stores identification information unique to the vehicle and a key generation logic configured to generate
the second encryption key of the vehicle;

the portable device stores an encryption key generation code unique to the portable device and the first encryption key of
the portable device;

the controller performs a registration process including
writing the identification information to the portable device through wireless communication with the portable device,
retrieving a copy of the encryption key generation code from the portable device through wireless communication with the portable
device,

generating the second encryption key of the vehicle that is the same as that of the first encryption key of the portable device
using the retrieved copy of the encryption key generation code and the key generation logic stored in the controller, and

storing the generated second encryption key of the vehicle in the controller;
the portable device registration system includes a deletion tool instructing the controller to transmit a deletion request
signal to the portable device to delete the encryption key generation code from the portable device; and

the controller transmits the deletion request signal to the portable device after receiving an instruction from the deletion
tool, and the portable device deletes the encryption key generation code from the portable device when receiving the deletion
request signal so that the identification information of the vehicle and the first encryption key of the portable device remain
in the portable device.

US Pat. No. 9,163,957

POSITION SENSOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A position sensor for a transmission mode selector lever, the position sensor comprising:
a magnet;
three or more magnetic flux detection elements that detect magnetic flux of the magnet, wherein the three or more magnetic
flux detection elements are arranged opposing the magnet; and

a determination circuit that determines an operation position of the transmission mode selector lever based on output levels
of detection signals generated by the three or more magnetic flux detection elements, wherein

the magnet includes a first magnetized region and a second magnetized region,
the first magnetized region is formed so that when the magnet is moved relative to the three or more magnetic flux detection
elements along a first straight line that is an operation direction of the transmission mode selector lever, output levels
of the detection signals generated by the three or more magnetic flux detection elements change in accordance with a proportional
relationship having a first gradient relative to the distance of the movement,

the second magnetized region is formed so that when the magnet is moved along a second straight line that is an operation
direction of the transmission mode selector lever, parallel to the first straight line, and differs from the second straight
line, output levels of the detection signals generated by the three or more magnetic flux detection elements change in accordance
with a proportional relationship having a second gradient relative to the distance of the movement,

one of the first and second gradients is a positive value,
the other one of the first and second gradients is a negative value, and
the three or more detection elements are spaced apart from each other on a straight line that is parallel to the first straight
line and the second straight line.

US Pat. No. 9,141,219

OPERATING DEVICE FOR PROVIDING TACTILE FEEDBACK ON A DEPRESSIBLE TOUCH SCREEN

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
a detecting portion to detect an operation of tracing on an operation screen by a user;
a depression mechanism unit to allow a depression operation in a direction downward from a standard position of the detecting
portion;

a depression detecting portion to detect the depression operation via the depression mechanism unit; and
a drive mechanism unit to allow driving of the detecting portion between the standard position of the detecting portion and
a upward position therefrom, wherein the drive mechanism unit comprises a driving force generating portion to generate a driving
force, an output shaft-side gear provided on an output shaft of the driving force generating portion, and a first gear engages
with the output shaft-side gear and comprising a first raised portion to be coupled to a first link provided on the detecting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,137,658

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system that registers an electronic key device to a vehicle, the electronic key registration
system comprising:
a controller arranged in the vehicle and capable of accessing a data center through at least a network;
an initial electronic key device, an online additional electronic key device, and an offline additional electronic key device,
each storing a unique key ID code and a unique encryption key, wherein each of the electronic key devices is configured to
use the corresponding electronic key device encryption key when performing a wireless verification communication with the
controller of the vehicle; and

a computer-readable medium having instructions stored thereon that include:
a first set of instructions configured to store, in the controller, a unique vehicle ID code and a vehicle encryption key
that is used for the registration, and store, in the data center, the vehicle ID code and the vehicle encryption key that
are stored in the controller;

a second set of instructions configured to store, in the online additional electronic key device, the key ID code and the
electronic key device encryption key corresponding to the online additional electronic key device;

a third set of instructions configured to store, in the data center, the key ID code and the electronic key device encryption
key that are stored in the online additional electronic key device;

a fourth set of instructions configured to transmit, from the controller online to the data center, the vehicle ID code and
the key ID code of the online additional electronic key device;

a fifth set of instructions configured to generate, with the data center, an encryption key generation code using the vehicle
encryption key corresponding to the vehicle ID code and the electronic key device encryption key corresponding to the key
ID code of the online additional electronic key device that are stored in the data center;

a sixth set of instructions configured to obtain the encryption key generation code from the data center with the controller
online, generate the electronic key device encryption key of the online additional electronic key device from the obtained
encryption key generation code with the controller online, and store the electronic key device encryption key of the online
additional electronic key device in the controller;

