US Pat. No. 9,387,960

SUBSTRATE STORING CONTAINER

Miraial Co., Ltd., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container comprising:
a container body for storing substrates;
a door that is fitted to an opening of the container body; and
a locking mechanism for locking the door fitted to the opening of the container body, wherein
the locking mechanism includes a rotary driver that is operated from an outside of the door and a locking bar that slides
as the rotary driver rotates to bring a distal end into and out of a locking hollow in an inner periphery of the opening of
the container body,

the rotary driver has a three-dimensional cam to support the locking bar in a swayable manner,
the three-dimensional cam has first and second three-dimensional cam portions which are opposite to each other and made apart
with an approximately constant gap regarding a thickness direction of the door therebetween,

the locking bar is held by the gap,
when the door is locked, the rotary driver is rotated in a locking direction to cause the first and second three-dimensional
cam portions to follow the locking bar so as to project the distal end of the locking bar out of the door into the locking
hollow of the container body in a substantially non-contacting manner and then move the locking bar in the thickness direction
of the door, thereby bringing the distal end into contact with a wall surface forming the locking hollow,

the first three-dimensional cam portion has a first inclined cam surface gradually going toward the thickness direction of
the door as the first inclined cam surface goes toward the locking direction, and

the second three-dimensional cam portion has a second inclined cam surface gradually going toward the thickness direction
of the door as the second inclined cam surface goes toward the locking direction.

US Pat. No. 9,946,396

TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE CAPACITANCE SENSOR AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A transparent electrode capacitance sensor, comprisinga transparent resin substrate;
at least one transparent electrode formed on the transparent resin substrate;
a pseudo auxiliary electrode formed in at least a portion of an outer periphery of the transparent electrode, the pseudo auxiliary electrode being thicker than the transparent electrode, integral with the transparent electrode, and made of a same material as the transparent electrode;
a lead wire connected to the pseudo auxiliary electrode, the lead wire being formed on the transparent resin substrate, and comprising a metal vapor deposition film; and
a carbon layer formed in a connection between the lead wire and the pseudo auxiliary electrode, the lead wire being connected to the pseudo auxiliary electrode through the carbon layer.

US Pat. No. 9,609,793

ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING FILM, FLEXIBLE PRINTED WIRING BOARD WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING FILM, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An electromagnetic shielding film comprising:
a conductive supporting substrate which includes a cured material of a thermosetting resin including a conductive filler;
a metal thin film layer which covers one surface of the conductive supporting substrate;
a thermosetting adhesive layer which covers a surface of the metal thin film layer; and
a peeling substrate which covers the other surface of the conductive supporting substrate,
wherein a storage modulus of the conductive supporting substrate at 180° C. is from 8×106 to 1×108 Pa.

US Pat. No. 9,711,385

SUBSTRATE STORAGE CONTAINER

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A substrate storage container comprising:
a container body for storing a substrate;
a lid body for opening and closing an opening of the container body; and
a locking mechanism for locking the lid body that has closed the opening of the container body, wherein
the lid body includes a lid main body to be fitted to the opening of the container body and a cover plate for covering an
open surface of the lid main body,

the locking mechanism includes a rotating operation portion that is supported by the lid main body and rotationally operated
from an outside of the cover plate and a plurality of locking members that slide as the rotating operation portion rotates
and project from, and retract into, a peripheral wall of the container body and come into and out of contact with an inner
periphery of the opening of the container body,

a posture control member for controlling a posture of the rotating operation portion is provided on, at least, the cover plate,
among the cover plate of the lid body and the rotating operation portion of the locking mechanism, and

the posture control member that comes into point contact or line contact with a peripheral part of the rotating operation
portion is provided on an opposite surface of the cover plate of the lid body, the opposite surface being opposite to the
lid main body.

US Pat. No. 9,741,631

SUBSTRATE STORAGE CONTAINER WITH HANDLING MEMBERS

MIRAIAL CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container comprising:
a container main body including a tubular wall portion with a container main body opening portion formed at one end and the
other end closed, the wall portion having a back wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, and a pair of side walls, the container
main body opening portion being formed by one end of the upper wall, one end of the lower wall, and one end of each of the
side walls, wherein a substrate storing space that can store a plurality of substrates and is in communication with the container
main body opening portion is formed by an inner face of the upper wall, an inner face of the lower wall, inner faces of the
side walls, and an inner face of the back wall;

a lid body that is removably attached to the container main body opening portion and can close the container main body opening
portion; and

a pair of handling members that is arranged to face outer faces of the pair of the side walls, respectively, and can move
between a mounting position and a detachment position along each side wall of the pair of the side walls, wherein the pair
of the handling members is configured to be mounted to each of the side walls by moving to the mounting position and is detached
from each of the side walls by moving to the detachment position,

wherein the side wall includes: a semicircular convex portion in semicircular shape that is configured so that a projection
amount becomes greater gradually as the semicircular convex portion projects from the side wall in a direction distancing
from an outer face of the side wall, and approaches the mounting position from the detachment position; a guide member that
movably guides each handling member of the pair of the handling members between the mounting position and the detachment position;
and a back side engaging portion that is formed at a back side of each side wall of the pair of the side walls,

