Patents Examined by Ross Gushi
  • Patent number: 9893462
    Abstract: A connector (F) includes a housing (10), terminal fittings (72) fixed to front end parts of wires (71) and inserted into the housing (10) from behind and a slack holding portion (43) formed on the housing (10) and configured to hold the wires (71) drawn out backward from the housing (10) in a slackened state. If the wire (71) vibrates behind the housing (10), the wire (71) held in the slackened state by the slack holding portion (43) is resiliently deformed to change a curvature thereof near the housing (10). Vibration energy of the wire (71) is attenuated by the wire (71) itself being resiliently deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Youjirou Hashimoto, Kazuo Nakai
  • Patent number: 9887493
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric plug comprising: a body part including a reception part; a pin inserted in and fixed to one surface of the body part; and a detachment part included in the reception part, wherein the detachment part comprises a gear stick and a handle part rotating while being engaged with the gear stick. Therefore, the present invention enables a user to separate an electric plug tightly plugged in an outlet from the outlet even by tiny force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Dae Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9882322
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electric device includes a receptacle configured to be connected with an external connector, and a ground member and a control circuit that are electrically connected to the receptacle. The receptacle includes a shell configured to accommodate the external connector, a tongue disposed in a space of the shell and enclosed by the shell, at least one first contact disposed on the tongue and electrically connected to the ground member, at least one second contact disposed on the tongue and electrically connected to the control circuit, and at least one third contact that is formed of at least a portion of a conductive member included in the tongue and electrically connected to the control circuit. The first contact may have a length further extending over the third contact in a direction where the external connector is separated from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheol-Yoon Chung
  • Patent number: 9881650
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a connector structure that prevents crosstalk in devices such as electronic and data storage devices. The connector structure is disposed in a different plane than the signal lines, but is connected to ground lines that are disposed in the same plane as the signal lines. The connector structure has a beam portion for each ground line. Additionally, there is a backbone portion that connects all of the beam portions. The beam portions are coupled to the ground lines by a ground bar. The ground bar can have a width that is equal to the width of the ground line. Additionally, the connection point between the ground line and the ground bar can be sloped, and the ground line and ground bar can be parallel to each other at the connection point. The connector structure prevents crosstalk between the signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Sotome, Satoshi Nakamura, Masayuki Mabe, Takayuki Imai
  • Patent number: 9876299
    Abstract: The electrical connector assembly includes an insulative housing and a plurality of contacts retained in the housing. The stand includes a support and a spring supporting the support. The electrical connector is seated upon the support and moveable along with the support in the vertical direction due to deformation of the spring. Each of the contacts includes an upper contacting section and a lower contacting section. An electronic component located upon the housing and downwardly pressing and mechanically and electrically connected to the upper contacting sections. An FPC is sandwiched between the support and the electrical connector and mechanically and electrically connected to the lower contacting sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Fang-Jwu Liao, Po-Yuan Su
  • Patent number: 9876290
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for making contact with an electrical conductor (10, 20), in particular a cable conductor of a power supply cable, has a connecting body (4) that delimits a receiving space (6) into which the conductor (10, 20) with which contact is to be made can be inserted by way of its end. The apparatus (1) has a contact medium (30) with which electrical contact can be made with the end of the conductor (10, 20) under the action of a contact force. The contact medium (30) has a large number of electrically conductive contact bodies (32) introduced into the receiving space (6) and bearing against one another. At least some of the contact bodies can be brought into electrical contact-making contact with the ends of the conductors (10, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Erich Frank
  • Patent number: 9876326
    Abstract: A socket having a quick release to removably and reliably receive a light bulb. A flat circular base has a top surface and an outer periphery. A plurality of flexible elongated plastic prongs extend outward from the top surface about the outer periphery of the base. The prongs are threaded and can flex outward to permit the light bulb to be pulled straight out of or pushed straight into the socket without turning the light bulb. A first elongated metal socket contact is positioned along at least one of the flexible elongated plastic prongs. A second metal socket contact is positioned at the top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Philippe A. Pagé
  • Patent number: 9871326
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an terminal module and a metallic tubular shield fixedly enclosing the terminal module to form a sub-assembly, and a metallic tubular bracket enclosing the sub-assembly. The terminal module includes an insulator having a base and a tongue portion forwardly extending from the base, and a plurality of terminals disposed in the insulator. The base includes a rear end having a securing section, and the bracket has a fixing section correspondingly, wherein the bracket is adapted to be forwardly assembled from a rear side of the sub-assembly to have the fixing section engaged with the securing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Jun Zhao, Guang-Xin Gu
  • Patent number: 9871314
    Abstract: A power connector includes: an insulative housing including an upper surface, a lower surface, and a receiving space; a number of contacts accommodated in the insulative housing each including a contacting portion, a rear portion accommodated in a rear end of the insulative housing, and a corrugated elastic portion connecting the contacting portion and the rear portion, the contacting portion including a lower tongue plate extending forwardly from the corrugated elastic portion, an upper tongue plate, and a curved section connecting the lower tongue plate and the upper tongue plate; wherein the curved section has a pair of contact beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Cai-Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9865966
    Abstract: A slide lever (30) provided on a fit-in side housing (F) includes cam functioning portions (31) configured to enter the receptacle (11) in the process of connecting the waiting side housing (M) and the fit-in side housing (F), and the cam functioning portions (31) are formed with cam grooves (32) to be engaged with cam followers (15) in the process of connecting the two housings (F, M). An operating portion (33) projects substantially parallel to a moving direction of the slide lever (30) from rear end parts of the cam functioning portions (31) in an entering direction into the receptacle (11) and is arranged forwardly of a front face (S) of the panel (P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Matsuura, Toshikazu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9859642
