US Pat. No. 9,615,409

LIGHT EMISSION MODULE, CONNECTOR, AND MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LIGHT EMISSION MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A light-emitting module comprising:
a light-emitting panel having an emission surface; and
a connector for connecting the light-emitting panel to a fixture fixed on an installation target surface,
the connector being connected to the light-emitting panel,
the connector comprising a connection side circuit that includes a supply side power supply path and a circuit side power
supply path both contributory to power supply to the light-emitting panel,

the light-emitting panel comprising:
an adjustment element capable of adjusting an electric resistance value; and
a light-emitting element,
wherein the supply side power supply path is electrically connected in series to the circuit side power supply path through
the adjustment element, and

wherein the adjustment element is electrically connected in series to the light-emitting element through the circuit side
power supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,399,051

DIPEPTIDYL PEPTIDASE-4 INHIBITOR

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for the amelioration of diabetes and/or inhibiting blood glucose elevation, comprising administrating to a subject
a protein hydrolysate derived from an azuki bean or a kidney bean, which is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor and
which is obtained by the method comprising treating an azuki bean, a kidney bean or a treated bean thereof, suspended or dissolved
in water, with a proteolytic enzyme produced by a koji mold, wherein the proteolytic enzyme has X-prolyl dipeptidyl aminopeptidase
activity.

US Pat. No. 9,061,108

A?-REMOVER, A?-REMOVING APPARATUS, AND A? REMOVAL METHOD

FUJITA HEALTH UNIVERSITY,...

1. A method of removing amyloid ? protein, comprising:
identifying a patient in need of removal of amyloid ? protein; and
contacting a body fluid of said patient with a composition including a carrier made of any one material selected from the
group consisting of cellulose and silica,

wherein the carrier is unmodified or has an alkyl chain having 1 to 22 carbon atoms on the surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,359,209

GRAPHITE FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A graphite film having a length of not less than 4 m in a longitudinal direction of the graphite film and having two or
more different sag forms,
at least one of the two or more different sag forms being middle sag or one-edge sag, wherein
each of the sag forms is determined under a condition of JIS C2151.

US Pat. No. 9,127,159

UNSATURATED ESTER RESIN COMPOSITION, UNSATURATED ESTER-CURED PRODUCT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An unsaturated ester resin composition comprising
60 to 99 parts by mass of an unsaturated ester resin, wherein the unsaturated ester resin comprises (1) a vinyl ester obtained
from an unsaturated monocarboxylic acid and a polyvalent epoxide, and an ethylenically unsaturated monomer, or (2) an unsaturated
polyester obtained from a polyhydric alcohol and an unsaturated polyvalent carboxylic acid or an anhydride thereof, and the
ethylenically unsaturated monomer,

0.5 to 20 parts by mass of an epoxy resin,
0.1 to 20 parts by mass of crosslinked rubber particles having a number average particle diameter of 20 nm to 600 nm, wherein
the crosslinked rubber particles are obtained by polymerizing a vinyl monomer in the presence of one or more rubber polymers
selected from the group consisting of a butadiene rubber, a butadiene-styrene rubber, a butadiene-butyl acrylate rubber, a
butyl acrylate rubber, and an organosiloxane rubber, and

the unsaturated ester resin composition is produced by a method comprising:
mixing an aqueous medium containing crosslinked rubber particles dispersed therein with an organic solvent having a solubility
in water of not lower than 5% by mass and not higher than 40% by mass at 20° C.,

mixing excess water with the resulting mixture to extract the crosslinked rubber particles in an organic solvent phase,
removing a water phase not containing the crosslinked rubber particles to obtain a loose aggregate of crosslinked rubber particles
containing an organic solvent,

adding an epoxy resin to the loose aggregate to give a crosslinked rubber particles-dispersed epoxy resin,
removing the organic solvent from the crosslinked rubber particles-dispersed epoxy resin to obtain the crosslinked rubber
particles-containing epoxy resin, and

mixing the crosslinked rubber particles-containing epoxy resin with the unsaturated ester resin.

US Pat. No. 9,051,430

RESIN-TRANSFER-MOLDABLE TERMINAL-MODIFIED IMIDE OLIGOMER USING 2-PHENYL-4,4?DIAMINODIPHENYL ETHER AND HAVING EXCELLENT MOLDABILITY, MIXTURE THEREOF, VARNISH CONTAINING SAME, AND CURED RESIN THEREOF AND FIBER-REINFORCED CURED RESIN

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin-transfer-moldable terminal-modified imide oligomer mixture comprising:
a resin-transfer-moldable terminal-modified imide oligomer having a residue of a tetravalent aromatic tetracarboxylic acid
and represented by General Formula (1), the resin-transfer-moldable terminal-modified imide oligomer containing an oligomer
where n is 0 in an amount of 10% by mol or more and in amount of 50% by mol or less, and

a terminal-modified imide oligomer represented by General Formula (4) and having a minimum melt viscosity of 1 Pa·sec or less
determined with a rheometer:


where R1 and R2 are a hydrogen atom or an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms, and at least one of R1 and R2 is the aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms; R3 is an aromatic organic group surrounded by four carbonyl groups in the aromatic tetracarboxylic acid, n is an integer of 1
or more and 6 or less, and when n is 2 or more, R3s are optionally the same as or different from each other;


where R4 is an aromatic organic group surrounded by two amino groups in an aromatic diamine.

US Pat. No. 9,206,314

RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED ARTICLE THEREOF

TEIJIN LIMITED, Osaka (J...

1. A resin composition comprising;
(A) 100 parts by weight of a polycarbonate (component A) containing not less than 30 mol % of a recurring unit represented
by the following formula (1)

and
(B) 2 to 20 parts by weight of an impact resistance modifier (component B),
wherein the resin composition has an aggregation structure such that the impact resistance modifier (component B) domains
are dispersed in the matrix of the polycarbonate (component A),

wherein the average size of the impact resistance modifier (component B) domains is 5 to 200 nm and the normalized dispersity
is not more than 17%, and

wherein the impact resistance modifier (component B) satisfies the following conditions (a) to (e):
(a) the impact resistance modifier is a core-shell type polymer;
(b) the core is composed of a rubbery polymer of a vinyl-based monomer or a rubbery polymer of a diene-based monomer and a
vinyl-based monomer, wherein the vinyl-based monomer is at least one selected from the group consisting of (meth)acrylic acid
monomers and (meth)acrylic acid alkyl ester monomers;

(c) the shell is composed of a polymer of at least one vinyl-based monomer;
(d) the average particle diameter of the core-shell type polymer is 50 to 200 nm; and
(e) the refractive index of the impact resistance modifier is 1.490 to 1.510.

US Pat. No. 9,096,508

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CAROTENOID COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Kita...

1. A method for producing a carotenoid composition, comprising:
washing a carotenoid-containing yeast of the genus Xanthophyllomyces with a first organic solvent at 30° C. or lower to obtain a washed yeast; and

extracting a carotenoid from the washed yeast with a second organic solvent at 10° C. to 70° C. to obtain a carotenoid extract.

US Pat. No. 9,147,780

SOLAR CELL, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for manufacturing a solar cell, the solar cell comprising a photoelectric conversion section having a transparent
electrode layer on an outermost surface on one main surface side, and a collecting electrode formed on the transparent electrode
layer, the collecting electrode comprising a first electroconductive layer and a second electroconductive layer in this order
from the photoelectric conversion section side, wherein the method comprises:
a first electroconductive layer forming step of forming the first electroconductive layer on the transparent electrode layer;
a monolayer forming step of forming a self-assembled monolayer on a region on the transparent electrode layer, which is not
provided with the first electroconductive layer; and

a second electroconductive layer forming step of bringing the first electroconductive layer and a plating solution into contact
with each other to form the second electroconductive layer by a plating method, in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,422,405

POLYHEDRAL POLYSILOXANE MODIFIED PRODUCT AND COMPOSITION USING THE MODIFIED PRODUCT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A modified polyhedral polysiloxane, represented by the formula:
[XSiO3/2]a[R1(WO)SiO]b[R2SiO3/2]c[R2(GO)SiO]d
wherein
a+b+c+d is an integer of 6 to 24, a, b, c and d are each an integer of 0 or more, and a and/or b are/is an integer of 1 or
more;

X is a polysiloxanylalkyl group having an alkenyl group or a hydrosilyl group;
W is a polysiloxanylalkylsilyl group having an alkenyl group or a hydrosilyl group;
R1 is an alkyl group or an aryl group;

R2 is an alkyl group, an aryl group, an alkenyl group, a hydrogen atom, or a group bonded to another polyhedral polysiloxane;
and

G is a hydrogen atom or a group represented by SiR23.

US Pat. No. 9,386,656

LUMINESCENT SYSTEM AND ORGANIC EL DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A luminescent system comprising a fixed-side wall surface and an organic EL (Electro Luminescence) device,
the fixed-side wall surface having a wall-side conductive member,
the organic EL device being formed by stacking, on a substrate with a planar expanse, two electrode layers and an organic
light-emitting layer sandwiched between the two electrode layers, wherein the device has two faces, at least one of which
serves as a light-emitting face,

the organic El device having a panel-side conductive member with a planar expanse, wherein the panel-side conductive member
is embedded in or exposed from the other face opposite the light-emitting face in a region overlapping with the organic light-emitting
layer, and wherein the panel-side conductive member is electrically connected to the electrode layers,

the organic EL device being arranged on the fixed-side wall surface, and
the luminescent system being configured to apply an AC current to the wall-side conductive member, so as to indirectly supply
power to the organic EL device.

US Pat. No. 9,175,410

OXYGEN GAS DIFFUSION CATHODE, ELECTROLYTIC CELL EMPLOYING SAME, METHOD OF PRODUCING CHLORINE GAS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SODIUM HYDROXIDE

PERMELEC ELECTRODE LTD., ...

1. An oxygen gas diffusion cathode for brine electrolysis comprising:
a porous electro-conductive substrate made of carbon material;
a gas diffusion layer containing hydrophobic resin and electro-conductive powders made of carbon powders, and a reaction layer
containing electro-conductive powders made of carbon powders, a hydrophilic catalyst consisting of at least one noble metal
selected from the group consisting of silver, platinum and palladium, and hydrophobic resin, both of which are positioned
on one surface of the above electro-conductive substrate; and

an electro-conductive layer containing metal powders consisting of at least one noble metal selected from the group consisting
of silver, platinum and palladium and hydrophobic resin and positioned on a surface opposite to the above one surface of the
electro-conductive substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,229,135

COMPOSITION FOR FILM HAVING PRISM-TYPE RETROREFLECTION STRUCTURE FORMED ON THE SURFACE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An acrylic film, which was obtained from a composition comprising:
(A) an acrylic polymer produced by polymerizing (a-2) a monomer component in the presence of (A-1) a crosslinked acrylic polymer;
and (B) a thermoplastic acrylic polymer,

the composition having a fluidity (MFR: measured under heating at 230° C. and compression at 37.3 N) of 1 to 14, and
the composition having a gel content of 25 to 50% by weight with respect to 100% by weight in total of the acrylic polymer
(A) and the thermoplastic acrylic polymer (B);
the film having a prism type retroreflection structure formed on the surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,166,080

TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE FOR THIN FILM SOLAR CELL, SUBSTRATE HAVING TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE FOR THIN FILM SOLAR CELL AND THIN FILM SOLAR CELL USING SAME, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE FOR THIN FILM SOLAR CELL

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A transparent electrode for a thin film solar cell, comprising
a transparent conductive film consisting essentially of zinc oxide, wherein
the transparent conductive film has the following characteristics:
the transparent conductive film has surface irregularities with a height of 20 to 200 nm;
a carrier concentration of the transparent conductive film is 9×1019 cm?3 or less;

a crystal structure of the transparent conductive film has a (110) preferred orientation;
a ratio of a (110) peak intensity to a (002) peak intensity I(110)/I(002) of the transparent conductive film as measured by
X-ray diffraction is 50 or more; and

a crystallite of the transparent conductive film with a (110) orientation has a size of: 23 nm or more and 50 nm or less,
in a planar direction parallel to a substrate, and 30 nm or more and 60 nm or less, in a planar direction perpendicular to
the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,133,330

COMPOSITION FOR USE AS MATERIAL FOR ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC PARTS, AND CURED PRODUCT THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A composition for use as material for electrical or electronic parts, comprising:
(A) a vinyl polymer having, at a molecular terminal thereof, at least one (meth)acryloyl group per molecule of the polymer,
the group being represented by the following general formula (1):

—OC(O)C(Ra)?CH2  (1)
wherein Ra represents a hydrogen atom or an organic group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms,
(B) is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of the following compounds:
triethylene glycol di(meth)acrylate,
dipropylene glycol di(meth)acrylate,
3-methyl-1,5-pentadiol di(meth)acrylate,
1,6-hexanediol di(meth)acrylate,
1,7-heptanediol di(meth)acrylate,
1,8-octanediol di(meth)acrylate,
2-methyl-1,8-octanediol di(meth)acrylate,
1,9-nonanediol di(meth)acrylate,
1,10-decanediol di(meth)acrylate,
CH2?CHC(O)O—(CH2)n—OC(O)CH?CH2, wherein n is an integer of 6 to 20,

CH2?C(CH3)C(O)O—(CH2)n—OC(O)C(CH3)?CH2, wherein n is an integer of 6 to 20,

CH2?CHC(O)O—(CH2CH2O)n—OC(O)CH?CH2, wherein n is an integer of 3 to 10,

CH2?C(CH3)C(O)O—(CH2CH2O)n—OC(O)C(CH3)?CH2, wherein n is an integer of 3 to 10,

3-methyl-1,5-pentanediol di(meth)acrylate,
1,9-nonanediol di(meth)acrylate,
cyclohexanedimethanol di(meth)acrylate,
dimethylol-tricyclodecane di(meth)acrylate,
1,3-adamantanedimethanol di(meth)acrylate,
1,9-nonanediol diacrylate,
1,10-decanediol diacrylate, and
dimethylol-tricyclodecane diacrylate
trimethylolpropane tri(meth)acrylate,
pentaerythritol tetra(meth)acrylate,
di(trimethylolpropane) tetra(meth)acrylate,
dipentaerythritol penta(meth)acrylate, and
dipentaerythritol hexa(meth)acrylate,
(D) a vinyl monomer having a (meth)acryloyl group represented by the following general formula (3):
Rc—OC(O)C(Ra)?CH2  (3)
wherein Ra represents a hydrogen atom or an organic group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and Rc represents an organic group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, and
(C) an initiator,wherein the total amount of the components (B) and (D) is from 25% by weight or more to 65% by weight or less to the total
100% by weight of the components (A), (B) and (D), and the component (B) is comprised in an amount of 5% by weight or more.

US Pat. No. 9,297,061

TRANSPARENT ELECTROCONDUCTIVE FILM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A transparent electroconductive film comprising;
a transparent substrate;
a second hard carbon film;
a transparent electroconductive oxide layer having an electroconductive side surface, which layer includes at least one layer
and contains zinc oxide as a main component; and

a first hard carbon film;arranged in that order,
wherein the first hard carbon film and the second hard carbon film each have a thickness in a range of 10 to 300 Å, and
wherein the first hard carbon film has electrical conductivity and is disposed directly on the electroconductive side surface
of the transparent electroconductive oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 9,246,026

SOLAR CELL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of manufacturing a solar cell, the solar cell comprising: a photoelectric conversion section; and a collecting
electrode on one main surface of the photoelectric conversion section, wherein the collecting electrode includes a first electroconductive
layer, an insulating layer and a second electroconductive layer in this order from a photoelectric conversion section side,
the method comprising:
a first electroconductive layer forming step of forming the first electroconductive layer on the photoelectric conversion
section, the first electroconductive layer comprising a first-melting-point material having a thermal-fluidization onset temperature
T1;

an insulating layer forming step of forming the insulating layer on the first electroconductive layer such that the first
electroconductive layer is continuously covered with the insulating layer;

an opening section forming step of heating the first electroconductive layer and the insulating layer, after the insulating
layer forming step; and

a plating step of forming the second electroconductive layer by a plating method, in this order, wherein
in the opening section forming step, the insulating layer that continuously covers the first electroconductive layer is caused
to generate an opening section by carrying out the heating of the first electroconductive layer and the insulating layer at
a heating temperature Ta so that the first-melting-point material is thermally fluidized,

the heating temperature Ta in the opening section forming step is lower than a heat-resistant temperature of the photoelectric
conversion section and higher that the thermal-fluidization onset temperature T1 of the first-melting-point material, and

in the plating step, the second electroconductive layer is deposited at the opening section, generated in the insulating layer,
as an origination point, so that, in the collecting electrode, a part of the second electroconductive layer is conductively
connected with the first electroconductive layer through the opening section of the insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,505,857

PRE-EXPANDED POLYPROPYLENE RESIN PARTICLES, IN-MOLD FOAM MOLDED PRODUCT OF POLYPROPYLENE RESIN, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. Pre-expanded polypropylene resin particles comprising a polypropylene resin as a substrate resin,
the resin particles having an average particle weight of 3 mg/particle or less, and
the pre-expanded particles having a dimensional expansion coefficient of 1.5% or more determined with a thermomechanical analyzer
at a constant compressive load of 0.1 g during heating from 30° C. to 100° C. at a temperature increase rate of 10° C./min.

US Pat. No. 9,332,653

RESIN COMPOSITION FOR INSULATING FILM, AND USE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin composition for an insulating film, the resin composition comprising at least:
a (A) binder polymer; and
(B) cross-linked polymer particles, whose polymer has a urethane bond and a carbonate skeleton in its molecule.

US Pat. No. 9,321,919

SURFACE-MODIFIED, EXFOLIATED NANOPLATELETS AS MESOMORPHIC STRUCTURES IN SOLUTIONS AND POLYMERIC MATRICES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A nanocomposite, comprising;
a continuous organic phase comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of an epoxy resin, a urethane resin,
and an acrylic resin; and

a plurality of oligomer-modified nanoplatelets forming a smectic phase of mesomorphic layers in the continuous organic phase,
the mesomorphic layers having a d-spacing of from 2 nm to 50 nm;

wherein the oligomer-modified nanoplatelets are modified by an oligomer having a molecular weight of at least 850 g/mol, and
the oligomer-modified nanoplatelets comprise at least one inorganic material selected from the group consisting of montmorillonite,
bentonite, laponite, a phosphate, a metal oxide, a metal hydroxide, graphene, and graphene oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,315,922

POLYESTER-BASED FIBER FOR ARTIFICIAL HAIR AND HAIR ORNAMENT PRODUCT INCLUDING THE SAME

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A polyester-based fiber for artificial hair formed of a polyester resin composition,
wherein the polyester resin composition contains 5 to 40 parts by weight of a brominated epoxy flame retardant and 0.05 to
5 parts by weight of an acidic compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of a polyester resin,

the polyester resin is one or more kind of resin selected from the group consisting of polyalkylene terephthalate and copolymerized
polyester containing polyalkylene terephthalate as a main component, and

the acidic compound is an acidic phosphorus-based compound having a pH of 3.5 or less.
US Pat. No. 9,249,262

CURABLE ORGANIC POLYMER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF, AND CURABLE COMPOSITION CONTAINING THE SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic polymer (A) having a number average molecular weight of 3,000 to 100,000, and comprising a crosslinkable silicon-containing
organic group represented by the general formula (1):
—Si(Me)2-O—SiR1aR2bXc  (1)

(wherein, R1 that is present in the number of “a” each independently represents an organic group represented by the general formula (2);
R2 that is present in the number of “b” each independently represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, or a triorganosiloxy
group represented by the formula of: (R?)3SiO— (wherein, R? each independently represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms); X that is present in the
number of “c” each independently represents a hydrolyzable group or a hydroxyl group; a is 1 or 2; b is 0 or 1; c is 1 or
2; and the relationship of: a+b+c=3 is satisfied) in the number of one or more on average per molecule

—CR33-dYd  (2)

(wherein, Y that is present in the number of “d” each independently represents an electron-withdrawing group; R3 that is present in the number of (3-d) each independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 19 carbon
atoms; and d is any one of 1, 2 or 3), and the electron-withdrawing group included in the organic groups represented by the
general formulae (2) is an alkoxy group; and

wherein the hydrolysable group X is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkoxy group,
an aryloxy group, an acyloxy group, a ketoximate group, an amino group, an amide group, an acid amide group, an aminooxy group,
a mercapto group, and an alkenyloxy group.

US Pat. No. 9,307,585

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE MODULE AND ORGANIC-ELECTROLUMINESCENCE- MODULE FEEDING STRUCTURE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL module comprising: an organic EL device in which at least one of planes constitutes a light emitting surface;
and at least three connector units that are arranged on a back side of the light emitting surface, wherein
two electrode layers and an organic light emitting layer sandwiched between the electrode layers are stacked on a substrate
having a planar expanse in the organic EL device,

the connector units are arranged with a planar expanse,
each of the connector units includes at least a feeding terminal, and
the feeding terminals are electrically connected in parallel to one another and electrically connected to the two electrode
layers

the organic EL module further comprising a base member that includes the connector units, wherein
the base member is arranged on a projection plane in a member thickness direction of the organic EL device.
US Pat. No. 9,393,721

METHOD FOR PRODUCING THREE-LAYER CO-EXTRUDED POLYIMIDE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a three-layer coextrusion polyimide film by cast-flowing polyamic acid solutions onto a support
by three-layer coextrusion, the three-layer coextrusion polyimide film including, in lamination, a non-thermoplastic polyimide
layer and thermoplastic polyimide layers provided on respective surfaces of the non-thermoplastic polyimide layer, wherein:
among the polyamic acid solutions, a polyamic acid solution A for forming a thermoplastic polyimide layer to be in no direct
contact with the support does not contain a chemical dehydrating agent or an imidization catalyst,

a polyamic acid solution B for forming a thermoplastic polyimide layer to be in direct contact with the support contains an/the
imidization catalyst, and

a polyamic acid solution for forming the non-thermoplastic polyimide layer contains a/the chemical dehydrating agent and an/the
imidization catalyst;

wherein the formula of the polyamic acid solution A and the formula of the polyamic acid solution B prior to addition of a/the
imidization catalyst is the same;

and wherein the difference in properties of the thermoplastic polyimide layer to be in no direct contact with the support
and the properties of the thermoplastic polyimide layer to be in direct contact with the support are reduced as compared to
a like construction where thermoplastic polyimide layers are prepared from polyamic acid solutions having the same amount
of chemical dehydrating agent and imidization catalyst.

