Patents Examined by Amy Cohen Johnson
  • Patent number: 10317849
    Abstract: A tap sensitive alarm clock has a housing (20), a vibration sensor (22) mechanically coupled to the housing for receiving a shock due to a user tapping the housing, and a control circuit (24) coupled to the vibration sensor for controlling a function of the alarm clock. An audio unit (26) is coupled to an audio circuit (25) for generating sound, e.g. a loudspeaker in an alarm clock or a wake up light. To avoid interference of the sound and the vibration sensor, the alarm clock is provided with a filter (23) coupled to the vibration sensor and the control circuit. The filter has a filter curve matched to block frequencies occurring in the sound. Advantageously it is avoided that the sound frequencies trigger the function, while the sensor is sensitive to other frequencies up to the frequency range of the sound for reliably detecting the tapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Schelte Heeringa, Roelof Jan Wind, Frans Wiebe Rozeboom, Jacob Hendrik Botma, Hielke Simon Van Oostrum, Michiel Allan Aurelius Schallig, Robert Godlieb
  • Patent number: 10310451
    Abstract: A temperature-compensated resonator including a body used in deformation, and a core of the body is formed by a material that is one of glass, ceramic glass, technical ceramic, and metallic glass. At least one part of the body includes a coating whose Young's modulus variation with temperature is of an opposite sign to that of the material used for the core, so that at least a first order frequency variation with temperature of the resonator is substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Thierry Hessler, Philippe Dubois, Thierry Conus
  • Patent number: 10305212
    Abstract: A connection apparatus comprises a platform, a plug connector having a plug connector part secured to the platform and electrically connected to the circuit of the field device and a plug connector part connectable with the connection cable and complementary to the first plug connector part, as well as a lid held movably relative to the platform for at least partially covering the plug connector formed by connecting the plug connector parts. The lid is swingable between a first end position, in which the lid at least partially covers the plug connector, and a second end position, and is additionally adapted in at least one open position located between the first end position and the second end position to expose the plug connector such that the plug connector part can be separated from the plug connector part, as well as at least in the first end position to secure the plug connector part connected with the plug connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Bjorn Larsson, Timo Kretzler, Alfred Umkehrer, Michael Kirst
  • Patent number: 10283906
    Abstract: Provided are a connector member and a connector that are easy to assemble and capable of adjusting of misalignment or inclination of a fitting axis. In the connector, a first connector member having a first housing is fitted with a second connector member having a second housing and a supporting member that supports the second housing. The first housing is formed with a guide pin, the second housing is formed with a guide-pin guiding part, and the guide-pin guiding part is formed with a guide hole that guides the guide pin. The second housing has a pair of elastic supporting members formed at opposed positions on the supporting member side. When the guide pin is inserted into the guide hole, the guide pin presses the guide hole, the elastic supporting members are elastically deformed, and the second housing is moved, enabling the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: J.S.T. MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Koji Wada
  • Patent number: 10283913
    Abstract: An electrical connector with a shielding plate in which signal terminals and ground terminals supported by insulating members are arranged in an intermixed order, signal terminals have at least a portion in the longitudinal direction thereof covered by a shielding plate, and respective contact portions formed in free end portions at the front ends of the signal terminals and ground terminals are subject to contact pressure applied by the corresponding counterpart terminals to one side of said contact portions, thereby resulting in resilient flexure, wherein in the shielding plate, at positions corresponding to the ground terminals in the direction of terminal array, there are provided grounding strips parallel to said ground terminals, said grounding strips extend forward and, at least in a state of contact between the ground terminals and counterpart terminals, the other side of the ground terminals is in contact with and supported by the grounding strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Yosuke Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10281879
    Abstract: A micromechanical timepiece part includes a silicon-based substrate having at least one surface, at least one part of the surface having pores which open out at the external surface of the micromechanical timepiece part and the pores include a tribological agent. A method for producing a micromechanical timepiece part starting from a silicon-based substrate, the silicon-based substrate having at least one surface, at least one part of which is lubricated by a tribological agent, the method includes the steps of forming pores on the surface of the part of the surface of the silicon-based substrate, and depositing the tribological agent in the pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Dubois
  • Patent number: 10270207
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a first housing. A second housing is moveable relative to the first housing and includes a travel peg. The electrical connector also includes a lever. The lever includes two lever arms that are joined by a handle. Each of the lever arms is attached to the first housing and allows relative rotational movement of the lever about a lever axis. The lever may be moved from a pre-stage position to a final position. The lever engages the travel peg to move the second housing linearly in an insertion direction from a pre-stage position to a seated position relative to the first housing. The travel peg moves along a peg path when the second housing is moved from the pre-stage position to the seated position. The peg path is located between the lever axis and the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah Probert, Michael Glick, Reinhard Pusch, David Menzies, Bhupinder Rangi, Uemit Celiker, Cecil Lamar Brown, II, Michael Hardy, Lewis Galligan, Michael Hans
  • Patent number: 10263399
    Abstract: A latching foot assembly for latching electrical components on a support rail includes first and second latching feet or members each including first and second resilient clamping portions between which the support rail is latched or grasped. A latching finger is integral with the first clamping portion of each latching foot. The first clamping portions of the latching feet are connected in interlocking fashion. The latching finger of the first clamping portion of the first latching foot has a support surface for supporting the support rail in a latched state. The support surface extends farther in the direction of the second clamping portion than a support surface for supporting the support rail in the latched state of the latching finger of the first clamping portion of the at least one second latching foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marc Böcker, Stephan Lange, Gerald Busch
  • Patent number: 10224681
    Abstract: A multipole plug 1 is configured in such a manner that a first terminal strip (first terminal strip 15) is provided with first flow holes (second flow holes 15D) in a first curved plate portion 15B, a second terminal strip (second terminal strip 17) is provided with a second flow holes (third flow holes 17D) in a second curved plate portion 17B, and the first curved plate portion 15B and the second curved plate portion 17B are positioned by the positioning ring 20 provided with an outer projecting portions 20B to be fitted to notched portions 18F of a first sleeve portion (second sleeve 18) and an inner projecting portions 20C to be fitted into a gap between the first curved plate portion 15B and the second curved plate portion 17B being fitted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON DICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10199766
    Abstract: A railcar power connector includes a connector body defining a central opening configured to receive a portion of a cable, and a spring member having a protrusion moveable relative to the connector body between a locked position where the protrusion is configured to be secured to a mating connector and a released position where the protrusion is configured to be released from a corresponding recess of a mating connector. The protrusion moveable from the locked position to the released position upon a predetermined axial force applied to the spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Smajda
  • Patent number: 10199775
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing, upper and lower contacts disposed in the housing, a metallic shielding plate, and a metallic shield enclosing the housing. The insulative housing includes a first insulator with a first mating tongue thereof, and a second insulator with a second mating tongue thereof wherein the shielding plate is sandwiched between the first insulator and the second insulator. The shielding plate forms a cutout with side edges in two opposite lateral sides. The second insulator forms a pair of pressing parts extending toward the shielding plate with a hook at the end. When the shielding plate is assembled to the second insulator, the hook engages the side edge of the cutout so as to secure the shielding plate to the second insulator in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jun Zhao, Jing-Jie Guo
  • Patent number: 10193254
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided with a first connector and a second connector. The first connector includes a housing and a lock spring arranged at an end portion of the housing. The lock spring includes a pair of arms extending parallel to a planar side of the housing. The second connector includes a catch to engage the lock spring by flexing the pair of arms away each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Japan G.K.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Katano, Hiroshi Shirai, Takeshi Kimura, Akira Kubo
  • Patent number: 10181671
    Abstract: A foldable plug device includes a pin module having at least one fixed pin. A first articulating shaft is disposed in a bottom of the pin module, and a first casing and a second casing are disposed at two sides of the pin module. A slot is disposed in a middle portion of the first casing. A movable pin corresponding to the fixed pin is disposed at the second casing, and the movable pin is configured such that the movable pin is located in the slot when the two casings are folded, and the movable pin is turned out of the slot when the two casings are unfolded, to form a plug cooperating with the fixed pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cord-It Limited
    Inventor: Hing Wai Michael Ma
  • Patent number: 10170864
    Abstract: A waterproof connector includes a dielectric body, a plurality of terminals integrally molded to the dielectric body, a shielding assembly, a metal shell surrounding outside the dielectric body, and a waterproof housing integrally molded outside the metal shell. The dielectric body has a tongue board. A periphery of a rear of the tongue board is recessed inward to form a limiting groove. A plurality of the blocking boards are protruded from the tongue board and located in front of the limiting groove. The shielding assembly is limited in the limiting groove. Outer surfaces of rear ends of contact portions of the plurality of the terminals adjacent to a front end of the shielding assembly are recessed inward to form a plurality of avoiding areas, each of the plurality of the avoiding areas is matched with one of the plurality of the blocking boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Li-Nien Hsu, Sheng-Nan Yu
  • Patent number: 10158191
    Abstract: A vacuum generator is included within an accessory or an electronic device and generates a vacuum seal within mated connectors of the accessory and the electronic device to protect against ingression of moisture and/or debris. A vacuum release valve is used to break the vacuum seal and allow the accessory to be demated from the electronic device. A sensor is used to monitor the vacuum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darshan R. Kasar, Joel C. Yamasaki, Phillip Qian
  • Patent number: 10146188
    Abstract: A smart watch includes a case, a display device configured to present a user interface disposed in substantially all of a face of the case, a bezel around the display device configured to be rotated to select a mode of operation of the smart watch, and an analog first watch arm and an analog second watch arm disposed over the display, the second watch arm coaxial with the first watch arm. In a first mode of operation, the user interface presents a watch dial and control the first and second watch arms indicate a time of day first and second watch arms to indicate a time of day. In a second mode of operation, the user interface presents a dial and control the first and second watch arms form a pointer, the pointer configured to indicate a reading on the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen R. Katzer, Carey J. Spesard
  • Patent number: 10126712
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an assembly for holding or supporting a timepiece balance spring, comprising a balance spring stud and a balance cock on which is fixed a balance spring stud-holder, wherein said stud-holder comprises a holding means provided with a housing for housing the balance spring stud therein and a gripping means, at least said gripping means being movable with respect to the holding means in order to lock the balance spring stud inside its housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Florent Strahm, Ivan Villar, Laurent Kaelin, Thierry Conus
  • Patent number: 10101708
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a power generator that generates electric energy, a power storage that stores the electric energy, a capacity detector that detects remaining capacity of the power storage, an operation unit, an operation detector that detects a measurement display operation for instructing the operation unit to display a measurement time, and a capacity display operation for instructing the operation unit to display the remaining capacity, an indicating hand that is used in displaying the measurement time and the remaining capacity, a drive unit that drives the indicating hand, and displays the remaining capacity after moving the indicating hand so as to indicate a preset reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Osami Yamada
  • Patent number: 10103486
    Abstract: A power adapter includes a connecting unit having a base plate, and first and second bodies cooperatively clamping therebetween the base plate. The first body includes a first main plate having a first opening, a first sleeve member defining a first space configured to receive a plug connector of a connector mechanism, a first connecting member provided on one side of the first main plate, and a second connecting member provided on the other side of the first main plate. The second body includes a second main plate having a second opening, and a second sleeve member defining a second space and configured to receive a plug connector of another connector mechanism. The connecting unit further has a connection module extending through the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Junbei Yan, David Frey, Songsheng Li
  • Patent number: 10095185
    Abstract: Timepiece striking mechanism including control means, releasable by a timepiece movement or by a user, and arranged to start a melody or striking sound, and melody selection means including a lever for selecting a selector mechanism arranged to allow the movement of a specific control-piece in order to perform a specific melody or striking sound, this striking mechanism including a safety mechanism for preventing the selection or the actuation of a melody or striking sound when a melody or striking sound is already being performed, this safety mechanism includes, for each control piece, a cam arranged to prevent the operation of the melody selection means by immobilizing the lever, when its control piece has started to perform a melody or striking sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Blancpain SA
    Inventor: Julien Behra