Patents Examined by Edwin A. Leon
  • Patent number: 11183792
    Abstract: A drive loading jig, drive carrier assembly and method of using the same to insert and remove a drive from a host reduce the likelihood of a drive being damaged during insertion or removal. Such a drive loading jig has side walls with respective slots and a rear wall joining the side walls. Each of the slots includes multiple restraining walls to restrain a drive, when positioned in the jig, from bending with respect to a plane parallel to a major surface of the drive and from moving in a direction substantially perpendicular to the major surface. Stoppers formed in the side walls or rear wall define a maximum insertion depth of the drive. An alignment key-way on the loading jig is used to align the drive in the proper orientation prior to inserting the drive into the loading jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Chee Hoe Chu, Alexander Geoffrey Jensen
  • Patent number: 11183346
    Abstract: An input device includes: a substrate; a first detection electrode that detects input to the input device; a light emitter that emits light when the input is performed; a body plate disposed on the front surface side of the substrate and through which the light is transmitted; and a light guide including an incident surface from which the light enters and a light exit surface from which the light entered from the incident surface exits. A design portion that is light transmissive is disposed on an opposite side of the body plate to the substrate. A penetration hole penetrates through the substrate at a position opposite the design portion. The light guide is disposed in the penetration hole with the incident surface oriented facing a light emitting surface of the light emitter and the light exit surface oriented facing the design portion with the body plate interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Go Nakatani, Hideaki Eto
  • Patent number: 11181864
    Abstract: In a timepiece, moments of inertia of a first pointer and a second pointer that are for displaying first information and second information, respectively and that have a same rotation axis are the same. As a result, parts having identical specifications may be used in a drive mechanism of the first pointer and a drive mechanism of the second pointer. Further, color schemes of the first pointer and second pointer differ. As a result, a user may easily distinguish the first pointer and the second pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoaki Okamura, Akihiko Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11181865
    Abstract: A case including a case member having a back cover attached thereto, and a cover member which is arranged on a side of the back cover opposite to the case member side while covering an outer circumferential surface of the case member and on which band attachment sections are provided corresponding to the outer circumferential surface of the case member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen Hirayama
  • Patent number: 11181863
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a watch, has a crown assembly having a shaft and a user-rotatable crown. The user-rotatable crown may include a conductive cap that is mechanically and electrically coupled to the shaft and functions as an electrode. The conductive cap may be coupled to the shaft using solder or another conductive attachment mechanism. The shaft may electrically couple the conductive cap to a processing unit of the electronic device. One or more additional electrodes may be positioned on the exterior surface of the electronic device. The conductive cap is operable to be contacted by a finger of a user of the electronic device while another electrode is positioned against skin of the user. The processing unit of the electronic device is operable to determine a biological parameter, such as an electrocardiogram, of the user based on voltages at the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Sameer Pandya, Steven C. Roach
  • Patent number: 11181866
    Abstract: A case includes a main case body and an exterior member. The exterior member is welded to the main case body with laser light. The laser light is irradiated onto an irradiation surface. A welding part of the main case body and the exterior member is formed on the inner periphery surface extending along a height direction of the case and is formed such that the irradiation surface is perpendicular to the incident laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Maruyama, Masakuni Iwanaga
  • Patent number: 11181867
    Abstract: A push button capable of improving shock resistance and a timepiece equipped therewith are provided. This push button includes an operation member having a shaft section inserted into a through hole of a case and a head section provided on the outer end of the shaft section, and an elastic member which presses the head section toward the outside of the case or is elastically deformed, and this elastic member includes a buffer section that buffers a pressure externally applied to the head section which is greater than a predetermined pressure. Accordingly, when a pressure greater than the predetermined pressure is applied to the head section, the head section comes in contact with the buffer section while elastically deforming the elastic member so as to buffer the pressure. By this structure, shock resistance is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Hitsumoto
  • Patent number: 11177084
