Patents Examined by Jason M Collins
  • Patent number: 11543775
    Abstract: A drive member and a mechanism for a timepiece including such a drive member includes at least two monolithic units stacked and connected in series, each of these units including a hub and a rim which are connected by at least one elastic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: PATEK PHILIPPE SA GENEVE
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Le Bris
  • Patent number: 11543784
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus to automatically detect clocks within a given space and synchronize each clock within the given space to display the correct time is provided. The system includes a time component adjusting device including a communication module configured to detect and connect to clocks within the vicinity of the time component adjusting device, generate a clock tracking profile for each of the clocks, and ensure that each of the clocks depict the accurate time. The time component adjusting device also seeks to prevent desynchronization of clocks upon occurrence of events such as daylight savings and leap seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Tivadar Bodorlo
  • Patent number: 11526131
    Abstract: A device (1), and timepiece having the device, for displaying a succession of periodic events which form an annual cycle, including a periodic events indicator member (2) and a mechanism (4) for managing a duration during which the periodic events are displayed by the periodic events indicator member (2). The management mechanism includes a cam (8) for managing a duration during which the periodic events are displayed, which cam is arranged such that it controls the change from the indication of a periodic event to the indication of a subsequent periodic event by the periodic events indicator member, a periodic driver (10) for driving the management cam (8) and a member (6) disposed between the management cam and the periodic events indicator member and arranged such that it drives the periodic events indicator member (2) during a change in event. The device displays the periods of the zodiac.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventor: Stephane Bachmann
  • Patent number: 11526130
    Abstract: A power reserve indicator mechanism is for displaying the power reserve of an energy storage of a timepiece movement, powered in a winding phase by an input wheel actuated by a winding-stem or an automatic winding mechanism of the movement, or by an external winder, and arranged to restore energy in the unwinding phase via an output wheel. The power reserve indicator mechanism includes at least one display wheel set indirectly driven by the input wheel or by the output wheel, via a differential mechanism of which the input wheel and the output wheel constitute two inputs, and, at a single output, an output wheel set directly or indirectly driving the display wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Stefan Rombach, Raphael Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 11520294
    Abstract: There are provided a component for a timepiece, a movement, and a timepiece having excellent lubricating oil holding performance. There is provided a component for a timepiece including a sliding surface having a surface tension of 10 to 35 mN/m. It is preferable that when lubricating oil having a surface tension of 25 to 35 mN/m is applied to the sliding surface, an interfacial tension between the sliding surface and the lubricating oil is 0 to 7 mN/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiko Nakamura, Natsuki Ebihara
  • Patent number: 11507024
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes an exterior case; an electronic module housed in the exterior case; a winding stem projecting from the electronic module to the exterior case; and a conductive earth member having a plate-like portion and an elastic portion extending from the plate-like portion to a winding stem side, in which the winding stem has a flange disposed between the electronic module and the exterior case, and the elastic portion is brought into contact with a surface of the flange on an electronic module side in a state where the winding stem is pushed into the electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Keiichi Mukaiyama
  • Patent number: 11500335
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a first display section including a first rotatable part and a processor. In the first display section, a predetermined number of display contents being a same display content is simultaneously displayed at predetermined angle intervals in a rotation angle range of the first rotatable part, wherein the predetermined number is two or more. The first display section makes a display pattern that shows change in the display content appear the predetermined number of times cyclically according to rotation of the first rotatable part. When causing the first display section to display a first display content of first display contents included in the display pattern, the processor selects an angular position from angular positions for the first display content in the predetermined number of display patterns, and causes the first rotatable part to rotate to the selected angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Maruyama, Kosuke Hasegawa, Noriyuki Kitta, Hirofumi Nagareda
  • Patent number: 11493883
    Abstract: A timepiece drive mechanism including a structure on which pivots an arm subjected to the return torque of a first energy source, this arm carrying a planetary gear including a wheel, a second energy source subjecting to a return torque a third wheel set on which the wheel rolls, under the action of the first energy source, the structure carries a stop device cooperating with complementary a stop device of the third wheel set to hold the latter in position, which are uncouplable under the action of uncoupling control device of the arm at the end of the forward angular travel of the arm to allow the third wheel set to pivot in a single direction under the action of the second energy source, causing a backward rotation of the arm to its start-of-angular-travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Harry Winston SA
    Inventors: Johnny Buehler, Emmanuel Bouchet
  • Patent number: 11487248
    Abstract: A movement includes a solar panel that has a substrate made of resin, and a support member that is made of resin, has a frame shape, and supports the substrate through bonding through a bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuichi Tamura
  • Patent number: 11480930
    Abstract: A proposed device is composed of a smartwatch unit, including at least a display unit of the smartwatch, and a box, including a housing to accommodate the smartwatch. The box has a cover being openable and closeable to cover the display unit, wherein the cover has at least one hole so that a corresponding portion of the display unit is visible to a user when the cover is in closed position, and wherein when the cover is in closed position, the smartwatch unit displays the output of the smartwatch in/on the corresponding portion of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Yoram Ghassabian
  • Patent number: 11474480