wherein a portion at which a projection amount of the semicircular convex portion is a minimum is located at a position which
is the closest to the detachment position of the semicircular convex portion, and a portion at which a projection amount of
the semicircular convex portion is a maximum is located at a position which is the closest to the mounting position of the
semicircular convex portion,

wherein the handling member includes: a handling member main body that is arranged along each side wall of the pair of the
side walls, respectively; a circular position-restriction through hole that is formed to extend through the handling member
main body in a thickness direction of the handling member and with which the semicircular convex portion can be engaged; a
handling member side guided portion that is engaged with a guide member and of which a movement is guided between the mounting
position and the detachment position by the guide member; and a back side guided portion that can be engaged with the back
side engaging portion by a movement of the handling member from the detachment position to the mounting position, and

wherein engagement of the handling member side guided portion with the guide member and engagement of the back side guided
portion with the back side engaging portion allows the handling member to be fixed in a manner of being not movable in upward
or downward directions with respect to the side wall, and engagement of the semicircular convex portion with the position-restriction
through hole allows the handling member to be fixed in a manner of being not movable in a movement direction that connects
the mounting position with the detachment position with respect to the side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,493,870

RADIO WAVE-TRANSMITTING DECORATIVE FILM AND DECORATIVE MEMBER USING SAME

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A radio wave-transmitting decorative film, comprising:
a first polymer film;
a second polymer film;
a light-reflecting layer which is arranged between the first polymer film and the second polymer film, is in direct contact
with the first polymer film, is formed by physical vapor deposition of an alloy of silicon and a metal, and comprises irregular
sites comprising ceramics portions of the light-reflecting layer and formed during the physical vapor deposition by reaction
a gas containing a typical non-metallic element with the alloy of the silicon and the metal;

an adhesion promoting layer positioned directly between the light-reflecting layer and the second polymer film,
wherein the light reflecting layer is divided and broken at a portion where the irregular sited are provided when the radio
wave-transmitting decorative film is stretched.

US Pat. No. 9,144,152

COVER LAY FILM AND FLEXIBLE PRINTED WIRING BOARD

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A cover lay film comprising:
an electromagnetic wave shielding layer formed of a conductive material;
a resistor layer having a greater surface resistance than the electromagnetic wave shielding layer; and
an insulating resin layer provided between the electromagnetic wave shielding layer and the resistor layer,
wherein a plurality of openings penetrating in a thickness direction of the electromagnetic wave shielding layer are provided
in the electromagnetic wave shielding layer, and

a maximum opening length L in the opening and a wavelength ? of an electromagnetic wave which is a shield target satisfy Expression
(1) below:

L where ?eff is an effective relative permeability and ?eff is an effective relative permittivity, and (?eff×?eff)?1/2 represents a wavelength compaction ratio k.

US Pat. No. 9,698,033

SUBSTRATE STORING CONTAINER

MIRAIAL CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container comprising:
a container main body having a substrate storing space that can store a plurality of substrates formed inside thereof, and
having an opening circumferential portion at which a container main body opening portion that is in communication with the
substrate storing space is formed at one end portion thereof;

a lid body that is removably attached to the opening circumferential portion and can close the container main body opening
portion;

a lid body side substrate support portion which is arranged at a portion of the lid body that is a part opposing the substrate
storing space when the container main body opening portion is closed by the lid body, and can support edge portions of the
plurality of substrates when the container main body opening portion is closed by the lid body; and

a back-side substrate support portion that is arranged so as to form a pair with the lid body side substrate support portion
inside the substrate storing space, that can support the edge portions of the plurality of substrates, and that supports the
plurality of substrates in cooperation with the lid body side substrate support portion when the container main body opening
portion is closed by the lid body,

wherein the lid body side substrate support portion includes a lid body side substrate receiving portion and a pair of lid
body side leg portions respectively connected to one end portion and another end portion of the lid body side substrate receiving
portion,

a lid-body-leg portion fixing concave portion that is concave in a direction opposite to a depth direction is formed at a
part of an inner face of the lid body that is a portion which closes the container main body opening portion, and

one lid body side leg portion among the pair of lid body side leg portions is fixed outside the lid-body-leg portion fixing
concave portion and the other lid body side leg portion of the pair of lid body side leg portions is fixed inside the lid-body-leg
portion fixing concave portion, wherein the lid body side substrate receiving portion is configured to swing with a part of
the one lid body side leg portion that is fixed to the lid body as an axial center for swinging and an inner face of the lid
body has an inner face left/right end portion flat face and a portion of the one lid body side leg portion that occupies at
least two-thirds of the one lid body side leg portion extends in parallel with the inner face left/right end portion flat
face.

