US Pat. No. 9,485,810

HANDLER AND INSPECTION APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A handler comprising:
a holding unit mounting section in which a holding unit for holding a transportation object is mounted;
a transportation mechanism which transports the transportation object held by the holding unit;
a heater that is provided in the holding unit mounting section and that generates heat for heating fluid; and
a first flow path that is provided in the holding unit mounting section, the fluid passing in the first flow path,
wherein the fluid is used for heating of the transportation object,
the holding unit mounting section includes a second flow path which is provided separately from the first flow path,
the holding unit includes an adsorption member which has a tubular shape including an inner cavity, and adsorbs and holds
the transportation object, and

the inner cavity is connected to a suction member which sucks the inner cavity through the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,154,773

2D/3D LOCALIZATION AND POSE ESTIMATION OF HARNESS CABLES USING A CONFIGURABLE STRUCTURE REPRESENTATION FOR ROBOT OPERATIONS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cable harness visualization system, comprising:
a three-dimensional, i.e., 3D, imaging system imaging at least one physical cable harness and creating a 3D cable harness
model of the imaged physical cable harness;

a cable structure representation module representing said 3D cable harness model in terms of sets of predefined primitive
3D shapes and node markers, each primitive 3D geometric shape being of known dimensions, the imaged physical cable harness
having connectors and non-rigid cable segments, said node markers defining the opposing ends of said non-rigid cable segments,
each non-rigid cable segment being joined to a connector or to another non-rigid cable segment at a node marker;

wherein:
each non-rigid cable segment is represented by a corresponding one of said sets of predefined primitive 3D shapes;
the corresponding set of predefined primitive 3D shapes consisting of a train of primitive 3D geometric shapes that spatially
track the path of its corresponding non-rigid cable segment, each non-rigid cable segment extends into the interior of its
corresponding train of geometric shapes, and the individual geometric shapes within a train of geometric shapes turn in accord
with twists and turns of the non-rigid cable segment they represent;

wherein in said cable structure representation module,
IF a non-rigid cable segment consists of a plurality of wires substantially coupled linearly side-by-side each other to a
connector, THEN its corresponding train of primitive 3D geometric shapes consists of a train of rectangular prisms;

ELSE its corresponding train of primitive 3D geometric shapes consists of a train of cylinders.

US Pat. No. 9,073,069

FLUID INJECTION DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A fluid injection device comprising:
a pulse generation section that includes a fluid chamber for generating a pulsed flow, in which pressure inside the fluid
chamber increases when the pulsed flow is generated;

an inlet flow passage and an outlet flow passage that are connected to the fluid chamber; and
a fluid injection opening formed at an extension of the outlet flow passage,
wherein inertance on the inlet flow passage is greater than inertance on the outlet flow passage.

US Pat. No. 9,320,124

RECORDING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A recording apparatus performing recording with a recording head mounted on a carriage capable of scanning with respect
to a recording medium, comprising:
a circuit board provided on the carriage;
a sheet metal member disposed on an upper surface of the carriage;
a flexible wiring member which is disposed to draw around an outer surface of the carriage so that it electrically connects
the circuit board and an apparatus body; and

a grounding spring which is disposed on the carriage and grounds the sheet metal member to the apparatus body,
wherein the grounding spring serves as a fixing member which fixes the flexible wiring member to the carriage,
wherein the sheet metal member is a holding section which holds a supply tube supplying a liquid material to the recording
head.

US Pat. No. 9,209,383

VIBRATOR, VIBRATING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A vibrator comprising:
a vibrating reed including a vibrating body, a support portion supporting the vibrating body, and a beam coupling the support
portion with the vibrating body;

at least two electrodes disposed at the vibrating body; and
at least two terminals disposed at the support portion and electrically connected with the electrodes via a wire disposed
at the beam, wherein

the two terminals are arranged in parallel and spaced apart along a direction intersecting an extending direction of the beam,
a plurality of grooves spaced apart along the direction intersecting the extending direction of the beam and extending along
the extending direction of the beam are disposed between the two terminals,

ends of the plurality of grooves are closed and are spaced apart from an edge of the support portion, and
the ends of the plurality of grooves and the edge of the support portion are on a side of the vibrating body.

US Pat. No. 9,451,734

MAGNETIC SHIELDING DEVICE AND MAGNETIC SHIELDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A magnetic shielding device, comprising:
a passive shield housing having an inner space and first and second openings, the passive shield housing extending in a first
direction, the first and second openings being located at two ends of the Passive shield housing in the first direction;

a first coil that is provided around the first opening in which a first magnetic field exists;
a second coil that is provided around the second opening in which a second magnetic field exists;
a third coil that is provided inside of the inner space between the first and second coils;
a driving circuit that applies a first current to the first and second coils to respectively cancel the first and second magnetic
fields and that applies a second current to the third coil;

a first magnetic sensor that measures the first magnetic field so as to output a first value corresponding to the first magnetic
field;

a second magnetic sensor located at inside of the inner space between the first and second openings so that the second magnetic
sensor is closer to a center of the inner space than the first magnetic sensor, the second magnetic sensor outputting a second
value corresponding a third magnetic field; and

a controller that is configured to calculate a magnetic field gradient between the first and second magnetic sensors based
on the first and second values and a distance between the first and second magnetic sensors in the first direction,

wherein when the controller determines that the magnetic field gradient is equal to or less than a predetermined value, the
controller applies the first current to the first and second coils and the second current to the third coil, and

when the controller determines that the magnetic field gradient is more than the predetermined value, the controller changes
one of the first current and the second current to a different current.

US Pat. No. 9,302,504

RECORDING APPARATUS WITH MEDIUM SUPPORT SECTION FOR PASSING VAPOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a head that is configured to eject liquid on a medium;
a heater that dries the liquid ejected on the medium;
a medium support section that is provided with a first opening section through which vapor which is evaporated from the liquid
ejected on the medium passes;

a first member that is provided with a second opening section through which the vapor passing through the first opening section
passes and allows at least some of the vapor to be condensed, wherein the first member is disposed at a distance L1 from the
medium support section such that the first member and the support section do not contact so as to define an empty space comprising
an air gap between the first member and the medium support section; and

a second member that allows the vapor passing through the second opening section to be condensed.

US Pat. No. 9,288,895

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electrical device comprising:
a first substrate having a first side and a second side, the first side being opposed to the second side;
a second substrate opposed to the first side of the first substrate;
a functional element arranged between the first side of the first substrate and the second substrate;
a first electrode arranged to a first substrate side of the functional element, the first electrode overlapping with the functional
element in a planar view;

a second electrode arranged to a second substrate side of the functional element, the second electrode overlapping with the
functional element in the planar view;

an electronic circuit arranged between the functional element and the first electrode, the electronic circuit overlapping
with the first electrode and the second electrode in the planar view, the electronic circuit driving the functional element;
and

a connecting section electrically connecting the first electrode to the second electrode;
a protection circuit coupled between an output terminal of the electronic circuit and the first electrode;
a first wiring arranged between the first electrode and the functional element, a first potential being applied to the first
wiring; and

a second wiring arranged between the first electrode and the functional element, a second potential, which is different from
the first potential, being applied to the second wiring,

wherein the protection circuit comprises a first electrostatic protection circuit coupled between the output terminal and
the first wiring, and a second electrostatic protection circuit coupled between the output terminal and the second wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,209,384

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a piezoelectric layer made of a perovskite compound containing sodium, potassium, lithium, niobium, tantalum, calcium zirconate,
and bismuth manganate; and

electrodes for applying a voltage to the piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,114,665

TRANSFER MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSFER MEMBER, AND TRANSFERRED MEMBER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A transfer member comprising:
a porous layer that is substantially impermeable to a pigment of an ink;
a pigment layer formed on the porous layer by an ink jet method;
a chromatic color layer formed on the pigment layer; and
an adhesive layer having adhesivity formed on the chromatic color layer, wherein a dispersion medium of the ink permeates
into the porous layer and the pigment of the ink forms the pigment layer.

US Pat. No. 9,491,839

DRIVING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD FOR DISCHARGE LAMP, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A driving device that drives a discharge lamp including a first electrode and a second electrode, the driving device comprising:
a current supplying unit configured to supply an alternating current having a frequency higher than 1 kHz to between the first
electrode and the second electrode in a high-frequency period in a lighting period of the discharge lamp that is after a warm-up
period and during a rated state of operation, wherein

the current supplying unit repeats the high-frequency period including a period in which a first high-frequency alternating
current having a first frequency between 4 kHz-5 kHz is supplied and a period in which a second high-frequency alternating
current having a second frequency between 3 kHz-4 kHz is supplied.

US Pat. No. 9,287,582

COMPOSITION FOR FORMING SOLID ELECTROLYTE LAYER, METHOD FOR FORMING SOLID ELECTROLYTE LAYER, SOLID ELECTROLYTE LAYER, AND LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for making a solid electrolyte layer, comprising sintering a composition for forming a solid electrolyte layer,
the composition for forming a solid electrolyte layer comprising:
first particles containing oxide of titanium and oxide of a lanthanoid, the first particles being of La2Ti2O2; and

second particles being made of lithium titanate.

US Pat. No. 9,197,230

ATOMIC OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An atomic oscillator comprising:
a cell which encapsulates metal atoms therein;
a light source which generates light for irradiation of the cell;
a light detecting section which detects light penetrating through the cell;
a bias current control section which controls a bias current to be supplied to the light source based on intensity of light
detected by the light detecting section;

a storage section; and
a bias current setting section which performs sweep processing of sweeping the bias current and storing on the storage section
a value of the bias current and a value of the intensity of the light when the intensity of the light detected by the light
detecting section shifts from a decrease to an increase and re-sweep determination processing of setting the bias current
based on the value of the bias current stored on the storage section after the sweep processing, comparing the value of the
intensity of the light detected by the light detecting section with the value of the intensity of the light stored on the
storage section in a state where the bias current control section controls the bias current, and determining whether or not
to perform the sweep processing again in accordance with a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 9,150,018

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid comprising:
a flow path member that includes a plurality of pressure chambers through which the liquid flows;
pressure generation elements that include active parts arranged at positions corresponding to the pressure chambers and a
common electrode for generating a common potential to the respective pressure chambers; and

a conductive member that is electrically connected to the common electrode on the flow path member at the side to which the
pressure generation elements are fixed and lowers resistance of the common electrode, wherein

the conductive member forms a part of a wall of a flow path of the liquid, that communicates with the pressure chambers, and
the conductive member and the liquid are electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,066,748

FLUID INJECTION DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A fluid injection device comprising:
a fluid supply unit capable of supplying a fluid;
a fluid injection unit having a piezoelectric element and capable of injecting the fluid supplied from the fluid supply unit;
and

a driving waveform generating device including:
at least one input device capable of accepting an input for changing a fluid injection condition of the fluid injection unit;
a one-input multiple-control parameter changing unit capable of changing multiple control parameters for determining a fluid
injection condition of the fluid injection unit according to the input accepted by the input device; and

a driving waveform generator capable of generating and outputting a driving waveform of the piezoelectric element according
to the multiple control parameters from the one-input multiple-control parameter changing unit, wherein

the driving waveform generating device includes a set of predetermined control parameter values determining a fluid injection
condition of the fluid injection unit, and

the driving waveform is constructed by a pulsating portion and a resting portion at which a voltage is constant.

US Pat. No. 9,195,047

OPTICAL FILTER AND OPTICAL MODULE HAVING OPTICAL FILTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An optical filter comprising:
a first substrate;
a first mirror formed on the first substrate;
a second substrate coupled to the first substrate, the second substrate including a concave portion;
a second mirror formed on the concave portion and facing the first mirror; and
an electrode formed on the second substrate and around the second mirror,
the first substrate including a plurality of first hinge portions and a plurality of second hinge portions disposed inside
of the plurality of first hinge portions, the first substrate further including an intermediate portion arranged inward relative
to the plurality of first hinge portions, the intermediate portion connecting each of the plurality of first hinge portions
to one of the plurality of second hinge portions,

a first distance between one of the plurality of first hinge portions and the first mirror being larger than a second distance
between the one of the plurality of second hinge portions and the first mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,526,157

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, DISCHARGE LAMP DRIVING METHOD, AND PROJECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a discharge lamp including a light-emitting container having a cavity in which a discharge medium is enclosed, and a pair
of electrodes disposed such that respective tip portions thereof oppose each other in the cavity; and

a driving unit that generates a driving current and supplies the driving current to the pair of electrodes,
wherein
the driving unit generates the driving current during a constant driving period by modulating amplitude of alternating current
having a frequency higher than 1 kHz and not higher than 10 GHz, such that a first section and a second section in which the
amplitude is smaller than in the first section are alternately repeated,

the driving unit is configured so as to control the amplitude of the alternating current to thereby control luminance of the
discharge lamp, and

a ratio B/A is temporally changed in a range between 10% and 90% on the basis of the luminance of the discharge lamp, where
A represents a total of the period corresponding to one of the first sections and one of the second sections, and B represents
the period corresponding to one of the first sections.

US Pat. No. 9,516,773

LID BODY, PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PACKAGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A lid body sealed to a container, the lid body comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface opposite the first surface;
an outer peripheral surface connecting the first surface and the second surface;
a groove provided in the first surface and extending partially into the lid body towards the second surface without extending
completely to the second surface, the groove extending inwardly from the outer peripheral surface; and

a mark provided at the second surface, the mark being located at a position that does not overlap with an outer peripheral
edge of the second surface in a plan view,

wherein a portion of the lid where the groove is provided is melted to form an airtight seal between the lid body and the
container.

US Pat. No. 9,132,658

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a head which discharges an imaging liquid for forming an image, and a supplementary liquid for supplementing formation of
the image with the imaging liquid onto a printing medium; and

a control unit which controls the head to execute a first operation, in which the imaging liquid is discharged onto a first
region of the printing medium, and a second operation, in which the supplementary liquid is discharged onto a region of the
printing medium onto which the imaging liquid is not discharged,

wherein the control unit controls the head such that a discharge amount of the supplementary liquid on a second region, which
is a region onto which the imaging liquid is not discharged and is adjacent to the first region, is less than the discharge
amount of the supplementary liquid on a third region, which is a region onto which the imaging liquid is not discharged and
is not adjacent to the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,131,212

ELECTRO-OPTIC APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electro-optic apparatus which alternately displays a right eye image and a left eye image, comprising:
a plurality of pixels which each displays a grayscale based on an applied voltage; and
a driving circuit which supplies grayscale potential to each of the plurality of pixels based on a designated grayscale of
the right eye image in each of K (K is a natural number which is equal to or greater than 3) unit periods of an display period
of the right eye image, and supplies grayscale potential to each of the plurality of pixels based on a designated grayscale
of the left eye image in each of K unit periods of an display period of the left eye image,

wherein the driving circuit performs overdriving in KA (KA is a natural number which is less than K) unit period from a beginning
of the K unit periods of the display period of the right eye image and performs overdriving in KA unit periods from a beginning
of the K unit periods of the display period of the left eye image, and

wherein the driving circuit does not perform overdriving in a last unit period of the K unit periods regardless of the greyscale
potential supplied during the last unit period.

US Pat. No. 9,291,502

SPECTROSCOPIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND SPECTROSCOPIC MEASUREMENT METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A spectroscopic measurement device comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate opposed to the first substrate;
a first reflecting film provided to the first substrate;
a second reflecting film provided to the second substrate, and opposed to the first reflecting film across a predetermined
gap;

a gap amount changing section adapted to change the gap amount of the gap by deflecting the second substrate by applying a
continuously varying analog voltage;

a detection section adapted to detect a light intensity of light interfered between the first reflecting film and the second
reflecting film;

a filter drive section adapted to apply the continuously varying analog voltage to the gap amount changing section;
a voltage monitoring section adapted to monitor the continuously varying analog voltage applied to the gap amount changing
section;

a storage section adapted to store V-? data corresponding to a relationship between the continuously varying analog voltage
applied to the gap amount changing section and a wavelength of the light taken out by the first reflecting film and the second
reflecting film; and

a light intensity acquisition section adapted to obtain the light intensity detected by the detection section at a timing
at which the light taken out by the first reflecting film and the second reflecting film has a measurement target wavelength
based on the continuously varying analog voltage monitored by the voltage monitoring section.

US Pat. No. 9,308,758

INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An inkjet recording device, comprising:
a print section having a pair of leg sections configured and arranged to support by bilateral anchoring, via a head support
member, an inkjet head for printing onto a recording medium, one of the pair of leg sections being movable and the other one
of the pair of leg sections being fixed; and

a leg movement section which is provided to the one of the pair of leg sections, the leg movement section being configured
and arranged to move the one of the pair of leg sections toward the other one of the pair of leg sections in a direction of
extension of the head support member.

US Pat. No. 9,289,989

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a liquid ejection surface through which liquid is ejected;
a head casing body in which the liquid ejection surface is provided on one surface;
an atmosphere opening port which is open in an outer-side wall surface of the head casing body;
a first space portion which communicates with the atmosphere opening port in the head casing body; and
a second space portion which communicates with the first space portion through a connection path,
wherein the first space portion reserves liquid entering through the atmosphere opening port.

US Pat. No. 9,112,433

POWER GENERATION UNIT, BATTERY, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, TRANSPORTATION DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER GENERATION UNIT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A power generation unit comprising:
a deforming member adapted to deform while switching a deformation direction;
a piezoelectric device provided to the deforming member,
a displacement detection section adapted to detect that the deforming member is displaced beyond a predetermined level;
an inductor electrically connected to the piezoelectric device;
a switch disposed between the piezoelectric device and the inductor
a capacitor electrically connected to the piezoelectric device;
a full bridge rectifier disposed between the piezoelectric device and the capacitor; and
a control section adapted to set the piezoelectric device and the inductor to an electrically conductive state via the switch
when the displacement detection section detects that the deforming member is displaced beyond the predetermined level,

wherein the inductor is connected in parallel to the piezoelectric device and the switch is connected in series to the inductor.