US Pat. No. 9,283,354

CATHETER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A catheter comprising:
a fluid-driven actuator including:
a balloon;
a restricting member for restricting inflation of the balloon in a short axis direction of the catheter; and
a tube which is less stretchable in a long axis direction of the catheter than the balloon is, through which tube a guide
wire or a medical solution passes,

according to a cross-sectional view of the fluid-driven actuator taken along the short axis direction of the catheter, the
tube being eccentrically provided with respect to the restricting member,

said catheter further comprising an intermediate member which is less stretchable in the long axis direction of the catheter
than the balloon is,

according to the cross-sectional view of the fluid-driven actuator taken along the short axis direction of the catheter, the
intermediate member being eccentrically provided in the same direction as the tube is eccentrically provided,

wherein, according to the cross-sectional view of the fluid-driven actuator taken along the short axis direction of the catheter,
the intermediate member is in contact with the restricting member, and

wherein the balloon is provided so as to enclose the tube,
wherein the restricting member is a coil,
wherein a wire constituting the coil has a circular cross-sectional surface, and
wherein according to the cross-sectional view of the fluid-driven actuator taken along the short axis direction of the catheter,
the catheter has an area where the balloon is not in contact with the restricting member, the area being on a side opposite
to one side of the catheter on which one side the intermediate member and the tube are eccentrically provided.

US Pat. No. 9,166,089

THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A thin film solar cell module, at least comprising:
a transparent electrode;
a first photoelectric conversion unit;
an intermediate transparent electrode layer;
a second photoelectric conversion unit;
a third photoelectric conversion unit; and
a metal electrode, in this order from a light incident side, the first to third photoelectric conversion units are electrically
connected to form a unit cell, and a plurality of unit cells are integrated by connecting unit cells in series,

wherein the first photoelectric conversion unit is an amorphous silicon-based photoelectric conversion unit, and wherein the
third photoelectric conversion unit is a compound semiconductor-based photoelectric conversion unit,

the second photoelectric conversion unit and the third photoelectric conversion unit being electrically connected in series
to form a series-connected component inside each unit cell,

the series-connected component being electrically connected in parallel with the first photoelectric conversion unit via the
transparent electrode and the intermediate transparent electrode layer,

wherein the transparent electrode inside each unit cell and the transparent electrode inside an adjacent unit cell are separated
by a transparent electrode separation groove,

the intermediate transparent electrode layer inside each unit cell and the metal electrode inside the same unit cell are insulated
by an intermediate electrode separation groove,

the metal electrode inside each unit cell and the metal electrode inside the adjacent unit cell are separated by a metal electrode
separation groove,

the transparent electrode inside each unit cell and the metal electrode inside the same unit cell are short-circuited by a
second-type connection groove,

the transparent electrode inside each unit cell and the intermediate transparent electrode layer inside the adjacent unit
cell are short-circuited via a first-type connection groove, and

the metal electrode inside each unit cell and the intermediate transparent electrode layer inside the adjacent unit cell are
not directly connected, but are electrically connected via the transparent electrode inside the same unit cell, and

thereby the photoelectric conversion units inside each unit cell are electrically connected and the plurality of unit cells
are integrated.

US Pat. No. 9,102,969

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HETEROLOGOUS PROTEIN USING YEAST WITH DISRUPTION OF VPS GENE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a heterologous protein, characterized by comprising using methanol-assimilating yeast with simultaneous
disruptions of the vacuolar protein sorting (VPS) gene and the vacuolar protease B (PRB1) gene as a host for secretory production
of the heterologous protein, wherein the VPS gene is at least one gene selected from the group consisting of VPS8, and VPS15.

US Pat. No. 9,096,523

PROCESS FOR PREPARING CYCLIC AMINE COMPOUNDS

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing a cyclic amine compound, comprising the step of reacting an imine derivative represented by the
following formula (1):

wherein R1 is C1-12 alkyloxy group, C2-12 alkenyloxy group, C7-21 aralkyloxy group, C6-18 aryloxy group, C3-36 trialkylsilyloxy group, amino group, C1-12 alkylamino group, C2-12 alkenylamino group, C7-21 aralkylamino group, C6-18 arylamino group, C2-24 dialkylamino group, C4-24 dialkenylamino group, C14-42 diaralkylamino group, C12-36 diarylamino group, thiol group, C1-12 alkylthio group, C2-12 alkenylthio group, C7-21 aralkylthio group, or C6-18 arylthio group; R2 is hydrogen atom, C1-12 alkyl group, C2-12 alkenyl group, C7-21 aralkyl group, or C6-18 aryl group; R3 is hydrogen atom, C1-12 alkyl group, C2-12 alkenyl group, C7-21 aralkyl group, C6-18 aryl group, hydroxy group, C1-12 alkyloxy group, C2-12 alkenyloxy group, C7-21 aralkyloxy group, or C6-18 aryloxy group; and n is an integer of 1, 2, or 3,

with a reducing agent in the presence of a sulfonic acid,
wherein the cyclic amine compound is represented by the following formula (2):

wherein R1, R2, R3 and n are the same as the above

or the following formula (3):

wherein R1, R2, R3 and n are the same as the above.

US Pat. No. 9,051,490

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HOLLOW SILICONE FINE PARTICLES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing hollow silicone fine particles having a volume average particle diameter of 0.001 ?m to 1 ?m, comprising:
producing core-shell particles (D) by coating particles (X) with a silicone compound (C), the particles (X) being made from
organic macromolecular particles (A) and/or an organic solvent (B), and the silicone compound (C) containing (i) SiO4/2 unit by 0 mole % to 50 mole % relative to the total silicone compound (C), (ii) R2SiO2/2 unit (wherein R is at least one selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkyl groups, C6-24 aromatics groups, a vinyl group, a ?-(meth) acryloxypropyl group and organic groups having an SH group(s)) by 0 mole % to
10 mole % relative to the total silicone compound (C), and (iii) RSiO3/2 unit (wherein R is at least one selected from the group consisting of C1-4 alkyl groups, C6-24 aromatic groups, a vinyl group, a ?-(meth) acryloxypropyl group and organic groups having an SH group(s)) by 50 mole % to
100 mole % relative to the total silicone compound (C);

removing the particles (X) away from inside the core-shell particles (D) by use of an organic solvent and
wherein a weight ratio of the particles (X) made from the organic macromolecular particles (A) and/or organic solvent (B)
to the silicone compound (C) is in a range of 2:98 to 95:5.

US Pat. No. 9,481,871

NUCLEIC ACID ENCODING A POLPEPTIDE HAVING AMINOTRANSFERASE ACTIVITY, VECTORS AND HOST CELLS COMPRISING THE NUCLEIC ACID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A DNA consisting of a nucleotide sequence encoding a polypeptide selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that is identical to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 except
for a deletion, a substitution, an insertion, and/or an addition of 1 to 20 amino acids in SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said polypeptide
catalyzes the transamination of 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone in the presence of an amino group donor to generate (S)-1-benzyl-3-aminopyrrolidine
with optical purity of 93% enantiomeric excess or more;

(b) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that is identical to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 except
for a deletion, a substitution, an insertion, and/or an addition of 1 to 20 amino acids in sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, and wherein
said polypeptide catalyzes the transamination of 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone in the presence of an amino group donor to generate
((S)-1-benzyl -3-aminopyrrolidine with optical purity of 93% enantiomeric excess or more, wherein said polypeptide exhibits
higher activity for 2-ketoglutaric acid than that for pyruvic acid as an amino group receptor; wherein said polypeptide exhibits
activity for (S)-1-phenethylamine as an amino donor, wherein said polypeptide exhibits higher activity for L-glutamic acid
than that for L-alanine as an amino donor, and wherein said polypeptide does not substantially exhibit activity for ?-alanine
or 4-aminobutyric acid as an amino group donor;

(c) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that is identical to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 except
for a deletion, a substitution, an insertion, and/or an addition of 1 to 20 amino acids in SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said polypeptide
has an optimum pH ranging from 7.0 to 8.0, wherein said polypeptide has an optimum temperature ranging from 30° C. to 50°
C., wherein said polypeptide retains a residual activity equivalent to 70% or more of the activity before treatment when treated
at 30° C. to 50° C. for 30 minutes, wherein said polypeptide has a molecular weight of about 48 kDa as measured by sodium
dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and wherein said polypeptide catalyzes the transamination of 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone
in the presence of an amino group donor to generate (S)-1-benzyl-3-aminopyrrolidine with optical purity of 93% enantiomeric
excess or more.

US Pat. No. 9,273,174

NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION METHOD, AND DEVICE AND KIT FOR USE IN SAME

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method of detecting a nucleic acid, comprising the steps of:
contacting a nucleic acid with a detecting reagent containing a leuco dye in a closed system; wherein the leuco dye is initially
colorless, and wherein the nucleic acid reacts as a color developer with the colorless leuco dye to produce a colored dye;
and

observing a color change of at least one of the nucleic acid and the detecting reagent under visible light.

US Pat. No. 9,273,208

ACRYLIC RESIN FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An acrylic resin film obtained by molding a resin composition containing the following components (G) and (F):
a glutarimide acrylic resin (G) that contains a unit represented by the following general formula (1) and a unit represented
by the following general formula (2) and has a glass transition temperature of 120° C. or higher,


(wherein R1 and R2 are each independently hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms and R3 is hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituent
group having an aromatic ring and 5 to 15 carbon atoms)


(wherein R4 and R5 are each independently hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms and R6 is an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 12 carbon atoms, or a substituent group having
an aromatic ring and 5 to 15 carbon atoms); and

a (meth)acrylic resin (F) obtained by polymerization of a vinyl group-containing compound in the presence of alkyl acrylate-based
cross-linked elastic particles having an average particle size of 40 nm or more and less than 80 nm and obtained by copolymerization
of alkyl acrylate and another vinyl monomer copolymerizable therewith;

wherein the glutarimide acrylic resin (G) does not contain a unit represented by the following general formual (3):

(wherein R7 is hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms and R8 is an aryl group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms); and

wherein said vinyl group-containing compound in the (meth) acrylic resin (F) is a monomer mixture (E) consisting of 60 to
100 wt % of alkyl methacrylate and 0 to 40 wt % of alkyl acrylate, or a monomer mixture (E) consisting of more than 10 wt
% but 35 wt % or less of unsaturated carboxylic acid, 50 wt % or more but less than 90 wt % of alkyl methacrylate and 0 wt
% or more but less than 40 wt % of alkyl acrylate.

US Pat. No. 9,249,024

METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM, METHOD FOR REWINDING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE COMPOSITE FILM AND GRAPHITE DIE-CUTTING PRODUCT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

50. A graphite film,
having an average tearing force of not more than 0.08 N as determined by Trouser tear method in accordance with JIS K7128,
and

having sag of not less than 5 mm and not greater than 80 mm as determined by a method of film windability evaluation in accordance
with JIS C2151.

US Pat. No. 9,221,972

POLY-3-HYDROXYALKANOATE RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED ARTICLE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin composition, comprising:
a poly-3-hydroxyalkanoate resin (A); and
an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin (B) having a vinyl acetate content of 70 to 90 wt %,
wherein:
the poly-3-hydroxyalkanoate resin (A) and the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin (B) are miscible, and a weight ratio
of the poly-3-hydroxyalkanoate resin (A) with respect to the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin (B) is from 85/15 to 70/30
in wt/wt; and

the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer resin (B) has a melt flow rate of from 5 to 8 g/10 min.
US Pat. No. 9,149,794

FORMYL GROUP-CONTAINING POROUS SUPPORT, ADSORBENT USING SAME, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE ADSORBENT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing an affinity adsorbent, comprising the steps of
immobilizing an amino group-containing ligand on a formyl group-containing porous base matrix in two stages of imination and
reductive reaction; and

carrying out a stabilizing procedure after the imination and before adding a reducing agent for the reductive reaction,
wherein the imination is carried out in a reaction mixture having pH of not less than 11.5 and less than 13.0, and
the stabilizing procedure after the imination and before adding the reducing agent for the reductive reaction comprises adjusting
a pH of a reaction mixture within ±1 of the pH during the reductive reaction without adding the reducing agent.

US Pat. No. 9,687,035

IMPACT-ABSORBING PAD, CLOTHING FURNISHED WITH SAME AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING FEMORAL FRACTURES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An impact-absorbing pad comprising a pad main body having a flat shape, the pad main body including an impact-deflecting
part having a through hole with a maximum length of 80 mm or less and an area of 600 mm2 or more and 5,000 mm2 or less such that the pad main body is configured to surround a greater trochanter of a femur, the pad main body being configured
to apply the impact-deflecting part onto the greater trochanter of the femur such that the pad main body and a periphery of
the greater trochanter of the femur facing the pad main body absorb an impact force directed to the greater trochanter of
the femur, thereby preventing a femoral fracture,
wherein the pad main body has a thickness of 13 mm or less, impact absorbability, and a flexural modulus of 100 MPa or less
that is calculated based on a measurement in accordance with Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) K7171, and

the pad main body includes at least one first relief part having a through hole below the impact-deflecting part, a distance
from a lower end of the impact-deflecting part to an upper end of the first relief part is 5 mm or more and 50 mm or less,
and the first relief part is designed to have a maximum length of 5 mm or more and 50mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,388,109

REDUCED COENZYME Q10 CRYSTAL HAVING EXCELLENT STABILITY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A reduced coenzyme Q10 crystal showing characteristic peaks at diffraction angles 2?±0.2° of 11.5°, 18.2°, 19.3°, 22.3°,
23.0° and 33.3° in powder X-ray Cu—K? diffraction.

US Pat. No. 9,198,287

SUBSTRATE WITH TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND TOUCH PANEL

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A substrate with a transparent electrode, comprising: a transparent film substrate; and a first dielectric material layer,
a second dielectric material layer, a third dielectric material layer and a patterned transparent electrode layer in this
order on at least one surface of the transparent film substrate, wherein
the first dielectric material layer is a silicon oxide layer containing SiOx (x?1.5) as a main component and having a thickness of 1 nm to 25 nm,

the second dielectric material layer is a metal oxide layer containing as a main component at least one oxide of a metal selected
from the group consisting of Nb, Ta, Ti, Zr, Zn and Hf and having a thickness of 5 nm or more and less than 10 nm,

the third dielectric material layer is a silicon oxide layer containing SiOy (y>x) as a main component and having a thickness of 35 nm to 55 nm,

the transparent electrode layer is a conductive metal oxide layer containing an indium-tin composite oxide as a main component
and having a thickness of 20 nm to 35 nm and patterned to have an electrode layer-formed part and an electrode layer non-formed
part,

a refractive index n1 of the first dielectric material layer, a refractive index n2 of the second dielectric material layer and a refractive index n3 of the third dielectric material layer satisfy a relationship of n3
the transparent electrode layer has a refractive index n4 of 1.88 or less and a resistivity of 5.0×10?4 ?·cm or less,

wherein a color difference of transmitted light between the electrode layer-formed part and the electrode layer non-formed
part is 0.8 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,181,624

METHOD OF ELECTROLYSIS EMPLOYING TWO-CHAMBER ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE ELECTROLYTIC CELL HAVING GAS DIFFUSION ELECTRODE

CHLORINE ENGINEERS CORP.,...

1. A method of electrolyzing brine using a two-chamber ion exchange membrane electrolytic cell divided, by an ion exchange
membrane, into an anode chamber equipped with an anode and a cathode gas chamber equipped with a gas diffusion electrode,
the method comprising:
supplying an oxygen-containing gas to the cathode gas chamber through an oxygen-containing gas inlet, and a sealing pot or
a valve downstream of an outlet of the cathode gas chamber for a caustic soda aqueous solution and the oxygen-containing gas;
and

reducing a differential pressure from a non-pressurized state by pressurizing an inside of the cathode gas chamber by changing
a liquid height of the sealing pot or an opening degree of the valve, the differential pressure being a difference between
a liquid pressure in the anode chamber and a gas pressure in the cathode gas chamber, thereby decreasing a salt concentration
in the caustic soda aqueous solution that is electrolytically produced,

wherein the differential pressure is reduced to 2.4 kPa or less by pressurizing the inside of the cathode gas chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,059,422

SUBSTRATE WITH TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE FILM AND THIN FILM PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a substrate with a transparent conductive film, comprising:
forming an underlying layer on the substrate;
forming pyramidal shape or inverse-pyramidal shape irregular structures on a transparent conductive film-side surface of the
underlying layer; and

forming the transparent conductive film directly on the underlying layer by:
forming a first transparent electrode layer, the first transparent electrode layer being formed on the transparent conductive
film-side surface of the underlying layer, and

forming, by low-pressure CVD, a second transparent electrode layer forming an outermost surface of the transparent conductive
film, the second transparent electrode layer including zinc oxide, the second transparent electrode layer having irregular
structures formed on the surface of the second transparent electrode layer that are smaller in size than the pyramidal shape
or the inverse-pyramidal shape irregular structures of the underlying layer,

wherein the low-pressure CVD is conducted at a lower pressure than atmospheric pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,281,498

ORGANIC EL DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL device comprising a laminated body consisting of a first electrode layer, an organic emitting layer, and
a second electrode layer laminated on a substrate and a sealing member sealing the laminated body,
the substrate having one side and another side opposite to the one side, a direction connecting the one side and another side
of the substrate being set as a first direction as viewed in a plan view,

the organic EL device having a first electrode communicating part electrically connected to the first electrode layer at the
one side of the substrate and a second electrode communicating part electrically connected to the second electrode layer at
the other side of the substrate, so that a conductive pathway is formed within the laminated body to conduct electrical current
between the first electrode communicating part and the second electrode communicating part,

the organic EL device having a first cross groove crossing the laminated body and extending from the first electrode communicating
part to the second electrode communicating part,

wherein the first cross groove is formed by removing all of the first electrode layer, the organic emitting layer, and the
second electrode layer, and

wherein the sealing member and the substrate are connected by a connecting part,
wherein the connecting part and the first cross groove are arranged in a second direction that is substantially perpendicular
to the first direction in the plan view, so that the connecting part is arranged closer to a terminal end of the second direction
than the first cross groove.

US Pat. No. 9,200,111

THERMOPLASTIC RESIN, RESIN COMPOSITION, AND MOLDING OF HIGH THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A thermoplastic resin, having a main chain structure comprising:
a unit (A) by 25 mol % to 60 mol %, the unit (A) having a biphenyl group and being represented by general formula (1):
wherein X represents O;
a unit (B) by 25 mol % to 60 mol %, the unit (B) being represented by general formula (2):
—Y—R—Y—  (2)wherein R represents a bivalent linear substituent (a) whose number of atoms in its main chain length is 2 to 20 and (b) which
is branched or not branched, and Y represents CO; and
a unit (C) by 1 mol % to 25 mol %, the unit (C) being represented by general formula (3):
—Z1-A-Z2—  (3)
wherein Z1 and Z2 represent a bivalent substituent(s) selected from the group consisting of O, and NH, and A represents a substituent selected
from the group consisting of non-fused aromatic groups, fused aromatic groups, heterocyclic groups, alicyclic groups, and
alicyclic heterocyclic groups, wherein each of the substituent A has an effect of folding a main chain,
where a total amount of the units (A), (B), and (C) is 100 mol %, and
wherein A of the thermoplastic resin is any one of structures shown below:

US Pat. No. 9,067,185

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a graphite film by heat-treating a polymer film, comprising:
a film modification step for performing heat treatment at a heating rate of 5° C./min or more in a temperature range from
(i) a lower limit to temperature rise being equal to or higher than a starting temperature of thermal decomposition of the
polymer film to (ii) an upper limit to temperature rise being equal to or lower than an intermediate temperature of thermal
decomposition of the polymer film while continuously feeding a long polymer film into a heat treatment apparatus, the polymer
film having a birefringence of less than 0.13and the upper limit to temperature rise being 605° C. or lower;

following the film modification step, performing cooling at a cooling rate of 10° C./min or more in a temperature range from
(i) the upper limit to temperature rise to (ii) a temperature being equal to or lower than the starting temperature of thermal
decomposition of the polymer film; and thereafter

performing heat treatment at a temperature of 2000° C. or higher.
US Pat. No. 9,441,082

POLYIMIDE FILM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing a polyimide film, comprising the steps of
casting and/or coating and subsequently drying an organic solvent solution of polyamic acid on a support, so as to produce
a gel film, which is a partially cured and/or partially dried polyamic acid film; and

imidizing the gel film to obtain the polyimide film,
said process producing the gel film by carrying out the step of imidizing the gel film to obtain the polyimide film by tenter
heating in which a heat treatment is carried out on the gel film with fastened both ends, wherein a content of remaining volatile
component of the gel film is set within 50 wt % to 300 wt %, and an initial temperature of heating in the tenter heating is
set within 200° C. to 400° C., to control modulus and coefficient of thermal expansion.

US Pat. No. 9,309,384

POLYETHYLENE RESIN FOAMED PARTICLES, POLYETHYLENE RESIN IN-MOLD FOAM MOLDED ARTICLE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYETHYLENE RESIN FOAMED PARTICLES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. Polyethylene resin foamed particles comprising, as a base resin, a polyethylene resin composition which contains, in an
amount of not less than 1000 ppm to not more than 4000 ppm in total, compounds selected from the group consisting of antioxidant,
metal stearate, and inorganic substance,
the polyethylene resin foamed particles having a Z-average molecular weight of not less than 40×104 to not more than 70×104, an average cell diameter of not less than 180 ?m to not more than 450 ?m, and an open-cell ratio of not more than 12%,

wherein the antioxidant includes a phosphorus-based antioxidant and a phenol-based antioxidant, an amount of the phosphorus-based
antioxidant contained in the polyethylene resin composition is not less than 500 ppm to not more than 1500 ppm, and a ratio
of the amount of the phosphorus-based antioxidant to an amount of the phenol-based antioxidant in the polyethylene resin composition
(the amount of the phosphorus-based antioxidant/the amount of the phenol-based antioxidant) is not less than 2.0 to not more
than 7.5, and

wherein the inorganic substance is in an amount of not less than 300 ppm to not more than 2500 ppm.
US Pat. No. 9,273,151

PROTEINACEOUS-SUBSTANCE-BINDING LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT COMPOUND

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for binding an IgG-Fc or an Fc fusion protein to a low-molecular-weight compound, comprising contacting a low-molecular-weight
compound represented by the general formula (I):
ArX-(Linker)-ArYHB  (1)
wherein
ArX is a structure containing an optionally substituted aromatic six-membered ring,
ArYHB is a structure containing an optionally substituted aromatic six-membered ring having a proton donor,
the atom group “Linker” is a structure containing optionally substituted tetrazole, optionally substituted hydantoin, optionally
substituted pyrrol, optionally substituted pyridine, optionally substituted 1,3,4-thiadiazole, optionally substituted triazole,
optionally substituted aminopyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine, optionally substituted thiazole or nitropyrimidine, or is represented
by —U—CZ—V—, wherein CZ is a structure containing an optionally substituted benzene ring or an optionally substituted naphthalene
ring, and U and V are respectively composed of a non-hydrogen atom not containing a ring structure and binds ArX with ArYHB,
with the IgG-Fc or Fc fusion protein.

US Pat. No. 9,091,000

FLAMEPROOF SPUN YARN, FABRIC, CLOTHES AND FLAMEPROOF WORK CLOTHES

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A flame resistant spun yarn having flame resistance, comprising:
a modacrylic fiber comprising an antimony compound; and
a polyarylate-based fiber,
wherein the flame resistant spun yarn contains from 1 to 30 wt % of the polyarylate-based fiber relative to a total weight
of the flame resistant spun yarn.

US Pat. No. 9,373,815

SEALING LAYER OF ORGANIC EL DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL device having a sectional structure including a laminate having a first electrode layer, an organic light
emitting layer and a second electrode layer on a base member, and a sealing layer that seals the whole or part of the laminate,
wherein
a buffer layer is stacked directly or indirectly with respect to the sealing layer,
the buffer layer is a soft resin layer made of a resin, having flexibility,
an emission area that actually emits light and a feeding area to which a feeding member is connected exist when the base member
is planarly viewed,

the organic EL device has a hard wall part surrounding an area including the emission area, and at least part of the feeding
member is embedded in the hard wall part,

electricity is fed to the feeding area from outside via the embedded feeding member,
the organic EL device further has a conductive base member having electric conductivity on the second electrode layer,
the conductive base member and the feeding area are electrically connected with each other via the feeding member, and
in the emission area, electricity is fed from the outside via the conductive base member.

US Pat. No. 9,315,839

PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING COENZYME Q10

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing the reduced coenzyme Q10 represented by the following formula (I):

which comprises culturing reduced coenzyme Q10-producing microorganisms in a culture medium containing a carbon source, a nitrogen source, a phosphorus source and a micronutrient
to obtain microbial cells containing reduced coenzyme Q10 at a ratio of not less than 70 mole % among the entire coenzymes Q10, and extracting the reduced coenzyme Q10 by an organic solvent under the condition that the reduced coenzyme Q10 is protected from an oxidation reaction, to thereby obtain an extract containing not less than 70 mole % reduced coenzyme
Q10 among the entire coenzymes Q10, and

wherein the condition that the reduced coenzyme Q10 is protected from an oxidation reaction is selected from the group consisting of an atmosphere of inert gas, a high salt concentration
condition where inorganic salts are contained in not less than about 5% in an aqueous phase, the condition in the presence
of not less than 0.1 mole % of a strong acid with a pKa value of not more than 2.5 relative to 1 mole of reduced coenzyme
Q10, the condition in the presence of ascorbic acid, citric acid or salts and esters thereof, and the condition in the presence
of dithionous acid.

US Pat. No. 9,287,527

ORGANIC EL LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL light-emitting element comprising a transparent conductive layer, an organic light-emitting unit layer, and
a metal layer in this order on a transparent substrate, wherein
the metal layer is divided into a negative electrode region and an auxiliary electrode region that are electrically separated
by a metal layer dividing channel;

the organic EL light-emitting element includes a first-type connecting channel filled with a metal constituting the metal
layer, the first-type connecting channel having a first surface positioned on a side closer to the transparent substrate,
the first surface being in contact with the transparent conductive layer, a second surface positioned on a side farther from
the transparent substrate than a distance of the first surface from the transparent substrate, the second surface being in
contact with the auxiliary electrode region, and a side surface connecting the first surface and the second surface to each
other, the side surface being in contact with the organic light-emitting unit layer;

the transparent conductive layer is divided into a positive electrode region and a negative electrode connecting region that
are electrically separated by a transparent conductive layer dividing channel;

in the negative electrode connecting region, the transparent conductive layer and the negative electrode region of the metal
layer are electrically connected via a second-type connecting channel, which is an opening part in the organic light-emitting
unit layer;

the positive electrode region of the transparent conductive layer and the auxiliary electrode region of the metal layer are
electrically connected via the first-type connecting channel; and

a region where the positive electrode region and the negative electrode region overlap constitutes a light-emitting region;
the organic EL light-emitting element further comprising an insulating channel that serves both as the transparent conductive
layer dividing channel and as the metal layer dividing channel, where the transparent conductive layer dividing channel and
the metal layer dividing channel are formed in a same region, wherein

in the insulating channel, all layers of the transparent conductive layer, the organic light-emitting unit layer, and the
metal layer are removed.

US Pat. No. 9,267,116

AMINO ACID DEHYDROGENASE, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING L-AMINO ACID, 2-OXO ACID OR D-AMINO ACID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A recombinant plasmid obtained by inserting a DNA into a vector,
wherein the DNA is an isolated DNA according to any of the following (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f):
(a) a DNA encoding a polypeptide comprising the amino acid sequence shown in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:1;
(b) a DNA encoding a polypeptide that has an amino acid dehydrogenase activity and comprises an amino acid sequence provided
by the substitution, insertion, deletion and/or addition of not more than 25 amino acids in the amino acid sequence shown
in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:1;

(c) a DNA encoding polypeptide that has an amino acid dehydrogenase activity and comprises an amino acid sequence that has
at least 90% sequence identity with the amino acid sequence shown in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:1;

(d) a DNA comprising the base sequence shown in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:2;
(e) a DNA that encodes a polypeptide having an amino acid dehydrogenase activity and has a base sequence provided by the substitution,
insertion, deletion and/or addition of not more than 50 bases in the base sequence shown in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:2;
and

(f) a DNA that encodes a polypeptide having an amino acid dehydrogenase activity and comprises a base sequence that has at
least 90% sequence identity with the base sequence shown in Sequence Listing SEQ ID NO:2.

US Pat. No. 9,178,120

CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION, CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION TABLET, MOLDED BODY, SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE, SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT AND LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable resin composition comprising, as essential components,
(A) an organic compound having at least two carbon-carbon double bonds reactive with SiH groups per molecule which is free
of any siloxane (Si—O—Si) units, or, reaction products of one or more kinds of compounds selected from the organic compounds
having at least two carbon-carbon double bonds reactive with SiH groups per molecule which are free of any siloxane (Si—O—Si)
units, with a compound containing a SiH group,

(B) a compound containing at least two SiH groups per molecule,
(C) a hydrosilylation catalyst,
(D) a silicone compound having at least one carbon-carbon double bond reactive with a SiH group per molecule,
(E) an inorganic filler, and
(F) a white pigment,
wherein the component (E) and the component (F) are contained in a total amount of 70% to 95% by weight,
and wherein the ratio of the number (Y) of SiH groups in a total amount of the component (B) within the composition to the
number (X) of carbon-carbon double bonds in a total amount of the component (A) within the composition is 3?Y/X?0.3.

US Pat. No. 9,273,332

METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF L-AMINO ACID

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for producing an L-amino acid, by beginning a reaction which comprises contacting a keto acid contained in a dried
keto acid containing product; wherein the keto acid is represented by the following formula (1):

wherein R is an unsubstituted or substituted C1-C20 alkyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted C7-C20 aralkyl group, or
an unsubstituted or substituted C6-C20 aryl group;

with a reaction milieu comprising an amino acid dehydrogenase and an enzyme having coenzyme regenerating ability to convert
to an L-amino acid represented by the following formula (2):


wherein R is the same as described above,
wherein a coenzyme is added continuously, or in two or more portions to the reaction,and wherein the purity of the keto acid is 90% or less,
wherein the purity of the keto acid is the ratio of the weight of the keto acid contained in the keto acid product to the
weight of the dried keto acid product,

wherein the amino acid dehydrogenase is obtainable from microorganisms selected from the group consisting of the genera: Brevibacterium, Rhodococcus, Sporosarcina, Thermoactinomyces, Microbacterium, Halomonas, Clostridium, Bacillus, Neurospora,
Escherichia, and Aerobacter,
wherein the unsubstituted or substituted C1-C20 alkyl group as the R group is selected from the group consisting of methyl,
isopropyl, isobutyl, 1-methylpropyl, carbamoyl methyl, 2-carbamoyl ethyl, hydroxymethyl, 1-hydroxyethyl, mercaptomethyl, 2-methylthioethyl,
(1-mercapto-1-methyl)ethyl, 4-amino butyl, 3-guanidino propyl, 4(5)-imidazole methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, n-butyl, t-butyl, 2,2-dimethyl
propyl, chloromethyl, methoxymethyl, 2-hydroxyethyl, 3-aminopropyl, 2-cyanoethyl, 3-cyanopropyl, 4-(benzoylamino) butyl, and
2-methoxy carbonylethyl, and

wherein the unsubstituted or substituted C7-C20 aralkyl group as the R group is selected from the group consisting of benzyl,
indolylmethyl, 4-hydroxybenzyl, 2-fluorobenzyl, 3-fluorobenzyl, 4-fluorobenzyl, and 3,4-methylenedioxybenzyl.

US Pat. No. 9,109,326

ANTIBACTERIAL ARTIFICIAL HAIR AND ANTIBACTERIAL COATING AGENT FOR ARTIFICIAL HAIR

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An antibacterial artificial hair comprising:
an artificial hair having a fineness of from 10 to 100 dtex; and
organic resin particles adhering to the artificial hair,
wherein the organic resin particles are powdered fine particles including pulverized particles of regenerated collagen and
an aluminum salt that is chemically bonded to the pulverized particles of regenerated collagen.

US Pat. No. 9,416,231

POLYHEDRAL POLYSILOXANE MODIFIED PRODUCT AND COMPOSITION USING THE MODIFIED PRODUCT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A modified polyhedral polysiloxane, comprising a constitutional unit represented by the formula:
[WR32SiOSiO3/2]a[XR52SiOSiO3/2]b[R43SiOSiO3/2]c
wherein
a+b+c is an integer of 6 to 24, a is an integer of 1 or more, and b and c are each 0 or an integer of 1 or more;
R3 and R5 are each an alkyl group or an aryl group;

R4 is a substituent group other than an alkenyl group and a hydrogen atom;

W is a group having a structure represented by the following formula (3) or (4), wherein in the case where there are a plurality
of Ws, the structures of the formula (3) or (4) may be different from each other, or the structures of the formulas (3) and
(4) may coexist; and

X is a group having a structure represented by the following formula (5) or (6), wherein in the case where there are a plurality
of Xs, the structures of the formula (5) or (6) may be different from each other, or the structures of the formulas (5) and
(6) may coexist,


wherein
l is an integer of 2 or more;
m is an integer of 0 or more;
n is an integer of 2 or more;
R is an alkyl group or an aryl group;
Y1 is an epoxy group-containing group, a hydrogen atom, an alkenyl group, an alkyl group, or an aryl group, and the Y1s may be the same as or different from each other; and

Z1 is an epoxy group-containing group, a hydrogen atom, an alkenyl group, an alkyl group, or an aryl group, and the Z1s may be the same as or different from each other,

provided that at least one of the Y1s and Z1s is an epoxy group-containing group,


wherein
l is an integer of 2 or more;
m is an integer of 0 or more;
n is an integer of 2 or more;
R is an alkyl group or an aryl group;
Y2 is a hydrogen atom, an alkenyl group, an alkyl group, or an aryl group, and the Y2s may be the same as or different from each other; and

Z2 is a hydrogen atom, an alkenyl group, an alkyl group, or an aryl group, and the Z2s may be the same as or different from each other,

provided that at least one of the Y2s and Z2s is a hydrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,284,354

IMMUNOGLOBULIN-BINDING POLYPEPTIDE

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...


wherein X1 is D, E, N, or Q;

X2 is E or R;

X3 is L, M, or I;

X4 is A, E, F, R, Y, or W;

X5 is D, E, H, I, L, Q, R, S, T, or V;

X6 is H, I, or R;

X7 is D, I, or R;

X8 is D or E;

X9 is I, L, or V;

X10 is R or Q;

X11 is H or R; and

X12 is R, G, or K.

US Pat. No. 9,267,004

POLYIMIDE PRECURSOR COMPOSITION AND USE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A partially imidized polyimide precursor compound at least having a urethane bond, an imide bond, a polyamide acid structure,
and a polycarbonate skeleton.

US Pat. No. 9,187,331

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARBONACEOUS FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM, ROLL OF POLYMER FILM, AND ROLL OF CARBONACEOUS FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a carbonaceous film, the method comprising the steps of:
winding a polymer film into a roll at a temperature lower than a pyrolysis onset temperature of the polymer film to have a
gap between adjacent layers of the polymer film whereby the roll of polymer film as a whole satisfies a relationship in that
a value obtained by dividing a thickness of the gap between adjacent layers of the polymer film (Ts) by a thickness of the
polymer film (Tf) (Ts/Tf), is 0.16 or higher but 1.50 or lower; and then

heat-treating the roll of polymer film so as to carbonize the polymer film and obtain a carbonaceous film.
US Pat. No. 9,303,062

SOLID OXIDIZED GLUTATHIONE SALT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a solid oxidized glutathione salt, comprising:
heating an oxidized glutathione at 30° C. or higher while the oxidized glutathione is contacted with an aqueous medium in
the presence of a substance for providing a cation, to produce a salt of the oxidized glutathione and the cation as a solid,

wherein the aqueous medium comprises at least one of water and a water-soluble medium, and
the cation is at least one selected from the group consisting of an ammonium cation, a calcium cation and a magnesium cation.

US Pat. No. 9,144,935

METHOD FOR PRODUCING STRETCHED FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING FILM, AND FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a stretched film, comprising
conveying a continuously fed film in a conveying direction while pinching both side edges of the film with holding members,
and

a stretching step comprising stretching the film in a direction transverse to the conveying direction while increasing a distance
between the holding members of both the side edges while conveying the film, and

a sagging step wherein a partial area or a whole area of the film is sagged by pinching the film between pinching members
having projections and recesses, so as to generate a sagged film having ridges and grooves extending longitudinally in a direction
perpendicular to the conveying direction, and the film is stretched in the traverse direction while the film is sagged in
the conveying direction,

wherein at least a portion of the film is instantaneously sagged by the sagging step and stretched by the stretching step.
US Pat. No. 9,284,536

ISOLATED DNA ENCODING PROTEIN HAVING IMPROVED STABILITY

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. An isolated DNA encoding a protein which has NADH oxidase activity or NADPH oxidase activity or both and has improved stability
compared to the protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, and wherein said protein has an amino acid sequence
that has at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 and further contains at least one amino
acid substitution selected from (a) to (g):
(a) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 42 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 200 Å2;

(b) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 46 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a neutral amino
acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2 or an acidic amino acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2;

(c) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 96 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a basic amino acid;
(d) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 172 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a smaller side-chain surface area than Tyr;

(e) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 196 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a basic amino
acid;

(f) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 312 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a larger side-chain surface area than Ala; and

(g) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 371 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an aliphatic
amino acid, an acidic amino acid, or an amino acid having a hydroxyl group-bearing side chain.

US Pat. No. 9,266,736

GRAPHITE FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a graphite film, the method comprising
providing a heat-treated film that is a polymer film that has been subjected to a heat treatment,
graphitizing the heat-treated film to give the graphite film, wherein the graphitizing comprises substeps (i) and (ii):
(i) subjecting the heat-treated film to a first graphitizing heat treatment at a temperature of not less than 2,000° C. while
the heat-treated film is in a state of being wrapped around an internal core, wherein the heat-treated film is loosened by
the first graphitizing heat treatment, and

(ii) winding up the heat-treated, loosened film during the first graphitizing heat treatment, after the first graphitizing
heat treatment and prior to a subsequent graphitizing heat treatment, or during a subsequent graphitizing heat treatment.

US Pat. No. 9,237,645

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT INTEGRATED WITH CONDUCTIVE LAYER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A conductive-layer-integrated flexible printed circuit board comprising:
(A) an electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer;
(B) an insulator film; and
(C) a wiring-pattern-equipped film,
the electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer (A), the insulator film (B), and the wiring-pattern-equipped film (C) being
laminated in this order,

the insulator film (B) containing at least (a) a binder polymer and (b) spherical organic beads.

US Pat. No. 9,193,842

METHOD FOR PRODUCING NONCROSSLINKED POLYETHYLENE RESIN EXPANDED PARTICLE (FIRST STAGE EXPANDED PARTICLE) AND RE-EXPANDED NONCROSSLINKED POLYETHYLENE RESIN EXPANDED PARTICLE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a noncrosslinked polyethylene resin expanded particle, first stage expanded particle, comprising
the step of:
obtaining the noncrosslinked polyethylene resin expanded particle, first stage expanded particle, by (a) first introducing,
into a pressure-resistant container, a polyethylene resin particle together with water, a foaming agent, and a dispersing
agent, the polyethylene resin particle containing not less than 0.05 part by weight and not more than 2 parts by weight of
at least one kind selected from the group consisting of glycerin, polyethylene glycol, and polypropylene glycol with respect
to 100 parts by weight of polyethylene resin whose density is in a range of not less than 0.920 g/cm3 and less than 0.940 g/cm3, and (b) expanding the polyethylene resin particle by discharging the polyethylene resin particle from the pressure-resistant
container into a low-pressure atmosphere after a temperature and a pressure inside the pressure-resistant container are retained
at predetermined levels, respectively, the low-pressure atmosphere being set at a temperature in range of not less than 60°
C. and not more than 120° C.,

the noncrosslinked polyethylene resin expanded particle, first stage expanded particle, having a bulk density BD in a range
of not less than 10 g/L and not more than 100 g/L, and a shrinkage factor in a range of not less than 2% and not more than
30%, the shrinkage factor being obtained by the following formula (1):

Shrinkage Factor=(BD?VBD)×100/VBD  (1),

wherein: the BD is a bulk density of the noncrosslinked polyethylene resin expanded particle, first stage expanded particle,
at 23° C. and at 0.1 MPa at a normal atmospheric pressure; and the VBD is a bulk density of the noncrosslinked polyethylene
resin expanded particle, first stage expanded particle, at 23° C. and at a reduced pressure of 0.002 MPa or less.

US Pat. No. 9,193,592

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a graphite film by heat-treating a polymer film, comprising:
a film modification step for performing heat treatment at a heating rate of 5° C./min or more in a temperature range from
(i) a lower limit to temperature rise being equal to or higher than a starting temperature of thermal decomposition of the
polymer film to (ii) an upper limit to temperature rise being equal to or lower than an intermediate temperature of thermal
decomposition of the polymer film while continuously feeding a long polymer film into a heat treatment apparatus, the polymer
film having a birefringence of 0.13 or more and the upper limit to temperature rise being 655° C. or lower;

following the film modification step, performing cooling at a cooling rate of 10° C./min or more in a temperature range from
(i) the upper limit to temperature rise to (ii) a temperature being equal to or lower than the starting temperature of thermal
decomposition of the polymer film; and

thereafter performing heat treatment at a temperature of 2000° C. or higher.
US Pat. No. 9,175,317

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A POLYHYDROXYALKANOATE USING A MICROORGANISM BELONGING TO THE GENUS CUPRIAVIDUS

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A microorganism belonging to the genus Cupriavidus which is capable of producing a polyhydroxyalkanoate with a weight average molecular weight of at least 4,000,000 at a level
of at least 100 g/L of productivity, the microorganism comprising
a gene encoding a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase having at least one nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting
of the following nucleotide sequences (1) to (4):

(1) a nucleotide sequence encoding the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:9;
(2) a nucleotide sequence encoding a polypeptide that has a sequence homology of at least 95% with the amino acid sequence
of SEQ ID NO:9 and has a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthesis activity;

(3) a nucleotide sequence encoding the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:10; and
(4) a nucleotide sequence encoding a polypeptide that has a sequence homology of at least 95% with the amino acid sequence
of SEQ ID NO:10 and has a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthesis activity,

wherein the gene encoding a polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase is controlled by at least one nucleotide sequence selected from
the group consisting of the following nucleotide sequences (a) or (b) in such a way that a specific activity of the polyhydroxyalkanoate
synthase in cells is 0.1 U/mg-protein at most:

(a) the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:11;
(b) a nucleotide sequence having a sequence homology of at least 95% with the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:11 and regulating
gene transcription.

