Patents Assigned to RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
  • Patent number: 10827591
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes a mid-frame structure such that the mid-frame structure can include a reverse draft. A reverse draft corresponds to a back of the electronic reading device being a predetermined amount wider than a front of the electronic reading device. Additionally, a co-molded mid-frame stiffener provides a predetermined rigidity of the electronic reading device. The electronic reading device also includes a display integrated with the front of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the display and the mid-frame structure includes one or more electronic reading device components. Similarly, a back cover is integrated with the back of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the back cover and the mid-frame structure includes additional electronic reading device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Archer Wun, Anna Buechin, James Wu, Ernesto Salas
  • Patent number: 10795407
    Abstract: An electronic reading device, including: a housing, wherein exterior surfaces of the housing include a first and second main surface, a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge, and each of the edges is located in between the first and second main surface, and the third edge is parallel to the fourth edge, and the first edge is located at an opposite side of the housing than the second edge. The first main surface includes a display, and the second main surface is an opposing surface to the first main surface. The housing is asymmetrical as it includes an extended housing portion that is spaced away from one edge of the display, a thickness of the housing between the first and second main surface increases from the second edge to the first edge, and the housing has an upward bend at the extended housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin, Anna Buechin, Chris Leung
  • Patent number: 10795408
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an adjustable RGBW front light. The electronic device additional includes circuitry configured to determine if a transition between phases has occurred, the phases being based on a time of day, automatically display a predetermined screen color temperature via the adjustable RGBW front light in response to the transition between phases, and automatically adjust a predetermined mixture of light to be displayed via the adjustable RGBW front light such that the predetermined screen color temperature does not change in response to a change in a brightness level of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Hunter, Matt Clements, George Talusan, Paul McDougall, William Chaban, Zheng Xu, Steve Li, Jeffrey Ng Thow Hing
  • Patent number: 10716376
    Abstract: A protective case, including: a back cover configured to secure an electronic reading device; and a front cover connected to the back cover by a hinge. The front cover is divided into a plurality of separate stiffener sections that are defined by a plurality of creases, and the plurality or creases are configured to allow movement of the plurality of stiffener sections so that the protective case can be folded into a stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rakuten Kobo, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10716375
    Abstract: A protective case, including: a back cover and a front cover connected by a hinge. The front cover is divided into a five stiffener sections that are defined by four creases. The first and second stiffener sections are in a shape of a triangle. The second stiffener section is smaller in area than the first stiffener section. The third stiffener section is bordered by the second and third crease. The fourth stiffener section and the fifth stiffener section form a flap at an end of the front cover that is opposite the hinge, and the fourth stiffener section and the fifth stiffener section are the same size, and are separated by the fourth crease. An outer side of the front cover has a gap that is located between an angled edge of the fourth stiffener section and an angled edge of the fifth stiffener section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10671117
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic reading device includes a back cover, wherein the back cover is configured to secure the electronic reading device. The back cover includes a plurality of metal plates, each of the plurality of metal plates disposed in a predetermined location. The protective case also includes a front cover, wherein the front cover includes a plurality of magnets, each of the plurality of magnets being disposed in a predetermined location and one or more of the plurality of magnets being positioned based on the location of one or more corresponding metal plates. The front cover also includes a Hall sensor magnet positioned on top of a magnet shielding, wherein the Hall sensor magnet is positioned between the magnet shielding and the back cover of the protective case when the protective case is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
    Inventor: Anna Buechin
  • Publication number: 20200170091
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes a mid-frame structure such that the mid-frame structure can include a reverse draft. A reverse draft corresponds to a back of the electronic reading device being a predetermined amount wider than a front of the electronic reading device. Additionally, a co-molded mid-frame stiffener provides a predetermined rigidity of the electronic reading device. The electronic reading device also includes a display integrated with the front of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the display and the mid-frame structure includes one or more electronic reading device components. Similarly, a back cover is integrated with the back of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the back cover and the mid-frame structure includes additional electronic reading device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
    Inventors: Archer WUN, Anna BUECHIN, James WU, Ernesto SALAS
  • Publication number: 20200125226
    Abstract: An electronic reading device, including: a housing, wherein exterior surfaces of the housing include a first main surface, a second main surface, a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge, and each of the first edge, the second edge, the third edge, and the fourth edge is located in between the first main surface and the second main surface, and a display that is surrounded by the housing, wherein the first main surface of the electronic reading device includes the display, and the second main surface of the electronic reading device is an opposing surface to the first main surface, wherein the housing includes an extended housing portion that is spaced away from one edge of the display by a distance, and the extended housing portion includes a first button and a second button to control the movement of text and/or images that are displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Archer WUN, Kuan-Chang LIN, Anna BUECHIN, Chris LEUNG, Harry HUTTON, William CHABAN, Ramesh MANTHA
  • Publication number: 20200125141
    Abstract: An electronic reading device, including: a housing, wherein exterior surfaces of the housing include a first and second main surface, a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge, and each of the edges is located in between the first and second main surface, and the third edge is parallel to the fourth edge, and the first edge is located at an opposite side of the housing than the second edge. The first main surface includes a display, and the second main surface is an opposing surface to the first main surface. The housing is asymmetrical as it includes an extended housing portion that is spaced away from one edge of the display, a thickness of the housing between the first and second main surface increases from the second edge to the first edge, and the housing has an upward bend at the extended housing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Archer WUN, Kuan-Chang Lin, Anna Buechin, Chris Leung
  • Publication number: 20200121046
