Patents Examined by Edwin A. Leon
  • Patent number: 11508534
    Abstract: A switch includes a switch body, for containing switch components, at least two terminal contacts, protruding from the switch body, at least one movable contact, which is movable from an operative position, wherein the movable contact is electrically coupled between the at least two terminal contacts, and a disconnecting position, wherein the movable contact is electrically uncoupled between the at least two terminal contacts. The switch also includes a moving mechanism including an electric motor and a support sliding element for the movable contact, driven by the moving mechanism and the electric motor, to move the movable contact between the operative condition and the disconnecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Carlo Bossoni, Davide Faioni
  • Patent number: 11507024
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes an exterior case; an electronic module housed in the exterior case; a winding stem projecting from the electronic module to the exterior case; and a conductive earth member having a plate-like portion and an elastic portion extending from the plate-like portion to a winding stem side, in which the winding stem has a flange disposed between the electronic module and the exterior case, and the elastic portion is brought into contact with a surface of the flange on an electronic module side in a state where the winding stem is pushed into the electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Keiichi Mukaiyama
  • Patent number: 11507029
    Abstract: A device with buttons includes: a display unit that is configured to perform predetermined display; and a plurality of buttons that are positioned on a lower side of the display unit. An area of a button to be most frequently used is the largest among areas of the plurality of buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyasu Kojima, Takafumi Suzuki, Rei Morisawa
  • Patent number: 11506543
    Abstract: A temperature sensor installing device for a power relay assembly is configured to be attached to a lower surface of a bus bar attached to a heating surface of the power relay assembly. The temperature sensor installing device includes: a body housing; a temperature sensor insertion recess formed in an upper portion of the body housing and accommodating a temperature sensor such that a temperature sensing surface of the temperature sensor faces upward; and a nut insertion recess formed in the upper portion of the body housing and accommodating a nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Soo Park
  • Patent number: 11507022
    Abstract: A Watch (500) including a movement (200) with a tourbillon (100) including a carriage (1) pivotally mounted about a tourbillon axis (DT) with respect to a structure (300) and carrying a balance (2) pivoting about a balance axis (DB) and arranged to cooperate in a reciprocating motion with a stop device (3) pivotally mounted on this carriage (1), and wherein this tourbillon (100) includes a fixed magnet wheel (50) fixed to this structure (300) and comprising at least one continuous magnetic track and/or comprising a series of magnets, this magnetic track being arranged to cooperate by magnetic repulsion and/or attraction with at least one magnet (33) comprised in this stop device (3) in a reciprocating motion of this stop device (3) with respect to this fixed magnetic wheel (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventor: Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 11507028
    Abstract: A timepiece is provided which ensures connection reliability and improves antenna characteristics. This timepiece includes a wristwatch case which houses a timepiece module, and an antenna which is provided on the upper surface of the wristwatch case in a discontinuous annular shape along the circumferential direction of the wristwatch case and electrically connected to the timepiece module in the wristwatch case from outside the wristwatch case. As a result, since the antenna is electrically connected to the timepiece module in the wristwatch case from outside the wristwatch case, the antenna and the timepiece module are unfailingly and favorably connected to each other. Accordingly, the connection reliability of the antenna is ensured and radio waves are favorably received. In addition, the reception performance and the antenna gain are improved, whereby the antenna characteristics are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Katsuda, Hiroaki Otsubo, Tomoyasu Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 11507023
    Abstract: An arrangement for the holding and vibration transmission of an acoustic radiating membrane (10) in a striking or musical watch (1) case (2). The case includes at least one crystal (3) mounted on a middle (4) and a back (5) mounted on a side opposite the middle. The acoustic radiating membrane is held in a portion of the watch case, such as the middle by at least one connection part (12) disposed between a peripheral rim of the membrane or an edge element (11) of the membrane and the middle by acting for the holding of the membrane in a direction parallel to the plane of the watch. The connection part may be a screw screwed into a threaded opening (14) of the middle and coming into contact with the edge element of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jérôme Favre, Nicolas Livat
  • Patent number: 11505271
    Abstract: An operating device is provided for a human-powered vehicle. The operating device basically includes a base, a first operating member and a first electric switch. The first operating member is movably arranged with respect to the base from a first position to a second position. The first electric switch is provided to the base. The first operating member is configured to activate the first electric switch at least two distinct times in response to a progressive movement of the first operating member from the first position towards the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11500335
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a first display section including a first rotatable part and a processor. In the first display section, a predetermined number of display contents being a same display content is simultaneously displayed at predetermined angle intervals in a rotation angle range of the first rotatable part, wherein the predetermined number is two or more. The first display section makes a display pattern that shows change in the display content appear the predetermined number of times cyclically according to rotation of the first rotatable part. When causing the first display section to display a first display content of first display contents included in the display pattern, the processor selects an angular position from angular positions for the first display content in the predetermined number of display patterns, and causes the first rotatable part to rotate to the selected angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Maruyama, Kosuke Hasegawa, Noriyuki Kitta, Hirofumi Nagareda
  • Patent number: 11501929