US Pat. No. 9,109,069

VINYL ESTER RESIN COMPOSITION THAT CONTAINS MINUTE POLYMER PARTICLES, PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF SAME, AND CURED PRODUCTS OF SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a minute polymer particle-containing vinyl ester resin composition,
the minute polymer particle-containing vinyl ester resin composition comprising a vinyl ester resin, 1 to 100 parts by weight
of minute polymer particles based on 100 parts by weight of the vinyl ester resin, and 0 to 100 parts by weight of a vinyl
monomer based on 100 parts by weight of the vinyl ester resin, wherein

the minute polymer particles comprise primary particles having a size of 0.05 ?m to 1 ?m, and
the minute polymer particles are dispersed in the minute polymer particle-containing vinyl ester resin composition, and
the method comprising in the following order:
obtaining a loose agglomerate of minute polymer particles;
obtaining a minute polymer particle dispersion;
obtaining a minute polymer particle-containing polyepoxide;
obtaining a minute polymer particle-containing vinyl ester resin by reacting an ethylenically unsaturated double bond-containing
monocarboxylic acid with the minute polymer particle-containing polyepoxide; and

adding the vinyl monomer to the vinyl ester resin.
US Pat. No. 9,249,281

POLYOLEFIN RESIN FOAM PARTICLES AND IN-MOLD FOAMING MOLDED BODY OF SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. Polyolefin resin expanded particles, obtainable by expanding polyolefin resin particles which contains, with respect to
100 parts by weight of polyolefin resin, (i) 0.03 part by weight to 5 parts by weight of a phosphorous flame retardant having
a phosphorous content of 7% by weight or more, a melting point of 120° C. or more, and a 5% by weight decomposition temperature
within a range of 240° C. to 320° C. and (ii) 0.5 part by weight to 20 parts by weight of carbon black.

US Pat. No. 9,072,177

CONDUCTIVE LAYER INTEGRATED FPC

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A conductive-layer-integrated flexible printed circuit board, comprising:
(A) electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer;
(B) a photosensitive resin composition layer; and
(C) a wiring-pattern-equipped film;
wherein the photosensitive composition layer is formed on or above the wiring-pattern-equipped film and the electromagnetic-shielding
conductive layer is formed on or above the photosensitive composition layer; and

the photosensitive resin composition layer is formed from a photosensitive resin composition containing at least (a) carboxyl-group-containing
resin, (b) a photo-polymerization initiator, and (c) thermosetting resin.

US Pat. No. 9,149,604

ASPIRATION CATHETER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An aspiration catheter configured for insertion into a living body and for aspirating a thrombi from the living body, comprising:
a main shaft including a distal shaft and a proximal shaft, wherein an aspiration lumen removes the thrombi by aspiration
is disposed in the main shaft;

a guidewire shaft disposed at a distal region of the distal shaft, the guidewire shaft having a guidewire lumen into which
a guidewire is insertable, the guidewire lumen being disposed in the guidewire shaft;

a hub provided at a proximal end of the proximal shaft, the aspiration lumen extending to the hub; and
a core wire disposed in the aspiration lumen, a proximal end of the core wire extending out of the aspiration lumen and being
mounted to a proximal end of the hub via a connector attached to the core wire, and the core wire being removable during the
removal by aspiration of the thrombi from the living body, wherein

a relationship 0.4?a maximum outer diameter of the core wire/a minimum inner diameter of the aspiration lumen?0.7 is satisfied,
the aspiration lumen extends to an opening at a distal end of the distal shaft, and
the distal end of the core wire is located away from the distal end of the aspiration lumen in the proximal direction when
the core wire is disposed in the aspiration lumen.

US Pat. No. 9,273,275

DISPOSABLE SET FOR CELL CULTURE, CELL CULTURE DEVICE AND CELL PREPARATION METHOD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

18. A disposable set for cell culture comprising:
(1) a cell culture container having a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet;
(2) a cell separation kit for separating cells used for cell culture, the cell separation kit being connected to the liquid
inlet,

wherein the cell separation kit includes a cell separation material selectively trapping cells from a liquid to be treated
containing the cells, the cell separation kit includes a cell separation filter storing the cell separation material,

wherein the cell separation material is composed of fiber or fiber aggregate, the fiber or fiber aggregate has a diameter
from 3 to 40 ?m, the cell separation material has a density in a range from 1.0×104 to 1.0×106 g/m3, wherein the density is a value obtained by dividing the weight (g) of a cell separation material by the volume (m3), the cell separation material has an opening size of 3 ?m or more in minor axis and an opening size of 120 ?m or less in
major axis, wherein the opening size is a mean value determined as follows:

observing the cell separation material under a scanning electron microscope to give a micrograph;
determining a major diameter and a minor diameter of a substantial hole formed by the intersections of two or more different
fibers at fifty or more points with an image analyzer; and

calculating each mean value calculated from the determined diameters;
a tank for a liquid to be treated;
wherein the tank stores the liquid to be treated containing cells,
wherein the tank for the liquid to be treated is connected to an upstream side of the cell separation filter via a first pipeline,
a drain tank connected to a downstream side of the cell separation filter via a second pipeline,
a first cell collection liquid introduction part for introducing a cell collection liquid,
wherein the first cell collection liquid introduction part is a syringe storing the cell collection liquid and a plunger of
the syringe is pressurized by an external pressure unit driven by gas pressure to supply the cell collection liquid to the
cell separation filter,

a piston rod operably connected to the plunger, the plunger having a plurality of positions including a position A and a position
B, the piston rod having a plurality of positions including a first position and second position, wherein the piston rod is
configured to move from the first position to the second position from the external pressure thereby moving the plunger from
position A to position B and thereby pushing out the cell collection liquid and causing the cell collection liquid to flow
to the cell separation filter, and wherein the plunger and the piston rod are configured to return to position A and the first
position, respectively, through the external pressure unit driven by gas pressure,

the first cell collection liquid introduction part being connected by a pipeline branched at a midway point of the second
pipeline, and a third pipeline branched at a midway point of the first pipeline and connected to the liquid inlet of the cell
culture container;

a cell storage bag for once storing cells collected by the cell collection liquid introduced from the first cell collection
liquid introduction part to the cell separation filter, wherein the cell storage bag is connected to a pipeline branched at
a more upstream position of the first pipeline relative to the third pipeline, wherein the once storing cells is a time of
collection from the cell separation filter; and

(3) a cell collection kit for washing and concentrating cells cultured in the cell culture container, the cell collection
kit being connected to the liquid outlet,

wherein the tank for a liquid to be treated is configured as the cell storage bag once storing cells collected by the cell
collection liquid introduced from the first cell collection liquid introduction part to the cell separation filter,

wherein the cell separation filter substantially traps cells useful for cell medicine or regenerative medicine by sending
a liquid to be treated containing the cells useful for cell medicine or regenerative medicine and impurity cells to substantially
pass the impurity cells through the cell separation filter, and the trapped cells are collected by passing the cell collection
liquid in a direction opposite to the direction in which the liquid to be treated is passed, and

wherein a washing liquid tank storing a washing liquid is connected to an upstream side of the cell separation filter via
a pipeline.

US Pat. No. 9,303,280

DNA CODING FOR A NOVEL GLUCOSE DEHYDROGENASE

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A recombinant vector comprising a DNA coding for an NADP-specific glucose dehydrogenase showing an NADP/NAD activity ratio
of no lower than 300 derived from bacteria belonging to the genus Lactobacillus, which is selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a polypeptide having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 3;
(b) a polypeptide having an amino acid sequence which differs from SEQ ID NO: 3 solely by substitution, deletion, insertion
and/or deletion of no more than 25 amino acid residues, wherein the polypeptide is capable of acting on glucose and NADP to
form gluconolactone and NADPH; and

(c) a polypeptide having an amino acid sequence identity of at least 90% with the polypeptide of SEQ ID NO: 3, wherein the
polypeptide is capable of acting on glucose and NADP to form gluconolactone and NADPH.

US Pat. No. 10,045,433

CONDUCTIVE-LAYER-INTEGRATED FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A conductive-layer-integrated flexible printed circuit board, comprising:(A) an electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer;
(B) an insulator film; and
(C) a wiring-pattern-equipped film,
(A) the electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer, (B) the insulator film, and (C) the wiring-pattern-equipped film being laminated in this order,
(B) the insulator film having a thickness of from 5 ?m to 100 ?m containing at least (a) a binder polymer and (b) a black coloring agent containing a metal complex oxide or an organic pigment and having a reflectance of 5% or higher in a reflective range within an infrared range,
wherein (B) the insulator film contains (c) a flame retarder that is substantially undissolvable in an organic solvent, the flame retarder being selected from at least one member of the group consisting of phosphinate, a melamine cyanurate, and a boehmite aluminum hydroxide,
and wherein (A) the electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer is (A-1) a film, (A-2) a paste, or (A-3) a thin metal film.

US Pat. No. 10,047,246

VARNISH INCLUDING 2-PHENYL-4,4?-DIAMINODIPHENYL ETHER, IMIDE RESIN COMPOSITION HAVING EXCELLENT MOLDABILITY, CURED RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING EXCELLENT BREAKING ELONGATION, PREPREG THEREOF, IMIDE PREPREG THEREOF, AND FIBER-REINFORCED MATERIAL THEREOF HAV

Kaneka Corporation, (JP)...

1. A varnish comprising components (A) to (D),the components (A), (B), and (C) being dissolved in the varnish,
the component (A) being an aromatic tetracarboxylic acid diester represented by General Formula (1) and being contained in an amount of 1 to 500 parts by weight,
the component (B) being 2-phenyl-4,4?-diaminodiphenyl ether and being contained in an amount of 1 to 450 parts by weight,
the component (C) being a 4-(2-phenylethynyl)phthalic acid monoester represented by General Formula (2) and being contained in an amount of 1 to 400 parts by weight, and
the component (D) being an organic solvent having a boiling point of 150° C. or less at 1 atmosphere selected from the group consisting of acetone, tetrahydrofuran, 1,4-dioxane, and methyl ethyl ketone, and being contained in an amount of 100 parts by weight; whereinGeneral Formula (1) iswhere R1 is an aromatic tetracarboxylic acid diester residue; R2 and R3 are the same or different and are an aliphatic organic group or an aromatic organic group; R2 and R3 are located in a cis configuration or a trans configuration; and the compound is optionally a single isomer or a mixture of two isomers andGeneral Formula (2) iswhere R4 and R5 are a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic organic group, or an aromatic organic group; and one of R4 and R5 is an aliphatic organic group or an aromatic organic group.

US Pat. No. 9,826,623

HEAT DISSIPATING STRUCTURE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A heat dissipation structure, comprising:
(A) a printed circuit board;
(B) a first heat-generating element;
(C) a second heat-generating element; and
(D) a cured product of a thermally conductive curable liquid resin composition,
the printed circuit board (A) having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface,
the first heat-generating element (B) being placed on the first surface, the second heat-generating element (C) being placed
on the second surface,

the first heat-generating element (B) generating an equal or greater amount of heat than the second heat-generating element
(C),

the second heat-generating element (C) being surrounded by the cured product (D),
the first heat-generating element (B) being surrounded by a layer that has a lower thermal conductivity than the cured product
(D); and

wherein, as seen in a perspective view in a direction perpendicular to the first surface of the printed circuit board (A),
at least a part of a region where the first heat-generation element (B) is placed overlaps at least a part of a region where
the second heat-generating element (C) and the cured product (D) are placed.

US Pat. No. 10,017,666

POLYIMIDE RESIN COMPOSITION AND VARNISH PRODUCED FROM TERMINAL-MODIFIED IMIDE OLIGOMER PREPARED USING 2-PHENYL-4,4?-DIAMINODIPHENYL ETHER AND THERMOPLASTIC AROMATIC POLYIMIDE PREPARED USING OXYDIPHTHALIC ACID, POLYIMIDE RESIN COMPOSITION MOLDED ARTICLE AN

Kaneka Corporation, (JP)...

1. An imide resin composition comprising a terminal-modified imide oligomer represented by Formula (1) described below, and a thermoplastic aromatic polyimide having an oxybisphthalimide skeleton, represented by Formula (5) described below:
wherein one of R1 and R2 is a hydrogen atom, and the other of R1 and R2 is a phenyl group; R3 and R4 are the same or different, and each is a divalent residue of an aromatic diamine selected from the group consisting of 1,4-diaminobenzene, 1,3-diaminobenzene, 1,2-diaminobenzene, 2,6-diethyl-1,3-diaminobenzene, 4,6-diethyl-2-methyl-1,3-diaminobenzene, 3,5-diethyltoluene-2,6-diamine, 4,4?-diaminodiphenyl ether (4,4?-ODA), 3,4?-diaminodiphenyl ether (3,4?-ODA), 3,3?-diaminodipbenyl ether, 3,3?-diaminobenzophenone, 4,4?-diaminobenzophenone, 3,3?-diaminodiphenyl methane, 4,4?-diaminodiphenyl methane, bis(2,6-diethyl-4-aminophenyl)methane, 4,4?-methylene-bis(2,6-diethyl aniline), bis(2-ethyl-6-methyl-4-aminophenyl)methane, 4,4?-methylene-bis(2-ethyl-6-methylaniline), 2,2-bis(3-aminophenyl)propane, 2,2-bis(4-aminophenyl)propane, 1,3-bis(4-aminophenoxy)benzene, 1,3-bis(3-aminophenoxy)benzene, 1,4-bis(4-aminophenoxy)benzene, 1,4-bis(3-aminophenoxy)benzene, benzidine, 3,3?-dimethylbenzidine, 2,2-bis(4-aminophenoxy)propane, 2,2-bis(3-aminophenoxy)propane, 2,2-bis[4?-(4?-aminophenoxy)phenyl]hexafluoropropane, 9,9-bis(4-aminophenyl)fluorene, 9,9-bis(4-(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl)fluorene and mixtures thereof; R5 and R6 are the same or different, and each is a tetravalent aromatic tetracarboxylic acid residue; m and n satisfy relationships of m?1, n?0, 1?m+n?20, and 0.05?m/(m+n)?1; and the arrangement of repeating units in Formula (1) is either a block or random;

wherein R1 and R2 are the same or different, and each is a divalent aromatic diamine residue; R3 is at least one tetravalent aromatic tetracarboxylic acid residue selected from the group consisting of 3,3?-oxydiphthalic anhydride residue and 4,4?-oxydiphthalic anhydride residue; m and n satisfy relationships of m?1 and n?0, and the arrangement of repeating units in Formula (5) is either a block or random.
US Pat. No. 9,371,445

BIODEGRADABLE POLYESTER RESIN COMPOSITION

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A film or a sheet, which is obtained by molding a biodegradable polyester resin composition by a blown film method or a
T-die extrusion method, wherein the biodegradable polyester resin composition comprises:
polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) in a proportion of 60 to 400 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of aliphatic
polyester (P3HA) having a repeating unit represented by

[—CHR—CH2—CO—O—],  Formula (1):
wherein R is an alkyl group represented by CnH2n+1 and n is an integer of 1 or more and 15 or lower; and
acetylated monoglyceride in a proportion of 10 to 50 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of the aliphatic polyester
(P3HA) having a repeating unit represented by the Formula (1); and

wherein a maximum major axis of phases containing the aliphatic polyester (P3HA) measured by a transmission electron microscopy
analysis-image analysis method (TEM method) is 18 ?m or lower and an average value is 8 ?m or lower, and

wherein a ratio (P3HA/PBAT) of a melt viscosity of the aliphatic polyester (P3HA) to a melt viscosity of the polybutylene
adipate terephthalate (PBAT) is 0.5 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,138,309

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PARTICULATE POLYMER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a particulate polymer, the method comprising:polymerizing a monomer having a vinyl group in an aqueous solvent in the presence of a polymerization initiator and a surfactin salt represented by:
wherein X is an amino acid residue selected from the group consisting of leucine, isoleucine and valine; R is a C9-18 alkyl group; and M+ is an alkali metal ion or a quaternary ammonium ion,wherein a concentration of the surfactin salt in a polymerization reaction liquid is adjusted in accordance with the following formulae depending on a target particle diameter of the particulate polymer:
log(y1k)=?0.11 log(x1)+1.91
log(y2k)=?0.54 log(x2)?0.0096
log(y3k)=?0.069 log(x3)+1.55wherein y1, y2, and y3 are the target particle diameters of the particulate polymer in a unit of nm; x1, x2, and x3 are the concentrations of the surfactin salt in the polymerization reaction liquid in a unit of mM; and k is a constant of 0.5 to 2, andwherein y1 is 250 nm to 400 nm, y2 is 55 nm to less than 250 nm, and y3 is 30 nm to less than 55 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,186,204

ENDOSCOPIC HIGH-FREQUENCY HEMOSTATIC FORCEPS

RIVER SEIKO CORPORATION, ...

1. An endoscopic high-frequency hemostatic forceps including a pair of forceps elements constituted of a conductive metal
so as to serve as a high-frequency electrode, and configured to be able to freely change into a state where front portions
of the pair of forceps elements are open, or a state where the pair of forceps elements are closed, the hemostatic forceps
comprising:
a sawtooth portion having a plurality of concavo-convex structures which constitute a sawtooth-shape formed on at least one
of the respective opposing closing-side surfaces of the pair of forceps elements,

wherein a bottom portion of the sawtooth-shape of the sawtooth portion is provided with an electrically insulative coating,
and a top portion of the sawtooth-shape of the sawtooth portion is not provided with the electrically insulative coating,

wherein the sawtooth portion is not provided on a front edge portions of the closing-side surfaces of the pair of forceps
elements,

wherein the front edge portions of the closing-side surfaces of the pair of forceps elements are not provided with the electrically
insulative coating and are conductive; and

wherein the top portion of the sawtooth-shape of the sawtooth portion is formed in a flat shape, the sawtooth portion is provided
with the electrically insulative coating except for the top portion and a top flat surface of the saw tooth-shape is conductive,
but a side surface of the saw tooth-shape is insulated.

US Pat. No. 9,365,755

REACTIVE PLASTICIZER AND CURABLE COMPOSITION CONTAINING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable composition, comprising:
an organic polymer (A), having a number-average molecular weight of 800 to 15,000, and comprising 0.5 or more but less than
1.2 reactive silicon groups in each molecule of the polymer on average, the silicon group being represented by the following
general formula (1):

—Y—R1—CH(CH3)—CH2—Si(R23-a)Xa  (1)
wherein R1 represents a bivalent organic group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms and containing, as one or more constituent atoms, one or more
selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen atoms; R2 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having
7 to 20 carbon atoms, or a triorganosiloxy group represented by —OSi(R?)3 wherein the three R's, which may be the same or different, are each a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
X represents a hydroxyl group or a hydrolysable group provided that when Xs, the number of which is two or more, are present,
Xs may be the same or different; Y is a heteroatom, and is selected from an oxygen atom or a nitrogen atom; and a is an integer
of 1 to 3;
and an organic polymer (B) having a number-average molecular weight of 5,000 to 50,000 and having 1.2 to 5 reactive silicon
groups in each molecule of the organic polymer (B) on average.

US Pat. No. 9,376,547

POLYMER PRODUCTION METHOD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a polymer,
comprising the step of polymerizing a monomer having a vinyl group in an aqueous medium in the presence of a polymerization
initiator and a surfactin salt represented by the following formula (I):

wherein ‘X’ is a residue of an amino acid selected from leucine, isoleucine and valine;‘R’ is a C9-18 alkyl group;‘M+’ is an alkali metal ion or a quaternary ammonium ion;
wherein a ratio of the surfactin salt (I) to 100 parts by mass of the monomer is not less than 0.0005 parts by mass and less
than 0.1 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,295,656

COMPOSITION CONTAINING REDUCED COENZYME Q10 AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A particulate composition comprising an oil component (A), comprising reduced coenzyme Q10, and a matrix comprising a water-soluble excipient, wherein the oil component (A) is polydispersed forming a domain in the
matrix, and the particulate composition has a sphericity of not less than 0.9, a volume average particle size of 50-1000 ?m;
not less than 80 wt % of the reduced coenzyme Q10 in the particulate composition is non-crystalline; and the obtained particulate composition has a residual ratio of the reduced
coenzyme Q10 of not less than 90 wt % after preservation at 40° in air in light shading for 30 days.
US Pat. No. 9,416,350

ENZYME FUNCTION MODIFICATION METHOD AND ENZYME VARIANT THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A protein of medium-chain dehydrogenase/reductase family, containing at least one of following amino acid residues (a)
to (d):
(a) Ala at a position conformationally equivalent to Asp-201 of SEQ ID NO: 1;
(b) Arg at a position conformationally equivalent to Lys-202 of SEQ ID NO: 1;
(c) Ser at a position conformationally equivalent to Lys-203 of SEQ ID NO: 1; or
(d) Lys at a position conformationally equivalent to Ala-206 of SEQ ID NO: 1.

US Pat. No. 9,484,485

SOLAR CELL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, SOLAR-CELL MODULE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A manufacturing method of a solar cell, the solar cell comprising: a photoelectric conversion section having a first principal
surface and a second principal surface; and a collecting electrode formed on the first principal surface of the photoelectric
conversion section,
the photoelectric conversion section includes a semiconductor-stacked portion including a semiconductor junction, a first
electrode layer formed on the first principal surface side of the semiconductor-stacked portion, and a second electrode layer
formed on the second principal surface side of the semiconductor-stacked portion,

the first electrode layer is a transparent electrode layer and the second electrode layer includes a transparent electrode
layer,

the collecting electrode includes a first electroconductive layer and a second electroconductive layer in this order from
the first principal surface side of the photoelectric conversion section,

wherein the method comprises:
a photoelectric conversion section providing step of forming the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, respectively,
on the first principal surface and the second principal surface on the semiconductor-stacked portion;

a first electroconductive layer forming step of forming the first electroconductive layer on the first electrode layer;
an insulating layer forming step of forming an insulating layer on the first electrode layer; and
a second electroconductive layer forming step of forming the second electroconductive layer on the first electroconductive
layer by a plating method, wherein

in the photoelectric conversion section providing step, a state in which the first electrode layer and the second electrode
layer are short-circuited is created by forming the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer without using a mask,

in the insulating layer forming step, the insulating layer is not formed on an outer peripheral portion of the first principal
surface, and the first electrode layer is exposed to a surface in an insulating layer-non-formed region on the outer peripheral
portion of the first principal surface; and

after the insulating layer forming step, a short circuit eliminating step of removing the first electrode layer exposed to
the surface of the insulating layer-non-formed region is performed by wet etching while the insulating layer is used as an
etching mask, thereby the short circuit between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer is eliminated.

US Pat. No. 9,192,573

TREATMENT METHOD USING LIQUID FOOD COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for treating a disease, the method comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a liquid food
composition to a subject,
wherein the liquid food composition includes 0.3 to 5% by weight of a water-soluble dietary fiber (a), a metal compound (b)
containing a necessary mineral component for humans and not causing gelation of the water-soluble dietary fiber (a) at a pH
of higher than 5.5 and not higher than 10.0, a protein (c), and an emulsifier (d),

wherein the liquid food composition is semi-solidified in an acidic region with a pH of
not higher than 5.5,
wherein the liquid food composition has a particle size distribution with two or more at the pH of higher than 5.5 and not
higher than 10.0,

wherein the two or more peaks includes at least one first peak present at a particle size of 3,000 nm or smaller and a second
peak different from the first peak,

wherein the second peak is such a peak that a curvature of a particle size distribution curve of the peak increases at a particle
size of 3,400 nm or more, the curvature of the particle size distribution curve decreases from around a particle size of 10,000
nm, and the particle size distribution curve has an inflection point around a particle size of 10,000 nm, and

wherein the disease being treated is selected from the group consisting of gastroesophageal reflux disease, aspiration pneumonia,
diarrheal disease, leakage from a fistula, and a sudden increase in blood glucose level.

US Pat. No. 9,723,658

LIGHT EMISSION MODULE, CONNECTOR, AND MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LIGHT EMISSION MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A light-emitting module comprising:
a light-emitting panel; and
a connector for connecting the light-emitting panel to a fixture fixed on an installation target surface,
the light-emitting panel comprising:
a panel body including an emission surface and a light-emitting element;
a power supply terminal electrically connected to the light-emitting element; and
a frame member including a frame body that covers a face of the panel body opposite to the emission surface,
the frame body comprising at least two projections projecting in a direction intersecting the emission surface,
the two projections comprising projecting side engagement parts formed on side faces thereof,
the connector comprising:
a circuit board that mounts thereon a connection side circuit contributory to power supply to the light-emitting panel; and
a connector base that fixes the circuit board and that comprises a base body and at least two engagement pieces,
the base body comprising a power supply side through hole and at least two support holes, each of the two engagement pieces
being disposed to corresponding one of the two support holes and being disposed in a standing manner with respect to the base
body along an opening of the corresponding support hole,

the two engagement pieces having a thin plate-like shape, facing each other, and including wall side engagement parts formed
within faces thereof,

wherein the light-emitting panel is attachable to and detachable from the connector base,
wherein when the light-emitting panel is attached to the connector, each of the two projections is inserted into the corresponding
one of the support holes, and each of the projecting side engagement parts is engaged with the corresponding one of the wall
side engagement parts, and

wherein the power supply terminal is located between the two projections, and inserted into the power supply side through
hole and physically connected to the connection side circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,560,891

POLYESTER-BASED FIBER FOR ARTIFICIAL HAIR AND HAIR ORNAMENT PRODUCT INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A polyester-based fiber for artificial hair obtained by melt spinning a polyester resin composition,
wherein the polyester resin composition comprises 100 parts by weight of a polyester resin, 5 to 40 parts by weight of a brominated
epoxy flame retardant, and 1.5 parts by weight or more and less than 7 parts by weight of an antimony oxide,

the polyester resin is at least one kind of resin selected from the group consisting of polyalkylene terephthalate and a copolymerized
polyester containing polyalkylene terephthalate as a main component, and

the polyester-based fiber for artificial hair has aggregates of the brominated epoxy flame retardant that are dispersed in
the polyester resin in a form of islands, as viewed in a cross section of the fiber parallel to a fiber axis direction, and
also has 50 or more aggregates of the brominated epoxy flame retardant, each aggregate having a length-to-width ratio of 2
to 20 and a diagonal width of 0.05 ?m or more, per 360 ?m2 in the cross section of the fiber parallel to the fiber axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,315,908

ELECTROLYTIC CELL FOR PRODUCING CHLORINE—SODIUM HYDROXIDE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING CHLORINE—SODIUM HYDROXIDE

CHLORINE ENGINEERS CORP.,...

1. A method of producing sodium hydroxide and chlorine using an electrolytic cell which is divided into an anode chamber and
a cathode chamber by an ion-exchange membrane such that said cell operates as a two-chamber cell, said method comprising forming
an electrolytic cell comprising an anode installed in said anode chamber, and a liquid retention layer and a gas diffusion
electrode installed in said cathode chamber, said liquid retention layer having a structure selected from the group consisting
of a mesh, a plain weave, a woven fabric, a nonwoven article, a foam, a thin sheet in which one side thereof has a plurality
of concavities, and a thin sheet having a plurality of penetrations therethrough, the structure being formed of a material
selected from the group consisting of perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA) resin and aramid resin, conducting an electrolysis reaction
within said cell wherein brine is supplied into said anode chamber and an oxygen-containing gas is supplied into said cathode
chamber, respectively; and placing said liquid retention layer, having a liquid retention amount per unit volume of the liquid
retention layer of 0.15 g-H2O/cm3 or more and 0.61 g-H2O/cm3 or less, between said ion-exchange membrane and said gas diffusion electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,812,594

SOLAR CELL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A solar cell comprising: a photoelectric conversion section; and a collecting electrode on one main surface of the photoelectric
conversion section, wherein
the collecting electrode includes a first electroconductive layer and a second electroconductive layer in this order from
a photoelectric conversion section side, and further includes an insulating layer between the first electroconductive layer
and the second electroconductive layer, wherein an opening section is formed in the insulating layer;

the first electroconductive layer is covered with the insulating layer;
the first electroconductive layer includes a first-melting-point material and a second-melting-point material,
a thermal-fluidization onset temperature T1 of the first-melting-point material is lower than a heat-resistant temperature of the photoelectric conversion section, and
a thermal-fluidization onset temperature T2 of the second-melting-point material is higher than T1, and

a part of the second electroconductive layer is conductively connected with the first electroconductive layer through the
opening section of the insulating layer,

wherein the first-melting-point material includes a metallic material.

US Pat. No. 9,276,163

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON-BASED SOLAR CELL

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for manufacturing a crystalline silicon-based photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
forming a first intrinsic silicon-based layer, a p-type silicon-based layer and a first transparent electroconductive layer,
in this order on one surface of a single-crystal silicon substrate of a first conductivity type;

forming a second intrinsic silicon-based layer, an n-type silicon-based layer and a second transparent electroconductive layer,
in this order on the other surface of the single-crystal silicon substrate of the first conductivity type; and

carrying out a heat treatment after at least one of the first transparent electroconductive layer and the second transparent
electroconductive layer is formed;

wherein the first transparent electroconductive layer and the second transparent electroconductive layer are indium tin oxide
layers each formed by a sputtering method, and the heat treatment is carried out at a temperature of less than 200° C. under
a hydrogen-containing atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 9,634,176

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRYSTALLINE SILICON-BASED SOLAR CELL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CRYSTALLINE SILICON-BASED SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of manufacturing a crystalline silicon-based solar cell, the crystalline silicon-based solar cell comprising:
a photoelectric conversion section including a crystalline silicon substrate of a first conductivity-type having a first principal
surface and a second principal surface, and a silicon-based layer of an opposite conductivity-type on the first principal
surface side of the crystalline silicon substrate; and a collecting electrode formed on top of the first principal surface
of the photoelectric conversion section, the method comprises:
a photoelectric conversion section providing step of providing the photoelectric conversion section;
a collecting electrode forming step of forming the collecting electrode on the first principal surface of the photoelectric
conversion section by an electroplating method;

an insulation process step of applying laser light from the first principal surface side or the second principal surface side
of the photoelectric conversion section to the crystalline silicon substrate of the first conductivity-type to form an insulation-processed
region where a short-circuit between the first principal surface and the second principal surface of the photoelectric conversion
section is eliminated;

a protecting layer forming step of forming a protecting layer on a top surface of the collecting electrode and/or on a surface
of the insulation-processed region, the protecting layer being provided for preventing diffusion of a metal, which is contained
in the collecting electrode, into the crystalline silicon substrate of the first conductivity-type from the insulation-processed
region; and

a heating treatment step of heating the insulation-processed region to insulate a surface of the insulation-processed region,
thereby eliminating leakage between the crystalline silicon substrate of the first conductivity-type and the silicon-based
layer of the opposite conductivity-type, which has been generated by laser processing in the insulation process step, wherein

the heating treatment step is performed after the protecting layer forming step.
US Pat. No. 9,556,098

REDUCED COENZYME Q10 CRYSTAL HAVING EXCELLENT STABILITY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A composition, comprising:
a reduced coenzyme Q10 crystal showing characteristic peaks at diffraction angles in 20±0.2° of 11.5°, 18.2°, 19.3°, 22.3°,
23.0° and 33.3° in powder Cu—K? X-ray diffraction,

wherein the composition is in a solid form and the composition is at least one of food, nutritional functional food, specified
health food, nutritious supplement, nutrient, animal drug, feed, cosmetic, medicament, treatment drug, prevention drug, and
pet food.

US Pat. No. 10,138,365

RESIN MATERIAL AND FILM THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin material comprising:a thermoplastic resin (A); and
a polymer (B) satisfying following conditions, wherein:
the polymer (B) is a graft copolymer obtained by multistep polymerization; and
at least one step of the multistep polymerization is polymerization of a monomer mixture containing a monomer represented by a formula (4) and (meth)acrylic acid and/or its salt,

wherein R9 is a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R10 is a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic group having 3 to 24 carbon atoms or a substituted or unsubstituted alicyclic group having 3 to 24 carbon atoms and having a homocyclic structure or a heterocyclic structure, 1 is an integer of 1 to 4, m is an integer of 0 or 1, and n is an integer of 0 to 10.

US Pat. No. 9,985,309

HIGH-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ELECTROLYTE AND USE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A polymer electrolyte, containing, in its main chain, a repeating unit represented by the following formula (1) and at least one of the unit represented by the following formula (2) and the unit represented by the following formula (3):
wherein Ar represents a benzene or naphthalene ring; X represents a proton or a cation; a and b are each an integer of 0 to 4, and the sum of a's and b's is 1 or greater; m is 1; and n is 1,

wherein Ar, m, and n are defined as in the formula (1); Y1 is SO2, C(CH3)2, or C(CF3)2; and Z represents a direct bond, oxygen, or sulfur,

wherein Ar, m, and n are defined as in the formula (1); Y2 is CO, SO2, C(CH3)2, or C(CF3)2; and Z represents a direct bond, oxygen, or sulfur,
wherein the aromatic rings of formula (1) and at least one of formulas (2) and (3) are bonded by a C—C direct bond, and
0?B/(A+B)?0.95 wherein A is the number of moles of the unit represented by the formula (2) and B is the number of moles of the unit represented by the formula (3).
US Pat. No. 9,649,424

BLOOD COMPONENT SEPARATION SYSTEM AND SEPARATION MATERIAL

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for separating blood cell components from a biological fluid, comprising:
(a) capturing white blood cells and platelets on a blood cell separation material by contacting the biological fluid with
the blood cell separation material, thereby providing a red blood cell-rich fraction; and

(b) separating a white blood cell-rich fraction from the resulting blood cell separation material using a separation solution,
wherein the blood cell separation material comprises a nonwoven fabric,
wherein the nonwoven fabric comprises a polyethylene terephthalate fiber or a polybutylene terephthalate fiber,
wherein the nonwoven fabric has a density K of 2.0×104 to 1.9×105 and has a fiber diameter of 1?m to 15?m, and the white blood cell-rich fraction is a mononuclear cell-rich fraction, and

wherein a ratio of a mononuclear cell recovery rate to a granular leukocyte recovery rate of the white blood-cell rich fraction
or the mononuclear cell-rich fraction is larger than 1.0.

US Pat. No. 9,682,542

METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM, METHOD FOR REWINDING SAME, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE COMPOSITE FILM AND GRAPHITE DIE-CUTTING PRODUCT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a graphite composite film, comprising:
a step of laminating a graphite film to a sheet having a self-adhesive layer or adhesive layer, wherein;
an angle b formed by a line connecting a starting point of contact between the graphite film and a first roll and a center
point of the first roll and a line connecting the center point of the first roll and a point of contact between the first
roll and a second roll is not less than 5 degrees; and

an angle c formed by a line connecting (a starting point of contact between the second roll and the sheet having the self-adhesive
layer or adhesive layer) and (a center point of the second roll) and a line connecting (the center point of the second roll)
and (the point of contact between the first roll and the second roll) is not less than 5 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,533,888

GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A graphite film having i) a sag resulting from different lengthwise lengths of the graphite film across a width of the
graphite film, the sag formed in a shape such that the graphite film is continuously more sagging in a center portion of the
graphite film than at each edge portion of the graphite film, and ii) camber of less than 10 mm at said each edge portion
of the graphite film, in accordance with JIS C2151, wherein
the center portion of the graphite film represents a portion located at an equal distance from both of ends of the graphite
film in a width direction, and the ends of the graphite film in the width direction are defined as the edge portion of the
graphite film.

US Pat. No. 9,219,101

ORGANIC EL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC EL DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL device comprising a substrate having a planar expanse and unit organic EL elements planarly distributed on
the substrate,
the unit organic EL elements each mainly consisting of at least two electrode layers and an organic light-emitting layer sandwiched
between the electrode layers,

the device having a plurality of organic EL element belts each formed of a plurality of the unit organic EL elements electrically
connected in series so as to extend in a strip-like shape,

each of the organic EL element belts having in its longitudinal direction a conductive path through which electric current
passes,

the organic EL element belts extending in different longitudinal directions and crossing with each other, forming a crossing
part, so that the conductive paths cross with each other within the organic EL element belts and within the crossing part,

the organic EL element belts crossing with each other in a grid pattern,
the organic El device having a non-light emitting region surrounded by the organic EL element belts,
the organic EL element belts each being formed of a stack of a substrate-side electrode layer, a functional layer, and a rear
face-side electrode layer, and

the substrate-side electrode layer having at least one groove dividing the layer,
wherein the groove is formed over the non-light emitting region and a region where the organic EL element belt is located.
US Pat. No. 9,217,060

CURABLE COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A moisture-permeable waterproofing material for a building comprising a cured product obtained by curing a curable composition
comprising:
(A) a polyoxyalkylene polymer having a silicon-containing group crosslinkable by forming a siloxane bond which is selected
from a group consisting of —CH2CH2CH2—SiCH3(OCH3)2 and —CH2CH2CH2—Si(OCH3)3 at its terminal;

wherein the polyoxyalkylene polymer is a polyoxypropylene polymer;
(B) a polyoxyalkylene plasticizer whose main chain contains 5 wt % or more of an oxypropylene-derived repeating unit and has
one or more groups, at an end thereof, selected from the group consisting of an —OH group, a group represented by the formula
(7):

—OR9
(wherein R9 is a substituted or unsubstituted C1-20 hydrocarbon group),

and a group represented by the formula (8):
—NR102
(wherein R10 is each independently a hydrogen atom, or a substituted or unsubstituted C1-20 hydrocarbon group),

said curable composition being liquid and being a curable composition wherein the component (B) is a polyoxyalkylene plasticizer
(B1) that does not have an —NH2 group at a molecular chain end, and contains polyoxyalkylene (b1) that has an —OH group at all molecular chain ends, and has
a molecular weight of 300 to 1000, and

wherein a ratio (W2/W1) of a total weight (W2) of the component (A) and the component (B1) with respect to a total weight
of the curable composition (W1) is 53 to 78 wt %, and

wherein moisture permeability according to ASTM E96 (wet cup method) of said cured product is 0.6 perm·inch or more.

US Pat. No. 9,553,228

SOLAR CELL, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND SOLAR CELL MODULE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A production method of a solar cell, wherein
the solar cell comprising a photoelectric conversion section and a collecting electrode on a first principal surface of the
photoelectric conversion section, and an insulating layer being provided in a first electroconductive layer-non-formed region
on the first principal surface of the photoelectric conversion section where the first electroconductive layer is not formed,

the method comprising:
an electroconductive paste coating step of applying onto a first principal surface of a photoelectric conversion section an
electroconductive paste containing electroconductive fine particles and an insulating material, and the insulating material
exudes from an electroconductive paste coating region, thereby a coating layer consisting of a first electroconductive layer
containing electroconductive fine particles and an insulating material and a first insulating layer that is in contact with
an outer edge of the first electroconductive layer is formed; and

a plating step of forming a second electroconductive layer on the first electroconductive layer by a plating method, in this
order, wherein

a width from a boundary between the first electroconductive layer and the first insulating layer to an end of the first insulating
layer on the first principal surface of the photoelectric conversion section is 0.2 to 1.0 mm, and

after the electroconductive paste coating step and before the plating step, a second insulating layer forming step is carried
out to form a second insulating layer covering at least a part of the first insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,500,418

GRAPHITE COMPOSITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A graphite composite film comprising a graphite film and a metal layer formed on at least one side of the graphite film,
wherein
the graphite film has a plurality of through holes formed therein, the through holes having a distance between outer diameters
of the through holes of 0.6 mm or less,

a metal layer is formed also inside the through holes so as to be connected to the metal layer formed on a surface of the
graphite film, the metal layer inside the through holes is formed continuously from the one side to an opposite side of the
graphite film,

a ratio of an area of metal inside the through holes to an area of the graphite composite film is 1.4% or more, so that peeling-off
of the metal layer from the graphite film is suppressed,

the graphite composite film exhibits grade A, B, or C in an evaluation test of soldering heat resistance, when the graphite
composite film is immersed in a solder bath at 260° C. for 10 seconds, and

wherein said grade A represents that a distance from an end of delamination between the metal layer and the graphite film
is 0.20 mm or less, said grade B represents that a distance from an end of delamination between the metal layer and the graphite
film is 0.21 mm to 0.40 mm, and said grade C represents that a distance from an end of delamination between the metal layer
and the graphite film is 0.41 mm to 0.60 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,302,980

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SOLID AMINO ACID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing an unprotected amino acid comprising 2 to 7 carbon atoms, the process comprising
precipitating a solid of the unprotected amino acid
wherein the precipitating is carried out by adding an amine to a sulfonic acid salt of an unprotected amino acid in an aprotic
polar solvent, adding an amine to a sulfonic acid salt of an amino acid produced by reacting a N-(tert-butoxycarbonyl) amino
acid with a sulfonic acid in an aprotic polar solvent, adding an amine to a sulfonic acid salt of an amino acid produced by
reacting an amino acid tert-butyl ester with a sulfonic acid in an aprotic polar solvent or

by adding a sulfonic acid to an amine salt of an unprotected amino acid in an aprotic polar solvent,
wherein optionally the addition of the amine or the sulfonic acid continues until pH of a solution comprising the sulfonic
acid salt or the amine salt reaches a range of isoelectric point of the amino acid pI value ±3.

US Pat. No. 9,252,306

MULTILAYER THIN-FILM PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An integrated-type thin film photoelectric converter for photoelectrically converting incident light from a light receiving
side, comprising:
a transparent conductive layer, a laser light absorption layer, a back electrode layer, a semiconductor photoelectric conversion
layer, and a light receiving side transparent electrode layer, sequentially stacked in this order on a transparent substrate,
such that the light receiving side transparent electrode layer is positioned on the light receiving side of the photoelectric
converter, wherein

the transparent conductive layer, the laser light absorption layer, the back electrode layer, the semiconductor photoelectric
conversion layer, and the light receiving side transparent electrode layer are parted into a plurality of strip photoelectric
conversion cell regions, and those plurality of strip photoelectric conversion cell regions are electrically connected in
series,

the laser light absorption layer is parted into a plurality of strip regions by a plurality of first kind parting line grooves
that penetrate only the laser light absorption layer and do not penetrate the back electrode layer,

the back electrode layer includes a light reflecting metal layer, and the back electrode layer is parted into a plurality
of strip back electrode regions by a plurality of second kind parting line grooves, wherein the second kind parting line grooves
are parallel to the first kind parting line grooves and penetrate the transparent conductive layer, the laser light absorption
layer and the back electrode layer,

the semiconductor photoelectric conversion layer is parted into a plurality of strip photoelectric conversion regions by a
plurality of third kind parting line grooves, wherein the third kind parting line grooves are parallel to the first kind parting
line grooves and penetrate the laser light absorption layer, the back electrode layer and the semiconductor photoelectric
conversion layer,

the light receiving side transparent electrode layer is parted into a plurality of strip light receiving side transparent
electrode regions by a plurality of fourth kind parting line grooves, wherein the fourth kind parting line grooves are parallel
to the first kind parting line grooves and penetrate the laser light absorption layer, the back electrode layer, the semiconductor
photoelectric conversion layer and the light receiving side transparent electrode layer, and

between the mutually adjacent photoelectric conversion cells, the back electrode region of one cell is electrically connected
to the light receiving side transparent electrode region of another cell through one of the first kind parting line grooves,
the transparent conductive layer and one of the third kind parting line grooves, whereby those photoelectric conversion cells
are electrically connected in series.

US Pat. No. 9,234,095

THERMALLY-CONDUCTIVE ORGANIC ADDITIVE, RESIN COMPOSITION, AND CURED PRODUCT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin composition comprising:
(A) a thermally-conductive organic additive consisting of a liquid crystalline thermoplastic resin which has a mainly-chain
structure, wherein a main chain of the liquid crystalline thermoplastic resin contains mainly a repeating unit represented
by the general formula (2) and (ii) per se has a thermal conductivity of not less than 0.45 W/(m·K);

-A1-x-A2-y-R-z  (2)

wherein each of A1 and A2 independently represents a substituent group selected from an aromatic group, a condensed aromatic group, an alicyclic group,
and an alicyclic heterocyclic group; x represents a direct bond, or a bivalent substituent group selected from the group consisting
of —CH2—, —C(CH3)2—, —O—, —S—, —CH-2—CH2—, —C?C—, —C?C—, —CO—, —CO—O—, —CO—NH—, —CH?N—, —CH?N—N?CH—, —N?N—, and —N(O)?N—; R represents a bivalent substituent group
which has a main chain length of 2 to 20 atoms and may be branched; and -y-R-z is —O—CO—R—CO—O—,

(B) a thermosetting resin; and
(C) an inorganic filler.

US Pat. No. 10,070,991

LACRIMAL DUCT TUBE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A lacrimal duct tube, comprising:a pair of tubular members that each have at one end an opening communicating with a lumen and have in a wall a hole for guiding a lacrimal duct tube operative instrument to the lumen; and
a connection member that connects the other ends of the tubular members, wherein
surfaces of the tubular members include a hydrophilic-coated portion and a non-coated portion without the hydrophilic coating,
wherein the lumen in the vicinity of the opening includes an engagement portion for engagement with a tip of the lacrimal duct tube operative instrument, and
the non-coated portion is formed without overlapping with the surface of the tubular member at the position of the engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 9,723,708

CONDUCTIVE-LAYER-INTEGRATED FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A conductive-layer-integrated flexible printed circuit board, comprising:
(A) an electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer;
(B) an insulator film; and
(C) a wiring-pattern-equipped film,
(A) the electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer, (B) the insulator film, and (C) the wiring-pattern-equipped film being
laminated in this order,

(B) the insulator film having a thickness of from 5 ?m to 100 ?m containing at least (a) a binder polymer and (b) a black
coloring agent containing a perylene compound and having a reflectance of 5% or higher in a reflective range within an infrared
range,
wherein (B) the insulator film contains (c) a flame retarder that is substantially undissolvable in an organic solvent, the
flame retarder being selected from at least one member of the group consisting of a phosphinate, a melamine cyanurate, and
a boehmite aluminum hydroxide, and wherein (A) the electromagnetic-shielding conductive layer comprises a paste comprising
a resin and silver or nickel particles dispersed therein.
US Pat. No. 9,051,589

PLASMID VECTOR AND TRANSFORMANT STABLY RETAINING PLASMID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A host bacterium transformant comprising a recombinant vector,
wherein the host bacterium belongs to the species Cupriavidus necator,
wherein the recombinant vector has neither a mob gene nor an oriT sequence, and
wherein the recombinant vector contains a vector stabilizing region which is a par region functioning as a par system, and
wherein the recombinant vector contains the sequence of SEQ ID NO: 18 as a part of an origin of replication, and
wherein the recombinant vector comprises, as introduced therein, at least one gene involved in polyhydroxyalkanoate synthesis
selected from the group consisting of a gene for thiolase, a gene for reductase, a gene for polyhydroxybutyrate synthase,
a gene for polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase, a gene for acyl-CoA transferase, a gene for enoyl-CoA hydratase, and a gene for
acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and

whereby the vector has no transferability by conjugation.

US Pat. No. 9,982,014

TETRAPEPTIDE COMPOUND AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A tetrapeptide compound represented by the following formula (1)where R is a hydrogen atom, benzyl group, or benzyloxycarbonyl group.
US Pat. No. 9,534,158

CURABLE COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable composition, comprising
a linear organic polymer (P) having 0.5 to less than 1.0 reactive silyl groups on average per molecule represented by the
following formula (1), and

an organic polymer (Q) containing a reactive silyl group represented by the following formula (2),
the organic polymer (P) and the organic polymer (Q) being mixed at a mixing ratio (P):(Q), in terms of parts by weight, of
60:40 to 5:95,

the organic polymer (P) having a number average molecular weight larger than that of the organic polymer (Q),
the formula (1) being:
—V—SiX3  (1)

wherein V represents a C1 to C8 divalent hydrocarbon group, Xs each represent a hydroxyl or hydrolyzable group, and when there
are a plurality of Xs, Xs may be the same as or different from one another,

the formula (2) being:
—V—SiR1dX3-d  (2)

wherein R1 represents a C1 to C20 hydrocarbon group, a C6 to C20 aryl group, a C7 to C20 aralkyl group, or a triorganosiloxy group represented
by R03SiO— where the three R0s each represent a C1 to C20 hydrocarbon group and may be the same as or different from one another; V represents a C1 to
C8 divalent hydrocarbon group; X represents a hydroxyl or hydrolyzable group; d represents 1 or 2; when there are a plurality
of R1s, R1 s may be the same as or different from one another; and when there are a plurality of Xs, Xs may be the same as or different
from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,403,984

WATER-RESISTANT REGENERATED COLLAGEN FIBER CONTAINING ZIRCONIUM SALT AND PHOSPHORUS COMPOUND, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND FIBER BUNDLE FOR HAIR CONTAINING THE SAME

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A water-resistant regenerated collagen fiber comprising a zirconium salt and a phosphorus compound,
wherein the water-resistant regenerated collagen fiber has a zirconium salt content of 12 wt % or more in terms of zirconium
oxide and a phosphorus compound content of 2 wt % or more in terms of phosphorus.

US Pat. No. 9,340,659

ALIPHATIC POLYESTER RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED ARTICLE CONTAINING THIS RESIN COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An aliphatic polyester resin composition comprising a polyhydroxyalkanoate (A), an amide bond-containing compound (B),
and pentaerythritol (C), wherein
the amide bond-containing compound (B) is any one of compounds represented by the following general formulas:
R1—C(O)N(R2)2, R1—C(O)NH—(R3)—NHC(O)—R1, R1—NHC(O)NH—(R3)—NHC(O)NH—R1, R1—NHC(O)—R2, R1—NHC(O)—(R3)—C(O)NH—R1, R1—C(O)NH—(R3)—C(O)NH—R1, R1—NHC(O)NH—(R3)—C(O)NH—R1, and R1—NHC(O)NH—(R3)—NHC(O)—R1, or a combination of two or more of the compounds, and in the formulas,

R1s are each independently a C6 to C30 alkyl,

R2s are each independently H or a C1 to C20 alkyl, and

R3s are each independently a C2 to C10 alkylene.

US Pat. No. 9,272,169

FIRE BARRIER PROTECTION FOR AIRPLANES COMPRISING GRAPHITE FILMS

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

8. A method of providing fire barrier protection in an aircraft comprising
a) providing a fire barrier system for use in aircraft comprising a flexible graphite sheet, and
b) installing the fire barrier system in the aircraft;wherein the flexible graphite sheet has been prepared from a starting material polymer sheet that has been heated to a high
temperature for a time sufficient to transform the polymer sheet into a flexible graphitized polymer sheet, and the flexible
graphitized polymer sheet has a thermal conductivity in the plane direction of 300 W/mK or more; and wherein the flexible
graphitized polymer sheet has:
a thermal conductivity in the thickness direction of 1 to 20 W/mK; and
the ratio of the thermal conductivity in the plane direction to the thermal conductivity in the thickness direction of 20
or more.

US Pat. No. 9,249,258

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLY-3-HYDROXYALKANOIC ACID AND AGGLOMERATES THEREOF

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for producing poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid agglomerates, the method comprising
culturing a microorganism having an ability to intracellularly produce poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid;
purifying poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid in the absence of any organic solvent by degradation and/or removal of impurities to
obtain an aqueous poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid suspension having an amount of organic nitrogen of not greater than 6,000 ppm
per weight of the poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid,

allowing poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid to be aggregated by adjusting the pH of the aqueous poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid suspension
to fall within an acidic region after purifying poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid by degradation and/or removal of impurities to
obtain poly-3-hydroxyalkanoic acid agglomerates.

US Pat. No. 9,249,025

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARBONACEOUS FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a carbonaceous film, comprising the steps of:
(1) winding a polymer film into a roll shape to obtain a roll-shaped polymer film at a temperature lower than a pyrolysis
onset temperature of the polymer film, so that (1-1) a value determined for the whole roll-shaped polymer film by dividing
a thickness of a gap between adjacent layers of the polymer film (Ts) by a thickness of the polymer film (Tf) (Ts/Tf) satisfies
a relationship of Ts/Tf<0.33 or Ts/Tf>1.50 in a cross-section of the roll-shaped polymer film and (1-2) so that i) the cross-section
of the roll-shaped polymer film has an inner portion defined by a first 50% of a total length of the polymer film and an outer
portion defined by a second 50% of the total length of the polymer film, ii) the inner portion of the cross-section of the
roll-shaped polymer film has a cross-section of the polymer film and optionally a cross-section of a space, and iii) a total
cross-sectional area of the space counts for 0% or more and less than 25% of a total area of the inner portion of the cross-section
of the roll-shaped polymer film;

(2) adjusting a shape of the roll-shaped polymer film at a temperature equal to or higher than a pyrolysis onset temperature
of the polymer film but equal to or lower than a temperature at which a weight of the polymer film is reduced by 40% as compared
to that before start of heat treatment, so that the roll-shaped polymer film has (2-1) a gap between layers of the polymer
film so that a value determined for the whole roll-shaped polymer film by dividing a thickness of the gap between adjacent
layers of the polymer film (Ts) by a thickness of the polymer film (Tf) (Ts/Tf) satisfies a relationship of 0.33?Ts/Tf?1.50
in the cross-section of the roll-shaped polymer film and/or (2-2) so that i) the cross-section of the roll-shaped polymer
film has an inner portion defined b a first 50% of a total length of the polymer film and an outer portion defined by a second
50% of the total length of the polymer film, ii) the inner portion of the cross-section of the roll-shaped polymer film has
a cross-section of the polymer film and a cross-section of a space, and iii) a total cross-sectional area of the space counts
for 25% or more of a total area of the inner portion of the cross-section of the roll-shaped polymer film; and then

(3) heat-treating the roll-shaped polymer film so as to produce a carbonaceous film, wherein
the polymer film is a polyimide film.
US Pat. No. 9,216,525

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING EXPANDED POLYOLEFIN RESIN PARTICLES AND EXPANDED POLYOLEFIN RESIN PARTICLES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing expanded polypropylene resin particles with use as a foaming agent of water contained in an aqueous
dispersion medium, the process including the steps of: dispersing polypropylene resin particles together with the aqueous
dispersion medium into a closed vessel; heating the polypropylene resin particles up to or above a softening temperature of
the polypropylene resin particles and pressurizing the polypropylene resin particles; and releasing the polypropylene resin
particles into a zone whose pressure is lower than an internal pressure of the closed vessel, the polypropylene resin particles
containing: polypropylene resin having a melt index of not less than 2 g/10 minutes to not more than 9 g/10 minutes; a water-absorbing
substance in not less than 0.01 part by weight to not more than 5 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight of the polypropylene
resin, the water-absorbing substance having no function of forming foaming nuclei; and a foam nucleating agent in not less
than 0.005 parts by weight to not more than 1 part by weight to 100 parts by weight of the polypropylene resin,
wherein the expanded polypropylene resin particles have a volatile content of not less than 0.1% by weight to 7% by weight,
an expansion ratio of not less than 8 times to not more than 25 times, an average cell diameter of not less than 130 ?m to
not more than 500 ?m, and a cell diameter variation of less than 0.4, and

the water-absorbing substance having no function of forming foaming nuclei is a copolymer containing a polyolefin block and
a polyethylene oxide block.

US Pat. No. 9,081,276

PHOTOSENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION PRODUCTION KIT, AND USE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A photosensitive resin composition production kit comprising at least two or more components including an A component and
a B component,
the A component containing a (A) compound having a carboxyl group,
the B component containing a (B) compound having a reactive group which is reactive to a carboxyl group, a (C) oxime ester
photopolymerization initiator, and a (D) compound having a photosensitive group but no carboxyl group,

wherein the A component and B component are separate.
US Pat. No. 9,057,052

STEM CELL SEPARATING MATERIAL AND METHOD OF SEPARATION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of separating and recovering stem cells from a body fluid or a biological tissue-derived treated fluid
which comprises
introducing a body fluid or the biological tissue-derived treated fluid into a filter comprising a material for separating
stem cell having a density K of 1.0×104?K?1.0×106 g/m3 and a fiber diameter of 3 to 40 ?m, as packed in a container having a fluid inlet port and a fluid outlet port, through the
fluid inlet port thereof, and

a cell recovering fluid is caused to flow from the fluid outlet side to thereby recover adherent stem cells captured by the
material for separating stem cell,

and further culturing the adherent stem cells in a culture dish, a culture flask, or a culture bag,
wherein the adherent stem cells are mesenchymal stem cells or bone marrow stromal cells,
wherein the body fluid is bone marrow fluid, and
wherein the biological tissue-derived treated fluid is a treated fluid obtained by disintegration of at least one biological
tissue selected from the group consisting of subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, white fat, and brown fat.

US Pat. No. 9,051,501

CURABLE COMPOSITION AND CATALYST COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable composition, comprising a polymer (A) having a silicon-containing group which can be crosslinked by forming a
siloxane bond, a fluoride salt compound (B), and a filler (C) which is at least one selected from the group consisting of
precipitated calcium carbonate surface-treated with a substance other than any aliphatic acid and precipitated calcium carbonate
surface-treated with an aliphatic acid, provided that the ratio by weight between fluorine atoms contained in the fluoride
salt compound (B) and the precipitated calcium carbonate surface-treated with the aliphatic acid is 0.0015 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,592,369

BALLOON CATHETER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A balloon catheter having multiple tubular members, an adapter member connected thereto, a balloon for dilation of a constricted
blood vessel, and a resin film on an outer surface of the balloon catheter, characterized in that a peeling strength of balloon
surfaces when surfaces of the balloon adhere to each other in a state when the balloon is wrapped around at least one of the
tubular members is 0.06 N or more and 1.00 N or less, and the modulus of the balloon in the axial direction is 100 N/mm2 or more and 250 N/mm2 or less,
wherein the peeling strength is maximum strength as determined while two balloon samples having their outer surfaces facing
each other and adhering to each other, and one of the balloon samples is pulled in a direction perpendicular to the other
balloon sample in a tensile strength tester,

wherein the resin film has a layer of a urethane-base polymer consisting of:
40 to 80 wt % of at least one of aromatic diisocyanates, aliphatic diisocyanates and alicyclic diisocyanates; and
20 to 60 wt % of at least one trifunctional polyol.
US Pat. No. 9,493,622

POLYPROPYLENE RESIN FOAMED PARTICLES, POLYPROPYLENE RESIN IN-MOLD FOAM MOLDED ARTICLE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. Polypropylene resin foamed particles comprising, as a base material resin, a polypropylene random copolymer,
wherein the polypropylene random copolymer has a ratio of a Z-average molecular weight Mz to a number average molecular weight
Mn, Mz/Mn, of 20 or more and 300 or less; a melt-flow rate of 5 g/10 minutes or more and 20 g/10 minutes or less; a melt strength
of 2.5 cN or less; and a flexural modulus of 600 MPa or more and 1600 MPa or less.

US Pat. No. 9,496,468

CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION, CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION TABLET, MOLDED BODY, SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE, SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT AND LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A semiconductor package which comprises a cured resin product of a curable resin composition comprising, as essential components,
(A) an organic compound having at least two carbon-carbon double bonds reactive with SiH groups per molecule which is free
of any siloxane (Si—O—Si) units, or, reaction products of one or more kinds of compounds selected from the organic compounds
having at least two carbon-carbon double bonds reactive with SiH groups per molecule which are free of any siloxane (Si—O—Si)
units, with a compound containing a SiH group

(B) a compound containing at least two SiH groups per molecule,
(C) a hydrosilylation catalyst,
(D) a silicone compound having at least one carbon-carbon double bond reactive with a SiH group per molecule,
(E) an inorganic filler, and
(F) a white pigment,
wherein the component (E) and the component (F) are contained in a total amount of 70% to 95% by weight,
wherein the cured resin product further comprises a metal,
wherein the curable resin composition is molded by transfer molding.

US Pat. No. 9,496,527

VACUUM DEPOSITION DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC EL DEVICE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of manufacturing an organic EL device where an organic Electro Luminescence (EL) device including a plurality
of co-deposition organic layers is manufactured by performing a co-deposition step for forming the co-deposition organic layers
by simultaneously discharging a main film forming material and a sub film forming material using a vacuum deposition device
a plurality of times, the vacuum deposition device comprising a first single evaporating part belonging to a first single
discharge system; a second single evaporating part belonging to a second single discharge system; a film forming chamber where
a pressure is reducible and a substrate is disposed; and a film forming material discharge part having a plurality of first
discharge openings belonging to the first single discharge system and a plurality of second discharge openings belonging to
the second single discharge system, the method comprising for the plurality of times: evaporating the main film forming material
in the first single evaporating part belonging to the first single discharge system;
evaporating the sub film forming material in the second single evaporating part belonging to the second single discharge system;
discharging vapor of the main film forming material from the material discharge part to the substrate in the film forming
chamber through the first discharge openings belonging to the first single discharge system; and

at the same time as discharging vapor of the main film forming material, discharging vapor of the sub film forming material
from the material discharge part to the substrate in the film forming chamber through the second discharge openings belonging
to the second single discharge system, thereby forming film on the substrate, wherein

a plurality of kinds of main film forming materials are selectively charged into evaporating parts which belong to the same
evaporating part group, a plurality of kinds of sub film forming materials are selectively charged into evaporating parts
which belong to another evaporating part group, and the co-deposition organic layers are formed as films on a substrate by
evaporating the respective film forming materials in the evaporating parts.

US Pat. No. 9,474,532

EMBOLIZATION COIL

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An embolization coil comprising:
a placement coil having both of a pitch-wound region and a densely wound region to be placed in a body; and
an elongation-preventing wire provided in the placement coil fixed to said placement coil at, at least, two points different
from each other, wherein

the pitch-wound region of the coil is placed in at least an end portion of a proximal region of the coil,
the elongation-preventing wire has a region having an expandable/shrinkable shape in the region placed between the two points
different from each other,

the region having the expandable/shrinkable shape has a periodic shape,
the elongation-preventing wire is formed by twisting wires of platinum-tungsten alloy,
the periodic shape is two-dimensional or three-dimensional shape selected from the group consisting of a wave shape and a
spiral shape, being provided over the entire length of the elongation-preventing wire,

a natural length of the region of the coil placed between the two points different from each other is longer than 100% and
130% or less with respect to 100% of the natural length of the region of the elongation-preventing wire placed between the
two points different from each other,

a maximum expandable length of the region of the elongation-preventing wire placed between the two points different from each
other is 130% or less with respect to the natural length (100%) of the region of the coil placed between the two points different
from each other,

a length of the pitch-wound region in the region of the coil placed between the two points different from each other is 5
to 40% of the natural length of the region of the coil placed between the two points different from each other, and

the region having an expandable/shrinkable shape in the elongation-preventing wire is placed between the two points different
from each other, so that the elongation-preventing wire is expanded from its natural length in the coil axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,376,667

PROTEIN HAVING NADH AND/OR NADPH OXIDASE ACTIVITY

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. An isolated protein which has NADH oxidase activity or NADPH oxidase activity or both and has improved stability compared
to the protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said protein has an amino acid sequence that has at
least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 and further contains at least one amino acid substitution
selected from (a) to (g):
(a) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 42 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 200 Å2;

(b) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 46 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with a neutral amino
acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2 or an acidic amino acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2;

(c) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 96 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with a basic amino
acid;

(d) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 172 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a smaller side-chain surface area than Tyr;

(e) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 196 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a basic amino
acid;

(f) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 312 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a larger side-chain surface area than Ala; and

(g) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 371 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an aliphatic
amino acid, an acidic amino acid, or an amino acid having a hydroxyl group-bearing side chain.

US Pat. No. 9,205,422

ION-EXCHANGE FIBERS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AND USING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An ion-exchange fiber comprising:
a polymer A obtained by introducing an ion-exchangeable substituent to 100 parts by weight of an acrylic polymer, the acrylic
polymer being obtained by polymerization of a monomer composition containing 30% by weight or more of acrylonitrile with respect
to 100% by weight of the composition; and

a polymer B obtained by introducing an ion-exchangeable substituent to 1 part by weight or more and 100 parts by weight or
less of an epoxy group-containing polymer,

each ion-exchangeable substituent being introduced by reaction with an amine compound and being an ion-exchangeable substituent
derived from the amine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,657,386

TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A transparent conductive film comprising: a transparent film substrate; and a transparent electrode layer on the transparent
film substrate, wherein
the transparent electrode layer is formed of amorphous indium tin composite oxide, and has a tin oxide content of 3 to 12%
by mass and a thickness of 15 to 30 nm,

a bond energy ESn of tin 3d5/2 and a bond energy EIn of indium 3d5/2 as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement satisfy the following requirements in an analysis range of the
transparent electrode layer:

a minimum point of a bond energy difference ESn?EIn between the bond energy ESn and the bond energy EIn is present closer to a surface of the transparent electrode layer than a maximum point of the bond energy difference ESn?EIn; and

a difference Emax?Emin between the maximum value Emax and the minimum value Emin of the bond energy difference ESn?EIn is 0.1 eV or more,

where the analysis range is a region which contains 40 atom % or more of indium and which does not include a region where
a distance d from the surface of the transparent electrode layer in a thickness direction is from 0 to 3 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,458,279

RESIN COMPOSITION AND USE THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A resin composition solution obtained by dissolving, in an organic solvent, a thermosetting resin composition containing
at least:
a (A) urethane imide oligomer having a terminal carboxylic acid group; and
a (B) thermosetting resin
wherein:
the (A) urethane imide oligomer having a terminal carboxylic acid group is obtained by:
(i) reacting at least a (a) diol compound and a (b) diisocyanate compound so as to synthesize a terminal isocyanate compound;
(ii) reacting the terminal isocyanate compound with a (c) tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride so as to synthesize a urethane
imide oligomer having a terminal acid anhydride; and

(iii) reacting the urethane imide oligomer having a terminal acid anhydride with (d) water,
the (a) diol compound being represented by General Formula (1):
HO?R?1OH   (1)

wherein R represents a divalent organic group; and 1 represents an integer of 1 to 20,
O?C?N—X—N?C?O   (2)
the (b) diisocyanate compound being represented by General Formula (2):
wherein X represents a divalent organic group, and
the (c) tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride being represented by General Formula (3):

wherein Y represents a tetravalent organic group;
wherein the (A) urethane imide oligomer having a terminal carboxylic acid group is a tetracarboxylic acid urethane imide oligomer,
wherein the (a) diol compound contains at least a polycarbonate diol represented by General Formula (4):

wherein each R1 independently represents a divalent organic group; and m represents an integer of 1 to 20,

wherein the resin composition solution having a solute concentration of 60% by weight or more and 90% by weight or less, and
wherein the resin composition solution has a viscosity of not less than 180 poise and not more than 250 poise at 23° C.

US Pat. No. 9,434,096

DECORATIVE RESIN SHEET, AND MOLDED RESIN ARTICLE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of manufacturing a molded resin article, the method comprising:
a providing step of providing a decorative resin sheet, which comprises a crosslinked mold layer having a first surface and
a second surface and contains 50 wt % or more, with respect to the entirety of resin components in the mold layer, of a polyolefin-based
elastomer, by irradiating the mold layer in an uncrosslinked state with an energy ray at a defined acceleration voltage and
irradiation dosage so as to crosslink the mold layer and provide the decorative resin sheet with a 100% modulus at 200° C.
of 0.02 MPa or more, which modulus is measured at a tension speed of 200 mm/min by a method including setting a distance between
a pair of chucks for holding both ends of a test piece of a dumbbell shape No. 3 at a time of initiation of a test to 60 mm
and defining a time point at which the distance between the pair of chucks reaches 120 mm as a time point at which a tensile
elongation of the test piece becomes 100% in JIS K6251 (2004 version), wherein an embossment is formed on the second surface
of the mold layer;

a placing step of placing the decorative resin sheet after the crosslinking in an injection molding die so that the second
surface of the mold layer faces a side of the injection molding die from which a molten resin is injected:

a molding step of injecting the molten resin in a direction toward the second surface of the mold layer placed in the injection
molding die to mold an injection molded resin article into conformity with the embossment, wherein the first surface of the
mold layer directly contacts an inner surface of the injection molding die during the molding step; and

a separating step of separating the molded resin article from the decorative resin sheet, thereby transferring the embossment
onto a surface of the molded resin article.

US Pat. No. 9,204,528

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT INTEGRATED WITH STIFFENER

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A stiffener-integrated flexible printed circuit board comprising:
(A) a stiffener;
(B) a thermosetting adhesive
(C) an insulator film; and
(D) a wiring-pattern-equipped film,
the stiffener (A), the thermosetting adhesive (B), the insulator film (C), and the wiring-pattern-equipped film (D) being
laminated in this order,

the insulator film (C) containing at least (a) a binder polymer and (b) spherical organic beads.

US Pat. No. 9,056,959

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CHLORINATED VINYL CHLORIDE RESIN

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for producing a chlorinated vinyl chloride resin, comprising:
chlorinating a vinyl chloride resin by irradiating an inside of a reactor, into which the vinyl chloride resin and chlorine
have been introduced, with ultraviolet light, thereby producing the chlorinated vinyl chloride resin,

wherein the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is carried out through use of at least one light source selected from the
group consisting of an ultraviolet LED, an organic EL, and an inorganic EL, and

the ultraviolet light emitted from the light source has a peak wavelength in a range from 350 nm to 400 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,601,780

MULTILAYER CONDUCTIVE FILM, CURRENT COLLECTOR USING SAME, BATTERY AND BIPOLAR BATTERY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A multilayer conductive film to be used as a current collector comprising:
a layer 1, and

a layer 2 in contact with a positive electrode active material layer,

the layer 1 including a conductive material containing a polymer material 1 having an alicyclic structure as the main polymer material and conductive particles 1; and

the layer 2 including a material having durability against positive electrode potential, the material having durability against positive
electrode potential being a conductive material containing a polymer material 2 having durability against positive electrode potential and conductive particles 2.

US Pat. No. 9,512,007

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM AND GRAPHITE FILM PRODUCED THEREBY

KANEKA CORPORATION, OSAK...

1. A process for producing graphite films comprising the steps of:
graphitizing raw material films made of polymer films and/or carbonized polymer films to obtain graphitized raw material films
without pressure bonding the graphitized raw material films, the graphitization step including thermal treatment at a temperature
of 2,400° C. or higher, wherein the raw material films are retained in and in contact with a container that can be directly
electrified by application of voltage and graphitized while electrifying the container by application of voltage in the graphitization
step;

conducting a planar pressurization step, after the step of graphitizing, so that a planar pressure is uniformly and simultaneously
applied to the graphitized raw material films in a state where the graphitized raw material films are stacked, and the graphitized
raw material films that are stacked are simultaneously pressurized, thereby reducing wrinkles on the graphitized raw material
films that are stacked without pressure bonding the graphitized raw material films; and

conducting an independent recovery step of separating individual graphitized raw material films independently from the graphitized
raw material films that are stacked after the planar pressurization step, so as to produce the graphite films each having
a thickness of 20 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 9,505,879

POLYMER HAVING TERMINAL STRUCTURE INCLUDING PLURALITY OF REACTIVE SILICON GROUPS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND USE FOR SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A reactive-silicon-group-containing polymer (B) having, at one terminal moiety thereof, a terminal structure having two
or more reactive silicon groups, wherein the reactive-silicon-group-containing polymer (B) is represented by formula (5),
wherein R1 and R3 are each independently a bivalent bonding group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and an atom of the bonding group that is bonded
to any carbon atom adjacent to the bonding group is any one of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen; R2 and R4 are each independently hydrogen, or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; and n is an integer of 1 to 10; R5(s) is/are (each independently) a substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, Y is a hydroxyl
group or a hydrolyzable group, and a is 1, 2 or 3; and
the reactive-silicon-group-containing polymer (B) is reactive-silicon-group-containing polyoxyalkylene polymer (B).

US Pat. No. 9,353,223

POLYAMIC ACID, POLYIMIDE, POLYAMIC ACID SOLUTION, AND USE OF POLYIMIDE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A polyamic acid containing a constitutional unit represented by Formula (1) and a constitutional unit represented by Formula
(2):

where, each of “R1” and “R2” is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group,
and an alkoxyl group, “R1” and “R2” are identical with each other or different from each other, and “A” in Formula (2) is an acid dianhydride-derived component
selected from the group consisting of a constitutional unit represented by Formula (3), a constitutional unit represented
by Formula (4), and a constitutional unit represented by Formula (5):


wherein the molar ratio represented by the number of moles of the constitutional unit represented by Formula (1)/the number
of moles of the constitutional unit represented by Formula (2) falls within a range between 60/40 and 99/1.

US Pat. No. 9,656,410

FILM MANUFACTURING METHOD, FILM MANUFACTURING DEVICE, AND JIG

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A film manufacturing method using a film manufacturing apparatus,
the film manufacturing apparatus including:
an extrusion die having a feed opening for supplying a resin and a lip opening for ejecting the supplied resin in a form of
a film;

the extrusion die having opposing lip edges defining a width of the lip opening;
an end plate which is provided at each end in a longer side direction of the lip opening of the extrusion die and serves as
a sidewall of the lip opening;

a seal part which is provided between the extrusion die and the end plate and having a seal part end surface, wherein the
seal part end surface, opposing lip edges of the extrusion die and the end plate at the lip opening are not flush with each
other, thereby providing a gap between the opposing lip edges of the extrusion die and the end plate at the lip opening; and

a jig movably mounted on the end plate so as to cover the gap between the opposing lip edges of the extrusion die and the
end plate at the lip opening and to not cover the opposing lip edges of the extrusion die,

said film manufacturing method comprising:
an extrusion step of, in a state in which the jig is mounted on the end plate so as to cover the gap between the opposing
lip edges of the extrusion die and the end plate at the lip opening and to not cover the opposing lip edges of the extrusion
die, extruding the resin from the lip opening so as to form the film.

US Pat. No. 9,494,861

POSITIVE PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, AND COMPOUND

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A positive photosensitive composition, comprising:
(A) a compound that contains an alkenyl group or a SiH group within a molecule and has a structure that decomposes in the
presence of acid to generate an acidic group or a hydroxyl group;

(B) a compound that contains a SiH group or an alkenyl group within a molecule;
(C) a hydrosilylation catalyst; and
(D) a photoacid generator.
US Pat. No. 9,346,850

METHOD OF PRODUCING PEPTIDE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of producing a peptide by a liquid phase synthesis method, comprising the steps of:
Step A: in a solvent selected from the group of a halogenated hydrocarbon-type solvent immiscible with water, an aprotic polar
solvent immiscible with water, an organic solvent mixture containing the halogenated hydrocarbon-type solvent, and an organic
solvent mixture containing the aprotic polar solvent reacting an active ester of an acid component, which is an amino acid
or a peptide, protected at an N-terminal amino group by a protecting group removable under an acidic condition, with an amine
component, which is an amino acid or a peptide, protected at a C-terminal carboxyl group by a protecting group stable under
an acidic condition, to obtain a condensed compound;

Step B: hydrolyzing the unreacted active ester of the acid component by contacting the reaction mixture obtained in Step A
with a base and maintaining a basic condition until an amount of the remaining unreacted active ester of the acid component
is decreased to 1% or less and then

purifying the condensed compound by removing an impurity of a decomposed product of the active ester of the acid component
by carrying out extraction and washing with an aqueous solution or with water;

Step C: removing a protecting group for an N-terminal amino group of the condensed compound obtained in Step B under an acidic
condition.

US Pat. No. 9,315,782

ISOLATED DNA ENCODING PROTEIN HAVING IMPROVED STABILITY

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. An isolated DNA encoding a protein which has NADH oxidase activity or NADPH oxidase activity or both and has improved stability
compared to the protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, and wherein said protein has an amino acid sequence
that has at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 and further contains at least one amino
acid substitution selected from (a) to (g):
(a) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 42 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 200 Å2;

(b) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 46 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a neutral amino
acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2 or an acidic amino acid having a side-chain surface area of 100 to 150 Å2;

(c) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 96 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a basic amino acid;
(d) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 172 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a smaller side-chain surface area than Tyr;

(e) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 196 of SEQ ID NO:1 with a basic amino
acid;

(f) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 312 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an amino acid
having a larger side-chain surface area than Ala; and

(g) a substitution of an amino acid residue at a position corresponding to position 371 of SEQ ID NO: 1 with an aliphatic
amino acid, an acidic amino acid, or an amino acid having a hydroxyl group-bearing side chain.

US Pat. No. 9,263,690

ORGANIC EL DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A manufacturing method of an organic EL device, comprising:
forming a substrate, at least a first electrode layer, an organic light emitting layer, and a second electrode layer being
stacked on the substrate;

forming a first electrode layer separating groove that separates the first electrode layer into a plurality of small pieces;
forming a light emission separating groove that separates the organic light emitting layer into a plurality of small light
emitting regions;

forming a unit light emitting element separating groove that has a depth extending from the second electrode layer to trench
the organic light emitting layer, the unit light emitting element separating groove separating the second electrode layer
into a plurality of small pieces; and

forming a connection portion that penetrates through the organic light emitting layer to connect between the second electrode
layer and the first electrode layer, one of the small pieces of the first electrode layer, one of the small pieces of the
second electrode layer, and a portion of the organic light emitting layer therebetween structuring a unit light emitting portion,
the unit light emitting portion being electrically connected in series via the connection portion,

wherein a portion of the second electrode layer enters inside the light emission separating groove, whereby the connection
portion is structured, the unit light emitting element separating groove being formed by a second electrode layer separating
groove and a light emitting portion separating groove, the second electrode layer separating groove and the light emitting
portion separating groove being each a laser groove, an average groove width of the second electrode layer separating groove
being greater than an average groove width of the light emitting portion separating groove,

wherein a boundary between the second electrode layer separating groove and the light emitting portion separating groove is
stepwise,

wherein a part of the second electrode layer extends to a unit light emitting element separating groove side and beyond the
light emission separating groove, and

wherein forming the unit light emitting element separating groove is accomplished by performing radiation of a laser beam
from a second electrode layer side at least twice.

US Pat. No. 9,140,732

ARC RESISTANCE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION DEVICE, ARC RESISTANCE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM, AND ARC RESISTANCE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION METHOD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc resistance performance evaluation device comprising:
a high frequency induction thermal plasma generation unit including a gas flow-in portion, a first tube portion connected
to the gas flow-in portion, and an induction coil wound around an outer side of the first tube portion, a high frequency current
being supplied to the induction coil with the first tube portion containing gas flowed in from the gas flow-in portion to
generate plasma in the first tube portion;

a second tube portion, which is connected to the first tube portion and which includes a window on at least one side surface;
and

a testing subject installing pedestal configured to be fixedly attached at a reference position in the second tube portion,
wherein

the testing subject installing pedestal includes a seating portion for installing a testing subject, and a hold-down portion
for fixing the testing subject installed on the seating portion with a part of the testing subject exposed; and

an ablated vapor generated from the testing subject is observed through the window from an outer side of the second tube portion
with the testing subject installed on the testing subject installing pedestal irradiated with the plasma generated in the
high frequency induction thermal plasma generation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,072,128

POLYOLEFIN-BASED RESIN PRE-EXPANDED PARTICLES AND POLYOLEFIN-BASED RESIN IN-MOLD EXPANSION MOLDED ARTICLE COMPRISING POLYOLEFIN-BASED RESIN PRE- EXPANDED PARTICLES

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing polypropylene-based resin pre-expanded particles comprising:dispersing polypropylene-based resin particles into an aqueous dispersion medium with a dispersing agent in a presence of a blowing agent;
heating the dispersion at a temperature in a range of (a melting point of the polypropylene-based resin particles?25° C.) to (the melting point of the polypropylene-based resin particles+25° C.) under pressure; and
releasing the dispersion into a low pressure region,
wherein the polypropylene-based resin particles are used in an amount of 20 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the aqueous dispersion medium,
the polypropylene-based resin particles comprising a polypropylene-based resin composition including:
a polypropylene-based resin;
a sterically hindered amine ether flame retardant expressed by the following general formula (1):
R1NHCH2CH2CH2NR2CH2CH2NR3CH2CH2CH2NHR4  (1)
(where R1, R2 and one of R3 and R4 are an s-triazine moiety T expressed by the following general formula (2):

the other of R3 and R4 is a hydrogen atom, and in the general formula (2), R5 is an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms and R6 is a methyl group, a cyclohexyl group, or an octyl group); and
an aromatic phosphoric ester, wherein the aromatic phosphoric ester is a condensed phosphoric containing at least two phosphate sites of the aromatic phosphoric ester in a molecule, and has an alkyl group on a benzene ring of an aromatic hydrocarbon radical.

US Pat. No. 9,809,735

HIGHLY-THERMALLY-CONDUCTIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, AND RESIN MATERIAL FOR HEAT DISSIPATION/HEAT TRANSFER AND THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE FILM COMPRISING SAME

Kaneka Corporation, (JP)...

1. A resin composition comprising:
a resin having a main chain structure including:
a unit (A) by 40 mol % to 60 mol %, the unit (A) having a biphenyl group and being represented by general formula (1):

a unit (B) by 5 mol % to 40 mol %, the unit (B) being represented by general formula (2):
—CO—R1—CO—  (2)

wherein R1 represents a bivalent linear substituent (a) whose number of atoms in its main chain length is 2 to 18 and (b) which is branched
or not branched; and

a unit (C) by 5 mol % to 40 mol %, the unit (C) being represented by general formula (3):
—CO—R2—CO—  (3)

wherein R2 represents a bivalent linear substituent (a) whose number of atoms in its main chain length is 4 to 20 and is larger than
the number of atoms in the main chain length of R1 and (b) which is branched or not branched,

where a total amount of the units (A), (B), and (C) is 100 mol %, and a thermal conductivity of the resin itself is not less
than 0.4 W/(m·K); and

an inorganic filler having thermal conductivity of not less than 1 W/(m·K).

US Pat. No. 9,688,828

ANTISTATIC NON-CROSSLINKED FOAMED POLYETHYLENE RESIN PARTICLES AND MOLDED NON-CROSSLINKED FOAMED POLYETHYLENE RESIN BODY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. Non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles having a bulk density BD of 10 g/L or more and 100 g/L or less and
obtained by foaming polyethylene resin particles, the polyethylene resin particles containing an antistatic agent in an amount
of 0.1 part by weight or more and 3 parts by weight or less and a hydrophilic compound in an amount of 0.01 part by weight
or more and 10 parts by weight or less respectively with respect to 100 parts by weight of a polyethylene resin and having
a density of 0.920 g/cm3 or more and less than 0.940 g/cm3,
the non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles having a shrinkage ratio of 3% or more and 30% or less determined
in accordance with Formula (1):

Shrinkage ratio=(BD?VBD)×100/VBD  (1)
where BD is a bulk density of the non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles at 23° C. and 0.1 MPa (under standard
atmospheric pressure), and VBD is a bulk density of the non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles at 23° C. under
a reduced pressure of 0.002 MPa or less.
US Pat. No. 9,565,882

DYED REGENERATED COLLAGEN FIBER, ARTIFICIAL HAIR, AND METHOD FOR DYE-FIXING TREATMENT OF DYED REGENERATED COLLAGEN FIBER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for fixing a dye in a dyed regenerated collagen fiber, comprising the steps of:
dyeing a regenerated collagen fiber with an aqueous solution of least one kind of a dye selected from the group consisting
of 1:1 type metal complex salt dyes, 1:2 type metal complex salt dyes and reactive dyes, and then

immersing a dyed regenerated collagen fiber in an aqueous solution of hydrochloride of condensation compounds of polyalkylenepolyamine
and dicyandiamide for 10 to 30 minutes so that the condensation compounds form a hydrogen bond to a carboxyl group in the
regenerated collagen fiber; and drying the immersed dyed regenerated collagen fiber at a predetermined temperature,

wherein the pH of the aqueous solution is in the range of 8.5 to 9.5 and the temperature there of is in the range of 55 to
65° C.

US Pat. No. 9,537,152

COLLECTOR FOR BIPOLAR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERIES

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A current collector for a bipolar lithium ion secondary battery, comprising:
a first electrically conductive layer in which electrically conductive filler is added to a substrate containing imide group-containing
resin; and

a second electrically conductive layer that functions to isolate lithium ions,
the second electrically conductive layer including an isolation resin layer and a metal layer, the isolation resin layer having
a constitution in which electrically conductive filler is added to a substrate containing resin not containing imide group,
and

the first electrically conductive layer being located in a manner such that a positive electrode active material layer is
closer thereto than the second electrically conductive layer, wherein the second electrically conductive layer further includes
a metal elution-preventing layer, the metal elution-preventing layer being located on a surface of the metal layer to face
the first electrically conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,475,934

POLYESTER RESIN COMPOSITION AND MOLDED ARTICLE CONTAINING THIS RESIN COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An aliphatic polyester resin composition, comprising:
a polyhydroxyalkanoate copolymer; and
a crystal nucleating agent comprising pentaerythritol,
wherein the polyhydroxyalkanoate copolymer includes a repeating unit of 3-hydroxybutyrate at a composition ratio of from 80
mol % to 99 mol %.

US Pat. No. 9,476,836

NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION METHOD, AND DEVICE AND KIT FOR USE IN SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of detecting a single-stranded or multi-stranded nucleic acid, comprising the steps of:
contacting a single-stranded or multi-stranded nucleic acid with a detecting reagent containing a leuco dye; wherein the leuco
dye is initially colorless, and wherein the nucleic acid reacts as a color developer with the colorless leuco dye to change
the structure of the colorless leuco dye and produce a colored dye; and

measuring an absorbance of at least one of the single-stranded or multi-stranded nucleic acid and the detecting reagent under
visible light.

US Pat. No. 9,615,833

METHOD FOR PRODUCING IN-VIVO INDWELLING MEMBER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing an in-vivo indwelling member, the method comprising:
a primary coil forming step of winding a metal wire to form a primary coil;
a secondary coil forming step of giving the primary coil a shape in which two or more different patterns of two or more kinds
are continuously arranged to form a secondary coil, followed by performing heat treatment; and

a step of inserting the secondary coil into a shaping mold having an inner hollow section, followed by performing heat treatment
at a temperature higher than a temperature of the heat treatment in the secondary coil forming step.

US Pat. No. 9,585,997

LEUCOCYTE REMOVAL FILTER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A leukocyte depletion filter, comprising:
a receptacle having fluid inlet and outlet;
a first leukocyte depletion filter material packed in the receptacle, the first leukocyte depletion filter material comprising
fibers that have an average fiber diameter of 0.50 to 1.60 ?m and a coefficient of variation of fiber diameter of 0.40 to
0.80, an average pore size of 4.0 to 8.0 ?m, and a bulk density of 0.10 to 0.35 g/cm3; and

a second leukocyte depletion filter material located upstream of the first leukocyte depletion filter material, the second
leukocyte depletion filter material comprising fibers that have an average fiber diameter of 1.20 to 3.00 ?m, wherein

the average fiber diameter of the fibers of the second leukocyte depletion filter material is greater than the average fiber
diameter of the fibers of the first leukocyte depletion filter material, and

the first and second leukocyte depletion filter materials satisfy the following formulas (a) and (b):
|A?B|?0.21  (a)

0.15?A×B?0.33  (b)

where A represents the coefficient of variation of fiber diameter of the fibers in the first leukocyte depletion filter material,
and B represents a coefficient of variation of fiber diameter of the fibers in the second leukocyte depletion filter material.