    Abstract: A connector includes a first connector portion having a first contact point extending in a fitting direction and a second connector portion having a curved surface capable of inverting between a convex surface and a concave surface and a second contact point extending from the curved surface, the second contact point moving between a non-contacting position and a contacting position through inversion of the curved surface between the convex surface and the concave surface, the first connector portion being aligned with the second connector portion, with the second contact point being located at the non-contacting position, and the curved surface of the second connector portion being inverted so that the second contact point is switched to the contacting position, whereby the second contact point comes into contact with the first contact point to establish electrical connection between the first connector portion and the second connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9853388
    Abstract: An electrical power connector can include an electrically insulative connector housing, a first plurality of electrical contacts supported by the connector housing, and a second plurality of electrical contacts supported by the connector housing. The first plurality of electrical contacts can be of a first type, and the second plurality of electrical contacts are of a second type and positioned adjacent to the first plurality of electrical contacts. The arrangement of the electrical contact can provide creepage protection for the electrical connector. Further, the electrical contacts can include mating portions that are touch proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FCI Americas Technology LLC
    Inventors: Charles Copper, Nazareth W. Eppley
  • Patent number: 9847589
    Abstract: A coaxial connector including a continuity element extending between a nut surface and a body base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PerfectVision Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen David Shaw
  • Patent number: 9843130
    Abstract: A wiring connector for connecting the lighting system wiring of a first vehicle to the lighting system wiring of a second vehicle so that lights on the first vehicle are activated when corresponding lights on the second vehicle are activated. The connector includes a plurality of terminals configured for coupling with corresponding terminals on a mating connector on the second vehicle; a plurality of wires each having one end electrically coupled with one of the terminals and another end for electrically connecting to the wiring of the first vehicle lighting system; a wire-retaining ring; and a housing formed around the terminals, the wires, and the wire-retaining ring, the housing including a central opening within the wire-retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David Harvey Ihde
  • Patent number: 9837747
    Abstract: An integrated circuit burn-in socket with a spring-loaded contact pin built into the socket base and an electrical receptacle built into the socket lid wherein the electrical receptacle is configured to mate with the spring-loaded contact pin when the burn-in socket is closed. In one implementation, the socket lid is separate from the socket base and with a spring-loaded contact pin built into the socket base and with an electrical receptacle built into the socket lid wherein the electrical receptacle is configured to mate with the spring-loaded contact pin when the socket lid is clamped to the socket base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Ramana Tadepalli
  • Patent number: 9826780
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems to vaporize extract, plant material containing organic material and the like utilizing convection heating via one or more manifolds each in fluid communication with a section of chamber containing organic material. The manifolds may be valved and may contain temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Krietzman
  • Patent number: 9831608
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a housing, a signal contact, and a ground shield. The housing includes a base having a front side and an opposite rear side. The signal contact is received in the base and has a mating segment that extends forward of the front side. The ground shield is received in the base and extends forward of the front side. The ground shield surrounds the signal contact on at least one side thereof. The ground shield includes a deflectable spring tab extending from an inner surface of the ground shield towards the signal contact without engaging the signal contact. The spring tab is positioned forward of the front side of the base. The spring tab is configured to be deflected outward by a mating connector in a direction away from the signal contact during a mating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Justin Dennis Pickel, David Patrick Orris
  • Patent number: 9831595
    Abstract: A connector waterproofing structure watertightly seals a gap between openings of cavities of a pair of housings which accommodate terminals. In the structure, the pair of housings includes annular members formed at each of ends of the openings. The annular members are made of resin, protrude and surround the openings, either one of the annular members is formed into such a shape to be pressed to an inner peripheral surface or an outer peripheral surface of the opposite annular member, when the pair of housings are fitted together, and the inner peripheral surface or the outer peripheral surface are obliquely formed so that the wall thickness of the opposite annular member is gradually increased from the distal end toward the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Keiji Hamada, Tomoyuki Miyakawa, Kazuyuki Ochiai, Masaki Imamura
  • Patent number: 9831606
    Abstract: A communication connector including elongated contacts, and an optional flexible compensation circuit. The elongated contacts include a plurality of contact pairs. Each pair includes first and second contacts configured to transmit a differential signal. The elongated contacts may each have first and second portions with first and second heights, respectively. The first height is greater than the second height. The first portion of the first contact is positioned alongside the first portion of the second contact to capacitively couple the first and second contacts together. The optional flexible compensation circuit includes compensation circuitry configured to at least partially reduce crosstalk between the elongated contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Charles R. Bragg, Darrell W. Zielke, Tom Sauter, Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 9825375
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection structure for a terminal fitting (1010). The connection structure includes a terminal fitting (1010) including a terminal body (1011) to be fastened and fixed to a grounding surface and a plurality of terminal connecting portions (1021) extended from the terminal body; and a junction terminal (1030) electrically connected to ground wire (D) and electrically connected to the terminal connecting portions (1021). This connection structure enables a plurality of ground wires to be electrically connected all together to a grounding surface in a space-saving manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Yukinari Naganishi, Kousuke Kinoshita, Takatatsu Yamamoto, Keiichi Mita, Tomoyasu Terada, Takehiko Uehara