US Pat. No. 9,624,398

ANTISTATIC RELEASE AGENT AND ANTISTATIC RELEASE FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An antistatic release agent comprising:
a release component that contains a condensation-curing type organopolysiloxane;
a conductive component that contains a complex of a ?-conjugated electrically conductive polymer and a polyanion; and
an organic solvent; wherein
the amount of the conductive component relative to 100 parts by mass of the release component is 1 to 300 parts by mass,
at least one amine compound selected from the group consisting of a secondary amine, a tertiary amine or a quaternary ammonium
salt is coordinated to or bonded to a portion of anion groups in the polyanion as an ion pair, the amine compound has one
or more substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 4 or more carbon atoms, an aryl group, an
aralkyl group, an alkylene group, an arylene group, an aralkylene group and an oxyalkylene group, and the amount of the portion
of anion groups relative to the total anion groups in the polyanion is 30 to 90 mol %.

US Pat. No. 9,482,693

CAPACITIVE SENSOR SHEET AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A production method of a capacitive sensor sheet, the production method comprising:
a film forming step of forming an optically-transparent electroconductive film on at least one surface of a substrate having
optical transparency;

a supplemental electrode and a wire forming step of setting an electrode region which functions as a transparent electrode
at least in part of the optically-transparent electroconductive film, by laminating a layer which is part of a supplemental
electrode to cover at least part of a periphery of the electrode region, the supplemental electrode having a lower electrical
resistance than the electrical resistance of the optically-transparent electroconductive film on top of the optically-transparent
electroconductive film, and laminating the layer which is part of a wire in which one end thereof is connected to the supplemental
electrode on the optically-transparent electroconductive film;

a resist laminating step of laminating a resist to cover all of the electrode region and at least part of the supplemental
electrode; and

an electroconductive film removing step of removing, by plasma etching, a part of the optically-transparent electroconductive
film formed on the substrate at a position of the electroconductive film not overlapped by the resist, the supplemental electrode
and the layer,

wherein the optically-transparent electroconductive film overlapped by the layer has the same pattern as the layer after the
plasma etching of the electroconductive film removing step.

US Pat. No. 9,558,862

CONDUCTIVE POLYMER COMPOSITION, COATED ARTICLE HAVING ANTISTATIC FILM FORMED FROM THE COMPOSITION, AND PATTERNING PROCESS USING THE COMPOSITION

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

5. A patterning process comprising steps of forming an antistatic film on a chemically amplified resist film of a substrate
having the chemically amplified resist film from the conductive polymer composition according to claim 3, irradiating the chemically amplified resist film in a pattern with electron beam, and developing the chemically amplified
resist film with an alkaline developer to obtain a resist pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,768,045

SUBSTRATE STORING CONTAINER

MIRAIAL CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container comprising:
a container main body having formed inside thereof a substrate storing space that can store a plurality of substrates, and
having formed at a first end portion thereof a container main body opening portion that is in communication with the substrate
storing space;

a lid body that is removably attached to the container main body opening portion and can close the container main body opening
portion;

a lid body side substrate support portion which is arranged at a portion of the lid body that is a part opposing the substrate
storing space when the container main body opening portion is closed by the lid body, and supports only two edge portions
of each of the plurality of substrates when the container main body opening portion is closed by the lid body; and

a back side substrate support portion that is arranged so as to form a pair with the lid body side substrate support portion
inside the substrate storing space, that can support the edge portions of the plurality of substrates, and that supports the
plurality of substrates in cooperation with the lid body side substrate support portion when the container main body opening
portion is closed by the lid body,

wherein the lid body side substrate support portion allows flexibility to be exhibited and supports a substrate,
wherein, in a case in which a direction from the first end portion of the container main body toward a second end portion
opposite from the first end portion refers to a depth direction, a direction from the second end portion toward the first
end portion of the container main body is defined as a forward direction, a substrate being stored in the substrate storing
space of the container main body in a state in which the container main body opening portion is closed by the lid body refers
to a closed state substrate, a center of the closed state substrate refers to a closed time center, a virtual straight line
passing though the closed time center and in parallel to the depth direction refers to a depth direction reference line, and
a virtual straight line passing through the closed time center and perpendicular to the depth direction refers to a left/right
direction reference line, when viewing the closed state substrate in a thickness direction, the back side substrate support
portion includes paired sections, and

wherein a first center angle formed by a line connecting an end of the back side substrate support portion on a side of an
other end portion of the container main body and the closed time center and the left/right direction reference line, when
viewing the closed state substrate in the thickness direction, is at least 20° and no more than 55°, and

a second center angle formed by a line connecting one of the lid body side substrate support portions and the closed time
center and the left/right direction reference line, when viewing the closed state substrate in the thickness direction, is
at least 60° and no more than 85°.

