Patents Examined by Felix O. Figueroa
  • Patent number: 11404818
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly, including a bolt having a tapered distal end; a wedge having a top surface and a bottom surface defining a first aperture extending between and through the top and bottom surfaces, and dimensioned to receive the bolt therethrough; a shell having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first end, and a second end, the shell further defining a first and a second channels, the channels being separated by a middle portion and to receive the wedge therebetween; the shell further having a second aperture extending between the top surface to the bottom surface of the shell and dimensioned to receive the bolt therethrough, wherein the second aperture is configured to be positioned to align and pair with the first aperture when the wedge is positioned between the first and second channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Buckingham Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Batty, Douglas Metcalfe
  • Patent number: 11398359
    Abstract: Keycaps for keyboards that have transparent top portions have a set of layered components to define a top surface that provides key definition by curvature, texture, ridges, or other external structural features. Other portions of the keycaps define a glyph or support structure for the top layer. Features such as angle filters and partially reflective materials are implemented to improve the visibility, contrast, and reflectivity of the keycaps. Multiple methods are used to bend or otherwise modify rigid transparent materials such as glass in order to add surface features and to improve aesthetics of the keycaps of a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Christopher D. Jones, Dinesh C. Mathew, Keith J. Hendren, Martin Melcher, Matthew S. Rogers, Naoto Matsuyuki, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Avianne Marie B. Tuano
  • Patent number: 11387610
    Abstract: A mechanical interlock including one or more features to facilitate easier assembly and/or manufacturing. Additionally, and/or alternatively, the mechanical interlock may include one ore more features to provided increased protection. The mechanical interlock may include a baseplate arranged and configured to receive one or more components thereon so that the components can be coupled and wired as a sub-assembly prior to inserting into the enclosure. The mechanical interlock may include an adapter positioned between a connector and a contact carrier bracket to enable variously sized connectors to be coupled to a common contract carrier bracket. The adapter may include one ore more keys to prevent improper coupling of the adapter. The contact carrier bracket may be arranged and configured to receive one or more PCBs to provide an increased level of protection for the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: William Hagen, Eugene Frid, Jose Torres Barrera
  • Patent number: 11342718
    Abstract: A connector assembly (10) is disclosed in which a main body (12) and a latch member (30) are provided. In one aspect, the latch member (30) is formed as a spring and has a first portion (32) with a locking rib structure (38) that can be depressed towards the main body (12) to allow the connector assembly (10) to be inserted through a front side (102a) or a back side (102b) of an opening (102) in a panel (100). After insertion, the first portion (32) can then be released such that a retention structure (18) of the main body (12) and the locking rib structure (38) engage opposite ends of an opening (102) to secure the connector assembly (10) within the opening (102). The same connector (10) assembly (10) can be used with openings (102, 202, 302) of different sizes without modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Spain, S.L.
    Inventors: Longinos De Dios Martín, Antonio Carreras García
  • Patent number: 11329429
    Abstract: A mechanical fastener for an electrical interface may include a first handle and a second handle The first handle and second handle are located on opposite sides of the mechanical fastener. The mechanical fastener may also include a first housing, a second housing coupled to the first housing, an electrical interface housed in the mechanical fastener between the first and second housings, a first lever intermediary between the first handle and the first housing and mechanically coupled to the second handle, a second lever intermediary between the second handle and the second housing and mechanically coupled to the first handle, a first post coupled to the first handle and the second lever, and a second post coupled to the second handle and the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Bell, Rosanna L. Bigford, Alan R. Arthur, Paul Allan Osborne
  • Patent number: 11327572
    Abstract: Disclosed is a waterproof key module, including: a housing with a hollow inner chamber and an opening at an end, comprising a front housing portion and a bottom housing portion secured to each other, and the opening being provided on the front housing portion; a touch component limited in the inner chamber, comprising a touch plate extending out from the opening; and a waterproof adhesive film in a pre-tensioned status and isolating the touch component from the bottom housing portion, an edge of the film being secured to a position where the front housing portion is connected to the bottom housing portion, and the touch component being supported on the film; wherein at least one pressure sensor module is provided between the touch component and the bottom housing portion and configured to generate a pressure signal that represents a pressure degree according to a pressing on the touch component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Gongtao Lu, Junhao Wang, De'an Liu, Tianduo Zhou
  • Patent number: 11289846
    Abstract: An IV pole power plug support device for preventing an power plug and cord from dangling on a floor. The IV pole power plug support device includes a securement assembly adapted to be removably engaged about an IV pole; and a power plug holder in communication with the securement assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Muhonen, Sean Carroll
  • Patent number: 11283223
    Abstract: A cable connector arrangement includes a cable connector and an electrical cable with a plurality of individual lines each having a respective insulation and electrical conductor. The connector may include a front section configured for connection to a mating connector, a rear section in which the individual lines are surrounded by a cable sheath, and a central section. The electrical conductors of two individual lines have a first mutual distance in the rear section and a greater, second mutual distance in the front section with the mutual distance being increased in the central section. At least one pressing means in the central section may press at least the two individual lines together such that their insulations undergo mechanical deformation in a region of common contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Zebhauser, Gunnar Armbrecht, Thomas Mueller, Albert Eder
  • Patent number: 11283200
    Abstract: An electric wire with a terminal, includes an insulated wire which includes a core wire and an insulating layer covering the core wire, a seal member which is disposed in one end portion of the insulated wire and covers the insulating layer, a metal terminal which extends from the end portion of the insulated wire and is connected to the core wire and a waterproof resin portion which covers from a seal member covering part of the insulated wire to an electrical connection part of the metal terminal. The insulating layer contains an olefin resin. The waterproof resin portion contains a polyester, a polyamide, an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, or a mixed resin thereof. The seal member includes an inner layer containing an ethylene resin and an outer layer laminated on the inner layer and containing a polyester, a polyamide, an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, or a mixed resin thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industies, Ltd., AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Tanaka, Taro Fujita, Shinya Nishikawa, Kazuo Nakashima, Tetsuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11282656
    Abstract: Key assemblies having a foldable stabilizer are disclosed. The stabilizer can be positioned under a keycap to help guide the keycap and limit rotation or movement when the key is pressed. The stabilizer can have a pointed-star shape with multiple folding axes and can have multiple points of connection or linkage to the keycap or other surrounding components. The stabilizer can unfold or flatten as the keycap is pressed and can fold as the keycap is raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian A. Guy, Ari P. Miller, Edward J. Cooper, Houtan R. Farahani, Kevin M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11276968
    Abstract: A connector 110 is provided with a plurality of ferrites 114 and a housing 116 including a plurality of accommodating portions 139 capable of individually accommodating the plurality of ferrites 114 from a first direction. The plurality of accommodating portions 139 are disposed side by side in a second direction intersecting the first direction. Two intermediate walls 138 are disposed between the accommodating portions 139 adjacent in the second direction with a space S defined therebetween in a third direction intersecting the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Takashi Nobukuni, Yuichi Goto
  • Patent number: 11264736
    Abstract: Mechanical-type electrical connectors having insulation piercing screws used to create an electrically conductive path between a run conductor secured to the connector and a branch conductor secured to the connector are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Glen Harrison Ruggiero, Richard E. Robicheau
  • Patent number: 11217939
    Abstract: A power circuit shut off device includes a housing and a switch portion provided in the housing, and an operating member configured to turn on or turns off the switch portion. The switch portion includes a pair of terminals arranged along a bottom face of the housing, an electric conductive member having contact point portions and that is elastically urged toward the pair of terminals, and an insulating movable member configured to move along a direction in which the pair of terminals are arranged. The pair of terminals are brought into electric conductive to each other when the pair of terminals contact the contact point portions respectively. The insulating movable member is moved between a shut-off position and a conductive position by an operation on the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Shintaro Yagi, Osamu Furugoori
  • Patent number: 11217914
