Patents Examined by Renee S. Luebke
  • Patent number: 11996256
    Abstract: A switching system for an on-load tap changer comprises: a Geneva mechanism, wherein the Geneva mechanism comprises: a holder, the holder being fixed relative to a housing; a rotatable ring with a recess, the rotatable ring being supported by the holder and being rotatable relative to the holder; a connector, the connector being rotatable together with the rotatable ring to electrically connect with a tap of the tap changer; and a rotatable driving wheel with a protrusion, the protrusion being coupleable with the recess to rotate the rotatable ring, the driving wheel being arranged inside the rotatable ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ENERGY LTD
    Inventors: Georgi Manev, Todor Kokev, Angel Mihaylov
  • Patent number: 11996657
    Abstract: The first connector includes a first inner conductor, a first outer conductor, a first outer conductor cover and a first dielectric. The second connector includes a second inner conductor, a second outer conductor, a second outer conductor cover and a second dielectric. The second outer conductor includes a second outer conductor connecting portion overlapping the first outer conductor in a radial direction. The first outer conductor includes a first outer conductor body portion, a first outer conductor connecting portion for covering the outer periphery of the second outer conductor connecting portion and contacting the second outer conductor connecting portion, and a constricted portion reduced in dimensions from the first outer conductor connecting portion to the first outer conductor body portion. The first outer conductor cover and the second outer conductor cover have the same shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Matsuda, Kazuki Hiramatsu, Taiga Kadoyama, Masanao Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11994830
    Abstract: A watch whose watch case includes a case middle and a rotating bezel provided with a bezel locking system. The system includes a rotating crown secured to an arbor, the arbor being arranged inside a radial hole in the case middle. By rotating the crown, the user can screw or unscrew the arbor with respect to the hole. The arbor includes a frustoconical section which interacts with a pin mounted perpendicularly to the arbor and returned towards the arbor by a spring. Screwing the arbor into the hole will cause the frustoconical section to push the pin into a receiving space provided on the lower surface of the bezel, which locks the bezel. Unscrewing the arbor automatically releases the pin from the receiving space by the return force exerted by the spring. The crown can include a helium valve mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TISSOT SA
    Inventors: Nicolas Ehrsam, Laurie Saunders
  • Patent number: 11990700
    Abstract: A connector comprises a housing including a terminal accommodating chamber; and a front mask to cover a front side of the housing in a terminal inserting direction, wherein the housing includes a housing main body and an engagement frame section, wherein the engagement frame section protrudes forward from the housing main body, wherein the front mask includes a mask main body and an inserted section, the mask main body being provided with an accommodating recess in a position of the mask main body facing the terminal accommodating chamber, wherein the inserted section is inserted inside the engagement frame section, and wherein in a state in which the inserted section is inserted inside the engagement frame section and the accommodating recess is located in a position facing the terminal accommodating chamber, a portion of the inserted section protrudes from the engagement frame section and is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sekino
  • Patent number: 11982978
    Abstract: A system for fastening a horological movement of generally circular shape in a watch case, this fastening system including a casing ring wherein the horological movement is disposed, the casing ring extending between an upper portion and a lower portion, the horological movement being fastened in the lower portion of the casing ring using a first and a second fastening device disposed at two opposite ends of a diameter of the horological movement, at least a third fastening device, angularly offset relative to the first and second fastening device and fastened in the upper portion of the casing ring, allowing the horological movement to be blocked in the casing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Philippe Loetscher
  • Patent number: 11984280
    Abstract: A remote controlled miniature circuit breaker includes a helical gear that engages with mating teeth of a slider plate coupled to main contacts of the circuit breaker, the helical gear including a flat portion to allow the sliding plate to slide past the helical gear. A unidirectional motor responds to an external signal to drive the helical gear while engaging the mating teeth of the slider plate, thereby moving the slider plate to close the main contacts. The motor is configured to respond to an external signal to resume the unidirectional rotation of the helical gear to position the flat portion of the gear to allow the slider plate to slide past the helical gear and contact a kicker lever to thereby open the main contacts. A trip lever pivotally mounted separately from the kicker lever, pushes the kicker lever to open the main contacts in a trip operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Fleege, Salaheddine Faik, Chad R. Mittelstadt
  • Patent number: 11975547
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fluid ejection controller is described. The fluid ejection controller includes a firing board to pass control signals to a fluid ejection device to eject fluid from the fluid ejection device. A mount pivotally holds the firing board between a disengaged position where electrical pins of the firing board are not in contact with electrical pads of the fluid ejection device and an engaged position where the electrical pins are in contact with the electrical pads. The mount includes a slot to receive the fluid ejection device and at least one biasing spring to bias the firing board away from the fluid ejection device during insertion of the fluid ejection device. The fluid ejection controller also includes a handle coupled to a cam shaft to move the firing board between the disengaged position and the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vignesh Kannan, Dennis R. Esterberg, Christie Dudenhoefer, Kenneth Ward, Matthew David Smith, Daniel Fradl
  • Patent number: 11977355
    Abstract: A spring (1) for a notching system, the spring including at least two elastic arms (11, 12), and a first toothset javomg first notching teeth (11a, 12a) disposed on each of the arms, the spring being designed such that, in a position in which one of the arms of the spring is not loaded, the arm is convex as seen from the top of the first notching tooth of this arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Arthur Devillard, James Rejzner
  • Patent number: 11971688
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes: a first indicator and a second indicator that are configured to rotate in combination with each other; an operation receiver; and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to set a set position that is to be indicated by the second indicator in response to an input operation received by the operation receiver. The at least one processor is configured to cause the first indicator and the second indicator to temporarily stop rotating in combination with each other at a timing when the second indicator indicates the set position, and cause the first indicator and the second indicator to resume rotating in combination with each other after a set time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kato
  • Patent number: 11971687
    Abstract: A mechanical horological movement (1) including at least one barrel system (2) for driving a set of wheels and power reserve detector. The detector (10) includes a control wheel (3) disposed opposite the cage of the barrel system (2) and is rotated by a complementary wheel (8) at the differential output to determine a power reserve level. An aperture (13) has a first end (21) to define a complete charge of the barrel system and a second end (22) to define a complete discharge. A lever (4) is rotatably mounted about a lever axis parallel to the axis of rotation of the control wheel. A contact element (5) disposed in the aperture contacts the second end during a zero power reserve indication. A portion of the lever contacts a component of the movement to stop its operation when power reserve indication is at zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventors: Stephane Bachmann, Julien Saglini, Laurent Klinger, Baptist Wyssbrod
  • Patent number: 11965228
    Abstract: The resistive material for sensing current contains: metal particles selected from a group consisting of nichrome, copper-manganese, and copper-nickel; insulating particles selected from a group consisting of alumina, aluminum nitride, silicon nitride, and zirconia; and titanium oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: KOA Corporation
    Inventors: Shuhei Matsubara, Keishi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11960244
    Abstract: A timepiece (100) including a case (10) including a middle (1), the top part whereof is closed by a bezel (2) and the bottom part whereof is closed by a back (3), a horological movement (4) mounted against the middle (1) by means of a casing ring (5), wherein the casing ring (5) comprises at least two clippable parts (50, 51) which hold the horological movement (4), the two parts being inseparable once mounted against the middle (1) when closing the case (10) of the timepiece (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Philipp Tschumi
  • Patent number: 11955739
    Abstract: A connection structure between a printed circuit board and a terminal block includes: an insertion portion at one end of the printed circuit board with a pattern disposed thereon; a terminal-block main body including a receiving port that receives the insertion portion; a nut held in the terminal-block main body; and a screw tightened into the nut. The pattern is interposed between the screw and the nut when the insertion portion is inserted into the receiving port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunari Fukagawa, Hironori Ogawa, Akihiko Oguri, Ryuuichi Toyota, Natsuko Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11955298
    Abstract: A button module is provided. The button module comprises a base, a pressing part, and an elastic part. The pressing part includes a fixed end and a free end. The fixed end is pivotally connected to the base in a first axial direction. The elastic part is disposed on a side of the pressing part facing the base. The elastic part includes a first damping portion and a second damping portion selectively pressing against the base, where a hardness of the first damping portion is different from a hardness of the second damping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Te-Wei Huang, Zih-Siang Huang, Jhih-Wei Rao, Hung-Chieh Wu, Liang-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 11951573
    Abstract: A screw lock kit and apparatus including three hollow members for securing welding lead connectors together wherein a first hollow member is held against a second hollow member by engagement of a third hollow member with the second hollow member. A method for securing welding lead connectors together using the screw lock apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Alpha/Omega Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Lance Pearman, Cayman Lee Ellis
  • Patent number: 11947318
    Abstract: A Dewar device for mechanical and/or functional components of a watch, this device including a wristlet, a case including a chamber wherein a case of the watch is capable of being disposed in such a way that a glass of this case is arranged facing a glass of a set of elements of the case defining this chamber, at least one fastening device fastening this watch case in this chamber of the case while maintaining it distant from all of the elements of the case defining this chamber, and a device for actuating at least one push button by the angular movement of a free end of at least one lever element of this device relative to the case, this at least one lever element having another end movably fastened to this case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Antoine Ummel, Serge Droz
  • Patent number: 11934156
    Abstract: A clockwork column selector mechanism, including a mobile with columns protruding above a base surface separated by clearances, forming slots along a profile, arranged to, in certain positions of the mobile, enable the insertion of a feeler-spindle into a clearance in a transverse direction substantially normal to the profile and parallel to the reference surface, and to, in other positions of the mobile, stop a feeler-spindle on a transverse surface of a column, at least one column including an intermediate transverse stopping surface constituting a stop bearing surface of a feeler-spindle and enable a partial insertion of a feeler-spindle in the thickness of one the slot, and which is located, in a transverse direction, between the geometric envelopes of two end transverse surfaces transversely delimiting this column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventor: Jérôme Favre-Bulle
  • Patent number: 11934153
    Abstract: A mechanical horological bearing (1) intended to be arranged on a mechanical timepiece movement (10), the bearing (1) including, coaxial around a common rotation axis (D), at least one internal frame (4) and at least one external frame (5) forming a running track (20), as well as a plurality of wheels (12) sliding or rolling in the running track (20), during a relative movement between the internal frame (4) and the external frame (5) that guides them and wherein at least one of the internal frame (4) and external frame (5) is a dynamic frame, at least one structural part of the bearing (1) being produced from an elastic metal material with a high damping capacity, the damping factor of which is greater than 10%, preferably greater than 30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Helfer, Sylvain Huot-Marchand
  • Patent number: 11934152
    Abstract: A device for illuminating luminescent watch displays containing luminophore material, including a case arranged to receive at least one receptacle for receiving at least one watch, the device including a illuminating device arranged to light up the displays of each said watch. The illuminating device include a control device and a time base, and at least one light source capable of exciting said luminophore material for a pre-determined charge time, or corresponding to a wearing duration chosen by the user via a control device included in the device, and watch self-winding device, including at least one such illumination device, and universal device for winding and setting the hands of a watch, including such a watch self-winding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jérôme Favre, Cedric Nicolas
  • Patent number: 11929640
    Abstract: A stator includes a magnetic plate material that has a main plate surface that is a surface to face a main plate of a movement when assembled to the main plate and that has a rotor accommodating hole formed in a part thereof; and a non-magnetic region that is made non-magnetic by applying chromium on the main plate surface around the rotor accommodating hole and irradiating the chromium with a laser from the main plate surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Kosuke Yamamoto, Shinji Kinoshita, Hitoshi Takeuchi, Tatsuya Omura