a seventh set of instructions configured to store, in the offline additional electronic key device, the electronic key device
encryption key corresponding to the key ID code of the offline additional electronic key device, and store, in the offline
additional electronic key device, an encryption key generation code generated using the vehicle encryption key corresponding
to the vehicle ID code that is in correspondence with information indicated on an order sheet and the stored electronic key
device encryption key;

an eighth set of instructions configured to obtain, with the data center, the electronic key device encryption key and the
key ID code that are stored in the offline additional electronic key device, and store, in the data center, the electronic
key device encryption key and the key ID code in association with the vehicle ID code; and

a ninth set of instructions configured to read, when the controller is not able to communicate with the data center through
at least the network, the encryption key generation code from the offline additional electronic key device, generate an electronic
key device encryption key for the offline additional electronic key device using the vehicle key encryption key stored in
the controller, and store, in the controller, the generated electronic key device encryption key and the key ID code read
from the offline additional electronic key device.

US Pat. No. 9,076,603

SWITCH PACKING AND ELECTRONIC KEY USING THE SAME

Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Ri...

1. A switch packing, comprising:
a switch mechanism part disposed between an operation button and a switch element, and configured to be elastically deformed
by pushing the operation button so as to have the switch element change to a first state and provide an operational feeling
via the operation button; and

a sealing part to prevent penetration of a liquid,
wherein the switch mechanism part and the sealing part are integrated with each other, and
wherein the switch mechanism part comprises:
a cylindrical part having a cylindrical shape and projecting from a top surface of the switch packing;
a plurality of convex portions formed on an upper surface of the cylindrical part, and operable to contact with the operation
button; and

a dome part having a domical shape, formed in an opening of the cylindrical part, and operable to contact with the operation
button at an upper surface thereof and to contact with the switch element at a surface opposite to the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 9,070,232

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Ri...

1. A wireless communication system for a vehicle for locking or unlocking a vehicle door, the system comprising:
a portable device having a manually operable switch and a portable device rolling code, wherein, each time the switch is turned
on, the portable device updates the portable device rolling code and transmits a wireless signal including the portable device
rolling code, the portable device is adapted to manually operate in two ways including a normal operation exclusively for
turning on the switch to lock or unlock the vehicle door and a specific manipulation effective for a limited time period,
the specific manipulation exclusively for security purposes and performed in order to transmit information indicating the
specific manipulation has been performed;

a vehicle-mounted device having a receiver and a vehicle rolling code, wherein, when the wireless signal is received through
the receiver, the vehicle-mounted device compares the portable device rolling code included in the wireless signal with the
vehicle rolling code, authenticates the portable device based on a comparison result, and locks or unlocks the vehicle door
if the portable device is authenticated; and

a control section mounted in the vehicle-mounted device, the control section controlling locking or unlocking of the vehicle
door, wherein, when the control section receives the wireless signal through the receiver, the control section determines
whether the most recent locking or unlocking of the vehicle door has been accomplished using a mechanical key and, if it is
determined that the most recent locking or unlocking of the vehicle door has been carried out using the mechanical key, the
control section disables an operation of locking or unlocking of the vehicle door through the normal operation of the portable
device, and the control section urges a user to perform the specific manipulation, which is not usually performed on the switch,
and re-enables the operation of locking or unlocking of the vehicle door if the specific manipulation of the switch of the
portable device is detected within a predetermined period from when the control section urges the user to perform the specific
manipulation, wherein, when the specific manipulation is carried out, the portable device transmits a wireless signal indicating
that the specific manipulation has been carried out, and the control section detects the specific manipulation of the switch
by receiving the wireless signal indicating that the specific manipulation has been carried out.

US Pat. No. 9,065,841

PROPAGATION TIME MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC KEY SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A propagation time measurement device that measures a propagation time of a transmission signal from when the transmission
signal is transmitted, through wireless communication, from a base station to a terminal to when the transmission signal is
returned to the base station from the terminal, wherein a plurality of continuous waves having different frequencies are combined
to generate the transmission signal, the propagation time measurement device comprising:
a correlation computation unit that generates a plurality of correlation values by performing a correlation computation on
each of the continuous waves and a reception signal that is returned from the terminal and received by the base station; and

a propagation time measurement unit that measures the propagation time from a phase of the correlation value generated for
each continuous wave in the correlation computation.

US Pat. No. 9,489,789

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION METHOD AND ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A method for registering an electronic key to a controller of a vehicle, wherein the electronic key includes a unique electronic
key ID and an encryption code associated with the electronic key ID and used for encrypted communication between the electronic
key and the controller, the method comprising:
performing an area-limited registration in which the electronic key is registered within a limited area;
wherein the area-limited registration includes:
reading a SEED code and the electronic key ID from the electronic key and writing the electronic key ID to a memory of the
controller;

inserting the SEED code in an encryption code computation equation to generate the encryption code with the controller and
writing the encryption code to the memory of the controller;

deleting the SEED code from the electronic key after writing the encryption code to the memory;
invalidating a function for the area-limited registration in the controller;
assigning a unique vehicle ID to the vehicle; and
associating the vehicle ID, a controller ID, which is unique to the controller, and the electronic key ID with one another
in a database of a management center.