US Pat. No. 9,508,063

IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE READING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF AN IMAGE READING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A check processing device comprising:
an imaging element that reads the surface of a check exposed to reading light and outputs scanning information;
a first light source that emits a first light with a different wavelength than ultraviolet light as the reading light;
a second light source that emits an ultraviolet second light as the reading light; and
a controller that controls driving the imaging element, first light source, and second light source, and includes
a scanning information corrector that uses a first correction value to correct the scanning information accumulated while
the second light is emitted in a first operating mode for reading the surface of the check by sequentially emitting the first
light and then the second light, and

uses a second correction value to correct the scanning information accumulated while the second light is emitted in a second
operating mode for reading the surface of the check by emitting only the second light;

wherein the first correction value is set based on a reference value previously set for the second light and an average of
scanning information accumulated by the imaging element while the second light is emitted when the first light and then the
second light are sequentially emitted within a specific time to the surface of a reference member and the surface of the reference
member is imaged, and

wherein the second correction value is set based on the reference value previously set for the second light, and an average
of scanning information accumulated by the imaging element when the surface of the reference member is imaged by exposing
the reference member to only the second light.

US Pat. No. 9,211,700

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus that ejects a liquid onto a medium from a nozzle and forms an image on the medium, the apparatus
comprising:
a head unit that includes a first nozzle group including first nozzles which eject a liquid having a first color, a second
nozzle group including second nozzles which eject a liquid having a second color, and a third nozzle group including third
nozzles which eject a liquid having a third color; and

a control unit that controls driving of the head unit,
wherein, when an amount of the liquid having the first color to be ejected from the first nozzles in order to form an image
on the medium is a first ejection amount and an ejection state of the liquid ejected from the first nozzles is abnormal,

the control unit increases the amount of the liquid having the second color ejected from the second nozzles by a second ejection
amount which is smaller than the first ejection amount and increases the amount of the liquid having the third color ejected
from the third nozzles by a third ejection amount which is smaller than the first ejection amount instead of allowing the
first nozzles to eject the liquid having the first color.

US Pat. No. 9,154,109

VIBRATOR, OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VIBRATOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A vibrator comprising:
a substrate;
a lower electrode disposed above a principal surface of the substrate;
a fixation section disposed above the principal surface of the substrate;
a support section extending from the fixation section; and
an upper electrode supported by the support section so as to be separated from the substrate,
wherein the upper electrode is a vibrating body having an area overlapping the lower electrode in a plan view of the substrate,
the support section is connected to a node part of a vibration provided to the upper electrode as the vibrating body, and
the upper electrode is a 2n-fold rotationally symmetric body having 2n beams extending from the node part of the vibration,
wherein n is a natural number.

US Pat. No. 9,308,760

PRINTER, PRINTING METHOD, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a storage unit that stores a recording medium having first detection marks and second detection marks disposed at a specific
interval;

a conveyance unit that conveys the recording medium stored in the storage unit;
a detection unit that detects the first detection marks and second detection marks of the recording medium conveyed by the
conveyance unit;

a computing unit that calculates the distance between detection marks based on the first detection marks and second detection
marks detected by the detection unit;

a memory unit that stores a predetermined distance between the first detection marks and second detection marks;
a reception unit that receives print data including printing position information indicating a printing position;
a print control unit that corrects the printing position information contained in the print data based on the distance between
detection marks calculated by the computing unit and the distance stored in the memory unit; and

a print unit that prints based on the corrected printing position information output by the print control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,285,662

PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROJECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector that projects an image based on image information, the projector comprising:
an operation reception unit that receives input operations, the input operations including a first input operation and a second
input operation;

a selection unit that allows selection of one of a plurality of controlled objects located in correspondence with vertices
of a contour of the image based on the image information and sides of the contour, the selection being made based on the first
input operation; and

a correction unit that allows movement of the controlled object selected by using the selection unit within the image based
on the second input operation and corrects the contour of the image based on the moved controlled object.

US Pat. No. 9,278,529

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD UNIT, LIQUID EJECTING LINE HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a nozzle main body including nozzle rows in which nozzles are lined up with a predetermined nozzle pitch in a first direction
and which are L (L is an integer of 2 or more) nozzle rows parallel to one another,

wherein the head main body includes
a nozzle plate in which the nozzles are provided, and
a driving element for ejecting a liquid from the nozzles,
wherein each nozzle row is provided such that the distance between nozzles in each nozzle row is M in a case in which a nozzle
position of each nozzle row is projected in a third direction orthogonal to a second direction with respect to a virtual line
in the second direction that intersects the first direction at a predetermined angle in a range of 0 to 90 degrees, the first
direction differs from the second direction, and a plurality of the nozzle positions of each nozzle row overlap between the
L nozzle rows in a case in which the nozzle positions of L nozzle rows is projected in the third direction with respect to
a virtual line in the second direction, and

wherein a nozzle row furthest to the first side among the L nozzle rows does not have a nozzle positioned M or more further
to the first side in the second direction than a nozzle of the nozzle row neighboring in the second direction furthest to
the first side in a case in which one side in the second direction is the first side, and

wherein the liquid ejecting head is configured to eject multi-color liquid in a same position in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,278,533

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:
a liquid ejecting unit which ejects a liquid onto a medium, the medium being transported in a transport direction in a state
in which an edge portion thereof is aligned with a second end side of a first end and the second end in a width direction
intersecting the transport direction of a transport path;

a first reception section which is disposed at a position adjacent to the transport path and closer to the first end than
the second end of the transport path, the first reception being capable of receiving the liquid that is discharged from the
liquid ejecting unit as a waste liquid;

a medium supporting section which includes support protruding portions, the medium supporting section being capable of supporting
the medium;

a second reception section which is disposed in the transport path, the second reception section being capable of receiving
the liquid that is ejected from the liquid ejecting unit toward the edge portion of the medium and is not received by the
medium as the waste liquid; and

a waste liquid holding section which is capable of holding the waste liquid that is received by the first reception section
and the second reception section,

wherein the waste liquid holding section includes:
a holding chamber which holds the waste liquid received by the first reception section and the second reception section, the
holding chamber being located vertically beneath the medium supporting section,

an inlet which is disposed in a position closer to the first end than the second end, the inlet being configured to guide
the waste liquid received by the first reception section into the holding chamber, and

an opening which is open toward the second reception section, the opening being configured to guide the waste liquid received
by the second reception section into the holding chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,255,360

SHEET MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sheet manufacturing apparatus comprising:
a screening unit configured to allow a material having fibers to pass through from a plurality of openings and thereby screen
the material; and

a forming unit configured to form a sheet by using a passed material that has been screened,
the screening unit including
a cylindrical unit that has the openings on a curved surface and is configured to rotate,
two side units that are located at two end parts of the cylindrical unit which are spaced apart in a direction of extension
of a rotation center axis thereof, the side units being configured not to rotate,

an introduction unit that is provided to one of the side units and is configured to introduce the material to the cylindrical
unit, and

a discharge unit that is provided to the other of the side units, is located downward from the introduction unit, and is configured
to discharge a residual material, which is material that does not pass through the openings.

US Pat. No. 9,381,757

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND SHEET TRANSFER METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:
a rotation shaft configured to rotate in a direction of feeding of a sheet and a direction of winding of the sheet while supporting
the sheet;

a control unit configured to apply tension to the sheet by the rotation shaft by controlling torque applied to the rotation
shaft;

an ejection unit configured to eject light-curable liquid onto the sheet; and
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the liquid ejected onto the sheet by the ejection unit,
the control unit being configured to apply the tension to the sheet such that the tension applied to the sheet while the rotation
shaft rotates in the direction of the feeding of the sheet is at least two times greater than the tension applied to the sheet
while the rotation shaft rotates in the direction of the winding of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,332,661

RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:
a body case member comprising an upper frame and a lower frame;
an interface connector unit that is movable between a hidden position where the interface connector unit is hidden by the
body case member and an exposed position where the interface connector unit is exposed from the body case member;

a holding member that is displaceable between a holding position in which the interface connector unit is held at the hidden
position by an external operation and a released position in which the interface connector unit is released from the holding
position; and

a resistance applying member which applies a resistance to displacement of the holding member;
a rotatable arm having one end on which the interface connector unit is mounted and the other end supported by a support shaft
that extends in a main scan direction of a print head of the recording device; and

a stopper provided on the upper end of the lower frame, wherein the stopper abuts against the arm so as to regulate rotation
of the arm,

wherein the resistance applying member includes a rotary damper which applies the resistance to the rotatable arm in a direction
opposite to a rotation direction during rotation of the rotatable arm.

US Pat. No. 9,120,228

METHOD OF CONTROLLING ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of controlling a robot including a motor, an angular sensor adapted to detect a rotational angle of the motor,
an arm connected to the motor, and an inertial sensor attached to the arm, the method comprising:
calculating a torsional angular velocity of the arm using a difference between an angular velocity detected by the inertial
sensor and an angular velocity in an inertial sensor coordinate obtained from angle information detected by the angular sensor;

calculating a correction amount of sensitivity of the inertial sensor using the torsional angular velocity; and
correcting the sensitivity of the inertial sensor using the correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,298,074

PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A projector comprising:
a light source device;
an external case provided with an opening through which light passes from the light source device;
a projection system disposed within an inside space of the external case, wherein the projection system includes a reflection
member having a concave surface so as to constitute a mirror of the reflection member, and projects the light to the outside
of the external case via the opening; and

a detection unit which detects a foreign material existing on the optical path of the light in an area of a light exit of
the opening by detecting light reflected from the foreign material,

wherein the opening is disposed in the vicinity of a converging point at which the light reflected by the concave surface
of the mirror converges.

US Pat. No. 9,180,694

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head that performs recording on a recording medium;
a medium support member that is disposed at a position where the medium support member can face the recording head, support
the recording medium, and has both ends of the medium support member in a direction orthogonal to a transport direction of
the recording medium; and

a reinforcing member that is attached to the both ends of the medium support member and has a greater rigidity than the medium
support member,

wherein the reinforcing member has a smaller thermal expansion coefficient than the medium support member,
wherein the medium support member has a groove or a slit which is arranged between the both ends of the medium support member,
wherein the reinforcing member has an engage portion to suppress deformation of the medium support member in a vertical direction
intersecting the medium support member by thermal expansion of the medium support member.

US Pat. No. 9,174,467

PRINTER AND PRINTER CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a media stacking section where printing media are stacked;
a print section including a transport roller configured and arranged to transport the printing media and a print head configured
and arranged to print on the printing media which are transported by the transport roller;

a pickup roller configured and arranged to draw out the printing media from the media stacking section;
a relay roller arranged at a position between the pickup roller and the transport roller, and configured and arranged to send
out the printing media drawn out by the pickup roller to the print section;

a common actuator configured and arranged to drive the pickup roller, the relay roller, and the transport roller;
a transport mechanism section configured and arranged to transfer driving force of the common actuator to the printing media
via the pickup roller, the relay roller, and the transport roller; and

a control section configured to control the common actuator based on a print job and displacement of the printing media where,
in a period of time when printing is being carried out on one of the printing media by the print section, other printing media
are transported using the pickup roller and the relay roller in a continuous transport mode,

the control section being configured to stop transferring of the driving force of the common actuator from the pickup roller
to an nth printing medium after the pickup roller draws out the nth printing medium and the relay roller starts to send out the nth printing medium which is drawn out in a case where the print job, where printing is carried out on n of the printing media
(where n is an integer of two or more) with a length in a transport direction shorter than a transport distance of the printing
media from the pickup roller to the print section, is processed in the continuous transport mode, and

when the transport distance of the printing media from the pickup roller to the print section is X, an interval between the
printing media which line up and are transported as preceding and succeeding printing media in the continuous transport mode
is Y, the length of the printing media in the transport direction is Z, and N is a quotient X/(Y+Z), the control section being
configured to stop transferring of the driving force of the common actuator from the pickup roller to the nth printing medium before a rear edge of an (n?N)th printing medium reaches the print section.

US Pat. No. 9,066,564

DECORATIVE ARTICLE AND TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A decorative article comprising:
a substrate being primarily composed of at least any of Ti and stainless steel in at least part of a surface vicinity thereof;
a first coat being formed on the substrate and being primarily composed of TiCN;
a second coat being formed on a side of the first coat opposite a side facing the substrate and being composed of stainless
steel;

wherein a combined C content and N content in the first coat is equal to or more than 2.0 wt % and less than or equal to 19
wt %, and

the C content in the first coat is higher than the N content in the first coat.

US Pat. No. 9,292,768

METHOD OF GENERATING LABEL DATA FOR PRINTING IMAGES THAT ARE LARGER THAN A TAPE WIDTH OF A TAPE-SHAPED MEMBER, RECORDING MEDIUM, LABEL DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, AND LABEL CREATING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

3. A label data generating apparatus that generates label data in order to generate a label by printing a printing image on
a tape-shaped member based on the label data, the apparatus comprising:
a data generating unit that generates the label data in a situation that a label creating apparatus performs sequential printing
that prints a plurality of types of printing images based on each item of individual information which is sequentially read
from an information list including the plurality of items of individual information, and performs match printing that prints
the printing images larger than a tape width of the tape-shaped member on the tape-shaped member by dividing the printing
images in a tape width direction into a plurality of divided printing images; and

a display unit that displays, in such a manner as to be selectable, whether to perform sequential printing that performs printing
in a sequence in which the plurality of types of printing images are collected or to perform non-sequential printing that
performs printing in a sequence in which the same printing images are collected for a plurality of copies with respect to
the plurality of types of printing images printed for a plurality of copies by the sequential printing, and whether to perform
sequential match printing that performs printing in a sequence in which the plurality of divided printing images are collected
or to perform non-sequential match printing that performs printing in a sequence in which the same divided printing images
are collected for a plurality of copies with respect to the plurality of divided printing images printed for a plurality of
copies by the match printing,

wherein the data generating unit generates the label data based on the selection result of whether to perform the non-sequential
printing or the sequential printing and the selection result of whether to perform the sequential match printing or the non-sequential
match printing so that the label creating apparatus performs one printing process of a first printing process that performs
the sequential printing and the sequential match printing, a second printing process that performs the non-sequential printing
and the sequential match printing, a third printing process that performs the sequential printing and the non-sequential match
printing, and a fourth printing process that performs the non-sequential printing and the non-sequential match printing, and

wherein the display unit further displays selectively four types of printing images that respectively correspond to the first,
second, third, and fourth printing processes based on the selection result of whether to perform the non-sequential printing
or the sequential printing and the selection result of whether to perform the sequential match printing or the non-sequential
match printing.

US Pat. No. 9,285,483

LOCATION CALCULATING METHOD AND LOCATION CALCULATING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A location calculating method comprising:
acquiring measurement information by receiving satellite signals from positioning satellites and storing the acquired measurement
information in a storage unit in association with acquisition time;

calculating movement information that includes a movement direction and a movement distance by using a detection result of
a sensor unit that at least includes an acceleration sensor and storing the calculated movement information in the storage
unit in association with calculation time; and

calculating a past location corresponding to a desired time in the past when a predetermined process was performed by using
at least the measurement information of which the acquisition time satisfies a predetermined proximity time condition and
the movement information of which the calculation time is between the acquisition time of the measurement information and
the given desired time, wherein the desired time is at a time different than the acquisition time of the measurement information.

US Pat. No. 9,284,465

INK COMPOSITION FOR INK JET RECORDING

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An ink composition for ink jet recording, comprising:
water;
a coloring material; and
three or more kinds of acetylene glycol-based surfactant selected from the group consisting of acetylene glycol represented
by the following general formula (1), and an ethylene oxide adduct of acetylene glycol represented by the following general
formula (2),

wherein a total content of the acetylene glycol-based surfactant is 0.1% by mass to 3% by mass with respect to the total mass
of the ink composition

(in the general formula (1), each of R1 and R2 independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms)
(in the general formula (2), each of R3 and R4 independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, each of m and n independently represents an integer of
0.5 to 25, and m+n is 1 to 40),
wherein the acetylene glycol-based surfactant includes one or more kinds of acetylene glycol represented by the above general
formula (1) and two or more kinds of ethylene oxide adduct of acetylene glycol represented by the above general formula (2).

US Pat. No. 9,283,762

DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS AND DROPLET EJECTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A droplet ejecting apparatus which records dots on a medium comprising:
an ejecting unit which ejects droplets; and
a control unit which controls
a printing operation in which dots are recorded on the medium by performing multipass recording in which recording of dots
which are located in one main scanning line which goes along a main scanning direction is completed in a recording operation
in the main scanning direction of N times (N is an integer of 2 or greater) by executing the recording operation in the main
scanning direction in which dots are recorded by ejecting the droplets along the main scanning direction of the medium, and
a sub-scanning operation in which the medium and the ejecting unit are relatively moved in a sub-scanning direction which
intersects the main scanning direction, and

a maintenance operation in which maintenance with respect to the ejecting unit is performed,
wherein the control unit performs a control so that a predetermined number equal to at least recording operations in the main
scanning direction of (N?1) times is performed between the previous maintenance operation and the subsequent maintenance operation
when performing maintenance operations of a plurality of times,

wherein a time for interrupting the printing operation due to the maintenance process of one time is limited to be shorter
than an allowed time,

wherein a maintenance process of which a time needed for completion is equal to or longer than the allowed time is distributed
into maintenance operations of a plurality of times which are equal to or shorter than the allowed time.

