US Pat. No. 9,226,277

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus comprising:
a transmission processor configured to transmit at least a signal by using one or more component frequency bands each having
a predetermined frequency bandwidth, wherein

the transmission processor is configured to
in a case that transmission of an SRS (Sounding Reference Signal) for a first component frequency band and transmission of
a PUCCH (Physical Uplink Control Channel) for a second component frequency band are set in the same subframe, determine based
on a format of the PUCCH whether to

transmit only the PUCCH of a first format, without transmitting the SRS, or
simultaneously transmit the SRS and the PUCCH of a second format,
the first format is a format which is based on an orthogonal sequence with a sequence length of 4 for a second slot of the
subframe and

the second format is a format which is based on an orthogonal sequence with a sequence length of 3 for the second slot of
the subframe,

in a case that the subframe is an SRS subframe of the second component frequency band to which transmission of the PUCCH is
set, the transmission processor is configured to transmit only the PUCCH of the first format without transmitting the SRS,
and simultaneously transmit the PUCCH of the second format and the SRS, and

in a case that the subframe is not the SRS subframe, the transmission processor is configured to transmit only the PUCCH of
the first format without transmitting the SRS.

US Pat. No. 9,316,385

LIGHTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination device comprising:
a chassis that has an opened section;
an optical member disposed to cover the opened section of the chassis;
a light source disposed outside of the chassis;
a light guide member disposed in such a structure as to penetrate the chassis, the light guide member guiding light emitted
from the light source into the chassis;

a light source housing member that stores the light source therein, the light source housing member being attached to the
chassis,

wherein the light source housing member has a wall that divides an inner space thereof into a first space and a second space,
the first space being on a side of the chassis, the second space being on a side opposite to the chassis, and

wherein the light source is attached to said wall so as to be located in the first space.

US Pat. No. 9,281,456

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting device, comprising:
a light-emitting element for emitting primary light; and
a wavelength conversion unit for absorbing part of the primary light and emitting secondary light having a wavelength longer
than that of the primary light,

wherein said wavelength conversion unit includes plural kinds of phosphors different in light absorption characteristic from
each other,

at least one kind of phosphor among said plural kinds of phosphors has an absorption characteristic that can absorb the secondary
light emitted by at least another kind of phosphor among said plural kinds of phosphors, and said plural kinds of phosphors
have median sizes different from each other,

by mixing wavelength components of the primary light emitted from said light-emitting element and wavelength components of
the secondary light emitted from said plural kinds of phosphors, the light-emitting device emits light at a chromaticity regarded
as blackbody radiation at a prescribed color temperature,

said light-emitting element is formed of a gallium nitride-based semiconductor, and said primary light has a peak wavelength
in the range from 380 nm to 500 nm,

said wavelength conversion unit includes a combination of a phosphor for emitting blue light, a phosphor for emitting green
light and a phosphor for emitting red light, and

said phosphor for emitting blue light includes at least one kind selected from
a divalent europium-activated halophosphate phosphor represented by (M1,Eu)10(PO4)6.Cl2,

a divalent europium-activated aluminate phosphor represented by a(M2,Eu)O.bAl2O3, and

a divalent europium-manganese co-activated aluminate phosphor represented by a(M2,Euc,Mnd)O.bAl2O3,

where M1 represents at least one kind of element selected from Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba; M2 represents at least one kind of element
selected from Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba and Zn; and a, b, c and d represent numbers satisfying a>0, b>0, 0.1?a/b?1.0, and 0.001?d/c?0.2.

US Pat. No. 9,307,627

ELECTRON EMITTING DEVICE WITH ELECTRON ACCELERATION LAYER CONTAINING CONDUCTIVE MICROPARTICLES

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electron emitting device comprising:
a lower electrode;
a surface electrode;
an electron acceleration layer between the lower electrode and the surface electrode, the electron acceleration layer being
made of at least an insulating material; and

an electrode selecting unit, wherein
at least one of the lower electrode and the surface electrode is a stripe-pattern electrode including a plurality of unit
electrodes that are regularly arranged,

the electrode selecting unit sequentially selects, from among the plurality of unit electrodes, a unit electrode to which
a voltage is to be applied,

a voltage is applied between the lower electrode and the surface electrode to accelerate electrons between the lower electrode
and the surface electrode, so that the electrons are emitted from the surface electrode, and

the electron acceleration layer is made of a resin material containing only conductive microparticles.

US Pat. No. 9,167,617

METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING IN A MOBILE NETWORK IMPLEMENTING DISCONTINUOUS RECEPTION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A method for operating a network comprising a primary station communicating with a secondary station, the method comprising:
in the primary station:
a controller for:
controlling a transceiver and antenna for
communicating with the secondary station in a discontinuous mode;
receiving a control message transmitted from the secondary station, the control message indicating at least one of a group
of: a current status parameter value of the secondary station; and a requested parameter value of the discontinuous reception
(DRX) mode of communication; wherein the request for the discontinuous mode parameter includes a desired range of values indicated
as multiples of a subframe, said desired range of values comprising an indication of a maximum limit and a minimum limit of
at least one of a group of: short DRX cycle duration; and long DRX cycle duration;

determining a determined parameter value of the discontinuous mode in response to the indication in the control message;
controlling the transceiver and antenna for
transmitting to the secondary station, an indication of the determined parameter value of the discontinuous mode, in a request
to adopt the determined parameter; and

receiving from the secondary station an indication of a determination of whether the secondary station is complying with the
transmitted request to adopt the determined parameter value.

US Pat. No. 9,295,136

LIGHTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:
a light emitting unit; and
a control circuit for executing output control of said light emitting unit; wherein:
when a light emission output of the light emitting unit is to be changed, said control circuit gradually changes light emission
output of said light emitting unit, linearly from a first light emission output E1 to a second light emission output E2 in a prescribed time T from a start of said change, on a semi: logarithmic graph having abscissa as a linear axis representing
time and ordinate as a logarithmic axis representing light emission output; and

said prescribed time T is defined by determining said first light emission output E1 and said second light emission output E2 in a formula:

T=k·exp(mE1)·E2?(q·ln E1+n)

or
T=k·exp(mE1)·E2?(q?E1n?)
(where k, m, q (q?), n (n?) are constants).

US Pat. No. 9,276,019

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an element substrate comprising:
a line forming step of forming lines on a substrate, the line forming step including:
forming a plurality of first lines extending from a first region of the substrate to a second region that is adjacent to the
first region on an outer side of the first region;

forming a plurality of first check lines extending from the second region to a third region that is adjacent to the first
region on the outer side of the first region and adjacent to the second region;

forming a plurality of first line connection portions in the second region, the first line connection portions connecting
the first lines and the first check lines;
forming a second line extending from the first region to the third region; and
forming a second check line and a second line connection portion in the third region, the second line connection portion connecting
the second line and the second check line;

a checking step of inputting a check signal to the plurality of first check lines and the second check line and checking the
plurality of first lines and the second line; and

a removing step of removing at least a part of one of the first check line and the second check line in the second region
and the third region and disconnecting the first line and the first check line and disconnecting the second line and the second
check line; wherein

in the line forming step,
the first check lines are formed of a same material and formed in a same layer, and
the second check line is formed of a material different from the first check line and is formed in a layer different from
a layer in which the first check line is formed with having an insulation layer between the second check line and the first
check line.

US Pat. No. 9,094,935

SMALL BASE STATION APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus having a memory and a processor, the mobile station apparatus configured to and/or programmed
to communicate with a base station apparatus, the mobile station apparatus comprising:
a receiving circuitry configured and/or programmed to receive, from the base station apparatus, a connection release message
instructing release of a connection with the base station apparatus,

wherein the connection release message is notified by using a cell for the connection,
the connection release message including cell information of another cell,
wherein the another cell is different from the cell used for the connection,
wherein the cell information includes
cell ID information, frequency information, another cell broadcast information of the another cell and preamble information,
wherein the another cell broadcast information is applied to the another cell in a case where the another cell is detected
by performing cell search after release of the connection, and

the preamble information used for a random access procedure on the another cell; and
a setting circuitry configured and/or programmed to apply the another cell broadcast information in a case where the another
cell is detected by the cell search after release of the connection,

the another cell broadcast information obtained not on the another cell but on the cell used for the connection,
wherein the mobile station apparatus is not configured to be a Closed Subscriber Group (CSG) user equipment for the cell of
the base station apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,131,203

INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM, REPRODUCTION METHOD AND RECORDING METHOD USING INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION RECORDING/REPRODUCTION DEVICE, AND 3D CONVERSION UNIT AND INFORMATION RECORDING DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

28. A three-dimensional-conversion unit configured to convert a two-dimensional video content into a three-dimensional video,
said three-dimensional-conversion unit comprising:
an information separating processor configured or programmed to (i) separate, from an externally-obtained content which the
three-dimensional-conversion unit obtains externally and which corresponds to a two-dimensional television, the two-dimensional
video content and compressed complementary information which is information for use in converting the two-dimensional video
content into the three-dimensional video and (ii) output the two-dimensional video content and the compressed complementary
information thus separated from the externally-obtained content;

a decompressing processor configured or programmed to decompress the compressed complementary information, which has been
outputted from the information separating processor, so as to obtain decompressed complementary information; and

an arranging processor configured or programmed to carry out an arrangement process to alternatingly arrange the two-dimensional
video content and the decompressed complementary information such that the two-dimensional video content and the decompressed
complementary information are reproducible as the three-dimensional video, the arrangement process being carried out by adjusting
a time difference between (i) a time point at which the two-dimensional video content and the compressed complementary information
are outputted from the information separating processor and (ii) a time point at which the decompressing processor finishes
decompressing the compressed complementary information.

US Pat. No. 9,122,097

BACKLIGHT SYSTEM AND LCD DEVICE USING THE SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A backlight system comprising:
a light-emitting section for emitting beams of light at different dominant wavelengths from one another; and
an imaging optical system for causing the beams of light emitted from the light emitting section to be converged,
said backlight system irradiating a liquid crystal panel with the beams of light, which have passed through the imaging optical
system,

the liquid crystal panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed at a predetermined pitch, each of the pixels being configured
to include a plurality of picture elements corresponding to respective colors,

the imaging optical system including a first lens array and a second lens array, wherein the first lens array is an array
of first lenses arrayed at a predetermined pitch and the second lens array is an array of second lenses arrayed at a predetermined
pitch,

the first lenses (i) separating, by color, the beams of light emitted from the light emitting section, and (ii) causing the
separated beams of light to be converged at a pitch same as a pitch at which the picture elements are arrayed,

the second lenses being (i) provided in one-to-one correspondence to the picture elements, and (ii) arranged such that the
second lenses have their respective focal points at positions onto which the beams of light which have passed through the
first lenses are converged,

the second lenses deflecting the beams of light, which have passed through the first lenses, in a substantially vertical direction
with respect to a display surface of the liquid crystal panel so that the liquid crystal panel is irradiated with the deflected
light.

US Pat. No. 9,439,178

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION DEVICE, BASE STATION DEVICE, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a base station device; and
a mobile station device wherein
the mobile station device and the base station device are configured to communicate with each other, and
the mobile station device is configured to:
generate a first ACK/NACK sequence and a second ACK/NACK sequence from ACKs/NACKs for transport blocks, the transport block
being received from the base station device, the first ACK/NACK sequence being different from the second ACK/NACK sequence,

encode the first ACK/NACK sequence to generate a first coded bit sequence, and encode the second ACK/NACK sequence to generate
a second coded bit sequence, the first ACK/NACK sequence and the second ACK/NACK sequence being separately encoded by using
a same set of base sequences,

concatenate the first coded bit sequence and the second coded bit sequence differently based on whether the ACKs/NACKs are
to be transmitted on a physical uplink control channel or on a physical uplink shared channel, and

the base station device is configured to:
perform a reception process of the ACKs/NACKs.

US Pat. No. 9,310,619

OPTICAL FILM

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical film comprising, in sequence from a light entry side of the optical film to a light emission side of the optical
film:
a plurality of first prisms;
a first phase-difference plate; and
a polarized-light separating element, wherein
the plurality of first prisms each having (i) a first surface through which light enters the first prism and (ii) a second
surface that reflects the light, having entered the first prism through the first surface, toward the light emission side;

the optical film further comprising, between the plurality of first prisms in an in-plane direction of the optical film, a
light reflecting section that reflects light, having been reflected by the polarized-light separating element toward the light
entry side, back toward the light emission side;

the first phase-difference plate is a ¼ wavelength plate;
the light reflecting section is a second prism having a third surface and a fourth surface each of which reflects light;
an angle between the third surface and the fourth surface is larger than an angle between the first surface and the second
surface; and

the optical film further comprises a second phase-difference plate between the ¼ wavelength plate and the second prism.

US Pat. No. 9,217,552

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device, comprising:
a surface light source having a light exit surface;
a first lens having a first focal point, the first lens being provided on the light exit surface side of the surface light
source; and

a second lens having a second focal point, the second lens being provided on a light exit surface side of the first lens,
the surface light source, the first lens, and the second lens being configured such that a first virtual image is formed by
the first lens and a second virtual image is formed by the second lens,

wherein the first virtual image is formed between the second focal point and the first lens,
the second focal point is on a side opposite to the surface light source relative to a position which is distant from a principal
point of the second lens by a predetermined focal length f?,

the predetermined focal length f? satisfies
I?=(D/(?+D))·f?where I? is the distance between the principal point of the second lens and a position of the first virtual image, D is an
effective diameter of the second lens, and ? is a light source size factor which is either one of a size of the light exit
surface of the surface light source or an arrangement pitch of a plurality of light-emitting elements included in the surface
light source, and
at least either of a light entry surface or a light exit surface of the first lens or the second lens includes a non-revolution
surface as a lens surface, and a plurality of non-concentric boundary lines whose curvatures vary discontinuously are provided
in the non-revolution surface.

US Pat. No. 9,131,352

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, HOME BASE STATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a home base station apparatus in a mobile communication system including a home network and a core network
connected to each other via an external network, the home network being able to connect the home base station apparatus that
is to be connected to a mobile station apparatus, and an apparatus that is IP communicable, the method comprising:
receiving, a multicast join request containing a multicast address of a multicast group being provided in the home network,
from the mobile station apparatus;

performing a join procedure to the multicast group of the multicast address;
transferring multicast data transmitted from the home network, to the mobile station apparatus;
receiving the multicast join request via a first bearer through which the mobile station apparatus communicates with the home
network or a second bearer through which the mobile station apparatus communicates with the core network, and

performing the join procedure to the multicast group in a case that the multicast join request is received via the first bearer.

US Pat. No. 9,087,964

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a first electrode and a second electrode over an insulating layer;
a partition between the first electrode and the second electrode, the partition positioned over the insulating layer;
a projecting object over the partition;
a first light-emitting unit over the first electrode, the partition, the projecting object, and the second electrode;
an intermediate layer over the first light-emitting unit;
a second light-emitting unit over the intermediate layer; and
a third electrode over the second light-emitting unit,
wherein a recess is formed by a side surface of the projecting object and a side surface of the partition,
wherein a distance between a first point and a second point is greater than a total thickness of the first light-emitting
unit and the intermediate layer which are positioned over the first electrode and is smaller than or equal to a total thickness
of the first light-emitting unit, the intermediate layer, the second light-emitting unit, and the third electrode which are
positioned over the first electrode,

wherein the first point is the most protruded point of the projecting object in a direction parallel to a surface on which
the partition is formed, and

wherein the second point is a point of intersection of a surface of the partition with a first line which is drawn perpendicular
to the surface on which the partition is formed from the first point.

US Pat. No. 9,185,695

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OFDMA AND SC-FDMA SWITCHING

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for selection of an uplink modulation scheme, the method being implemented by base station, the method comprising:
determining an uplink modulation scheme to be used by a user equipment (UE);
transmitting, to the UE, a downlink control information (DCI) including a switching bit which indicates either an uplink modulation
scheme called single carrier frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) or another scheme called clustered SC-FDMA.

US Pat. No. 9,131,230

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OUTPUT DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional image output method for supplying image data to a display device so that one image is displayed in
a main window and another image is displayed in a sub-window which is placed inside the main window on a display screen of
the display device, comprising the steps of:
a) by increasing or decreasing, by a predetermined change amount, an initial three-dimensional effect which is set in advance
for initial sub-image data which is contained in the image data for displaying any three-dimensional image in the sub-window,
changing the initial three-dimensional effect; and

b) by supplying, to the display device, the initial sub-image data and secondary sub-image data for which the initial three-dimensional
effect which has been changed in the step a) is set, displaying, on the display screen, an initial three-dimensional sub-image
which is indicated by the initial sub-image data and a secondary three-dimensional sub-image which is indicated by the secondary
sub-image data,

the initial sub-image data being created by using binocular parallax,
the initial three-dimensional sub-image and the secondary three-dimensional sub-image being displayed so as to be adjacent
in a vertical direction on the display screen while a viewer is watching the display screen, and

the step b) being carried out such that, in a case where an adjustment instruction based on a comparison between the initial
three-dimensional sub-image and the secondary three-dimensional sub-image is inputted via a predetermined operation device,
the initial sub-image data whose three-dimensional effect has been adjusted by using the initial three-dimensional effect
which has been changed in the step a) is supplied to the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,380,732

DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING FIRST AND SECOND HOUSING MEMBERS HAVING AN IMPELLING MEMBER ARRANGED TO IMPEL A DRIVER IC

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device that comprises:
a display panel arranged to display an image;
a driver IC that is electrically connected to the display panel via a connecting member and arranged to drive the display
panel; and

a housing member that comprises a case of the display device,
wherein the housing member comprises:
a first housing member that is made from metal and attached to the display panel from a front side of the panel,
a first heat conduction member and a second holding member that are opposed to each other; and
a second housing member that is made from metal and attached to the display panel from a back side of the panel, wherein
the driver IC is held sandwiched between the first housing member and the second housing member,
the driver IC is in direct contact with the first housing member,
the first heat conduction member is fixed to the first housing member,
the second housing member and the second holding member are of a monolithic construction, and
the driver IC is held sandwiched between the first heat conduction member and the second holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,236,496

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thin film transistor provided on an insulating substrate, comprising:
a gate electrode provided on the insulating substrate;
a gate insulating film that covers the gate electrode;
a source electrode and a drain electrode provided on the gate insulating film with a predetermined distance, to sandwich the
gate electrode; and

a channel layer made of an oxide semiconductor layer which is located in a region sandwiched between the source electrode
and the drain electrode and of which one end and the other end are respectively electrically connected to the source electrode
and the drain electrode, wherein

the channel layer includes two first regions each of which is positioned to respectively surround the source electrode and
the drain electrode and has a first resistance value, and a second region sandwiched between the two first regions, extending
to define entire end portions of the channel layer in a channel width direction, and having a second resistance value higher
than the first resistance value, and

the first regions are not provided in the end portions of the channel layer in the channel width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,348,470

PROJECTED CAPACITANCE TOUCH PANEL WITH REFERENCE AND GUARD ELECTRODE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mutual capacitance touch panel device, comprising: a substrate;
an array of electrode elements formed on the substrate, each electrode element including a drive electrode, a sense electrode
and a reference electrode, the reference electrode arranged between the drive electrode and the sense electrode;

a first mutual coupling capacitance formed between the drive electrode and the reference electrode of each electrode element,
wherein the drive electrode and reference electrode are configured such that the first mutual coupling capacitance is substantially
insensitive to an object touching the surface of the touch panel;

a second mutual coupling capacitance formed between the drive electrode and the sense electrode of each electrode element,
wherein the drive electrode and sense electrode are configured such that the second mutual coupling capacitance varies with
proximity of an object touching a surface of the touch panel; and

a sensing circuit electrically coupled to the sense electrode, drive electrode and reference electrode of an electrode element,
the sensing circuit configured to measure the first and second independent mutual coupling capacitances.

US Pat. No. 9,110,343

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:
an illuminator; and
a liquid crystal panel arranged to perform a display operation using light which is emitted from the illuminator; wherein:
the liquid crystal panel includes a pair of substrates and a liquid crystal layer provided between the pair of substrates;
the liquid crystal layer is formed of a liquid crystal material which contains molecules having at least one of a carbon-carbon
triple bond and a polycyclic group;

the illuminator includes a light source causing primary generation of at least blue light, among other light which is used
for displaying; and

the light source is a light-emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 9,389,585

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A DETACHABLE PROCESS UNIT AND A POSITIONING MEMBER

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image based on an electrophotographic printing method, comprising:
a process unit detachable from the image forming apparatus, the process unit including at least a photoreceptor and a charging
section for charging the photoreceptor;

an exhaust path having, as a part of the exhaust path, a space where the charging section is provided; and
a positioning member movable between (i) a positioning position for putting the process unit in a positioned state where the
process unit is positioned at a predetermined position and (ii) a releasing position for releasing the process unit from the
positioned state, the positioning member having an air path via which air is introduced, the air path and the exhaust path
being connected in a case where the positioning member is in the positioning position, and the positioning member including
a tab via which a user handles the positioning member so that the positioning member is switched between the positioning position
and the releasing position.