US Pat. No. 9,242,618

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATION AND DISPLAYING VEHICLE INFORMATION ON A PORTABLE DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a portable device; and
a vehicle communication device configured to transmit information including a vehicle state, wherein
the portable device and the vehicle communication device are configured so that bidirectional communication can be performed
with each other, wherein

the portable device includes an electronic key and a portable terminal,
the electronic key includes:
a first near field communication unit that performs near field communication with the portable terminal and is configured
to at least one of lock a vehicle door, unlock a vehicle door or start an engine through wireless communication with the vehicle
communication device,

the portable terminal includes:
a telecommunication unit that obtains, through an information network, information including procedures that should be taken
in accordance with at least one of a vehicle state or a state of the portable device,

a display,
a control unit that shows on the display at least one of the vehicle state based on the information transmitted from the vehicle
communication device or the state of the portable device based on information of the portable device, and

a second near field communication unit that performs near field communication with the first near field communication unit,
wherein

the control unit obtains information including at least one of the vehicle state or information including a state of the electronic
key through the near field communication performed with the electronic key, wherein

when a measure should be taken in accordance with at least one of the vehicle state or the state of the portable device, the
control unit shows on the display the procedures included in the information obtained by the telecommunication unit,

when near field communication with the portable terminal is established, the electronic key transmits information including
a battery level of the electronic key to the portable terminal,

when the control unit of the portable terminal receives the information including the battery level with the second near field
communication unit, the control unit shows the battery level on the display,

when the control unit of the portable terminal determines that the battery level is less than or equal to at least one of
a first threshold and a second threshold, the control unit shows on the display the procedures included in the information
obtained by the telecommunication unit,

the procedures include at least one of procedures for replacing a battery of the electronic key, procedures for locking or
unlocking a vehicle door when the battery of the electronic key is drained, and procedures for starting the engine when the
battery of the electronic key is drained,

when the control unit of the portable terminal determines that the battery level is less than or equal to the first threshold,
the control unit shows on the display a link to the procedures for replacing the battery of the electronic key, and

when the control unit of the portable terminal determines that the battery level is less than or equal to the second threshold
that is less than the first threshold, the control unit shows on the display a link to at least one of the procedures for
locking or unlocking the vehicle door when the battery of the electronic key is drained or the procedures for starting the
engine when the battery of the electronic key is drained.

US Pat. No. 9,691,315

TOUCH-TYPE INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A touch-type input device comprising:
a touch panel including a sensor array and an operation surface, wherein the sensor array includes drive electrodes and sensor
electrodes insulated from and stacked on the drive electrodes, and wherein the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes
are arranged in a grid-shaped pattern that provides capacitors at intersections of the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes;
and

a controller that applies a drive signal to the drive electrodes and detects touching of the operation surface of the touch
panel from changes in a capacitance of each capacitor, wherein the controller is configured so that:

the controller determines whether or not a conductive foreign matter exists on the operation surface from raw data values,
each indicating a change amount in the capacitance of each capacitor from an initial reference value that is set in advance
for each capacitor;

the controller determines whether or not the operation surface has been touched from control data values, each indicating
a change amount in the capacitance of each capacitor from a control reference value that is changed for each capacitor in
accordance with whether or not the conductive foreign matter exists;

when the controller determines from the raw data values that the conductive foreign matter exists on the operation surface,
the controller determines whether or not a flag is set to indicate that the control reference value differs from the initial
reference value;

when the flag is not set, the controller sets the control reference value of each capacitor to a raw data reference value
corresponding to one of the raw data values and sets the flag;

when the flag is set, the controller determines from the control data values whether or not a further conductive foreign matter
exists on the operation surface;

when the controller determines from the control data values that the further conductive foreign matter exists on the operation
surface, the controller sets the control reference value of each capacitor to a control data reference value corresponding
to one of the control data values;

when the controller determines from the control data values that the further conductive foreign matter does not exist on the
operation surface, the controller sets the control reference value of each capacitor to the raw data reference value corresponding
to the capacitor;

when the controller determines from the raw data values that the conductive foreign matter does not exist on the operation
surface, the controller sets the control reference value of each capacitor to the initial reference value and clears the flag;

the controller updates the initial reference value to a new initial reference value, when the touch-type input device is activated,
to correctly determine whether or not the operation surface has been touched; and

the controller updates the control reference value to the control data, reference value
when a situation in which a fluctuation width of the control data values is within a predetermined width continues for a predetermined
time, or

when a location of a detection area that is touched does not shift over the predetermined time, wherein the detection area
is one of a plurality of detection areas that are divided in the operation surface of the touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,832,896