    Abstract: A protective case, including: a back cover configured to secure an electronic reading device; and a front cover connected to the back cover by a hinge. The front cover is divided into a plurality of separate stiffener sections that are defined by a plurality of creases, and the plurality or creases are configured to allow movement of the plurality of stiffener sections so that the protective case can be folded into a stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventors: Anna BUECHIN, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Publication number: 20200125528
    Abstract: A method for controlling screen rotation of an electronic reading device that includes processing circuitry, an accelerometer, and a display screen. The method including: receiving, by the processing circuitry, a request to access a menu for initiation of a screen-rotation lock function for the electronic reading device; displaying, on the display screen, the menu for the initiation of the screen-rotation lock function; receiving, by the processing circuitry, a selection of one particular screen orientation for the display screen from among a plurality of screen orientations; rotating, the electronic reading device, 90 degrees; detecting, by the accelerometer, the 90 degree rotation; and maintaining a screen that is displayed on the display screen in the selected one particular screen orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Rakuten Kobo, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Hutton, William Chaban, Ramesh Mantha
  • Publication number: 20200121045
    Abstract: A protective case, including: a back cover and a front cover connected by a hinge. The front cover is divided into a five stiffener sections that are defined by four creases. The first and second stiffener sections are in a shape of a triangle. The second stiffener section is smaller in area than the first stiffener section. The third stiffener section is bordered by the second and third crease. The fourth stiffener section and the fifth stiffener section form a flap at an end of the front cover that is opposite the hinge, and the fourth stiffener section and the fifth stiffener section are the same size, and are separated by the fourth crease. An outer side of the front cover has a gap that is located between an angled edge of the fourth stiffener section and an angled edge of the fifth stiffener section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10582591
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes a mid-frame structure such that the mid-frame structure can include a reverse draft. A reverse draft corresponds to a back of the electronic reading device being a predetermined amount wider than a front of the electronic reading device. Additionally, a co-molded mid-frame stiffener provides a predetermined rigidity of the electronic reading device. The electronic reading device also includes a display integrated with the front of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the display and the mid-frame structure includes one or more electronic reading device components. Similarly, a back cover is integrated with the back of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the back cover and the mid-frame structure includes additional electronic reading device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Archer Wun, Anna Buechin, James Wu, Ernesto Salas
  • Patent number: 10564668
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes an adjustable RGBW front light and an ambient light sensor. Additionally, the electronic reading device includes circuitry configured to receive a signal corresponding to a brightness level from the ambient light sensor, receive a signal corresponding to a current screen color temperature, calculate a predetermined mixture of light based on at least one of the brightness level or the current screen color temperature, Wherein the calculation allows the current screen color temperature to remain the same regardless of the brightness level, and display the predetermined mixture of light via the adjustable RGBW front light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Hunter, Matt Clements, George Talusan, Paul McDougall, William Chaban, Zheng Xu, Steve Li, Jeffrey Ng Thow Hing
  • Publication number: 20190361495
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic reading device includes a back cover, wherein the back cover is configured to secure the electronic reading device. The back cover includes a plurality of metal plates, each of the plurality of metal plates disposed in a predetermined location. The protective case also includes a front cover, wherein the front cover includes a plurality of magnets, each of the plurality of magnets being disposed in a predetermined location and one or more of the plurality of magnets being positioned based on the location of one or more corresponding metal plates. The front cover also includes a Hall sensor magnet positioned on top of a magnet shielding, wherein the Hall sensor magnet is positioned between the magnet shielding and the back cover of the protective case when the protective case is in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
    Inventor: Anna BUECHIN
  • Patent number: 10426015
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes a display integrated into a front of the electronic reading device, the display being outlined by a non-touch sensitive portion of the front of the electronic reading device; wherein a predetermined section of the non-touch sensitive portion of the front of the electronic reading device includes a plurality of micro laser through holes, the plurality of micro laser through holes configured to integrate with the non-touch sensitive portion of the front of the electronic reading device by maintaining a predetermined level of visual consistency of the non-touch sensitive portion, and provide an area through which light is visible in response to one or more interactions with the electronic reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventors: Archer Wun, James Wu, Ernesto Salas
  • Publication number: 20190281684
    Abstract: An electronic reading device includes a mid-frame structure such that the mid-frame structure can include a reverse draft. A reverse draft corresponds to a back of the electronic reading device being a predetermined amount wider than a front of the electronic reading device. Additionally, a co-molded mid-frame stiffener provides a predetermined rigidity of the electronic reading device. The electronic reading device also includes a display integrated with the front of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the display and the mid-frame structure includes one or more electronic reading device components. Similarly, a back cover is integrated with the back of the mid-frame structure, wherein a space between the back cover and the mid-frame structure includes additional electronic reading device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
    Inventors: Archer WUN, Anna Buechin, James WU, Ernesto SALAS
  • Patent number: 10409326
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic reading device includes a back cover, wherein the back cover is configured to secure the electronic reading device. The back cover includes a plurality of metal plates, each of the plurality of metal plates disposed in a predetermined location. The protective case also includes a front cover, wherein the front cover includes a plurality of magnets, each of the plurality of magnets being disposed in a predetermined location and one or more of the plurality of magnets being positioned based on the location of one or more corresponding metal plates. The front cover also includes a Hall sensor magnet positioned on top of a magnet shielding, wherein the Hall sensor magnet is positioned between the magnet shielding and the back cover of the protective case when the protective case is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventor: Anna Buechin
  • Patent number: D875735
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: D898746
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO INC.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin