Patents Examined by Gary F. Paumen
  • Patent number: 11121481
    Abstract: An electrical connector for connecting a pair of leads to a double-sided printed circuit board includes a housing having a receiving slot receiving the double-sided printed circuit board and a lead insertion chamber, and a pair of contact springs disposed on opposite sides of the receiving slot and electrically insulated from each other. The contact springs extend into the lead insertion chamber. Each contact spring has a lead contact for connection to a different lead of the pair of leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Italia Distribution S.r.l.
    Inventor: Davide Chiarelli
  • Patent number: 11121480
    Abstract: An enclosed connection system for mechanically and electrically connecting first and second cables, the cables each including an elongate electrical conductor covered by an insulation layer, includes an insulation piercing connector and an enclosure. The insulation piercing connector includes at least one electrically conductive piercing member and a clamping mechanism. The clamping mechanism is configured and operable to force the at least one piercing member through the insulation layers of the first and second cables and into electrical engagement with the conductors of the first and second cables such that the conductors of the first and second cables are electrically connected to one another through the at least one piercing member. The enclosure is configured to receive and cover the connection and to protect the insulation piercing connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: John Anthony Newman
  • Patent number: 11121498
    Abstract: An electrical switch assembly includes a switch actuator connected to a switch housing. The switch housing is connected to a baseplate. A faceplate is connected over the baseplate. At least one of the switch actuator and the faceplate includes an anti-microbial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Sorin I. Mortun
  • Patent number: 11114775
    Abstract: A contacting device for contacting a shielding conductor of an electrical line with a grounding portion includes: a housing which encloses a receptacle space into which the electrical line including the shielding conductor is insertable, the housing being attachable to the grounding portion such that the grounding portion extends in the receptacle space; and a spring element which is arranged on the housing so as to be pivotable about a pivot axis from an open position into a clamping position, in order, in the clamping position, to contact the shielding conductor of the electrical line inserted into the receptacle space with the grounding portion to which the housing is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jens Andresen
  • Patent number: 11114795
    Abstract: A male terminal 10 is provided with a terminal body 15 including a tab 40 extending forward, and a cover 16 slidable between a protection position for accommodating the tab 14 inside a sheath portion 24 and a retracted position for exposing a front end part of the tab 14 from a front end of the sheath portion 24, and the cover 16 is made of a magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Hajime Kawase, Hajime Matsui
  • Patent number: 11114786
    Abstract: A PCB direct connector including terminal members configured to have a pair of contact portions elastically contacting an upper surface and a lower surface of the circuit board and be electrically connected to conductive patterns disposed on at least one of the upper surface and the lower surface, and a connector housing configured to accommodate the terminal members therein and allow a connector connection portion formed at one side of an end of the circuit board to be fitted into and released from the connector housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Sung-Gyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11114799
    Abstract: A housing includes a display unit indicating a complete plugging of a counter-plug into the housing and a first stop. The display unit is movable along a longitudinal axis between an initial position and an assembly position. The display unit includes a locking element, a guide element, and a supporting element. The locking element has a resilient bridge with a first end fixed to the guide element. The first stop prevents the display unit from moving in the initial position by abutment with a free end of the bridge. The free end is bent in a bending plane in a direction of the guide element when moving toward the first stop. The supporting element supports the bridge at the guide element when the bridge deforms in the direction of the guide element and prevents a deformation of the bridge away from the abutment on the first stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Schoedel, Samir Aboulkassem
  • Patent number: 11108199
    Abstract: A coaxial connector has a first coaxial connector portion (1) and a second coaxial connector portion (2). The first coaxial connector portion (1) has an external conductor which is designed as a coaxial socket and the distal end of which is designed as a spring cage (3) with individual spring lugs (91, 92, 93, 94, 95). The second coaxial connector portion (2) has an external conductor (6) which is designed as a coaxial plug. An electrical and mechanical connection exists between the spring lugs (91, 92, 93, 94, 95) of the first coaxial connector portion (1) and an external shell surface of the external conductor (6) of the second coaxial connector portion (2). In the region of each gap (101, 102, 103, 104, 105) that is situated between in each case two adjacent spring lugs (91, 92, 93, 94, 95), there is provided at least one shielding component (111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 111?, 112?, 113?, 114?, 115?) which is connected respectively to one of the two adjacent spring lugs (91, 92, 93, 94, 95).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Lödding, Christian Maier, Gunnar Armbrecht, Thomas Schmid
  • Patent number: 11108186
    Abstract: Four different combinations of a sliding internal shutter and shutter lock control mechanism are described along with methods of incorporating the combinations into receptacles to prevent foreign objects from gaining access to power. Each combination is composed of a ramped shutter, spring biased in a closed position, and two to four lock control mechanisms, each of which moves a locking bar out of contact with an impeding surface on the shutter. The entrance of a standard plug into the assembled receptacle moves all the locking bars away from the shutter's impeding surfaces and the blades interaction with the ramps moves the shutter to the open position allowing the blades to continue to power. The combinations may be installed in receptacles as standalone modules that are installed in a receptacle case or the parts may be integrated directly into a receptacle structure with the proper support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Vernon Ralph Sandel
  • Patent number: 11108176
    Abstract: A routing assembly for an electronic device has a front face with an array of connectors ports and each of the connector ports contain a first connector mounted therein. A first end of a cable can be directly terminated to the first connectors and the cables can be embedded in a tray that is configured to extend toward a chip package. The cables extend from the tray and terminates to a second connector that can be electrically connected to the chip package so as to provide a communication path between the first connector and the second connector that substantially bypasses a supporting circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Lloyd, Gregory Fitzgerald, Bruce Reed, Gregory Walz, Ayman Isaac
  • Patent number: 11101603
    Abstract: A shield element (1) of a printed circuit board connector enables maximum tolerance compensation between a printed circuit board (5), on which the printed circuit board connector is secured on the connection side, and a housing wall (4) of a device housing surrounding the printed circuit board (5). The shield element (1) is substantially hollow-cylindrical and can be fitted onto the insulating body (2) on the insertion side so as to also ensure a required connection to ground over the large desired tolerance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HARTING Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Sergej Hämmerling
  • Patent number: 11101593
    Abstract: A wall device is described comprising a power source base body for installation in a wall, where the power source base body comprises at least one accommodating space. The accommodating space is configured for placement of a first metal piece, a second metal piece, a third metal piece, and a fourth metal piece, where the first metal piece is a first live wire circuit, the second metal piece is a second live wire circuit, the third metal piece is an earth wire circuit, and the fourth metal piece is a neutral wire circuit. Partition plates are provided in the accommodating space to separate the positions of the first metal piece, the second metal piece, the third metal piece, and the fourth metal piece, so as to prevent the first metal piece, the second metal piece, the third metal piece, and the fourth metal piece from contacting in the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HAN CHUANG INIERNATIONAL CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chao-Han Li
  • Patent number: 11095057
    Abstract: An electrically conductive contact is disclosed and includes a fastening section integrally joined between a body and a tapered lead-in section. The fastening section is adapted for press-fitting into a hole of a substrate, such as a printed circuit board. The fastening section includes a pair of beams with a web joined in-between. The web has a center portion disposed between a pair of ramp portions. Each of the ramp portions has a sloping planar surface. The center portion has an opening extending therethrough and is offset in a normal direction. The fastening section is configured such that when the fastening section is press-fit into the hole of the substrate, the beams deflect both laterally and angularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Interplex Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Parrish
  • Patent number: 11095064
    Abstract: A connector structure has a housing including a connection portion and a retainer to be attached to the connection portion from a lateral side of the connection portion and to lock, when the retainer is attached to the connection portion, the terminal. The connection portion includes an upper portion and a lower portion, at least one of which having a guide rail. The retainer includes a pair of plate portions and a coupling portion coupling the plate portions to each other at a first side of the retainer, the retainer being to be attached to the connection portion from a second side of the retainer, the second side being opposite to the first side. At least one of the plate portions has a slide rail to engage with the guide rail when the retainer is attached to the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhide Ikeya, Hikaru Anma, Sho Kasuya
  • Patent number: 11095106
    Abstract: This invention relates to configurable electrical receptacles and more particularly to electrical receptacles that accept in-situ replacement of an insert providing a specific functionality within an electrical receptacle which is configurable to function or user accessible feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Swidget Corp.
    Inventors: Donald Lowell Misener, Christopher Adamson
  • Patent number: 11088493
    Abstract: A lever-type connector (1) is provided with a connector housing (10) including a wire holding portion (11). Wires W have end parts held in the wire holding portion (11) and extend from the connector housing (10). A lever (20) is assembled with the connector housing (10) and is rotatable from a connection start position to a connection end position. A cover (50) covers the wires W extending from the connector housing (10) by being assembled with the connector housing (10). The cover 50 includes positioning portions (55A), and the lever (20) includes positioning receiving portions for positioning the cover (50) at a proper mounting position by contacting the positioning portions (55A) when the lever (20) is at the connection end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Yutaro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11088484
    Abstract: A contact member for which downsizing beyond conventional products is feasible is provided. The contact member includes a base portion, a contact portion, and a spring portion. The spring portion includes a first extension portion, a second extension portion, a third extension portion, and a fourth extension portion. The first extension portion is bent from a rear end of the base portion and extends upward. The second extension portion is bent from an upper end of the first extension portion and extends forward, and its upper surface is made to be a sucked surface that is capable of being attracted to a suction nozzle of an automatic mounting machine. The third extension portion is bent from a front end of the second extension portion and extends forward obliquely downward. The fourth extension portion is bent from a front end of the third extension portion, extends upward obliquely rearward, and is provided with the contact portion on a distal end side in its extension direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KITAGAWA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohisa Kurita
  • Patent number: 11081848
    Abstract: A charger extension device has a housing having a top side, a left side, a bottom side, a right side, a rear side, and a front side, an USB port on the front side of the housing, and a Lightning port on the rear side of the housing. Another charger extension device has a housing having a top side, a left side, a bottom side, a right side, a rear side, and a front side, an USB port on the front side of the housing, a cable retention assembly on the front side of the housing, and a Lightning port on the rear side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: John Holtzman
  • Patent number: 11081842
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing and two rows of contacts retained in the housing, and a metallic shielding plate assembled in the housing and located between the two rows of contacts wherein the shielding plate includes a pair of spring fingers extending from the front edge into the mating cavity in front of the shielding plate, and a plurality of notches located around the pair of spring fingers and equipped with barbed structures extending into the notches so as to grasp the corresponding ribs of the housing so as to stabilize the whole shielding plate in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiao-Xiang Wu, Yin-Chao Xu, Jian-Kuang Zhu
  • Patent number: 11077928
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides an anchor cap or a motor cap for mounting a monopod. The cap includes a navigation light power port typical of a marine vessel, such as a bass boat or speed boat. The cap would connect to the top of an anchor affixed to the marine vessel. The monopod can then provide power for mobile accessories, such as cameras and smart phones. The monopod may be fitted with extendable, bendable arms for mounting additional cameras or other electronic devices or for providing additional accessories. The box could also include other power outlets, including universal serial bus (USB) or standard power outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Christian L. Corley