FLAT CABLE WIRING STRUCTURE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A flat cable wiring structure, comprising:
an operation mechanism that detects a physical operation made on an operating surface and outputs a detection signal;
a control board, disposed facing the operating surface of the operation mechanism, that outputs a driving signal for imparting
vibration to the operation mechanism on the basis of the detection signal; and

a flat cable that electrically connects the operation mechanism and the control board,
wherein the flat cable comprises a routing portion that extends from the operation mechanism to the control board along a
movement direction of the operation mechanism, and

wherein the routing portion comprises a bending portion that bends at a bending angle allowing the routing portion to be routed
along the control board.

US Pat. No. 9,816,290

KEY CYLINDER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A key cylinder device, comprising:
a cylindrical rotor case;
a rotor rotatably enclosed in the rotor case;
a sleeve fixedly disposed between the rotor and the rotor case; and
a tumbler moving in a radial direction inside the rotor by insertion and extraction of a mechanical key into and from the
rotor,

wherein the sleeve comprises a hole not engaged with the tumbler by the insertion of the mechanical key and engaged by the
extraction of the mechanical key, and a dividing wall formed at a middle of the hole, the dividing wall receiving the tumbler,
and

wherein the sleeve is formed separately from the rotor case and non-rotatably mounted therein by a part of the dividing wall
being inserted into and fixed in a recessed groove formed on an inner peripheral surface of the rotor case along a direction
of a rotor rotation axis thereby locking the sleeve so as to rotate with the rotor case.

US Pat. No. 9,811,162

OPERATING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
a push operation mechanism including a touch panel to be push-operated by an operator applying a pushing force along a push
operation direction; and

a drive transmission mechanism including an electrically powered rotary drive means that generates and transmits a drive force
for presenting the operator with a tactile stimuli-operational feeling via the push operation mechanism,

wherein the push operation mechanism is configured to be engageable with the drive transmission mechanism,
wherein the drive transmission mechanism is configured to switch between a non-engagement position to allow the push operation
of the user without being engaged with the push operation mechanism and an engagement position to allow the transmission of
the drive force by being engaged with the push operation mechanism,

wherein the switching operation of the drive transmission mechanism is powered by the operation of the electrically powered
rotary drive means and not by the pushing force applied to the push operation mechanism,

wherein the drive transmission mechanism comprises a cam mechanism that rotates about an axis that is orthogonal to the push
operation direction to switch between engagement with and non-engagement with the push operation mechanism, and

wherein the push operation mechanism further includes a stabilizer to suppress tilting of the touch panel during the push
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,745,776

KEY CYLINDER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A key cylinder device, comprising:
a rotor resiliently mounting tumblers that are aligned by insertion of a mechanical key;
a rotor case rotatably housing the rotor that is inserted in a direction opposite to an insertion direction of the mechanical
key; and

a cylindrical sleeve arranged around an outer peripheral surface of the rotor and non-rotatably fixed to an inner surface
of the rotor case, wherein outer side surfaces of the cylindrical sleeve directly contact inner side surfaces of the rotor
case,

wherein the sleeve comprises a hole that allows the tumblers to be disengaged when the mechanical key is inserted and to be
engaged when the mechanical key is extracted, and

wherein the rotor case is configured to be non-rotatably and directly fixed to a lock body of a vehicle such that the rotor
is rotatable relative both to the rotor case and the cylindrical sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,750,146

PORTABLE DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A portable device comprising:
a circuit board on which a circuit element is mounted;
a first member; and
a second member, wherein the circuit board is held and fastened between the first member and the second member, wherein
the first member includes a wall that extends toward the second member from the first member,
the second member includes an engaging portion, wherein the engaging portion includes an extension that extends toward the
first member from the second member and a hook that projects from the extension,

the circuit board includes an end surface that defines an edge of the circuit board,
the extension is opposed to the end surface of the circuit board,
the hook projects from the extension in a direction that extends along the end surface of the circuit board, and
the portable device further comprises an engaged portion located along an inner side of the wall, wherein the engaged portion
engages the engaging portion to fasten the first member to the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,663,066