US Pat. No. 9,640,296

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE POLYMER DISPERSION LIQUID AND ELECTROCONDUCTIVE COATING

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An electroconductive polymer dispersion liquid comprising a ?-conjugated electrically conductive polymer, a polyanion,
a compound represented by following chemical formula (1), and a dispersion medium;
CH2?C(R1)—CO—NH—R2—O—CO—NH—R3—Si(OR4)3  (1)

in chemical formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 and R3 each independently represent an arbitrary substituent group, and R4 represents a methyl group or an ethyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,187,820

RADIO WAVE TRANSMITTING DECORATIVE MEMBER

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A radio wave transmitting decorative member comprising:
a substrate which is a shaped article formed of an organic material; and
a light reflecting layer provided on top of the substrate and formed of an alloy composed of a metal element and either silicon
element or germanium element,

wherein a ratio of the metal within the alloy is within a range from 0.1 to 60 volume %, based on the volume of the alloy,
the light reflecting layer is a continuous layer comprising a homogenous amorphous structure in which no gaps are present
where the alloy is absent, and

the organic material is at least one member selected from the group consisting of polyolefin, cyclic polyolefin, modified
polyolefin, polyvinyl chloride, polyvinylidene chloride, polystyrene, polyamide, polyimide, polyamideimide, polycarbonate,
poly-(4-methylpentene-1), an ionomer, an acrylic resin, polymethyl methacrylate, an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer,
an acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer, a butadiene-styrene copolymer, polyoxymethylene, polyvinyl alcohol, an ethylene-vinyl
alcohol copolymer, polyester, polyether, polyether ketone, polyether ether ketone, polyether imide, polyacetal, polyphenylene
oxide, modified polyphenylene oxide, polysulfone, polyether sulfone, polyphenylene sulfide, polyallylate, aromatic polyester,
polytetrafluoroethylene, polyvinylidene fluoride, a styrene-based elastomer, a polyolefin-based elastomer, a polyvinyl chloride-based
elastomer, a polyurethane-based elastomer, a polyester-based elastomer, a polyamide-based elastomer, a polybutadiene-based
elastomer, a trans-polyisoprene-based elastomer, a fluororubber-based elastomer, a chlorinated polyethylene-based elastomer,
an epoxy resin, a phenolic resin, a urea resin, a melamine resin, unsaturated polyester, a silicone-based resin, a urethane-based
resin, a polyparaxylylene resin, natural rubber, polybutadiene rubber, polyisoprene rubber, acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymer
rubber, styrene-butadiene copolymer rubber, styrene-isoprene copolymer rubber, styrene-butadiene-isoprene copolymer rubber,
a hydrogenated product of diene-based rubber, saturated polyolefin rubber, an ethylene-propylene-diene copolymer, an a-olefin-diene
copolymer, urethane rubber, silicone rubber, polyether-based rubber, and acrylic rubber.

US Pat. No. 9,184,747

MEMBER FOR ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE-TYPE SENSOR AND ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE-TYPE SENSOR USING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A member for an electrostatic capacitance sensor, the member comprising:
a sheet member having an operation surface configured to receive a proximate operation or a touch operation by an input body;
and

an electrode which pinches the sheet member and is disposed on the sheet member on an opposite side from the operation surface,
wherein the sheet member includes a decorative layer having a metallic luster, and
the decorative layer is a continuous film made of an alloy of silicon and metal, and
the proportion of the metal is 0.1 volume % to 70 volume % with respect to the alloy.

US Pat. No. 9,960,064

SUBSTRATE STORING CONTAINER

Miraial Co., Ltd., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container, comprising:a container main body including a tubular wall portion with a container main body opening portion formed at one end portion and the other end portion closed, the wall portion having a back wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, and a pair of side walls, the container main body opening portion being formed by one end portion of the upper wall, one end portion of the lower wall, and one end portions of the side walls, wherein a substrate storing space that can store a plurality of substrates and is in communication with the container main body opening portion is formed by an inner face of the upper wall, an inner face of the lower wall, inner faces of the side walls, and an inner face of the back wall;
a lid body that is removably attached to the container main body opening portion and can close the container main body opening portion;
lateral substrate support parts that are disposed to be fixed to the pair of side walls so as to form a pair inside of the substrate storing space, and can support edge parts of a plurality of substrates when the container main body opening portion is not closed by the lid body, in a state in which adjacent substrates among the plurality of substrates are arranged in parallel to be separated by a predetermined interval,
wherein the lateral substrate support parts include a plurality of plate parts having a parallel positional relationship and supporting the edge parts of the plurality of substrates; and a plate-part support part that supports the plate part and is fixed to the side wall, wherein the plate-part support part includes: a groove forming portion in which a groove that linearly extends over the entirety of the plurality of plate parts in a direction intersecting the plurality of plate parts is formed; a protrusion that is formed inside the groove and projects so as to narrow the width of the groove in a direction orthogonal to an extending direction of the groove, and a positioned part that is formed at a central part of the groove in the extending direction of the groove, and
wherein a groove-fitting rib part that linearly extends to be able to fit in the groove is disposed at an inner face of the side wall, and a positioning part that can engage with the positioned part is disposed at a central part of the groove fitting rib part in an extending direction of the groove-fitting rib part.

