Patents Examined by Hien D. Vu
  • Patent number: 11050184
    Abstract: Example connector interfaces such as a Type-C interface and a mobile terminal are disclosed. One example connector interface includes a substrate, a first metal shell, a second metal shell, and an insert mold (I/M) component that are disposed on the substrate. The second metal shell is in a sealed connection to the first metal shell. One end of the I/M component is located in the second metal shell, and the other end of the I/M component penetrates through the second metal shell and is inserted into the first metal shell. The end of the I/M component that is located in the second metal shell is fixedly connected to the second metal shell, so that the I/M component is secured in an insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gaobing Lei, Wenqiong Fang, Xiaolong Wang, Qiliang Wang
  • Patent number: 11024999
    Abstract: A stage pin electrical connector includes a housing having a first housing member and a second housing member. The first and second housing members are releasably connected together to define an interior, a conductor opening, a contact portion, and a contact opening. The contact portion includes a first snap-fit connection feature. A sleeve receives a contact member and has a second snap-fit connection feature configured to releasably mate with the first snap-fit connection feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan Papageorge, Thomas Scanzillo, Christopher Carbone, Thomas McLean
  • Patent number: 11018463
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes a nut; and a connector body coupled with the nut, the connector body including a plurality of inner fingers 122 separated from each other by a plurality of gaps 124, wherein the inner fingers 122 extend from a forward end of the connector body 116 in a forward direction and biased radially outwardly to provide sufficient electrical contact with the nut 112 when inserted within the end of the nut 112.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Harold Watkins, Richard Maroney, Steve Stankovski
  • Patent number: 10998661
    Abstract: An electrical connector and a method for fastening the connector to a circuit board has a connecting chamber in which a conductor rail is arranged. The conductor rail is electrically connected at a connecting side of the electrical connector to an electrical connecting part make electrical contact at a contact side with a circuit board. The conductor rail includes a connecting arm for connection with the electrical connecting part and a contact arm for connection with the circuit board. The connecting arm and the contact arm are joined together by a connection arm. The connecting part is displaced in a connecting direction extending parallel to the conductor rail for connection with the conductor rail. The contact arm is designed as a spring in order to press against the circuit board when they are connected. The conductor rail can be positioned in two mutually rotated positions and the electrical connector may have at least two adjacent connecting chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Stephan Wright, Marvin Krecht, Lars Brinkmann, Bernd Van Giesen
  • Patent number: 10992071
    Abstract: A terminal block for use with a railroad terminal board may include a terminal block body comprising first and second sides, a plurality of first connection posts extending from the first side of the body, and a second connection post extending from the second side of the body. The second connection post may be connected to one of the plurality of first connection posts. The second connection post may be configured to mount the terminal block to the railroad terminal board. The terminal block body may include a single hole extending through the first and second sides and configured to accept a mounting screw for mounting the terminal block to the railroad terminal board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenzhong Long, Barden J. Wing
  • Patent number: 10985500
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided, including a plug including a plug casing defining a housing, and a plug polarizing socket arranged in the housing; a base including a base casing configured to be assembled with the plug casing, the base casing including a base polarizing pin matching the plug polarizing socket and configured to fit together with the plug polarizing pin during assembly of the plug and base casings; and a snap-fitting component supported by the base polarizing pin and by the plug casing, and configured to be activated when the base polarizing pin is in an end of travel position in the housing of the plug casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NICOMATIC
    Inventor: Christophe Grandcoing
  • Patent number: 10985501
    Abstract: The lever-type connector includes a first housing, a housing fitted to and removed from the first housing, and a lever turnably supported by the housing, where the lever is configured to fit the both housings. The lever includes a provisional lock arm portion having a provisional locking portion, and the housing includes a provisional locked portion configured to be provisionally fitted to and detached from the provisional locking portion of the provisional lock arm portion and a provisional set arm portion configured to suppress detachment between the first housing and the housing in the provisionally set state during the provisional lock release of the lever. The first housing includes a release rib portion configured to release the provisional locking state between the provisional locking portion of the provisional lock arm portion and the provisional locked portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Yosuke Akagi
  • Patent number: 10978819
    Abstract: Sockets that have a simplified design and are readily manufactured, and also provide easy access for users to change cards while allowing the use of thinner device enclosures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud R. Amini, James M. Jeon
  • Patent number: 10978817
    Abstract: A substrate-mounting connector includes a housing, a contact mounted to the housing, and a shield shell. The shield shell includes a first plate and a second plate disposed adjacently. A part of the first plate serves as a first contact portion. A first extension piece is formed in the second plate. A part of the first extension piece serves as a second contact portion. A part of the housing serves as a pressing portion facing the first plate, in a covering state in which the shield shell is mounted to the housing. A part of the first plate, different from the first contact portion, or a part of the first extension piece, different from the second contact portion, serves as a pressed portion pressed by the pressing portion in the covering state. The pressing portion presses the pressed portion to make the first contact portion contact the second contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Junichi Miyamoto, Hironori Kanda, Toshihiro Oka, Shigeyasu Kitamura, Masao Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10978828
    Abstract: A lever-type connector includes a first connector, a second connector, and a lever. The lever is mounted on the first connector, and is configured to pull the first connector and the second connector to each other so as to engage the first connector and the second connector with each other by fitting, due to a rotational manipulation of the lever from a lever rotation start position to a lever rotation completion position. The first connector has a support shaft. The second connector has a cam groove, and a temporary locking projection disposed at an inlet of the cam groove. The lever has a bearing portion which is rotatably supported on the support shaft, and a cam boss which engages with the cam groove. A projection having a tapered portion is formed on an outer side of the cam boss in a connector removal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuto Ohtaka, Jun Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10976203