REGISTRATION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A registration device for registering ID codes, the registration device comprising:
three or more storages, each storage set to allow for registration of a maximum of an n number of ID codes, where n is a natural
number of two or greater; and

a registration controller that registers ID codes to the storage;
wherein each of the three or more storages includes
an n+1 number of ID code storage regions configured to store n+1 ID codes, respectively, and
a management data storage region that stores management data indicating whether the ID code of each ID code storage region
of the corresponding storage is valid or invalid; and

wherein the registration controller includes instructions configured to:
write an input ID code to the three or more storages in a sequential manner, wherein the input ID code is written to an invalid
ID code storage region among the n+1 number of ID code storage regions of each of the storages in accordance with the management
data of the corresponding storage without deleting the ID code of each ID code storage region to maintain the ID code of each
ID code storage region,

update the management data of the three or more storages in a sequential manner after the input ID code is written to the
three or more storages to validate the invalid ID code storage region of each of the storages,

update the management data, when an ID code is stored in each of the n+1 number of ID code storage regions after the input
ID code is written, to invalidate at least one ID code storage region excluding the invalid ID code storage region to which
the input ID code has been written, and

compare the management data of the three or more storages to determine whether the management data of the three or more storages
include two or more management data that are identical to one another and, when the management data of the three or more storages
include two or more management data that are identical to one another, determine that said two or more management data that
are identical to one another are correct and the remainder of the management data are incorrect, and use the ID codes in accordance
with said two or more management data that are identical to one another among the management data of the three or more storages,

wherein the management data has n+1 bits corresponding to the n+1 ID code storage regions, respectively, and the management
data indicates a maximum of an n number of valid ID codes, and

wherein, before completing the updating the management data in the management data storage region, the registration controller
is configured not to perform operations to the ID code storage regions storing ID codes other than the last input ID code.

US Pat. No. 9,589,747

OPERATING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An operating device, comprising:
an operation member to be push-operated by an operator;
a body mounting the operation member so as to be push-operated by the operator;
a columnar portion protruding from a surface of the body opposite the operation member having an upper end that terminates
in a top surface;

a resiliently deformable click member disposed between the columnar portion and the operation member to impart a click feeling
to the operator; and

a base disposed between the operation member and the columnar portion,
wherein the click member comprises a first member located on a side of the operation member and a second member located on
a side of the columnar portion and having a smaller external size than the first member,

wherein the second member is vertically supported by the top surface of the upper end of the columnar portion in an attached
state before the operation member is push-operated,

wherein the columnar portion is in contact with the second member through a hole portion formed penetrating the base,
wherein the operation member is held on the base,
wherein the click member is disposed between the base and the operation member, and
wherein the click member integrally moves with the base during the push operation of the operation member.

US Pat. No. 9,563,311

TOUCH TYPE INPUT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING TOUCHING OF TOUCH PANEL

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A touch type input device comprising:
a touch panel including a sensor array and an operation surface, wherein the sensor array includes drive electrodes and sensor
electrodes insulated from and stacked on the drive electrodes, wherein the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes are
arranged in a grid-shaped pattern that forms capacitors at intersections of the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes;
and

a controller that applies a drive signal to the drive electrodes and detects touching of the operation surface of the touch
panel from changes in capacitance of each capacitor, wherein the controller is configured so that

before detecting the touching, the controller determines whether or not conductive foreign matter exists on the operation
surface by comparing a foreign matter determination threshold and raw data values indicating a change amount in the capacitance
of each capacitor from an initial reference value that is set in advance for each capacitor,

the controller determines whether or not the operation surface has been touched by comparing a touch determination threshold,
distinct from the foreign matter determination threshold, and control data values indicating a change amount in the capacitance
of each capacitor from a control reference value that is changed for each capacitor in accordance with whether or not the
conductive foreign matter exists,

when the controller determines from the raw data values that the conductive foreign matter exists on the operation surface,
the controller determines whether or not the operation surface has been touched by using a raw data reference value corresponding
to a present raw data value of each capacitor as the control reference value of each capacitor, and

when the controller determines from the raw data values that the conductive foreign matter does not exist on the operation
surface, the controller determines whether or not the operation surface has been touched by using the initial reference value
of each capacitor as the control reference value of each capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,816,604

SHIFTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A shifting device for a vehicle, the shifting device comprising:
a shift lever for the vehicle;
a rotary operating member (i) connected to the shift lever, (ii) including a rotary shaft that extends in a direction of a
rotational axis, the rotary shaft having a columnar shape, and (iii) being rotatable about the rotational axis within an operating
angle of the shift lever; and

a base member including a support wall having a bearing hole, a bearing surface being around the bearing hole, the bearing
surface having a partially cylindrical shape, the rotary shaft being fitted in the bearing hole, and the bearing surface receiving
an outer circumferential surface of the rotary shaft, wherein:

the support wall includes a pair of guide walls that have lengths different from each other and that are opposed to each other
at an interval that is smaller than a diameter of the rotary shaft,

the guide walls are continuous with the bearing surface,
the guide walls define an elongated guide hole,
a pair of flat surfaces that are parallel to each other are on the outer circumferential surface of the rotary shaft,
an interval of the pair of flat surfaces is smaller than the interval of the pair of guide walls, and
one flat surface of the pair of flat surfaces is smaller than the other flat surface and is located between a pair of circumferential
end edges of the bearing surface, within the operating angle of the shift lever, and

a distance between the one flat surface and the rotational axis is larger than a distance between the other flat surface and
the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,790,709

