Patents Examined by Daniel P Wicklund
  • Patent number: 10289072
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes: a bezel having location markers for indicating positions of the world; a second hand moving relative to the bezel; a memory storing time difference information in which each location marker is associated with information relating to a time zone to which a position indicated by each location marker belongs; and a controller performing operation control for moving the second hand relative to the bezel, and the bezel has a set exception indication position representing non-correspondence to any time zone associated with each location marker by being in a predetermined positional relationship with the second hand, and the controller causes the second hand and the exception indication position to be in the predetermined positional relationship when there is no location marker associated with a set time zone, during display relating to the set time zone for a date and time to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10281883
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a conductive housing, which has a main body and at least a first pair of conductive lugs external to and mechanically coupled to the main body. The main body of the conductive housing forms at least part of an antenna structure that is adapted for at least one of generating or receiving the wireless radio frequency signal. The wearable electronic device further includes a non-conductive pin, which extends between the ends of the conductive lugs, and a use location attachment. The use location attachment includes a plurality of segments, where at least one of the segments, which most closely mechanically couples to the non-conductive pin and the first pair of conductive lugs, is nonconductive, and where other ones of the plurality of segments of the use location attachment are conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Istvan J. Szini, Michael Russell, Katherine Coles, Thomas Gitzinger, Toshihiro Fujimura
  • 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: 10274902
    Abstract: An electronic device has a reception device; a display device; an input device; a display controller that controls the display device to display the set time zone data when a first operation of the input device instructing displaying time zone data is detected; a positioning driver that operates the reception device to run a reception process and acquire positioning information when a second operation of the input device instructing starting reception in the navigation mode is detected while time zone data is displayed on the display device; and a time zone setter that sets time zone data based on the acquired positioning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Chisato Tezuka
  • Patent number: 10274904
    Abstract: A smart watch includes a main CPU, a sub CPU, a first display unit, and a second display unit. While the main CPU and the sub CPU cooperate with each other and perform a display operation including a time display, time display processing is performed to at least either of the first display unit or the second display unit according to an operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Minami, Kimiyasu Mizuno, Hideo Suzuki, Takashi Suenaga, Keiichi Nomura, Shuhei Uchida, Munetaka Seo
  • Patent number: 10254716
    Abstract: A timekeeping pivot linking a first part with a second part, pivotably about a pivot axis, the pivot comprising a blade having an edge, rigidly connected to one of the first or second parts and the median plane of which passing via the edge defines a blade plane, and a bearing area rigidly connected to the other of the first and second parts and against which the edge of the blade bears, the contact points of the blade and of the bearing area being substantially situated on the pivot axis, the first and second parts being rigidly connected in translation in the direction orthogonal to the pivot axis contained in the blade plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DOMINIQUE RENAUD SA
    Inventor: Dominique Renaud
  • Patent number: 10254714
    Abstract: A running equation of time mechanism includes civil hour and minute hands to indicate civil time and a concentric true minute hand to indicate true time. The running equation of time mechanism includes an equation of time cam and a differential gear device, a first input of which is formed by a civil minute pipe on which a civil minute hand is pressed, and a second input of which is formed by the equation of time cam. The differential gear device includes a planetary reducer wheel set via which the civil minute pipe drives a civil hour pipe on which is pressed the civil hour hand, and a planetary multiplier wheel set via which the civil hour pipe drives a true minute pipe on which is pressed the true minute hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Sylvain Dauby, Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 10241472
    Abstract: A mechanical timepiece movement in the form of a modular unit. The movement includes at least one modular unit for performing a particular timepiece function, which is irremovably pre-adjusted by irremovably securing adjustment and/or assembling components included in the functional module after the particular horological function has been adjusted and function checked on the test bench. The pre-adjusted functional module is irremovably secured to a plate included in the movement or included in another pre-adjusted functional module of the movement, or irremovably secured to another pre-adjusted functional module included in the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Jean-Bernard Peters, Laurent Kaelin, Ivan Villar, Raphael Balmer