US Pat. No. 9,524,835

INPUT DEVICES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAID INPUT DEVICES

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An input device, comprising:
an operation panel having an operation surface;
an elastic sheet disposed on a side of the operation panel opposite to the operation surface;
a board, which is arranged to be opposed to a flat surface portion of the operation panel;
a plurality of sensor portions arranged equiangularly along a circumferential direction, each of the plurality of sensor portions
being placed on the board to be opposed to a corresponding one of a plurality of conductive elastic bodies arranged equiangularly
along the circumferential direction and fixed on the elastic sheet; and

a plurality of members to be pressed arranged equiangularly along the circumferential direction and placed on the board, each
of the plurality of members to be pressed being opposed to one of a plurality of pushers arranged equiangularly along the
circumferential direction and fixed on the elastic sheet, wherein the plurality of members to be pressed and the plurality
of sensor portions are arranged so that an imaginary line drawn from an operation center of the operation panel and extending
in a direction parallel to the operation surface of the operation panel to a center of a member to be pressed of the plurality
of members to be pressed does not cross a part of any sensor portion of the plurality of sensor portions;

wherein the operation panel has one of a circular shape, an annular shape, a shape of a part of a circle, and a shape of a
part of a ring;

the plurality of sensor portions is arranged on a first circle concentric with the operation panel, and the plurality of sensor
portions is the only element on the board on the first circle;

each of the plurality of members to be pressed comprises a belleville-spring member arranged on a second circle concentric
with the operation panel and said second circle having a diameter larger than a diameter of the first circle, the plurality
of members to be pressed being the only element on the board on the second circle;

each of the plurality of conductive elastic bodies has a hemispherical shape and protrudes from the elastic sheet toward the
sensor portion;

each of the plurality of conductive elastic bodies comprises an electrically conductive rubber; and
two sensor portions of the plurality of sensor portions are completely disposed in a smaller of two sectors defined by the
operation center of the operation panel and two consecutive members to be pressed in a circumferential direction along the
second circle.

US Pat. No. 9,505,935

ANTISTATIC RELEASE AGENT, ANTISTATIC RELEASE COATED FILM AND ANTISTATIC RELEASE BASE MATERIAL

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An antistatic release agent, comprising: an aqueous solution of an electrically conductive polymer complex composed of
a t-conjugated electrically conductive polymer and a polyanion having an anionic group in a molecule thereof, an alkaline
compound, a silicone emulsion and a dispersion medium; wherein,
the alkaline compound is at least one type of compound selected from the group consisting of an inorganic alkali, an amine
compound and a nitrogen-containing aromatic cyclic compound,

the inorganic alkali is selected from the group consisting of sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, ammonia,
sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate and ammonium bicarbonate,

the content of the alkaline compound in the antistatic release agent is 0.7 times or more relative to the number of moles
of the neutralization equivalent of the electrically conductive polymer complex, and

the pH of the antistatic release agent at 25° C. is 10 or lower.
US Pat. No. 9,657,181

COMPOSITION FOR ANTISTATIC RELEASE AGENT AND ANTISTATIC RELEASE FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A composition for an antistatic release agent comprising:
a release component, a conductive component, an organic solvent, and water,
wherein the release component contains a condensation-type organopolysiloxane,
the conductive component contains a complex with a ?-conjugated electrically conductive polymer and a polyanion having a molecular
weight of 20,000 to 900,000,

an amount of the conductive component is 1 to 300 parts by mass, relative to 100 parts by mass of the release component,
at least one amine compound selected from the group consisting of a secondary amine, a tertiary amine or a quaternary ammonium
salt is coordinated to or bonded to a portion of anion groups in the polyanion as an ion pair,

the water content is 5% by mass or less, relative to a total amount of the composition for an antistatic release agent, and
an amount of the amine compound relative to the polyanion is 0.1 to 10 molar equivalents.

US Pat. No. 10,134,618

SUBSTRATES STORING CONTAINER

MIRAIAL CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A substrate storing container comprising:a container main body including a tubular wall portion with a container main body opening portion formed at one end portion and an other end portion closed, the wall portion having a back wall, an upper wall, a lower wall, and a pair of side walls, the container main body opening portion being formed by one end portion of the upper wall, one end portion of the lower wall, and one end portions of the side walls, wherein a substrate storing space that can store a plurality of substrates and is in communication with the container main body opening portion is formed by an inner face of the upper wall, an inner face of the lower wall, inner faces of the side walls, and an inner face of the back wall;
a lid body that is removably attached to the container main body opening portion and can close the container main body opening portion;
a bottom plate having a plate-like shape, arranged to face an outer face of the lower wall, and including a locking portion; and
a groove member including a groove-forming portion having a groove opening downward formed therein, a surrounding wall portion, which is connected to the groove-forming portion, and is arranged around the groove-forming portion, and a locked portion, which is connected to the surrounding wall portion, is elastically deformable, and is locked by the locking portion of the bottom plate by being elastically deformed, the groove member being supported and fixed by the lower wall and the bottom plate,
wherein the groove member includes a groove-bottom-forming portion, which is a portion of the groove-forming portion and which forms a bottom portion of the groove, and
wherein an upper end face of the surrounding wall portion projects upward more above than an upper end face of the groove-bottom forming portion.

US Pat. No. 9,966,952

SWITCH APPARATUS

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A switch apparatus comprising:a housing that is configured with an upper housing and a base housing, the upper housing and the base housing facing each other, the upper housing including a plurality of recesses;
an elastic member that is made of an elastic material, the elastic member being attached to the housing, the elastic member having first and second surfaces opposite to each other, the elastic member having a plurality of protrusions on the first surface, the plurality of protrusions being laterally surrounded by the plurality of recesses;
a plurality of press-down regions that are provided in the elastic member, each of the plurality of press-down regions being configured to move downwardly when each of the plurality of press-down regions is pressed from above in a pressing direction, the plurality of press-down regions corresponding to the plurality of protrusions; and
an electrostatic capacitance sensor that is configured to detect static electricity, the static electricity being generated when any of the plurality of press-down regions is pressed from above in the pressing direction,
wherein a space is provided between a tip of each of the plurality of protrusions and the base housing, and
the plurality of protrusions and the electrostatic capacitance sensor are located on opposite sides of the base housing.

US Pat. No. 9,541,578

CAPACITIVE SENSOR SHEET PRODUCING METHOD AND CAPACITIVE SENSOR SHEET

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A capacitive sensor sheet producing method for producing a capacitive sensor sheet by using a base having an insulative
base layer on which a binder resin layer including conductive nanowires is formed, the conductive nanowires partially projecting
from a surface of the binder resin layer, comprising the steps of:
when a plurality of detection electrodes of a conductive pattern layer are formed by shaping a binder resin layer of a base,
removing a binder resin from projections of conductive nanowires partially projected from surface ends of at least partial
detection electrodes of the plurality of detection electrodes by implementing a surface etching and shaping treatment on the
surface ends, the conductive nanowires partially projected from the surface ends having an adhering area of the binder resin
and an exposing area of the conductive nanowire before the surface etching and shaping treatment;

forming wiring lines of the conductive pattern layer by applying a conductive material on an insulative base layer of the
base and drying and curing the applied conductive material; and,

connecting the wiring lines to the projections of the conductive nanowires of the surface ends, the projections having more
exposing area than that before the surface etching and shaping treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,179,868

ADDITION-CURABLE ANTISTATIC ORGANOPOLYSILOXANE COMPOSITION AND ANTISTATIC SILICONE FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. An addition-curable antistatic organopolysiloxane composition, comprising:(a) a ?-conjugated conductive polymer;
(b) a polyanion;
(c) a compound represented by the following chemical formula (1); and
(d) an addition-curable organopolysiloxane composition,

wherein R is a linear unsaturated hydrocarbon group having 3 to 21 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,312,122

SUBSTRATE STORAGE CONTAINER

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A substrate storage container comprising:a container main body comprising a plurality of pairs of support pieces capable of accommodating a plurality of substrates;
an air feed valve for supplying a substrate protecting gas from an outside of the container main body to an inside of the container main body; and,
an air replacement unit configured to blow out the substrate protecting gas from the air feed valve into the inside of the container main body; and
an air flow path,
wherein the container main body has a front open box form with the air feed valve attached at a bottom in a rear part of the container main body,
wherein the air replacement unit includes a housing member for reserving the substrate protecting gas flowed in through the air feed valve and a covering member that covers an open face of the housing member,
wherein a bottom of the housing member is connected to the air feed valve so as to flow the substrate protecting gas,
wherein the covering member is formed with a plurality of blow holes for blowing the substrate protecting gas in the housing member toward a front of the container main body, and
wherein a space is formed between the air replacement unit and an inner face of a rear wall of the container main body,
wherein the air flow path comprises the space and a clearance, the clearance defined between an inner face of a ceiling of the container main body and an airflow regulating member that faces the ceiling, and
wherein the air flow path is communicated with a lower area inside the container main body.

US Pat. No. 10,559,484

SUBSTRATE STORAGE CONTAINER

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A substrate storage container comprising: a container body for storing substrates, wherein at least one side of the container body is open; and a lid removable to open and close an opening of the container body, whereinthe substrate storage container comprises, in the container body, first holding portions with first holding grooves for holding rear parts of the substrates,
the substrate storage container comprises, inside of the lid, second holding portions with second holding grooves for holding front parts of the substrates,
at least the first holding grooves in the first holding portions and at least the second holding grooves in the second holding portions are made of an alloy resin mainly containing a polycarbonate resin and a polybutylene terephthalate resin, and
the alloy resin making at least the first holding grooves contains an amount equal to or more than 25% by mass and equal to or less than 40% by mass of polybutylene terephthalate resin and equal to or more than 60% and equal to or less than 75% of polycarbonate resin with respect to the mass of the resin components of the alloy resin.