KEY CYLINDER DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A key cylinder device, comprising:
a cylindrical mounting member;
a key cylinder attached inside a cylinder portion of the cylindrical mounting member and locked/unlocked by a mechanical key;
a packing member disposed between the cylindrical mounting member and the key cylinder, and
a packing insertion portion that is integrally formed on an outer surface of the key cylinder and which protrudes from the
outer surface toward the cylinder portion of the cylindrical mounting member and comprises an opening for receiving the packing
member within the packing insertion portion in a tangential direction along the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 9,721,493

TOUCH-TYPE INPUT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A touch-type input device comprising:
a touch panel including a sensor array and an operation surface, wherein the sensor array includes drive electrodes and sensor
electrodes insulated from and stacked on the drive electrodes, wherein the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes are
arranged in a grid-shaped pattern that provide capacitors at intersections of the drive electrodes and the sensor electrodes;
and

a controller that applies a drive signal to the drive electrodes and detects touching of the operation surface of the touch
panel from changes in a capacitance of each capacitor, wherein the controller is configured so that:

the controller determines whether or not the operation surface has been touched from data values, each indicating a change
amount in the capacitance of each capacitor from a reference value of each capacitor;

when the controller detects from the data values a change in the capacitance to a reverse polarity differing from a polarity
when a human body touches the operation surface of the touch panel and the location of the capacitance of the reverse polarity
is shifted, the controller determines that the change in the capacitance is caused by external noise and stops detecting touching
of the operation surface;

when the controller detects a change in the capacitance to the reverse polarity and at the same time the location of where
the capacitance of the reverse polarity is detected does not shift, the controller determines that the change in the capacitance
is irrelevant to influence of external noise and caused by contact with at least one of a foreign matter and a change in a
state of the operation surface and continues to detect touching of the operation surface;

the controller corrects the reference value in correspondence with a change in temperature when the operation surface is untouched;
and

the controller stops correcting the reference value in correspondence with a change in temperature when the controller detects
a change in the capacitance due to external noise.

US Pat. No. 9,721,737

SWITCH DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A switch device comprising:
a rotor member mounted so as to be rotatable about a longitudinal axis of a lever main body, the rotor member comprising a
cam surface;

a knob member mounted so as to be integrally rotatable with the rotor member, the knob member comprising a cam surface that
faces the cam surface of the rotor member with a gap therebetween;

a movable contact member disposed in the gap between the cam surface of the rotor member and the cam surface of the knob member,
the movable contact member being movable in the longitudinal axis direction by a rotational operation of the rotor member
and the knob member about the longitudinal axis; and

a flexible substrate linearly disposed in the longitudinal axis direction in at least a movable range of the movable contact
member, the flexible substrate comprising a contact portion, a contact terminal of the movable contact member being brought
into contact with and separated from the contact portion in association with the movement in the longitudinal axis direction
of the movable contact member,

wherein the flexible substrate is fixed to the lever main body with a substantially central portion of the flexible substrate
pressed against the lever main body by means of a plurality of projection portions formed on a lever cover in a direction
of the longitudinal axis of the lever main body.

US Pat. No. 9,714,004

ELECTRONIC KEY REGISTRATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An electronic key registration system comprising:
an electronic key that transmits at least one registration code; and
a communication master that receives the at least one registration code from the electronic key, obtains key information using
the at least one registration code that has been received, and registers the obtained key information, wherein

the at least one registration code is set in accordance with the communication master to which the electronic key is registered,
and

the communication master includes
a level determination unit that determines a key registration security level when the electronic key is registered to the
communication master, and

a registration execution unit that obtains the key information using the at least one registration code based on the determined
key registration security level and registers the obtained key information to the communication master.