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a display plate, a movement which rotatably supports the display plate about an axis in a plate thickness direction and is installed in an axial direction, a straight pin which is erected in the movement in the axial direction, an opening portion which is provided in the display plate, into which the straight pin is inserted, and which includes a width decreasing portion having a width decreasing toward one side of the axis in a circumferential direction, and a rotation mechanism which rotates the display plate to the other side in the circumferential direction to cause the straight pin to be clamped by the width decreasing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Ryo Hattori, Yasunori Hara
  • Patent number: 11460811
    Abstract: A timepiece mechanism comprising a regulator, an energy distributing member a pallet fork controlled by the regulator to alternate in locking and releasing the energy distributing member, and a decoupling member elastically connected to the pallet fork and to the regulator. The decoupling member is arranged so as to oscillate between two stop elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventors: Guy Semon, Thomas Mercier, Thuy-Anh N'Guyen, Maarten Pieter Lustig
  • Patent number: 11449007
    Abstract: A wearable device and a method for performing one or more actions using a wearable device are disclosed. The wearable device includes a bezel ring, a watch dial a flexible ring, and a plurality of springs. The bezel ring includes a plurality of holes along a circumference of the bezel ring for placement of a plurality of magnets. The watch dial includes an outer periphery with another plurality of holes at a uniform distance. The watch dial also includes an inner periphery to house inertial sensors at a predetermined position. The flexible ring placed in between an inner surface of the bezel ring and the watch dial. A plurality of springs are placed within the other plurality of holes of the outer periphery of the watch dial. The bezel ring is configured to support at least one of tilting, shifting and rotation over the watch dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kapil Kumar, Arindam Mondal, Gaurav Gupta
  • Patent number: 11422509
    Abstract: A skeleton watch includes a horological movement housed in a watch case, the horological movement being arranged to rotate at least one hand, the horological movement being covered by a dial, and the dial being disposed between the horological movement and the at least one hand. The dial includes a photochromic plate so that the horological movement is visible when the photochromic plate is exposed to an amount of UV radiation below a first threshold value and the horological movement is masked when the photochromic plate is exposed to an amount of UV radiation above a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Montres Rado SA
    Inventor: Christian Verdon
  • Patent number: 11423802
    Abstract: An educational clock that includes a base, a minute number line chain including a plurality of minute links pivotably connected together, and an hour number line chain including a plurality of hour links pivotably connected together. The minute number line chain is adjustable between an annular shape configured to removably couple to the base and a linear shape. The hour number line chain is adjustable between an annular shape configured to removably couple to the base concentrically with the minute number line chain and a linear shape. The minute number line chain and the hour number line chain are approximately the same length when each is in its linear shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: hand2mind, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Chan, Brittany Goerig, Jared Ganrude, Elana Woldenberg
  • Patent number: 11415943
    Abstract: A display member including a plate member which has light transparency, a display insertion section which is provided in the plate member such that a front surface thereof is convex and a rear surface corresponding to the convex portion is concave, and a light reaction material which is embedded in the display insertion section emits light in response to light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Okamura, Kentaro Maru
  • Patent number: 11409243
    Abstract: A transmission coupling (100), especially a timepiece transmission coupling, for the mechanical linkage of at least one first part (2A) of a first shaft at least movable in rotation about a first axis (A2) to at least one second part (3A) of a second shaft at least movable in rotation about a second axis (A3), the first and second axes being parallel or substantially parallel, the transmission coupling including the at least one first part (2A), the at least one second part (3A), and at least a first elastic return system (15, 16; 18; 16a?-16d?; 111a, 111b; 221, 222, 223, 224) arranged so as to limit or cancel out the play between the at least one first part (2A) and the at least one second part (3A), and connecting the at least one first part (2A) and the at least one second part (3A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Raoul Behrend, Blaise Fracheboud, Ludovic Zbylut
  • Patent number: 11402804
    Abstract: A timepiece movement, including a mechanism including an inertial element arranged to oscillate or pivot about a first axis of pivoting relative to a structure of the movement, and arranged to cooperate directly or indirectly with an energy distribution wheel set that pivots relative to the structure about a second axis of pivoting parallel to or coincident with the first axis of pivoting and subjected to a torque exerted by an energy source, wherein the energy distribution wheel set meshes directly or indirectly with at least one inertia wheel set that pivots about a third axis of pivoting relative to the structure, each inertia wheel set is arranged to pivot in the opposite direction to the energy distribution wheel set, and the total inertia of the inertia wheel sets is between 60% and 140% of the inertia of the energy distribution wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jerome Favre, Olivier Matthey, Gianni Di Domenico, Baptiste Hinaux, Dominique Lechot, Jean-Jacques Born
  • Patent number: 11402803
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a display unit including a first indicating hand and a dial so as to display a time, in which the dial has a first scale having a number for showing an absolute value of a positive numerical value within a plurality of numerical values indicated by the first indicating hand, a second scale having a number for showing an absolute value of a negative numerical value within the plurality of numerical values, a first sign for showing that the numerical value indicated by the first indicating hand is positive, and a second sign for showing that the indicated numerical value is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Nakanishi, Tadasuke Kotaki
  • Patent number: 11392090
    Abstract: A mainspring includes a spiral metal strip and a hooking area formed in an inner face of an inner end of the strip, the hooking area including at least one shaped portion and at least one cavity in the inner face of the inner end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Jonas Vannod, Christian Charbon