US Pat. No. 10,373,775

PUSHBUTTON SWITCH MEMBER

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A pushbutton switch member comprising:a dome-shaped movable contact; and
an operation key disposed on a protrusion side of the movable contact and contacting with the movable contact, wherein pushing the operation key toward the movable contact causes the movable contact to electrically connect at least two contacts on a substrate,
the operation key includes:
a key body having a pusher projecting toward the substrate and defined by a recess in the key body;
a dome part connected with an outer periphery of the key body and deformable by pushing of the key body toward the substrate;
a foot part connected with the outer periphery of the dome part and fixed on the substrate; and
a protrusion provided on a top surface of the key body or the outer periphery of the key body, protruding from the top surface of the key body, and deformable by compression during operation of pushing the operation key toward the substrate, and
the movable contact includes:
an upper contact part disposed in contact with a site directly below the key body and configured to contact with a contact of the at least two contacts when the key body is pushed in, the upper contact part defining a through-hole at its center; and
an outer fixing part disposed at the upper contact part or outside of the upper contact part in a radial direction and fixed outside of the key body of the operation key in the radial direction,
wherein the recess in the key body is aligned with the through-hole in the upper contact part and the pusher contacts the upper contact part when the key body is pushed in, and
wherein the outer fixing part is a band extending from a step of the movable contact and fixing the movable contact to the operation key.
US Pat. No. 9,688,868

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMER DISPERSION AND ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE COATING FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A conductive polymer dispersion, comprising:
?-conjugated conductive polymer;
a polyanion;
a polyester resin having an alkali metal salt of an acid group; and
a glycidyl group-containing acrylic resin,
wherein a ratio (?/?) of total mass ? of the polyester resin and the glycidyl group-containing acrylic resin to total mass
? of the ?-conjugated conductive polymer and the polyanion is in a range of 6.90 to 62.5.

US Pat. No. 10,483,011

CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITION, CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITION PRODUCTION METHOD, ANTI-STATIC RESIN COMPOSITION AND ANTISTATIC RESIN FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A method for producing a conductive composition comprising:(a) a ?-conjugated conductive polymer,
(b) a polyanion with which the ?-conjugated conductive polymer is doped, and
(c) a reaction product of an oxirane group and/or oxetane group-containing organic compound and an anion, the anion being non-doped with the ?-conjugated conductive polymer (a) in anions in the polyanion with which the ?-conjugated conductive polymer (a) is doped,
wherein the conductive composition is dispersed in a solvent containing a first organic solvent and water,
the method comprising:
adding the oxirane group and/or oxetane group-containing organic compound with a second organic solvent to a water dispersion of the ?-conjugated conductive polymer and the polyanion with which the polymer is doped,
reacting the polyanion and the oxirane group and/or oxetane group-containing organic compound with the anion being non-doped with the ?-conjugated conductive polymer,
collecting the conductive composition precipitated thereby,
adding the solvent containing the first organic solvent and water to the collected conductive composition,
separating the solvent including the collected conductive composition into an organic phase and an aqueous phase, and
extracting the aqueous phase.

US Pat. No. 10,242,896

SUBSTRATE STORAGE CONTAINER

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A substrate storage container for storing a substrate in an internal closed space thereof, comprising a constitutive material defining the internal closed space, the constitutive material being formed of a specific constitutive material having a water absorption of 0.1 wt. % or less when immersed in water at 23 degree C. for 24 hours,wherein the specific constitutive material comprises: a single cyclic olefin resin (A component) of 100 parts by mass; a carbon fiber (B component) of 6 to 14 parts by mass to the A component of 100 parts by mass; and a single polyolefin-based thermoplastic elastomer as an impact resistance improver (C component) of 12 to 14 parts by mass to the A component of 100 parts by mass or a single polystyrene-based thermoplastic elastomer product as an impact resistance improver (C component) of 5 to 24 parts by mass to the A component of 100 parts by mass,
the polyolefin-based thermoplastic elastomer product is ethylene and 1-butene random copolymers,
the polystyrene-based thermoplastic elastomer product is made by block copolymerizing a polystyrene portion with a hard segment and a soft segment which is composed of polybutylene, polyethylene, butadiene, or isoprene,
the specific constitutive material further comprises a polyethylene (D component) having a viscosity-average molecular weight of 1 million or more,
the D component is 1 to 15 parts by mass to 100 parts by mass of the sum of the A component, the B component, and the C component, and
the specific constitutive material has a surface resistance value of 1.0×E+10? or less.
US Pat. No. 10,377,908

CONDUCTIVE POLYMER SOLUTION, CAPACITOR, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE CAPACITOR

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A conductive polymer solution having a conductive polymer and a solvent, whereinthe conductive polymer comprises
a pi-conjugated conductive polymer,
a polyanion with which the pi-conjugated conductive polymer is doped, and
a compound formed by reacting an oxirane or oxetane group which is needed to increase the strong acidity of a solution derived from the anion group of the polyanion to a weak acidic region of a pH in the range of 2.0 to 6.0 with an anion making no contribution to the dope in the polyanion, and
the solution has a pH in the range of 2.0 to 6.0.
US Pat. No. 10,640,627

METHOD OF PRODUCING AMINE ADDUCT OF CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE, METHOD OF PRODUCING AMINE ADDUCT LIQUID OF CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING CONDUCTIVE FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A method of producing an amine adduct of a conductive composite, comprising:precipitating the amine adduct of the conductive composite containing poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene polystyrene sulfonic acid by adding an amine compound and a first organic solvent to a conductive polymer dispersion liquid containing water and the conductive composite, the conductive composite having a mass ratio of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) to the polystyrene sulfonic acid of 1:3.0 to 1:7.5, and
separating an excess polystyrene sulfonic acid which does not form the conductive composite from the precipitated amine adduct and collecting the precipitated amine adduct by filtration.