    Abstract: A thermocouple apparatus including a one-piece connector with a terminal header portion that defines a pair of openings on a front end, and a clam shell portion including a cap and a base connected on one side with a hinge to the cap. A pair of terminals are partially disposed within the pair of openings defined by the terminal header portion and extend into a cavity defined between the cap and the base. The pair of terminals may be a pair of prongs or may be a pair of receptacles. A pair of leads from a probe or a pair of leads that are part of an electrical connection to temperature measurement equipment extend through a lead wire opening and into the cavity. The cap clamps each one of the leads to one of the pair of terminals when the cap is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: K-TEC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Cathy Koch, Philip M. Martin, Omar El-Qawasmeh
  • Patent number: 10965061
    Abstract: A securing apparatus for mechanically securing at least one connecting plug to a housing is provided, where the securing apparatus contains (a) a bow-like shaped base body, where the body can slide laterally onto the housing, and be fixed to the housing, (b) at least one receiving section, which is formed on the base body and which is designed for receiving the connecting plug, and (c) a plurality of strip-shaped, tightenable securing devices, which are capable of securing the connecting plug to the base body and/or the base body to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Veit, Joachim Rink, Markus Cech
  • Patent number: 10965042
    Abstract: Electrical wiring devices that incorporate clamp-type wire terminal connections are described. The electrical wiring devices include for example, single and duplex blade-type electrical receptacles, blade-type locking electrical receptacles, single or multi-pole electrical switches, combination switches and blade-type receptacles, blade-type plugs for electrical cords and blade-type connectors for electrical cords. The electrical wiring devices include a plurality of contact assemblies. Each contact assembly includes a wire terminal and a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Scanzillo, Edward Bazayev
  • Patent number: 10965055
    Abstract: A connector assembly having a pin and a housing. The pin having an insulator layer or material separating two adjacent electrical contacts. The electrical contacts can each include a contact band and a tab extending from the contact band. An electrical contact can be established with a spring contact and the contact band can at least partially surrounds the insulator around the lengthwise axis of the pin. Two electrical contacts can be positioned in an axial or longitudinal offset configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Bal Seal Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Kompa, David Wang, Tony Quach
  • Patent number: 10957998
    Abstract: An object is to, for physical properties, holding force, contact area, and insertion force in a trade-off relationship, set the holding force to 37 N or more, the contact area to 0.72 mm2 or more, and the insertion force to 90 N or less. A press-fit terminal is to be press-fitted into a through hole formed in a circuit board. A press-fit part includes a beam and an eye hole that is surrounded by the beam. The beam includes two parallel parts that are parallel to each other. In the press-fit part, G1/G2 is 0.20 or more and 1.05 or less where a front-side spring strength is G1 [mm3] and a rear-side spring strength is G2 [mm3] calculated under the following conditions, and G is 0.007 mm3 or more and 0.012 mm3 or less where a spring strength G [mm3] is G1+G2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya Yamanaka, Kaori Shimizu, Tetsuya Ito, Takashi Tonosaki, Tetsuya Shinozaki, Shigeki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10950961
    Abstract: A card edge connector structure includes an insulating case, a terminal assembly, a first grounding sheet and a second grounding sheet. The terminal assembly includes a first terminal set and a second terminal set and is configured in the insulating case. The first grounding sheet is configured between the insulating case and the first terminal set, and the second grounding sheet is configured between the insulating case and the second terminal set. A first arm of the first grounding sheet contacts the first grounding terminal through a first groove of a first terminal fixing component, and a second arm of the second grounding sheet contacts the second grounding terminal through a second groove of a second terminal fixing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Lai, Ya-Fen Kao, Tung-Huan Hsieh, Chieh-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 10944208
    Abstract: Electrical extension cord stand and anchor apparatuses provide a stand comprising a base having at least one set of prongs extending perpendicular from a surface of the base, wherein the base comprises means for holding the base onto a surface. The at least one set of prongs mates with a pair of slots in an electrical extension cord head having a plurality of pairs of slots therein for plugging electrical devices therein. Methods of making and using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Steven Lamusga
  • Patent number: 10938129
    Abstract: An electrical assembly includes a first conductor, a second conductor, and a bus bar. The first conductor is disposed on a terminal block and defines a first conductor opening. The second conductor is spaced apart from the first conductor. The bus bar extends from an electrical component. The bus bar has a first bus bar surface that is arranged to engage the first conductor and a second bus bar surface that is disposed opposite the first bus bar surface. The second bus bar surface is arranged to engage the second conductor. Each of the first bus bar surface and the second bus bar surface extends between an end surface of the bus bar and the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Francis C. Belisle
  • Patent number: 10932357
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic apparatus including a substrate (20) and a connector (10) disposed on one edge constituting an outer periphery of the substrate (20). A slit (21) is formed in the substrate (20), with a starting point being a position between an end point on one side of the edge and the position where the connector (10) is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuya Odagiri
  • Patent number: 10916870
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: a housing; a locking mechanism held on the housing and including a holding portion secured to the housing, a locking portion for locking with a mating connector, and an operation portion for unlocking the locking portion from the mating connector; a plug portion including a wide surface and being connected with the mating connector in a first direction; and a cable electrically connected to the plug portion and extending out of the housing; wherein the cable extends out of the housing in a second direction that is parallel to the wide surface and perpendicular to the first direction, and the operation portion extends to an edge of the housing in a third direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Jerry Wu, Jun Chen, Fan-Bo Meng