Patents Examined by Neil Abrams
  • Patent number: 11177605
    Abstract: A retainer mounted in a connector housing includes first contact portions configured to move the retainer from a full locking position to a partial locking position by coming into contact with tip portions of first protrusions of a jig, and second contact portions configured to move the retainer from the partial locking position to the full locking position by coming into contact with second protrusions of the jig. In use the connector housing may be moved into a recess of the jig and a projection in the recess may cause the retainer to move outwardly to allow terminal insertion. The connector housing may be then move outwardly of the recess to cause a jig projection to move the retainer to a full locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Miyamura
  • Patent number: 11165196
    Abstract: A connection device comprises a male element and a female element capable of being axially inserted one into the other and locking to one another by means of a bayonet mechanism. The male element and the female element each have a primary magnetic circuit comprising a ferromagnetic yoke and a plurality of magnets arranged in a plane transverse to the insertion axis. The magnetic circuits are capable of magnetically coupling to one another when the male element and the female element are in proximity and facing one another, in order to form a multipolar magnetic circuit in which the magnets are arranged between the two yokes in such a way as to generate a magnetic flux closing on the two yokes and generating an attractive axial magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: A. RAYMOND ET CIE, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Yonnet, Anthony Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11165188
    Abstract: An electronic connector panel that mounts on a wall of a device housing. The electronic connector panel has at least two integrated electric connectors, the housings of which are interconnected by a common mounting plate. There is at least one contact member for each electric connector as well as at least one contact element per contact member. A flat sealing member with openings for both connectors may be used between the connector panel and the wall of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Carle
  • Patent number: 11154666
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vaporiser head for an inhaler, in particular for an electronic cigarette product, comprising a heating element-wick structure assembly consisting of an electrically operable heating element, which has at least one liquid-conducting through-channel and a porous and/or capillary wick structure arranged at an inlet side of the heating element, and a support plate for retaining the heating element-wick structure assembly. The vaporiser head has a liquid-conducting cannula having a preferably protruding piercing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HAUNI MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Rene Schmidt, Gunnar Niebuhr, Lasse Cornils
  • Patent number: 11139600
    Abstract: A contact element for providing high current capabilities between an electrical contact and a mating contact. The contact element has multiple first resilient contact arms and multiple second resilient contact arms. The first resilient contact arms extend from a first contact strip to a second contact strip. The second resilient contact arms extend from the second contact strip and are formed to extend toward the first contact strip. The second resilient contact arms are offset from the first resilient contact arms, wherein free ends of the second resilient contact arms positioned proximate the first contact strip. The first resilient contact arms and the second resilient contact arms provide contact sections which allow for the passage of a high amperage current with low resistance and low temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Forrest Irving Kinsey, Jr., John Mark Myer
  • Patent number: 11139615
    Abstract: A connector includes: a housing which is connected to a counterpart connector; and a slider held in the housing to be movable in a fitting direction. The housing and the slider include: a guide mechanism configured to guide a movement of the slider to the housing in the fitting direction; and a stopper mechanism configured to prevent the slider from being detached from the housing to the front side of the connector in the fitting direction. The guide mechanism has: a pair of ribs provided in one of the housing and the slider, the ribs extending in the fitting direction; and a pair of grooves provided in the other of the housing and the slider, the grooves extending in the fitting direction. The stopper mechanism is provided at a location adjacent to an end part of the guide mechanism at the front side of the connector in the fitting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: YAZAKI CORPORATION, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ohfuku, Tomoyuki Miyakawa, Kazuyuki Iwashita, Taro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11116987
    Abstract: An electrical contact component for a contact socket of an implantable medical device includes an electrical contact element for electrically contacting an electrical counter contact (such as an electrode plug), and an electrically conductive outer ring having a plug borehole for receiving the electrical counter contact. The interior of the outer ring includes a depression receiving the electrical contact element. The electrical contact element is formed by contact bodies (such as balls or rolls), a cage element for receiving the contact bodies, and at least one electrically conductive spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Kathy Hartmann-Bax, Ruien Wali
  • Patent number: 11121479
    Abstract: A connector includes a base member having two or more projections, two or more contacts, a housing holding the contacts and facing the base member, and a cutting portion for cutting the flexible conductor between a pair of contacts to divide the flexible conductor into a pair of flexible conductor pieces, when projections corresponding to the contacts are separately inserted into projection accommodating portions of the contacts together with the flexible conductor, the flexible conductor being arranged between the base member and the housing and extending over the contacts adjacent to each other, the flexible conductor pieces divided by the cutting portion being sandwiched between lateral surfaces of the projections and inner surfaces of the projection accommodating portions of the contacts and coming into contact with the inner surfaces of the projection accommodating portions of the contacts, whereby the contacts are electrically connected to the flexible conductor pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuya Komoto, Akihiro Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11114791
    Abstract: A connector includes a main body, a terminal module, a cable module, a housing and an insulating material. The main body has a first opening and a second opening. The terminal module includes a terminal portion and an insulating portion partially covering the terminal portion. The terminal portion includes plural terminals protruding beyond one side of the insulating portion, a middle portion covered by the insulating portion, and a pin portion exposed from the opposite side of the insulating portion. The cable module has a connecting portion electrically connected to the pin portion. The housing covers the main body and the terminals. The housing has an end portion disposed adjacent to the insulating portion. The end portion is configured with plural third openings. The insulating material which may be poured through the third openings covers the end portion, the connecting portion, the pin portion and the insulating portion, and fills the third openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Po-Sheng Lee
  • Patent number: 11109502
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an insulative housing, a plurality of contacts retained to the housing, a metallic frame/fastener surrounding the housing, a retainer/clip positioned upon the housing and retaining a CPU thereon. The metallic frame includes four positioning posts at four corners, and the retainer includes a frame part to form a receiving space for receiving the CPU therein, and further includes four metallic retaining supports embedded within four corners of the retainer corresponding to the four positioning posts so as to allow the four positioning posts to extending therethrough in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignees: FUDING PRECISION COMPONENTS (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Heng-Kang Wu, Fu-Jin Peng
  • Patent number: 11096421
    Abstract: The invention discloses an installation structure of a conductive contact of an electronic cigarette and an electronic cigarette, wherein the installation structure of the conductive contact of the electronic cigarette comprises an electronic cigarette body provided with a receiving groove and a conductive contact which is installed in the receiving groove and is exposed to an opening of the receiving groove at one end thereof. The conductive contact comprises a first contact, a second contact, an insulating part and a sealing part provided with an installation hole, and the second contact is partially received in the installation hole; the insulating part is sleeved on the second contact and is partially received in the installation hole to separate the first contact from the second contact. The sealing part comprises first and second sealing rings; the first ring may be sleeved on an upright post of the insulating part and the second ring may be sleeved on the second contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN IVPS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junwei Ouyang
  • Patent number: 11101590
    Abstract: A female connector includes an upper retainer and a lower retainer to be mounted into a connector housing and movable along a retainer moving direction intersecting a terminal inserting direction between a partial locking position for allowing insertion of terminals into cavities and a full locking position for locking and retaining the terminals. The upper and lower retainers include upper cam pins and lower cam pins projecting in a pin projecting direction intersecting the retainer moving direction and different from the terminal inserting direction. The upper and lower cam pins are fit into upper cam grooves and lower cam grooves provided in a jig and move in the upper and lower cam grooves, whereby the upper and lower retainers move between the full locking position and the partial locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyamura, Hajime Kawase, Masaaki Tabata
  • Patent number: 11095068
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for water resistant connectors. A male connector includes a rib or a draft angle that creates a seal when engaged with a female connector. A male connector includes an overmold that includes or is made of a thermoplastic elastomer. Male or female connectors include molds that include or are made of a thermoplastic polymer, such as polypropylene. A female connector includes spring contacts that fit within individual pockets of the female connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MASIMO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Kevin Forrest, Yassir Kamel Abdul-Hafiz
  • Patent number: 11091958
    Abstract: A shelf electrical signal connector is provided that includes a ladder connector and a shelf connector. The ladder connector mounts to a ladder of a shelving system and includes a spring-loaded contact pin formed of an electrically conductive material and electrically connected to a first wire configured to carry an electrical signal. The shelf connector mounts to a shelf bracket and includes a contact pad formed of an electrically conductive material that is connected to a second wire. The contact pad abuts and rests on the spring-loaded contact pin to electrically connect the first wire to the second wire when the shelf bracket is mounted to the ladder of the shelving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SUB-ZERO GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Keith R. Wanta, Colin M. Hasburgh, Sean T. Petersen
  • Patent number: 11071329
    Abstract: The method of making the e-vaping cartridge includes cutting at least one first hole through a first channel, sliding a housing over the first channel, the at least one first hole providing fluid communication between a first reservoir and a second reservoir, the first reservoir being defined between the housing and the first channel, where the second reservoir is defined between the first channel and a central passage traversing through the first channel. The method further includes inserting at least one first layer of absorbent material within the second reservoir, and positioning a heater and a wick in communication with the central passage. Distal ends of the wick contact the at least one first layer of absorbent material, where the heater is configured to vaporize a pre-vapor formulation that is communicated by the wick from the at least one first layer of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Edmond Cadieux, Barry S. Smith, William J. Crowe, Nam Tran
  • Patent number: 11069994
    Abstract: An electrical cable assembly is presented herein. The electrical cable assembly includes a multiconductor flat cable including a first and second electrically conductive wire arranged in a coplanar fashion with each other and encased within a planar dielectric structure. A slot is defined in the planar dielectric structure intermediate the first and second wires, thereby forming first wing features in the dielectric structure extending from the first wire and second wing features extending from the second wire. Exposed portions of the first and second wires extend beyond the first and second wing features. A method of forming the electrical cable assembly, an apparatus for forming the electrical cable assembly, and an electrical terminal configured for use in the electrical cable assembly is also presented. The wing features may include holes and the terminals may include prongs to be received in the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: David R. Peterson, Jared Bilas, Joseph Sudik, Jr., Jonathan D. Weidner, Sean P. Krompegel, Jesse Braun
  • Patent number: 11065972
    Abstract: A saddle type electric vehicle (1) includes a charging cord (245) that is connectable to an external power supply, a cord accommodating section (230) configured to accommodate a charging cord (245), and a vehicle body cover (5) on which a cord accommodating section (230) provided, a vehicle body cover (5) includes a cover inclined surface (CS) inclined with respect to a ground plane, the cover inclined surface (CS) includes an inclined surface upper section (CS1) located on an upper section of the cover inclined surface (CS), and in the cord accommodating section (230), a cord drawing section (236) disposed in the vicinity of the inclined surface upper section (CS1) and configured to draw the charging cord (245) into the cord accommodating section (230) and an accommodating space (230s) configured to accommodate the charging cord (245) drawn from the cord drawing section (236) from the vicinity of the inclined surface upper section (CS1) to a lower section of the cord accommodating section (230) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Shimamura, Takeo Numata, Yoshitaka Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11056810
    Abstract: A circuit board with a plug connection comprises a first plug element and a second plug element. The circuit board has a first side and a second side. The first plug element is mechanically connected to the first side in a contact and attachment region on the first side, and electrically conductively connected to at least one component. The first plug element is mechanically connected to a second plug element. An electrical connection of the second plug element to the first plug element lies entirely within a first interior region delimited by the first side of the circuit board, which is separated by the circuit board from a second interior region delimited by the second side, and that the second side has a region lying opposite the contact and attachment region of the first side in which components are arranged and/or in which the conductor paths run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Marelli Automotive Lighting Reutlingen (Germany) GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Holder, Sinisa Rubil
  • Patent number: 11044945
    Abstract: Provided is a flavor inhaler comprising: an atomizing unit that generates an aerosol from an aerosol source; a flavor source provided downstream from the atomizing unit; a mouthpiece section provided downstream from the flavor source; a control unit that controls the atomizing unit; an aerosol flow path leading to the mouthpiece section from the atomizing unit; and an information source for holding identification information associated with a correction value for correcting a reference aerosol amount that is the amount of aerosol generated by the atomizing unit and that is an amount designed in advance. The aerosol flow path branches between the atomizing unit and the flavor source into a first branch flow path through which the flavor source passes and a second branch flow path that differs from the first branch flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Akihiko Suzuki, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 11047407
    Abstract: A quick release connecting device includes an actuating retainer and a fixing member movably assembled to the actuating retainer. The fixing member includes a pivot portion and a pivot member movably mounted to the pivot portion; and the pivot member is coupled with a second object. The fixing member includes a limiting section and the pivot member includes a corresponding limiting section, such that the limiting section and the corresponding limiting section limit or stop each other at a specific location when the fixing member is moved or rotated. With these arrangements, the quick release connecting device can be applied to conveniently and repeatedly connect and separate a circuit board, a drawer, or a window to and from a corresponding rack, chassis, cabinet or window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Ting-Jui Wang