US Pat. No. 9,512,005

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARBONACEOUS FILM AND GRAPHITE FILM OBTAINED THEREBY

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a carbonaceous film, the method comprising a carbonization step in which a polymer film is subjected
to a heat treatment under the condition that the polymer film is wrapped around a core, wherein a vessel comprises the core
and an outer casing and at least a part of the outer casing is provided with one or more holes for ventilation.
US Pat. No. 9,481,870

NUCLEIC ACID ENCODING A POLYPEPTIDE HAVING AMINOTRANSFERASE ACTIVITY, VECTORS AND HOST CELLS COMPRISING THE NUCLEIC ACID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A DNA consisting of a nucleotide sequence encoding a polypeptide selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that is identical to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 except
for a deletion, a substitution, an insertion and/or an addition of 1 to 20 amino acids in SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said polypeptide
acts on 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone in the presence of an amino group donor to generate (S)-1-benzyl-3-aminopyrrolidine with
optical purity of 93% enantiomeric excess or more; and

(b) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that is identical to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 except
for a deletion, a substitution, an insertion and/or an addition of 1 to 20 amino acids in SEQ ID NO: 1, wherein said polypeptide
acts on 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone in the presence of an amino group donor to generate (S)-1-benzyl-3-aminopyrrolidine with
optical purity of 93% enantiomeric excess or more; and wherein said polypeptide (i) exhibits activity for (S)-1-phenethylamine,
benzylamine, and 2-butylamine as amino group donors and does not substantially exhibit activity for ?-alanine and 4-aminobutyric
acid, (ii) exhibits activity for pyruvic acid and activity for glyoxalic acid as amino group receptors; and/or (iii) retains
10% or more of residual activity after 2 hours of treatment with a solution having a concentration of 80% v/v of 1-propanol,
2-propanol, or acetone compared to the enzymatic activity prior to the treatment.

US Pat. No. 9,199,952

METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITION CONTAINING FUCOXANTHIN

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing a composition comprising fucoxanthin, the method comprising:
mixing seaweed with a water-soluble solvent comprising 0 to 80% by weight of water to obtain a seaweed component extract;
mixing the seaweed component extract with water and/or the water-soluble solvent such that a concentration of the water-soluble
solvent is 20 to 45% by weight in a mixture;

mixing a diluent with the mixture such that a diluent-containing extract is obtained, and that the diluent forms a core substance
which promotes aggregation in the diluent-containing extract; and

collecting, by separation, an aggregate formed by the aggregation in the diluent-containing extract as a composition comprising
fucoxanthin.

US Pat. No. 9,074,058

FLUORORESIN FILM AND FLUORORESIN-LAMINATED ACRYLIC RESIN FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A fluororesin-laminated acrylic resin film, wherein a fluororesin film layer is laminated on at least one face of a film
layer comprising (A) an acrylic resin, and
the fluororesin film is formed with
(C) a fluororesin comprising
(B) a fluorinated (meth)acrylic resin that contains a fluorine-containing alkyl(meth)acrylate polymer component, wherein
the acrylic resin (A) is an acrylic resin composition comprising 5 to 100% by weight of (a-1) an acrylic elastic material
graft copolymer and 0 to 95% by weight of (a-2) a methacrylic polymer, with the total amount of (a-1) and (a-2) being 100%
by weight, wherein:

the acrylic elastic material graft copolymer (a-1) is a copolymerization product of 95 to 15 parts by weight of (a-1b) a monomer
mixture containing 50 to 100% by weight of a methacrylic acid alkyl ester and 0 to 50% by weight of an other copolymerizable
vinyl monomer in the presence of 5 to 85 parts by weight of at least one layer of an acrylic acid ester type crosslinked elastic
material prepared by polymerization of (a-1a) a monomer mixture comprising 50 to 99.9% by weight of an acrylic acid alkyl
ester, 0 to 49.9% by weight of an other copolymerizable vinyl monomer and 0.1 to 10% by weight of a polyfunctional monomer
having at least two unconjugated double bonds per copolymerizable molecule, with the total amount of (a-1a) and (a-1b) being
100 parts by weight; and

the methacrylic polymer (a-2) is a copolymerization product of a monomer mixture comprising 80 to 100% by weight of a methacrylic
acid alkyl ester and 0 to 20% by weight of an other copolymerizable vinyl monomer.

US Pat. No. 9,063,130

NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION METHOD AND NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION KIT

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A nucleic acid detection method for detecting an amplified double-stranded DNA fragment amplified by a nucleic acid amplification
method, wherein:
the amplified DNA fragment has a first substance binding site to which the first substance is specifically bindable; and
the nucleic acid detection method comprises the step of:
concentrating the amplified DNA fragment by causing the amplified DNA fragment to bind to the first substance;
wherein the amplified DNA fragment further has a second substance binding site to which the second substance is specifically
bindable; and

said step of concentrating including:
(i) forming a complex by binding the amplified DNA fragment to the second substance to which a labeling substance is bound,
and

(ii) binding the complex to the first substance; and
wherein the amplified DNA fragment is a double-stranded DNA fragment obtained by the nucleic acid amplification method by
use of two primers;

one of the two primers has a base sequence to which the first substance is bindable in a double strand formed by binding the
one of the two primers to a complementary strand; and

the other one of the two primers has a base sequence to which the second substance is bindable in a double strand formed by
binding the other one of the two primers to a complementary strand; and

said step of concentrating further including:
(i) on a stationary-phase medium to which the first substance is immobilized, placing the amplified DNA fragment in a first
region, and placing the second substance to which the labeling substance is bound in a third region, the first region and
third region being different from each other and being different from a second region in which the first substance is immobilized,

(ii) diffusing the amplified DNA fragment by use of a solvent to the third region,
(iii) forming a complex in the third region by binding the amplified DNA fragment to the second substance to which the labeling
substance is bound,

(iv) diffusing the complex on the stationary-phase medium to the second region by use of the solvent, and
(v) binding the first substance and the complex to each other in the second region; and
wherein the stationary-phase medium further has a fourth region where a nucleic acid fragment that can specifically bind to
the second substance can be immobilized; and

the second substance to which the labeling substance is bound and which is diffused from a region for placing the second substance
to which the labeling substance is bound binds to the nucleic acid fragment in the fourth region; and

wherein the first substance and the second substance are each a methylase.

US Pat. No. 9,588,425

POSITIVE PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITION, THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, AND COMPOUND

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A positive photosensitive composition, comprising:
(G) a compound having a structure represented by formula (X1) or (X2);
(H) a compound having a structure that decomposes in the presence of acid to generate an acidic group or a hydroxyl group;
and

(D) a photoacid generator,
the formulas (X1) and (X2) respectively being:

US Pat. No. 9,512,247

(METH)ACRYLOYL-TERMINATED POLYISOBUTYLENE POLYMER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ACTIVE ENERGY RAY-CURABLE COMPOSITION

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A (meth)acryloyl-terminated polyisobutylene polymer represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 represents a divalent group that is dicumyl chloride with two chlorine atoms being removed; A represents a polyisobutylene
polymer; R2 represents a divalent saturated hydrocarbon group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms and containing no hetero atoms; R3 and R4 each represent hydrogen, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon
atoms; R5 represents hydrogen or a methyl group; and n is 2.

US Pat. No. 9,453,155

GRAPHITE FILM AND GRAPHITE COMPOSITE FILM

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A process for manufacturing a graphite film, comprising subjecting a source material film comprising a polymer film and/or
a carbonized polymer film to graphitization,
wherein a number of laminated pieces of the source material films is not less than 10,
wherein the graphitization has a maximum temperature of 2,800° C. or higher and 3,500° C. or less, and
wherein during graphitization, a pressure applied to the source material film in the thickness direction is maintained within
the range of not less than 5.0 g/cm2 and not greater than 100 g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,587,228

VECTOR CONTAINING A DNA CODING FOR A NOVEL GLUCOSE DEHYDROGENASE AND METHOD

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A recombinant vector comprising a DNA coding for a NADP-specific glucose dehydrogenase showing a NADP/NAD activity ratio
of no lower than 300, derived from Lactobacillus plantarum, which is selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a DNA comprising SEQ ID NO: 2;
(b) a DNA coding for a polypeptide having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1; and
(c) a DNA coding for a polypeptide at least 90% sequence identical to the polypeptide of SEQ ID NO: 1.
US Pat. No. 9,532,957

METHOD OF STABILIZING REDUCED COENZYME Q10

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method of stabilizing reduced coenzyme Q10 which comprises subjecting reduced coenzyme Q10 to be mixed with citric acid
or a related compound thereof, wherein the citric acid or related compound thereof is at least one species selected from the
group consisting of citric acid, an ester thereof and a salt thereof, and in which the citric acid or the related compound
thereof exists in an amount of 0.1 parts by weight or more relative to 100 parts by weight of reduced coenzyme Q10.
US Pat. No. 9,493,762

VECTOR, A TRANSFORMANT AND A METHOD TO PRODUCE A POLYPEPTIDE HAVING ACTIVITY TO SELECTIVELY HYDROLYZE A (R)-TROPIC ACID AMIDE IN A RACEMIC MIXTURE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A vector containing a DNA encoding a polypeptide having activity to selectively hydrolyze a (R)-tropic acid amide in a
racemic mixture, wherein said polypeptide is selected from the group consisting of:
(a) a polypeptide consisting of the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, 3, 5 or 7;
(b) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that has a deletion, an insertion, a substitution and/or an addition
of 30 or less amino acids with respect to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1, 3, 5 or 7; and

(c) a polypeptide consisting of an amino acid sequence that has 95% or more sequence identity with the amino acid sequence
of SEQ ID NO: 1, 3, 5, or 7.

US Pat. No. 9,403,883

PROTEIN HAVING AFFINITY FOR IMMUNOGLOBULIN, AND IMMUNOGLOBULIN-BINDING AFFINITY LIGAND

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A protein having an affinity for an immunoglobulin, comprising an amino acid sequence derived from,
C domain of protein A of SEQ ID NO: 5,wherein a glycine (Gly) residue corresponding to position 29 of the C domain, which is conserved in the C domain of Protein
A, is replaced with an amino acid other than alanine (Ala), and
the protein has a lower affinity for a Fab region of an immunoglobulin than a protein comprising an amino acid sequence in
which the Gly residue is replaced with Ala,

wherein the amino acid other than Ala is any of leucine (Leu), isoleucine (Ile), phenylalanine (Phe), tyrosine (Tyr), tryptophan
(Trp), glutamic acid (Glu), arginine (Arg), and methionine (Met), and which has 85% or higher sequence identity to the amino
acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5.

US Pat. No. 9,328,272

CURABLE COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable composition, comprising
a polyoxyalkylene polymer (A) containing a reactive silyl group represented by Formula (1):
—SiR1aX3-a  (1)

wherein R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 hydrocarbon group; X represents a hydroxy group or a hydrolyzable group;
a represents 0 or 1; and R1s or Xs may be the same as or different from each other,

the polyoxyalkylene polymer (A) comprising:
a polyoxyalkylene polymer (a1) having a reactive silyl group equivalent of 0.15 mmol/g to 1.5 mmol/g, and
a polyoxyalkylene polymer (a2) having a reactive silyl group equivalent of 0.010 to 0.14 mmol/g,
wherein the polymer (a2) has a backbone with at least one branch.

US Pat. No. 9,097,718

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING NUCLEIC ACID, AND KIT

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for detecting a multi-stranded nucleic acid, comprising a step of bringing a chromogenic leuco dye into contact
with a multi-stranded nucleic acid, wherein a color formed by interaction between the leuco dye and the multi-stranded nucleic
acid is detected under visible light, and wherein the leuco dye is a compound represented by General Formula (I):
wherein R1, R2 and R3 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and L represents —SO3R4, —NO3,—NO2, —CN, —X, —NHR5, —N(COR6)(COR7), —SR8, —SSR9, —OR10, —NHSNH2, —OH or —H, with R4 representing an alkali metal or a hydrogen atom; X representing a halogen atom; and R5, R6, R7, R8, R9 and Rl0 each independently representing an alkyl group, aryl group, acyl group, alkenyl group or alkynyl group, and
wherein a leaving group of the leuco dye is dissociated by interaction between the leuco dye and the multi-stranded nucleic
acid, and a color that can be detected under visible light is then formed by dissociation of the leaving group.

US Pat. No. 9,765,207

POLYMER MICROPARTICLE-DISPERSED RESIN COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A polymer microparticle-dispersed resin composition, comprising: 100 parts by weight of a resin which is at least one selected
from the group consisting of curable monomers, polymerizable monomers, curable oligomers and polymerizable oligomers; and
0.1 parts by weight to 150 parts by weight of polymer microparticles each comprising at least two layers including a crosslinked
polymer layer and a coating polymer layer,
the resin composition having a particle dispersity of the polymer microparticles in the resin of not lower than 50%, wherein
the particle dispersity is determined by equation (1):

Particle dispersity (%)=(1?(B1/B0))×100  (equation 1)

where B0 is the number of unbound polymer microparticles and the number of aggregates consisting of two or more polymer microparticles
in contact with each other in a sample under measurement, and B1 is the number of aggregates consisting of two or more polymer microparticles in contact with each other,

the crosslinked polymer layer comprising 65% by weight to 99% by weight of at least one monomer having a Tg, as determined
as a homopolymer, of not lower than 80° C., and 35% by weight to 1% by weight of at least one monomer having a Tg, as determined
as a homopolymer, of lower than 0° C., wherein the monomer having a Tg, as determined as a homopolymer, of lower than 0° C.
forms an acrylic polymer rubber.

US Pat. No. 9,702,061

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PILE FABRIC

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. A method for manufacturing a pile fabric comprising an acrylic synthetic fiber at a napped portion of a pile fabric, wherein
the acrylic synthetic fiber is a fiber obtained by spinning a spinning solution comprising a polymer A and a polymer B; the
polymer A is 90 to 99 parts by weight and the polymer B is 1 to 10 parts by weight when the total weight of the polymer A
and the polymer B in the spinning solution is 100 parts by weight; the polymer A is a polymer obtained by polymerizing a composition
A that is a composition comprising 40 to 97 wt % of acrylonitrile, 0 to 5 wt % of sulfonic acid-containing monomer and 3 to
60 wt % of another copolymerizable monomer when the total weight of the composition A is 100 wt %; the polymer B is a polymer
that is obtained by polymerizing a composition B and that is dissolved in a mixed solvent comprising water and at least one
organic solvent selected from the group consisting of N,N-dimethylformamide, N,N-dimethylacetamide, dimethylsulfoxide and
acetone; and the composition B is a composition comprising 0 to 70 wt % of acrylonitrile, 20 to 90 wt % of acrylic ester and
10 to 40 wt % of sulfonic acid-containing monomer when the total weight of the composition B is 100 wt %,
the method comprising:
dyeing at least partially the acrylic synthetic fiber before forming the napped portion of the pile fabric or after forming
the napped portion of the pile fabric to make a dyed acrylic synthetic fiber;

discharge-printing the pile fabric comprising the dyed acrylic synthetic fiber at the napped portion to make a discharge-printed
acrylic synthetic fiber at the napped portion of the pile fabric; and

separately from the discharge-printing, adding water to the dyed acrylic synthetic fiber or the discharge-printed acrylic
synthetic fiber at the napped portion of the pile fabric in an amount of more than 43 parts by weight with respect to 100
parts by weight of the dyed acrylic synthetic fiber or the discharge-printed acrylic synthetic fiber at the napped portion
of the pile fabric, and carrying out a wet-heat treatment at a temperature higher than 80° C., wherein, after the adding water
step, the dyed acrylic synthetic fiber or the discharge-printed acrylic synthetic fiber at the napped portion of the pile
fabric has an apparent specific gravity in a range of 0.8 to 1.1.

US Pat. No. 9,603,356

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CELL CONCENTRATE

KANEKA CORPORATION, Kita...

1. A method for producing a cell concentrate, the method comprising:
processing a human or animal cell suspension with an inside-out filtration system at a linear velocity of the cell suspension
of 115 to 1020 cm/min, and at an initial filtrate flow rate,

wherein the system comprises:
a cell suspension inlet port; a filtrate outlet port; a cell suspension outlet port; and a hollow fiber separation membrane
interposed between the cell suspension inlet port and the cell suspension outlet port,

wherein the hollow fiber separation membrane has inner pores with an average pore size of from 0.1 ?m to 0.5 ?m, and
a quotient of a division of the initial filtrate flow rate by the linear velocity of the cell suspension flowing through the
hollow fibers is 2.5 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,574,082

SOFT THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A soft thermoplastic resin composition comprising:
100 parts by weight of a resin component (A) comprising from 15 to 65 parts by weight of a vinyl chloride resin having a degree
of polymerization of 2000 or less, and from 35 to 85 parts by weight of a polyhydroxyalkanoate; and

from 0.1 to 8 parts by weight of a resin component (B) which is one or more resins selected from the group consisting of a
(meth)acrylate resin and an acrylonitrile-styrene resin, and has a weight average molecular weight, in terms of polystyrene,
of 400,000 or more,

wherein the polyhydroxyalkanoate is copolymer comprising monomer units derived from 3-hydroxybutyrate and monomer units derived
from hydroxyalkanoate other than 3-hydroxybutyrate, and

the hydroxyalkanoate other than the 3-hydroxybutyrate is at least one member selected from the group consisting of 4-hydroxybutyrate,
3-hydroxyvalerate, 3-hydroxyhexanoate, 3-hydroxyoctanoate, and 3-hydroxydecanoate.

US Pat. No. 9,562,155

SOFT THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A soft thermoplastic resin composition comprising:
100 parts by weight of a resin component (A) comprising from 65 to 85 parts by weight of a vinyl chloride resin having a degree
of polymerization of 2000 or less and from 15 to 35 parts by weight of a polyhydroxyalkanoate;

from 0.1 to 8 parts by weight of a resin component (B) which is one or more resins selected from the group consisting of a
(meth)acrylate resin and an acrylonitrile-styrene resin, and has a weight average molecular weight, in terms of polystyrene,
of 400,000 or more; and

from 12 to 22 parts by weight of a plasticizer.

US Pat. No. 9,540,285

GRAPHITE FILM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GRAPHITE FILM

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A process for producing a graphite film, the process comprising:
providing a polyimide film that is the reaction product of (1) acid dianhydride having a molar ratio of PMDA/BPDA in a range
of 80:20 to 50:50 and (2) diamine having a molar ratio of ODA/PDA in a range of 30:70 to 90:10;

thermally treating the polyimide film at a temperature equal to or more than 2,600° C. to form a graphite film.
US Pat. No. 9,510,571

TRANSGENIC BIRD EXPRESSING FOREIGN GENE USING ENDOPLASMIC RETICULUM CHAPERONE PROMOTER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A transgenic chicken, comprising an exogenous nucleic acid sequence encoding an exogenous protein operably linked to an
avian endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone promoter comprising the nucleic acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7,
wherein the transgenic chicken produces the exogenous protein in its eggs and/or blood.
US Pat. No. 9,464,306

METHOD FOR PRODUCING L-AMINO ACID

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A method for producing an L-amino acid by hydrolyzing a succinyl group of an N-succinyl amino acid in an L-form selective
manner with L-succinylase, while racemizing an enantiomeric mixture of the N-succinyl amino acid with N-acylamino acid racemase,
the reaction being performed with precipitating the produced L-amino acid.
US Pat. No. 9,701,822

TOUGHNESS MODIFIER FOR CURABLE RESIN, AND CURABLE RESIN COMPOSITION

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A curable resin composition, comprising
20 to 99.5% by mass of a curable resin (D) which is at least one selected from the group consisting of unsaturated polyester
resins, vinyl ester resins, acrylate resins, phenolic resins, epoxy resins and cyanate resins,

a thermoplastic resin (F) which is at least one selected from the group consisting of polyethersulfone, polyetherimide, phenoxy
resins and novolac resins and

0.5 to 80% by mass of a toughness modifier,
wherein the toughness modifier being obtained by emulsion-polymerizing, in the presence of 50 to 95% by mass of a rubber polymer
(A) latex (calculated as a rubber polymer component), 5 to 50% by mass of a vinyl monomer (B) using 0.5 to 15 parts by mass
of a nonionic reactive surfactant (C) (relative to 100 parts by mass of a total of (A) and (B)) which is a polyoxyalkylene
alkenyl ether.

US Pat. No. 9,518,004

REDUCED COENZYME Q10 DERIVATIVE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

3. A crystal of a reduced coenzyme Q10 derivative represented by formula (1),

wherein R1 and R2 are each independently H or an alkoxycarbonyl group represented by formula (2),

and at least one of R1 and R2 is an alkoxycarbonyl group represented by formula (2), and
R3 is a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,508,959

ORGANIC EL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An organic EL device comprising: an organic EL element in which a first electrode layer, an organic light emitting layer,
and a second electrode layer are stacked on one of principal surfaces of a polygonal transparent substrate;
an emission area that emits light during operation and that is observable when the transparent substrate is viewed in a planar
view,

an inorganic sealing layer, an adhesive layer, and a heat-conductive sealing layer being stacked on the organic EL element
including at least the emission area; and

a current carrying area that is provided outside the emission area and along a part or whole of an outer edge of the emission
area and that is observable when the transparent substrate is viewed in a planar view, wherein a heat-conductive sealing stacked
layer structure is formed in the current carrying area, the first electrode layer that is extended from the emission area
into the current carrying area along a plane of the transparent substrate, an electroconductive layer having a heat conductivity
larger than that of the first electrode layer, the inorganic sealing layer, the adhesive layer, and the heat-conductive sealing
layer being stacked in this order so as to be in contact with each other in the heat-conductive sealing stacked layer structure,
and

the heat-conductive sealing stacked layer structure having a linear or planar shape is located near one of or all the sides
of the transparent substrate, and extended along each corresponding side, wherein

in the current carrying area, the first electrode layer and the electroconductive layer are electrically connected through
a groove that is configured in the organic light emitting layer, and

in at least a part of the current carrying area, the organic light emitting layer is interposed between the first electrode
layer and the electroconductive layer outside an area of the groove.

US Pat. No. 9,464,172

ALKALI-DEVELOPABLE CURABLE COMPOSITION, INSULATING THIN FILM USING THE SAME, AND THIN FILM TRANSISTOR

Kaneka Corporation, Osak...

1. An alkali-developable resist material, produced by using a curable composition comprising a polysiloxane compound and at
least one selected from the group consisting of a cationic polymerization initiator, a radical polymerization initiator and
a photoacid generator, wherein the polysiloxane compound comprises:
at least one photopolymerizable functional group; and
at least one member selected from the group consisting of structures represented by the following formulas (X1), and the following
formula (X2)