Patents Examined by Neil Abrams
  • Patent number: 11509088
    Abstract: A dual row low profile high voltage connector, having a minimal height and meeting high voltage requirements and a method of assembling thereof, includes a male housing and a female housing, and further includes a terminal position assurance (TPA) device and a connector position assurance (CPA) device, the TPA device ensuring that a terminal, housed within the female housing, provides a secondary lock, so as to ensure that the terminal is secured or locked within the female housing. The CPA device assures that the male and female housings remain locked. The terminal is housed within the female housing to meet a minimal height requirement and having dual rows of terminals inserted therein the female. The TPA device and the CPA device function in pre-lock or full-lock positions. A method also improves clearance and creepage by allowing a clearance or electrical path to extend around an inserted TPA between terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hua Sheng Soh Sheng, Minguang Eu, Gwendolyn Upson, Kurt Hutchison
  • Patent number: 11509096
    Abstract: The application comprises a mechanism for transformation of the movement in rotation by a tool of an interface part housed in the casing of a connector into movement in translation in a plane perpendicular to the coupling direction of a locking cap for locking the casing of the connector to that of a complementary connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: RADIALL
    Inventors: Sylvain Mougin, Romain Vincent, St├ęphane Moyon
  • Patent number: 11509087
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a barrel or hollow cylindrical sleeve into which is inserted a cylindrical interface member adapted to accept a coil spring member on one end thereof. The interface member on its other end acts upon a cylindrical sphere or ball captured with the other end of the sleeve member. The ball is movable axially and rotationally within the sleeve to make electrical and mechanical contact with an external surface which may be either movable with respect to the ball or not perpendicular to the ball. The connector is formed to direct current to pass primarily through the sleeve and to bypass the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mill-Max Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: Stephen Capitelli
  • Patent number: 11502440
    Abstract: A connector for interfacing with a circuit board includes a body having opposing first and second face surfaces and defining a plurality of ports extending between the face surfaces. A plurality of center conductors extend in respective ports between the face surfaces. Support elements engage the center conductors to secure the center conductors generally centered in the respective ports. Each center conductor includes a pin portion positioned proximate to the first face surface and a plunger portion positioned to extend beyond the second face surface. The plunger portion moves longitudinally with respect to the connector second face surface for varying the distance of an end of the center conductor from the second face surface to allow adjustability in the interfacing of the connector with a circuit board or other signal handling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Volkov
  • Patent number: 11503730
    Abstract: A plug-in connector having terminal provided in terminal receiving cavities. The terminals have memory card engagement sections. A memory card receiving slot is provided in the housing. The memory card receiving slot spans the terminal receiving cavities. A portion of the memory card receiving slot is in alignment with each of the terminal receiving cavities. An elongated opening extends between the memory card receiving slot and the terminal receiving cavities. A memory card is positioned in the memory card receiving slot. The memory card stores data which is identifiable to the specific device and allows the data to be easily conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Chong Hun Yi, Tom Morris, Pai B. Ramachandra Rajendra, Lei Pan, Stephen J. Descioli
  • Patent number: 11495931
    Abstract: The disclosed multimedia devices may include an elongated first body comprising a major longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, a second body comprising at least one electrical connector accessible from a surface of the second body, wherein the second body is configured to rotate about the major longitudinal axis of the elongated first body, and an electrical coupling configured to maintain an electrical connection between a circuit of the elongated first body and the at least one electrical connector when the second body is rotated. Various other devices, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Wesley Bristol, Oliver Ross, Bryan W Fan, Enric Vial Roig
  • Patent number: 11489287
    Abstract: A dampening system combined between a mounting bracket and a block oriented along an x-axis. An electrical connector of a pair of electrical connectors combined to the block for relative movement about a y-axis and a z-axis to combine with the other electrical connector on the magnetic chuck of a pallet changing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Techniks, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Worthington
  • Patent number: 11489273
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector and a CPU. The electrical connector includes an insulative housing defining a receiving cavity, and a plurality of contacts retained to the housing with corresponding contacting sections exposed in the receiving cavity. A first securing piece is attached upon the CPU, and a second securing piece is attached upon the housing. When the CPU is received within the receiving cavity, the first securing piece is locked with the second securing piece so as to have the CPU retained to the connector in position wherein the corresponding contacts of the electrical connector are mechanically and electrically connected to the corresponding contacting pads of the CPU in a compression manner reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tzu-Yao Hwang, Ming-Lun Szu
  • Patent number: 11489274
    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: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Ting-Jui Wang
  • Patent number: 11482873
    Abstract: A charging structure for a vaporizer. The charging structure includes a housing, a first electrical contact coupled to and extending outward from a first end of the housing, a spacer coupled to the first electrical contact, and a second electrical contact coupled to and extending outward from the spacer. The first electrical contact includes an exposed outer surface that extends in a continuous loop. The second electrical contact includes an exposed side surface that extends in a continuous loop and an end surface coupled to the side surface. Both the side surface and the end surface are electrically conductive. A vaporizer including the charging structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Jones, Andrew Stewart, Yan Vermette
  • Patent number: 11471621
    Abstract: The present application relates to an electronic vaporizer device, an electronic vaporizer device body, and an operation method. The electronic vaporizer device body is used in combination with an electronic vaporizer, the electronic vaporizer device body including: a power supply configured to supply power; an airflow sensor configured to detect an airflow change and output first level information; a main control circuit electrically connected to the airflow sensor and configured to control, according to the first level information, the power supply to supply or interrupt power to the electronic vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN RELX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Hui Wang, Yao Fu, Weifeng Chen, Shuting Feng, Zugang Yang, Jin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11476618
    Abstract: A first housing of a first connector is provided with a second guided portion, and a second housing of a second connector is provided with a second guiding portion. The second guided portion and the second guiding portion regulate upward movement of the first connector with respect to the second connector in the up-down direction between a preliminary mated state and a final mated state and in the final mated state. The second housing further has a movable member with a regulating portion. When the movable member is positioned at a locked position, the regulating portion regulates rearward movement of the first housing with respect to the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignees: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED, PANASONIC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Nakazawa, Shoichi Toya
  • Patent number: 11470880
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an atomizer and an electronic cigarette, wherein the atomizer comprises a main body, the main body is provided with an atomizing assembly and two conductive terminals, the two conductive terminals are electrically connected with the atomizing assembly at one end, and are electrically connected with the external power supply at the other end, the main body is further provided with two conducting strips, the two conducting strips are electrically connected with the two conductive terminals, respectively, and can be both electrically connected with the external power supply. The present invention increases the area of contact of the atomizer with the conductive position of the external power supply by providing conducting strips, thereby enhancing the stability of the current supplied by the atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN IVPS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junwei Ouyang
  • Patent number: 11469023
    Abstract: Connector element includes an enclosure made of a generally non-magnetic material having an open face; an insulating plate with a plate aperture; a permanent magnet placed inside the enclosure, the magnet dimensions preventing egress from the enclosure through the plate aperture; a washer made of a conductive soft ferromagnetic material with a washer aperture being larger than dimensions of said permanent magnet, placed inside the enclosure. Also disclosed are transformable electronic devices, optionally including displays, toys and educational kits built using the self-actuating connector elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Curbios, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Osipov
  • Patent number: 11462848
    Abstract: A conical contact spring sleeve includes a radial concavity that projects radially inwards beyond an inner peripheral surface of the conical contact spring sleeve and/or a radial convexity that projects radially outwards beyond an outer peripheral surface of the conical contact spring sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Listing, Bernd Leonhardt, Maximilian Veihl, Christoph Kosmalski, Harald Ulrich, Stefan Masak, Rajesh Kumar, Kevin Scheer
  • Patent number: 11456553
    Abstract: A low profile high voltage connector, having a minimal height and meeting high voltage requirements and a method of assembling thereof, includes a male housing and a female housing, and further includes a terminal position assurance (TPA) device and a connector position assurance (CPA) device, the TPA device ensuring that a terminal, housed within the female housing, provides a secondary lock, so as to ensure that the terminal is secured or locked within the female housing. The CPA device assures that the male and female housings remain locked and inseparable from each other. The terminal is housed within the female housing in such a way as to have the female housing, engaged within the male housing, to meet a minimal height requirement. Each of the TPA device and the CPA device functions in a pre-lock position or a full-lock position when engaging with the low profile high voltage connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hua Sheng Soh, Minguang Eu, Gweldolyn Upson, Kurt Hutchison
  • Patent number: 11437747
    Abstract: Reliable contacts for connectors, connector receptacles that can be easily aligned to an opening in an electronic device, and connector inserts and connector receptacles that are readily manufactured. One example can provide a spring-biased contact having plunger extending through an opening in a barrel and biased by a spring. An intermediate object can be positioned between the plunger and the spring. The intermediate object can contact a barrel in at least two locations on the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: George Tziviskos
  • Patent number: 11424581
    Abstract: A charge port module for an electric vehicle (EV) includes a charge port body having a first side, a second side, and an interface for mounting to an EV body. The module also includes a receptacle on the charge port body first side and configured to accept a charging plug. The module additionally includes an electrical connector on the charge port body second side, in electrical communication with the receptacle, and configured to engage an EV electrical system. The first side of the charge port body defines a channel. The module also includes a cartridge configured to slidingly engage the channel. The cartridge includes a cartridge body defining an access opening configured to facilitate charging plug access to the receptacle after the cartridge has engaged and has seated in the channel. A light element is arranged on the cartridge body and configured to illuminate the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Stack, Omair Mustafa, Dayananda Narasimhaiah
  • Patent number: 11424576
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to retention devices. A retention device may comprise a first end coupled to a connector housing of a first cable and a second end removably coupleable to a second cable to lock the first cable to the second cable when the first cable and the second cable are in an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Roberto Lalinde, Manjunath Bhat, Daniel James Braden
  • Patent number: 11417980
    Abstract: An electrical plug includes an inner housing slidably received within an outer housing. The inner housing includes corrugations at an end of the inner housing to prevent an electrical cable from pulling out of the plug. The inner housing also includes a protrusion that is structured to be received in an aperture of the outer housing to couple the inner housing and the outer housing and provide a visual indicator of proper assembly. The electrical plug further includes fuse clips that increase the contact area between terminals and fuses of the plug, which improves reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Chun-Chang Yen