US Pat. No. 9,288,896

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electrical device comprising:
a first substrate having a first side and a second side, the first side being opposed to the second side;
a second substrate opposed to the first side of the first substrate;
a functional element arranged between the first side of the first substrate and the second substrate;
a first electrode arranged to a first substrate side of the functional element, the first electrode overlapping with the functional
element in a planar view;

a second electrode arranged to a second substrate side of the functional element, the second electrode overlapping with the
functional element in the planar view;

an electronic circuit arranged between the functional element and the first electrode, the electronic circuit overlapping
with the first electrode and the second electrode in the planar view, the electronic circuit driving the functional element;

a connecting section electrically connecting the first electrode to the second electrode; and
a protection circuit coupled between an output terminal of the electronic circuit and the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,278,525

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a pressure chamber which is filled with a liquid;
a nozzle which is linked to the pressure chamber;
a vibration plate which includes an active section where a piezoelectric element is formed where the pressure inside the pressure
chamber is varied; and

a throttle flow path where at least a portion of which opposes the active section while liquid flows in a first direction
along the vibration plate.

US Pat. No. 9,280,950

DISPLAY DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
an illumination unit that delivers a first light, a second light and a third light; and
a driving circuit that supplies a pixel with a first data signal for displaying a first image by illuminating the first light,
the driving circuit supplying the pixel with a second data signal for displaying a second image by illuminating the second
light, the driving circuit supplying the pixel with a third data signal for displaying a third image by illuminating the third
light,

the first light having a first color, the first color being white,
the second light having a second color other than white,
the third light having a third color, the third color being white, and
at least two of: i) a first period in which the first light is delivered by the illumination unit, ii) a second period in
which the second light is delivered by the illumination unit, and iii) a third period in which the third light is delivered
by the illumination unit, having lengths that are mutually different.

US Pat. No. 9,346,292

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit that performs a recording on a medium;
a discharge unit that discharges the medium on which the recording is performed by the recording unit;
a medium reception tray that is provided to be capable of displacing between a first position protruding in a medium discharge
direction and a second position drawn in an opposite direction to the medium discharge direction and receives the medium discharged
by the discharge unit;

a drive unit that drives the medium reception tray;
a control unit that controls the positions of the medium reception tray depending on a length of the medium to be discharged;
and

a regulation unit that is located at an inside of the recording apparatus and that regulates the medium being drawn by engaging
with a trailing edge of the medium, when the medium reception tray is displaced in a direction from the first position toward
the second position,

wherein the regulation unit includes:
a convex portion that forms at a tray accommodation unit which accommodates the media reception tray,
a tray side rib which is formed along the medium discharge direction in the medium reception tray, and
wherein the convex portion is entered between the tray side ribs when the medium reception tray is accommodated in the tray
accommodation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,285,274

INFRARED DETECTING ELEMENT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An infrared detecting element comprising:
a first base plate that has a first surface, a second surface on the opposite side of the first surface, a first recessed
portion provided in the second surface, and an infrared detecting section for detecting infrared rays provided in an area
of the first surface that opposes the first recessed portion;

a second base plate that has a third surface, a fourth surface on the opposite side of the third surface, and a second recessed
portion provided in an area of the fourth surface that faces the first recessed portion; and

an adhesion film that bonds the second surface and the fourth surface,
wherein a second outer peripheral portion where the second recessed portion intersects with the fourth surface surrounds a
first outer peripheral portion where the first recessed portion intersects with the second surface, and

the second base plate has a side surface, and the second base plate has a channel portion formed in the second base plate
between the second recessed portion and the side surface.

US Pat. No. 9,299,913

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC SENSOR, PIEZOELECTRIC MOTOR, AND POWER GENERATOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric material containing:
a first component that is a rhombohedral crystal and that has a complex oxide with a perovskite structure and Curie temperature
Tc1;

a second component that is a crystal other than a rhombohedral crystal and has a complex oxide with the perovskite structure
and Curie temperature Tc2; and

a third component that is a rhombohedral crystal and has a complex oxide with the perovskite structure and Curie temperature
Tc3, the third component being different from the first component,

wherein Tc2 is higher than Tc1, Tc3 is equal to or higher than Tc2, and a value of (0.1×Tc1+0.9×Tc2) is equal to or lower
than 280° C.

US Pat. No. 9,291,457

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device in which an inner space for housing an electronic component is formed between
a base and a lid body, and the base and the lid body are bonded, the method comprising:
preparing the base to have a base bonding surface at a periphery of the base;
preparing the lid body to have a lid bonding surface facing the inner space and a lid top surface opposite to the lid bonding
surface, and a groove at a part of the lid bonding surface that is bonded with the base bonding surface of the base;

housing the electronic component in the inner space;
bonding the lid bonding surface of the lid body to the base bonding surface of the base so that the inner space communicates
with a region exterior of the inner space via the groove;

exhausting an air in the inner space to the outer region via the groove; and
welding a part of the groove closed by applying an energy beam to the lid top surface located above the groove, wherein, during
the welding step, the energy beam is in a state in which a part of an irradiation range of the energy beam is positioned outside
the base bonding surface in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,289,985

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head unit comprising:
a liquid ejecting head having a liquid ejecting surface in which a nozzle opening for ejecting liquid is formed;
a head fixing substrate which holds the surface sides opposite to the liquid ejecting surfaces of a plurality of liquid ejecting
heads; and

a height changing-fixing section which is provided between the head fixing substrate and the liquid ejecting head and can
adjust a distance between the head fixing substrate and the liquid ejecting head,

wherein the height changing-fixing section is detachably fixed to the surface opposite to the liquid ejecting surface of the
liquid ejecting head, and

the height changing-fixing section and the head fixing substrate are detachably fixed to each other by screwing from the surface
side opposite to a fixing surface of the head fixing substrate, to which the liquid ejecting head is fixed through the height
changing-fixing section.

US Pat. No. 9,290,672

INK COMPOSITION AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink composition comprising:
a coloring material;
an alkyl polyol having a boiling point at one atmosphere in a range of 180 to 230° C.;
a glycol ether selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol monoisohexyl ether, diethylene glycol monoisohexyl ether,
triethylene glycol monoisohexyl ether, and ethylene glycol monoisoheptyl ether;

first polymer particles having an average particle diameter of 200 nm or more and a minimum film-forming temperature of less
than 100° C.; and

second polymer particles having an average particle diameter of less than 200 nm and a minimum film-forming temperature of
100° C. or more,

wherein the ink composition does not substantially contain an alkyl polyol having a boiling point at one atmosphere of 280°
C. or more, and

the first polymer particles are selected from the group consisting of ethylene-polar monomer copolymer resin particles, and
urethane resin particles.

US Pat. No. 9,292,241

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing apparatus; and
a docking apparatus which combines with the printing apparatus and supplies ink and electric power to the printing apparatus,
the printing apparatus including
a casing,
an image acquiring section which acquires an image,
a designating section configured to designate printing with regard to the image;
a printing section which includes a printing head and forms an image on the medium based on an imaging image by exposing the
printing head from the casing,

a transmissive section configured such that a region of the medium corresponding to a printing range is transmitted through
the transmissive section so as to allow a user to visually recognize the medium, and

a control section which includes a CPU and creates the imaging image, which is based on the image, based on designation from
the designating section and which prints the created imaging image in the printing section,

printing being carried out with the printing head while the user places the printing apparatus over the medium and a surface
of the casing where the printing head is exposed faces the medium during printing, and

the transmissive section being further configured such that the region of the medium corresponding to the printing range is
transmitted through the transmissive section when the surface of the casing where the printing head is exposed faces the medium.

US Pat. No. 9,227,413

WASTE INK ABSORBER, WASTE INK TANK, LIQUID DROPLET EJECTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A waste ink absorber to be mounted in a waste ink tank to absorb waste ink discharged from a head for ejecting ink,
wherein, in an uncompressed state of a single piece of the waste ink absorber not mounted in the waste ink tank, the waste
ink absorber includes a first density portion and a second density portion in a direction along a plane surface having a largest
surface area,

wherein the second density portion is higher in density than the first density portion,
the first density portion and the second density portion are formed in the plane surface having the largest surface area,
and

the density of the single piece of the waste ink absorber is changed from high to low in the direction along the plane surface
having the largest surface area.

US Pat. No. 9,283,768

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A head unit comprising:
a base extended in a first direction;
a first head fixed to the base, the first head comprising a nozzle array extended in the first direction;
a second head fixed to the base, the second head comprising a nozzle array extended in the first direction, the second head
configured to print continual dots with the first head;

a first corrector configured to rotate and adjust an angle of the first head with respect to the base, the first corrector
disposed at a first side in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction with respect to the first head; and

a second corrector configured to rotate and adjust an angle of the second head with respect to the base, the second corrector
disposed at a second side opposite to the first side in the second direction with respect to the second head, wherein

the first head is configured to print first dots with a dot pitch in the first direction,
the second head is configured to print second dots with the dot pitch in the first direction,
the first dots and the second dots are configured to form a line with the dot pitch in the first direction, and
the first and second heads are disposed between the first and second correctors in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,293,691

VIBRATOR ELEMENT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VIBRATOR ELEMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A vibrator element comprising:
a base section; and
a vibrating arm projecting from the base section, and having a plurality of groove sections,
wherein the groove sections are each formed to have a length in a width direction of the vibrating arm longer than a length
in a longitudinal direction of the vibrating arm, and arranged side by side along the longitudinal direction of the vibrating
arm.

US Pat. No. 9,289,992

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid in a flow passage from a nozzle, the liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of members bonded to each other,
wherein a first pair of members among the plurality of members are bonded to each other with a hard adhesive, the first pair
of members including a member formed of a material other than a resin material and a film-shaped member formed of the resin
material,

a second pair of members among the plurality of members are bonded to each other with a soft adhesive, the flow passage being
formed between the second pair of members of which at least one is molded with the resin material, and

a third pair of members among the plurality of members are bonded to each other with a hard adhesive, no flow passage being
formed between the third pair of members of which at least one is molded with the resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,283,766

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a case;
a liquid ejecting head that performs recording by ejecting a liquid with respect to a target;
a first tank in which the liquid is stored and which connects to the liquid ejecting head, and
a second tank which is connected to the first tank by way of an air communication pass and an ink communication pass,
wherein the air communication pass connects with an inside of the first tank and an inside of the second tank at a position
higher than a surface of the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,286,860

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An image display apparatus which displays an image comprising:
a light source device which emits a source light;
a light source control unit which controls a power supplied to the light source device;
an image light emission unit which, utilizing the source light emitted from the light source device, emits an image light
expressing the image;

a light quantity measurement unit which measures a light quantity of the source light, the light quantity corresponding to
a quantity of emitted light and having a whole range as the power supplied to the light source device is turned on and a voltage
applied to the source light reaches a maximum level;

a power/light quantity characteristic derivation unit which derives a power/light quantity characteristic indicating a relationship
between the supplied power and the light quantity of the source light; and

a light quantity adjustment unit which, based on the power/light quantity characteristic, adjusts the light quantity of at
least one of the source light and the image light, wherein

the light source control unit executes a first process of gradually decreasing the supplied power such that the light quantity
of the source light gradually changes within a portion of a whole range of the light quantity,

the light quantity measurement unit executes a second process of measuring the light quantity of the source light as the supplied
power is gradually decreased in the first process, and acquiring light quantity data within the portion of the whole range
of the light quantity, and

the power/light quantity characteristic derivation unit executes a third process of deriving the power/light quantity characteristic
by estimating the power/light quantity characteristic between a first value which is within the light quantity data acquired
within the portion of the whole range and a second value which is within the whole range but which is not within the light
quantity data acquired within the portion of the whole range, the estimation of the power/light quantity characteristic being
based on the light quantity data acquired within the portion of the whole range of the light quantity in the second process
and on the supplied power.

US Pat. No. 9,120,324

INK JET RECORDING METHOD, INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND RECORDED MATTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method which uses one or more types of ink which are selected from a group comprising:
(A) black ink which contains a pigment formed of one or more types of black pigment;
(B) mixed color black ink which contains pigments formed of one or more types of black pigment and one or more types of color
pigment; and

(C) color ink which contains a pigment formed of one or more types of color pigment;
wherein a degree of glossiness of the ink at 60° measured based on JIS Z 8741 is increased in an order of the black ink of
(A), the mixed color black ink of (B), and the color ink of (C),

the degree of glossiness of a target recording surface at 60° in a target recording medium measured based on JIS Z 8741 is
40 or more, and

at least one condition of the below-described (1) and (2) is satisfied;
(1) A black image is formed using at least a plurality of types of the color ink of (C) and a color image is formed using
the color ink of (C), and

(2) A black image is formed using the mixed color black ink of (B) and a color image is formed using the color ink of (C).

US Pat. No. 9,289,993

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a nozzle surface which includes first areas which are staggered in a plan view and second areas which are staggered in the
plan view, wherein

a nozzle is disposed in each of the first areas in the plan view,
a recess is disposed in each of the second areas in the plan view, and
the recess is recessed with respect to the nozzle surface and includes a bottom.

US Pat. No. 9,290,004

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a head body configured to eject liquid;
a flow path member including:
a liquid flow path for supplying the liquid to the head body;
a filter that is provided in the liquid flow path to remove foreign objects in the liquid; and
a detection region that has a thermal resistance lower than a thermal resistance of the remainder of the flow path member
and that is provided in a part of a partition wall that partitions the liquid flow path; and

a temperature detection unit that faces the detection region and is isolated from the liquid flow path to detect a temperature,
wherein

the detection region is provided downstream of the filter with respect to a liquid flowing direction in the liquid flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,292,945

PROJECTOR, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

4. An image display system comprising:
a first projector, including:
a first image projector that displays a projection image by projection onto a common projection surface;
a master controller that controls the first image projector;
an image capturer that captures the common projection surface and generates a captured image; and
an image corrector that corrects an image to be projected by the first image projector based on the captured image; and
a second projector, including:
a second image projector that displays a second projection image on the common projection surface which is to be combined
with the projection image projected by the first projector, based on an image signal; and

a subordinate controller that controls the second image projector,
wherein the master controller transmits a control signal to the second projector for controlling the projection of the second
projector, and

the subordinate controller receives the control signal from the first projector, controls the second image projector based
on the control signal, and makes the second image projector project a reference image in response to receiving the control
signal, and

the master controller makes the image capturer take an image of the common projection surface on which the reference image
is projected, and makes the image corrector perform the correction based on the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,294,012

PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, ROBOT HAND, AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric actuator comprising:
a vibrating body including a piezoelectric device that operates a moving member;
a driving unit that supplies a driving signal to the piezoelectric device;
an oscillator that supplies a frequency to the driving unit to make the driving signal;
a phase difference detector that detects a phase difference between the driving signal and a detection signal detected based
on vibration of the vibrating body; and

a control unit that controls the frequency and a voltage for the driving signal based on a fast sweeping state, a slow sweeping
state and a phase difference control state of the piezoelectric actuator, the control unit having a state transition controller
that supplies a frequency value to the oscillator, wherein

the state transition controller chances the frequency value by a first frequency change rate during the fast sweeping state,
the state transition controller changes the frequency value by a second frequency change rate that is smaller than the first
frequency change rate during the slow sweeping state,

the control unit sets the voltage to an upper voltage value when the phase difference is within a predetermined range by changing
the frequency during the phase difference control state, and the control unit sets the voltage to a lower voltage value, which
is smaller than the upper voltage value, when the phase difference is outside the predetermined range, and

when the driving signal, which corresponds to the lower voltage value, is supplied to the piezoelectric device, the piezoelectric
device vibrates so that the phase difference detector detects the phase difference and the piezoelectric device operates the
moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,278,544

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus configured to discharge a liquid onto a recording medium and configured to record an image,
the liquid discharging apparatus comprising:
a liquid discharging section configured to discharge the liquid onto the recording medium based on correction image information
which is corrected according to coloring information for the recording medium which is obtained from the recording medium
which is supplied to the liquid discharging apparatus;

a coloring information acquiring section configured to acquire the coloring information;
a supply section configured to accommodate the recording medium before the liquid is discharged;
a transport section configured to transport the recording medium from the supply section to an image forming section where
the liquid discharging section discharges the liquid and forms the image with regard to the recording medium;

a holding section configured to hold the recording medium at a region which includes the image forming section; and
a tension section configured to generate predetermined tension on the recording medium between the supply section and the
holding section on the transport path;

the coloring information acquiring section being disposed between the supply section and the image forming section on a transport
path where the recording medium is transported by the transport section, between the supply section and the holding section
on the transport path, and between the supply section and the tension section on the transport path.

US Pat. No. 9,278,547

RECORD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a record, comprising:
an image layer-forming step of forming an image layer by applying ink containing resin and a solvent A to a recording medium;
a heating step of heating the image layer to a temperature not lower than a glass transition temperature of the resin,
wherein a heating rate in the heating step is 30° C./s or more;
a suppression step of suppressing solvent evaporation from the image layer, wherein the heating step and the suppression step
are performed at the same time; and

a solvent-removing step of removing the solvent A from the image layer after the heating step.