    Abstract: A key structure includes a keycap, an elastic buffering element, a base plate, a first supporting element, a second supporting element and an elastomer. The elastic buffering element is installed in a locking part of the keycap. The first supporting element is connected with the keycap and the base plate. The keycap is movable upwardly or downwardly relative to the base plate through the first supporting element. A first end of the second supporting element is pivotally coupled to the base plate. A second end of the second supporting element is penetrated through a pivotal hole of the elastic buffering element and a clamping recess of the locking part. The elastomer is arranged between the keycap and the base plate. An inner diameter of the at least one pivotal hole is slightly smaller than an inner diameter of the clamping recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 11172738
    Abstract: A connection structure and a wearing device are provided. The connecting structure includes a connecting member, a latching member, an engaging member, and an elastic member; one of two ends of the latching member is rotatably connected with the connecting member, and the other end of the latching member is provided with a latching portion; the engaging member is provided with an engaging portion corresponding to the latching portion, and the elastic member can engage the latching portion with the engaging portion. The wearing device includes the connection structure. The latching member is rotatably connected with the connecting member so as to enable the latching member to be quickly separated from the engaging member, and two mechanisms could be connected and separated from each other quickly with the connection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: LUXSHARE ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY (KUNSHAN) LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Hua Li, Jia-Le Cai, Tong Yu
  • Patent number: 11175628
    Abstract: A repeater mechanism includes an hour snail, an hour rack carrying an hour beak and rotatably mounted about an hour axis between a rest position and a read position, an hour spring, which returns the hour rack to its read position, a pulley rotatably mounted about a pulley axis and which forms a spiral-shaped peripheral cam path, a chain able to be wound on the pulley, the chain being hooked on the pulley and on the hour rack, and a return spring coupled to the pulley and via which the pulley pulls the hour rack, via the chain, into its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Bifrare, Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 11175630
    Abstract: A timepiece resonator mechanism including a structure carrying, via a flexible suspension system, an anchor unit to which is suspended an inertia element oscillating with a first rotational degree of freedom RZ, under the action of return forces exerted by a flexure pivot including first elastic strips each fixed to the inertia element and to the anchor unit, the flexible suspension system being arranged to allow the anchor unit some mobility in every degree of freedom except the first rotational degree of freedom RZ wherein only the inertia element can move to avoid any disturbance to its oscillation, and the stiffness of the suspension system in the first rotational degree of freedom RZ is very considerably higher than the stiffness of the flexure pivot in this same rotational degree of freedom RZ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer
  • Patent number: 11177088
    Abstract: Motor control centers have units or buckets with an extendable/retractable power connection (stab) assembly and one or more operating lever interlocks that include a unit latch to latch to a cabinet and a power connection position interlock that blocks the handles of the units or buckets based on position of the power connection assembly, optionally also including a shutter cam that slides a shutter right and left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Tyleshevski, Brian Sidle, William Purnell
  • Patent number: 11177085
    Abstract: Implementations of the subject matter described herein provide a slowing mechanism for a switching apparatus and a switching apparatus. The slowing mechanism includes: a shaft adapted to be rotatable in response to an operation of an actuator to drive a moving element of the switching apparatus; at least one slowing wheel fixed on the shaft and having a slowing contour; and a movable rocker engaging with the slowing wheel. The slowing wheel is adapted to cause the rocker to move abutting against the slowing contour on the slowing wheel in response to the rotation of the shaft, so as to slow down the rotation of the shaft. The slowing mechanism can slow down the operation of the moving element of a switching apparatus, while not impacting the switching performance and life time of the switching apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Zeming Lin
  • Patent number: 11177091
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a base plate, a membrane circuit board and a key. The key includes a keycap, a connecting assembly, a first stabilizer bar and a second stabilizer bar. The connecting assembly is connected between the keycap and the base plate. The first stabilizer bar and the second stabilizer bar are connected between the keycap and the connecting assembly. While the keycap is moved upwardly or downwardly relative to the base plate, the first stabilizer bar and the second stabilizer bar are swung to stabilize the key. Since the first stabilizer bar and the second stabilizer bar are connected between the keycap and the connecting assembly, the first stabilizer bar and the second stabilizer bar will not readily collide with or knock on the base plate. During the operation, the generated noise is reduced. Consequently, the operating comfort to the user is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Lei-Lung Tsai, Chuang-Shu Jhuang, Song-Hui Han