    Abstract: It is aimed to make a ground terminal easily broken even if forces are applied to the ground terminal from various directions. A ground terminal (10) to be attached to a body (11) includes a body fixing portion (12) to be fixed to the body 11 and a wire connecting portion (14) to be connected to a wire (13). The body fixing portion (12) is plate-like and includes a through hole (19) through which a fixing member is inserted. The body fixing portion (12) is formed with an arc groove having an arc shape along a peripheral edge of the through hole (19). The body fixing portion (12) is formed with an oblique groove connected to the arc groove and extending to intersect an extending direction of the wire connected to the wire connecting portion (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Takahiro Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11217949
    Abstract: A connector is provided and includes an alignment plate defining major and minor apertures, a capture plate and a pin plate. The capture plate includes an outer body defining an opening, an inner body traversing the opening and first elastic elements extending from the inner body to generate first biases. The capture plate is securable to the alignment plate to position the inner body between the major apertures. The pin plate defines intermediate apertures and includes pins and second elastic elements to generate second biases opposing the first biases. The pin plate is interposable between the alignment and capture plates whereby the intermediate and major apertures align and the pins extend through the minor apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: David H. Cadenhead
  • Patent number: 11211211
    Abstract: A control device includes an upper actuator panel, a lower support frame relative to which the upper panel is mounted to be mobile vertically, an electric switch the body of which is carried by the upper panel, and a set of two arms for actuating the electric switch. Each arm of the set includes a distal section that bears against a portion of the upper panel, a proximal section that bears on the actuator of the electric switch, and an intermediate section that bears against a portion of the lower frame and about which each actuator arm is mounted to pivot. The actuator arms cooperate with the upper panel and the lower frame to maintain the upper panel horizontal during its movement relative to the lower support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: C&K COMPONENTS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Laurent Bouvier, Laurent Kubat, Fabrice Valcher
  • Patent number: 11205548
    Abstract: A waterproof button assembly. The waterproof button assembly may include a housing including an opening and a button. The button may be positioned at least partially within the housing via the opening. The assembly may also include a plurality of engagement components positioned on opposite-distal ends of the button. The plurality of engagement components may be configured to retain the button within the housing. The engagement components may extend distally from the button, such that a portion of the engagement components may be positioned within apertures formed in the sidewall of the housing. The assembly may also include a plurality of supports, a tactile dome in contact with the button and at least one of the plurality of supports. A sensing component of the assembly may be positioned adjacent the housing and in alignment with the button and/or tactile dome for sensing actuation of the button within the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre M. Teplitxky, Colin M. Ely, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Samuel B. Weiss
  • Patent number: 11205550
    Abstract: A rotatable switching member includes a support bracket having a first arm, a second arm, and a middle portion, and a switch flange. The rotatable switching member further includes a switch bracket connected to the middle portion of the support bracket having an attachment portion and an engagement portion. A handle is fixed to the first arm of the support bracket to rotate the rotatable switching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Gordon Stanley Pettersen, Jeeva Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 11203310
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical terminal that is mounted to a support structure. The assembly also includes a stabilizer that has a slot that receives a free end of the electrical terminal. The assembly further includes a first spring that operatively supports the stabilizer relative to support structure. The first spring biases the stabilizer away from the support structure to a pre-staged position. The first spring is configured to flex from the pre-staged position to an assembled connector position in which more of the free end protrudes through the slot than in the pre-staged position. The first spring extends from each of opposing sides of a first post which is arranged at a first lateral edge of the stabilizer. A second post and a second spring are arranged at a second lateral edge of the stabilizer opposite the first lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Erick A. Rodriguez, Naiki A. Reynoso Galvan, Katy Stephanie Almonte Cortes
  • Patent number: 11189441
    Abstract: A key switch device includes a base, a button mounted on the base so as to be contactable and separable, an elastic body disposed between the base and the button and configured to urge the button in a direction away from the base, and a linear reinforcement member provided on the button and configured to prevent the button from being inclined when the button is operated in a direction toward the base. An outer surface portion of the button includes a recessed support portion in which a part of the linear reinforcement members is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhira Izawa, Mamiko Naka, Kenshi Nagata, Hiroaki Fujino