US Pat. No. 9,400,417

PROJECTOR SUSPENSION DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector suspension device for a projector comprising:
a base to be fixed to a base fixing location on a surface on which the projector projects an image, the base fixing location
being different from a projected image location on the surface;

a support member extending from the base, and configured to support the projector; and
an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust a tilt of the projector and including
a first turning member that adjusts a tilt of the projector about a first axis that is perpendicular to the surface on which
the projector projects the image,

a second turning member that is different from the first turning member and that adjusts a tilt of the projector about a second
axis that is parallel to the surface on which the projector projects the image and a horizontal plane,

a third turning member that is different from the first turning member and the second turning member and that adjusts the
projector in a direction of rotation about a third axis that is perpendicular to the first axis and the second axis,

a first holding plate that holds a first turning pivot member, the first turning pivot member acting as a pivot for carrying
out adjustment by the first turning member,

a second holding plate that holds a second turning pivot member, the second turning pivot member acting as a pivot for carrying
out adjustment by the second turning member, and

a pivotal support plate that links the first holding plate and the second holding plate and pivotally supports the first turning
pivot member and the second turning pivot member.

US Pat. No. 9,285,271

SLOPED STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SLOPED STRUCTURE, AND SPECTRUM SENSOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A sloped structure comprising:
a first portion connected to a first surface of a substrate;
a second portion sloped with respect to the first surface of the substrate; and
a third portion connecting the first portion and the second portion together, and having a thin region thinner than the first
portion or the second portion,

wherein an end portion of the second portion is adhered to the substrate, the end portion being at an end of the second portion
opposite to a third portion side of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,287,491

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND SENSOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric layer arranged on the first electrode; and
a second electrode arranged on the piezoelectric layer,
wherein the piezoelectric layer includes a composite oxide which has a perovskite structure, and
wherein the composite oxide has a composition represented as a mixed crystal of bismuth ferrate and strontium titanate.

US Pat. No. 9,227,422

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method of recording an image by using at least a first ink composition containing water, a surfactant,
and a first coloring material and a second ink composition containing a second coloring material different from the first
coloring material on a recording medium, the method comprising:
recording an image on the recording medium by causing a first recording head that ejects the first ink composition and a second
recording head that ejects the second ink composition to eject the first ink composition and the second ink composition while
relative positions thereof with respect to the recording medium are changed,

wherein, in the recording of the image, a time after the first ink composition is ejected to a predetermined area of the recording
medium and before the second ink composition is ejected to the predetermined area is in the range of 10 ms to 2,000 ms,

wherein a viscosity of the ink composition at 20° C. when the first ink composition is ejected is 15 mPa·s or less, and
wherein the viscosity at 20° C. when 50% of a volatile component contained in the first ink composition is volatilized is
100 mPa·s or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,345,129

MOUNTING STRUCTURE, ELECTRO-OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A mounting structure in which a plurality of substrates are electrically connected to each other, the mounting structure
comprising:
a first substrate having a first alignment mark formed by partially cutting away a first terminal; and
a second substrate having a second alignment mark formed by partially cutting away a second terminal,
wherein the first terminal and the second terminal are electrically connected to each other by being relatively positioned
with respect to each other using the first alignment mark and the second alignment mark.

US Pat. No. 9,278,539

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head which performs recording by ejecting liquid onto a recording medium;
a recording unit which stores the recording head;
a storage unit which is provided outside the recording unit, and stores a liquid storage body that stores the liquid to be
ejected from the recording head;

a liquid supply tube which supplies the liquid that is stored in the liquid storage body stored in the storage unit to the
recording head; and

a supporting portion which is provided in at least one of the recording unit and the storage unit, and supports the liquid
supply tube,

wherein a mark which is a reference of a part supported by the supporting portion is provided in the liquid supply tube.

US Pat. No. 9,354,467

ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electro-optical device comprising:
a pair of substrates;
a first microlens;
a second microlens positioned further to an outside edge side of one substrate of the pair of substrates than the first microlens
in a display region of at least one substrate of the pair of substrates; and

a third microlens positioned further to the outside edge side of one substrate of the pair of substrates than the second microlens
and the first microlens in the display region of at least one substrate of the pair of substrates,

wherein the collection efficiency of the first microlens is lower than the collection efficiency of the second microlens,
and

the collection efficiency of the second microlens is lower than the collection efficiency of the third microlens.

US Pat. No. 9,354,496

PROJECTOR AND LIGHT DIMMING DEVICE INCLUDING A LIGHT BLOCKING MEMBER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector comprising:
a light source;
an image forming system adapted to form an image using light from the light source;
a projection system adapted to project the image formed by the image forming system; and
a dimming device including a pair of light-blocking members disposed at positions across a light path between an exit end
surface of the projection system and the light source, the pair of light-blocking members being adapted to move in directions
getting closer to each other and directions getting away from each other and adapted to control an intensity of the light
emitted from the light source,

wherein the pair of light-blocking members includes
a first movable section having at least one light-transmitting section and a light-blocking section, and
a second movable section adapted to block the light passed through the light-transmitting section and to move in a conjunction
with the first movable section, and

wherein at least one radiator plate is provided to either one or both of the first movable section and the second movable
section.

US Pat. No. 9,635,769

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BASE SUBSTRATE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an electronic component;
a base substrate to which the electronic component is fixed;
a lid portion accommodating the electronic component in a space arranged together with the base substrate;
a frame-like metallization layer arranged above the base substrate and bonding the base substrate and the lid portion together;
and

an electrode arranged above the base substrate,
wherein the metallization layer and the electrode are insulated from each other,
the metallization layer has a plurality of metal layers including a first metal layer, a second metal layer, and a third metal
layer stacked above the base substrate,

the first metal layer has a thermal conductivity that is less than or equal to 50% of a thermal conductivity of the second
metal layer,

in plan view, a width of the first metal layer that is located closest to the base substrate side is smaller than a width
of at least one of the remaining plurality of metal layers,

the second metal layer is sandwiched by the first and third metal layers;
the third metal layer directly contacts each of the first and second metal layers,
end portions of the third metal layer face and directly contact the base substrate,
a portion of the third metal layer is located between the second metal layer and the base substrate, and
wherein the first metal layer is a Ni—Cr-based alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,750,130

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, INFORMATION COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:
a differential transmission line that has a first wiring and a second wiring,
wherein the first wiring has
a plurality of first linear portions that are formed of a linear wiring and
a first bypass portion that is connected to the plurality of first linear portions and includes a linear wiring extending
in a direction intersecting a first direction in which the first linear portions extend,

wherein the second wiring has
a plurality of second linear portions that are formed of a linear wiring and
a second bypass portion that is connected to the plurality of second linear portions and includes a curved wiring extending
in a direction intersecting a second direction in which the second linear portions extend,

wherein the first direction and the second direction are substantially parallel,
wherein the first bypass portion and the second bypass portion protrude on the same side with respect to the first linear
portions and the second linear portions, and

wherein a region in which the first bypass portion is provided and a region in which the second bypass portion is provided
are at least partially overlapped in the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,667,926

PROJECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector including a light source and a light modulator and projects an image, the projector comprising:
a circulation cooling device that has a closed housing accommodating an object to be cooled and cools the object to be cooled
by circulating a cooling gas in the closed housing;

a controller that is arranged outside the circulation cooling device and controls the projector; and
an exterior housing that accommodates the circulation cooling device and the controller and forms an exterior of the projector,
wherein the circulation cooling device includes
a cooling fan that is arranged in the closed housing and blows the cooling gas to the object to be cooled,
a heat absorber that absorbs heat of the gas having cooled the object to be cooled, and
a relay section that forms, along with the closed housing, a closed space and relays electrical connection between the cooling
fan and the controller, and

the relay section includes a double-sided substrate having an inner surface which faces the closed space and on which a connection
member electrically connected to the cooling fan is arranged and an outer surface which faces away from the closed space and
on which a connection member electrically connected to the controller is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,699,896

SUBSTRATE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A substrate comprising:
a first pattern which corresponds to wiring on which terminals are formed;
a second pattern which corresponds to wiring on which terminals are formed; and
a third pattern which corresponds to wiring on which terminals are formed,
wherein a distance between a first pair of terminals which are configured by one terminal of the first pattern and one terminal
of the second pattern is equal to a distance between a second pair of terminals which are configured by one terminal of the
first pattern and one terminal of the third pattern, and

a distance between a third pair of terminals which are configured by one terminal of the third pattern and one terminal of
the second pattern is equal to a distance between a fourth pair of terminals which are configured by one terminal of the third
pattern and one terminal of the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,706,673

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND LID BODY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an electronic device that accommodates an electronic component in an inner space formed by a
base and a lid body, the manufacturing method comprising:
preparing the lid body in which a groove is provided on a surface which is welded with the base, the groove having a first
opening on an inner space side of the lid body and a second opening on an outer periphery side of the lid body;

first welding the base and the lid body at a portion excluding an unwelded portion that includes at least a part of the groove,
of a planned welding portion of the base and the lid body, in a state in which the inner space has air communication with
an outside through the groove; and

second welding the base and the lid body at the unwelded portion such that the second opening of the groove is closed in a
state in which the inner space has no air communication with the outside,

wherein the first opening has a first width in a plan view, the second opening has a second width in the plan view, and the
first width is larger than the second width, and

part of the groove directly adjacent to the first opening is overlapped with the inner space in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,282,903

DEVICE FOR MEASURING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A device for measuring biological information by being worn on a measured object, the device comprising:
a sensor unit configured to measure biological information;
a device main unit provided with a concavity accommodating the sensor unit in the concavity; and
a holding unit supporting the sensor unit and the device main unit with a space therebetween, the holding unit being elastic,
the holding unit including an inner periphery part, an outer periphery part with an outer periphery surface, and an inclining
part,

the inner periphery part being coupled to the sensor unit, the inner periphery part having an inner periphery surface, a first
surface, and a second surface, the inner periphery surface defining an opening of the holding unit, the first surface and
the second surface being opposite to each other such that the inner periphery surface is disposed between the first surface
and the second surface, the opening penetrating through the holding unit from the first surface to the second surface, both
of the first surface and the second surface contacting the sensor unit

the outer periphery surface being coupled to the device main unit,
the inclining part being disposed between the inner periphery part and the outer periphery part,
a thickness of the inner periphery part and a thickness of the outer periphery part being greater than a thickness of the
inclining part,

the sensor unit being displaced relative to the device main unit by elastic deformation of the holding unit in accordance
with an external force applied to the sensor unit.

US Pat. No. 9,289,898

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A horizontal multi-joint robot comprising:
a first joint that is rotatable around a first axis;
a second joint that is rotatable around a second axis, the second axis being parallel to and spaced apart from the first axis;
and

a duct connected between the first joint and the second joint;
wherein the first joint has a first connecting portion positioned at a first incline relative to the first axis,
the second joint has a second connecting portion positioned at a second incline relative to the second axis, and
the duct has a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the first connecting portion, and the second end
being connected to the second connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,287,848

RESONATOR ELEMENT, RESONATOR, OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT HAVING REDUCED VIBRATION LEAKAGE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A resonator element comprising:
a base portion which includes one end portion and the other end portion opposing the one end portion in a plan view; and
only one pair of vibrating arms which extend along a first direction from the one end portion of the base portion, wherein
the base portion includes a reduced width portion in which a width of the base portion in a second direction intersecting
the first direction is gradually decreased along the first direction, in at least one of the one end portion and the other
end portion,

a fixing portion for fixing the resonator element is provided between the one end portion and the other end portion of the
base portion, and

a length L, in the first direction, from an outer edge of the other end portion of the base portion to a connection portion
of the vibrating arm, is less than a distance Ws, in the second direction, from a center of one of the vibrating arms to a
center of the other of the vibrating arms, the connection portion connecting the vibrating arms to the base portion.

US Pat. No. 9,354,610

ANALOG ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An analog electronic timepiece comprising:
an hour hand;
a minute hand;
a second hand;
a driver configured to drive the second hand;
a current time display processor configured to control the driver to move the second hand at a first time interval such that
the second hand indicates a second of a current time;

a measured time display processor configured to control the driver to move the second hand at a second time interval different
from the first time interval such that the second hand indicates a second of a measured time;

an hour subhand configured to indicate an hour of the current time and an hour of the measured time, a hand-movement time
interval of the hour subhand to indicate the hour of the current time being equal to a hand-movement time interval of the
hour subhand to indicate the hour of the measured time; and

a minute subhand configured to indicate a minute of the current time and a minute of the measured time, a hand-movement time
interval of the minute subhand to indicate the minute of the current time being equal to a hand-movement time interval of
the minute subhand to indicate the minute of the measured time.

US Pat. No. 9,283,774

PRINT APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A print apparatus, comprises:
a print part configured to discharge a liquid onto a recording medium being conveyed;
a conveyance part configured to convey the recording medium in a conveyance direction;
an irradiation part arranged downwards in the conveyance direction relative to the print part and configured to irradiate
the recording medium, onto which the liquid has been discharged, with light;

a backup part provided to an opposite side of the irradiation part relative to the recording medium in a first direction in
which the backup part draws away from the irradiation part, the backup part having a regulating surface where a surface oriented
toward the recording medium regulates movement of the recording medium in the first direction; and

the regulating surface having an opening, and
at a position of the regulating surface in the first direction, an irradiation area, in a plain surface parallel to the regulating
surface, for the light irradiated from the irradiation part being positioned inside of an area that overlaps with the opening
in the plain surface parallel to the regulating surface.

US Pat. No. 9,280,809

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An image display apparatus adapted to display an image modulated by a light modulator on an image display surface, comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with a computer program configured to:
display a test pattern in a display region of the light modulator, the test pattern including a plurality of indexes arranged
at regular intervals in one of a horizontal direction and a vertical direction with respect to the display region;

set at least one of the plurality of indexes as a reference index;
adjust the intervals of the indexes of the test pattern so as to increase or decrease, as a distance from the reference index
increases with respect to the direction of the arrangement of the indexes; and

correct linearity of the image based on the adjusted intervals of the indexes.

US Pat. No. 9,278,824

RECORDING APPARATUS AND WINDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a transportation section of a recording medium;
a winding section of the recording medium; and
a control section that controls transportation of the recording medium by controlling the transportation section and the winding
section,

wherein the control section varies a torque limit threshold of the winding section according to whether the winding section
is accelerating, operating at a constant speed, or decelerating.

US Pat. No. 9,243,156

RADIATION-CURABLE INK COMPOSITION, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDED MATTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising the steps of:
(a) discharging a radiation-curable ink composition onto a recording medium, the composition including:
a phenoxyethyl acrylate (A) in an amount of from 20 to 55 mass % of the total reaction components;
a multifunctional acrylate (B) in an amount of from 20 to 50 mass % of the total reaction components;
a black pigment (F1); and
a bis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)-phenylphosphine oxide photopolymerization initiator in the amount of 5 to 15 parts by mass of
the total reaction components; and

(b) irradiating the discharged radiation-curable ink composition with active radiation having a peak emission wavelength ranging
from 350 to 400 nm using an active radiation source.

US Pat. No. 9,132,674

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD OF A PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a conveyance mechanism that conveys a print medium having a print target;
a printhead disposed to the conveyance path of the print medium;
a paper detector that detects a trailing end of the print medium, the paper detector being disposed upstream of the printhead
on the conveyance path;

a label detector that detects the print target, the label detector being disposed upstream of the printhead and downstream
of the paper detector on the conveyance path;

a control unit that identifies the position of the trailing end of the print medium when the trailing end of the print medium
is detected by the paper detector; wherein the control unit

determines if printing on the print target detected by the label detector can be completed based on the identified position
of the trailing end of the print medium, and

if printing cannot be completed, stops the printhead from printing on the print target.

US Pat. No. 9,061,510

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:
a liquid ejecting head having nozzles through which liquid can be ejected;
a liquid supply path through which the liquid is supplied to the liquid ejecting head; and
a filter chamber which is disposed in the middle of the liquid supply path and of which an inner portion is divided into a
first chamber on a downstream side and a second chamber on an upstream side by a filter which filters the liquid,

wherein a liquid inlet through which the liquid is introduced from an upstream side of the liquid supply path to the second
chamber of the filter chamber is formed not to face a surface of the filter, which is located on the second chamber side,
and

wherein a liquid outlet through which the liquid is introduced from the first chamber of the filter chamber to a downstream
side of the liquid supply path is formed in an upper position of the first chamber in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,872,370

DISCHARGE LAMP DRIVING DEVICE, PROJECTOR, AND DISCHARGE LAMP DRIVING METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A discharge lamp driving device comprising:
a discharge lamp driving unit configured to supply drive power to a discharge lamp; and
a control unit configured to control the discharge lamp driving unit;
wherein the control unit is configured to provide a launching period from a start of lighting of the discharge lamp to a predetermined
time and a stationary lighting period provided after the launching period, the stationary lighting period in which a first
drive power is supplied to the discharge lamp,

the launching period include a first launching period in which the drive power supplied to the discharge lamp increases toward
a second drive power larger than the first drive power and a second launching period in which the second drive power is supplied
to the discharge lamp,

a drive frequency of drive current supplied to the discharge lamp in the second launching period is lower than a drive frequency
of the drive current supplied to the discharge lamp in the first launching period,

the control unit is configured to perform a mode in which a drive power lower than a rated power of the discharge lamp is
supplied to the discharge lamp in the stationary lighting period, and

the first drive power is the drive power in the mode.

US Pat. No. 9,290,001

LIQUID CONTAINER, LIQUID CONSUMING APPARATUS, LIQUID SUPPLY SYSTEM AND LIQUID CONTAINER UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid container comprising:
a liquid containing chamber containing a liquid to be supplied to a liquid consuming unit consuming the liquid; and
a liquid outlet port from which the liquid from inside of the liquid containing chamber flows to the liquid consuming unit,
wherein the liquid containing chamber includes a basal surface, which is disposed at a bottom portion of the liquid containing
chamber, a stepped bottom surface, which has a step so as to be higher than the basal surface and is aligned with the basal
surface in a longitudinal direction of the bottom portion, and a stepped side surface, which has an upper end portion intersecting
with the stepped bottom surface and a lower end portion intersecting with the basal surface, and

wherein the liquid outlet port is disposed in a recess on the basal surface.

US Pat. No. 9,285,667

PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A projector comprising:
an illuminator including a light source apparatus that includes the following components and outputs parallelized light: a
solid-state light source that produces excitation light, a fluorescent layer that produces fluorescence from a part of the
excitation light emitted from the solid-state light source, and a collimator system that parallelizes a light from the fluorescent
layer;

a light modulator that modulates a light from the illuminator in accordance with image information; and
a projection system that projects a light from the light modulator, wherein the illuminator further includes
a polarization conversion element that converts a light from the light source apparatus into a polarized light, and
a reflector that is disposed between the light source apparatus and the polarization conversion element, transmits light in
the vicinity of an optical axis of the light source apparatus, and reflects peripheral light apart from the optical axis of
the light source apparatus toward the fluorescent layer,

wherein the collimator system is formed of at least two collimator lenses, and at least one surface among surfaces of the
at least two collimator lenses s an aspheric surface.

US Pat. No. 9,296,218

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a supporting member which supports a medium;
a transport device which transports the medium supported by the supporting member in a transport direction;
a first head which ejects a first radiation curable type ink;
a second head which is arranged on a downstream side of the first head in the transport direction and ejects a second radiation
curable type ink;

a third head which is arranged on the downstream side of the second head in the transport direction and ejects a third radiation
curable type ink, wherein the third ink is black;

a fourth head which is arranged on the downstream side of the third head in the transport direction and ejects a fourth radiation
curable type ink, wherein the fourth ink is yellow;

a first irradiation section which is arranged between the first head and the second head in the transport direction and irradiates
radiation rays with an integrated light quantity to a degree at which the first ink ejected from the first head is not completely
cured;

a second irradiation section which is arranged between the second head and the third head in the transport direction and irradiates
radiation rays with an integrated light quantity to a degree at which the second ink ejected from the second head is not completely
cured;

a third irradiation section which is arranged between the third head and the fourth head in the transport direction and irradiates
radiation rays with an integrated light quantity to a degree at which the third ink ejected from the third head is not completely
cured; and

a fourth irradiation section which is arranged on the downstream side of the fourth head in the transport direction and irradiates
radiation rays with an integrated light quantity to a degree at which wetting and spreading of the first to fourth inks respectively
ejected from the first to fourth heads are stopped on the medium,

wherein the radiation rays respectively irradiated from the first irradiation section to the third irradiation section have
a peak wavelength of 350 nm to 450 nm, and

coloring materials included in the third ink and the fourth ink have higher absorption properties of the radiation rays with
the peak wavelength than coloring materials included in the first ink and the second ink,

a controller configured to adjust a size of the input current of the first irradiation section, the second irradiation section
and the third irradiation section so that the integrated light quantity of the radiation rays irradiated from the first irradiation
section and the second irradiation section are greater than the integrated light quantity of the radiation rays irradiated
from the third irradiation section.

US Pat. No. 9,291,238

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:
a first pulley;
a second pulley;
a head unit ejecting a liquid;
a carriage in which the head unit is provided;
a motor that generates power for driving the carriage;
a power supply that supplies the power for ejecting the liquid from the head unit; and
a belt that is hung on the first pulley and the second pulley, drives the carriage by the power supplied from the motor, and
transmits the power to the head unit,

wherein the belt includes
a first member for electrically connecting the power supply and the head unit, and
a second member having an electric resistivity higher than an electric resistivity of the first member,
wherein the power is transmitted to the belt through the first pulley,
wherein a power transmission groove section for transmitting the power from the first pulley is formed on the second member,
and

wherein a power transmission projection section for transmitting the power to the power transmission groove section is formed
on the first pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,283,786

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit that performs printing on a printing medium;
a drive unit that causes the printing unit to move;
a power supply unit that supplies power to the drive unit;
a detection unit that detects the movement of the printing unit; and
a controller that controls an initialization operation related to the printing unit based on a detection result of the detection
unit,

wherein, when power supply from the power supply unit to the drive unit is started, the controller acquires the detection
result obtained when power is not supplied, performs the initialization operation in a case where movement of the printing
unit is detected in the detection result, and does not perform the initialization operation in a case where movement of the
printing unit is not detected in the detection result.

US Pat. No. 9,278,520

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus that discharges liquid to a medium from a discharging unit, by applying a driving signal
for driving a piezoelectric element, to form an image on the medium, the apparatus comprising:
a recording head that includes M numbers (where M is a natural number greater than or equal to two) of the discharging units;
a drive unit that drives the discharging unit;
a residual vibration detecting unit that detects change in an electromotive force of the piezoelectric element in accordance
with residual vibration occurring in the discharging unit when the discharging unit is driven by the drive unit; and

a determining unit that determines a state of discharge of the liquid in the discharging unit on the basis of a detection
result of the residual vibration detecting unit,

wherein the determining unit
is capable of performing the determination in two or more determination modes, and
determines at least one of
one or a plurality of target discharging units that is to be a target of the determination during a determination time period,
and

a drive discharging unit that the drive unit is to drive so as to determine the state of discharge of the liquid in the target
discharging unit

from the M numbers of discharging units depending on the determination mode.

US Pat. No. 9,257,961

RESONATOR ELEMENT AND RESONATOR HAVING A TAPERED ARM NEXT TO THE BASE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A vibrating piece comprising:
a base; and
a vibrating arm that has a tapered portion extending from the base and that has an arm portion extending from the tapered
portion, the vibrating arm performing flexural vibration, wherein

a width of the tapered portion increases toward the base, and
when a length of the vibrating arm is L, a width of the arm portion is W, a length of the tapered portion along with the arm
portion is Lt, a width of the tapered portion along with the base is Wt, a taper length occupancy is ?=Lt/L, and a taper width
occupancy is ?=2Wt/W, the following formulas are satisfied:

0.0168???0.1680;
2.409?2+4.728×10?2?+2.959×10?2????4.723×101?2+1.434×101?+1.711×10?2; and

wherein L?1.65 mm, W?0.11 mm, Lt?0.2 mm, and Wt?0.01 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,114,629

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a head which discharges an imaging liquid for forming an image, and a supplementary liquid for supplementing formation of
the image with the imaging liquid on a predetermined printing medium; and

a control unit which is capable of selectively executing a first mode, in which the imaging liquid and the supplementary liquid
are discharged from the head onto the predetermined printing medium, and a second mode, in which the imaging liquid is discharged
from the head, and the supplementary liquid is not discharged from the head, wherein the first mode or the second mode is
selected based on an environmental condition of the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,403,077

GOLF SWING ANALYZING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ANALYZING GOLF SWING

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A golf swing analyzing apparatus comprising:
a first inertial sensor attached to a portion of an upper body of a golfer, the first inertial sensor including a first gyro
sensor;

a second inertial sensor attached to a golf club held by the golfer, the second inertial sensor including a second gyro sensor;
and

an arithmetic section receiving an output of the first inertial sensor and an output of the second inertial sensor, the arithmetic
section calculating a relative angle between a forearm of the golfer and the golf club based on the outputs of the first and
second inertial sensors,

the arithmetic section including:
a first attitude calculating section that calculates a first attitude of the first inertial sensor based on a first angular
velocity signal from the first inertial sensor;

a second attitude calculating section that calculates a second attitude of the second inertial sensor based on a second angular
velocity signal from the second inertial sensor;

a first vector calculating section that calculates a first vector along one axis of the first inertial sensor based on the
first attitude;

a second vector calculating section that calculates a second vector along one axis of the second inertial sensor based on
the second attitude; and

a relative angle calculating section that identifies the relative angle by calculating an angle between the first vector and
the second vector.

US Pat. No. 9,285,781

TIMEPIECE WITH INTERNAL ANTENNA

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A timepiece, comprising:
a case;
a movement that is housed in the case and has at least one motor that drives at least one staff;
a patch antenna that is disposed inside the case and at a back side of the dial; and
a battery that supplies power to the motors and is disposed at a position in the case that does not overlap the patch antenna
in plan view;

wherein the position at which the battery is disposed overlaps the at least one motor in plan view, and
wherein the movement has a plurality of motors that drive respective staffs disposed at different locations.

US Pat. No. 9,278,562

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image recording device, comprising:
a first head unit configured to discharge a liquid;
a unit holder detachably holding the first head unit;
a member configured to move relative to the unit holder; and
a flexible member that is flexible and fluidly connects the member with the first head unit,
when a trajectory through which the first head unit passes when the first head unit is attached or detached with the unit
holder is used as a first trajectory, the member being configured to move between a first position at which the member is
positioned relative to the unit holder so as to overlap the first trajectory, and a second position at which the member is
positioned relative to the unit holder so as to be separated from the first trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,918,394

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot system comprising:
a robot having a base and arms connectedly provided on the base; and
a robot control apparatus that is connected to the robot, the control apparatus being configured to control the robot and
provide power to the robot, the robot control apparatus including:

a casing having a plurality of attachment parts; and
a display unit movable with respect to the casing and displaying information,
wherein the display unit is attached to one of the plurality of attachment parts, and
the plurality of attachment parts are provided on first and second surfaces of the casing, and the first surface is not parallel
to the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,310,607

ACTUATOR, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ACTUATOR, LIGHT SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a movable part rotatable around a rotation center axis, the movable part having movable top and movable bottom surfaces opposite
to each other, the movable top surface extending in a first direction;

a pair of connection parts connected to the movable part, the pair of connection parts having connection top and connection
bottom surfaces; and

a support part that supports the pair of connection parts, wherein
the movable part is in a cross shape in a plan view,
the movable bottom surface has a recess, a recess bottom surface of the recess is located between the movable top surface
and the movable bottom surface, and a permanent magnet is located on the recess bottom surface,

each of the connection parts includes a pair of beam members,
a beam distance between the pair of beam members gradually increases from the connection bottom surface toward the connection
top surface when seen from a direction in parallel to the rotation center axis of the movable part,

each of the beam members has inner and outer side surfaces between the connection top surface and the connection bottom surface,
and one of the inner and outer surfaces having two inclined surfaces that incline with respect to the first direction, the
two inclined surfaces extending in the same direction, and

given that a first distance between ends at the connection bottom surface of the pair of beam members is W1 and a thickness of the pair of beam members in the thickness direction of the movable part is t, the following expression
(1) is satisfied


US Pat. No. 9,283,790

LIQUID EJECTING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting method of a liquid ejecting apparatus that ejects a liquid onto a target on the basis of acquired conditions,
the method comprising:
acquiring a residual amount of liquid that is useable;
estimating a use amount of liquid that is to be used in ejection of liquid, the use amount of liquid being a set use amount
of liquid per single target quantity that is set in advance with respect to a size of a target that is included in the acquired
conditions, the set use amount of liquid being associated with a target having a size that is a maximum size for the liquid
ejecting apparatus; and

before ejecting the liquid onto the target, performing a warning when the residual amount of liquid after liquid ejection,
which is estimated on the basis of the residual amount of liquid and the use amount of liquid, is smaller than a threshold
value,

wherein the threshold value is with respect to a maximum amount of liquid that is used in ejection of liquid to a stipulated
target having a size that is smaller than the maximum size, and

wherein the target of the maximum size is transported toward an area where the liquid ejection is performed via a transportation
path, the transportation path being different from a transportation path that transports the stipulated target.

US Pat. No. 9,285,661

PROJECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector comprising:
a light source section that outputs light;
a light modulator that modulates the light outputted from the light source section based on image information;
a projection lens that projects the modulated light;
an enclosure that accommodates the light source section, the light modulator, and the projection lens;
a base that supports the projection lens and fixes the projection lens to the enclosure;
a restricting portion that restricts movement of the base; and
columnar portions provided on an inner surface of the enclosure,
wherein
the base includes fixing portions provided on both end sides of the base,
the fixing portions are fixed to the columnar portions with fixing members,
the restricting portion is disposed on the inner surface of the enclosure, and
the columnar portions and the restricting portion are disposed on a same plane of the inner surface of the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 9,088,264

RESONATOR ELEMENT, RESONATOR, OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND MOVING OBJECT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A resonator element comprising:
a vibration piece including a base portion, and a pair of vibrating arms which, in a plan view, extend in a first direction
from the base portion, are arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and alternately repeat between
approach and separation from each other along the second direction to perform flexural vibration,

wherein conditions shown by the following formula (1) are satisfied

wherein, QLn represents a Q value acquired by considering only vibration leakage in an n-th harmonic flexural vibration mode, Q1 represents a Q value in a fundamental flexural vibration mode, Ln represents equivalent inductance in the n-th harmonic flexural vibration mode, L1 represents equivalent inductance in the fundamental flexural vibration mode, fn represents a resonance frequency in the n-th harmonic flexural vibration mode, f1 represents a resonance frequency in the fundamental flexural vibration mode, and n represents a natural number of equal to
or greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 9,073,368

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus comprising:
a rotating drum which has a medium wound around a part of an outer circumferential surface thereof and transports the medium
in a circumferential direction and in which the medium is wound at a first position and a second position in an axial direction
of the rotating drum;

a transport portion which transports the medium which passes through the first position to the second position on the rotating
drum;

liquid discharge portions which discharge liquid onto the medium at the first position and the second position; and
a position correction unit which corrects the axial position of the medium at the second position by adjusting a transport
direction of the medium transported by the transport portion.

US Pat. No. 9,297,741

CORROSION DETECTION SENSOR DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A sensor device comprising:
a first electrode including a first metallic material, the first metallic material being a metallic material in which either
a first passivation film forms on a surface thereof or the first passivation film present on the surface thereof is lost,
in association with changes in the pH of a measurement site;

a second electrode including a second metallic material different from the first metallic material, the second electrode being
spaced apart from the first electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode being provided on the same plane;

a coating film including a third metallic material different from the first metallic material and from the second metallic
material, the coating film covering at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode; and

a functional element configured to measure a difference in electric potential between the first electrode and the second electrode
that changes depending on presence or absence of each of the first passivation film and the coating film in association with
the changes in pH.

US Pat. No. 9,363,895

CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A circuit substrate comprising:
a base substrate including:
a first pad and a second pad which are electrically connected to an electronic component;
a first lateral face and a second lateral face which are located parallel to each other;
a first terminal which is disposed on the first lateral face and is electrically connected to the first pad;
a second terminal which is disposed on the first lateral face and is electrically connected to the second pad; and
a third terminal and a fourth terminal which are disposed on the second lateral face, wherein
the first terminal and the fourth terminal are located at point-symmetric positions to each other with reference to a center
of the base substrate,

the second terminal and the third terminal are located at point-symmetric positions to each other with reference to the center,
and

the third terminal and the fourth terminal are electrically connected to each other;
wherein the third terminal and the fourth terminal are electrically connected to each other through an electric resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,325,328

OSCILLATION CIRCUIT, OSCILLATOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND FREQUENCY ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF OSCILLATOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An oscillation circuit comprising:
a voltage controlled oscillation circuit that controls a frequency of an oscillation signal based on an input voltage; and
a PLL circuit that receives the oscillation signal and includes an oscillator which controls an oscillation frequency based
on control input data, wherein the oscillation signal is a signal with an amplitude smaller than that of a power supply voltage
that is supplied to the oscillation circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,296,216

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE METHOD THEREOF

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:
a liquid ejection head that ejects a liquid via nozzles;
a first passage that communicates with the liquid ejection head, the first passage being configured to supply the liquid to
the liquid ejection head;

a second passage that communicates with the first passage in the liquid ejection head, the second passage forming, in cooperation
with the first passage, a circulation passage; and

a liquid driving unit provided in the circulation passage, the liquid driving unit being configured to move the liquid in
the circulation passage when driven;

wherein the liquid is moved, by the driven liquid driving unit, at a first flow rate that maintains a meniscus of the liquid
inside the nozzles after the liquid is moved at a second flow rate that is faster than the first flow rate.

US Pat. No. 9,266,359

PRINTER, PRINTER CONTROL METHOD, AND LIGHT IRRADIATION DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a discharge unit configured to discharge photo curable ink on a print medium to form an image;
a light irradiation unit configured to be set to a first mode in which, of a first light for curing the photo curable ink
and a second light with higher curing properties than the first light, only the first light is irradiated on the print medium
on which the photo curable ink has been discharged, or a second mode in which at least the second light is irradiated on the
print medium on which the photo curable ink has been discharged;

an adhesiveness information acquisition unit configured to acquire adhesiveness information related to ink adhesiveness which
is adhesiveness between the photo curable ink and the print medium when the photo curable ink is cured using the first light;
and

a control unit configured to set the light irradiation unit to the second mode when the acquired adhesiveness information
is designated information related to low ink adhesiveness such that a total light amount irradiated to the photo curable ink
on an area of the print medium until completing the forming of the image on the area of the print medium is higher when the
acquired adhesiveness information is the designated information related to the low ink adhesiveness than when the acquired
adhesiveness information is designated information related to high ink adhesiveness that is higher than the low ink adhesiveness.

US Pat. No. 9,318,690

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a piezoelectric layer made of a perovskite compound containing sodium, potassium, lithium, niobium, tantalum, and bismuth
manganate; and

electrodes for applying a voltage to the piezoelectric layer,
wherein the piezoelectric layer contains 0.25 to 1 mol % of bismuth manganate relative to the perovskite compound.

US Pat. No. 9,278,537

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:
a stage that has a support surface supporting a medium;
a liquid ejecting unit that ejects a liquid to the medium supported by the stage;
an intake/exhaust portion that has an intake port, an exhaust port, a flow channel which connects the intake port and the
exhaust port to communicate with each other, and a capturing portion which captures the liquid;

a support portion that supports the liquid ejecting unit and the intake/exhaust portion;
a moving portion that moves the liquid ejecting unit and the intake/exhaust portion supported by the support portion in a
first direction;

a liquid ejecting portion that has the support portion and the moving portion; and
an air flow generation portion that causes a gas to flow between the liquid ejecting portion and the support surface, the
air flow generation portion selectively directing between the gas flowing towards a gap between the liquid ejecting portion
and the support surface and the gas flowing away from the gap,

wherein the intake/exhaust portion is supported by the moving portion on one side in a second direction orthogonal to the
first direction,

wherein the exhaust port is arranged on the other side opposite to one side in the second direction, and
wherein the intake port is arranged above the exhaust port.

US Pat. No. 9,233,538

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, DROPLET EJECTING HEAD, AND DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric device comprising:
a first electrode layer provided so as to overlie a substrate;
a second electrode layer disposed so as to face the first electrode layer; and
a piezoelectric layer disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, wherein
the first electrode layer includes a conductive layer and a conductive barrier layer, wherein
the barrier layer is provided between the conductive layer and the piezoelectric layer so as to prevent the conductive layer
from contacting the piezoelectric layer, wherein the barrier layer contacts and covers an upper surface of the conductive
layer and extends from the upper surface to the substrate along a side surface of the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,170,427

STEREOSCOPIC ELECTRO-OPTICAL DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH CROSS-TALK CORRECTION

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electro-optical device, used with stereoscopic eyewear that includes a right-eye shutter and a left-eye shutter, that
sequentially displays a right-eye image and a left-eye image in each of frames configured of a plurality of fields, the device
comprising:
a display unit that displays an image data using an electro-optical element;
a first correction image data generation unit that generates, based on a first image data of a frame and a second image data
of a frame that is one frame previous to the frame of the first image data, a first correction image data that corrects a
response characteristic of the electro-optical element;

a second correction image data generation unit that generates, based on the first image data and the second image data, a
second correction image data that corrects a crosstalk caused by the right-eye image and the left-eye image intermixing;

a selection unit that, selects a first correction image data during a first field of the frame during which the first image
data is displayed and selects a second correction image data in a second and subsequent fields of the frame during which the
first image data is displayed, wherein the correction unit generates the image data by adding the first correction image data
to the first image data in the first field and adding the second correction image data to the first image data in the second
field;

a correction unit that generates the image data by correcting the first image data using the first correction image data or
the second correction image data by selecting the selection unit;

a output unit that supplies the image data to the display unit; and
a control unit that generates a control signal that controls the opening and closing of the right-eye shutter and the left-eye
shutter.

US Pat. No. 9,409,426

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING TENSION OF RECORDING MEDIUM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first shaft which holds a roll of a recording medium that is wound in a roll shape;
a platen drum which supports a part of the recording medium which continues to the roll of the recording medium held by the
first shaft;

a pair of rollers which nip the recording medium between the first shaft and the platen drum; and
a control unit which applies a tension to the recording medium,
wherein the control unit selectively executes a first mode in which the tension between the first shaft and the platen drum
is applied, and a second mode in which the tension between the first shaft and the pair of rollers is released while applying
the tension between the pair of rollers and the platen drum, tension between the pair of rollers and the platen drum in the
second mode being less than a tension for image forming and greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 9,311,576

CORRECTION METHOD OF PRINTING DATA

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method for printing a decorative print sheet, the decorative print sheet including a printing medium and an adhering
material that is bonded to a bottom surface of the printing medium, the method comprising:
measuring color information for a top surface of the adhering material which is bonded to a bottom surface of the printing
medium;

determining a difference between the measured color information and a color information reference value associated with the
adhering material;

generating printing image data for the decorative print sheet; and
printing on a top surface of the printing medium using the printing image data;
wherein if the difference between the measured color information and the color information reference value is not within an
allowable range, the printing image data is generated by a correction processing of the printing image data, wherein the correction
processing adjusts the printing image data to account for an effect of the measured color of the top surface of the adhering
material on a color of the decorative print sheet; and

if the difference is within an allowable range, the printing image data is generated without the correction processing.

US Pat. No. 9,283,767

CARTRIDGE AND SEALING MEMBER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cartridge for supplying a fluid to a fluid ejection apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
an air intake port;
an air chamber in communication with the air intake port;
a fluid accommodation portion in communication with the air chamber via a valve member; and
a fluid supply port connectable with the fluid ejection apparatus,
the fluid supply port comprising:
a fluid exit in communication with the fluid accommodation portion and configured to flow out the fluid from the fluid accommodation
portion to the fluid ejection apparatus;

a circumferential wall that defines an opening of the fluid supply port and an inner space of the fluid supply port; and
a connection port protruded and opened in the inner space of the fluid supply port in communication with the air chamber and
configured to release the air in the inner space of the fluid supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,266,356

SPEECH OUTPUT DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR A SPEECH OUTPUT DEVICE, PRINTING DEVICE, AND INTERFACE BOARD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

2. A POS system comprising:
a POS terminal configured to output print data for printing a ticket or a receipt;
a plurality of portable speakers;
an interface board including a memory that stores a language table that identifies which language is used with each of the
plurality of portable speakers;

the interface board being configured to
acquire the print data outputted by the POS terminal,
convert part of the print data to first text data in a first language,
convert the first text data in the first language to second text data in two or more second languages in accordance with the
language table,

generate speech data in the two or more second languages based on the language table,
output the speech data to two or more of the plurality of portable speakers in the respective identified language(s) based
on the generated speech data, the generated speech data pertaining to customer preferences being output at a higher volume
than speech data corresponding to product name, and

output the print data; and
a printer configured to print the ticket or the receipt based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,156,258

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT AND SENSOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head including a piezoelectric element, the piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
an orientation control layer provided on the first electrode, the orientation control layer having a perovskite structure
including Bi in an A site and Fe and Ti in a B site, and the orientation control layer being self-oriented in a (100) plane;

a piezoelectric body layer provided on the orientation control layer and made of a piezoelectric material of the perovskite
structure preferentially oriented in the (100) plane; and

a second electrode provided on the piezoelectric body layer.

US Pat. No. 9,130,147

VIBRATING REED, GYRO SENSOR, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOBILE UNIT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A vibrating reed comprising:
a base part;
a drive vibrating arm and a detection vibrating arm extending from the base part;
an adjustment vibrating arm extending from the base part;
a first adjustment electrode provided above the adjustment vibrating arm and generating an electrical signal in first phase;
a second adjustment electrode provided above the adjustment vibrating arm and generating an electrical signal in second phase
opposite to the first phase,

wherein the adjustment vibrating arm includes
a first surface,
a second surface opposite to the first surface,
a first side surface and a second side surface connecting the first surface and the second surface,
a first groove formed on the first surface and extending in a longitudinal direction of the adjustment vibrating arm, and
having a first wall surface at the first side surface side and a second wall surface at the second side surface side, and

a second groove formed on the second surface and extending in the longitudinal direction of the adjustment vibrating arm,
and having a third wall surface at the first side surface side and a fourth wall surface at the second side surface side,

the first adjustment electrode includes
a first electrode piece provided above the first side surface, and
second electrode pieces provided above the first wall surface and the third wall surface, and
the second adjustment electrode includes
a third electrode piece provided above the second side surface, and
fourth electrode pieces provided above the second wall surface and the fourth wall surface.

US Pat. No. 9,091,906

PROJECTOR, IMAGE PROJECTING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROJECTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector comprising:
an imaging unit that picks up an image of a projection target area with light in a first wavelength band and generates a first
pickup image and picks up an image of the projection target area with light in a second wavelength band and generates a second
pickup image;

a positional-information generating unit that generates, on a basis of the first pickup image, adjustment data for performing
adjustment of positional information indicating a position of indication light and generates, on a basis of the second pickup
image, the positional information; and

a projecting unit that projects an image based on the positional information.

US Pat. No. 9,420,691

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THEREOF, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first member including a reference potential terminal which is disposed on a side of a first surface of the first member;
a second member placed on the first surface of the first member and having conductivity;
a functional element accommodated in a cavity surrounded by the first member and the second member;
a recess disposed on the side of the first surface of the first member; and
a wiring which connects a contact portion with the reference potential terminal, wherein
the wiring and the contact portion are completely disposed within the recess,
the second member and the reference potential terminal are electrically connected via the contact portion and the wiring,
and

the contact portion is disposed on the wiring in the recess so that the wiring, the contact portion, and the second member
are laminated from a bottom surface of the recess toward the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,412,319

DRIVING METHOD FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

7. A liquid crystal device comprising:
a first substrate and a second substrate that are disposed opposing each other and are laminated to each other using a sealant;
a liquid crystal layer interposed between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a pixel electrode provided in a display region of the first substrate;
an opposing electrode provided in the first substrate or the second substrate so as to oppose the pixel electrode; and
a first electrode that, when viewed from above, is provided between the display region and the sealant and to which a first
potential is supplied, a second electrode that, when viewed from above, is provided between the first electrode and the sealant
and to which a second potential is supplied, and a third electrode that, when viewed from above, is provided between the second
electrode and the sealant and to which a third potential is supplied, the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third
electrode being provided in the first substrate or the second substrate,

wherein AC signals having the same frequency are applied to the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode,
respectively, so that the second potential shifts from a positive-polarity or a reference potential to a negative-polarity
after the first potential has shifted from the positive-polarity or the reference potential to the negative-polarity but before
the first potential shifts to the reference potential or the positive-polarity;

the third potential shifts from the positive-polarity or the reference potential to the negative-polarity after the second
potential has shifted to the negative-polarity but before the second potential shifts to the reference potential or the positive-polarity;

the second potential shifts from the negative-polarity or the reference potential to the positive-polarity after the first
potential has shifted from the negative-polarity or the reference potential to the positive-polarity but before the first
potential shifts to the reference potential or the negative-polarity;

the third potential shifts from the negative-polarity or the reference potential to the positive-polarity after the second
potential has shifted from the negative-polarity or the reference potential to the positive-polarity but before the second
potential shifts to the reference potential or the negative-polarity; and

the second electrode is provided between the first electrode and the third electrode in a same layer as the first electrode
and the third electrode, such that the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode do not overlap each
other when viewed from above.

US Pat. No. 9,352,595

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a head having a plurality of nozzles which liquid can be ejected onto a medium;
a scanning section moving the head in a main-scanning direction; and
a transport section that transports the medium in a sub-scanning direction intersecting the main-scanning direction,
wherein a first region is formed in the head between a nozzle formed at a first end of the head and a first nozzle that is
a first predetermined distance away from the nozzle formed at the first end in the sub-scanning direction,

a second region is formed in the head between a nozzle formed at a second end of the head and a second nozzle that is a second
predetermined distance away from the second end in the sub-scanning direction, and

when the head, the scanning section, and the transport section form an image on the medium, a moving-average nozzle usage
ratio within a region between the first region and the second region changes at a lower rate than moving-average nozzle usage
ratios within the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,309,307

ANTIBODY AGAINST AMYLOID PRECURSOR PROTEIN SIGNAL PEPTIDE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A hybridoma indicated by receipt number NITE ABP-1198.

US Pat. No. 9,293,975

ACTUATOR, OPTICAL SCANNER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a movable portion that includes a light reflecting portion having light reflectivity and that oscillates around an oscillation
axis;

a connection portion that extends from the movable portion and is torsionally deformed in accordance with oscillation of the
movable portion; and

a support portion that supports the connection portion,
the movable portion and the light reflecting portion have two first protrusions that protrude to both sides of the movable
portion in a direction of the oscillation axis, and have two second protrusions that protrude to both sides of the movable
portion in a direction intersecting the oscillation axis in a plan view,

wherein the length of the first protrusion in the direction of the oscillation axis is longer than the length of the second
protrusion in the direction intersecting the oscillation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,287,881

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a heat generator having a terminal;
a resonator having an outer connection terminal and a container;
a heat conduction member disposed between the resonator and the heat generator,
the outer connection terminal and the heat conduction member being disposed on a bottom surface of the container of the resonator;
a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface; and
an electronic part disposed on the first substrate, wherein
the outer connection terminal is connected to the first surface,
the terminal of the heat generator is connected to the second surface,
the bottom surface of the resonator at least partially faces the first substrate,
the heat conduction member has a heat conductivity higher than the heat conductivity of the first substrate and is connected
at least to the outer connection terminal, and

the heat conduction member is connected at least to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,451,703

ELECTRO-OPTICAL MODULE, POWER SUPPLY SUBSTRATE, WIRING SUBSTRATE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electro-optical module, comprising:
an electro-optical panel including a plurality of pixels;
a wiring substrate connected to the electro-optical panel;
a driver that generates a signal to be supplied to the electro-optical panel, the driver being disposed on the wiring substrate;
and

a power supply substrate that generates a first driving voltage and a second driving voltage,
a connecting portion disposed on the power supply substrate, the connecting portion electrically connecting the wiring substrate
and the power supply substrate,

the first driving voltage being supplied from the power supply substrate to the driver, and
the second driving voltage being supplied from the power supply substrate to the electro-optical panel through the wiring
substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,426,892

MODULE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A module comprising:
a first base that has a first recess in a top surface of the first base;
a second base that is provided over the first base, the second base having second and third recesses in top and bottom surfaces
thereof, respectively;

a first functional element that is accommodated in an internal space, which is provided by the first and third recesses, at
least a part of the first functional element being surrounded by the first base and the second base; and

a second functional element that is mounted in a bottom surface of the second recess, wherein
the third recess is larger than the first recess in a plan view,
the first base is larger than the second base in the plan view, and
the first functional element is a physical quantity sensor having movable and fixed electrodes, and the movable electrodes
are completely enclosed by an outer edge of the first recess in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,316,219

FLUID TRANSPORTER AND FLUID TRANSPORTER DRIVING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method for driving a fluid transporter which includes a tube, a rotational pressing plate rotating about an axis and
having a guide slope and a projection, a plurality of pressing shafts disposed between the tube and the rotational pressing
plate, a driving rotor which gives a rotational force to the rotational pressing plate, a first detecting section which detects
a rotation angle of the rotational pressing plate, and a data table which shows a relationship between the rotation angle
of the rotational pressing plate and a cumulative delivery amount, the method comprising:
advancing a first device frame supporting the plurality of pressing shafts over at least one guide shaft extending through
a second device frame and a third device frame, the second and third device frames supporting the rotational pressing plate
on opposite sides of the rotational pressing plate in a direction of the axis;

advancing the plurality of pressing shafts and the tube towards the rotational pressing plate, in the direction of the axis,
to transition the plurality of pressing shafts from the guide slope to the projection;

rotating the rotational pressing plate to start fluid delivery;
allowing the first detecting section to detect the rotation angle of the rotational pressing plate; and
rotating the rotational pressing plate through a rotation angle corresponding to a designated cumulative delivery amount and
stopping fluid delivery when the rotation angle of the rotational pressing plate reaches the rotational angle corresponding
to the designated cumulative delivery amount adjusted by the calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,303,175

INK COMPOSITION FOR INK JET RECORDING AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An ink composition for ink jet recording, comprising:
a dye;
organic solvents; and
water, wherein
a ratio (S1/S2) of a content (S1) of the first organic solvent and a content (S2) of the second organic solvent being 15.3 or more and 205 or less; and wherein,

the organic solvents including a first organic solvent satisfying a following property (A) and a second organic solvent not
satisfying the property (A),

property (A): when a mixture with polyvinyl alcohol is produced, a cluster having a mass of 70% or more based on a total mass
of the mixture is formed and when a load of 5.3 g/mm2 or more and 7.1 g/mm2 or less is applied to the cluster, a cluster having
a mass of 90% or more based on a total mass of the cluster is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,272,554

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, DITHER MASK GENERATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a storing section configured to store a predetermined dither mask;
a defective nozzle detecting section configured to detect a defective nozzle; and
an interpolation processing section configured to specify a mask position corresponding to a position of the detected defective
nozzle among mask positions included in the dither mask, and alter a threshold of a predetermined mask position so that a
dot of the predetermined mask position included in the dither mask becomes ON when a dot of the specified mask position is
ON.

US Pat. No. 9,234,099

STIMULUS-RESPONSIVE COMPOUND, DEFORMABLE MATERIAL, AND ACTUATOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A stimulus-responsive compound, comprising:
a pair of polysiloxane chains;
a cross-linking moiety which cross-links the pair of polysiloxane chains; and
a liquid crystal moiety which is bonded to at least one of the pair of polysiloxane chains and includes a functional group
having liquid crystallinity, wherein

the cross-linking moiety includes:
a unit A which has a bond functioning as a rotation axis, and also has a first group located at one end of the bond and a
second group located at the other end of the bond;

a first unit B which is disposed at a first bonding site of the first group;
a second unit B which is disposed at a first bonding site of the second group;
a first unit C; and
a second unit C, and
the first unit C and one of the pair of polysiloxane chains are bonded to each other,
the second unit C and the other of the pair of polysiloxane chains are bonded to each other, and
the first unit B and the second unit B are bonded to each other by a reduction reaction.