US Pat. No. 9,696,862

CAPACITANCE TYPE TOUCH PANEL

SMK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A capacitance type touch panel comprising:
a plurality of detection electrodes that are arranged in an input operation area, which is sufficiently wider than a width
of an input operation member in a first direction of an insulation panel, at a regular pitch in the first direction along
a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;

a detection signal generating circuit for generating an alternating current detection signal at a predetermined voltage level;
a plurality of drive areas that are arranged at a regular pitch in the second direction of the insulation panel along the
first direction, the plurality of drive areas each intersecting with all of the plurality of detection electrodes at an insulation
distance away;

a drive control unit for selecting a specific one of the plurality of drive areas, and outputting a detection signal to the
selected drive area;

electrode selection unit for sequentially selecting a specific one of the plurality of detection electrodes;
capacitance detection circuit for detecting a detection voltage appearing due to the detection signal in the detection electrode
selected by the electrode selection unit while the detection signal is output to the drive area selected by the drive control
unit, and detecting a voltage variation level in the detection voltage from a state without approach of the input operation
member;

position detection circuit for identifying the detection electrode having the voltage variation level equal to or more than
a predetermined input judgment threshold value and the drive area, to which the detection signal is output, in the vicinity
of the detection electrode, owing to a change in capacitance of the selected detection electrode and the drive area to which
the detection signal is output, in the vicinity of the detection electrode by approach of the input operation member, the
position detection circuit detecting an input operation position of the input operation member in the first and second directions,
on the basis of an arrangement position of the identified detection electrode on the insulation panel in the first direction
and an arrangement position of the identified drive area on the insulation panel in the second direction; and

capacitance change judgment circuit for comparing the voltage variation level of the detection electrode detected by the capacitance
detection circuit with a detection threshold value that is set at a predetermined value less than the input judgment threshold
value, wherein

when the voltage variation levels of all detection electrodes selected by the electrode selection unit are equal to or more
than the detection threshold value while the drive control unit outputs the detection signal to any selected drive area, the
position detection circuit does not detect the input operation position even when the voltage variation level of any detection
electrode exceeds the input judgment threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,671,212

POSITION SENSOR

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A position sensor that detects operation positions of an operation member, the position sensor comprising:
an element array including at least three stages arranged in columns, wherein each of the at least three stages, corresponding
to one of the columns, include one or more detection elements, and the detection elements of the element array are all the
same type of detection elements;

a single movable element that is movable in cooperation with a movement of the operation member, wherein the operation member
is movable along a shift gate from an upstream side to a downstream side and from the downstream side to the upstream side,
and the movable element is configured to be simultaneously detected, for each of the operation positions, by each of the detection
elements included in only two adjacent stages of the element array, wherein the two adjacent stages are defined by a selected
one of the operation positions and varies based upon the operation position that is selected, wherein a first one of the two
adjacent stages that is closest to the upstream side defines an upstream side first stage and a second one of the two adjacent
stages that is closest to the downstream side defines a downstream side second stage, thereby defining the selected one of
the operation positions,

wherein whenever the operation member is shifted by one operation position toward the downstream side:
the movable element is moved relative to the element array toward the downstream side in a moving direction of the operation
member by one stage, wherein

the movable element has a size such that the movable element selectively faces only some of the detection elements of the
element array in each of the operation positions,

each of the detection elements of the element array outputs a detection result indicating an ON detection result when detecting
the movable element and an OFF detection result when the movable element is not detected,

the element array is arranged such that the detection result of at least three of the detection elements of the element array
change whenever the operation member is shifted by one operation position, and

the at least three detection elements of which the detection results change whenever the operation member is shifted by one
operation position toward the downstream side include:

at least one detection element in the upstream side first stage of the two adjacent stages that detects the movable element
at the selected one of the operation positions before the operation member is shifted by one operation position and at least
one detection element in the downstream side second stage of the two adjacent stages that detects the movable element after
the operation member is shifted by one operation position.

US Pat. No. 9,796,357

IGNITION SWITCH

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. An ignition switch capable of starting and stopping an engine of a vehicle and activating and deactivating an electric
component of the vehicle, the ignition switch comprising:
a rotor into which a vehicle key is insertable;
a switch body rotationally accommodating the rotor; and
a key interlock mechanism integrally coupled to the switch body, wherein the key interlock mechanism is configured to prevent
removal of the vehicle key when the vehicle is traveling, wherein

the switch body includes a separation plate that separates an accommodation region of the rotor from an accommodation region
of the key interlock mechanism, and

the key interlock mechanism is coupled to a side of the switch body that is opposite to the rotor across the separation plate.

US Pat. No. 9,765,878

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A shift device for a transmission, the shift device comprising:
a shift lever movable along a movement route;
a momentary type lever unit including a home position and a plurality of mode selection positions in the movement route, the
plurality of mode selection positions including a reverse mode selection position in which a reverse mode of the transmission
is selected and a drive mode selection position in which a drive mode of the transmission is selected, wherein the momentary
type lever unit automatically returns the shift lever from the reverse mode selection position to the home position along
the movement route upon release of the shift lever after selecting the reverse mode and automatically returns the shift lever
from the drive mode selection position to the home position along the movement route upon release of the shift lever after
selecting the drive mode, wherein

