Patents Examined by Briggitte R. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10411404
    Abstract: A connector assembly including a female element having a bore with an open end. A male element is insertable into the bore of the female element along an axis in a first axial direction and removable from the bore of the female element in a second axial direction. One of the female and male elements defines a circumferential surface extending around the axis and a depression in the circumferential surface, the depression having a catch wall facing in one of the first and second axial directions and a release wall facing in the other one of the first and second axial directions. A second one of the male and female elements has a finger mounted thereon, the finger has a catch end biased in a radial direction transverse to the axis, the catch end of the finger being configured to engage the depression and abut the catch wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy McSweeney
  • Patent number: 10411381
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a female electrical contact comprising a body portion and a contact portion that is distal to the body portion. The contact portion comprises a plurality of fingers tapered towards the longitudinal axis of the contact. The contact portion further comprises a tip portion at an end of the contact portion that is distal to the body portion, wherein the pluralities of fingers of the contact portion bend outward at the tip portion, away from the longitudinal axis of the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HARWIN PLC
    Inventors: Mark Plested, Damon De Laszlo
  • Patent number: 10410769
    Abstract: The present invention provides a connection module that allows miniaturization of a coupling structure for insulating protectors. A connection module includes a plurality of bus bars and a plurality of insulating protectors that insulate and hold the plurality of bus bars. Each of the insulating protectors includes at least one of a lock portion that includes a lock protrusion and that is provided for coupling with an adjacent insulating protector and a guide portion that guides the lock protrusion of the lock portion provided in the adjacent insulating protector such that the lock protrusion is engaged with the guide portion. The lock portion includes a guide receiving portion into which the guide portion is to be inserted, and the guide portion includes a lock engagement portion with which the lock protrusion is to be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura, Tetsuya Fujita
  • Patent number: 10411391
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a power strip with two ends safely pluggable, used for connecting with a plug, the power strip is provided with two receiving spaces respectively arranged at two ends of the power strip for allowing the plug to plug in, the receiving space is provided with pins and a blocking structure, the blocking structure is configured for, when the plug is plugged into one of the receiving spaces, closing or obstructing the other receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen HUYUAN Electric Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinlong Tang, Yanhui Li
  • Patent number: 10411398
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector terminates a twisted pair electrical cable. The electrical plug connector includes a base and a plug housing holding electrical contacts therebetween. The base includes a divider structure including separation walls. At least one of the separation walls defines an abutment surface against which a forward end of the electrical cable abuts when terminated by the electrical plug connector. The plug housing defines slots so that the electrical contacts are accessible. The electrical plug connector axially secures an outer jacket of the electrical cable against rearward movement relative to base. The at least one separation wall inhibits forward axial movement of the outer jacket of the electrical cable relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul John Pepe, Neil Ktul Nay, Brandon Eugene Bristow
  • Patent number: 10404000
    Abstract: Spring-loaded contact pin having a sleeve (101); a spring arranged in the sleeve (101); a piston which is arranged at least partially in the sleeve (101); and a contact element which is arranged at least partially in the sleeve (101) and which is configured so as to contact the sleeve (101) and the piston (107).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Gruber
  • Patent number: 10404021
    Abstract: Connector receptacles and connector inserts that may be reliable, may readily manufactured, and may provide high signal quality for high speed signals with minimized signal noise, distortion losses, radiation, and interference. An example may provide a reliable connector receptacle by including a plurality of contacts, where each contact includes a first bend angling a contacting portion away from a tongue and a second bend angling a contacting portion towards the tongue, where the second bend is between the first bend and a front of the connector receptacle. Another example may provide a connector receptacle that may be readily manufactured by providing a tongue having tapered lead-ins for receiving contacting portions of contacts during assembly. Another example may provide a connector receptacle that provides isolation among signals by arranging through-hole portions of signal contacts in lines that are separated from each other by intervening through-hole portions of ground contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Jeon, Mahmoud R. Amini, Ruihua Ding, Alex Le Roux
  • Patent number: 10396477