US Pat. No. 9,092,721

RECORDING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE RECORDING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording device comprising:
a recording unit that performs a recording operation;
a first storage unit that stores a first template associated with a recording form;
a second storage unit that store a second template corresponding to the first template; and
a recording control unit that takes the second template corresponding to the designated first template from the second storage
unit and gets the recording unit to perform the recording operation by using the second template when a recording instruction
containing data designating the first template is input, wherein the first template designates the recording form of data
of a recording element, the second template is made by changing data of the recording element in the first template or by
adding data of the recording element to the first template, and the second template contains data designating the recording
form of the data of the recording element which is newly added to the first template.

US Pat. No. 9,381,747

FLOW PATH COMPONENT, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOW PATH COMPONENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A flow path component comprising:
a first flow path member that includes a first flow path;
a second flow path member that includes a second flow path which communicates with the first flow path;
a covering layer that coats a wall surface of the first flow path; and
an adhesion layer that adheres the first flow path member and the second flow path member with each other and partially enters
the first flow path and covers at least a part of an end portion of the covering layer,

wherein the adhesion layer covers a peeling section that is peeled off from the wall surface of the first flow path in an
end portion of the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,289,999

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID JET APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:
a liquid storage section configured to store a liquid;
a liquid injection section configured to inject the liquid into the liquid storage section;
a liquid injection port defined as an intersection at which the liquid injection section and the liquid storage section intersect
each other;

an air chamber communicated with air;
an air introduction path communicated to the air chamber and configured to introduce the air to the air chamber;
a communicating passage through which the liquid storage section and the air chamber are communicated to each other, the communicating
passage being not directly connected with the liquid injection section and the liquid injection port;

a first connecting port, which is a connecting port between the air introduction path and the air chamber, being located below
a position that is lowered by a first distance from an upper end of the air chamber and located above a position that is raised
by a second distance from a lower end of the air chamber in a posture where a liquid injection port is oriented upward in
the intersecting direction; and

a second connecting port, which is a connecting port between the communicating passage and the air chamber, in the intersecting
direction in the posture,

where the first distance is defined as a length of the first connecting port in an intersecting direction intersecting with
a horizontal direction in the posture and the second distance is defined as a length of the second connecting port in the
intersecting direction in the posture.

US Pat. No. 9,278,523

DOT RECORDING APPARATUS, DOT RECORDING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A dot recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head that includes a plurality of nozzles;
a main scan drive mechanism that executes a main scan pass for forming dots on a recording medium while causing the recording
head and the recording medium to move relative to one another in a main scanning direction;

a sub-scan drive mechanism that executes a sub-scan for causing the recording medium and the recording head to move relative
to one another in a sub-scanning direction that intersects the main scanning direction; and

a control unit,
wherein the control unit
executes multi-pass recording in which recording of dots on a main scan line is completed in n (where n is a predetermined
integer of 2 or greater) main scan passes, and

executes the multi-pass recording for each of n types of super cell regions, that are each defined as regions that contain
pixel positions in which recording of dots is performed in each main scan pass, and

wherein the n types of super cell regions
(i) include boundary portions that are not parallel to either the main scanning direction or the sub-scanning direction in
boundaries of the individual super cell regions, and

(ii) are arranged such that the boundary of the n types of super cell regions appears periodically repeating along both the
main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,252,352

ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER DEVICE, HEAD UNIT, PROBE, AND ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ultrasonic transducer device comprising:
a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposing to the first surface;
first and second signal terminals disposed over the first surface of the substrate; and
an ultrasonic transducer element array disposed over the first surface of the substrate and connected with the first and second
signal terminals, the ultrasonic transducer element array having a 1st element group to a kth element group, where k is a natural number such that k?2,

wherein each of the 1st element group to the kth element group includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements arranged to line up along a first direction and electrically
connected in parallel, and

the 1st element group to the kth element group are arranged to line up along a second direction intersecting to the first direction and electrically connected
in series between the first signal terminal and the second signal terminal,

the first direction and the second direction are perpendicular to a normal direction of the first surface of the substrate,
and

each of the ultrasonic transducer elements has a first electrode, a second electrode, and a transducer section disposed between
the first electrode and the second electrode in the normal direction of the first surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,144,972

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric device comprising:
a piezoelectric element including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a piezoelectric layer between the first electrode
and the second electrode;

a wiring layer connected to one of the first electrode and the second electrode,
the wiring layer including
an adhesion layer formed so as to overlap with the one of the first electrode and the second electrode and containing at least
one of titanium and tungsten, and

a conductive layer containing copper and provided on the adhesion layer;
a first palladium layer containing palladium and formed on at least a portion of the conductive layer;
a nickel layer containing nickel and formed on the first palladium layer;
a gold layer containing gold and formed on the nickel layer; and
an external wire connected to the gold layer.

US Pat. No. 9,123,883

VIBRATION DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A vibration device comprising:
a semiconductor device;
a first electrode and a second electrode located in a first surface of the semiconductor device;
a vibration element;
a third electrode and a fourth electrode located in a first surface of the vibration element;
a first connection section that connects the first electrode and the third electrode; and
a second connection section that connects the second electrode and the fourth electrode,
the semiconductor device and the vibration element having different thermal expansion coefficients,
the vibration element having a coupling section located between the third electrode and the fourth electrode, and
the coupling section having at least one bend section located between the third electrode and the fourth electrode.
US Pat. No. 9,096,771

INK SET AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An inkjet recording method comprising ejecting droplets of an ink composition and depositing the droplets to a recording
medium, wherein a first ink that contains a white material and a first resin; a second ink that contains a color material
other than the white material; and a third ink that does not contain a color material and contains a second resin, wherein
the first resin includes a component (A) of at least one of fluorene resin and styrene acryl resin, and wherein the second
resin includes a component (B) of at least one of polyolefin wax and ethylene vinyl acetate resin, wherein an average particle
diameter of the color material is smaller than an average particle diameter of the white material, and wherein a ratio (TWB/TWA)
of a total amount (TWA) of the component (A) on the printing medium and a total amount (TWB) of the component (B) on the printing
medium is equal to or higher than 0.2 and equal to or lower than 1; wherein the white ink and the clear ink are ejected substantially
at the same time such that the droplets of the white ink and the droplets of the clear ink are caused to come into contact
with and attach onto a printing medium, and then ejecting liquid droplets of color ink so as to attach the liquid droplets
onto the liquid droplets of the white ink and the liquid droplets of the clear ink attached to the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,076,018

DISCHARGE LAMP DRIVING DEVICE, PROJECTOR, AND DISCHARGE LAMP DRIVING METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A discharge lamp driving device comprising:a discharge lamp driving unit configured to supply a driving current to a discharge lamp including a first electrode and a second electrode; and
a control unit configured to control the discharge lamp driving unit,
wherein the driving current includes a first positive driving current which causes the first electrode to serve as an anode and a second negative driving current which causes the second electrode to serve as an anode,
wherein the control unit controls the discharge lamp driving unit so that the first positive driving current and the second negative driving current are alternately supplied to the discharge lamp, a period over which the first positive driving current is supplied is changed according to a periodic first pattern, and a period over which the second negative driving current is supplied is changed according to a periodic second pattern,
wherein the first pattern and the second pattern are patterns in which the length of the periods over which the respective driving current is supplied to the discharge lamp decreases over time within each cycle of the pattern, and
wherein the cycle of the first pattern is phase-shifted relative to the cycle of the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,474,164

MODULE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MODULE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A module comprising:
a first base member;
a second base member having an internal space with the first base member, and bonded to a principal surface of the first base
member;

a first functional element housed in the internal space;
a second functional element connected to a surface of the second base member on an opposite side to the internal space with
a bonding member;

an electrode electrically connected to the first functional element, and disposed on the principal surface of the first base
member in an area other than a connection area with the second base member; and

a projection section on only a single side of the second base member, formed of a same member as the second base member, and
disposed on the principal surface in an area between the electrode and the second base member in a plan view,

wherein the second base member engages with the first base member to entirely cover the first functional element.

US Pat. No. 9,269,193

HEAD-MOUNT TYPE DISPLAY DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A head-mount type display device adapted to allow a user to visually recognize a virtual image in a state of being worn
on the head of the user, comprising:
an image display section having an image light generation section adapted to generate an image light representing an image,
a light blocking section adapted to transmit external light at a predetermined transmittance, and a virtual image forming
section adapted to transmit the external light transmitted through the light blocking section and to form the virtual image
in an eye of the user with the image light, and configured to allow the user to visually recognize the virtual image and an
external image;

an imaging section for taking an image of the sight in a visual field direction of the user; and
a control section adapted to perform control of changing the transmittance of the light blocking section.

US Pat. No. 9,254,667

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a housing;
a recording unit, disposed within the housing, that records by ejecting a liquid onto a recording medium;
a case, disposed outside the housing, holding a liquid holding member that holds the liquid to be supplied to the recording
unit and has a discharge opening that discharges the liquid in the liquid holding member to the exterior; and

a connection portion to which the discharge opening is connected;
wherein the case includes:
a cover member capable of opening and closing the case by pivoting central to an axis line extending in a direction that intersects
with a vertical direction; and

a guide portion, provided on an inner surface of the cover member, that guides the liquid holding member when the liquid holding
member is set in the case with the cover member in an open state so that the discharge opening of the liquid holding member
is connected to the connection portion, and wherein when the cover member is in the open state, the inner surface of the cover
member is tilted toward the position of the lower end of the liquid holding member of which the discharge opening is connected
to the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,124,088

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE PROTECTION CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electrostatic discharge protection circuit comprising:
a first line having a first potential;
a second line having a second potential that is different from the first potential;
a trigger circuit connected between the first line and the second line; and
a discharge circuit including a field effect transistor that is connected between the first line and the second line, whose
gate is directly or indirectly connected to a predetermined connection node of the trigger circuit, and that conducts electricity
by a change in a potential of the gate,

wherein the trigger circuit includes a first circuit and a second circuit that are connected in parallel,
the first circuit includes:
a first impedance element on the first line side and a capacitor element on the second line side that are connected in series
between the first line and the second line; and

a first transistor of first conductivity type that is connected in series to the first impedance element and is connected
in parallel to the capacitor element,

the second circuit includes:
a first transistor of second conductivity type on the first line side and a second impedance element on the second line side
that are connected in series between the first line and the second line,

a gate of the first transistor of second conductivity type is connected to a first node located between the first impedance
element and the capacitor element,

a gate of the first transistor of first conductivity type is connected to a second node located between the first transistor
of second conductivity type and the second impedance element, and

the predetermined connection node is the first node or the second node, and
wherein the capacitor element is constituted by a fourth transistor of first conductivity type whose is connected to the first
node.

US Pat. No. 9,056,986

ULTRAVIOLET CURABLE TYPE INK-JET INK COMPOSITION, RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS USING SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A UV curable type ink-jet ink composition containing a monomer A which is expressed by the following general formula (I):
CH2=CR1—COOR2—O—CH?CH—R3  (I)

(in the formula, R1 is a hydrogen atom or methyl radical, R2 is a bivalent organic residue radical having a carbon number in a range of 2 to 20, and R3 is a hydrogen atom or a univalent organic residue radical having a carbon number in a range of 1 to 11),

a compound B containing five or more (meth) acryloyl radicals per molecule, and
a monofunctional (meth)acrylate C having an aromatic ring skeleton,
wherein the monofunctional (meth)acrylate C which is in a range of 5 to 35 wt % with respect to the total weight of the ink
composition is contained,

wherein the compound B is in a range of 5 to 40 wt % with respect to the total of the ink composition,
wherein the monomer A is in a range of 10 to 70% with respect to the total weight of the ink composition.

US Pat. No. 9,403,387

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording section that is capable of recording on a medium transferred in a transporting direction;
a first unit that is capable of sending the medium from the upstream side of the transporting direction to a recording area
in the recording section; and

a second unit that is capable of collecting the medium sent from the recording area to the downstream side of the transporting
direction,

wherein the first unit is capable of being moved to the downstream side of the transporting direction while the second unit
is capable of being moved to the upstream side of the transporting direction, and

the second unit is capable of sending the medium from the upstream side of the transporting direction to the recording area
while the first unit is capable of collecting the medium sent from the recording area to the downstream side of the transporting
direction;

wherein the first unit and the second unit are capable of rotationally moving between the upstream and downstream sides of
the transporting medium, the rotation being centered on a rotation axis extending in a direction that intersects the transporting
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,401,460

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A light emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
a red light emitting layer;
a carrier trapping layer which emits near infrared light;
the red light emitting layer and the carrier trapping layer are between the anode and the cathode; and
the red light emitting layer is on the carrier trapping layer.

US Pat. No. 9,278,551

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a liquid discharging unit configured to discharge liquid onto a recording medium;
a dryer unit configured to heat and dry the liquid;
a medium supporting unit configured to support the recording medium while the liquid is dried by the dryer unit, the medium
supporting unit having an opening section allowing vapor generated while the liquid is dried by the dryer unit to pass therethrough;

a condensation causing member in contact with the medium supporting unit and configured to condense the vapor passed through
the opening section; and

a low thermal expansion member connected to the condensation causing member and having a smaller thermal expansion coefficient
than the condensation causing member.

US Pat. No. 9,129,175

RECORDING MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF A RECORDING MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording media processing device comprising:
a magnetic reading unit that magnetically reads a magnetic ink character line recorded on a recording medium; and
a character recognition unit that detects a first peak in signal waveform data acquired by the magnetic reading unit reading
the magnetic ink character line,

extracts character waveform data from the signal waveform data in an area corresponding to one magnetic ink character contained
in the magnetic ink character line based on the position of the detected first peak,

applies a magnetic recognition process to the extracted character waveform data to recognize the magnetic ink character,
acquires a recognition string corresponding to the magnetic ink character line, and
when the first peak in the character waveform data of a target character located at an end of the recognition string is within
a specific range from an end of the character waveform data and a space is beside the target character, or when a space is
on both sides of the target character in the recognition string, determines if the target character is noise.

US Pat. No. 9,073,355

RECORDING APPARATUS WITH A BLOWING UNIT PROVIDED IN A COVER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a delivery section having a winding shaft winding a recording medium;
a printing section having a recording head moving back and forth along a transporting direction of the recording medium, the
recording medium supported by a support surface; and

a take-up section having a take-up shaft winding up the recording medium after printing, and
wherein the delivery section, the printing section and the take-up section are horizontally located in a line in order, and
further comprising:

a cover, provided in the printing section, that is capable of being opened and closed; and
a blowing unit, mounted to the cover, that is capable of blowing air only towards the entirety of the support surface on which
the recording medium is supported when the cover is in the closed state and while the recording head moves back and forth,
the blowing unit being movable with the cover and vertically above the recording medium when the cover is in both an open
state and a closed state, in the open state the blowing unit being orientated transversely to an orientation of the blowing
unit in the closed state, the blowing unit configured to blow the air such that an air force is substantially uniform in a
vicinity of the support surface,

wherein the blowing unit is arranged such that a flight direction of ink droplets ejected by the printing section are unaffected
by the blown air.

US Pat. No. 9,064,768

IMAGING APPARATUS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a light receiving section in which a plurality of light receiving elements is arranged; and
a light source section being arranged in a subject side of the light receiving section and including a light emitting section
that emits light toward a subject and a plurality of transmissive sections where incident light from the subject side is transmitted
to each of the light receiving elements side;

wherein the light emitting section includes a first translucent layer having light permeability that includes a light emitting
layer, a semi-transmissive reflection layer that is located in the subject side of the first translucent layer, and a reflection
layer that is opposed to the semi-transmissive reflection layer interposing the first translucent layer, so that a resonation
structure that the light emitted from the light emitting layer is resonated between the semi-transmissive reflection layer
and the reflection layer is formed,

wherein the plurality of the transmissive sections respectively includes a second translucent layer having light permeability,
and a first semi-transmissive reflection layer and a second semi-transmissive reflection layer that are opposed each other
interposing the second translucent layer, so that a resonation structure that the incident light from the subject side is
resonated between the first semi-transmissive reflection layer and the second semi-transmissive reflection layer is formed,
and

wherein a first resonance length between the reflection layer and the semi-transmissive reflection layer in the light emitting
section is more than a second resonance length between the first semi-transmissive reflection layer and the second semi-transmissive
reflection layer in the transmissive section.