the shift lever is movable from the home position in two intersecting directions,
the reverse mode selection position is set in a route extending in at least one of the two directions,
the drive mode selection position is set in a route extending in at least the other one of the two directions, and
the movement route is a two-terminal end bent route that is free from a three-way junction and includes an L-shaped route
and a straight route respectively extending from the home position to the two terminal ends, the home position is set at a
corner of the movement route, and the plurality of mode selection positions includes at least one neutral mode selection position
that is set at a non-terminal end that is at an intermediate position in the straight route and/or at a non-terminal end that
is at an intermediate position in a straight section of the L-shaped route;

wherein the shift lever is movable in a straight first shift direction including the home position,
a straight second shift direction free from the home position and parallel to the first shift direction, and
a straight selection direction including the home position and intersecting the first and second shift directions;
the shift lever is moved from the home position to just before the reverse mode selection position along one of the first
and second shift directions; and

the shift lever is moved from the home position to just before the drive mode selection position along the other one of the
first and second shift directions.

US Pat. No. 9,766,758

OPERATION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

5. A method of operating a touchpad device that includes a touch sensor that detects a touching operation performed on an
operation surface and that generates an electrical signal that indicates a detection value, and a computing portion in electrical
communication with the output of the touch sensor that determines whether or not the touching operation has commenced on the
operation surface, wherein the computing portion
periodically calculates a detection point within a touching contact area on the operation surface after the touching operation
commences,

periodically compares the detection value generated by the touch sensor with a first threshold and a second threshold which
is more than the first threshold, and

when the detection value acquired from the touch sensor falls between the first and second thresholds, and a subsequent detection
value indicates that the touching operation has ended, reverts back to the detection point calculated immediately before the
detection value fell between the first and second thresholds so as to suppress movement of the detection point when the touching
operation ends by effectively cancelling the last detection point.

US Pat. No. 9,711,305

MULTIDIRECTIONAL SWITCH DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A multidirectional switch device comprising:
an assembled structure of a plurality of members, the plurality of members including a button that is operable by a user and
a component to which the button is coupled;

a holder that supports the assembled structure; and
a set of axial recesses and a set of axial projections that define a pivot axis about which the button pivots relative to
the holder, wherein the pivot axis is arranged to allow the holder to cooperate with the assembled structure for operation
of the button in multiple directions,

wherein the holder includes one of the set of axial recesses and the set of axial projections, and
the component of the members of the assembled structure includes the other one of the set of axial recesses and the set of
axial projections.

US Pat. No. 9,694,631

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A tire position determination system comprising:
tire pressure transmitters respectively arranged in tires, each tire pressure transmitter being capable of transmitting a
first radio wave that includes pressure data and a tire ID of a corresponding tire and a second radio wave indicating that
the tire pressure transmitter has reached a specific position on a tire rotation path of the corresponding tire;

a receiver arranged on a vehicle and capable of receiving the first radio wave and the second radio wave from each of the
tire pressure transmitters;

axle rotation detectors respectively arranged on axles, each axle rotation detector being capable of detecting rotation of
a corresponding axle to output axle rotation information; and

a controller configured to monitor pressure of each tire based on the first radio wave received by the receiver, wherein the
controller includes:

a position determination unit configured to determine a tire position by receiving the second radio wave with the receiver
from each tire pressure transmitter to obtain a plurality of sets of the axle rotation information corresponding to the specific
position for each tire pressure transmitter and

specifying a tire that rotates in synchronism with the axle rotation information of each axle to associate the tire ID of
each tire with one of the axles;

a cycle calculator configured to calculate a rotation cycle of each axle based on the axle rotation information of each axle;
and

a validity determination unit configured to determine validity of accuracy of gravity sampling based on the rotation cycle
of each axle, a gravity sampling interval time that indicates a sampling interval of a gravitational component acting on each
tire pressure transmitter, and a gravity sampling frequency in the rotation cycle of each axle,

wherein the position determination unit is configured to determine the tire position based on a determination result produced
by the validity determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,533,586

CHARGE PLUG LOCKING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A lock device, comprising:
an inlet attachable to an attachment subject arranged in a power port of a vehicle, the inlet including an inlet housing that
accommodates a cylinder into which a charge cable is insertable, the inlet housing including

a wall surrounding a recess that exposes an outer surface of the cylinder, and
an attachment surface formed at a front edge of the wall, wherein the attachment surface is attachable to a back surface of
the attachment subject at a position located toward an inner side of the vehicle from the attachment subject;

a lock mechanism capable of locking the charge cable to the inlet; and
a lock mechanism attachment portion defined by the wall of the inlet housing, wherein the lock mechanism attachment portion
enables attachment of the lock mechanism to the wall of the inlet housing at a position located toward the inner side of the
vehicle from the attachment surface of the inlet housing.