  • Patent number: 11177597
    Abstract: A connector includes a first insulator having a through-hole for contact, a contact held by the first insulator and having a projecting portion inserted into the through-hole for contact, and a receiving member disposed on a side of a second surface of the first insulator and surrounding the projecting portion of the contact, the flexible conductor being disposed along the second surface of the first insulator, the contact including an extending portion formed on another end of the projecting portion and disposed on the side of the second surface of the first insulator to extend outside of the through-hole for contact along the second surface, a part of the flexible conductor being held between the extending portion of the contact and the receiving member to contact the extending portion, whereby the contact is electrically connected to the flexible conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 11169488
    Abstract: A water-resistant watch case of a diving watch, includes at least one back mounted on a lower side of a middle part, and a crystal mounted with a fastening gasket on an upper side of the middle part. The back includes an annular bearing surface for coming into contact with an inner annular surface of the middle part of a shape complementary to the bearing surface during mounting of the back on the middle part. The annular bearing surface and the inner annular surface are inclined towards the inside of the watch case at a determined angle less than 90° relative to a central axis perpendicular to a plane of the watch case so as to distribute stresses between the back and the middle part due to the water pressure during a dive. The annular bearing surface and the inner annular surface are conical in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Cedric Kaltenrieder, Gregory Kissling, Yves Winkler, John Ramsay
  • Patent number: 11171451
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic device (5) having an interface. The electronic device (5) has an interface connector (50, 55, 60), configured according to the interface, for engaging with a corresponding detachable connector (95, 100, 105). The electronic device (5) also has a locking mechanism (110, 65, 80, 115, 70, 85, 120, 75, 90) controllable to secure an engagement of such a detachable connector (95, 100, 105) with the interface connector (50, 55, 60). The electronic device (5) is configured to detect a use or an intended use of the interface. If detected, the electronic device (5) activates the locking mechanism (110, 65, 80, 115, 70, 85, 120, 75, 90) to secure an engagement of such a detachable connector (95, 100, 105) with the interface connector (50, 55, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: VESTEL ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET A.S.
    Inventors: Kadir Yildiz, Alper Sait Er
  • Patent number: 11170953
    Abstract: A trigger switch includes a housing including a casing; a trigger coupled to the housing to be capable of approaching and separating from the housing; a contact mechanism including a fixed contact and a movable contact making contact with and separating from the fixed contact in conjunction with approaching and separating operation of the trigger with respect to the housing; a first terminal electrically connected to the contact mechanism; and a second terminal electrically connected to the contact mechanism. The first terminal includes a first fixing portion that connects and fixes the first lead, and a fall-off prevention portion that locks the first lead at a position different from the first fixing portion in an axial direction of the first lead to prevent the axial component from falling off. The second terminal includes a second fixing portion that connects and fixes the second lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventor: Kazufumi Osaki
  • Patent number: 11171433
    Abstract: A terminal placement region of the cartridge is divided into an upper region and a lower region, and the cartridge includes a plurality of terminals placed in the upper region, a plurality of terminals placed in the lower region, and a plurality of long terminals across the upper region and the lower region. The long terminals are a ground terminal, a chip-enable terminal, a power supply terminal, or a reset terminal. A strobe terminal and a clock terminal are arranged one above the other. Two data input/output terminals are arranged one above the other, and four sets of data input/output terminals arranged one above the other are present. A long terminal is near the strobe terminal and the clock terminal arranged one above the other, and a long terminal is near the two data input/output terminals arranged one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Hirose, Yuta Fujita
  • Patent number: 11171444
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, the apparatus comprising: a layer of quantum tunnelling composite configured such that in a non-compressed state the quantum tunnelling composite is an electrical insulator and in a compressed state the layer of quantum tunnelling composite is an electrical conductor; a magnetic portion configured to cause compression of the quantum tunnelling composite; and wherein the apparatus is configured to be coupled to a reciprocal apparatus where the reciprocal apparatus comprises a reciprocal magnetic portion such that when the apparatus is coupled to the reciprocal apparatus the magnetic portion causes compression of the quantum tunnelling composite to provide a direct current path through the quantum tunnelling composite to the reciprocal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technolgies Oy
    Inventor: Piers Andrew