Patents by Inventor Michael K. Pilliod

Michael K. Pilliod has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9427806
    Abstract: A metal matrix composite using as one of the components a precious metal is described. In one embodiment, the precious metal takes the form of gold and the metal matrix composite has a gold mass fraction in accordance with 18 k. The metal matrix composite can be formed by blending a precious metal (e.g., gold) powder and a ceramic powder, forming a mixture that is then compressed within a die having a near net shape of the metal matrix composite. The compressed mixture in the die is then heated to sinter the precious metal and ceramic powder. Other techniques for forming the precious metal matrix composite using HIP, and a diamond powder are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Lucy E. Browning, Michael K. Pilliod, Theodore A. Waniuk
  • Patent number: 9219515
    Abstract: A protective film configured to protect a substrate such as a glass panel for a display is provided. The protective film may include a discontinuous outer layer including a multitude of panels and gaps positioned therebetween. Further, the protective film may include a flexible layer positioned between the discontinuous outer layer and the substrate. When panels of the discontinuous outer layer are impacted by a foreign object, the force may be transferred to the flexible layer, rather than propagating through the outer layer. In this regard, the gaps between the panels of the discontinuous outer layer may prevent the formation of cracks that may otherwise occur. Related assemblies and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Choiniere, Christopher D. Prest, Dale N. Memering, Matthew S. Rogers, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Publication number: 20150342064
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Jonathan P. Ive, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Publication number: 20150248142
    Abstract: A transparent article, such as a transparent cover, for use as a cover glass for an electronic device, as well as methods for producing transparent articles, are disclosed. The transparent article can form a part of a housing of the portable electronic device and can provide an outer surface for a portion of the housing. The transparent article can be provided over a display of portable electronic device to provide a protective outer cover over the display. In one embodiment, the transparent article can be formed with a laminate structure. In another embodiment, the transparent article can be formed with a ribbed structure. In still another embodiment, a sapphire coating can be deposited on the transparent article to improve it strength. Advantageously, the transparent article is able to be not only thin and lightweight but also provide sufficient stiffness for use as a cover glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Qian, Daniel D. Sunshine, Jeremy C. Franklin, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Patent number: 9125298
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 9109093
    Abstract: Materials, apparatus and methods of forming structural components for consumer electronics devices are described. In one embodiment, ceramic fibers, such as alumina, are mixed with a thermoplastic, such as nylon, to form a composite material usable in an injection molding process. The volume percent of ceramic fibers used with the thermoplastic can be selected to improve the strength properties of the composite material. Pigments can be added to the composite material to affect its aesthetic appeal. In one embodiment, the composite material including the ceramic fibers can be used to form frame components usable in a consumer electronic device. The frame components can be load bearing structures that are externally visible or used within the interior of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. Pilliod, Paul Choiniere
  • Patent number: 8994608
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a compound part comprises preparing a cavity in a receiving part, selecting a resin for application in the receiving part, applying the resin into the cavity, curing the applied resin, and simultaneously finishing the receiving part and the cured resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Publication number: 20150064422
    Abstract: A protective film configured to protect a substrate such as a glass panel for a display is provided. The protective film may include a discontinuous outer layer including a multitude of panels and gaps positioned therebetween. Further, the protective film may include a flexible layer positioned between the discontinuous outer layer and the substrate. When panels of the discontinuous outer layer are impacted by a foreign object, the force may be transferred to the flexible layer, rather than propagating through the outer layer. In this regard, the gaps between the panels of the discontinuous outer layer may prevent the formation of cracks that may otherwise occur. Related assemblies and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Choiniere, Christopher D. Prest, Dale N. Memering, Matthew S. Rogers, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Publication number: 20150016038
    Abstract: A surface of an electronic device includes a reduced friction surface that comprises a glass beaded film. The glass beaded film includes glass beads disposed in a polymer layer or in an adhesive layer, where a portion of the glass beads protrude from a surface of the polymer or adhesive layer. The reduced friction surface is disposed over at least a portion of the surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: James J. Niu, Craig C. Leong, Michael K. Pilliod, Keith J. Hendren
  • Publication number: 20140361670
    Abstract: A metal matrix composite using as one of the components a precious metal is described. In one embodiment, the precious metal takes the form of gold and the metal matrix composite has a gold mass fraction in accordance with 18 k. The metal matrix composite can be formed by blending a precious metal (e.g., gold) powder and a ceramic powder, forming a mixture that is then compressed within a die having a near net shape of the metal matrix composite. The compressed mixture in the die is then heated to sinter the precious metal and ceramic powder. Other techniques for forming the precious metal matrix composite using HIP, and a diamond powder are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Lucy E. Browning, Michael K. Pilliod, Theodore A. Waniuk
  • Patent number: 8888944
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bonding a first substrate to a second substrate can include an intermediate layer disposed between the substrates. In one embodiment, the intermediate layer can be disposed to a bonding area of the first substrate and only one adhesive layer can be disposed between the intermediate layer and the second substrate. In other embodiments, a plurality of intermediate layers can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Erik G. De Jong, Michael K. Pilliod, Chuan Keat Low, James R. Krogdahl, Rimple Bhatia, Justin T. Sawyer, Michael B. Wittenberg
  • Publication number: 20140285956
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 8773848
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Publication number: 20140076731
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a compound part comprises preparing a cavity in a receiving part, selecting a resin for application in the receiving part, applying the resin into the cavity, curing the applied resin, and simultaneously finishing the receiving part and the cured resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter N. Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod
  • Publication number: 20140071595
    Abstract: A method for bonding two substrates can use a laser to ablate a bonding surface of at least one of the two substrates. In one embodiment, the laser can be used to produce a predetermined average surface roughness in a bonding surface region of one of the substrates. In another embodiment, the substrate can comprise a resin filled polymer. Ablating the surface of the bonding surface can increase the bond strength in the ablation region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik G. DE JONG, Michael K. PILLIOD, Chuan Keat LOW, James R. KROGDAHL, Rimple BHATIA
  • Publication number: 20140071597
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for bonding a first substrate to a second substrate can include an intermediate layer disposed between the substrates. In one embodiment, the intermediate layer can be disposed to a bonding area of the first substrate and only one adhesive layer can be disposed between the intermediate layer and the second substrate. In other embodiments, a plurality of intermediate layers can be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik G. DE JONG, Michael K. PILLIOD, Chuan Keat LOW, James R. KROGDAHL, Rimple BHATIA, Justin T. SAWYER, Michael B. WITTENBERG
  • Publication number: 20140030522
    Abstract: A method for forming a relatively transparent fiber composite is disclosed. In one embodiment, the relatively transparent fiber composite can include glass fibers with a relatively low amount of iron oxide. In another embodiment, the transparent fiber composite can include a selected resin, a sizing and glass fibers where the index of refraction of the glass fibers, the sizing and the resin can be similar, within a tolerance amount. In yet another embodiment, the resin can be relatively clear and free from pigments and tints. In one embodiment, the glass fibers can be formed into a mat. In another embodiment, glass fibers can be chopped or milled and a relatively transparent part can be formed through injection molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul CHOINIERE, Evans Hankey, Michael K. Pilliod, Peter N. Russell-Clarke
  • Publication number: 20130319872
    Abstract: Methods and structures for forming anodization layers that protect and cosmetically enhance metal surfaces are described. In some embodiments, methods involve forming an anodization layer on an underlying metal that permits an underlying metal surface to be viewable. In some embodiments, methods involve forming a first anodization layer and an adjacent second anodization layer on an angled surface, the interface between the two anodization layers being regular and uniform. Described are photomasking techniques and tools for providing sharply defined corners on anodized and texturized patterns on metal surfaces. Also described are techniques and tools for providing anodizing resistant components in the manufacture of electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Charles B. WOODHULL, Paul Choiniere, Michael Coleman, Bryan Patrick Kiple, David A. Pakula, Michael K. Pilliod, Tang Yew Tan
  • Publication number: 20130273295
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating a composite panel with a surface finish. The method includes securing a polymer film within a first portion of a mold and securing a composite panel within a second portion of the mold. The method also includes holding the first portion of the mold against the second portion of the mold to form a mold cavity between composite panel and the polymer film. The method further includes heating the mold to an elevated temperature, injecting a polymer resin into the mold cavity, and curing the polymer resin to form an integrated structure having a polymer resin layer between the composite panel and the polymer film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kenney, Michael K. Pilliod, John DiFonzo
  • Publication number: 20130188366
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a glass housing structures. The glass housing structures may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. The glass housing structure may have multiple glass pieces that are joined using a glass fusing process. A peripheral glass member may be fused along the edge of a planar glass member to enhance the thickness of the edge. A rounded edge feature may be formed by machining the thickened edge. Raised fused glass features may surround openings in the planar glass member. Multiple planar glass members may be fused together to form a five-sided box in which electronic components may be mounted. Raised support structure ribs may be formed by fusing glass structures to a planar glass member. Opaque masking material and colored glass may be used to create portions of the glass housing structures that hide internal device components from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod, Jonathan P. Ive