US Pat. No. 9,086,512

LIGHTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING LIGHT SOURCE AND LIGHT-GUIDING PLATE WITH REFLECTIVE PLATE HAVING A BENT PORTION SURROUNDING THE LIGHT SOURCE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light source;
a light source substrate that has a mounting surface on which the light source is mounted;
a light-guiding plate that has a light incident surface from which light from the light source enters, and a light emitting
surface that emits the light having entered from the light incident surface toward an object to be irradiated; and

a reflection plate that is provided on a side of an opposite surface of the light-guiding plate that is opposite to the light
emitting surface, and reflects light, wherein

the reflection plate includes a bent portion formed by bending an end portion of the reflection plate so that the bent portion
surrounds the light source while being in close contact with the mounting surface of the light source substrate;

the reflection plate includes a principal surface that is opposite to the opposite surface of the light-guiding plate;
the bent portion includes:
a lower surface that is formed continuously to the principal surface and located below the light source;
a back surface that is formed continuously to the lower surface and in close contact with the mounting surface of the light
source substrate on the back surface side of the light source; and

an upper surface that is formed continuously to the back surface and located above the light source; and
the back surface includes a through hole arranged to receive the light source, such that the back surface is arranged between
the light source and the light source substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,295,067

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, MOBILE TERMINAL AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A base station apparatus for an OFDMA system using a plurality of frequency channels, the base station apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to:
transmit first data to a first terminal apparatus using one of the plurality of frequency channels, wherein the base station
apparatus is configured to select the one of the plurality of frequency channels based on a first capability of the first
terminal apparatus to receive the selected frequency channel and to set an unused subcarrier that is not used for communication
by any terminal apparatus in communication with the base station apparatus, wherein the base station apparatus is capable
of processing a bandwidth that includes the plurality of frequency channels and the first capability of the first terminal
apparatus is limited to receiving a portion of the bandwidth that includes the selected frequency channel, wherein the unused
subcarrier is positioned at an edge of the one of the plurality of frequency channels, and

transmit second data to a second terminal apparatus using the plurality of frequency channels based on a second capability
of the second terminal apparatus; and

a reception unit configured to periodically receive, from the first terminal apparatus and the second terminal apparatus,
reception quality information a frequency channel used when transmitting data.

US Pat. No. 9,230,497

DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING EACH PIXEL DIVIDED INTO SUB PIXELS FOR IMPROVED VIEW ANGLE CHARACTERISTIC

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An active matrix-type display device, comprising:
a plurality of video signal lines;
a plurality of scanning signal lines intersecting the plurality of video signal lines;
a plurality of pixel formation portions arranged in a matrix form at respective intersections of the plurality of video signal
lines and the plurality of scanning signal lines;

a common electrode provided so as to be shared among the plurality of pixel formation portions;
first control wirings that intersect at least one of the plurality of video signal lines and the plurality of scanning signal
lines; and

second control wirings provided in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of scanning signal lines,
wherein
each of the pixel formation portions includes
a first pixel electrode and a second pixel electrode to which potentials according to an image to be displayed are to be applied,
a first first-capacitor formed by the first pixel electrode and the common electrode,
a second first-capacitor formed by the second pixel electrode and the common electrode,
an amplification circuit unit for amplifying the potential of the second pixel electrode, and
a first switching element having a control terminal connected to the scanning signal line, a first conductive terminal connected
to the video signal line, and a second conductive terminal connected to the amplification circuit unit,

the amplification circuit unit includes an amplification stage, the amplification stage including
a second switching element having a control terminal connected to the second control wiring, and a first conductive terminal
connected to the video signal line,

a third switching element having a control terminal connected to the second control wiring, and a first conductive terminal
connected to the first control wiring, and

a second-capacitor provided between a second conductive terminal of the second switching element and a second conductive terminal
of the third switching element,

the second conductive terminal of the first switching element is connected to the second conductive terminal of the third
switching element,

the first pixel electrode is connected to the second conductive terminal of the third switching element,
the second pixel electrode is connected to the second conductive terminal of the second switching element,
for any pixel formation portion among the plurality of pixel formation portions,
one frame period during which display of one screen is performed includes a selection period and a non-selection period other
than the selection period, the selection period being for changing potentials of the first pixel electrode and the second
pixel electrode according to the image to be displayed and including a first period and a second period,

to a corresponding first control wiring, a constant potential is applied, or a constant high level potential and a constant
low level potential are alternately applied,

to a corresponding second control wiring, a potential for placing the second switching element and the third switching element
in an on state is applied in the first period, and a potential for placing the second switching element and the third switching
element in an off state is applied in a period other than the first period, and

to a corresponding scanning signal line, a potential for placing the first switching element in an on state is applied in
the second period, and a potential for placing the first switching element in an off state is applied in a period other than
the second period,

when a center potential between a maximum potential and a minimum potential that can be applied to the plurality of video
signal lines is a reference potential, a potential of the common electrode is set to a potential lower than the reference
potential by a value equal to a size of a change in a potential of the first pixel electrode caused by a change in a potential
of the scanning signal line when shifting from the selection period to the non-selection period, and

a potential of the first control wiring is set such that a center potential between the potential of the second pixel electrode
in a selection period during which a potential higher than the potential of the common electrode is to be applied to the second
pixel electrode and the potential of the second pixel electrode in a selection period during which a potential lower than
the potential of the common electrode is to be applied to the second pixel electrode becomes equal to the potential of the
common electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,175,818

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of light-emitting elements mounted on a mounting surface of the substrate;
a fluorescent material-containing layer comprising a resin containing a first fluorescent material; and
a plurality of color-adjusting fluorescent layers containing a second fluorescent material, wherein:
the fluorescent material-containing layer is plate-like, and is provided on the mounting surface of the substrate so as to
directly cover the plurality of light-emitting elements and to be in contact with a side surface of each of the plurality
of light-emitting elements; and

the plurality of color-adjusting fluorescent layers are provided on a surface of the fluorescent material-containing layer
in an island-like manner so as to cover only a portion of the surface of the fluorescent material-containing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,179,442

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to transmit a plurality of data streams including at least a first stream and a second
stream, the communication apparatus comprising:
a resource block allocation determiner configured to determine an allocation of resource blocks to be used when transmitting
the first and second streams; and

a control information determiner configured to determine control information regarding data transmission on at least the first
stream, on the basis of the overload ratio of resource blocks in the first and second streams, wherein

in the case where one of at least a modulation scheme or a coding rate is different between the first stream and the second
stream, a transmit power is allocated to a stream having low spectrum efficiency, and said first and second streams are transmitted
on the basis of said determined control information, wherein

the control information is modulation scheme information,
the control information additionally includes transmit power information, and
in the control information determiner, the transmit power information is determined such that the transmit power increases
for streams having a modulation scheme with lower spectral efficiency as indicated by the modulation scheme information.

US Pat. No. 9,159,272

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE FOR IMAGE DISPLAY, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND LED DRIVER

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting device for image display that is disposed in an image display apparatus which displays an image based
on image data, the light emitting device for image display comprising:
a light emitting unit that is divided in a plurality of areas and each of a plurality of light emitting elements configured
to emit light in accordance with a current supplied is disposed corresponding to each of the areas; and

a Pulse-Width-Modulation (PWM) control portion that applies PWM control to the current supplied to the light emitting element;
the light emitting device for image display uses the light emitting element to emit light that is used for display of the
image;

the light emitting device for image display includes:
a control condition setting portion that decides and sets, in an updatable manner, a PWM limit condition and a reference current
value in accordance with an Average Picture Level (APL) of the image data;

a PWM value calculation portion that calculates a PWM value for each of the areas based on the image data, the PWM limit condition
and the reference current value; and

an LED control signal generation portion which outputs an LED control signal;
wherein
the PWM limit condition is a limit value defining an upper limit value of a sum of the PWM values for the plurality of areas,
the PWM limit condition is a condition which sets a predetermined limitation on a PWM value which is a duty ratio for the
PWM control;

the reference current value is a value of a current that flows in the light emitting element in accordance with turning-on
of the PWM control;

the PWM control portion performs the PWM control based on the reference current value and the calculated PWM value; and
the LED control signal contains information about the PWM value for each of the areas, the reference current value, and a
set LED voltage value to the light emitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,323,516

ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device system comprising:
a connection device configured to store a plurality of types of boot data; and
an electronic device, wherein
the electronic device comprises:
a connection unit to which the connection device is connected;
a selection unit configured to select boot data to be obtained from the connection device connected to the connection unit;
a storage unit configured to store the boot data obtained by the obtaining unit;
a boot processing unit configured to perform processing in relation to booting of the electronic device by using the boot
data stored in the storage unit; and

a table configured to store information regarding a priority level of the boot data to be obtained from the connection device
and information indicating whether or not each of the boot data has been obtained, wherein

the obtaining unit is configured to obtain the boot data selected by the selection unit from the connection device according
to the information stored in the table.

US Pat. No. 9,479,968

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION DEVICE, AND BASE STATION DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile station device comprising:
receiving circuitry configured and/or programmed to
receive at least one downlink control channel, the at least one downlink control channel including at least one control channel
element among a plurality of control channel elements, each of the plurality of the control channel elements including a plurality
of time/frequency resources in a frequency band among a plurality of frequency bands, each of the plurality of the frequency
bands including a plurality of continuous subcarriers in a downlink, and

receive a downlink shared data channel in the plurality of the frequency bands; acquiring circuitry configured and/or programmed
to acquire, from the at least one downlink control channel, first information and second information as radio resource allocation
information of the downlink shared data channel, the first information indicating one of the plurality of the frequency bands,
the second information indicating at least one resource block;

determination circuitry configured and/or programmed to determine the number of the control channel elements included in a
domain of the one frequency band of the plurality of the frequency bands, the determination being made in connection with
the domain including the plurality of control channel elements in which the at least one downlink control channel is decoded,

the at least one downlink control channel being allocated with a signal generated from third information and control information,
the third information having been obtained by an exclusive OR operation of a mobile station identification and a cyclic redundancy
check (CRC) generated from the control information, and the control information being unique to the mobile station device
and including at least the radio resource allocation information, and

the determination being made based on the number of the downlink control channels in the one frequency band of the plurality
of the frequency bands, the at least one downlink control channel including the radio resource allocation information, wherein
decoding and detection is performed on the at least one downlink control channel;

decoding circuitry configured and/or programmed to decode the signal allocated in the domain based on the determined number
of control channel elements; and

detecting circuitry configured and/or programmed to detect the third information and the control information from a decoding
result, the detected control information including the first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,228,710

LIGHT PROJECTION APPARATUS, LIGHT CONDENSING UNIT, AND LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light projection apparatus, comprising:
a fluorescent member which is excited with exciting light; and
a light projecting member which reflects or transmits light emanating from the fluorescent member to project the light outside,
wherein

the fluorescent member includes an irradiated face, and
the irradiated face includes an irradiated region which is irradiated with the exciting light such that a length of the irradiated
region in a first direction is greater than a length of the irradiated region in a second direction perpendicular to the first
direction and parallel to the irradiated face of the fluorescent member.

US Pat. No. 9,235,083

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device of a lateral electric field mode, comprising: a liquid crystal layer; first and second
substrates facing each other with the liquid crystal layer interposed therebetween; first and second polarizers located respectively
in the first and second substrates; a first electrode and a second electrode located in the first substrate on the side of
the liquid crystal layer; and a first alignment film provided between the first electrode/the second electrode and the liquid
crystal layer so as to be in contact with the liquid crystal layer, the first alignment film regulating an alignment axis
direction of liquid crystal molecules in the absence of an applied voltage; wherein:
the liquid crystal layer includes a first domain and a second domain mutually differing in terms of alignment axis azimuth
of the liquid crystal molecules in the presence of an applied voltage, and also includes a third domain and a fourth domain
mutually differing in terms of alignment axis azimuth of the liquid crystal molecules in the presence of an applied voltage;

the first domain and the second domain are arrayed in a vertical direction, the third domain and the fourth domain are arrayed
in the vertical direction, the first domain and the fourth domain are arrayed in a horizontal direction, and the second domain
and the third domain are arrayed in the horizontal direction;

the first alignment film includes a first alignment region that aligns the liquid crystal molecules in the first domain in
a first alignment axis azimuth, a second alignment region that aligns the liquid crystal molecules in the second domain in
a second alignment axis azimuth substantially orthogonal to the first alignment axis azimuth, a third alignment region that
aligns the liquid crystal molecules in the third domain in the first alignment axis azimuth, and a fourth alignment region
that aligns the liquid crystal molecules in the fourth domain in the second alignment axis azimuth; and

when a voltage is applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, the liquid crystal molecules in the first
domain, the second domain, the third domain and the fourth domain are all rotated in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 9,299,302

DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device for displaying an image by changing display states of pixels, comprising:
a first display portion including a plurality of video signal lines, a plurality of scanning signal lines crossing the video
signal lines, and pixel electrodes arranged in a matrix so as to correspond to their respective intersections of the video
signal lines and the scanning signal lines and also correspond to the pixels, in the first display portion a display state
of a pixel corresponding to each pixel electrode changes on the basis of a video signal being applied, when the scanning signal
line that passes through the intersection that corresponds to the each pixel electrode is selected, to the video signal line
that passes through the intersection, and

a second display portion having pixel memory capable of holding at least one-bit data for each pixel, in the second display
portion a display state of a pixel changes on the basis of the data held in the pixel memory, wherein,

the first display portion and the second display portion are formed on the same substrate,
the pixels included in the first display portion have a rectangular shape with two sides parallel to the scanning signal lines
and two sides parallel to the video signal lines,

the pixels included in the second display portion have a shape including a curve or a side not parallel to either the scanning
signal lines or the video signal lines,

the second display portion includes a shift register including m flip-flops being provided so as to respectively correspond
to m pixels, where m is a positive integer, and

each of the m flip-flops includes:
a first latch portion to take in an input data signal and hold the input data signal as transfer data; and
a second latch portion to take in the transfer data, hold the transfer data as output data, and output an output signal on
the basis of the output data;

the second display portion is formed on the substrate so as to enclose the first display portion;
the flip-flops are connected in series so as to sequentially transfer data based on the input data signal in accordance with
clock pulses;

the second display portion includes voltage selection portions provided so as to correspond to their respective flip-flops,
each of the voltage selection portions selecting a first voltage or a second voltage in accordance with a logic value of the
output signal from each of the flip-flops;

the second display portion includes display element portions provided so as to correspond to their respective flip-flops,
each of the display element portions reflecting the voltage selected by the voltage selection portion in the display state
of the pixel that corresponds to each of the flip-flops;

the second display portion further includes a selection portion for selecting either the output signal of the flip-flop that
corresponds to the m'th stage of the shift register or the input data signal on the basis of a predetermined instruction signal
and providing the selected signal to the flip-flop that corresponds to the first stage of the shift register, and

after the transfer of the data based on the input data signal to the m flip-flops, the selection portion selects the output
signal of the flip-flop that corresponds to the m'th stage of the shift register.

US Pat. No. 9,232,483

COMMUNICATION USING CONTROL INFORMATION THAT INCLUDES INFORMATION SPECIFYING THE ACCESS SCHEME AND TPC (TRANSMIT POWER CONTROL) CONTROL DATA

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station apparatus configured to perform communication with a mobile station apparatus that is configured to transmit
data using two or more access schemes that are different respectively, the base station apparatus comprising:
a mobile station control data generation section configured to generate control information including information specifying
the access scheme and TPC (Transmit Power Control) control data; and

a transmission apparatus configured to notify the mobile station apparatus of the control information at least at a timing
in case that the transmission apparatus performs instruction that the mobile station apparatus changes the access scheme,
wherein

the access scheme is a DFT-S-OFDMA (SC-FDMA) or a Clustered DFT-S-OFDMA.

US Pat. No. 9,313,775

WIRELESS TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, WIRELESS RECEPTION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL PROGRAM AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT OF WIRELESS TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless transmission apparatus that communicates with a wireless reception apparatus, the wireless transmission apparatus
comprising a processor and a memory having instructions stored thereon, the processor configured to:
receive a first information which indicates an allocated radio resource to the wireless transmission apparatus and is notified
from the wireless reception apparatus;

perform clipping processing not to transmit spectra of part of a frequency domain signal;
convert the frequency domain signal after the clipping processing into a time domain signal; and
transmit the time domain signal to the reception apparatus, wherein
the spectra not transmitted are identified based on the first information;
wherein the spectra not transmitted are identified based on a table in which a bandwidth of the allocated radio resource and
a bandwidth of the spectra not transmitted are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,287,775

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND LIGHTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device, comprising:
a first resistor which is connected in parallel between output terminals;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a load is connected between the output terminals;
a second resistor which is connected to the first resistor in series;
a voltage conversion unit configured to convert an input side voltage into a required voltage and output the voltage to the
output terminals;

a driving unit configured to drive the voltage conversion unit,
wherein the driving unit stops the driving of the voltage conversion unit when the determination unit determines that the
load is not connected;

an output voltage control unit which divides the input side voltage by the first resistor and the second resistor that powers
the driving unit such that a voltage between the output terminals, when the load is not connected, is controlled to be lower
than, a voltage between the output terminals in the case that the load is connected between the output terminals, when the
driving unit stops the driving of the voltage conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,183,805

DISPLAY DRIVER CIRCUIT AND BOARD MODULE INCLUDING SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display driver circuit having a rectangular shape with long sides and short sides, the circuit configured to mount to
a transparent substrate including a display portion for displaying images, the display portion located relatively closer to
a first one of the long sides of the circuit than a second one of the long sides of the circuit, the circuit comprising:
a first input terminal group for receiving first signals based on a first interface specification, the first signals including
parallel data signals and parallel clock signals based on a parallel interface specification;

a second input terminal group for receiving second signals based on a second interface specification using signals which are
lower in amplitude or higher in frequency than in the first interface specification such that each input terminal belongs
to only one of the first input terminal group and the second input terminal group, the second signals including serial data
signals and serial clock signals based on a serial interface specification; and

an output terminal group for providing the display portion with display signals for displaying the images, the output terminal
group including all output terminals of the display driver circuit, the display signals being generated based on at least
one of the first and second signals, wherein,

the output terminal group and at least a part of the first input terminal group are arranged along the first one of the long
sides relatively closer to the display portion such that all of the output terminals are arranged along the first one of the
long sides and the part of the first input terminal group are arranged apart from a rest of the first input terminal group
and the second input terminal group, and

the second input terminal group is arranged along the second one of the long sides.

US Pat. No. 9,185,411

VIDEO DECODER PARALLELIZATION FOR TILES

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding video using a processor, the method comprising:
(a) receiving a bit-stream of a frame of said video that includes at least one slice and at least one tile, where each of
said at least one slice is decoded independently of another one of said at least one slice and includes said at least one
tile, wherein said at least one tile is characterized that it is a rectangular region of said frame and includes coding units
for said decoding arranged in a raster scan order;

(b) receiving first information indicating whether location information of said at least one tile is transmitted within said
at least one slice;

(c) receiving second information suitable for decoding said at least one tile, said second information including a location
of said at least one tile; and

(d) initializing a decoding process at a beginning of each of the at least one tile, the decoding process including ignoring
bits in the bit-stream until reading from a pre-defined position.

US Pat. No. 9,171,945

SWITCHING ELEMENT UTILIZING RECOMBINATION

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A switching element comprising:
a first semiconductor layer;
a second semiconductor layer formed on an upper surface of the first semiconductor layer, having a band gap larger than that
of the first semiconductor layer, and forming a heterojunction with the first semiconductor layer;

a third semiconductor layer formed on an upper surface of the second semiconductor layer and having a band gap smaller than
that of the second semiconductor layer;

a fourth semiconductor layer formed on an upper surface of the third semiconductor layer and having a band gap larger than
that of the third semiconductor layer;

a first electrode having at least one part formed on the upper surface of the first semiconductor layer;
a second electrode having at least one part formed on the upper surface of the first semiconductor layer; and
a control electrode having at least one part formed on the upper surface of the second semiconductor layer and arranged between
the first electrode and the second electrode,

wherein the switching element is switched, depending on a potential of the control electrode, between
an on state in which the first electrode and the second electrode are electrically connected through a two-dimensional carrier
gas generated in an interface of the first semiconductor layer with the second semiconductor layer, and

an off state in which the first electrode and the second electrode are not electrically connected as no two-dimensional carrier
gas is generated in the interface, at least just below the control electrode,

wherein recombination of electrons and holes is made in the third semiconductor layer when the off state is provided,
wherein the switching element further comprises an insulating layer formed on an upper surface of the fourth semiconductor
layer and having a band gap larger than that of the fourth semiconductor layer,

wherein the insulating layer is formed in a space obtained by separating the third semiconductor layer and the fourth semiconductor
layer from each of the control electrode, the first electrode, and the second electrode, and

wherein the third semiconductor layer has a multiple quantum well structure.

US Pat. No. 9,144,118

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, LIGHTING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
at least one light source,
a substrate provided with the light source on the surface,
a resin body that seals the light source, and
an additional member that at least reflects or diffuses the light emitted by the light source, wherein
the resin body is hemispherical and has a top view diameter of 4.5 mm or less,
in a cross section including a normal line that is perpendicular to the surface of the substrate and passes through the light
source, there exists a part where the top view length of the light source is 10% or more of the top view length of the resin
body, and

a top surface of the resin body is a concave depressed surface having an inclined surface of an inverted cone, and a space
enclosed by the concave depressed surface is filled with the additional member.

US Pat. No. 9,282,576

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS AND MOBILE STATION APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station configured to communicate with a mobile station, comprising:
circuitry configured or programmed to transmit a parameter indicating a value to the mobile station, wherein
the value represents a count of randomly selectable signatures for the mobile station, and a count of non randomly selectable
signatures for the mobile station,

a signature is randomly selected, by the mobile station, from the randomly selectable signatures specified based on the value,
each signature of the randomly selectable signatures is one of a constant number of usable signatures,
each signature of the non randomly selectable signatures is one of the constant number of the usable signatures, and
each signature of all the usable signatures is usable in random access.

US Pat. No. 9,232,535

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus comprising:
a reception circuitry configured to receive a physical downlink control channel which is used for scheduling of a physical
uplink shared channel and which includes a sounding reference signal request field that indicates whether or not to request
transmission of a sounding reference signal, wherein

the reception circuitry is configured to receive a plurality of sets of parameters for the sounding reference signal by using
a radio resource control signal, each of the plurality of sets including a parameter related to bandwidth for the transmission
of the sounding reference signal, and

the reception circuitry is configured to receive a physical downlink control channel including a 2-bit sounding reference
signal request field and a physical downlink control channel including a 1-bit sounding reference signal request field, a
value of each sounding reference signal request field corresponding to one of the plurality of sets; and

a transmission circuitry configured to transmit the sounding reference signal with a first bandwidth, in a case that one or
more information bits corresponding to a first value are set to the 2-bit sounding reference signal request field, wherein

the transmission circuitry is configured to transmit the sounding reference signal with a second bandwidth, in a case that
one or more information bits corresponding to a second value are set to the 2-bit sounding reference signal request field.

US Pat. No. 9,119,187

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TRANSMITTING DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE, AND PROCESSOR

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmitting device comprising:
a DFT unit configured to generate a spectrum from a coded information bit sequence; and
a clipping unit configured to generate a transmission spectrum in which a portion of the generated spectrum is removed, wherein
the transmission spectrum in which the removed spectrum is different from that of a previous transmission when retransmitting
the information bit sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,048,407

MOUNTING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT EMITTER USING RESIST WITH OPENINGS OF DIFFERENT SIZES

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for mounting a semiconductor light-emitting element on a substrate via a bump,
the semiconductor light-emitting element including:
a first electric-conductivity-type semiconductor layer;
a second electric-conductivity-type semiconductor layer laminated on a part of an upper surface of the first electric-conductivity-type
semiconductor layer;

a first electrode section formed on another part of the upper surface of the first electric-conductivity-type semiconductor
layer; and

a second electrode section formed on an upper surface of the second electric-conductivity-type semiconductor layer,
an upper surface of the second electrode section being in a higher position than an upper surface of the first electrode section
with respect to the first electric-conductivity-type semiconductor layer,

the method comprising the steps of:
(i) laminating resist on the first electrode section and the second electrode section and forming (a) one or more first openings
at a part of the resist which part corresponds to the first electrode section and (b) one or more second openings at a part
of the resist which part corresponds to the second electrode section;

(ii) forming one or more first bumps in the respective one or more first openings and forming one or more second bumps in
the respective one or more second openings;

(iii) removing the resist; and
(iv) bonding the one or more first bumps and the one or more second bumps to the substrate,
a cross-sectional area of each of the one or more first openings being larger than a cross-sectional area of each of the one
or more second openings,

wherein the cross-sectional area of each of the one or more first openings and the cross-sectional area of each of the one
or more second openings are selected respectively in accordance with a difference in height between the first electrode section
and the second electrode section.

US Pat. No. 9,572,154

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURING A FLEXIBLE SUBFRAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A user equipment (UE) comprising:
a processor;
memory in electronic communication with the processor, wherein instructions stored in the memory are executable to:
determine that a subframe is a first subframe which is configured as a downlink subframe and an uplink subframe in different
reference uplink-downlink (UL-DL) configurations;

detect a physical downlink control channel indicating whether the subframe is a downlink subframe;
set the subframe as a downlink subframe if the physical downlink control channel indicates that the subframe is a downlink
subframe;

monitor, in the subframe, a physical downlink control channel carrying a downlink assignment if the physical downlink control
channel indicates that the subframe is a downlink subframe; and

not monitor, in the subframe, the physical downlink control channel carrying the downlink assignment if the physical downlink
control channel does not indicate that the subframe is a downlink subframe.

US Pat. No. 9,532,343

RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus comprising;
a receiving circuitry configured to and/or programmed to receive first information by using a radio resource control signal;
and

a transmitting circuitry configured to and/or programmed to drop a transmission of a sounding reference signal,
in a case that the first information is provided,
in a case that the transmission of the sounding reference signal for a first component carrier overlaps with a transmission
of a physical uplink control channel for a second component carrier, and

in a case that total transmit power of the mobile station apparatus exceeds total maximum output power configured by the mobile
station apparatus, on an overlapped portion of a symbol in which the transmission of the sounding reference signal for the
first component carrier overlaps with the transmission of the physical uplink control channel for the second component carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,258,763

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THAT CAN PROMPTLY AND EFFICIENTLY PERFORM DECODING/PROCESSING OF A DOWNLINK CONTROL INFORMATION THAT IS RELATED TO A SEARCH SPACE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus that is configured to communicate with a base station apparatus, the mobile station apparatus
comprising:
a reception unit configured to perform detecting of Downlink Control Information with CRC (cyclic redundancy check) bits scrambled
by C-RNTI (cell-radio network temporary identity) in a first search space which is commonly determined for mobile station
apparatuses in a cell and a second search space which is a mobile station apparatus specific search space determined based
on at least the C-RNTI; and

the reception unit configured to perform detecting of the Downlink Control Information with the CRC bits scrambled by the
C-RNTI in a third search space which is different from the first search space and the second search space, the third search
space being configured by using at least a dedicated RRC (Radio Resource Control) signaling which includes at least information
indicating a location of the third search space, wherein

the first search space, the second search space and the third search space are configured in a same component carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,209,107

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND TELEVISION RECEIVER

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. An electronic device provided with:
a semiconductor element;
a substrate to which the semiconductor element is attached; and
a metal plate disposed in opposition to the substrate and furnished with a first protruding part protruding towards the semiconductor
element side;

the first protruding part including a contact part for contacting the semiconductor element;
a contact-inducing member for inducing the semiconductor element into contact with the contact part being furnished at least
at a position corresponding to the center part of the substrate; and

the first protruding part being attached to the metal plate interposed by a second elastic body for adjusting the distance
from the first protruding part to the metal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,197,359

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus configured to communicate with a base station apparatus on a plurality of serving cells, the
mobile station apparatus comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine a number of bits of HARQ information based on a number of downlink subframes corresponding
to an uplink subframe in which the HARQ information is transmitted, a number of serving cells configured, and a transmission
mode configured in each serving cell;

an applying unit configured to apply spatial bundling to the HARQ information in a case where the determined number of bits
of the HARQ information exceeds a predetermined value; and

a coding unit configured to select one of a first coding scheme and a second coding scheme based on the number of bits of
the HARQ information to which the spatial bundling has been applied and a number of bits of a scheduling request, and to encode
both the HARQ information and the scheduling request using the selected coding scheme, wherein

the first coding scheme is a method for encoding a bit sequence obtained by concatenating the bits of the HARQ information
and the bits of the scheduling request, and

the second coding scheme is a method for separately encoding respective bit sequences which are obtained by dividing a bit
sequence, the bit sequence is generated by concatenating the bits of the HARQ information and the bits of the scheduling request.

US Pat. No. 9,193,096

DIE, DIE PRODUCTION METHOD, AND PRODUCTION OF ANTIREFLECTION FILM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a mold which has a porous alumina layer over its surface, comprising the steps of:
(a) providing a hollow cylindrical support;
(b) forming an insulating layer on an outer perimeter surface of the hollow cylindrical support;
(c) depositing aluminum on the insulating layer to form an aluminum film; and
(d) anodizing a surface of the aluminum film to form a porous alumina layer which has a plurality of minute recessed portions.

US Pat. No. 9,301,294

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, WIRELESS TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, WIRELESS RECEIVING APPARATUS, WIRELESS TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND WIRELESS RECEPTION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station device configured to communicate with a mobile station device, the base station device comprising:
transmission circuitry configured to transmit a first physical downlink control channel for the mobile station device on the
first downlink component carrier, and a second physical downlink control channel for the mobile station device on the second
downlink component carrier, wherein

the transmission circuitry is configured to cyclically-shift each of a first block of groups in a subframe and a second block
of groups in the subframe,

each group in the first block of groups includes four or less symbols associated with the first physical downlink control
channel,

each group in the second block of groups includes four or less symbols associated with the second physical downlink control
channel.

US Pat. No. 9,081,356

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming apparatus main body;
an opening/closing member disposed on a side of the image forming apparatus main body so as to open and close an opening of
the image forming apparatus main body; and

a unit installed on the opening/closing member; wherein
the unit is installed flexibly movably on the opening/closing member by a support shaft member disposed on a side of the opening/closing
member, a slit disposed on a side of the unit and a biasing member that biases the unit toward the image forming apparatus
main body, wherein

when a closing operation of the opening/closing member is performed, a positioning member disposed on the image forming apparatus
main body engages with a positioned member disposed on the unit so that the unit is positioned, and wherein

when the opening/closing member is closed, a direction of operation of pressing force, which the unit receives from the image
forming apparatus main body, faces obliquely downward on the side of the opening/closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,412,317

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device for display of an image represented by externally inputted image data, comprising:
a display panel that displays the image;
driving circuitry that drives the display panel;
a rewritable frame memory that stores the externally inputted image data; and
control circuitry that controls the frame memory and the driving circuitry so as to write the externally inputted image data
into the frame memory and to alternate between a refreshing period in which a display image is refreshed based on image data
read out of the frame memory and a non-refreshing period in which the display image in the display panel is not refreshed;
wherein

when the display image is already starting to be refreshed based on the image data read out of the frame memory and new externally
input image data, different from the image data read out of the frame memory, is written into the frame memory during the
refreshing period, the control circuitry controls the frame memory and the driving circuitry so that the display image in
the display panel is refreshed based on the new externally input image data before starting the next non-refreshing period.

US Pat. No. 9,293,080

DATA LINE DRIVING CIRCUIT, DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING SAME, AND DATA LINE DRIVING METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data line driving circuit configured to be included in an active matrix-type display device having a plurality of pixel
circuits arranged in a matrix, the data line driving circuit comprising:
a driving signal generating circuit that receives from outside an image signal representing an image to be displayed, and
outputs a driving signal corresponding to said image signal;

an output circuit configured to be connected, via a connection node, to a data line connected to at least one of said plurality
of pixel circuits in the active matrix-type display device so as to drive said data line;

a current detecting and controlling circuit configured to be connected to said data line via said connection node, the current
detecting and controlling circuit detecting a current flowing in said data line, and comparing said detected current in said
data line with a target value that is determined in accordance with said driving signal, the current detecting and controlling
circuit receiving a ramp signal having a voltage monotonically increasing from a minimum possible value for the driving signal
to a maximum possible value for the driving signal, and supplying said ramp signal to said output circuit until a substantial
match is found in said comparison so that said ramp signal is provided to said data line from the output circuit until then,
said current detecting and controlling circuit maintaining a voltage of said ramp signal that was reached when the substantial
match is found in said comparison and supplying said maintained voltage of said ramp signal to the output circuit so that
said maintained voltage is provided to said data line.

US Pat. No. 9,280,013

TOUCH PANEL CONFIGURED TO REDUCE EFFECTS OF MOISTURE, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH TOUCH PANEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A touch panel, comprising:
an insulating substrate having a sensing area and a non-sensing area;
sensor electrodes formed in the sensing area of the insulating substrate;
terminals formed in the non-sensing area of the insulating substrate;
wiring lines that electrically connect the sensor electrodes to the terminals;
a light-shielding layer formed in the non-sensing area; and
a planarizing film formed over to cover the light-shielding layer, the planarizing film being formed only in the non-sensing
area of the insulating substrate and having a forward taper on an edge thereof adjacent to the sensing area,

wherein the planarizing film is disposed between the light-shielding layer and the wiring lines, the wiring lines being formed
at least in the non-sensing area.

US Pat. No. 9,224,869

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a substrate;
a thin-film transistor which is supported on the substrate and which includes an oxide semiconductor layer as its active layer;
a protective layer covering the thin-film transistor;
a metal layer interposed between the protective layer and the substrate;
a transparent conductive layer formed on the protective layer; and
a connecting portion to electrically connect the metal layer and the transparent conductive layer together,
wherein the connecting portion includes an oxide connecting layer which is formed out of a same oxide film as the oxide semiconductor
layer and which has a lower electrical resistance than the oxide semiconductor layer, and

the metal layer is electrically connected to the transparent conductive layer via the oxide connecting layer.

US Pat. No. 9,282,801

ARTIFICIAL NAIL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An artificial nail mountable on a human nail for operating capacitive touch panels, comprising:
a hard base member forming a majority of the artificial nail, said hard base member having a lower mounting side opposite
an upper principal side and a proximal cuticle end opposite a distal joining portion;

an elastic tip member forming a distal tip portion of the artificial nail, said elastic tip member having a lower mounting
side opposite an upper principal side and a distal end opposite a proximal joining portion,

said elastic tip member and said hard base member being joined to each other at a joining surface formed by overlapping and
adhering said respective joining portions such that the mounting sides form a continuous mounting surface of said artificial
nail and the principal sides form a continuous principal surface of said artificial nail, and

said joining surface has a proximal end at said mounting surface and a distal end at said principal surface such that said
joining surface is at an oblique angle to said principal surface of said artificial nail,

wherein the elastic tip member and the hard base member are made from
an electrically conductive material mixed with a base material, and an amount of the electrically conductive material is a
value which provides said artificial nail with an electrical conductivity that is equal to and not greater than an electrical
conductivity of a human body.

US Pat. No. 9,261,259

LASER-BEAM UTILIZATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE HEADLIGHT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser-beam utilization device that utilizes a laser beam, the device comprising:
a scattered-light emitting unit that emits scattered light upon receipt of a laser beam deviated from a predetermined path
through which the laser beam is to pass or a predetermined irradiation region that is to be irradiated by the laser beam;

a light source that emits the laser beam; and
a light emitting unit that is disposed in the predetermined irradiation region and that emits fluorescence upon receipt of
the laser beam emitted from the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,206,815

FAN, MOLDING DIE, AND FLUID FEEDER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fan comprising:
a plurality of blade portions arranged spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction, each blade portion of
said plurality of blade portions having an inner edge portion disposed on an inner peripheral side thereof and an outer edge
portion disposed on an outer peripheral side thereof, wherein

said blade portion has a blade surface extending between said inner edge portion and said outer edge portion and including
a pressure surface disposed on a rotational direction side of the fan and a suction surface disposed on a back side of said
pressure surface,

as the fan is rotated, a fluid flow is produced on said blade surface to flow between said inner edge portion and said outer
edge portion,

when cut along a plane orthogonal to a rotation axis of the fan, said blade portion has a blade cross section having concave
portions formed at said pressure surface and said suction surface,

a plurality of said blade portions include a first blade portion and a second blade portion having blade cross sections of
different shapes,

said first blade portion and said second blade portion are different from each other in number of said concave portions.

US Pat. No. 9,127,830

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface light source apparatus for irradiating a light in a planar form by arranging a plurality of oblong light sources
at a high density in a middle section of a screen so that brightness at the middle section of the screen is high, wherein
the plurality of oblong light sources have oblong light sources positioned at the middle section and oblong light sources
positioned in at least one row at topmost, bottommost, leftmost, and rightmost edges or in an outermost periphery,

the oblong light sources are arranged by placing an end section of the oblong light sources positioned in the at least one
row at topmost, bottommost, leftmost, and rightmost edges or in the outermost periphery closer toward a screen corner section
in a plan view so as to compensate for a lack of brightness at the screen corner section in a plan view; and wherein

the oblong light sources positioned in the at least one row at the topmost, bottommost, leftmost, and rightmost edges or in
the outermost periphery are divided into at least two oblong light sources, and each light source on the edge sections, which
are not edge sections of the at least two divided oblong light sources that are adjacent to each other, is placed closer toward
the screen corner section in a plan view, from a longitudinally or transversely aligned position of light sources on the end
sections of the oblong light sources positioned at the middle section which correspond to the light sources of the end sections,
to arrange the two oblong light sources.

US Pat. No. 9,279,924

COLOR FILTER SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a color filter substrate, said method comprising:
(a) layering a plurality of photoresist films on a transparent substrate;
(b) exposing said plurality of photoresist films via a photomask;
(c) forming partition walls having an opening defined therebetween by developing said plurality of photoresist films after
exposure; and

(d) discharging ink into said openings,
wherein photosensitivities of the plurality of photoresist films differ from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,440,848

PASSIVATED MICROELECTROMECHANICAL STRUCTURES AND METHODS

Pixtronix, Inc., San Die...

20. A device comprising:
a substrate;
a conductive pad over the substrate;
at least one first thin film layer contacting the conductive pad, wherein the at least one first thin film layer form at least
part of a first thin film beam;

at least one second thin film layer over the first thin film beam to form at least part of a second thin film beam, wherein
the first thin film beam is spaced away from the substrate and the second thin film beam is spaced away from and overlapping
the first thin film beam;

a first pre-release passivation layer partially covering an exterior surface of the first thin film beam, wherein at least
a portion of the first thin film beam is exposed;

a post-release passivation layer over the first pre-release passivation layer, wherein the post-release passivation layer
at least covers the exposed portion of the first thin film beam.

US Pat. No. 9,288,789

MOBILE STATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND CIRCUIT DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station device configured to and/or programmed to communicate with a base station device, said mobile station
device comprising:
a management unit configured to or programmed to generate, as uplink control information,
a receipt acknowledgement indicating a positive acknowledgement or a negative acknowledgement for downlink data, and
a scheduling request indicating whether to request said base station device to allocate a radio resource;
a parameter setting unit configured to or programmed to set a value of a first parameter relevant to transmission power in
accordance with a first amount of information of said receipt acknowledgement and said scheduling request and configured to
or programmed to set a second parameter based on a transmission power control command; and

a transmission unit configured to or programmed to control, by means of at least one of said first parameter and said second
parameter, the transmission power for a first physical uplink control channel used for transmitting a first signal generated
based on said receipt acknowledgement and said scheduling request, and configured to or programmed to transmit said first
signal to said base station device using said first physical uplink control channel with said controlled transmission power
in an uplink subframe in a case that resource of a physical uplink shared channel is not allocated, wherein

a second amount of information of said scheduling request included in the first amount of information of said receipt acknowledgement
and said scheduling request is one bit and said scheduling request is not transmitted using a second physical uplink control
channel for said scheduling request in a case that said second physical uplink control channel for said scheduling request
is configured in the uplink subframe and the management unit generates said receipt acknowledgement, and

the second amount of information of said scheduling request included in the first amount of information of said receipt acknowledgement
and said scheduling request is zero bit in a case that said second physical uplink control channel for said scheduling request
is not configured in the uplink subframe.

US Pat. No. 9,270,437

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus configured to communicate with a base station apparatus, the mobile station apparatus comprising
a pseudo-random sequence generator configured to being initialized, at a beginning of each radio frame, with an initial value
cinit using a first parameter, wherein

in a case that a second parameter is set, the pseudo-random sequence generator is configured to be initialized with the initial
value cinit using the second parameter, for an initialization of a pseudo-random sequence for each of a cyclic shift (CS) for a physical
uplink control channel (PUCCH), sequence group hopping (SGH) of a demodulation reference signal (DMRS) for the PUCCH and sequence
hopping (SH) of a demodulation reference signal (DMRS) for the PUCCH.

US Pat. No. 9,233,808

PAPER FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A paper feeder comprising:
a paper sheet stacking tray;
a pickup roller feeding a paper sheet that is set on the paper sheet stacking tray; and
an actuator that protrudes on a stacking face of the paper sheet stacking tray and senses the paper sheet when touched, pushed
and moved by a front edge of the paper sheet that is set, wherein

the actuator includes a first actuator adapted for paper sheets of first sizes in width direction and a second actuator adapted
for paper sheets of second sizes that are smaller than any first size in width direction;

the second actuator is arranged at an inner position of the first actuator in width direction; and
an end on sensing side of the second actuator is located on an upstream side from an end on sensing side of the first actuator
in a paper feed direction.

US Pat. No. 9,279,919

LIGHT DIFFUSING MEMBER COMPRISING HOLLOW PORTIONS AND A PLURALITY OF LIGHT-SHIELDING LAYERS DOTTED ON ONE SURFACE OF A BASE MATERIAL, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light diffusing member comprising: a base material with optical transparency; a plurality of light-shielding layers dotted
on one surface of the base material; and an optically transparent material layer provided on the one surface of the base material
and thicker than the light-shielding layers;
wherein at least a light-shielding layer, which is part of the plurality of light-shielding layers, has a planar shape surrounded
by a first figure and a second figure contained in the first figure or a planar shape surrounded by at least part of the first
figure and at least part of the second figure arranged so as to be partially overlaid with the first figure, when viewed in
a direction of a normal to the one surface of the base material,

hollow portions are provided in a formation region of the light-shielding layers, each hollow portion being shaped so that
a cross-sectional area obtained by cutting along a plane parallel to the one surface of the base material is large on the
light-shielding layer side and is gradually decreased as being away from the light-shielding layer, and

a part of the optically transparent material layer other than the hollow portions is taken as a light transmitting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,730,260

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING MULTIPLE RADIO CONNECTIONS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A user equipment (UE) for dual connectivity, comprising:
a processor;
memory in electronic communication with the processor, wherein instructions stored in the memory are executable to:
decode a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) with a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) scrambled by a first cell radio network
temporary identifier (C-RNTI) in a common search space of a first set of cell(s) and a UE specific search space of each serving
cell of the first set of cell(s),

decode a PDCCH with a CRC scrambled by a second C-RNTI in a common search space of a second set of cell(s) and a UE specific
search space of each serving cell of the second set of cell(s), wherein the first C-RNTI is used in a first Medium Access
Control (MAC) entity, and the second C-RNTI is used in a second MAC entity.

