Patents Examined by Paula A. Bradley
  • Patent number: 6305958
    Abstract: A method of assembling a cable reel for a steering wheel is simplified. The method includes unrolling a flat cable having a first end portion from a coiled reel; fixing a first connector to the first end portion of the flat cable; preparing a rotor having a barrel portion, and a top plate provided with a fixing notch; fitting the first connector into the fixing notch; winding the flat cable around the barrel portion of the rotor up to a given length as the flat cable is being unrolled from the coiled reel; cutting off the flat cable, so as to form a second end portion; fixing a second connector to the second end portion; and mounting the rotor wound with the flat cable into the cylindrical casing in a freely rotatable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihito Maegawa, Shoichi Sugata
  • Patent number: 6302721
    Abstract: An adapter is configured to be installed on an existing cable, extending along a connector of the cable to present a latching surface on a flexible arm of the adapter for engagement with a latching surface within a latching member adjacent a port connector of a device. When these latching surfaces are engaged with one another, the cable connector is held in engagement with the port connector. The flexible arm may then be manually depressed to release the engagement of these latching surfaces. The adapter is installed on the existing cable by placing the cord of the cable between a pair of hooks extending in opposite directions from the adapter, and by then turning the adapter on the cord so that the hooks are brought into position to extend partly around the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Walton Turner, Fred David Parnell
  • Patent number: 6302734
    Abstract: A connector is provided with a short longitudinal direction. The connector includes a housing (11) with a cavity (13). An electric wire (45) extends to a position rearwardly of the cavity (13), and is bent downwardly. A cover (30) then is pressed against the housing (11), with the electric wire (45) sandwiched between sealing members (50), (51) made of a jelly-like material. As a result, the sealing member (51) penetrates into the gap between confronting portions of the housing (11) and the cover (30). The sealing members (50), (51) also are pressed against both sides of the electric wire (45). As a result, the periphery of the electric wire (45) is filled with the cover-side sealing members (50), (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Ichio, Kouji Nemoto, Shiro Nishida
  • Patent number: 6302736
    Abstract: A miniature connector has an inner insulating body, which supports a plurality of contact conductors which contact other contact conductors on the companion connector, the inner insulating body being surrounded on the outside by a shield case, and an external insulated mold covering an outer surface of a connection cord side end of the shield case, wherein: a flap is formed in a unitary manner via a thin-walled hinge on the internal insulating body; a plurality of plug protrusions are formed on the internal insulating body; resin leakage during formation of the external insulated mold being prevented by inserting each of the plug protrusions into contact conductor passage holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nishio, Katsuhiro Hori
  • Patent number: 6302732
    Abstract: A coaxial connector having a conductive copper wire core plated with a layer of gold with the layer of gold surrounded by a dielectric layer, such as polyimide. The layer of polyimide is surrounded by a conductive shielding layer, such as copper, with a tin-plated layer surrounding it. Connection of the coaxial connector at one end to adjacent signal and ground pads is achieved by laser ablation to expose a section of gold sufficient to accommodate the terminal pad pitch and allow wire bonding to the signal pad. Connection of the conductive shielding layer to the ground pad is achieved by hot tip soldering. Connection at the opposite end of the coaxial connector uses the same process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Budman, Mario J. Interrante, John U. Knickerbocker
  • Patent number: 6303884
    Abstract: This invention discloses a safety controller for use with a power switch for turning on or off the power switch. Two pressing actuators are provided in the design of the control pedal of the invention, having slant surfaces tilting in opposite directions. When the user steps on the control pedal, the first pressing actuator presses the button on the power switch to turn on the power; whereas when the control pedal is restored, the second pressing actuator presses the button on the power switch to turn off the power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Link Treasure Limited
    Inventors: Jen-En Hou, Kun-Chung Lin
  • Patent number: 6302735
    Abstract: A connector housing is provided to prevent a locking portion from being excessively deformed when the insufficient insertion of a terminal fitting is detected. Cavities 3 are provided in two stages in the connector housing, and locking portions 11 are arranged back to back to share deformation permitting spaces 16. The upper and lower locking portions 11 are arranged such that the longitudinal axes thereof are transversely offset to each other. Detecting portions 23 to be inserted into the deformation permitting spaces 16 project from a retainer 20. At the left and right ends of an inserting end surface 24 of each detecting portion 23, excessive deformation preventing portions 25 are formed symmetrically with respect to vertical direction. The excessive deformation preventing portions 25 can individually come into contact with leading ends 13 of the upper and lower locking portions 11. If a female terminal fitting 8 is insufficiently inserted as in the upper stage of FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoru Nishide, Hajime Kawase, Ryotaro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 6299477
    Abstract: A Yo-Yo shaped power adapter is provided to better organize and manage its power cable. Its physical configuration further protects the power cable from damage. It is both convenient to use and aesthetically pleasing in appearance. In operation, the combination of the power adapter housing and the AC power cable connector is self-stabilizing in that it maintains its position and orientation by centering itself in response to the many undesirable push and pull forces exerted by the cables near by.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Christopher J. Stringer, Jonathan P. Ive
  • Patent number: 6299479
    Abstract: A female connector assembly for an electrically conductive coaxial cable, comprises an electrically conductive barrel shaped body having a top end with a centrally located hole forming an input port, and a bottom end configured for connecting with a portion of a housing of an electrical device. An electrically insulative hollow sleeve consisting of two interlocking cap members encloses an electrically conductive clip pin, and is contained within the body of the connector. The sleeve and clip pin are securely held within the body via connection of the body to a housing of an electrical device, and rigid attachment of an elongated pin extending from the sleeve, through a hole in the housing, to electrical circuitry within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Danny Q. Tang
  • Patent number: 6300583
    Abstract: A collapsible key structure for a depression key structure includes a pair of scissors type linkage for supporting the depression key structure. At least one scissors type linkage has a first lever pivotally engaged with a second lever. The first lever has a top end pivotally engaged with depression key structure and a bottom end rotatably and slidably engaged with a base plate. The second lever has a top end rotatably and slidably engaged with the depression key structure and a bottom end forming a rotatable-and-slidable constraint means with the base plate. The rotatable-and-slidable constraint means includes a bordering rail mounted on the base plate, in which the bordering rail has a first and a second sliding surfaces for a first and a second engaging pins at a bottom end of the second lever to slide along, respectively. By providing the present invention, the depression key structure may be moved steadily up or down without drifting sideward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chien-Shih Hsu
  • Patent number: 6299486
    Abstract: In a connector plug covering the housing (78) with contacts (82) in the socket engaging hole (81) by the metal shell portion (88) of the shield case (79), the metal shell portion (88) is roughly angular cylindrical in the direction of insertion of a plug, by installing the elasticity portion (77) bulged out to this roughly angular and cylindrical both-side portion (88) or bent to curve outwards the lower part of the roughly angular cylindrical both-side portion, and forms in the direction of insertion of a plug the gap (89) to let have flexibility to the metal shell portion (88) in the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, SMK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Morikawa, Naoyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 6299458
    Abstract: A contact element (4) comprises a fixed section (5) inserted into the slot (2) along the first minor side of the slot, a flexible section (6) extending from the fixed section toward the second minor side of the slot in a plane and being flexible in the plane, and contact portions (7A, 7B) extending from the flexible section so as to project from the major faces of a housing (1). The fixed section, the flexible section, and the contact portions are in the plane parallel to the major faces of the slot. A conductive layer or sheet (3) is provided on the major sides of the slot. A sliding contact (8A, 8B) are provided near the contact portions are brought into sliding contact with the conductive layer or sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoku Yamagami, Tsuyoshi Sakata, Tsutomu Matsuo, Takashi Nagawatari
  • Patent number: 6299467
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulated housing having a top wall formed with a top opening, a first terminal having a first solder tail projecting outwardly from the housing and a first contact part in contact with the housing, and a second terminal having a second solder tail projecting outwardly from the housing and a spring arm connected to and extending above the second solder tail. The spring arm has a second contact part disposed below and aligned with the first contact part, and a U-shaped bent portion projecting into the top opening. The second contact part is movable between a first position, in which the second contact part is urged by the spring arm to make contact with the first contact part, and a second position, in which the second contact part is moved away from the first contact part when the U-shaped bent portion is pressed downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Advanced Connecteck Inc.
    Inventor: Min-Lung Chien
  • Patent number: 6296532
    Abstract: A connecting device (10) for detachably connecting an electrical conductor (12) for high currents which is disposed therein, to an electrical contact (14) is characterized in that at least one wedging face (44) is provided, by means of which the electrical conductor (12) can be loaded against the contact (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Harting KGaA
    Inventors: Dietmar Harting, Ludger Leve, Jens Krause
  • Patent number: 6297461
    Abstract: A keyboard switch actuates a switch sheet from a first position to a second position and correspondingly narrows a gap between a key top and the switch sheet. In keyboard switch operation, trailing claw pieces cause a cross-link to submerge allowing the switch sheet to accommodate an integrally formed return springwithout elastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Kamishima
  • Patent number: 6296517
    Abstract: The present invention provides a terminal protective cap that covers a terminal of an electric wire and protects the terminal from exposure. The terminal protective cap has an engaging portion that engages with a projecting portion provided on an outer periphery of the terminal. This prevents the terminal from being exposed. Thus, the terminal is securely protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takanori Ito, Takashi Suzuki, Satoshi Amihiro
  • Patent number: 6296531
    Abstract: A cavity that crosses chambers and opens in an external wall is formed in a housing proper of a housing. A retainer is slidably fitted into the cavity, and linking parts that link chambers being divided into a front portion and a rear portion by the cavity are formed in the retainer. The linking parts are arranged in such a way that when the terminals are in a regular position in the chambers, the linking parts allow the retainer to shift in the sliding direction and the retainer is secondarily fixed to the terminals by this shift. The retainer is provided to be integral with the housing proper by means of a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Japan Solderless Terminal Mfr. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Nagamine
  • Patent number: 6296530
    Abstract: A connector including a first component which has a first receiving portion, and a a second component which has a first projection portion to be abuttingly engaged with the first receiving portion and which is to be pivoted about a first abutting portion of the first projection portion and the first receiving portion. Also included is a first locking member which is fixed to the second component and which is to form a first track while pivoting the second component, and a first side member which is fixed to the first component and which has on the first track a first portion to be lockingly engaged with the first locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Yoneda, Hitoshi Kazuhara
  • Patent number: 6296499
    Abstract: A signal connector assembly with a plug contact within a plug having a high resistive portion. When the plug of the assembly first makes contact with the electrical receptacles within a mating receptacle, the high resistive portion prevents a current surge. As the plug is further inserted into the receptacle, the energy passing from the plug to the receptacle is gradually increased. Eventually, the receptacle contacts within the receptacle pass the high resistive portion and make contact with the conductive portion of the plug contact, thereby permitting transmission of valid signals without the generation of spurious errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: The Whitaker Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Otto Hermann, Jr., Marjorie Kay Myers
  • Patent number: 6293832
    Abstract: A female metal terminal body (3) of a box-shape has a bottom plate (4) and an insertion port (2) which is formed in one end portion of the metal terminal body (3), and through which a male metal terminal is insertable into the metal terminal body (3). A resilient contact piece portion (5) is formed within the metal terminal body (3), and includes a flexing portion (6), a flat portion (7) extending rearwardly from the flexing portion (6), and a resilient support portion (8) extending from a distal end of the flat portion (7). The resilient contact piece portion (5) is partially divided into a plurality of sections so as to divide the flat portion (7) into a plurality of sub-flat portions (7A, 7B). A plurality of contact portions (12A, 12B) are respectively formed on at least two of the sub-flat portions (7A, 7B) disposed at opposite side portions of the resilient contact piece portion (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamamoto