Patents Examined by Lynn D. Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 5587878
    Abstract: An anti-theft mechanism for use in a portable computer system mechanism protects a removable component from being easily stolen. The anti-theft mechanism comprises an opening on a lower case of the portable computer system; a through-hole in the portable component; and a securing element for inserting into the through-hole. The securing element allows movement of the portable component when in a first position, and prevents movement of the portable component when in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Philip Tsai, Chun-Yen Hung, Fen-Shiung Wu
  • Patent number: 5579204
    Abstract: A hard disk assembly including a disk drive assembly, and a carrier board is disclosed. The disk drive assembly includes a connector having a form factor corresponding to a particular interface specification, drive control electronics, and a disk drive unit. Additionally, the hard disk assembly may include an adapter to provide a mechanical and electrical interface between the connector associated with the disk drive assembly and a corresponding connector on a midplane of a disk storage subsystem. The disk drive assembly may be disposed in one of at least first and second predetermined locations on the carrier board. The adapter is employed to provide the appropriate mechanical and electrical interface between the connector of the disk drive assembly and the midplane connector of the disk storage subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Nelson, Christopher A. Heyden, Steven W. Collins, Stephen G. Finnegan, Christopher M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5555491
    Abstract: A compact docking station for a portable computer includes a mounting bracket assembly for supporting together as a compact unit a computer port replicating device, a DC power supply and a light for illuminating the work area of the computer. The mounting bracket assembly includes lower and upper mounting brackets that are pivotably connected to each other. The lower mounting bracket can be directly mounted on a support base such as a vehicle console. The upper mounting bracket provides a computer support surface and carries the port replicating device adjacent thereto. The upper mounting bracket is pivotable between a generally horizontal computer use position, and an upwardly angled computer removal/attachment position. This arrangement allows the computer to be positioned for use in a limited space, with minimal handling and clutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam M. Tao
  • Patent number: 5548479
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for protecting a memory or microcircuit unit, such as a PCMCIA card. The device comprises a mounting place receiving the memory or microcircuit unit and a protective lid. The lid pivotably attached to a locking mechanism of the protective device, operated by a removable key, is turned to protect the memory or microcircuit unit positioned in its place, when the key is turned to an ON position in the protective device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: ICL Personal Systems OY
    Inventor: Jukka Hyvarinen
  • Patent number: 5548480
    Abstract: A rectangular cylindrical suspension for a data storage drive unit such as a tape drive, the suspension secured into a computer housing, providing resilient leaf springs on a bottom wall and protrusions on a top wall for clasping the data storage drive unit within the cylinder spaced from the top, bottom and side walls of the suspension to create a resilient holding of the data storage drive. The cylindrical suspension can be fashioned of ferromagnetic materials to provide a magnetic shielding as well as a suspension. The suspension prevents dimensional distortion within the data storage drive unit caused by fixedly attaching the suspension to the computer housing where dimensional tolerances may not be accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: Tandberg Data Storage AS
    Inventors: Guttorm Rudi, Ornulf Jansen, Halvor O. Kuifte, Petter Busengdal
  • Patent number: 5546276
    Abstract: A housing designed to accommodate a plurality of removable electrical devices includes power connectors mounted within the housing for connecting a power source to each of the devices. In order to prevent a user from inadvertently contacting live connectors within the housing, the housing is provided with one or more safety elements e.g., in the form of fins fixed in the cavity which are positioned to lie between adjacent devices. The position, size and location of the pins are strategically chosen to prevent access to the connector(s). The position of the fins between the devices allows the user access to the devices to load and unload them into and from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley J. Cutts, Ian Golledge
  • Patent number: 5546271
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard support device is provided having a tubular bearing element (1), secured to a housing bottom (5) of a keyboard. A generally L-shaped stand (2) is provided with two bearing pins (3, 4) which fit respectively into tube ends of the bearing element. The stand includes two U-brackets (6, 7) placed perpendicularly to one another. The two jointly pivotable U-brackets (6, 7) of different lengths. A locking element (8) extends from one of the U-brackets, engaging in the bearing element (1) for fixing the position in one of the two inclination angle settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernhard Gut, Franz Wandinger
  • Patent number: 5544006
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in a computer chassis containing a substantially planar removable expansion card therein, the computer chassis having an opening therein allowing access to the expansion card, a plane of the expansion card substantially parallel with a plane of the opening, a support structure for the expansion card and a method of supporting the expansion card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Radloff, Erica J. Scholder
  • Patent number: 5541809
    Abstract: An electronic equipment, such as a recording and/or reproducing apparatus for recording and/or reproducing an information signal in and/or from a recording medium. The electronic equipment includes a drive mechanism portion, a chassis, an upper lid, a lower lid, a panel frame and a battery compartment portion. The chassis is a frame substantially square in shape and is formed by bending a band-shaped piece of sheet metal. The chassis supports therein the drive mechanism portion through a damping mechanism. The upper lid is made of a metal material and attached to one surface side of the chassis so as to open and close the drive mechanism portion. The lower lid is made of a metal material and attached to the chassis so as to close the other surface of the chassis. The panel frame is substantially U-letter in shape and made of a synthetic resin. The panel frame has a plurality of operation buttons provided thereon and is attached to the outside of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Kakizaki, Takashi Hishinuma, Toshihide Oba
  • Patent number: 5537924
    Abstract: A printing press having one or more printing stands, wherein such a printing stand includes: a plate cylinder for having mounted thereon a printing plate; an inking unit which includes ink applicator rollers for applying ink to the printing plate; a blanket cylinder for receiving an ink impression from the printing plate; a drum for carrying a printed sheet; and a washing device for removing dirt particles adhering to the outer cylindrical surfaces of the cylinders involved in the printing process. The washing device comprises a supply roll on which the clean washcloth is wound up, a pressing-on element for pressing the washcloth on the cylinder to be cleaned, a subsequent take-up roll for taking up the dirty washcloth, side parts receiving the rolls and the pressing-on element on both sides thereof, and a drive mechanism for conveying the washcloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Detley Krause
  • Patent number: 5535091
    Abstract: A mobile computer keyboard including a metal frame, a plastic key base frame with key switches fastened to the metal frame to hold down a membrane circuit and a rubber frame. The metal frame has a plurality of retainer rods respectively terminating in a respective upwardly bent portion for guiding respective locating rods of the key base frame into engagement with the retainer rods, and a plurality of openings on two opposite upright sides thereof for allowing respective retaining blocks of the key base frame to be loaded onto the metal frame vertically from the top and then moved sideways into engagement with respective retaining grooves on the vertical sides of the metal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 5519573
    Abstract: A computer having a motherboard moused in a chassis having a bottom panel and a rear panel perpendicular to the bottom panel. The rear panel has a cutout therein. The motherboard is secured to the chassis in parallel with the bottom panel. The motherboard has a socket, such as a single in-line memory module (SIMM) socket. The I/O riser card is mounted in the socket perpendicular to the motherboard. An I/O riser card has connectors such as Standard 9 pin D-Sub, 25 pin D-Sub, Keyboard/Mouse Mini DIN, SCSI 2, wide SCSI and Pin Connectors mounted on the I/O riser. The connectors are mounted perpendicular to the I/O riser card such that the connectors are aligned with the cutout in the rear panel. The connectors are grounded to the chassis with an electromagnetic interference (EMI) gasket contoured to the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lane C. Cobb, Gregory M. Kuzmanich
  • Patent number: 5519570
    Abstract: A detachable keyboard including a key pad, an upper frame coupled to the key pad at the bottom, an intermediate shell fastened to the upper frame at the bottom, a lower frame coupled to the intermediate shell at the bottom, a bottom shell fastened to the lower frame at the bottom, an adjusting screw, an actuating member coupled to the adjusting screw, and a lifting member having one end pivotably connected to the actuating member and an opposite end extended out of an opening on the upper frame and pivotably coupled to the key pad, wherein the intermediate frame can be moved along curved sliding grooves on the lower frame to adjust the horizontal position of the key pad; the actuating member can be moved forwards or backwards by turning the adjusting screw in either direction, causing the lifting member to lift or lower the key pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Silitek Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Chung
  • Patent number: 5516221
    Abstract: A paper edge trimmer for a printer using pin-feed paper with holed edges has a edge trimmer body that fits on a support member in close proximity to a feed roller. In several embodiments, the body has two opposing portions joined by an integral hinge and separated by a split to permit the body to be pinched apart and installed on a support rod. Several alternative embodiments are shown for securing the body to the printer. The cutting edge extends down through the score line of the paper to separate the holed edge portions from a main portion on which matter is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Richard L. Lake
  • Patent number: 5507229
    Abstract: The invention concerns a printing press with several printing units arranged round an impression cylinder mounted in a frame, in which arrangement several gas blast devices for drying the web are arranged between the individual printing units. To allow the impression cylinder to be observed even in printing presses of a small size, the blasting devices are mounted for displacement on the frame in such a way that they can be displaced into and from a position at the side of the impression cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventors: Gunter Rogge, Uwe Rogge
  • Patent number: 5505125
    Abstract: A rotary embossing die includes a curved metallic plate having an inner and an outer surface. An embossing design is etched on the outer surface of the metallic plate and an epoxy-based support plate is formed on the inner surface of the metallic plate. The metallic plate and the support plate preferably cooperate to define a shoulder. Die clips positioned around the shoulder are used to fasten the embossing die to the die cylinder of a rotary embossing machine. The metallic plate can be formed from brass or magnesium, and is preferably curved to any suitable radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Western Printing Machinery Company
    Inventor: Paul G. Kapolnek
  • Patent number: 5501537
    Abstract: A printing unit header finding mark PH1 is formed at the head of the color ink areas Y (yellow), M (magenta), C (cyan), and K (black). Color header finding marks YH, MH, CH, and KH which are respectively formed at the head of the color ink areas Y, M, C, and K have a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction and do not overlap with the printing unit header finding mark PH1 in the ribbon width direction. The head of the printing unit and the color ink areas Y, M, C, and K are accurately detected in accordance with the output of two sensors 2A and 2B. One of the marks PH1, YH, MH, CH, and KH has a length which varies in a manner which indicates the diameter of the ribbon wound on one of the supply and the take-up reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuo Kohno
  • Patent number: 5497699
    Abstract: A method for applying and reproducing an original visual image such as an oil painting or photograph onto a rough vinyl or leather surface using silk screen ink techniques for a high resolution permanent image transformation, especially useful on objects having a course or roughened surface, such as a football, basketball, or the like, wherein an image is applied to a rough surface by an improved silk screening type method resulting in a sports ball having a multi-colored reproduction of the image on the ball exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Inventor: Clifford L. Mather
  • Patent number: 5494363
    Abstract: In order to be able to produce smaller units whenever needed from a keyboard that consists of an integral multiple key-guiding arrangement (3), a gummous mat (4) with resetting domes for keys (1) and a contact level (8), structural features are disclosed which particularly simplify a division of the multiple key-guiding arrangement (3). The structural features are such that the multiple key-guiding arrangement is divided into segments and the segments are interconnected with one another by connecting bars (17), and the connecting bars (17) can be divided by means of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Preh-Werke GmbH Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerhard Hochgesang
  • Patent number: 5493969
    Abstract: A screen printing apparatus for printing a printing paste to a to-be-printed object, includes a positioning stage for positioning and fixing the to-be-printed object, a screen printing plate disposed above the positioning stage, a printing squeegee moved in a predetermined moving direction within a horizontal plane while keeping touch with the screen printing plate to thereby print the printing paste on the screen printing plate to the to-be-printed object, a circuit pattern provided on the screen printing plate and inclined at an angle to the moving direction of the printing squeegee, a lift device for relatively moving the positioning stage up and down to a predetermined printing position in a vicinity of a lower face of the screen printing plate, a rotating device for rotating the positioning stage about a longitudinal axis orthogonal to a face of the positioning stage, and a controlling device for controlling and rotating the positioning stage by means of the rotating device so that an inclining angle of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Takahashi, Naoichi Chikahisa, Takao Naito, Tetsuya Tanaka