Patents Examined by Edwin A. Leon
  • Patent number: 11829107
    Abstract: The micromechanical clockwork part is cut from a plate-like silicon substrate. The cut edges of the part include portions intended to serve as contact surfaces arranged to slide against corresponding contact zones of another micromechanical part in a clockwork piece. The cut edges have a ribbed surface including an alternating set of ribs and furrows, the ribs and the furrows being straight and each contained in a plane parallel to the plate. Moreover, the ribs and furrows which the cut edges have form a stepped pattern on the cut edge, with first intervals in which the spacing separating the ribs from one another is equal to a first distance, and at least one second interval in which the spacing between the ribs is equal to a second distance different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: PATEK PHILIPPE SA GENEVE
    Inventors: Julien Perret, Rémy Fournier, Sylvain Jeanneret
  • Patent number: 11829109
    Abstract: A device (10) for fastening an external or display element (20) onto a horological structure (100), including a retaining key (1) including a post (2) fastened to the structure (100) and a head (9) with a truncated flange (3) having a first lip (31) cooperating by bearing, in a blocking manner, with a face (41) of a fastening element (4) integral with this display element (20), which first lip (31) is delimited by non-coplanar edges (51, 52), this retaining key (1) includes, joined to each edge (51, 52) and radially retracted relative to the periphery (30) of the first lip (31), a second lip (6) having an upper surface (68) which is, at each edge (51, 52), tapered relative to the upper surface (38) of the first lip (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventor: Laurent Kaelin
  • Patent number: 11830642
    Abstract: Provided are a movable contact, a variable resistor, and a method for manufacturing a movable contact that can suppress a cost increase. The movable contacts are spaced apart from each other. The variable resistor, having a resistor, an electrode and the movable contact, comprises: a first wire rod group which has a plurality of first wire rods made of a precious metal and in which the plurality of first wire rods are arranged along the resistor; a second wire rod group which has a plurality of second wire rods made of a metal other than the precious metal and in which the plurality of second wire rods are arranged along the electrode; and a shaft-shaped member which is disposed to cross the first wire rod group and the second wire rod group and is welded to the first wire rod group and the second wire rod group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Tokyo Cosmos Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Sato, Syunsuke Aoki, Hideki Nakano
  • Patent number: 11830697
    Abstract: A power disconnection device for manually disconnecting power of a battery pack, the device including a housing, first and second interlock terminals provided in the housing and connectable to an interlock circuit of the battery pack, first and second high voltage terminals connectable to a high voltage line of the battery pack, a switch lever disposed over inner and outer portions of the housing, a first switch module in contact with the first and second interlock terminals, and upon an off operation of the switch lever, configured to be separated from any one of the first and second interlock terminals, and a second switch module configured to interlock with the first switch module, the second switch module being in contact with the first and second high voltage terminals, separated from any one of the first and second interlock terminals, and then separated from the first and second high voltage terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Sang-Ok Seon, Sang-Eun Jung
  • Patent number: 11822294
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a magnetic escapement formed of a magnetic escape wheel with an annular magnetized structure and a pallet fork whose shaft is formed by a ferromagnetic material. The pallet shaft exerts on the escape wheel a magnetic disturbance torque due to the fact that the annular magnetized structure exhibits an angular variation of at least one defining physical parameter thereof, such that the magnetic attraction varies as a function of the angular position of the escape wheel and has a tangential component. A magnetic compensation pin is incorporated in the timepiece movement, this magnetic compensation pin being arranged such that the second magnetic disturbance torque that it exerts on the escape wheel exhibits an angular phase shift relative to the first magnetic disturbance torque generated by the pallet shaft, so as to compensate largely for this first magnetic disturbance torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Marc Stranczl, Benoit Legeret, Rene Piguet
  • Patent number: 11822291
    Abstract: A watch including a case (6) having a push-piece (8), movable in a radial direction, and a device (14) for locking the push-piece. The locking device includes a locking member (16) rotatably mounted about a central axis of the case and arranged to be actuated between a locking position, wherein the push-piece is stopped or blocked by the locking device so that the function cannot be activated by actuation of the control member, and an unlocking position wherein the push-piece is released and can then be actuated in said radial direction to allow the function to be activated. A rotating bezel (20) and the locking member are coaxial arranged so that they can each be rotatably actuated by the user independently of each other. Thus, the rotating bezel is independent of the locking function and can thus be dedicated to the chronograph mechanism and be in particular useful for diving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: OMEGA SA
    Inventors: Philippe Loetscher, Christophe Plancherel
  • Patent number: 11822292
    Abstract: An external fitting device includes an external fitting member having a front wall member configured to cover partially a front side of a case of a wristwatch, a side wall member continuously connected to the front wall member and configured to cover a lateral surface of the case, and a locking target member provided on the side wall member, and a fixing member comprising a locking member being locked on the locking target member, and configured to fix the external fitting member to the case by the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Satou
  • Patent number: 11822290
    Abstract: A horological Tourbillon comprising A) a cage CC rotating around an axis (ZC), divided in two half-cages (1a,b) by a medial plane (RC) perpendicular to the rotation axis (ZC); a double tourbillon (TD) with two regulation systems each made of an oscillator (OSa,b), a lever and it's escapement mobile (MEa,b), installed in their respective half-cage (1a, 1b); the two regulation systems being made of identical elements but organized in an opposite configuration and installed in each half-cage (1a, 1b) symmetrically relatively to the medial plan (RC) so that, in the medial plane, the rotation direction of the two escapement mobiles (MEa,b) are identical; each regulation system has a compensating wheel (RFa,b) that meshes with its escapement mobile (MEa,b); B) a differential (D) made of: two outputs S (a,b) each meshing into a compensating wheel (RFa,b), thus creating a position compensation; one input pinion (ED) linked to the horological mechanism (MH); C) one linkage (EC) between the horological mechanism (MH) a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Vianney Halter
  • Patent number: 11822293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch having a variable dial, and more specifically a watch that provides the wearer with the possibility of partially changing the appearance of the dial. According to the invention, the watch has a dial (1) that has at least one opening (6, 7) occupied by a removable bezel (3, 5) and the watch further has a plurality of carrying arms (9, 10) disposed radially on a carousel (8), each arm end situated on the circumference carrying a bezel (3, 5) and the carousel (8) being able to rotate about an axis perpendicular to the plane of the dial (1) and passing through the center thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Claude Chouet
  • Patent number: 11815859
    Abstract: An electronic watch includes an including a package in which an oscillator and a watch control integrated circuit are housed, a circuit board having an elastic function, the circuit board including a first face and a second face, a first member provided with a plurality of first protrusions, and a second member provided with a second protrusion facing the first protrusion with the circuit board interposed therebetween, in which a plurality of clamping positions are clamped between the first protrusion and the second protrusion, A1>P1>A2>0, where A1 is a length of the first protrusion, A2 is a length of the second protrusion, and P1 is a thickness of the oscillation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Tadashi Sato
  • Patent number: 11815858
    Abstract: A switch device including a base member provided with a stem insertion hole, an operation member which is slidably inserted into the stem insertion hole of the base member and has an engaging groove provided in an outer circumference surface, a stopper member having an engaging section which is arranged in the engaging groove of the operation member and moved along with sliding of the operation member, and a separation regulation section which prevents the engaging section from being separated from the engaging groove, in which a leading end portion of the engaging section is positionally regulated toward axial center of the operation member by the separation regulation section when the operation member is pulled toward the outside of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hosobuchi
  • Patent number: 11809138
    Abstract: A fixing device for adjusting the clearance of a balance. At least one fixing device including at least one stud holder, at least one bearing body, at least one support member and at least one holding member. At least one bearing body is configured to move relative to at least one stud holder so as to fix the adjustment of the clearance of the balance and at least one support member is configured to press at least one bearing body against at least one stud holder before being held by at least one holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Julien Saglini, Raphaël Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 11809143
    Abstract: A push button device including a supporting member which is provided with a through hole and in which a recess section is provided outside the through hole, an operation member which includes a shaft section that is slidably inserted into the through hole, and a head section that is provided on an outer end of the shaft section and slidably fitted into the recess section, a first filter which is provided in the recess section and arranged at a position surrounded by an annular first groove section into which an outer circumferential convex section of the head section is fitted and the outer circumferential convex section, and a second filter which is provided in the head section and arranged at a position surrounded by an annular second groove section into which an inner circumferential convex section of the recess section is fitted and the inner circumferential convex section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11809142
    Abstract: An electronic hinge system is provided, including a first component and a second component. The first component may include a first enclosure, a first substrate extending within the first enclosure, a first connector, and a plurality of curved elements disposed in the first connector. The first substrate may have electrically conductive elements and microelectronic devices electrically connected with the electrically conductive elements. The curved elements may be electrically conductive and spaced apart from one another. Each curved element may be electrically connected with a respective one of the electrically conductive elements of the first component. The second component may include a second enclosure and a second connector disposed at an end of the second enclosure. The first connector may be configured to mate with the second connector, such that when the first component is engaged with the second component, the first connector is rotationally coupled with the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Marc Thomas, Jacob Stelman
  • Patent number: 11809139
    Abstract: A watch case having a locking system for at least one control element of a timepiece, the locking system including a manipulable element, a locking element for the at least one control element, and a kinematic link linking the manipulable element to the locking element, the locking system being arranged on the outside of a chamber (63), more particularly on the outside of a water-resistant chamber, defined by the case, the locking element being rotatably mounted, more particularly rotatably mounted about a second axis (A1) of the at least one control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Mesut Kanmaz
  • Patent number: 11810737
    Abstract: A switch device includes: a case provided with a through-hole; an operation member having an operation shaft to be inserted into the through-hole of the case, and an operation head provided at an outer end of the operation shaft; and a protective buffer member which has elasticity and is attached to an outer surface of the case. The protective buffer member includes a storage which has a bottom facing an inner end surface of the operation head and stores a periphery of the operation head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11810741
    Abstract: An infinite switch includes a front cover, a back cover, and a base secured between the front cover and the back cover. A floating shaft extending through the front cover and the base. A cam fixed to the base and slidingly receiving an end of the floating shaft. The floating shaft is moveable in an axial direction extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the floating shaft and the cam is fixed to prevent movement in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Company
    Inventors: Gustavo Alonso Canales Benavides, Ruben Simon Romero, Javier Tomas Aguilar Fernández
  • Patent number: 11809144
    Abstract: A timer to monitor lapse of time relative to a total amount of allowed time includes: a body and a foot on or of the body, a sensor; a processor connected to the sensor and configured to monitor a lapse of time; and an output device connected to the processor. The processor is configured to control the output device to generate a signal at least indicating the monitored, lapsed time relative to the total amount of allowed time. The sensor is configured to indicate whether the timer rests on the foot; and the processor is configured to monitor the lapse of time, during which it is indicated by the sensor that the timer rests on the foot, and stop or pause to monitor the lapse of time, when the timer rests not or not only on the foot. The processor is configured to control the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: YKO Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Renatus Wilhelmus Seraphinus Overhoff
  • Patent number: 11803158
    Abstract: A closing/opening system for a case of a timepiece is defined particularly in first and second parts of the case. The system includes a device for producing a mechanical connection, particularly a bayonet connection between these first and second parts and a device for creating a friction torque between these first and second parts. The device for creating a friction torque includes tightening faces to cooperate with one another when closing/opening the case and which are defined in the first and second parts. The system further includes a tightening element in one of these two tightening faces. The tightening element generates a constant friction torque during a course of travel of one of the two parts relative to the other when closing/opening the case of the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pierry Vuille, Enzo Agustoni, Joel Allimann, Francois Erdemli
  • Patent number: 11796968
    Abstract: An electronic watch may include a housing defining a side wall having a through-hole and a crown assembly including an actuation member. The actuation member may include a crown shaft extending through the through-hole and having an exterior portion defining an input surface and a crown ring coupled to the exterior portion of the crown shaft and electrically isolated from the crown shaft. The crown assembly may further include an optical encoder component attached to the actuation member and defining a group of optical features. The electronic watch may further include an optical detector configured to detect rotation of the crown assembly by detecting motion of the group of optical features and an electrocardiograph sensor comprising a sensing component. The sensing component may be conductively coupled to the actuation member via a conductive path at least partially defined by the crown shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Roach, Sameer Pandya, Erik G. de Jong, Erik L. Wang, Peter J. Kardassakis, Steven P. Cardinali