  • Patent number: 10241475
    Abstract: Timepiece regulating mechanism including an energy storage means delivering an output torque (CS), via a train (3), to a wheel set (4) forming a magnetic escapement mechanism (10) with a resonator wheel set (5) subjected to the torque from a return means (6) and cooperating therewith, either directly or via a magnetic stop member (7), this magnetic escapement mechanism (10) being arranged to operate when the wheel set (4) receives a torque higher than or equal to a maintenance torque (CE), and the train (3) includes a torque regulating means (30) arranged to deliver to the wheel set (4) a constant torque comprised between 1.0 and 2.0 times the maintenance torque (CE), the torque regulating means (30) including a fusee (8) of continuously variable cross-section, from which unwinds a chain (9), wound by a drum (21), directly or indirectly driven by the energy storage means (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jerome Favre, Gianni Di Domenico, Dominique Lechot, Jean-Jacques Born, Baptiste Hinaux
  • Patent number: 10241473
    Abstract: A method for maintaining and regulating frequency of a timepiece resonator mechanism around its natural frequency, the method including: at least one regulator device acting on the resonator mechanism with a periodic motion, to impose a periodic modulation of resonant frequency or quality factor or a position of a point of rest of the resonator mechanism, with a regulation frequency between 0.9 times and 1.1 times the value of an integer multiple of the natural frequency, the integer being greater than or equal to 2 and less than or equal to 10, and the periodic motion imposes a periodic modulation of the quality factor of the resonator mechanism, by acting on losses and/or damping and/or friction of the resonator mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Thierry Hessler, Davide Sarchi, Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 10241474
    Abstract: An electronic watch having an altitude display mode of displaying an altitude, a compass display mode of displaying a direction, a barometric pressure display mode of displaying barometric pressure as display modes includes a dial face having an “ALT” area, a “COM” area, and a “BAR” area and a first pointer displaying the altitude display mode by pointing the “ALT” area, displaying the compass display mode by pointing the “COM” area, and displaying the barometric pressure display mode by pointing the “BAR” area. In the dial face, the “ALT” area, “COM” area, and “BAR” area are arranged in an order of the “ALT” area, “COM” area, and “BAR” area. In a turning direction of the first pointer, a distance between the “ALT” area and “COM” area and a distance between the “COM” area and “BAR” area are shorter than a distance between the “ALT” area and “BAR” area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Iijima, Yasuhiro Momose, Takaya Masaki
  • Patent number: 10234823
    Abstract: A timepiece pallet fork for a mechanical oscillator including an arbor allowing the timepiece pallet fork to oscillate about a pivot axis, first and second pallets configured to alternatively engage with an escapement wheel when the timepiece pallet fork oscillates, the first pallet being displaceable with respect to the arbor by absorption of energy, the first pallet being displaceable from a first upstream waiting position to a first downstream stopping end position which is offset compared to the first upstream waiting position, and a first arm having an intermediate section including an elastic bend, one end of the arm being fixed with respect to the arbor to form a first fixed end, the intermediate section of the first arm being located between the first fixed end and the first pallet and returning the first pallet towards the first upstream waiting position by the intermediate section being elastically deformable from a first configuration into a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sociétéanonyme de la Manufacture d'horlogerie Audemars Piguet & Cie
    Inventors: Lucas Raggi, Jean-Daniel Lüthi, Sébastien Lopez, Jérôme Kirchhof
  • Patent number: 10234825
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for time-controlled activation of a vehicle function in a vehicle with automatic adjustment of the time of a vehicle-internal clock from standard time to daylight saving time and/or from daylight saving time to standard time. An operator control element is provided for manually selecting an activation instant. An electronic control unit takes the activation instant and the time of the vehicle-internal clock as a basis for prompting activation of the vehicle function when the activation instant has been reached. Selection of an activation instant that occurs only after an automatic changeover of the vehicle-internal clock from standard time to daylight saving time or from daylight saving time to standard time is to be expected prompts output of appropriate indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stephan Mueller, Ronald Ecker
  • Patent number: 10234828
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure is directed to a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device includes an enclosure having a sidewall with a button aperture defined therethrough, a display connected to the enclosure, a processing element in communication with the display. The device also includes a sensing element in communication with the processing element and an input button at least partially received within the button aperture and in communication with the sensing element, the input button configured to receive two types of user inputs. During operation, the sensing element tracks movement of the input button to determine the two types of user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Fletcher Rothkopf, Christopher Matthew Werner, John B. Morrell, Camille Moussette, Duncan Kerr, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky
  • Patent number: 10234822
    Abstract: A timepiece oscillator includes a sprung balance assembly including a balance with a rim, which is returned by a balance spring and pivoted with respect to a structure, on a first side by a torsion wire, fixed by an anchoring element to the structure, and on a second side, opposite to the first side, by a contactless magnetic pivot. The balance includes a first pole embedded with the balance and the torsion wire, this first pole having a symmetry with respect to the axis of the sprung balance assembly, and cooperating with a second pole included in the structure, for the magnetic suspension of the first pole, and to exert on the distal end of the torsion wire, opposite to this anchoring element, a magnetic force for tensioning the torsion wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Benoit Legeret, Deirdre Lenoir, Davide Sarchi
  • Patent number: 10228659
    Abstract: Mechanism for regulating energy to achieve the function of a timepiece mechanism including a functional mobile component, controlling a dissipation of energy through eddy currents in the event of racing by this mobile component, including a magnetically permeable or magnetized rotor kinematically connected to this mobile component, and a magnetized or respectively magnetically permeable stator, facing this rotor in an annular area where these eddy currents develop, this rotor and this stator are external to each other, this rotor and/or this stator including an alternation of raised areas where it can move into superposition with the other in an interaction generating eddy currents, and hollow areas in which it cannot move into superposition with the other. Escapement mechanism including such a regulating mechanism, limiting the effect of accelerations on an escape wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Sebastian Alagon Carrillo, Benoit Legeret, Davide Sarchi
  • Patent number: 10228725
    Abstract: A flexible band wearable electronic device includes a plurality of rigid links. The flexible band wearable electronic device also includes a number of pivot joints coupling the plurality of rigid links together. The flexible band wearable electronic device further includes a first electronic device on a first of the plurality of rigid links, and a second electronic device on a second of the plurality of rigid links. The flexible band wearable electronic device still further includes an electrical communication pathway between first electronic device and the second electronic device and through at least a portion of one of the number of pivot joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Albers, Klaus Reingruber, Andreas Wolter, Georg Seidemann, Christian Geissler, Thorsten Meyer, Gerald Ofner
  • Patent number: 10222747
    Abstract: An assembly for holding or supporting a timepiece balance spring, including a balance spring stud and a stud-holder, wherein the stud-holder includes a base having at least one circular portion, the base including, on the circular portion, a first lug and a second lug each extending radially; one of the two lugs including an elastic arm extending from the lug, in a direction parallel to that of the base, towards the other lug, the elastic arm forming with the base a housing for housing the balance spring stud therein and in that the first and second lugs are able to cooperate with a tool to allow the balance spring stud to exert a stress on the elastic arm to deform the latter and permit the assembly or disassembly of the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Julien Christan, Patrick Moller
  • Patent number: 10222758
    Abstract: A device for counting a number of time unit fractions or a number of movement unit fractions of a mobile member (1; 6; A2), the device including (i) a first cam (1) having a first surface (10: (ii) a second surface (20), the second surface being an abutment surface; (iii) a mobile support (4) urged by a spring (R4); (iv) a mobile pawl (3) mounted on the support (4) and urged by a spring (R3) toward the first surface, the pawl (3) being adapted to cooperate with one or the other of the first and second surfaces (10, 20) according to the position of the support (4); and (v) a control system (80) adapted, in a first or non-counting state of the control system, to maintain the support in a first position and, in a second or counting state of the control system, to allow the movement of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Pierre-Alain Graemiger
  • Patent number: 10222755
    Abstract: A device includes a case having a case sidewall defining a circular receiver having a receiving opening and a central axis. A device body, which is waterproof in one or more applications, includes a sidewall defining a receiving aperture. A crown stem includes a push button disposed within a duct of a threaded bushing and one or more O-rings disposed about the actuation stem to allow translation of the actuation stem in the duct while preventing liquids from passing through the duct. The crown stem inserts through the aperture in the case so that the threaded bushing can hermetically seal the receiving aperture when the device body is inserted into the circular receiver to prevent the liquids from entering the receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Brett A Coakley, Steve C Emmert, Nicholas A Fraser, Thomas Gitzinger