Patents Examined by Peter G Leigh
  • Patent number: 10886680
    Abstract: Embodiments are generally directed to a snap button fastener providing electrical connection. An embodiment of a fastener includes a first mechanical part, the first mechanical part including at least a stud portion, the first mechanical part including a first electrical connector; a second mechanical part, the second mechanical part including at least a socket portion with a spring element and the socket portion, the second mechanical part including a second electrical connector. The stud portion of the first mechanical part and the socket portion of second mechanical part, if separated, are to interlock upon the application of a first force towards each other, and, if interlocked, to separate upon the application of a second force away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Barth, Bastiaan Elshof, Jan Proschwitz
  • Patent number: 10886637
    Abstract: In a conductor crimping portion 3, a pair of crimping pieces 3c and 3d having a two-layer structure of an upper layer plate 3a and a lower layer plate 3b connecting the upper layer plate 3a is raised in a U-shape from both sides of a bottom portion 3e. A void 3g is formed inside a folded-back portion of the upper layer plate 3a from the lower layer plate 3b. In the conductor crimping portion 3, the crimping pieces 3c and 3d have a two-layer structure, and a conductor portion is elastically fixed and connection becomes strong due to the presence of the void 3g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DELTA PLUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsugio Ambo
  • Patent number: 10886638
    Abstract: A meter box with insulation-piercing wire termination connectors is disclosed. Each connector includes a conductor receiver having an inner surface that defines a channel sized to receive an electrical power conductor comprised of a conductive wire encased within insulation. At least one protrusion projects from the inner surface of the conductor receiver into the channel and has a continuous edge spaced apart from the inner surface that is positioned to pierce the insulation and electrically contact the conductive wire when the electrical power conductor is clamped within the conductor receiver. Each connector may also include a meter jaw configured to receive a connector blade of an electric meter, wherein the meter jaw is mechanically and electrically connected to the conductor receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MILBANK MANUFACTURING CO.
    Inventors: William E. McCarthy, Matthew B. Ludwig, Ryan R. Ochs, Brian M. Hagen, Douglas D. Leach, Gregory E. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10879628
    Abstract: A system includes a housing and a contact portion. The housing includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion interlocking with the second portion so as to enclose a first volume and form a first wire opening within a first end of the housing and a second wire opening within a second end of the housing. The contact portion is disposed within the first volume and includes a first wire receiving portion, a first flexing beam extending from a first surface of the first wire receiving portion towards a second surface of the first wire receiving portion, a second wire receiving portion, a second flexing beam extending from a first surface of the second wire receiving portion towards a second surface of the second wire receiving portion, and a common wire stop disposed between the first wire receiving portion and the second wire receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventor: Brent Lybrand
  • Patent number: 10879633
    Abstract: A connector housing comprises a body, an outside surface of the body having a pair of opposite mounting surfaces, a first contact surface, and a second contact surface, and a mounting portion disposed on each of the mounting surfaces. The mounting surfaces, the first contact surface and the second contact surface are perpendicular to each other. A distance between the mounting portion and the first contact surface is equal to a distance between the mounting portion and the second contact surface. The connector housing is interchangeably mounted with the first contact surface on a circuit board or with the second contact surface on the circuit board by a same mounting mechanism engaging the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaozhi Fu, Ming Shi, Hongtao Jiang, Yong Yang, Yuquan Chen, Leshu Yang
  • Patent number: 10873196
    Abstract: A rechargeable pack is provided for containing and recharging an e-cigarette. The pack includes a pack battery; a first connector which is electrically connectable to an external power source; a first recharging mechanism for re-charging the pack battery using the external power source when the first connector is electrically connected to the external power source; a second connector which is electrically connectable to the e-cigarette when the e-cigarette is received within the pack; and a second recharging mechanism for re-charging the e-cigarette using the pack battery when the e-cigarette is electrically connected to the second connector. The second recharging mechanism can be configured to provide protection against the pack battery providing excessive current through the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Colin Gratton
  • Patent number: 10873161
    Abstract: A cabled receptacle connector includes a receptacle housing having a cavity extending between a front and a rear of the receptacle housing and a mating slot at the front. The cavity receives a cable assembly with contacts positioned in the mating slot. The cable receptacle connector includes a latch coupled to the receptacle housing. The receptacle housing includes a latch mount and a cover removably coupled to the latch mount and a securing plate coupled to the latch mount and the cover to secure the cover to the latch mount. The cable receptacle connector includes a biasing spring coupled to the latch and the receptacle housing and forward biasing the receptacle housing in the receptacle cage when the latching tab is latchably coupled to the receptacle cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randall Robert Henry, Brandon Michael Matthews
  • Patent number: 10873165
    Abstract: An electric cable assembly is provided for a human-powered vehicle. The electric cable assembly includes an electric cable, a connector, a coupling member and a molded part. The electric cable includes at least a wire extending from an insulated portion. The coupling member electrically couples the wire to the connector. The molded part integrally accommodates at least part of the insulated portion, at least part of the connector, and the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Komada, Shuhei Tahara, Eiji Mishima
  • Patent number: 10873146
    Abstract: A connection terminal includes an insertion end portion, a tail portion, and a connection block. The insertion end portion includes at least two first terminals configured apart from each other. The first terminal includes a first pin and a second pin, and a length of the first pin is greater than the length of the second pin. Fixing ends of the first pin and the second pin contact each other and pass through the connection block to connect with the tail portion. Free ends of the first pin and the second pin are separated from each other, and are both bent and protruded toward an inner side of the insertion end portion, so as to form a first contact point and a second contact point at the free ends of the first pin and the second pin, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: AMPHENOL COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS (CHENGDU) CO.LTD
    Inventors: Chao Zou, Rongzhe Guo
  • Patent number: 10868372
    Abstract: A connector assembly of two low temperature superconducting cable terminals and manufacturing method thereof. A connector assembly comprises a copper layer having one side which is conducted with one low temperature superconducting cable and another side which is conducted with another low temperature superconducting cable, two welding material layers, wherein each the welding material layer is provided between the copper layer and either of the two low temperature superconducting cable, and a clip mechanism covered the outer surface of either of the low temperature superconducting cable to tightly clamp the copper layer, the two welding material layers and the two low temperature superconducting cable form the inside to the outside of the connector assembly. The connector assembly of the present invention has compact structure. The saddle-shaped copper block is compressed by a clamp mechanism is use to weld with two low temperature superconducting terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Xiongyi Huang, Yuntao Song, Kun Lu, Chen Liu, Chenlian Liu, Xinjie Wen, Linlin Fang
  • Patent number: 10868377
    Abstract: An electrical spring contact is provided. The electrical spring contact includes a connection portion configured to couple the electrical spring contact to a printed circuit board, a bulge portion, a bend portion having a substantially U-shaped configuration, and an inclined portion extending from the bend portion at an angle relative to a plane that is substantially parallel to the connection portion. The connection portion, the bulge portion, the bend portion, and the inclined portion are formed from a single conductive contact material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventor: Brent B. Lybrand
  • Patent number: 10864823
    Abstract: A method includes plugging a plug into a socket, wherein the plugging includes pushing the plug into the socket at least up to a point that a latch clicks into the plug and locks the plug in place. Pressing down on a lever that rotates around an axis causes the lever to be pushed down. This results in the latch moving away from the plug and unlocking the plug from the socket, to thereby allow the plug to be separated from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Raikh
  • Patent number: 10862228
    Abstract: A cable connector and methods for terminating a coaxial cable to the cable connector, designed to facilitate assembly to and proper termination of the cable with improved grounding between the connector and the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Rakesh Thakare, Iuliu Cosmin Gordea, Caichun Song, Stefan Nicholas Hoogendoorn, Nicholas Padfield, Keith Mothersdale
  • Patent number: 10862242
    Abstract: A plug connector for electrically and mechanically connecting a pair of electrical conductors of a line comprises an insulator and a housing receiving the insulator. The insulator receives and positions a pair of end sleeves each connected to one of the electrical conductors. The housing has a plurality of plug orientations each visually and haptically denoted by a marking in a grip region of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Lam Nguyen Nhu, Christian Mandel
  • Patent number: 10855000
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed to a grounding terminal for mounting on a grounding surface. The grounding terminal has a top wall having a first mounting opening and a bottom wall having a second mounting opening. The second mounting opening is in alignment with the first mounting opening to receive mounting hardware therethrough. A first side wall extends between the top wall and the bottom wall at angles other than 90 degrees. A second side wall extends between the top wall and the bottom wall at angles other than 90 degrees. As the mounting hardware is tightened, the shape and positioning of the side walls relative to the top wall and bottom wall reduces the amount of torque required to move the top wall toward the bottom wall to allow for the mounting hardware to be tightened without the need for special tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurt Allan Randolph, Brian Keith Weaver, Chong Hun Yi
  • Patent number: 10855033
    Abstract: An electrical connector is used to electrically connect a first component and a second component. The electrical connector includes: an insulating block; multiple terminals provided to form two rows including an upper row and a lower row; and a shielding sheet, fixed to the insulating block and located between the two rows of the terminals. Each terminal has a connecting portion fixed in the insulating block, a first conduction portion extending forward from the horizontal section to be electrically connected to the first component, and a second conduction portion extending backward from the horizontal section. The second conduction portion has a bending portion, and the bending portion is connected to the horizontal section. A rear end of the shielding sheet has an abutting portion to abut the second component. The abutting portion extends backward out of an insulating body and does not pass beyond the bending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jun Liu
  • Patent number: 10855025
    Abstract: A connector position assurance device having multiple features for assuring a full coupling and locking of a female housing with a male housing in a connector system, such that the female housing and male housing are placed into a fully coupled and locked position when the connector position assurance device is moved from a pre-lock position to a full-lock position. When the connector position assurance device is at a full-lock position, a first member on the connector position assurance penetrates a window formed on the female housing, and at least one ledge extending from the connector position assurance device prevents a flexible member of the female housing from being moved downward, providing assurance that the female and male housings are fully coupled and locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: J.S.T. CORPORATION
    Inventors: Franklin A. Holub, Jong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10840634
    Abstract: A wiring harness includes wires (10), terminal fittings (20) connected respectively to end parts of the wires (10), and a sheet (30) to which the wires (10) and at least a part of the terminal fittings (20) along which the wires (10) are disposed are sewn by a sewing thread (T). Accordingly, the wires (10) cannot be pulled singly. Further, if the wires (10) are pulled together with the sheet (30), a pulling force is dispersed to the wire (10) and the sheet (30) so that the pulling force on the wire (10) is reduced. In addition, since at least a wire arranging portion (23) of the terminal fitting (20) along which the wire (10) is disposed is sewn to the sheet (30) by the sewing thread (T), detachment of the wire (10) from the terminal fitting (20) is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Kojima, Yasuo Omori, Shunya Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10826233
    Abstract: An electrical connector having a latch which extends from the first housing surface of the housing. A mounting portion extends from the latch arm to the first housing surface. A first mounting surface of the mounting portion extends at a first angle from the first housing surface in a direction toward the mating connector latching end. The first mounting surface extends from the first latch arm surface at a second angle. The length of the mounting portion as measured between a vertex of the first angle and a vertex of the second angle along the first housing surface is greater than the distance that the first latch arm surface is spaced from the first housing surface. The latch arm is pivotable about the mounting portion. The latch and the mounting portion have low stress concentrations when the latch arm is pivoted about the mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chong Hun Yi, Richard C. Batley, III
  • Patent number: 10826234
    Abstract: A connector assembly includes a housing. The housing defines a cavity configured to receive a coaxial electrical terminal. The housing has a first end an a second end opposite the first end. The housing also has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side and second side have opposed locking ribs. The coaxial electrical terminal has a wire end and a terminal end oriented orthogonal to the wire end. When the housing engages a corresponding mounting bracket, locking arms extending from the corresponding mounting bracket impart a retention force on the opposed locking ribs and inhibit a rotation of the housing about a mating axis of the coaxial electrical terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Matthew L. Penn, Jose Alberto Davila Aleman