US Pat. No. 9,285,741

INFORMATION INPUT DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information input device, comprising a display unit that displays an information input screen image allowing input of
information, and an input unit that is arranged on said display unit and specifies a designated position on said information
input screen image; wherein
a plurality of function setting keys are displayed on a function setting area displayed on a part of said information input
screen image;

in response to detection of a prescribed operation by said input unit on any of said function setting keys displayed in said
function setting area, said display unit enters an express mode and displays setting items corresponding to each of said plurality
of function setting keys as detailed setting items, emphasizing a present state of a detailed setting item displayed in a
distinguishable manner corresponding to a respective function setting key, in correspondence with said function keys, on said
information input screen image, while maintaining display of said plurality of function setting keys; and

said prescribed operation is a flick operation or a sliding operation different from an operation for selecting, when the
position of any of said function setting keys is specified by said input unit, setting items corresponding to the function
setting key.

US Pat. No. 9,220,108

SCHEDULING METHOD AND CONTROL STATION APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station apparatus comprising:
a scheduling unit configured to simultaneously allocate, to a first communication terminal, one or more first block composed
of two or more contiguous subcarriers as an allocation unit and allocate, to a second communication terminal, one or more
second block composed of two or more contiguous subcarriers as allocation unit;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the first communication terminal, first information indicating the one or more
first block, and transmit, to the second communication terminal, second information indicating the one or more second block;
and

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the first communication terminal, a Discrete Fourier Transform-spread-OFDM (DFT-S-OFDM)
signal transmitted using the first information and receive, from the second communication terminal, a Discrete Fourier Transform-spread-OFDM
(DFT-S-OFDM) signal transmitted using the second information, wherein

the number of subcarriers composing of the second block is integral multiplication of the number of subcarriers composing
of the first block in which the integral multiplication is a multiplication of two or more integers.

US Pat. No. 9,717,103

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A wireless communication method performed by a base station apparatus which communicates with a terminal apparatus, the
wireless communication method comprising:
receiving, from the terminal apparatus which includes a storage that stores history information which contains first information
which concerns a cell which the terminal apparatus visited, a radio resource control connection setup complete message, the
radio resource control connection setup complete message including second information, wherein

the second information indicates a presence of the history information, the radio resource control connection setup complete
message not including the history information,

the receiving being performed in a case that the history information is present in the storage; and
the history information contains:
an identifier of the cell which the terminal apparatus visited and
a duration of stay in the cell.

US Pat. No. 9,130,101

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate; and
a dopant diffusion region provided in one surface of said semiconductor substrate,
said semiconductor substrate having an abrasion trace formed on said surface thereof, and
said dopant diffusion region having a portion extending in a direction at an angle within a range of ?5° to +5° with respect
to a direction in which said abrasion trace extends.

US Pat. No. 9,324,891

SOLAR CELL, SOLAR CELL PANEL, AND DEVICE COMPRISING SOLAR CELL

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solar cell, comprising:
a photoelectric conversion layer; and
a photonic crystal inside the photoelectric conversion layer,
a relation 0.26 QV?Q??0.96 QV being met,

wherein QV is a Q value representing a magnitude of a resonance effect yielded by coupling between the photonic crystal and an outside
and is proportional to an inverse number of a coefficient ?V indicative of strength of coupling between the photonic crystal and the outside, and Q? is a Q value representing a magnitude of a resonance effect yielded by a medium of the photoelectric conversion layer and
is proportional to an inverse number of a coefficient of absorption of light by the medium of the photoelectric conversion
layer,

wherein the photonic crystal is configured such that columnar mediums whose refraction index is smaller than that of the medium
of the photoelectric conversion layer are provided periodically inside the medium of the photoelectric conversion layer in
order that the photonic crystal has a photonic band gap, and there are provided defects where the columnar mediums are not
provided in order to provide a defect level in the photonic band gap, and

wherein when a wavelength of a resonance peak corresponding to the defect level is ?, the columnar mediums are provided two-dimensionally
with a pitch of not less than ?/7 and not more than ?/2 with respect to the wavelength ?, and the defects are provided in
a matrix manner so as to serve as a resonator as a whole that provides a photonic band gap.

US Pat. No. 9,279,079

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOSPHOR, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting device, comprising:
a semiconductor light-emitting element emitting excitation light; and
a first phosphor absorbing said excitation light and emitting green light having a peak wavelength in a wavelength range from
520 nm to 550 nm, wherein said first phosphor includes a solid solution of aluminum element and a metal element M selected
from the group consisting of Mn, Ce, and Eu in crystals of an oxynitride having a ?-type Si3N4 crystal structure, an amount of oxygen in synthesized powders of said crystals being not higher than 0.8 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,271,339

MICROWAVE OVEN

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A microwave oven, comprising:
a heating chamber in which a cooking object is to be placed;
a magnetron which oscillates in response to application of voltage thereto to thereby generate a microwave to be supplied
into the heating chamber;

an electric wave sensor which detects the microwave generated by the magnetron;
a timer which counts oscillation start-up time and cumulative driving time of the magnetron, the oscillation start-up time
starting when the voltage is applied to the magnetron and ending when the microwave generated by oscillation of the magnetron
is detected by the electric wave sensor; and

a notification portion which makes a notification concerning time to replace the magnetron,
wherein
the notification portion is programmed to make the notification when the oscillation start-up time read from the memory portion
exceeds a predetermined length of time set based on the cumulative driving time;

the oscillation start-up time and the cumulative driving time are readably stored in a memory portion,
statistical data of the oscillation start-up time observed when lives of magnetrons come to an end is acquired in advance
and stored in the memory portion, and

the predetermined length of time is set based on the statistical data read from the memory portion.

US Pat. No. 9,439,183

BASE STATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station apparatus that is configured to and/or programmed to communicate with a terminal apparatus, the base station
apparatus comprising:
a transmitter configured to and/or programmed to transmit an Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel (EPDCCH) in an EPDCCH
region, wherein

physical resource block pairs corresponding to the EPDCCH region are indicated by higher layers,
the EPDCCH is transmitted using one or a plurality of enhanced control channel elements,
the enhanced control channel element consists of a plurality of enhanced resource element groups in one physical resource
block pair in a case that the enhanced control channel element is subject to a localized mapping,

the enhanced control channel element consists of a plurality of enhanced resource element groups in a plurality of physical
resource block pairs in a case that the enhanced control channel element is subject to a distributed mapping,

in a case of the localized mapping, an EPDCCH UE-specific search space monitored by the terminal apparatus at an aggregation
level is defined by a plurality of EPDCCH candidates, n-th EPDCCH candidate and (n+1)-th EPDCCH candidate in the plurality
of EPDCCH candidates correspond to enhanced control channel elements in different physical resource block pairs, and

a relationship between a number assigned to each EPDCCH candidate and a number assigned to each enhanced control channel element
does not vary regardless of whether the enhanced control channel element is subject to the localized mapping or the distributed
mapping.

US Pat. No. 9,301,298

RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD, RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE, RECEPTION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to a first communication device, first information indicating a first set of subcarriers
comprising of a plurality of subcarriers, and to a second communication device, second information indicating a second set
of subcarriers comprising of a plurality of subcarriers; and

a reception unit configured to receive a first Discrete Fourier Transform-spread-OFDM (DFT-S-OFDM) signal from the first communication
device using the first information and a second Discrete Fourier Transform-spread-OFDM (DFT-S-OFDM) signal from the second
communication device using the second information, wherein

a portion of the second set of subcarriers overlaps with at least a portion of the first set of subcarriers in a time frame
of a plurality of time frames.

US Pat. No. 9,273,973

DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND SELF-PROPELLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device controlling apparatus which controls running of a self-propelling electronic device that runs at least one predetermined
space, comprising:
a running region information storing section which stores running region information indicative of a running region that represents
a region which the self-propelling electronic device can run in the at least one predetermined space, the running region being
determined by a user's operation;

a route history storing section which stores a history of a route which the self-propelling electronic device ran while carrying
out a predetermined operation;

a running region specifying section which specifies, from a predetermined number of routes having been most recently stored
in the route history storing section, a predetermined number of regions in the running region which predetermined number of
regions the self-propelling electronic device has most recently run a fewest number or fewer numbers of times;

a route searching section which searches for a running route on which the self-propelling electronic device runs at least
once all of the predetermined number of regions in the running region indicated by the running region information stored in
the running region information storing section, the predetermined number of regions being specified by the running region
specifying section; and

an instruction issuing section which (i) creates a control instruction for causing the self-propelling electronic device to
run and carry out the predetermined operation in the at least one predetermined space along the running route searched for
by the route searching section, and (ii) issues the control instruction to the self-propelling electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,301,289

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus to which a plurality of cells are assigned from a base station apparatus, the mobile station
apparatus comprising:
first circuitry configured or programmed to receive a plurality of setting information from the base station apparatus, wherein
one of the setting information regarding one of the plurality of cells includes parameters for random access, and
other of the setting information includes some of said parameters, said other of the setting information regarding at least
one of other cells than said one of the plurality of cells; and

second circuitry configured or programmed to:
execute a random access procedure using said one of the setting information during communication with the base station apparatus;
and

execute a random access procedure using said other of the setting information during communication with the base station apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,251,965

WET-TYPE SOLAR BATTERY AND WET-TYPE SOLAR BATTERY MODULE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wet-type solar battery, comprising:
a support comprising a light transmissive material; and
a stack in which a conductive layer, a photoelectric conversion layer containing a porous semiconductor, a porous insulating
layer, and a counter electrode conductive layer are stacked in this order,

said conductive layer being divided into a first region including a portion where the photoelectric conversion layer is to
be formed on a surface thereof and a second region where the photoelectric conversion layer is not to be formed,

a protection film configured to prevent internal short-circuiting, not greater in film thickness in a stacking direction of
said stack than a thickness in said stacking direction of said stack of said photoelectric conversion layer, said protection
film being formed in at least a part around the photoelectric conversion layer on a surface of said first region and adjacent
a side periphery of said photoelectric conversion layer, said protection film not being formed on a top surface said photoelectric
conversion layer,

a scribe line present between said first region and said second region,
said counter electrode conductive layer including a side portion on said second region, and
said protection film being positioned between said photoelectric conversion layer on said first region and said side portion
of said counter electrode conductive layer, and at least one part of said porous insulating layer being formed on said protection
film,

wherein said protection film is porous, said protection film has a pore diameter not greater than a particle size of particles
forming said porous insulating layer, said protection film is separate from said porous insulating layer, and said porous
insulating layer is formed after said protection film is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,073,052

ION CONCENTRATION SENSOR

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ion concentration sensor, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a plurality of sensing sections having a sensing surface with which a test object is to be brought into contact, each of the plurality of sensing sections being sensitive to ions of the test object;
a semiconductor layer provided between the supporting substrate and the plurality of sensing sections;
a plurality of transistors which are configured to read out and transfer respective analog signals which vary in accordance with amounts of ions sensed by the respective plurality of sensing sections; and
an analog to digital conversion circuit which converts, into respective digital signals, the analog signals transferred from the respective plurality of transistors,
the plurality of sensing sections, the plurality of transistors, and the analog to digital conversion circuit being provided above the supporting substrate,
the plurality of transistors being provided on the semiconductor layer,
each of the plurality of transistors having a corresponding gate provided on a first surface of the semiconductor layer,
the analog to digital conversion circuit being provided on the semiconductor layer,
the sensing surface being provided on a second surface of the semiconductor layer, the second surface being opposite to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,021,679

TERMINAL DEVICE, BASE STATION APPARATUS, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terminal device that performs first communication with E-UTRAN, and second communication between terminal devices directly, the terminal device comprising:reception circuitry configured to and/or programmed to:
receive first information and second information over a downlink in the first communication, and
perform reception processing in the second communication based on a first identity included in the first information; and
transmission circuitry configured to and/or programmed to perform transmission processing in the second communication based on a second identity included in the second information, wherein
the reception circuitry is configured to and/or programmed to receive allocation information for resource allocation to the second communication, the resource allocation included in downlink control information in the first communication,
the allocation information indicates a bitmap,
the bitmap indicates subframes for the second communication, and
a payload size of the downlink control information is the same as a payload size of second downlink control information, the second downlink control information including an uplink grant for the first communication.

US Pat. No. 9,173,125

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS AND MOBILE STATION APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station apparatus in a mobile communication system in which a mobile station apparatus is configured to transmit,
to the base station apparatus, uplink data on a physical uplink shared channel, the physical uplink shared channel being assigned
by using a physical downlink control channel, the base station apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the mobile station apparatus, a radio resource control signal including first
information instructing the mobile station apparatus to periodically transmit first reception quality information,

the transmitting unit configured to transmit on the physical downlink control channel, to the mobile station apparatus, second
information instructing the mobile station apparatus to transmit second reception quality information on the physical uplink
shared channel; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the mobile station apparatus, only the second reception quality information on
the physical uplink shared channel in a case that the transmission of the first reception quality information which is instructed
by using the first information and the transmission of the second information which is instructed by using the second information
would occur at the same time, wherein

the second reception quality information is received together with the uplink data on the physical uplink shared channel,
and

an amount of resources for the second reception quality information is determined based on a size of the physical uplink shared
channel assigned by using the physical downlink control channel.

US Pat. No. 9,164,624

OPTICAL RECEIVING DEVICE AND OPTICAL TOUCH PANEL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-receiving device, comprising a plurality of light-receiving units,
wherein each of the plurality of light-receiving units comprises:
a plurality of light-receiving elements;
first and second terminal forming regions respectively provided for forming first and second connection terminals for connecting
first and second circuits to the plurality of light-receiving elements, respectively; and

a light-receiving element forming region disposed between the first and second terminal forming regions, the light-receiving
element forming region being provided for forming the plurality of light-receiving elements,

wherein each of the plurality of light-receiving units comprises a substrate and a protective member,
wherein the plurality of light-receiving elements and the first and second connection terminals are formed on a front surface
of the substrate,

wherein the protective member is disposed so as to cover the plurality of light-receiving elements,
wherein a rear surface of the first or second terminal forming region in the substrate of one of the light-receiving units
and a front surface of the protective member of a light-receiving unit that is different from said one of the light-receiving
units are bonded together,

wherein the plurality of light-receiving elements are aligned in the light-receiving element forming region,
wherein the plurality of light-receiving units comprise a first light-receiving unit and a second light-receiving unit, the
first light-receiving unit having a rear surface of the substrate thereof in the second terminal forming region bonded to
another light-receiving unit, the second light-receiving unit having a front surface of the protective member bonded to said
first light-receiving unit, and

wherein the first light-receiving unit and the second light-receiving unit are bonded together such that the plurality of
light-receiving elements disposed on the first light-receiving unit and the plurality of light-receiving elements disposed
on the second light-receiving unit are in a line with a regular gap from a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,312,278

DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device comprising:
a pixel portion comprising:
a pixel transistor;
a first insulating film including an inorganic material and covering the pixel transistor;
a second insulating film including an organic material over the first insulating film; and
a third insulating film including an inorganic material over the second insulating film; and
a driver circuit portion outside the pixel portion, the driver circuit portion comprising:
a driving transistor configured to supply a signal to the pixel transistor;
the first insulating film covering the driving transistor; and
the second insulating film over the first insulating film,
wherein the third insulating film includes an opening portion over the driving transistor,
wherein the third insulating film does not overlap a semiconductor layer of the driving transistor,
wherein the pixel portion and the driver circuit portion are over a substrate,
wherein the substrate comprises a fifth region,
wherein an entire region of the fifth region and an entire region of the pixel portion overlap each other, and
wherein the third insulating film does not overlap any region of the substrate other than the fifth region.

US Pat. No. 9,280,119

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image reading section configured to read a document placed on a document placement table by moving and scanning of a scanning
body in a sub-scanning direction;

an image forming section configured to form an image read by the image reading section on a paper sheet;
a discharge section configured to discharge the paper sheet on which an image is formed by the image forming section to a
direction perpendicular to the sub-scanning direction; and

a discharge tray on which the paper sheet from the discharge section is to be placed with a space section at a lower side
of the image reading section, wherein

a bottom surface of a housing of the image reading section facing the discharge tray is constituted of a first surface and
a second surface, the first surface being a surface at a front side of the discharge section in a discharging direction and
high with respect to the discharge tray, the second surface being a surface at a back side of the discharge section in the
discharging direction lower than the first surface with respect to the discharge tray, and

a pulling member and/or a movable wiring are/is arranged at an upper side of the second surface inside the housing, the pulling
member being configured to move the scanning body back and forth in the sub-scanning direction, one end portion of the movable
wiring being secured to the scanning body,

wherein the first surface includes a plurality of rib pieces extending in a paper discharging direction perpendicular to the
sub-scanning, direction.

US Pat. No. 9,191,080

RECEPTION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, TRANSMISSION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reception device comprising:
a reception unit for receiving signals transmitted by assigning respectively a plurality of different frequency signal groups,
which are generated based on a same bit sequence, to a plurality of layers;

an MIMO demultiplexing unit for implementing MIMO demultiplexing of the signals, received by the reception unit, into the
frequency signal groups corresponding respectively to the plural layers;

a de-interleaving unit for applying different de-interleaves, for each of the plural layers, to the frequency signal groups
resulting from the MIMO demultiplexing implemented by the MIMO demultiplexing unit and corresponding respectively to the plural
layers;

a demodulation unit for demodulating, for each of the plural layers, the frequency signal groups having been subjected to
the de-interleaves by the de-interleaving unit; and

a combining unit for merging individual items of information based on the demodulated frequency signal groups, the items of
information corresponding respectively to the plural layers.

US Pat. No. 9,191,155

RECEPTION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reception device which receives a plurality of transmit signals which are transmitted from a transmission device by a
MIMO transmission scheme, comprising:
channel estimation circuitry that performs channel estimation using a received signal, and calculates a channel estimation
value;

signal detection circuitry that generates a bit log-likelihood ratio by MIMO demultiplexing of a received signal based on
the channel estimation value; and

decoding circuitry that performs error correction decoding with respect to the bit log-likelihood ratio, wherein
the signal detection circuitry includes:
transmit signal candidate search circuitry that generates a search signal made from a linear detection result with respect
to the plurality of transmit signals, and an error component between the linear detection result and the plurality of transmit
signals,

transmit signal candidate generation circuitry that generates a transmit signal candidate by hard decision of the search signal,
and

decision circuitry that generates the bit log-likelihood ratio using the transmit signal candidate; and
one of the plurality of transmit signals is fixed to a certain modulation symbol to generate the search signal from the one
of the plurality of transmit signals, and the linear detection result of a reception signal in which the one of the plurality
of transmit signals fixed to the certain modulation symbol is canceled.

US Pat. No. 9,318,645

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A nitride semiconductor light-emitting element, comprising:
an n-type nitride semiconductor layer;
a p-type nitride semiconductor layer; and
a multiple quantum well light-emitting layer provided between said n-type nitride semiconductor layer and said p-type nitride
semiconductor layer,

said multiple quantum well light-emitting layer including a second light-emitting layer, a third barrier layer, and a first
light-emitting layer from a side close to said p-type nitride semiconductor layer,

said first light-emitting layer including a plurality of first quantum well layers and a first barrier layer provided between
said plurality of first quantum well layers,

said second light-emitting layer including a plurality of second quantum well layers and a second barrier layer provided between
said plurality of second quantum well layers,

said second quantum well layers being thicker than said first quantum well layers,
said second barrier layer being thinner than said first barrier layer, and
said second barrier layer being thinner than said third barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 9,190,001

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND GATE SIGNAL LINE DRIVING METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device at least comprising:
a plurality of gate signal lines;
a plurality of source signal lines;
pixels disposed so as to correspond to intersections between the gate signal lines and the source signal lines;
a gate driver that selectively outputs a gate pulse to the plurality of gate signal lines; and
a control circuit that controls a pulse period of the gate pulse, wherein
each of the pixels includes a plurality of sub-pixels selected through a gate signal line in an n-th line,
a first control capacitor is connected between a pixel electrode of at least one sub-pixel among the plurality of sub-pixels
and a common signal line through a first switching element whose gate electrode is connected to one of gate signal lines in
(n+1)-th and subsequent lines,

the control circuit selectively switches between a first output mode in which a pulse period of a gate pulse to be output
to the gate signal line in the n-th line and a pulse period of a gate pulse to be output to the one of the gate signal lines
in the (n+1)-th and subsequent lines partially overlap and a second output mode in which the pulse periods do not overlap,

the number of sub-pixels per pixel is greater than or equal to three,
assuming that the at least one sub-pixel among the plurality of sub-pixels is called a specific sub-pixel and a sub-pixel
other than the specific sub-pixel is called a normal sub-pixel, the number of normal sub-pixels is greater than or equal to
two, and a pixel circuit included in each of the plurality of sub-pixels has a configuration in which a potential difference
is generated between the normal sub-pixels at least in the second output mode so that the normal sub-pixels are divided into
a relatively-high-luminance sub-pixel and a low-luminance sub-pixel in response to writing of a source signal through the
source signal line,
the normal sub-pixels include a first normal sub-pixel and a second normal sub-pixel,
the first normal sub-pixel has a first holding capacitor line that, along with a first pixel electrode, forms a holding capacitor,
the second normal sub-pixel has a second holding capacitor line that, along with a second pixel electrode, forms a holding
capacitor, and

holding capacitor control signals having opposite phases are applied to the first holding capacitor line and the second holding
capacitor line in the first output mode and the second output mode so that a potential difference is generated between the
first normal sub-pixel and the second normal sub-pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,182,844

TOUCH PANEL, DISPLAY DEVICE PROVIDED WITH TOUCH PANEL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TOUCH PANEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A touch panel, comprising:
an insulating substrate;
first island-shaped electrodes formed on the substrate and arranged along one direction;
second island-shaped electrodes formed on the substrate and arranged along a direction that intersects with said one direction
along which the first electrodes are arranged;

a first connecting member that connects the first island-shaped electrodes;
a metal film formed on the first connecting member;
an insulating film formed so as to cover an entirety of the metal film; and
a second connecting member connecting the second island-shaped electrodes over the insulating film,
wherein the first island-shaped electrodes, the second island-shaped electrodes, the first connecting member, and the second
connecting member are made of transparent conductive films.

US Pat. No. 9,872,354

LED DRIVE CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An LED drive circuit that drives a backlight device including LEDs each including a first light emitting element that emits
a first primary light; a second light emitting element that emits a second primary light; and a phosphor of a forbidden transition
type that emits secondary light excited by the first primary light by absorbing a portion of the first primary light from
the first light emitting element, the LED drive circuit comprising:
a first driver that drives the first light emitting element;
a second driver that drives the second light emitting element;
an optical sensor that receives the first primary light emitted by the first light emitting element, the second primary light
emitted by the second light emitting element, and the secondary light emitted by the phosphor of a forbidden transition type;
and

an arithmetic processor that controls a duty ratio of a PWM signal to drive the first light emitting element with the first
driver and driving current to drive the first light emitting element based on the first primary light, the second primary
light, and the secondary light which are received by the optical sensor, and to control a duty ratio of a PWM signal to drive
the second light emitting element with the second driver and driving current to drive the second light emitting element based
on the first primary light, the second primary light, and the secondary light, wherein

when intensities of the first primary light, the second primary light, and the secondary light that are received by the optical
sensor do not match intensities of the first primary light, the second primary light, and the secondary light that are set
in advance, in order to correct a deviation of white balance, the arithmetic processor (i) changes, based on a correction
coefficient calculated by arithmetic processing performed in advance, the duty ratio of the PWM signal to drive the first
light emitting element with the first driver and the driving current to drive the first light emitting element, and (ii) changes,
based on the correction coefficient calculated by arithmetic processing performed in advance, the duty ratio of the PWM signal
to drive the second light emitting element with the second driver and the driving current to drive the second light emitting
element.

US Pat. No. 9,231,042

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a plurality of sub-pixels;
an insulating layer;
a first lower electrode over the insulating layer in one of the plurality of sub-pixels;
a second lower electrode over the insulating layer in another one of the plurality of sub-pixels;
a partition over the insulating layer, the partition positioned between the first lower electrode and the second lower electrode;
a stacked-layer film over the first lower electrode, the partition, and the second lower electrode, the stacked-layer film
comprising a light-emitting layer containing a light-emitting substance and a layer having higher conductivity than a conductivity
of the light-emitting layer;

an upper electrode over the stacked-layer film; and
a third electrode under the partition, and between the first lower electrode and the second lower electrode,
wherein a length in a longitudinal direction of the third electrode is longer than a length in a longitudinal direction of
any of the plurality of sub-pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,510,473

DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
a panel laminated body including a plurality of rectangular panels stacked together such that respective short sides of the
plurality of panels extend in a same direction;

flexible printed circuit boards each being connected to a corresponding one of respective short sides of the plurality of
panels disposed in one of side portions of the panel laminated body;

an extension portion formed in at least a part of the flexible printed circuit boards so as to extend outwardly from a side
area of the panel laminated body in a short-side direction of the panels in the side area; and

a substrate member stacked on the panel laminated body and including a side end portion protruding from the side area of the
panel laminated body; wherein

at least a pair of the extension portions is electrically connected together in a state where the pair of the extension portions
is superimposed on each other and is folded in the side area of the panel laminated body;

one extension portion in the pair of extension portions is folded inside of another extension portion in the pair of extension
portions;

the extension portions of the flexible printed circuit boards are disposed such that the extension portions as a whole superpose
on the side end portion of the substrate member;

a substrate member side flexible printed circuit board including, a substrate member side extension portion extending outwardly
from the side area of the panel laminated body in short-side direction of the panels in the side area is provided in the side
end portion of the substrate member, and

the substrate member side extension portion is electrically connected to the extension portions of the flexible printed circuit
boards in a state where the substrate member side extension portion is superimposed on the extension portions, and is folded
in the side area of the panel laminated body.

US Pat. No. 9,383,609

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate;
a liquid crystal layer interposed between both of the first substrate and the second substrate; and
a spacer holding a gap between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein
the spacer includes a first spacer and a second spacer,
the first substrate includes the first spacer, gate bus lines, and source bus lines,
the second substrate includes the second spacer,
respective lengths of the first spacer and the second spacer are equal to or smaller than a length of a short side of a pixel,
widths of the first spacer and the second spacer are different from each other,
the liquid crystal display device includes the first substrate and the second substrate bonded to each other,
the first spacer and the second spacer intersect with each other at a plurality of spacer intersecting portions,
the gate bus lines and the source bus lines intersect with each other at a first bus line intersecting portion, a second bus
line intersecting portion adjacent to the first bus line intersecting portion in a direction in which the gate bus lines extend,
and a third bus line intersecting portion adjacent to the first bus line intersecting portion in a direction in which the
source bus lines extend,

one of the first spacer and the second spacer is disposed along the gate bus lines and the other of the first spacer and the
second spacer is disposed along the source bus lines,

the plurality of spacer intersecting portions overlap the first bus line intersecting portion, and do not overlap the second
bus line intersecting portion and the third bus line intersecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,319,538

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus connected to a plurality of image processing apparatuses that execute jobs corresponding to a plurality
of functional modes relating to image processing and accepting a request for execution of the jobs from an information processing
apparatus, the management apparatus comprising:
storage means that stores a functional mode table that stores a relationship between a plurality of functional modes and a
generation state of a malfunction in the plurality of functional modes per each of the plurality of image processing apparatuses;
and

allocation means that refers to the functional mode table and when a functional mode of a job accepted from the information
processing apparatus agrees with a normal-state functional mode that a defective image processing apparatus generating a malfunction
can execute by using a functional unit free from a malfunction, the defective image processing apparatus having an error-state
functional mode which cannot be executed by a functional unit which generates a malfunction, allocates the job to the defective
image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,298,059

DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device of transflective type comprising:
a display panel; and
a backlight,
said display device carrying out, in a switchable manner, (i) reflection display by reflecting light entered from outside
and (ii) transmission display by causing light from the backlight to pass through,

the display panel including:
a first substrate which has a first electrode,
a second substrate which has a second electrode and is arranged so as to face the first substrate, and
an optical modulation layer which contains a plurality of shape-anisotropic members and is provided between the first substrate
and the second substrate, each of the plurality of shape-anisotropic members (i) having a reflection surface and (ii) changing,
by rotation, an area of a projection image viewed in a normal direction of the substrate,

said display device controlling a transmittance of light, which has entered the optical modulation layer, by rotating the
plurality of shape-anisotropic members by changing a frequency of a voltage applied between the first electrode and the second
electrode, and

said display device displaying black by multiple reflection of the light that has entered the optical modulation layer and
is reflected by the plurality of shape-anisotropic members which are oriented so as to abut on one of the first substrate
and the second substrate such that a major axis of each of the plurality of shape-anisotropic members extends in parallel
with the one of the first substrate and the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,473,652

IMAGE DISPLAY UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display unit capable of displaying image data page-wise, comprising:
a storage storing a plurality of successive pages of page-wise image data;
a display panel displaying the image data read from the storage in preview representation; and
a controller performing a determination process that determines whether there is any change in a second input condition of
a determination image data as a second image data to be determined in comparison with a first input condition of a reference
image data as a first image data, wherein

the determination image data is an image data subsequently stored immediately after the reference image data into the storage,
and

when the controller determines that there is a change in the second input condition compared with the first input condition,
the controller controls the display panel to display, in parallel, the reference image data and the determination image data
side-by-side.

US Pat. No. 9,311,895

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An active matrix-type display device configured to display a color image by dividing one frame period into a plurality
of sub-frames and displaying a screen image of a different color for each of the sub-frames, the active matrix-type display
device comprising:
a plurality of data lines;
a plurality of scanning signal lines disposed to be orthogonal to the plurality of data lines;
a plurality of pixel circuits provided corresponding to intersections of the plurality of data lines and the plurality of
scanning signal lines;

a first power supply line configured to supply a constant voltage to the plurality of pixel circuits;
a plurality of second power supply lines configured to supply a relatively high-level first voltage and a relatively low-level
second voltage to the plurality of pixel circuits, the plurality of second power supply lines corresponding, in a one-to-one
manner, to the plurality of sub-frames included in the one frame period;

a data line drive circuit configured to apply a video signal to the plurality of data lines;
a scanning signal line drive circuit configured to apply a scanning signal to the plurality of scanning signal lines; and
a second power supply control unit configured to control a voltage to be given to the plurality of second power supply lines,
wherein

the pixel circuit comprises:
a plurality of self light-emitting type electro-optical elements provided between each of the plurality of second power supply
lines and the first power supply line, the plurality of self light-emitting type electro-optical elements corresponding, in
a one-to-one manner, to the plurality of sub-frames included in the one frame period;

one first transistor that is provided to be in series with the plurality of electro-optical elements between the first power
supply line and the plurality of second power supply lines, and that controls a driving current to be supplied to the plurality
of electro-optical elements;

a second transistor that is provided between a control terminal of the first transistor and one of the data lines, and that
electrically connects the control terminal of the first transistor and the data line when a scanning signal applied to a corresponding
scanning signal line has been set active by the scanning signal line drive circuit; and

a capacitor provided between the control terminal of the first transistor and one conductive terminal of the first transistor,
and

when any sub-frame included in the one frame period is assumed as a focused sub-frame, the second power supply control unit
controls a voltage to be given to the plurality of second power supply lines such that, in the focused sub-frame, a voltage
applied to an electro-optical element corresponding to the focused sub-frame becomes equal to or higher than a light emission
threshold value and also a voltage applied to an electro-optical element other than the electro-optical element corresponding
to the focused sub-frame becomes less than the light emission threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,281,485

LIGHT-RECEIVING DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-receiving device, comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element; and an active element, wherein
the active element includes at least one of a reset element configured to reset the photoelectric conversion element, an amplifier
element configured to amplify a detection signal based on the photoelectric conversion element, or a selection element configured
to selectively output the detection signal based on the photoelectric conversion element, and

the photoelectric conversion element and at least part of the active element are formed by using an identical organic semiconductor
material or an identical high molecular functional material; wherein

the photoelectric conversion element is a phototransistor constituted of a pnp-type or npn-type layered organic semiconductor
bipolar transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,009,897

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS CAPABILITY NOTIFICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus that is connected to a base station apparatus by aggregating a plurality of cells of which frequencies are different from each other, based on a capability of the mobile station apparatus,the mobile station apparatus comprising circuitry that transmits capability information, to the base station apparatus, wherein
the capability information indicates, for band combinations each indicating a combination of a plurality of frequencies supported by the mobile station apparatus, whether the mobile station apparatus supports multiple timing advances,
the capability information includes a list of indications each of which corresponds to one of the band combinations, each of the indications indicating, for a corresponding one of the band combinations, whether or not the multiple timing advances are supported,
in a case where the mobile station apparatus supports the multiple timing advances for a first band combination of the band combinations which corresponds to a first indication of the list of indications, the first indication indicates that the multiple timing advances for the first band combination are supported, and
in a case where the mobile station apparatus does not support the multiple timing advances for a second band combination of the band combinations which corresponds to a second indication of the list of indications, the second indication indicates that the multiple timing advances for the second band combination are not supported.

US Pat. No. 9,516,650

TERMINAL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND BASE STATION APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terminal configured to communicate with a base station, the terminal comprising:
receiving circuitry configured to receive, by a higher layer signal, configuration information and a downlink control information
format, the configuration information relating to a first configuration for a first base station apparatus and a second configuration
for a second base station apparatus; and

transmitting circuitry configured to transmit an SRS (sounding reference signal) based on an SRS request included in the downlink
control information format; wherein

the transmitting circuitry is configured to, based on control information included in the downlink control information format,
determine which of the first configuration and the second configuration is to be used to transmit the SRS.

US Pat. No. 9,497,776

TERMINAL, BASE STATION, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A user equipment (UE) apparatus communicating with a base station apparatus, the UE apparatus comprising:
a control channel processor configured and/or programmed to monitor, in a subframe, a physical downlink control channel in
a common search space and a physical downlink control channel in a UE-specific search space, wherein

the control channel processor is configured and/or programmed to monitor, in a subframe which is one of higher-layer configured
subframes for monitoring an enhanced physical downlink control channel, the physical downlink control channel in the common
search space and the enhanced physical downlink control channel in an enhanced physical downlink control channel UE-specific
search space in a case that the UE apparatus is higher-layer configured to monitor the enhanced physical downlink control
channel.

US Pat. No. 9,299,292

DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPRISING SAME, AND DRIVE METHOD FOR DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device with a display portion and a light source, the display portion including a plurality of image forming
portions, the light source illuminating the display portion and having an intensity changeable in accordance with images to
be displayed on a screen of the display portion, the display device comprising:
a display drive portion for driving the display portion;
a light source drive portion for driving the light source; and
a control portion for controlling the display drive portion in accordance with externally received data, wherein,
the control portion includes a refresh rate control portion for controlling a refresh rate determined in accordance with the
proportion of a refresh period for refreshing the screen and a no-refresh period for pausing the refreshing of the screen,
and

in a transition period in which the intensity of the light source gradually changes in accordance with gradual changes of
the images to be displayed from a first image to a second image, a first period from the start of the refresh period to the
start of another refresh period immediately following the refresh period has a duration less than or equal to a duration of
a second period corresponding to a phase of the change in intensity of the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,195,097

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID-CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising
a pair of substrates, and
a liquid crystal layer disposed between the pair of substrates,
wherein the liquid crystal layer includes a liquid crystal material having a negative dielectric constant anisotropy,
at least one of the pair of substrates is provided with an alignment film for vertically aligning adjacent liquid crystal
molecules, and a polymer layer formed on the alignment film for controlling the alignment of the adjacent liquid crystal molecules,

the polymer layer is formed by polymerization of at least one monomer, the polymerization being initiated by radicals generated
of the monomer upon absorption of light,

the alignment film includes a polymer compound having a main chain that contains an imide structure, and
the main chain has an imidization ratio of less than 50%,
the at least one monomer being a condensed aromatic compound represented by the following formula (II):
P1-A1-P1  (II)

wherein P1s are each independently an acryloyloxy group, a methacryloyloxy group, an acryloylamino group, or a methacryloylamino group;
and

A1 is represented by the following formula (2-2):


wherein a hydrogen atom in A1 may be substituted with a halogen group, a methyl group, an ethyl group, or a propyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,426,800

TERMINAL DEVICE, BASE STATION DEVICE, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT TO DETERMINE PARAMETERS RELATED TO DEMODULATION REFERENCE SIGNALS (DMRS)

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terminal device comprising:
scheduling circuitry configured to generate a demodulation reference signal associated with transmission of a physical uplink
shared channel, a demodulation reference signal sequence of the demodulation reference signal being given by a base sequence
number; and

transmitting circuitry configured to transmit, to a base station device, the demodulation reference signal, wherein
the base sequence number is given by a first parameter, a value of the first parameter being given by a value of first information
configured by a higher layer, in a case that the value of the first information is configured by the higher layer, the transmission
of the physical uplink shared channel corresponds to downlink control information to which Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) parity
bits scrambled by a Cell-Radio Network Temporary Identifier (C-RNTI) are attached, group hopping for the demodulation reference
signal is disabled, and sequence hopping for the demodulation reference signal is enabled,

the base sequence number is given by the first parameter, a value of the first parameter being given by a physical layer cell
identity, in a case that no value of the first information is configured by the higher layer, the group hopping for the demodulation
reference signal is disabled, and the sequence hopping for the demodulation reference signal is enabled, and

the base sequence number is given by the first parameter, a value of the first parameter being given by the physical layer
cell identity, in a case that the transmission of the physical uplink shared channel corresponds to a random access response
grant, the group hopping for the demodulation reference signal is disabled, and the sequence hopping for the demodulation
reference signal is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,357,219

VIDEO ENCODING APPARATUS AND VIDEO DECODING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video decoding apparatus that executes a decoding processing for input encoded data for each block, comprising:
a variable-length decoding portion that decodes a partition structure of a block to be processed from the input encoded data;
a predictive image producing portion that produces a predictive image for each partition that is specified by the partition
structure; and

a transform candidate deriving portion that determines a list of transform candidate that is a list of applicable transforms
based on partition shape information, which partition shape information characterizes each partition with respect to at least
one of partition size, a feature of partition size, and a layer in the partition structure, wherein

the variable-length-decoding portion decodes a transform selection flag based on the input encoded data and the list of transform
candidate as well as decodes a transform coefficient of the block to be processed based on the transform selection flag,

the video decoding apparatus further comprises:
a prediction residual reconstructing potion that reconstructs a prediction residual by applying inverse transforms to the
transform coefficient, the inverse transforms corresponding to transforms, the transforms being specified by the transform
selection flag; and

a local decoded image producing portion that outputs decoded image data based on the predictive image and the prediction residual,
the decoded image data corresponding to the block to be processed;

wherein the partition structure is expressed by a layer structure, and specifies that each partition is included in either
layer corresponding to a shape of the partition.

US Pat. No. 9,328,975

DRAINAGE STRUCTURE OF CORRUGATED FIN-TYPE HEAT EXCHANGER

NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPAN...

1. A drain structure for a corrugated fin-type heat exchanger, comprising:
a pair of opposing header pipes;
a plurality of flat heat exchange tubes, each having an upper surface, a lower surface, side surfaces, and the end portion;
a plurality of corrugated fins formed by repeatedly accordion-folding; and
a plurality of lug pieces on the side surfaces of each of the flat heat exchange tubes, wherein
each of the flat heat exchange tubes is connected to the pair of the opposing header pipes at the end portions of the flat
heat exchange tube so that the flat heat exchange tube is disposed between the pair of the opposing header pipes, and parallel
to one another in a horizontal direction,

the corrugated fins are disposed between the flat heat exchange tubes so that each of the corrugated fins is connected to
the upper surface of the flat heat exchange tube beneath the corrugated fins and the lower surface of the flat heat exchange
tube above the corrugated fins,

the lug pieces are disposed under a state of being cut and lugged obliquely via cutouts on each of the side surfaces of a
flange portion of the flat heat exchange tubes, which extends along the flat heat exchange tubes in the width direction, each
of the lug pieces directly and linearly extends from the side surface of the flat heat exchange tube, and each of the lug
pieces is disposed beneath an upper side of each of the corrugated fins and above a lower side of each of the corrugated fins,
so that water flow passages having edge portions are formed on the side surfaces of the flat heat exchange tubes, the edge
portions being configured to induce, in contact with, water retained between valleys of the corrugated fins adjacent to an
upper side and a lower side of each of the flat heat exchange tubes,

a plurality of the water flow passages are formed on each of the side surfaces of the flat heat exchange tubes at a pitch
along a longitudinal direction extending from one of the pair of the opposing header pipes to the other of the pair of the
opposing header pipes,

the edge portion of each of the water flow passages comprises a corner portion, at which two surfaces of each of the lug pieces
that are inclined in proximity to a horizontal surface portion of each of the flat heat exchange tubes cross each other, and

at least part of each of the plurality of water flow passages is positioned on an inner side of a side end portion of each
of the corrugated fins.

US Pat. No. 9,250,549

FULL-COLOR TONER SET, FULL-COLOR DEVELOPER SET, IMAGE-FORMATION METHOD USING SAME, AND IMAGE-FORMATION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A full-color toner set comprising:
a cyan toner; a magenta toner; and a yellow toner each containing a binder resin; a coloring agent; a charging control agent;
a release agent; and a release agent dispersing aid,

the binder resin being polyester resin,
the release agent dispersing aid being styrene acrylic copolymer resin having at least one of an ?-methylstyrene structure
and a styrene structure, the release agent dispersing aid being contained in an amount of 7 parts by weight to 14 parts by
weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the polyester resin, and

the full-color toner set having a sum of resistivities of the cyan toner, the magenta toner, and the yellow toner of 410×109 to 510×109 (?·cm).

US Pat. No. 9,159,002

RECORDING SHEET TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM INCORPORATING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay transport apparatus, comprising:
a carry-in port to which a paper sheet is to be carried in;
a carry-out port from which the paper sheet is to be carried out;
a first transport path formed so as to couple the carry-in port and the carry-out port, the first transport path including
a plurality of segments;

a plurality of first transport sections disposed along the first transport path, the plurality of first transport sections
being configured to transport the paper sheet carried in from the carry-in port to the carry-out port along the first transport
path;

a plurality of driving sections corresponding to the respective segments, the plurality of driving sections being configured
to drive the first transport section in the corresponding segment; and

a drive transmission section configured to drive the plurality of first transport sections based on an output from a predetermined
one driving section while only the predetermined one driving section operates among the plurality of driving sections, the
drive transmission section being configured to drive the plurality of first transport sections based on outputs from the corresponding
driving sections while the plurality of driving sections operate, wherein

the first transport sections each include:
a rotation shaft unit rotatably supported;
a transport roller disposed at the rotation shaft unit; and
a driven roller rotatable in contact with the transport roller,
the predetermined one driving section corresponds to a first segment, as counted in a paper sheet transport direction, among
the respective segments, and

the drive transmission section includes:
a first transmission section provided astride between the respective rotation shaft units adjacent along the first transport
path, the first transmission section being configured to transmit rotation force between the respective rotation shaft units
between which the first transmission section is provided astride; and

a first one-way clutch disposed between the first transmission section and a first rotation shaft unit in a subsequent segment,
the first transmission section being provided astride between a last rotation shaft unit, as counted in a paper sheet transport
direction, in the segment and the first rotation shaft unit in the subsequent section, as counted in a paper sheet transport
direction, wherein

the first one-way clutch is configured to transmit rotation force transmitted from the first transmission section to the first
rotation shaft unit in the subsequent segment only while a rotation speed transmitted from the first transmission section
to which the first one-way clutch is disposed is equal to or more than a rotation speed of the first rotation shaft unit in
the subsequent section to which the first one-way clutch is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,088,796

VIDEO DECODER WITH ENHANCED CABAC DECODING

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A decoder that decodes video, wherein:
(a) the decoder is configured to receive a bitstream;
(b) the decoder is configured to decode the bitstream using one of a regular decoding engine and a bypass decoding engine,
the regular decoding engine is configured to perform arithmetic decoding using a context and the bypass decoding engine is
configured to perform arithmetic decoding which does not use a context;

(c) the decoder is configured to identify a prediction mode of a plurality of prediction modes;
(d) the decoder is configured to decode first information indicating whether a prediction mode of a current block is selected
from a first list of prediction modes generated using one or more prediction modes of one or more adjacent blocks of the current
block;

(e) in case that the decoder identifies the first information as indicating that the prediction mode of the current block
is a most probable mode selected from the first list of prediction modes, the decoder is configured to decode second information
used for selecting a prediction mode from the first list of prediction modes using the bypass decoding engine; and

(f) in case that the decoder identifies the first information as indicating that the prediction mode of the current block
is not a most probable mode selected from the first list of prediction modes, the decoder is configured to decode third information
used for selecting a prediction mode from a second list of prediction modes using the bypass decoding engine.

US Pat. No. 9,047,447

ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device system comprising: an electronic device executing process; and a connection device allowed to be connected
to the electronic device, wherein
the electronic device and the connection device are connected to each other through connection units provided with SD (Secure
Digital) standard terminals and extension terminals,

the connection device includes a storage unit that stores permission/inhibition information indicating whether execution of
process allowed to be executed by the electronic device is permitted, and

the electronic device includes a processor that executes:
code for obtaining permission/inhibition information stored in the storage unit of the connection device through the extension
terminals of the connection units without using the SD standard terminals of the connection units, when the connection device
is connected through the connection units;

code for storing information relating to permission or inhibition of execution of the process based on the obtained permission/inhibition
information; and

code for starting, based on the stored information, permission or inhibition of execution of process allowed to be executed
after connection with the connection device is released.

US Pat. No. 9,223,439

SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM, TOUCH PANEL CONTROLLER, TOUCH PANEL SYSTEM USING SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing system which performs signal processing on a plurality of time-series signals which are sampled at
a discrete time and are derived from a linear element driven in parallel on a basis of a code sequence, the signal processing
being performed based on an inner product operation of the time-series signals and the code sequence, to estimate a value
or an input of the linear element, the signal processing system comprising:
first and second subsystems which have different input-output transfer characteristics; and
a switching circuit which switches between the first subsystem and the second subsystem and then connects one of the first
and second subsystems to the linear element, to reduce noise present in a result of estimation of the value or input of the
linear element, which estimation is performed by signal processing through inner product calculation of the code sequence,
on a basis of a frequency of noise mixed in each of the time-series signals, an amount of that noise, and the input-output
transfer characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,161,037

IMAGE ENCODING DEVICE, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING DEVICE, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image decoder for decoding encoded data so as to form a decoded image, comprising:
a decoding circuit configured to decode, from the encoded data,
(i) an encode parameter including prediction mode information and
(ii) prediction residual data;
a first selecting circuit configured to select, from a plurality of prediction sets, one prediction set to be used with respect
to each target block to be intra-predicted, wherein the prediction set includes , as prediction mode candidates, a plurality
of prediction modes corresponding to respective direction predictions, wherein each of the plurality of prediction sets includes
the same number of the plurality of prediction modes;

a second selecting circuit configured to select one prediction mode from the plurality of prediction modes included in the
prediction set selected by the first selector;

a predicting circuit configured to form, on the basis of the prediction mode thus selected, a predicted image of the each
target block to be intra-predicted; and

an adding circuit configured to form a decoded image of the each target block to be intra-predicted by adding the predicted
image formed by the prediction section and the prediction residual data obtained by decoding the encoded data.

US Pat. No. 9,080,993

MICRODEVICE, MICROCHIP APPARATUS AND ANALYSIS METHOD UTILIZING THE SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A microdevice comprising:
a rotation board configured to rotate about a center of rotation;
a reaction field provided on the rotation board, the reaction field having a farthest wall part from the center of rotation
and a center-of-rotation-side wall part located inwardly from the farthest wall part along an imaginary line representing
a direction of centrifugal force generated when the rotation board is rotated about the center of rotation; and

an introduction portion for introducing a solution into the reaction field;
a detection portion for detecting an amount of the test substance;
a connection channel for flowing out the solution from the reaction field, wherein the connection channel connects the reaction
field and the detection portion; and

a reactant that specifically reacts with a test substance and is immobilized at least on the farthest wall part of the reaction
field,

wherein the following angle is always 45 to 90°: an angle formed between the imaginary line and a tangent line that is tangent
to the farthest wall part,

the reactant includes at least one selected from the group consisting of: proteins, peptides, amino acids, and imprinted polymers,
the reactant is immobilized to the farthest wall part of the reaction field by physical adsorption, covalent bond of functional
groups on the surface of the reaction field with amino groups of the reactant, or an intake of the reactant by a polymer having
a three-dimensional network structure, and

the connection channel is positioned farther from the center of rotation of the rotation board than the reaction field and
includes an on/off valve.

US Pat. No. 9,872,407

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising: a display unit; a cover which covers the display unit; and a cabinet having a cover-bonding
portion to which the cover is bonded, wherein
a peripheral edge portion of the cover is provided with a light-shielding treatment which is little transparent to or impervious
to UV or visible light,

the cover-bonding portion has a recess into which a photo-curable adhesive provided between the cover-bonding portion and
the peripheral edge portion of the cover flows, and

the electronic device is configured such that emitted UV or visible light is reflected by a surface of the recess and caused
to reach space which is located inward relative to the light-shielding treatment and which is between a backside of the peripheral
edge portion of the cover and a surface of the cover-bonding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,501,451

LINEAR SYSTEM COEFFICIENT ESTIMATING METHOD, LINEAR DEVICE COLUMN VALUE ESTIMATING METHOD, CAPACITANCE DETECTING METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, TOUCH SENSOR SYSTEM, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear system coefficient estimating method, comprising the steps of:
(A) (a) inputting, on a basis of M code sequences di (=di1, di2, . . . , diN, where i=1, . . . , M), and M has a linear input and output and to which the M inputs Xk (k=1, . . . , M) are to be inputted, the system being represented
by

and (b) outputting N outputs s=(s1, s2, . . . , sN)=(F (d11, d21, . . . , dM1), F (d12, d22, . . . , dM2), . . . , F (d1N, d2N, . . . , dMN)); and
(B) estimating, on a basis of an inner product operation of the outputs s and the code sequences di, a coefficient Ck corresponding
to a k-th input xk.

US Pat. No. 9,497,808

LED DRIVE CIRCUIT AND LED ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An LED drive circuit that is connectable to one of a plurality of kinds of phase control type light adjusters which have
different characteristic values about a same kind of characteristic and receives a voltage based on an AC voltage to drive
an LED load, the LED drive circuit comprising:
an adjustment signal generation portion that generates an adjustment signal in accordance with a characteristic of a phase
control type of light adjuster which is connected to the LED drive circuit; and

an adjustment portion that receives the adjustment signal to adjust a characteristic for driving the LED load, wherein
the adjustment signal generation portion detects the characteristic value of a connected one phase control type of light adjuster
of the plurality of kinds of phase control type light adjusters and generates an adjustment signal in accordance with a result
of the detection,

wherein the adjustment signal generation portion includes an external switch, changes and generates a combination of respective
adjustment signals in accordance with a plurality of kinds of characteristics of the connected phase control type of light
adjuster by operating the external switch.

US Pat. No. 9,433,027

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING MULTIPLE RADIO CONNECTIONS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A secondary evolved NodeB (SeNB) for dual connectivity, comprising:
a processor;
memory in electronic communication with the processor, wherein instructions stored in the memory are executable to:
send, to a primary evolved NodeB (PeNB), a radio resource control (RRC) message for an addition of a second set of cell(s)
of the SeNB, wherein the RRC message includes control information and the control information includes a new cell radio network
temporary identifier (C-RNTI),

wherein in dual connectivity the first set of cell(s) of the PeNB and the second set of cell(s) of the SeNB are configured
for a user equipment (UE).

US Pat. No. 9,274,447

TWO-COMPONENT COLOR DEVELOPER AND IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE USING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A two-component color developer containing a toner and a resin-coated carrier, the toner containing at least a polyester
resin as a binding resin, an organic pigment as a colorant, and inorganic fine particles as an external additive, wherein
the inorganic fine particles have a negative polarity, the toner has a volume resistivity of 40 ×109 to 220 ×109 ?cm and a negative polarity, and the carrier has a coat durability of 90% or greater,
wherein the coat durability is a value obtained by two different ways to be described below after a prescribed amount of 200
g of the developer is put in a development unit of a full color copying machine, and a magnet roller is blocked and is subjected
to idle rotation with a rotation testing machine at a magnet roller rotation frequency of 300 rpm for 24 hours:

in the case where the resin-coated carrier has a resin layer made of a silicone-based coating material, the value is obtained
by measuring strength of Si and Fe in the carrier obtained by separating the toner from the developer with use of a scanning
fluorescent X-ray analyzer and by calculating Si/Fe ratios before and after the idle rotation; or

in the case where the resin-coated carrier has a resin layer made of an acryl-based coating material, the value is obtained
by measuring a peak area derived from the coating material with use of a gas chromatograph mass spectroscope at a heating
temperature set to 500° C. and by calculating a ratio between peak areas before and after the idle rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,277,398

USER EQUIPMENT CAPABILITY SIGNALING

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A user equipment (UE) configured for signaling UE capability, comprising:
a processor;
memory in electronic communication with the processor;
instructions stored in the memory, the instructions being executable to:
send, to an evolved Node B (eNB), a Radio Resource Control (RRC) message including capability information of the UE, wherein
the capability information includes first information and second information, the first information indicates supported band
combinations and the second information indicates whether the UE supports concurrent transmission and reception on different
bands for each band combination for inter-band time division duplex (TDD) carrier aggregation.

US Pat. No. 9,266,118

AIR PURIFIER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An air purifier comprising:
a first air blower taking air from outside into the air purifier;
a first airflow path through which the air taken in by the first air blower passes and which blows out the air to outside;
an air cleaning unit cleaning the air passing through the first airflow path;
a second air blower taking air from outside into the air purifier;
a second airflow path through which the air taken in by the second air blower passes and which blows out the air passed through
the second airflow path in a direction different from the direction in which the air is blown out from the first airflow path;

a charged particle generator generating charged particles in the air passing through the second airflow path; and
a control mechanism controlling an amount or angle of the air blown by the second air blower in accordance with the amount
of the air blown by the first air blower,

wherein the control mechanism includes:
a regulator regulating an angle in a vertical direction of the air blown out from the second airflow path, and
a second control unit controlling operation of each of the first air blower and the regulator, the second control unit controlling
an angle to be regulated by the regulator in accordance with the amount of the air blown by the first air blower.

US Pat. No. 9,263,705

SUCCESSIVE DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND SUCCESSIVE DEPOSITION METHOD

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A method for successive deposition, comprising:
depositing a first deposition layer over a substrate with a first deposition source;
depositing a second deposition layer over the first deposition layer with a second deposition source; and
depositing a third deposition layer in which a material contained in the second deposition source is mixed with a material
contained in a third deposition source over the second deposition layer with the second deposition source and the third deposition
source,

wherein a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level of the material contained in the second deposition source is adjusted
to a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level of a material of the first deposition source, and

wherein the second deposition layer includes only an auxiliary dopant material.

US Pat. No. 9,241,099

CAMERA MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera module comprising:
a holder;
a lens barrel held by the holder, the lens barrel having an element disposition part and including a plurality of lenses that
form an image of an object on an image capturing element; and

a focus adjusting optical element disposed on the element disposition part, the focus adjusting optical element adjusting
a focal distance in a case where a drive voltage is applied to the focus adjusting optical element,

the holder being provided with a holder first electrode terminal,
the lens barrel being provided with at least one lens barrel first electrode terminal which is connected to the focus adjusting
optical element disposed on the element disposition part and which is connected to the holder first electrode terminal provided
on the holder,

at least one of the holder and the lens barrel having a lens barrel moving mechanism which causes the lens barrel to move
with respect to the holder so that a position of the lens barrel is adjusted,

the holder first electrode terminal being provided so as to face the at least one lens barrel first electrode terminal which
changes in position with respect to the holder in accordance with movement of the lens barrel which movement is caused with
the use of the lens barrel moving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,191,165

BASE STATION, USER DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BASE STATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING USER DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile communication system comprising:
a base station apparatus; and a mobile station apparatus, wherein
the base station apparatus and the mobile station apparatus are configured to communicate with each other on a plurality of
downlink component carriers and a plurality of uplink component carriers,

the base apparatus configured to transmit, to the mobile station apparatus, downlink data on the plurality of downlink component
carriers,

the mobile station apparatus configured to transmit, to the base station apparatus, uplink data on the plurality of uplink
component carriers, wherein

the mobile station apparatus configured to transmit, to the base station apparatus, a scheduling request using a physical
uplink control channel only on a specific uplink component carrier, the specific uplink component carrier being one of the
plurality of uplink component carriers, the specific uplink component carrier being determined in advance between the mobile
station apparatus and base station apparatus,

the mobile station apparatus configured to periodically transmit, to the base station apparatus, a channel quality indicator
using a physical uplink control channel, the channel quality indicator being transmitted using the physical uplink control
channel on the same uplink component carrier as the specific uplink component carrier, wherein

the scheduling request is used for requesting uplink resources resource for transmitting the uplink data, and
a mode for transmission of the channel quality indicator is configured, by the base station apparatus, for each of the plurality
of downlink component carriers.

US Pat. No. 9,185,743

TERMINAL DEVICE, BASE STATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terminal apparatus which communicates with a base station apparatus, the terminal apparatus comprising:
a transferring circuit configured and/or programmed to transfer terminal capability information to the base station apparatus,
the terminal capability information indicating whether the terminal apparatus supports a PDSCH transmission mode with 8 CSI
reference signal ports; and

a reporting circuit configured to and/or programmed report a channel state information computed from a channel measurement,
wherein

the channel measurement in the PDSCH transmission mode with 8 CSI reference signal ports is based on only CSI-RS.

US Pat. No. 9,131,481

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus configured to and/or programmed to communicate with a base station apparatus by using a plurality
of downlink component carriers, the plurality of downlink component carriers including a first downlink component carrier
and a second downlink component carrier, the mobile station apparatus comprising:
a transmitter configured to and/or programmed to transmit, to the base station apparatus, information of ACK/NACK for a physical
downlink shared channel transmission indicated by a detection of a physical downlink control channel, the information of ACK/NACK
being transmitted using one of a first physical uplink control channel format and a second physical uplink control channel
format, wherein

in a case that there is the physical downlink shared channel transmission only on the first downlink component carrier, the
first physical uplink control channel format is used for the transmission of the information of ACK/NACK,

in a case that there is the physical downlink shared channel transmission on the second downlink component carrier, the second
physical uplink control channel format is used for the transmission of the information of ACK/NACK, and

the transmitter is configured to and/or programmed to use one of at least a first method and a second method to transmit the
information of ACK/NACK, the first method being a method of using two first physical uplink control channel resources for
two antenna ports with the first physical uplink control channel format, and the second method being a method of using one
second physical uplink control channel resource for one antenna port with the second physical uplink control channel format.

US Pat. No. 9,092,010

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an in-body copy receiving portion including a copy receiving tray to stack image-formed sheets thereon, the in-body copy receiving
portion being disposed in a main body of the image forming apparatus;

a scanner portion capable of reading a document, the scanner portion being disposed above the in-body copy receiving portion;
and

an air blow portion that generates an airflow between a maximum output sheet loading position on the copy receiving tray and
a bottom face of the scanner portion, in a direction in which a sheet is output, wherein

the air blow portion comprises:
an air blow fan; and
an air blow duct that blows air from the air blow fan toward the in-body copy receiving portion; and
the air blow duct comprises a flow path of which a width is narrower than a width of the air blow fan in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,461,080

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR RADIATION DETECTION

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device for radiation detection which has a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) structure in which a first semiconductor
layer or a semiconductor substrate is disposed on a lower surface of an insulator layer and a second semiconductor layer is
disposed on an upper surface of the insulator layer, in which
a radiation detection element is formed on the first semiconductor layer or the semiconductor substrate, and
a read circuit which processes a signal charge, the signal charge being detected in the radiation detection element, and includes
at least a MOS transistor is formed on the second semiconductor layer,

the semiconductor device for radiation detection, comprising:
an inverted signal input unit which inputs a signal obtained by inverting an input signal inputted into one drive region of
the MOS transistor into a channel region of the MOS transistor; wherein

a part or a whole of the insulator layer which is disposed to be opposed to the channel region of the MOS transistor is formed
to have a laminated structure of a silicon oxide film or a film which traps and holds an electron or a hole equivalently to
the silicon oxide film and a film which traps an electron or a hole more easily than the silicon oxide film.

US Pat. No. 9,445,494

WIRING SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY PANEL COMPRISING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

2. A display panel, comprising:
a wiring board,
a counter substrate which is provided on a viewer side of the wiring board, and
a display medium layer which is provided between the wiring board and the counter substrate, wherein the wiring board includes
a substrate and a plurality of metal wires provided on the counter substrate side of the substrate, and at least part of the
plurality of metal wires is outside of pixel aperture regions and has a moth-eye structure or inverted moth-eye structure
in its surface, wherein the plurality of metal wires includes at least one of a gate bus line, a source bus line, a drain
extended line and a storage capacitor line, and the at least part of the plurality of metal wires includes at least part of
either of the gate bus line or the source bus line.

US Pat. No. 9,420,567

BASE STATION APPARATUS, USER EQUIPMENT AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base station apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to a user equipment, a higher layer signal including first information used for
configuring a first set of one or more downlink component carriers and a second set of one or more downlink component carriers,
the first set corresponding to a first value of a field of second information, the second set corresponding to a second value
of the field of the second information, the second information being used for requesting a transmission of channel state information,
wherein

the transmitting unit is configured to transmit using a physical downlink control channel, to the user equipment, downlink
control information including the second information, the downlink control information being used for scheduling of a physical
uplink shared channel in one uplink component carrier; and

a receiving unit configured to receive using the physical uplink shared channel, from the user equipment, the channel state
information for the first set of the one or more downlink component carriers which is configured in a case that more than
one downlink component carrier is configured and the downlink control information including the second information is transmitted
and a value of the field of the second information is the first value, wherein

the receiving unit is configured to receive using the physical uplink shared channel, from the user equipment, the channel
state information for the second set of the one or more downlink component carriers which is configured in a case that the
more than one downlink component carrier is configured and the downlink control information including the second information
is transmitted and a value of the field of the second information is the second value, wherein

the downlink control information is mapped on a user equipment specific search space.

US Pat. No. 9,311,872

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH TIMING CONTROLLER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display panel which includes (i) a plurality of gate signal lines, (ii) a plurality of source signal lines provided so as
to intersect the plurality of gate signal lines, and (iii) a plurality of pixels provided so as to correspond to respective
intersections of the plurality of gate signal lines and the plurality of source signal lines;

a signal line driving circuit that supplies a source signal to each of the plurality of pixels via a corresponding one of
the plurality of source signal lines; and

a timing controller; wherein
the timing controller changes a refresh rate of the display panel;
the timing controller changes at least one of a temporal cycle and a spatial cycle of a polarity reversal of the source signal
in accordance with a change in the refresh rate;

the timing controller shortens the spatial cycle in a case where the refresh rate is decreased;
the timing controller lengthens the spatial cycle in a case where the refresh rate is increased; and
the timing controller decreases the refresh rate of the display panel by securing a suspension time period, which directly
corresponds to one or more frames of video, during which driving of the display panel is suspended.

US Pat. No. 9,301,118

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method performed in a mobile communication system, the processing method comprising:
restricting an access for a normal call from a mobile station apparatus in a case where a cell of a first base station apparatus
is not registered in a list of the mobile station apparatus;

selecting a cell by a cell selection procedure started by the mobile station apparatus, in a case where a radio link failure
is detected, wherein

said selecting is based on:
a criteria of the cell selection procedure;
information, used for indicating access restrictions of the mobile station apparatus, the information broadcasted on each
cells; and

 an access class of the mobile station apparatus, wherein the access class being either:
 a first access class applied for an emergency call, or
 other access classes applied for other calls; and
treating, in a case where the radio link failure is detected upon communication of the first access class, the selected cell
as an appropriate cell even in a case where the selected cell is a cell belonging to the first base station apparatus not
registered in the list; and

accessing the appropriate cell.

US Pat. No. 9,274,268

LIGHTING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND TELEVISION DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light source;
a light guide plate including a light entrance surface and a light exit surface, the light entrance surface facing the light
source and through which light emitted from the light source enters the light guide plate, the light exit surface through
which the light in the light guide plate exits;

a plurality of light source boards each including a plate surface facing the light entrance surface and board relay terminals
configured to relay power to the light source, the plate surface on which the light source is mounted; and

a relay member electrically connecting between the board relay terminals and a power, wherein
the board relay terminals are arranged such that the relay member that is orientated to either one of sides in the thickness
direction of the light guide plate is allowed to be connected to the board relay terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,141,026

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing roller including a cylindrical sleeve pivotally supported in a freely rotatable manner and a magnet roller equipped
with a plurality of magnetic poles fixedly disposed in the sleeve, and configured to carry a two-component developer containing
a toner and a carrier on a surface of the sleeve and to convey the developer to a developing region facing a photoreceptor
including an electrostatic latent image;

a supply roller configured to supply the two-component developer to the surface of the sleeve on an upstream side in a rotational
direction of the sleeve from the developing region;

a layer thickness adjustment member configured to regulate a layer thickness of the two-component developer carried on the
surface of the sleeve, the layer thickness adjustment member including a band-shaped member that extends parallel to or substantially
parallel to a rotational axis of the sleeve and over a length equal to or substantially equal to an axial length of the sleeve,
one end portion thereof in a width direction being disposed to face the surface of the sleeve at an interval, and a notch
open to one end portion side in the width direction being provided at two end portions in a longitudinal direction; and

a magnetic seal member made of a magnetic material which is spaced away from and provided opposite to the layer thickness
adjustment member with the developing roller provided therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,129,544

DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a data signal line configured to supply, to a display area, a signal necessary for display;
a first wire connectable to the data signal line, the first wire being provided on a first side of the display area, the data
signal line receives the signal on the first side of the display area;

a second wire connectable to the data signal line, the second wire being provided on a second side of the display area which
is opposite to the first side;

an amplifier circuit which includes an input terminal connected to the first wire and an output terminal connected to the
second wire;

a performance controller configured or programmed to cause the amplifier circuit to be in a low-performance state during any
period within a period from when scanning of pixels in the display area is finished to when next scanning is started;

a data signal generating circuit configured to generate the signal and to supply the signal (i) to the data signal line and
(ii) to the amplifier circuit via the first wire which is connectable to the data signal line; and

a data signal generation ability controller configured or programmed to cause the data signal generating circuit to be in
a low-performance state during any period within the period from when the scanning is finished to when the next scanning is
started; wherein

the data signal generation ability controller is configured or programmed to cause the low-performance state of the data signal
generating circuit to end before the scanning is started; and

the performance controller is configured or programmed to cause the low-performance state of the amplifier circuit to end
before the data signal generation ability controller causes the low-performance state of the data signal generating circuit
to end.

US Pat. No. 9,967,873

MOBILE STATION DEVICE, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile station device comprising:transmission circuitry configured to programmed to, or configured and programmed to transmit a transport block in an uplink subframe; and
higher layer processing circuitry configured to, programmed to, or configured and programmed to maintain at least a Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest (HARQ) process, wherein
in a case that the transport block has been transmitted by the mobile station device to a base station device and the transport block is disabled based on a physical downlink control channel received in a downlink subframe, acknowledgement (ACK) for the transport block is set as HARQ feedback related to the HARQ process.

US Pat. No. 9,408,151

TERMINAL APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terminal apparatus configured to communicate with a base station apparatus, the terminal apparatus comprising:
higher layer processing circuitry that:
sends capability information, to the base station apparatus, indicating whether notification of a state relating to power
consumption of the terminal apparatus is possible or not, and

receives a parameter, from the base station apparatus, for use in notification of the state relating to the power consumption
of the terminal apparatus, and

management circuitry that determines the state relating to power consumption based on current configurations of the terminal
apparatus, wherein

the higher lager processing circuitry also sends information, to the base station apparatus, indicating the state relating
to power consumption.

US Pat. No. 9,398,179

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS WHICH DISPLAYS AN N-UP IMAGE GENERATED FROM A PLURALITY OF THUMBNAIL IMAGES BY A TOUCH OPERATION OF A DISPLAY SCREEN

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus including at least a processor for reducing and displaying at least two thumbnail images as
a single window of a given size, comprising:
a display section configured to display a plurality of thumbnail images,
a position detecting section configured to detect a contact position information by sensing of a contact operation on a display
screen of the display section,

a position receiving section configured to receive a selection of the at least two thumbnail images to be reduced and displayed
as an N-up image view among the plurality of thumbnail images by the contact operation and,

the position receiving section further configured to receive a position specification for each thumbnail image being selected
with which the selected each thumbnail image is positioned in the N-up image view, wherein the position specification includes
a first contact position information, the first contact position information being (1) an order in which the selected each
thumbnail image is touched by the contact operation and (2) a position of the contact operation on a first-touched thumbnail
image; and

an N-up image generation section configured to reduce and positionally arrange the at least two thumbnail images being selected
and displaying in the N-up image view based on the position specification received by the position receiving section.

US Pat. No. 9,331,207

OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEROF

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a gate electrode;
a gate insulating film over the gate electrode;
an oxide semiconductor film in contact with the gate insulating film, the oxide semiconductor film including a channel formation
region overlapping with the gate electrode; and

a source electrode and a drain electrode over the oxide semiconductor film; and
an insulating layer over the source electrode and the drain electrode,
wherein the source electrode and the drain electrode each include a first metal film, a second metal film over the first metal
film and containing copper, and a third metal film over the second metal film, and

wherein an end portion of the second metal film is offset from end portions of the first metal film and the third metal film
from a center of the channel formation region.

US Pat. No. 9,245,471

MULTIPLE-PRIMARY COLOR LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multi-primary-color liquid crystal display device comprising a liquid crystal display panel with a pixel made up of red,
green, blue and yellow subpixels,
the device further comprising a signal conversion circuit which converts an input three-primary-color video signal into a
four-color video signal corresponding to the colors red, green, blue and yellow that are displayed by the red, green, blue
and yellow subpixels, respectively,

wherein when the three-primary-color video signal supplied to the signal conversion circuit is indicated as (r, g, b) using
the grayscale levels r, g and b (each of which is an integer of 0 through 255) of the three primary colors of red, green and
blue and when the luminance of the color white displayed by the pixel in response to a three-primary-color video signal indicated
as (255, 255, 255) is supposed to be 100%,

the signal conversion circuit adjusts the level of the four-color video signal so that when a three-primary-color video signal
indicated as (186, 0, 0) is input, the luminance of the color red displayed by the red subpixel, which is a relative luminance
of the red subpixel compared to a maximum luminance of the pixel, becomes equal to or greater than 6.5%.

US Pat. No. 9,140,433

MULTI DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A multi-display system, comprising:
a plurality of display devices, each display device including:
a display panel;
a casing that houses the display panel, a surface on a viewing side of the display panel including a window-frame part at
a periphery of the display panel, a display image of the display panel viewable externally via a window defined by the window-frame
part, the casing including the window-frame part that covers part of the display panel on the viewing side; and

a light guide member covering a peripheral area of the surface on the viewing side of the display panel and covering a surface
of the window-frame part, the light guide member guiding light for image display to outside of the display panel,

wherein the plurality of display devices are arranged in a matrix such that a cushioning member is arranged along the light
guide member, the cushioning member being sandwiched between the respective light guide members of two adjacent display devices
of the plurality of display devices,

wherein in each display device, an outer edge of the light guide member is positioned further inside a periphery of the casing
than an outer side face of the casing,

wherein the cushioning member is in contact with the outer edge of the light guide member and the surface of the window-frame
part,

wherein the cushioning member is made of a transparent elastic material that is an acrylic gel sheet or a urethane gel sheet,
and

wherein a distance between the respective light guide members of two adjacent display devices that sandwich the cushioning
member is approximately 0.6 mm to 1.5 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,134,475

FRONT LIGHT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, REFLECTIVE DISPLAY DEVICE PROVIDED WITH FRONT LIGHT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT PROVIDED WITH REFLECTIVE DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A front light, comprising:
a light source for emitting light outward;
a light guide plate for guiding the light of the light source; and
a plurality of dots, provided on a surface of the light guide plate, which surface faces a light exit surface of the light
guide plate,

each of the plurality of dots including (i) a light reflective layer for reflecting light, the light reflective layer being
provided so as to be in contact with the light guide plate and (ii) a dark layer for absorbing light, the dark layer completely
covering an upper surface and a side surface of the light reflective layer so as to be in contact with the light guide plate
without any gap between the light guide plate and the dark layer.

US Pat. No. 9,112,229

CATHODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, CATHODE ELECTRODE, AND NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cathode active material comprising a composition represented by the following general formula (1):
LiaM1xM2yM3zPmSinO4  (1)

wherein M1 is at least one kind of element selected from the group of Mn, and Fe; M2 is any one kind of element selected from
the group of Ti and Nb; M3 is at least one kind of element selected from the group of Zr, Sn, Y and Al; “a” satisfies 0 “x” satisfies 0

US Pat. No. 9,111,493

DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A display device comprising:
a first display panel having a first display region and a first frame region formed outside the first display region, the
first frame region extending along a first axis;

a second display panel having a second display region and a second frame region formed outside the second display region,
the second frame region extending along the first axis;

a joint region containing a linking portion, the first frame region of the first display panel, and the second frame region
of the second display panel, the linking portion linking together the first frame region and the second frame region, wherein

the first display region has a first peripheral display region which adjoins the first frame region along a second axis intersecting
the first axis, and a first middle display region which adjoins the first peripheral display region along the second axis;

the second display region has a second peripheral display region which adjoins the second frame region along the second axis
and a second middle display region which adjoins the second peripheral display region along the second axis;

each of the first display region, the second display region, the first frame region, and the second frame region has a plurality
of unit-regions, each unit-region being a region of variable luminance and defining, a smallest region that serves as a reference
in making luminance comparison with another region;

an average luminance of a plurity of a first peripheral unit-display regions contained in the first peripheral display region,
corresponding to input image data of a given gray scale level, is higher than an average luminance of a plurality of first
middle unit-display regions contained in the first middle display region; and

the first peripheral display region has a varying width along the first axis.

US Pat. No. 9,091,986

IMAGE FORMING APPARTUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an input unit having a function of receiving additional input of image data;
a storing unit storing the image data input from the input unit;
an output unit for performing image output based on the image data stored in storing unit; and,
an image display control device,
wherein the image display control device includes:
a function setup controller having a function of setting up image output conditions of an image to be output from the output
unit;

a function setup image preparation controller for preparing a function setup screen that is related so as to actuate the function
setup controller;

a display unit having a display screen for displaying the function setup screen; and,
a display controller having a function of displaying the function setup screen on the display unit,
the function setup controller has an additional input mode having a function of receiving separate input of image data a multiple
number of times to form a set of image data at every input,

the additional input mode includes:
an individual setup function of setting up individual image output conditions for each set of image data at every input; and,
an all-in setup function of setting up identical image output conditions for all sets of image data input individually,
the display unit includes a preview region for displaying a set of image data at every input,
the display controller offers a display of a setup change suggestion of the image output conditions for a next input, on the
display screen at the stage where previous input image data is displayed in the preview region after setup of the image output
conditions for previous input image data as a set of image data at every input,

when the additional input mode is set up and if the image output conditions for additional input image data as a set of image
data at every input are different from the image output conditions for the previous input image data, the function setup controller
makes the image output conditions for the additional input image data valid for only the image data that is additionally input
after the image output conditions for the additional input image data have been set up, and

when the additional input mode is not set up and if the image output conditions for the additional input image data are different
from the image output conditions for the previous input image data, the function setup controller makes the image output conditions
for the additional input image data valid for both the previous input image data and the additional input image data.

US Pat. No. 9,078,241

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTABLISHING MULTIPLE RADIO CONNECTIONS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for dual connectivity by a user equipment (UE), comprising:
receiving a radio resource control (RRC) connection reconfiguration message including control information for an addition
of a second set of cell(s), wherein the control information includes a second cell radio network temporary identifier (C-RNTI)
for the second set of cell(s), the UE has a first C-RNTI for a first set of cell(s), the first C-RNTI is used in a first Medium
Access Control (MAC) entity, and the second C-RNTI is used in a second MAC entity.

US Pat. No. 9,316,858

DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a display panel including a display area in which an image is displayed and a non-display area surrounding the display area;
a functional panel attached to the display panel, the functional panel including a display overlapping area overlapping with
the display area in a plan view and a display non-overlapping area overlapping with the non-display area in a plan view, the
display non-overlapping area including a portion in which an electrical component is to be connected;

a photo curable adhesive between the display panel and the functional panel and cured by light applied thereto, the photo
curable adhesive extending over an entirety of the display area and over a majority of the non-display area excluding a portion
of the non-display area overlapping the portion of the display non-overlapping area in which the electrical component is to
be connected;

a transparent electrode arranged in the display overlapping area of the functional panel and made of light transmissive conductive
material; and

a light blocking line arranged in the display non-overlapping area of the functional panel and made of light shielding metal
material, the light blocking line including a plurality of light transmission cutouts that allow the light to pass therethrough,
wherein

the light blocking line includes:
a first portion overlapping the photo curable adhesive; and
a second portion not overlapping the photo curable adhesive, wherein each of the first portion and the second portion includes
the plurality of light transmission cutouts.

US Pat. No. 9,313,514

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENTROPY CODER INITIALIZATION

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding a video frame in a video sequence, the method comprising:
receiving a slice header and information including: (i) first information indicating a number of second regions in a first
region, and (ii) second information indicating an offset of an i-th second region from an (i?1)th second region in a bitstream,
wherein the video frame includes one or more of the first regions and one or more the second regions;

identifying a slice type of a slice;
receiving a flag with only one of: (i) a first value indicating first initialization information and (ii) a second value indicating
second initialization information;

initializing a Context-Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC) context associated with the slice type using the initialization
method which is selected using the identified slice type and the received flag; and

decoding the video frame using the identified slice type and the received flag; wherein
in a case that the identified slice type indicates a B-slice type and the value of the flag is equal to the first value, the
step of initializing the CABAC context associated with the slice type uses a first initialization method; and

in a case that the identified slice type indicates the B-slice type and the value of the flag is equal to the second value,
the step of initializing the CABAC context associated with the slice type uses a second initialization method.

US Pat. No. 9,291,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES USER-INDUCED PAPER JAM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section for forming an image onto a paper sheet;
a discharge section for discharging the paper sheet onto which the image forming section has formed the image;
a paper receiving tray for receiving thereon the paper sheet discharged from the discharge section;
a first detecting section for detecting a conveyance failure in the discharge section;
a lever that protrudes from a side of the discharge section toward the paper receiving tray and is caused to swing by being
pushed by a front edge of a paper sheet in the process of being discharged from the discharge section;

a second detecting section that detects a swinging state of a tip portion of the lever from a first position to a second position,
the tip portion being at the first position when the lever is not in the process of receiving an action of the paper sheet,
the second position being farther from the paper receiving tray than the first position; and

a decision section judging an occurrence factor in a conveyance failure to be a user-induced factor when the second detecting
section detects a state in which the tip portion is at the first position when the first detecting section detects a conveyance
failure, and judging the occurrence factor in the conveyance failure to be an image forming apparatus-induced factor when
the second detecting section detects a state in which the tip portion is swung away from the first position when the first
detecting section detects the conveyance failure.

US Pat. No. 9,293,647

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A nitride semiconductor light-emitting device formed of an n-type nitride semiconductor layer, a trigger layer, a V-pit
expanding layer, an MQW layer, and a p-type nitride semiconductor layer provided in this order,
said MQW layer having a V-pit formed therein,
said trigger layer being made of a nitride semiconductor material having a lattice constant different from that of a material
that forms an upper surface of said n-type nitride semiconductor layer,

said V-pit expanding layer being made of a nitride semiconductor material having a lattice constant substantially identical
to that of the material that forms the upper surface of said n-type nitride semiconductor layer, said V-pit expanding layer
having a thickness of 5 nm or more and 5000 nm or less, and said MQW layer including a portion that is on an inclined facet
of a V-pit of the V-pit expanding layer.

US Pat. No. 9,268,437

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

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a screen including a plurality of pixels;
a detection device configured to perform a detection operation for the screen, the detection operation includes detecting
a position of an input made by an object touching or approaching the screen; and

a detection instruction circuit configured to output a detection operation control signal to the detection device, wherein
the screen repeatedly alternates between (a) each of scanning periods during which the plurality of pixels are scanned in
such a manner that the plurality of pixels are sequentially brought into a selected state and (b) each of non-scanning periods
during which the plurality of pixels are not scanned at all;

a length of the each of scanning periods is same as one cycle of a vertical sync signal, and a length of the each of non-scanning
periods is same as integer multiple of the one cycle of the vertical sync signal; and

the detection operation by the detection device is performed plural times during the each of non-scanning periods.

US Pat. No. 9,239,495

DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING DISPLAY DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a display device, comprising the steps of:
forming a display area for image display on a glass substrate and forming a flexible resin substrate layer on the outside
of the display area to manufacture a first original substrate;

forming a display area for image display on a glass substrate to manufacture a second substrate;
placing a sealing member around the display area of the first original substrate or the second substrate, and bonding the
first original substrate and the second substrate together such that the display areas are superposed with each other with
the sealing member and a display medium layer inside the sealing member interposed therebetween, thereby manufacturing a laminate;

mounting a driving electronic component on the resin substrate layer in the first original substrate of the laminate; and
removing a portion of the glass substrate outside the sealing member disposed on the back side of the resin substrate layer
on which the electronic component has been mounted such that the periphery of the first substrate overlaps the periphery of
the second substrate; wherein

the step of removing a substrate involves laser beam irradiation from the back side of the resin substrate layer to separate
the resin substrate layer from the portion of the glass substrate to be removed.

US Pat. No. 9,171,517

DISPLAY DEVICE, DRIVING DEVICE, AND DRIVING METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a display panel including:
a plurality of gate lines;
a plurality of data lines provided so as to intersect the plurality of gate lines; and
a plurality of pixels provided so as to correspond to intersections of the plurality of gate lines and the plurality of data
lines;

a gate line driving circuit for supplying a gate signal to the plurality of gate lines;
a data line driving circuit for supplying a data signal to the plurality of data lines; and
controlling means for controlling the gate signal and the data signal,
the controlling means, (i) in a first display mode, in which a number of tones that each pixel is capable of displaying is
smaller than a predetermined number of tones, controlling the gate signal and the data signal by an interlace driving method,
by which a single frame includes a plurality of fields obtained by selecting every other gate line, and (ii) in a second display
mode, in which the number of tones that each pixel is capable of displaying is greater than the predetermined number of tones,
controlling the gate signal and the data signal by a progressive driving method, by which the plurality of gate lines are
selected sequentially, and the predetermined number is three.

US Pat. No. 9,159,738

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising a memory cell array in which a plurality of memory cells each having a first transistor
element composed of an insulated gate FET, a second transistor element composed of an oxide semiconductor insulated gate FET,
and a capacitive element are arranged at least in a column direction, wherein
each of the memory cells includes a memory node formed at a connection point of a gate electrode of the first transistor element,
a source electrode of the second transistor element, and one end of the capacitive element, and a control node formed at a
connection point of a drain electrode of the first transistor element and a drain electrode of the second transistor element,

each of the memory cells arranged in respective rows belonging to the same column includes the control node connected to a
first control line shared in the same column and extending in the column direction, the first transistor element having a
source electrode connected to a data signal line shared in the same column and extending in the column direction, the second
transistor element having a gate electrode connected individually to a first selection line, and the capacitive element having
the other end connected individually to a second selection line,

a switching element having one end connected to the first control line, and the other end connected to a voltage supply line
is provided with respect to each first control line, and

the switching element is turned on to drive the first control line in an initialization operation to initialize a voltage
state of the memory node, and in a reading operation to read the voltage state of the memory node, and turned off to set the
first control line to a floating state in a writing operation to write a memory voltage in the memory node.

US Pat. No. 9,159,286

DISPLAY PANEL, LIQUID-CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVE METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display panel comprising:
a plurality of gate bus lines;
a plurality of source bus lines;
first transistors each of which is provided in a vicinity of an intersection of a gate bus line with a source bus line and
having a gate connected to the gate bus line;

pixel electrodes each connected to a source bus line via a first transistor;
first signal supplying means connected to respective first ends of the plurality of gate bus lines and supplying, to at least
one of the plurality of gate bus lines, a first conduction signal for bringing the first transistors into conduction;

second transistors provided for the plurality of respective gate bus lines and each having (i) a drain connected to a second
end of a corresponding one of the plurality of gate bus lines and (ii) a gate connected to a common control line;

a potential supply line connected in parallel and common to the respective second ends of the plurality of gate bus lines
via the second transistors;

potential supplying means for supplying to the potential supply line a potential for maintaining the first transistors in
a non-conductive state; and

second signal supplying means for, immediately after the first signal supplying means ends the supply of the first conduction
signal, supplying to the control line a second conduction signal for bringing the second transistors into conduction,

the first conduction signal being a pulse signal having (i) a high potential during a hi hg level period and (ii) a low potential
du in a remaining period,

the second conduction signal being a periodic pulse signal that (i) rises from a low level to a high level in synchronization
with a timing of a fall of the first conduction signal and then (ii) falls after a high-level period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,105,223

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device in which pixels are arranged in a matrix pattern, the display device being capable of displaying a stereoscopic
image by displaying an image for a right eye and an image for a left eye on the pixels,
wherein, in a case where the pixels on which the image for the right eye is displayed are defined as pixels for the right
eye and the pixels on which the image for the left eye is displayed are defined as pixels for the left eye,

wherein achromatic pixels for displaying an achromatic color are disposed between at least some of the pixels for the right
eye and at least some of the pixels for the left eye,

wherein the pixels for the right eye are arranged along a stripe and the pixels for the left eye are arranged along a stripe,
wherein a retarder is arranged along a stripe so as to correspond to the arrangements of the pixels, and
wherein, in a plan view, a center of the stripe of the retarder in a width direction does not coincide with a center of the
stripe of corresponding pixels in a width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,091,880

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING MOVABLE REFLECTING AND TRANSMITTING SCREEN

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device, comprising:
a liquid crystal display panel;
a light guide plate disposed on a rear surface side of the liquid crystal display panel;
a light source disposed on a side face of the light guide plate, the light source emitting light to a display region of the
liquid crystal display panel through the light guide plate;

a reflective sheet disposed on a rear surface side of the light guide plate; and
a reflective sheet moving unit that moves and holds the reflective sheet;
wherein the reflective sheet has a reflective portion and a transmissive portion, the reflective portion having a reflectance
in reflecting light emitted from the light guide plate back to the light guide plate, the transmissive portion being made
of a material that has a reflectance lower than said reflectance of the reflective portion or that does not reflect the light
and having a transmittance for light emitted from the light guide plate,

wherein the reflective sheet moving unit moves positions of the reflective portion and the transmissive portion behind the
display region of the liquid crystal display panel,

wherein the reflective sheet is formed in a quadrangular shape, and an edge on at least one side of said sheet has recesses
and protrusions, and

wherein the reflective sheet moving unit has a gear that engages with the recesses and protrusions on the edge, and by rotating
the gear, the reflective sheet is moved in a direction in which the edge with the recesses and protrusions is extended, thereby
changing positions of the reflective portion and the transmissive portion behind the display region of the liquid crystal
display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,504,023

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus configured to and/or programmed to communicate with a base station apparatus using a plurality
of downlink component carriers, wherein the plurality of downlink component carriers include a first downlink component carrier
and a second downlink component carrier, the mobile station apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to and/or programmed to receive, from the base station apparatus, a radio resource control signal
including a parameter which is used for configuring a plurality of physical uplink control channel resources, the plurality
of physical uplink control channel resources being configured on an uplink component carrier on which Hybrid Automatic Repeat
Request (HARQ) control information is transmitted on a physical uplink control channel;

a determining unit configured to and/or programmed to:
determine a first physical uplink control channel resource on the uplink component carrier for a first physical downlink shared
channel transmission indicated by a detection of a first physical downlink control channel in a sub-frame on the first downlink
component carrier, the first downlink component carrier being linked to the uplink component carrier, the first physical uplink
control channel resource being determined based on a control channel element of the first physical downlink control channel,
and

determine a second physical uplink control channel resource on the uplink component carrier for a second physical downlink
shared channel transmission indicated by a detection of a second physical downlink control channel in the sub-frame on the
second downlink component carrier, the second physical uplink control channel resource being determined from the plurality
of physical uplink control channel resources which are configured; and

a transmitting unit configured to and/or programmed to transmit, to the base station apparatus, information bits using one
of the first physical uplink control channel resource or the second physical uplink control channel resource, the information
bits being used for indicating the HARQ control information.

US Pat. No. 9,414,182

MOBILE STATION, BASE STATION, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A communication system comprising:
a first mobile station conforming to carrier aggregation;
a second mobile station not conforming to said carrier aggregation; and
a base station capable of communicating with said first mobile station and said second mobile station,
said base station including a communication circuit for transmitting contents in a multimedia broadcast/multicast service
to said first mobile station and said second mobile station,

said communication circuit
communicating with said first mobile station by a first component carrier and a second component carrier used for said carrier
aggregation, and

communicating with said second mobile station only by said first component carrier of said first component carrier and said
second component carrier,

said contents including first information and second information associated with said first information,
said communication circuit
transmitting said first information to said first mobile station and said second mobile station by said first component carrier,
and

transmitting said second information to said first mobile station by said second component carrier, and
said first mobile station
receiving said first information and said second information, and
causing a display to display an image based on said received first information and said received second information,
said second mobile station
receiving said first information, and
causing a display to display an image based on said received first information.

US Pat. No. 9,367,277

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to be wirelessly connected to an external communication apparatus, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a communicator configured to perform wireless communication with the external communication apparatus;
a display configured to display various types of information on a screen;
a sound receiver configured to receive a sound generated by a speaker of the external communication apparatus; and
a screen switch configured to switch the screen of the display based on the sound received by the sound receiver; wherein
when the sound receiver receives the sound generated by the speaker of the external communication apparatus, the screen switch
is configured to switch the screen of the display according to screen information displayed on the external communication
apparatus;

the image processing apparatus further comprises an authenticator configured to perform connection authentication with the
external communication apparatus, and

the authenticator is configured to perform connection authentication with the external communication apparatus based on the
sound received by the sound receiver, the sound is a sound as a signal for indicating that connection authentication operation
with the image processing apparatus is progressing, and then, the screen switch switches the screen of the display to a screen
necessary for operations to be performed after the connection authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,229,559

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display module having a rectangular display surface;
a case in which the display module is stored;
a surface protector in a flat plate shape attached to the display surface of the display module so as to protect the display
surface entirely, the surface protector having a flat surface that faces the display surface and that is larger than the display
surface, the surface protector also having outer side faces perpendicular to said flat surface; and

a positioning member attached to said flat surface of the surface protector for defining a position of the display module
with respect to the surface protector, the positioning member having first and second inner side faces adjacent to each other,
the first and second inner side faces being perpendicular to a surface of the positioning member facing said flat surface,
the first and second inner side faces facing or making contact with corresponding side faces of the display module,

wherein the positioning member has first and second outer side faces that are adjacent to each other and that are respectively
parallel to the first and second inner side faces, and the positioning member is attached to the surface protector such that
the first and second outer side faces lie on substantially same planes as corresponding adjacent two side faces, respectively,
among the outer side faces of the surface protector, and

wherein the positioning member has a third inner side face that is parallel to one of the first and second inner side faces
and that is in contact with another of the first and second inner side faces, and a third outer side face that is parallel
to one of the first and second outer side faces and that is in contact with another of the first and second outer side faces,

wherein the third inner side face faces or makes contact with one of side faces of the display module, and
wherein the third outer face and one of the outer side faces of the surface protector lie on a substantially same plane.

US Pat. No. 9,176,007

OPTICAL SENSOR INCLUDING LIGHT-RECEIVING ELEMENT HAVING TWO TERMINALS AND ELECTRONICS DEVICE INCLUDING THE OPTICAL SENSOR

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical sensor comprising:
a light-receiving element having two terminals, the light-receiving element changing, with respect to a fixed potential of
one terminal, a potential of the other terminal and thereby detecting a signal; and

a current control section on which switching control is carried out by use of a photocurrent that occurs when light is inputted
into the light-receiving element,

the current control section generating a current that decreases a potential difference between the two terminals, the current
being generated when the photocurrent is not produced,

the current control section stopping the current when the photocurrent is produced.

US Pat. No. 9,094,165

MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION APPARATUS, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A base station apparatus which receives, from a user equipment (UE), a sounding reference signal, the base station apparatus
comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the UE, a higher layer signal including a set of first parameters and a set
of second parameters;

the transmitting unit being configured to transmit, to the UE, a first downlink control information format including information
requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference signal, the first downlink control information format being used for
scheduling a physical uplink shared channel;

the transmitting unit being configured to transmit, to the UE, a second downlink control information format including the
information requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference signal, the second downlink control information format being
used for scheduling a physical downlink shared channel; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, based on the information requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference signal,
from the UE, the sounding reference signal using the set of the first parameters or the set of the second parameters; wherein

the set of the first parameters is configured for the transmission of the sounding reference signal based on the information
requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference signal, the information requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference
signal being included in the first downlink control information format; and

the set of the second parameters is configured for the transmission of the sounding reference signal based on the information
requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference signal, the information requesting the UE to transmit the sounding reference
signal being included in the second downlink control information format.

US Pat. No. 9,491,857

WIRING CONNECTION STRUCTURE, TERMINAL PORTION, PARALLAX BARRIER SUBSTRATE, AND TOUCH PANEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wiring connection structure connecting a transparent conductive film formed on a main surface of a transparent substrate
having said main surface and a metal wiring formed on said main surface and made of a metal material, wherein
said metal wiring is formed to extend from said main surface onto said transparent conductive film and to cover said transparent
conductive film;

one or more holes are formed in said transparent conductive film to extend from an upper surface to said main surface, and
said metal wiring formed to cover said transparent conductive film is formed to be in contact with said main surface located
at said one or more holes.

US Pat. No. 9,304,369

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display panel, comprising:
a first substrate and a second substrate facing each other; and
a light modulation layer sandwiched between the first substrate and the second substrate, the light modulation layer including
a medium and a plurality of anisometric members such that an area of the anisometric members projected through the anisometric
members in a direction normal to the substrates changes by rotation,

wherein the first substrate is an active matrix substrate including a plurality of scan signal lines, a plurality of data
signal lines that intersect with the scan signal lines, a plurality of switching elements disposed at respective intersections
of the scan signal lines and the data signal lines, and a plurality of pixel electrodes connected to the respective switching
elements,

wherein the second substrate is an opposite substrate having an opposite electrode that faces the pixel electrodes,
wherein the projected area of the anisometric members with respect to the first substrate and the second substrate is changed
by rotating the anisometric members through changing an amount or a frequency of a voltage applied between the plurality of
pixel electrodes and the opposite electrode, and

wherein the pixel electrodes extend over the scan signal lines with an insulating layer therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,298,028

DISPLAY DEVICE AND TELEVISION DEVICE

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:
a light source;
a display panel including a rear surface that light from the light source reaches, and a display surface that is opposite
to the rear surface and displays an image using the light reaching the rear surface;

an optical member having a plate shape and including a facing portion that faces the rear surface, and through which the light
from the light source transmits and which the light exits from the facing portion toward the rear surface; and

a wall rising from a peripheral edge portion of the facing portion and surrounding a periphery of the display panel; wherein
the wall has an inner wall surface on a display panel side, and the display device further comprising a light blocking layer
that covers the inner wall surface and blocks light.

US Pat. No. 9,276,126

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a substrate;
a gate electrode provided on the substrate;
a second insulating layer which is provided over the gate electrode;
a first transparent electrode provided on the second insulating layer;
a first insulating layer provided over the second insulating layer and the first transparent electrode;
an oxide semiconductor layer provided on the first insulating layer;
source and drain electrodes electrically connected to the oxide semiconductor layer; and
a second transparent electrode electrically connected to the drain electrode, wherein
at least a portion of the oxide semiconductor layer overlaps with the gate electrode with the first insulating layer and the
second insulating layer interposed between them, at least a portion of the first transparent electrode overlaps with the second
transparent electrode with the first insulating layer interposed between them, and the oxide semiconductor layer and the second
transparent electrode are made from the same oxide film.

US Pat. No. 9,264,197

RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, MOBILE STATION APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to and/or programmed to receive a radio resource control signal including at least a first parameter
POFFSET (0) and a second parameter POFFSET (1),

a transmitter configured to and/or programmed to transmit a first reference signal on a first antenna port and a second reference
signal on a second antenna port, and

a control circuit configured to and/or programmed to:
set a first transmit power for a transmission of the first reference signal based on at least the first parameter POFFSET (0), a maximum transmit power value, a path loss and a transmission power control command; and

set a second transmit power for a transmission of the second reference signal based on at least the second parameter POFFSET (1), a maximum transmit power value, a path loss and a transmission power control command.

US Pat. No. 9,239,483

DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING FIRST AND SECOND CASE MEMBERS WHEREIN THE SECOND CASE MEMBER HAS A POSITION FIXING PROTRUSION

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display panel; and
a housing including a first case member and a second case member, the first case member having a supporting portion that supports
the display panel and being formed of a metallic material, the supporting portion having a peripheral area that is outside
of an area where the supporting portion is physically in contact with the display panel, the second case member having a facing
part that faces a rear side of the supporting portion and being formed of a metallic material,

wherein the facing part of the second case member has a position fixing protrusion for defining a position of the display
panel relative to the housing, the position fixing protrusion protruding towards said peripheral area of the supporting portion
of the first case member, and

wherein said peripheral area of the supporting portion has an opening therein to allow the position fixing protrusion to penetrate
therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,232,608

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emitting device, comprising:
light emitting component arrays including at least a first light emitting component array, a second light emitting component
array, a third light emitting component array, and a fourth light emitting component array, and each of the first to fourth
light emitting component arrays including a predetermined number of light emitting components that are connected in series;

light emitting component groups including at least a first light emitting component group, a second light emitting component
group, a third light emitting component group, and a fourth light emitting component group, wherein

the first light emitting component group includes
the first light emitting component array, and
a first drive switch connected in series to the first light emitting component array at a first connection point and configured
to drive the first light emitting component array,

the second light emitting component group includes
the second light emitting component array, and
a second drive switch connected in series to the second light emitting component array at a second connection point and configured
to drive the second light emitting component array,

the third light emitting component group includes
the third light emitting component array, and
a third drive switch connected in series to the third light emitting component array at a third connection point and configured
to drive the third light emitting component array, and

the fourth light emitting component group includes
the fourth light emitting component array, and
a fourth drive switch connected in series to the fourth light emitting component array at a fourth connection point and configured
to drive the fourth light emitting component array;

light emission units including at least a first light emission unit and a second light emission unit, the first light emission
unit including the first light emitting component group and the second light emitting component group, and the second light
emission unit including the third light emitting component group and the fourth light emitting component group;

a voltage generator configured to generate a common drive voltage applied commonly to the first to fourth light emitting component
groups;

a voltage detection circuit configured to detect a first detection voltage of the first connection point, a second detection
voltage of the second connection point, a third detection voltage of the third connection point, and a fourth detection voltage
of the fourth connection point, and the common drive voltage; and

a drive control unit,
wherein, in a low brightness mode in which the light emitting components are turned on and have a brightness lower than a
reference brightness, the drive control unit is configured to:

obtain the common drive voltage, the first detection voltage, the second detection voltage, the third detection voltage, and
the fourth detection voltage from the voltage detection circuit,

obtain a first forward voltage of the first light emitting component group by subtracting the first detection voltage from
the detected common drive voltage,

obtain a second forward voltage of the second light emitting component group by subtracting the second detection voltage from
the detected common drive voltage,

obtain a third forward voltage of the third light emitting component group by subtracting the third detection voltage from
the detected common drive voltage,

obtain a fourth forward voltage of the fourth light emitting component group by subtracting the fourth detection voltage from
the detected common drive voltage,

compare the first forward voltage and the second forward voltage, and determine a smaller voltage out of the first forward
voltage and the second forward voltage as a first determined smaller forward voltage,

compare the third forward voltage and the fourth forward voltage, and determine a smaller voltage out of the third forward
voltage and the fourth forward voltage as a second determined smaller forward voltage,

compare the first determined smaller forward voltage and the second determined smaller forward voltage, and determine a greater
voltage out of the first determined smaller forward voltage and the second determined smaller forward voltage as a reference
forward voltage,

determine one of the first to fourth light emitting component groups that includes the reference forward voltage as a reference
light emitting component group,

determine one of the light emission units that does not include the reference light emitting component group as a non-reference
light emission unit,

determine which one of the light emitting component groups included in the non-reference light emission unit has the forward
voltage that is closest to the reference forward voltage,

determine the light emitting component group having the forward voltage that is closest to the reference forward voltage as
a selected light emitting component group,

determine a new common voltage based on the reference forward voltage and the detection voltage corresponding to the reference
light emitting component group,

control the voltage generator to generate the new common voltage, and
apply the new common voltage to the reference light emitting component group and the selected light emitting component group.

US Pat. No. 9,207,381

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A backlight unit, comprising:
a light source unit having a plurality of light emitting diode modules arranged in a row; and
a light guide plate that has a light receiving face that is a side face where light from the light source unit enters, and
that emits a planar light from a light exiting surface that is a main surface so as to emit the planar light from a front
side of the backlight unit,

wherein each of the light emitting diode modules is provided with a light-shielding part on a package that surrounds a light
emitting diode chip, which is a light source, the light-shielding part being on at least the front side of the backlight unit,
the light-shielding part protruding towards the light receiving face of the light guide plate,

wherein a sealing part that seals the light emitting diode chip with a resin is formed in the package, and
wherein a tip of the light-shielding part is closer to the light guide plate than the sealing part.

US Pat. No. 9,182,859

CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL WITH FORCE SENSING

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A capacitive type touch sensing device, comprising:
a first electrode array of electrode elements formed on a substrate, each electrode element including a drive electrode portion
and a sense electrode portion; and

a second electrode array spaced apart from the first electrode array and including a plurality of discrete, electrically floating
conductive regions,

wherein at least part of the second electrode array positionally overlaps with at least part of the first electrode array
to define a separation distance therebetween, the separation distance varying with a force applied to a surface of the touch
sensing device, and at least one of the drive electrode portion or the sense electrode portion of each electrode element is
symmetrically divided into a pair of electrode sections, and

wherein each electrically floating conductive region is positioned relative to a respective electrode element of the first
electrode array so that a capacitance between certain pairs of drive and sense electrode sections is more sensitive to a variation
in the separation distance than a capacitance between other pairs of drive and sense electrode sections.

US Pat. No. 9,170,762

MULTIFUNCTION PERIPHERAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multifunction peripheral comprising:
an execution permission judging section which judges whether or not to permit execution of a control command received from
software; and

a storage section which stores at least one piece of location information each indicative of a URL of a storage location of
software which transmits a control command whose execution is permissible,

the execution permission judging section including:
a storage location detecting section which detects a URL of a storage location of the software which has participated in the
transmission of the control command received,

a judgment section which judges whether or not the URL indicated by the location information is detected by the storage location
detecting section, and

a command permitting/prohibiting section,
in a case where the judgment section determines that the URL indicated by the location information is not detected by the
storage location detecting section, the command permitting/prohibiting section prohibiting execution of the control command
received, or

in a case where the judgment section determines that the URL indicated by the location information is detected by the storage
location detecting section, the command permitting/prohibiting section permitting execution of the control command received.

US Pat. No. 9,288,030

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile communication system comprising:
a base station apparatus; and
a mobile station apparatus, wherein
the mobile station apparatus which is configured to transmit, to the base station apparatus, uplink data on a physical uplink
shared channel assigned by using a physical downlink control channel,

the base station apparatus which is configured to transmit on the physical downlink control channel, to the mobile station
apparatus, an indication instructing the mobile station apparatus to transmit reception quality information without the uplink
data on the physical uplink shared channel,

the mobile station apparatus which is configured to transmit, to the base station apparatus, the reception quality information
without the uplink data on the physical uplink shared channel based on the indication being received on the physical downlink
control channel, wherein

the indication is specified based on values to which a plurality of fields of information transmitted on the physical downlink
control channel are set,

one of the plurality of fields is a field for instructing the mobile station apparatus to transmit the reception quality information
and another is a field for indicating a modulation and coding scheme, and

for instructing the mobile station apparatus to transmit the reception quality information without the uplink data on the
physical uplink shared channel, the field for instructing the mobile station apparatus to transmit the reception quality information
is set to a first single predetermined value and the field for the modulation and coding scheme is set to a second single
predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,231,154

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a plurality of light-emitting elements each including:
a reflective electrode;
a transparent electrode over the reflective electrode;
a plurality of light-emitting layers over the transparent electrode, the plurality of light-emitting layers emitting lights
of different colors from one another; and

a semi-transmissive and semi-reflective electrode over the plurality of light-emitting layers,
wherein a surface roughness of the transparent electrode in one of the plurality of light-emitting elements is greater than
surface roughnesses of the transparent electrodes in the others of the plurality of light-emitting elements,

wherein the one of the plurality of light-emitting elements is configured so that the light emitted from one of the plurality
of light-emitting layers, which is the closest to the reflective electrode among the plurality of light-emitting layers, is
optically amplified,

wherein the transparent electrode in the one of the plurality of light-emitting elements includes a polycrystalline conductive
oxide, and

wherein the transparent electrodes in the others of the plurality of light-emitting elements include an amorphous conductive
oxide.