    Abstract: A fastening device to maintain a connector engaged in an electronic assembly, the fastening device including a body, a first clip member that engages in a first opening, the first clip member having a first shank that protrudes substantially perpendicularly from the body, and a first arm that protrudes the first shank towards the body, a second clip member that engages in a second opening, the second clip member having a second shank that protrudes substantially perpendicular from the body, and a pair of second arms that protrudes from the second shank towards the body, and a head affixed to the body that contacts the connector and maintains the connector engaged in the electronic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Roth, Julien Hemon, Jonathan Blandin, Tyler Ryan, Kable Walton
  • Patent number: 10389056
    Abstract: A connector includes a terminal, a connector housing, a temperature sensor, and a holder. The connector housing houses the terminal. The temperature sensor defines the terminal or an electric wire connected to the terminal as a temperature detection target, and detects temperature of the temperature detection target. The holder houses and holds the terminal, the electric wire, and the temperature sensor. The holder includes at least one first pressing portion and a second pressing portion. The first pressing portion projects toward the housed temperature sensor, and presses and pushes the temperature sensor to the temperature detection target. The second pressing portion presses and pushes the housed temperature detection target to the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Suzuki, Tomokazu Iwami
  • Patent number: 10377198
    Abstract: A gladhand electrical connectivity towing system couples electrical wiring from a towing vehicle to a towed vehicle through a quick and easy gladhand coupling operation between a pigtail and a vehicle mount. The system provides a pigtail that detachably couples to a vehicle mount through a tool-free, 20°-25° rotation, gladhand-type connection between male and female gladhand couplers. Two aligning gladhand couplers and one stabilizing gladhand coupler mate. The pigtail and vehicle mount include electrical interfaces that align and engage to conduct electricity from the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle. The electrical interfaces have lips and multiple apertures, with the lips forming a sealed interface to protect against moisture and debris. Multiple first conduction members are fitted into apertures in the electrical interfaces to conduct electricity from the power source of the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Fields
  • Patent number: 10374368
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector for attachment to an end of a coaxial cable is disclosed. The coaxial cable connector has a body having a forward end and a rearward end. An internal surface extends between the forward end and the rearward end defining a longitudinal opening and with a cable receiving area proximal the rearward end and a jacket stop proximal the forward end. A post is positioned in the body proximal the forward end and has a first end and a second end with a bore extending therebetween. An insulator is movably disposed in the bore of the post and has a through-passage and a movement limiter. A gripping member is disposed within the longitudinal opening of the body proximal the rearward end and provides a gripping action as the gripping member axially moves toward the forward end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventors: Michael Ole Matzen, Michael Meister, Thomas Dewey Miller, Jens Petersen
  • Patent number: 10374356
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises a contact-carrying body having a plurality of electrical terminals, a slide member slidably mounted within the contact-carrying body and having a rack, an upper body mounted to the contact-carrying body, and a lever pivotally mounted on the upper body. The lever has a toothed wheel engaging the rack; movement of the lever between an inoperative position and an operative position moves the slide member between a retracted position and an advanced position. The lever has arms and a handle. Each arm of the lever has a telescoping structure including a first arm portion and a second arm portion slidably mounted to the first arm portion and connected to the handle. A movable portion including the second arm portion of each arm and the handle is movable with respect to each of the first arm portions between an elongated lever position and a shortened lever position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Fulvio Amerio, Alessandro Genta
  • Patent number: 10367294
    Abstract: An electrical device includes a substrate having a plurality of signal contacts and a ground contact along a surface of the substrate. A communication cable includes a differential pair of signal conductors, a grounding element that surrounds the signal conductors, and a cable jacket surrounding the signal conductors and the grounding element. Each of the signal conductors has a wire-terminating end that is terminated to a corresponding signal contact of the substrate, the wire-terminating end projecting beyond a jacket edge of the cable jacket. A ground termination component has a main panel electrically coupled with the ground contact, and a strain relief element engaged with at least a portion of the communication cable. The strain relief element includes a connective terminal electrically coupled to the grounding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tracy Lee Smith, Kevin Stauffer, Emilio Cuesta
  • Patent number: 10367312
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector for attachment to an end of a coaxial cable is disclosed. The coaxial cable connector has a body having a forward end and a rearward end. An internal surface extends between the forward end and the rearward end defining a longitudinal opening and with a cable receiving area proximal the rearward end and a jacket stop proximal the forward end. A post is positioned in the body proximal the forward end and has a first end and a second end with a bore extending therebetween. An insulator is movably disposed in the bore of the post and has a through-passage, and a movement limiter. A gripping member is disposed within the longitudinal opening of the body proximal the rearward end and provides a gripping action as the gripping member axially moves toward the forward end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventors: Michael Ole Matzen, Michael Meister, Thomas Dewey Miller, Jens Petersen
  • Patent number: 10367317
    Abstract: A portable electric power hub comprises a housing that includes a base section having a perimeter that is defined by a plurality of straight edges that are joined by a first plurality of rounded corners. The portable electric power hub further includes an intermediate section that includes a plurality of sides that are joined together by a second plurality of rounded corners. Each side of the intermediate section is adjacent to and aligned with a corresponding one of the plurality of straight edges of the base section and each of the second plurality of rounded corners is adjacent to and aligned with a corresponding one of the first plurality of rounded corners. The portable electric power hub further includes an upper section including a plurality of angulated sides joined by a third plurality of rounded corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Rahner, Michael O'Keefe, Bernard Bensussan
  • Patent number: 10361502
    Abstract: A socket with two socket portions having a different number of electrical contacts provides ease of handling and securing. A blocking mechanism for blocking the opening of one cover if the other cover is in an opened position can be provided. A socket can be provided that enables this blocking function to be activated and deactivated by a simple reconfiguration of the socket. A socket with 7P and 4P socket portions has a certain number of shared electrical contacts in the 7P and 4P socket portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Erich Jaeger GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Lehnert
  • Patent number: 10361497
    Abstract: An electric terminal block having a terminal housing, two conductor connection elements in the housing, and two current bars. Each current bar has a connection portion and a resilient contact portion. Each connection portion is paired with a respective conductor connection element, and the contact portions together form a contact region for receiving and contacting the plug of a test plug or disconnecting plug. The contact portions contact each other when no plug is plugged in such that the two conductor connection elements are electrically connected together via the two current bars. A transverse connection between two conductor connection elements of two adjacent terminal blocks is produced automatically when a test plug or disconnecting plug is plugged onto the terminal blocks. The terminal housing has two spring elements that have a resilient contact portion; the contact portions of the spring elements together form an additional contact region for the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Christian Kloppenburg, Denis Habirov
  • Patent number: 10355381
    Abstract: A board connector (10) includes a housing (20), fixing members (50) and a shield member (70). The housing (20) holds a terminal fitting (40). The fixing member (50) includes a housing fixing portion (51) to be fixed to the housing (20) and a board fixing portion (52) to be fixed to a circuit board (90) while being electrically connected to the circuit board (90). The shield member (70) includes mounting portions (75) to be mounted on the housing (75) and covering portions (77) for covering outer side surfaces of the fixing members (50) in a mounting direction of the mounting portions (75), and the covering portions (77) include contact portions (81) configured to come into contact with the outer side surfaces of the fixing members (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Yasuaki Nakayama, Kenji Makino, Masami Sakai
  • Patent number: 10355385
    Abstract: This invention is a means for interconnecting a Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) or Flat Flexible Cable (FFC) with a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) using a Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) style interconnection system. It features a high reliability contact structure providing a Normally Closed (NC) contact configuration which is always engaged unless deactivated by means of a movable actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Miraco, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Bulmer, Jonathan Roberts
  • Patent number: 10355388
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing (20) with a terminal accommodation chamber (30). A retainer (50) covers a rear opening (40A) of the housing (20), and a fitting tube (53) on a front surface of the retainer (50) is fit into the rear opening (40A) of the housing (20). A seal ring (70) is mounted on an outer peripheral surface of the fitting tube (53) and is compressed between the outer peripheral surface of the fitting tube (53) and an inner peripheral surface of the rear surface opening (40A). A retaining portion (75) having a locking head (76) on a tip projects on a rear surface of the seal ring (70). A locking hole (62) is provided in a periphery of the retainer (50), the retaining portion (75) being passable through the locking hole, and the locking head (76) is locked to an edge of the locking hole (62) from behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenya Takahashi