US Pat. No. 10,403,451

PUSHBUTTON SWITCH MEMBER

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A pushbutton switch member comprising:a dome-shaped movable contact; and
an operation key disposed on a protrusion side of the movable contact, the operation key being opposite to and spaced apart from the movable contact, wherein
pushing the operation key toward the movable contact causes the movable contact to electrically connect at least two contacts on a substrate,
the operation key includes:
a key body;
an arcuate dome connecting to an outer periphery of the key body and deformable by pushing the key body toward the substrate, the arcuate dome being bowed outwardly from the substrate;
a foot connected with an outer periphery of the arcuate dome and fixed on the substrate; and
one or more intermediate parts between the arcuate dome and the foot, the one or more intermediate parts facing the substrate with a gap interposed therebetween, and
the movable contact includes:
an upper contact spaced apart from and disposed directly below the key body and configured to contact with a contact of the at least two contacts when the key body is pushed in; and
an outer tab disposed at the upper contact or outside of the upper contact in a radial direction and fixed outside of the key body of the operation key in the radial direction,
wherein the movable contact is disposed such that the outer fixing tab is fixed to the intermediate part of the operation key and is spaced from the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,772,213

ADHESIVE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING AN OBJECT FROM AN ADHESIVE SUBSTRATE

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Lt...

1. A method for physically separating an object from an adhesive substrate, wherein the object is attached to a heat-resistant elastomer layer of the adhesive substrate, comprising the steps of:1) anchoring an upper side of the object by attaching a fixing means; and
2) applying a downward force to a base substrate of the adhesive substrate, thereby causing the heat-resistant elastomer layer to bend, resulting in separation,
wherein the adhesive substrate is repeatedly used, and
the adhesive substrate returns to its original state after the object is separated from the adhesive substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,647,858

CONDUCTIVE POLYMER DISPERSION AND METHOD FOR PREPARING SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CONDUCTIVE FILM

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A method of producing a conductive polymer dispersion, comprising:a precipitation step of adding an epoxy compound to an aqueous dispersion of a conductive composite containing a ?-conjugated conductive polymer and a polyanion to precipitate the conductive composite, to thereby form a precipitate;
a collection step of collecting the precipitate;
a conductive mixed liquid preparation step of adding an organic solvent to the collected precipitate to prepare a conductive mixed liquid; and
an isocyanurate-based compound addition step of adding an isocyanurate-based compound represented by the following formula (1) to the conductive mixed liquid:
in the formula (1), R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or any substituent.

US Pat. No. 10,761,667

CAPACITIVE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SENSOR

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A capacitive three-dimensional sensor, which is configured to sense inputs in plane X and Y directions and a depth Z direction, the capacitive three-dimensional sensor comprising:a light-guide unit having a side surface and an operation surface, the side surface being formed along the depth Z direction and including a light entering portion, through which light from a light source enters, the operation surface being configured to input the inputs and including a light output portion, from which the light exits;
a sheet-like X-Y electrode body configured to sense the inputs in the plane X and Y directions;
a deformable body including a sheet-like elastic body; and
a sheet-like Z electrode body configured to sense the input in the depth Z direction,
the light-guide unit, the sheet-like X-Y electrode body, the deformable body, and the sheet-like Z electrode body being arranged in the stated order to overlap one another when viewed in the depth Z direction,
the light-guide unit including a decorative sheet, which is provided optionally, and a light-guide sheet configured to guide the light that has entered the light-guide unit from the side surface and output the light toward the light output portion,
the decorative sheet and the light-guide sheet being arranged in the stated order to overlap each other when viewed in the depth Z direction,
the light-guide sheet having a bending stiffness D1 calculated by the following equation (1) and the decorative sheet having a bending stiffness D2 calculated by the following equation (2), D1 and D2 totaling less than 256:
D1=(E1)×(h1)3÷[12×{1?(?1)2}]  Equation (1)
D2=(E2)×(h2)3÷[12×{1?(?2)2}]  Equation (2)where D1, E1, h1, and ?1 represent the bending stiffness (unit: N·mm), a bending modulus (unit: N/mm2), a thickness (unit: mm), and a Poisson ratio of the light-guide sheet, respectively, and D2, E2, h2, and ?2 represent the bending stiffness (unit: N·mm), a bending modulus (unit: N/mm2), a thickness (unit: mm), and a Poisson ratio of the decorative sheet, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,763,052

CONTACT MEMBER, CONTACT MEMBER PRODUCTION METHOD, AND PUSH-BUTTON SWITCH MEMBER EQUIPPED WITH CONTACT MEMBER

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A contact member comprising:a meshed contact comprising one or more layers of a metal other than a noble metal, the meshed contact being embedded in one surface of a rubber-like elastic body in such a manner as to have a region partially exposed from the one surface while the rest of the meshed contact is entirely buried in the rubber-like elastic body,
wherein a highly conductive metal coat layer having a higher conductivity than that of the metal in an outermost surface of the meshed contact is provided only on the region of the meshed contact partially exposed from the one surface of the rubber-like elastic body.