    Abstract: A remote controlled miniature circuit breaker includes a helical gear that engages with mating teeth of a slider plate coupled to main contacts of the circuit breaker, the helical gear including a flat portion to allow the sliding plate to slide past the helical gear. A unidirectional motor responds to an external signal to drive the helical gear while engaging the mating teeth of the slider plate, thereby moving the slider plate to close the main contacts. The motor is configured to respond to an external signal to resume the unidirectional rotation of the helical gear to position the flat portion of the gear to allow the slider plate to slide past the helical gear and contact a kicker lever to thereby open the main contacts. A trip lever pivotally mounted separately from the kicker lever, pushes the kicker lever to open the main contacts in a trip operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Fleege, Salaheddine Faik, Chad R. Mittelstadt
  • Patent number: 11500333
    Abstract: A timepiece component including a shaft-like portion including at least one pivot about a pivot axis, wherein at least the constituent material of this shaft-like portion is a ceramic or similar non-magnetic type material, the shaft-like portion includes a plurality of recesses evenly arranged or regularly distributed about the pivot axis, and has its centre of inertia on the pivot axis, and the shaft-like portion includes a collar forming its largest diameter with respect to the pivot axis, which collar includes a parting line of the shaft-like portion, which parting line is substantially perpendicular to the pivot axis, the recesses pass right through the collar, and at least one recess contains an injection point for the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Blancpain SA
    Inventors: Alain Delizee, Cedric Reymond
  • Patent number: 11500334
    Abstract: A timepiece escapement comprising: an escapement wheel pivotably mounted about a first axis of rotation and intended to be driven by a power source; a lever pivotably mounted about a second axis of rotation, said lever comprising an entry pallet and an exit pallet, each pallet comprising a rest face arranged to alternately and sequentially lock the escapement wheel, the lever being suitable for transmitting pulses received from the escapement wheel to a regulating member arranged to oscillate, and for releasing the escapement wheel periodically under the control of said regulating member, wherein the rest face of the entry pallet is arranged such that, when it locks a tooth of the escapement wheel, a draw force is generated by the interaction between the rest face and the tooth to apply a torque that tends to retain the lever in the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: RICHEMONT INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventors: Alexis Heraud, Valentin Molina
  • Patent number: 11501933
    Abstract: An electronic device has a keyboard with an internal membrane. The membrane has a set of strain gauges configured to respond to a key press, such as when a collapsible dome collapses into contact with the membrane. The strain gauges are connected in a half Wheatstone bridge configuration and are positioned on the membrane in order to limit effects of temperature and subtle flexure of the membrane. The strain gauges are also configured to magnify detection of a resistance differential when a keycap is pressed with sufficient force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chia Chi Wu, Michael Vosgueritchian, Ming Gao, Nan Chen, Vyom Sharma, Wenhao Wang
  • Patent number: 11493882
    Abstract: Timepiece regulator comprising a detached lever escapement mechanism, and a resonator with a quality factor Q including at least one inertia element including an integral impulse pin cooperating with a fork of the lever, this inertia element being subjected to the action of elastic return means directly or indirectly fixed to the plate and being arranged to cooperate indirectly with an escape wheel set comprised in the escapement mechanism, this resonator mechanism is a resonator with a virtual pivot rotating about a main axis (DP), with a flexure bearing subjected to the return force of at least two flexible strips attached to the plate, defining together a virtual pivot with a main axis (DP), the lever pivoting about a secondary axis (DS), and the fork is enlarged in comparison to the fork of a conventional Swiss lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Gianni Di Domenico
  • Patent number: 11493886
    Abstract: A watch including a control member that is able to manage at least one first function of the watch and at the same time to control one or more additional electronic functions. The control member, for example a crown or a push-piece head, is mounted on the elongate element defining a central axis and passing through a wall of the watch middle. At least one strain gauge is mounted around the elongate element and arranged so as to produce an electrical signal representing a radial force exerted by the elongate element on the strain gauge when a user laterally exerts a force on the control member. A processor generates at least one command on the basis of the electrical signal, for example to enable the user to navigate in a menu or a calendar displayed on a digital screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: François Gueissaz, Yvan Ferri, Simon Bourquin
  • Patent number: 11493883
    Abstract: A timepiece drive mechanism including a structure on which pivots an arm subjected to the return torque of a first energy source, this arm carrying a planetary gear including a wheel, a second energy source subjecting to a return torque a third wheel set on which the wheel rolls, under the action of the first energy source, the structure carries a stop device cooperating with complementary a stop device of the third wheel set to hold the latter in position, which are uncouplable under the action of uncoupling control device of the arm at the end of the forward angular travel of the arm to allow the third wheel set to pivot in a single direction under the action of the second energy source, causing a backward rotation of the arm to its start-of-angular-travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Harry Winston SA
    Inventors: Johnny Buehler, Emmanuel Bouchet
  • Patent number: 11487247
    Abstract: Provided is a timepiece case that does not require a seal ring, such as an O ring, that is made of a resin material. The timepiece case includes a case body configured from metallic glass; and a button part that is formed integrally with the case body and is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koki Takasawa, Kiyoto Takeda
  • Patent number: 11487250
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a bezel as a first metallic component, a dial as a second metallic component to form a capacitor with the bezel, an inner ring as a dielectric disposed between the bezel and the dial, at least one processor configured to obtain a capacitance value generated by a touch input on the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gaurav Gupta, Abhishek Jatram, Karimulla Shaik
  • Patent number: 11487313
    Abstract: Multi-functional foot controller with treadle for controlling a first function and as an integrated shroud for a switch that controls an additional function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey C. Jawidzik
  • Patent number: 11487248
    Abstract: A movement includes a solar panel that has a substrate made of resin, and a support member that is made of resin, has a frame shape, and supports the substrate through bonding through a bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuichi Tamura