US Pat. No. 9,454,069

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM HAVING FIRST AND SECOND LENS ARRAYS INCLUDING PLANO-CONVEX LENSES WHEREIN SOME LENSES IN THE SECOND ARRAY INCLUDE A FIRST AND A SECOND LENS ELEMENT, PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL INTEGRATOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An optical integrator comprising:
a first lens array having a plurality of first small lenses arranged therein, the first small lenses dividing an incident
first illumination light flux into a plurality of first segmental light fluxes and dividing an incident second illumination
light flux into a plurality of second segmental light fluxes, each of the incident first illumination light flux and the incident
second illumination light flux being directed toward the first lens array in a substantially parallelized light direction;
and

a second lens array having a plurality of second small lenses arranged therein, the second small lenses having a one-to-one
correspondence with the first small lenses, each of the first small lenses and each of the second small lenses having substantially
the same length and width in arrangement directions of the first small lenses and of the second small lenses, each of the
second small lenses receiving a first segmental light flux at a first location from a corresponding one of the first lenses
and a second segmental light flux at a second location from a corresponding one of the first lenses, the first location and
the second location being disposed adjacent to each other in a first direction that is the same as an arrangement direction
of the second small lenses,

wherein:
each of the first small lenses of the first lens array has only a single lens element,
a first plurality of the second small lenses of the second lens array each include a first lens element and a second lens
element disposed adjacent to each other in the first direction, the first lens element receiving the corresponding first segmental
light flux and the second lens element receiving the corresponding second segmental light flux,

a second plurality of the second small lenses of the second lens array each include only a single lens element,
each of the plurality of first small lenses and each of the plurality of second small lenses are plano-convex lenses having
convex portions facing in a direction opposite the substantially parallelized light direction, and

the number of first small lenses included in the first lens array is equal to the number of second small lenses included in
the second lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,387,672

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus that includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects a liquid from a nozzle by applying a drive
waveform to a pressure generating unit and driving the pressure generating unit and that executes a liquid ejection process
of ejecting the liquid on a landing target from the nozzle of the liquid ejecting head while causing the landing target of
the liquid to be transported; and
a control unit that controls the functions of the liquid ejecting apparatus,
wherein a plurality of drive waveforms, each of which has a different timing at which to eject the liquid with respect to
a reference signal that regulates a cycle of liquid ejection, is selectively applied by the control unit to the pressure generating
unit according to a transporting speed of the landing target;

wherein a drive waveform is selectable by the control unit from a first drive waveform adjusted to be generated at a first
ejection timing with respect to the reference signal, a second drive waveform adjusted to be generated at a second ejection
timing which is earlier than the first ejection timing with respect to the reference signal, and a third drive waveform adjusted
to be generated at a third ejection timing which is later than the first ejection timing with respect to the reference signal,

wherein an ejection timing with respect to the reference signal during the current ejection is selected by the control unit
to be different from an ejection timing with respect to the reference signal during the previous ejection.

US Pat. No. 9,352,575

METHOD OF SUPPLYING FLUID TO A FLUID EJECTION HEAD, FLUID SUPPLY MECHANISM, AND FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A fluid ejection device comprising:
a fluid ejection head;
a first tank configured to store a first fluid and a second tank configured to store a second fluid said first and second
fluid to be ejected from the fluid ejection head;

a first diaphragm pump configured to supply the first fluid to the fluid ejection head and a second diaphragm pump configured
to supply the second fluid to the fluid ejection head; and

a fluid refilling mechanism configured to refill the first and second diaphragm pumps with the fluids from the first and second
ink tanks; wherein the fluid refilling mechanism comprises:

a first lever and a second lever configured to pull in a direction where capacity of a diaphragm is increased through an elastically
deformable member; and

a pressure lever that is rockably supported and configured to push one end of the first lever and one end of the second lever
simultaneously,

wherein the pressure member is configured to push the end of the levers to refill the first and second diaphragm pumps with
the fluids from the first or second ink tanks.

US Pat. No. 9,289,975

PRINTING DEVICE AND PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing device, which prints an image on a recording medium using a printing head which has a nozzle row, where a plurality
of nozzles are aligned in a first direction, for each color of ink, comprising:
a printing control section which executes a plurality of cycles of a dot forming action, where dots are formed on the recording
medium along a second direction which intersects with the first direction by discharging ink from the nozzles while the printing
head is moved in the second direction, and a transport action, where the recording medium is relatively transported in the
first direction with regard to the printing head after completion of the dot forming action,

wherein the printing control section is provided with a front position calculating section which calculates a front position
of a dot region, which is able to be formed by the dot forming action in an N+1th (where N is an integer of one or more) cycle, for each nozzle row by a predetermined transport amount being added to the position
of the dot region which is formed using the dot forming action of an Nth cycle, a skipping amount calculating section which calculates the size of blanking regions for each color from each front
position which has been calculated to a portion where a dot row of a color which corresponds to the nozzle row is requested
and calculates the smallest amount out of the sizes of the blank regions of each color which have been calculated as a skipping
amount, and a transport amount determining section which determines a transport amount in the transport action in the Nth cycle by adding the skipping amount to the predetermined transport amount.

US Pat. No. 9,248,533

PRODUCTION SYSTEM GENERAL-PURPOSE CELL

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cell comprising:
a robot including a base provided with a first arm and a second arm thereon;
a processing stage that periodically receives a workpiece placed thereon by the robot; and
a caster enabling the cell to move;
wherein a distance between the base and the processing stage is variable.

US Pat. No. 9,242,487

PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a roll body support unit that supports a roll body formed by lap-winding a print medium;
a drive unit that rotates the roll body supported by the roll body support unit; and
a load measuring unit that measures a change of a rotation load of the roll body when the roll body is rotated at a first
rotation speed and a change of a rotation load of the roll body when the roll body is rotated at a second rotation speed different
from the first rotation speed,

wherein a rotation angle range of the roll body rotated at the second rotation speed is greater than a rotation angle range
of the roll body rotated at the first rotation speed, and

at least a part of the rotation angle range of the roll body rotated at the first rotation speed overlaps with the rotation
angle range of the roll body rotated at the second rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,290,019

RECORDING PAPER SUPPLY DEVICE, ROLL PAPER PRINTER, AND NEAR-END DETECTION METHOD

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A recording paper supply device comprising:
a roll paper storage unit that has a bottom on which a paper roll of recording paper wound into a roll rests, and stores the
paper roll;

a delivery roller that delivers the recording paper from the paper roll stored in the roll paper storage unit; and
a detection unit including an emitter and a photodetector;
wherein the delivery roller is configured to move the paper roll from a first position resting on the bottom to a second position
where the outside surface of the paper roll contacts the delivery roller; and

the detection unit is configured to detect the light from the emitter to the photodetector with the photodetector when the
paper roll is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,258,538

PROJECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROJECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A projector which modulates light emitted from a light source and projects the light, the projector comprising:
an image acquiring unit for acquiring an image from an image source;
a modulating unit for modulating the light emitted from the light sources, based on the image acquired by the image acquiring
unit;

a light adjustment mechanism for adjusting an amount of light incident on the modulating unit from the light source; and
a light adjustment control unit for performing light adjustment control by the light adjustment mechanism, based on the image
acquired by the image acquiring unit,

wherein the light adjustment control unit performs control to increase the amount of light incident on the modulating unit
when the light adjustment mechanism maintains a predetermined light-adjusted state for a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,223,419

CURSOR DISPLAY DEVICE AND CURSOR DISPLAY METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cursor display device comprising:
an indicated position recognizing unit that recognizes an indicated position indicated by an indicating unit on a display
screen projected and displayed by a projector; and

a cursor display controlling unit that
determines a cursor display position on the display screen offset from the indicated position by determining an amount of
offset from the indicated position, and

performs control so as to display a cursor for the indicated position at the cursor display position on the display screen,
wherein the cursor display controlling unit determines the amount of offset from the indicated position so as to be greater,
when the indicated position is located in a left-hand area or a right-hand area of the projected display screen, than the
amount of offset from the indicated position when the indicated position is located in a lateral middle area of the projected
display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,300,308

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND ATOMIC OSCILLATOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:
a first semiconductor multilayer film mirror of a first conductivity type;
a second semiconductor multilayer film mirror of a second conductivity type, the second conductivity type being different
than the first conductivity type;

an active layer between the first semiconductor multilayer film mirror and the second semiconductor multilayer film mirror;
a third semiconductor multilayer film mirror of a semi-insulating type between the first semiconductor multilayer film mirror
and the active layer;

a contact layer of the first conductivity type between the third semiconductor multilayer film mirror and the active layer;
a first electrode electrically connected to the first semiconductor multilayer film mirror;
a second electrode electrically connected to the second semiconductor multilayer film mirror; and
a third electrode having ohmic contact with the contact layer,
wherein the third semiconductor multilayer film mirror is formed of a material having a bandgap energy higher than an energy
of light generated in the active layer.

US Pat. No. 9,261,757

PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROJECTOR USING A SLIDABLE LENS SHUTTER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A projector comprising:
an image projection unit that modulates light emitted from a light source in accordance with image information and projects
the modulated light on a projection surface;

an enclosure that accommodates the image projection unit;
an opening which is provided in the enclosure and through which the projected light from the image projection unit passes;
a shutter capable of blocking and unblocking the opening;
a shutter position detection unit that detects the position of the shutter; and
a control unit that turns off a power source of the projector when the shutter has been held in a predetermined OFF position
for a predetermined period based on the detection result from the shutter position detection unit,

wherein the shutter blocks the opening when the shutter is located in a predetermined closed position, wherein the OFF position
is a position to which the shutter is moved with respect to the opening from the predetermined closed position while the shutter
continues to block the opening, and

wherein the predetermined closed position is a different position than the OFF position and a screen mute process is activated
when the shutter is in the predetermined closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,167,030

APPLICATION EXECUTION SYSTEM, COMPUTER, APPLICATION EXECUTION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR AN APPLICATION EXECUTION SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An application execution system comprising:
an application server having a first memory store housing a plurality of application-execution sets, each application-execution
set including a respective application program and any database needed for execution of the respective application program,
said application server being further configured to provide a separate first execution-environment within said first memory
store for execution of any of said plurality of individual application-execution sets upon request, each first execution-environment
including an allotment of computing resources necessary for execution of its respective application-execution set on said
application server;

a first gateway providing an authentication-communication interface between said application server and the Internet;
an application execution device having a second memory store, and configured to download select application-execution sets
from said application server and creating a second execution-environment within its second memory store for each downloaded
application-execution set, each second execution-environment including an allotment of computing resources necessary for execution
of its respective application-execution set on said application execution device;

wherein said application server responds to the downloading of each application-execution set to the application execution
device by creating a separate first execution-environment for each downloaded application-execution set;

a second gateway having a third memory store housing an application storage table listing the application-execution sets available
on said application server and on said application execution device, said second gateway further having a first communication
interface connected to a local network and a second communication interface connected directly to said application execution
device, said gateway further having access to the Internet; and

a client terminal coupled to said second gateway via said local network, said client terminal being configured to request
remote execution on said second gateway of a selected one of said application-executions sets by sending to said second gateway
a first remote execution request including a first message package having a first message header including a first execution
request address addressed to said second gateway and a first message body including a first execution command for the selected
application-execution set;

wherein said second gateway responds to receipt of the first remote execution request from said client by checking its application
storage table to determine the location of the selected application-execution set, and

IF the selected execution set is available for execution on said application execution device and the second gateway determines
that the application execution device is suitable for execution of the selected execution set,

THEN the second gateway creates a second execution request addressed to the application execution device and sends the second
execution request to the application execution device, wherein:

said second execution request encapsulates the first execution request,
the application execution device responds to the second execution request by decapsulating the first execution request, executing
the first execution command, and transmitting command execution results to the second gateway, and

the second gateway transmits the command execution results received from the application device, to the client device as a
response to the client device's first remote execution request;

ELSE the second gateway creates a third execution request and sends the third execution request to the first gateway for execution
by the application server, wherein:

said third execution request encapsulates the first execution request,
the first gateway responds to the third execution request by decapsulating the first execution request and sending the first
execution request to the application server, and the application server executes the first execution command and transmits
command execution results to the second gateway, and

the second gateway transmits the command execution results received from the application server to the client device as a
response to the client device's first remote execution request.

US Pat. No. 9,731,541

LABEL, ADHESIVE LABEL, AND PRINTED PRODUCT

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A label comprising:
an optical function layer configured to pass light of a certain wavelength;
a light absorption layer facing the optical function layer and configured to absorb the light of the wavelength; and
a light scattering layer intervening between the optical function layer and the light absorption layer and including hollow
bodies configured to scatter the light of the wavelength,

wherein the light scattering layer is configured to raise a transmittance at the wavelength upon receiving external heat,
wherein the light scattering layer is configured to raise a transmittance at the wavelength upon receiving external heat,
the label further comprises a light absorption pattern configured to absorb the light of the wavelength, the light absorption
pattern intervening between the optical function layer and the light scattering layer or facing the light scattering layer
while sandwiching the optical function layer, and the light absorption pattern and the optical function layer have the same
color.

US Pat. No. 9,188,600

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHYSICAL QUANTITY DETECTOR, AND PHYSICAL QUANTITY DETECTOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a physical quantity detector comprising a base part having a flat, frame structure, a moving
part having a flat, plate structure and which is arranged inside the base part and has one end thereof connected to the base
part via a joint part, and a physical quantity detection element laid on the base part and the moving part across the joint
part, the method comprising:
integrally forming the base part, the joint part, the moving part, and a connecting part which is provided on the other end
side of the moving part as a free end thereof and connects the base part and the moving part to each other by using at least
one of crystal, glass, and silicon;

forming the connecting part such that the connecting part includes two narrow parts and a removal part between the two narrow
parts when viewed in a plan view in the thickness direction of the moving part;

laying and fixing the physical quantity detection element on the base part and the moving part;
pressing and cutting the connecting part so as to cut off the two narrow parts of the connecting part.

US Pat. No. 9,076,233

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE SAME

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image data acquisition section adapted to first acquire a plurality of types of image data respectively representing a
plurality of color images in which a shooting object is shot with respective exposure amounts different from each other;

a compression circuit adapted to then sort pixels included in a plurality of lines corresponding respectively to color components
in at least one type of image data obtained by the image data acquisition section, the compression circuit sorting the pixels
in an arrangement included in the plurality of lines adjacent to each other in the at least one type of image data into

a row of the pixels representing a first color component,
a row of the pixels representing a second color component, and
a row of the pixels representing a third color component;
a memory adapted to then store the sorted plurality of types of image data, which is obtained by the image data acquisition
section, as much as at least one frame for each of the types, wherein the compression circuit is further adapted to then compress
the stored sorted image data;

an expansion circuit adapted to expand the image data compressed out of the plurality of types of image data read out from
the memory, and then restore the arrangement of the pixels included in the plurality of lines in the image data expanded;

an interpolation circuit adapted to perform an interpolation operation using data values of peripheral pixels on each of the
pixels in the plurality of types of image data including the at least one type of image data, which is read out from the memory
and then expanded and restored by the expansion circuit, to thereby output image data including the plurality of color components
for each of the pixels; and

a dynamic range expansion circuit adapted to combine the plurality of types of image data output from the interpolation circuit
to thereby generate composite image data representing a single color image with a dynamic range expanded.

US Pat. No. 10,032,097

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a storage section configured to store therein image data representing an image and represented in a raster form;
a processing section configured to process the image data in a unit of an image block having a predetermined block size in a raster direction; and
a control section configured to provide the processing section with information related to the block size and an image size of the image,
wherein the processing section performs counting from a beginning of the image data to determine a starting end corresponding to an N-th pixel represented by N=(n?1)Wa+(m?1)Wb+1, and obtains, in a lump, from the storage section, pieces of image data included in the image data and corresponding to a pixel row including successive pixels whose number is equal to Wb to process the pieces of image data, and
wherein Wa denotes the image size in the raster direction, Wb denotes the block size in the raster direction, m denotes a natural number not exceeding a minimum natural number among natural numbers each being larger than or equal to a number resulting from dividing Wa by Wb, n denotes a natural number not exceeding the image size in an intersection direction intersecting with the raster direction, and unit of each of the image size and the block size is a pixel number.

US Pat. No. 9,468,105

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:
a pedestal plate which has a first surface and a second surface to be an opposite surface of the first surface, the first
surface being made of a metal;

a heating element which is arranged on the first surface of the pedestal plate; and
a resonator element which is arranged on the heating element,
wherein the pedestal plate overlaps the resonator element in plan view, and
wherein the heating element is between, with respect to a vertical direction of the electronic component, the resonator element
and the pedestal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,360,710

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING RECTANGULAR CLOSE-SHAPE SEAL MEMBERS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a display device including a first substrate and a second substrate attached to the first substrate
via a seal member, the display device having a display region in which a plurality of pixels are aligned, comprising:
a first step of forming a seal member in a seal region of the first substrate, the seal region being positioned around the
display region;

a second step of attaching the second substrate to the first substrate via the seal member;
wherein the seal region has a rectangular closed-shape that surrounds the display region, the seal region having a first side,
a second side, a third side and a fourth side, the first side being opposed to the third side, and the second side being opposed
to the fourth side,

the first step including:
a first forming step forming a first continuous seal member in a part of the second side, the first side and a part of the
fourth side,

a second forming step forming a second continuous seal member in a remaining part of the second side, the third side and a
remaining part of the fourth side,

wherein the first continuous seal member is not disposed on the third side and the second continuous seal member is not disposed
on the first side.

US Pat. No. 9,144,800

THERMAL CYCLER AND THERMAL CYCLE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A thermal cycler comprising:
a holder that holds a biotip filled with a reaction mixture and liquid having a smaller specific gravity than the reaction
mixture and being immiscible with the reaction mixture, the biotip including a channel in which the reaction mixture moves
in proximity to internal facing wall sections;

a heating unit that heats a first portion of the channel when the biotip is in the holder; and
a driving unit that disposes the holder and the heating unit by making a switch between a first disposition and a second disposition,
the first disposition being such that the first portion is in a lowest part of the channel with respect to a gravitational
force direction when the biotip is in the holder,

the second disposition being such that a second portion of the channel that is a different portion from the first portion
relative to a moving direction of the reaction mixture is in the lowest part of the channel with respect to the gravitational
force direction when the biotip is in the holder.

US Pat. No. 9,387,703

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, CALIBRATION METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to detect a state of an object and outputs a detection value;
a drive unit configured to be able to move the sensor in a direction in which the sensor approaches the object and in a direction
in which the sensor is away from the object; and

a control unit configured to execute calibration for setting a positional relationship between the sensor and the object based
on the detection value of the sensor while causing the drive unit to change the positional relationship between the sensor
and the object,

the calibration including position adjustment processing of adjusting the positional relationship between the sensor and the
object based on the detection value of the sensor while causing the drive unit to change the positional relationship between
the sensor and the object, and processing of determining whether or not the position adjustment processing has successfully
been performed.