Patents Examined by Sean Kayes
  • Patent number: 11209205
    Abstract: A defrost or thaw measuring device has a dumbbell or hourglass-shaped rotatable compartment with a cavity, the cavity being partly filled with at least two phase change materials having different melting points. The measuring device may determine the time period of thawing at two or more temperature intervals in the refrigeration space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Laila Ahmed Salim Bahammam
  • Patent number: 11209778
    Abstract: A movement includes a first wheel which includes a wheel main body which is configured by a resin material and a conductive layer which is configured by a material containing a conductive polymer and is provided on an outer surface of the wheel main body, and a second wheel which is configured by a metal material, in which the movement transmits a drive force of an electric motor module which is driven using a battery as an electrical power source. It is preferable that the conductive polymer is a material selected from polythiophene, polyacetylene, polyaniline, polyparaphenylene, and polyparaphenylenevinylene which is doped with an impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Shuichi Tamura, Tsunenobu Endo, Masaaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 11199817
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic timepiece includes a cylindrical exterior case, a bezel and a windshield member. In the exterior case, a circuit board is housed. The bezel is formed of a metal material to be ring-shaped, includes an inward flange part that projects from an inner side surface toward a center of the ring-shaped bezel, is arranged on an outer upper side of the exterior case and is electrically connected with the circuit board. The windshield member is formed of a transparent dielectric substance, arranged in the bezel and supported by the inward flange part. The bezel is configured to resonate with a radio wave having a desired frequency by adjustment of at least one of (i) a relative permittivity of the dielectric substance and (ii) an area of an overlap region where the inward flange part and the windshield member overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Uematsu, Takashi Sano, Yohei Kawaguchi, Tatsumi Ichimura, Takumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11192016
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an apparatus and method to detect timing components of a timing system. A processor sends signals to timing components and compares the responses with each other and with stored characteristic responses to detect if a timing component is present, if its characteristics have changed, to identify the connected timing component, and, if communication protocols are used, exchange data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Chris Stockinger
  • Patent number: 11188030
    Abstract: A timepiece display mechanism including a barrel with a spring between the arbor of a first wheel set driven by a drive wheel set, and a drum carrying a peripheral snail cam traversed by a feeler controlling the periodic jump of a display member, this drum carrying an peripheral finger outside the trajectory of this feeler, this first wheel set including an eccentric crank pin permanently guiding a groove to control the periodic back and forth motions of a pivoting anchor piece, which includes, on either side of an anchor piece axis, a beak and a stop for stopping or releasing this finger depending on the angular position of this anchor piece, the angular travel of each finger between its release by this beak and return to abutment on this stop defining the jump duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Christophe Riedo
  • Patent number: 11179621
    Abstract: A timing device is provided herein. The timing device includes a housing defining an aperture in a surface thereof. An elongated member is extendable from the housing. A wheel is attached to an interior surface of the housing. An encoder is operably coupled to the wheel and is configured to calculate a rotational velocity of the wheel. A controller is configured to calculate a linear velocity of the elongated member based on the rotational velocity of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Peter N. Hovland, Paul David Huch
  • Patent number: 11175087
    Abstract: A defrost or thaw measuring device has a dumbbell or hourglass-shaped rotatable compartment with a cavity, the cavity being partly filled with at least two phase change materials having different melting points. The measuring device may determine the time period of thawing at two or more temperature intervals in the refrigeration space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Laila Ahmed Salim Bahammam
  • Patent number: 11166529
    Abstract: Watch case including: a middle; at least one pair of horns intended to retain a wristwatch strap portion; the middle including a first lock member; and a second lock member mounted on the pair of horns and complementary to the first member to lock the pair of horns to the middle. The case also includes a manipulation member that can be manipulated by a user in order to move the second member between a locking position in which the members co-operate to maintain the pair of horns on the middle and a release position in which the pair of horns can be detached from the middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: LVMH SWISS MANUFACTURES SA
    Inventors: Laurent Cuenat, Laurent Raille
  • Patent number: 11165141
    Abstract: A watch band for a watch can include an antenna that is operable for wireless communication with other devices. The antenna can be embedded within a body of the watch band to protect the antenna from an external environment and to conceal it from view. The antennas can adaptably stretch, bend, and flex with the watch band body, thereby avoiding damage from applied forces while also maintaining the compliance and comfort of the watch band while worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jen-Chun Hsu, Yi-Chia Chen, Osamu Yabe
  • Patent number: 11156964
    Abstract: A device including a first part and at least a second part to be assembled to the first part, the first part including a body from which an attachment extends, the attachment defining a housing for the second part, for example as a timepiece hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Tommy Carozzani, Yves Winkler
  • Patent number: 11156963
    Abstract: A train wheel unit is provided with a first wheel which is configured by a material including a conductive polymer and a carbon powder, and a second wheel which is configured by a metal material. The train wheel unit transmits a drive force of an electric motor module which is driven using a battery as an electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Shuichi Tamura, Tsunenobu Endo, Ryo Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 11150607
    Abstract: A magnetic device for centring a shaft on a predetermined axis in a clockwork movement includes at least one first magnetic bearing provided with a magnet to exert an attractive force on a first ferromagnetic end pivot of the shaft. The first magnetic bearing includes a central part made of soft ferromagnetic material mounted between the magnet and the first end pivot of the shaft. The central part is positioned centrally in a washer made of non-magnetic material so as to centre the magnetic field flux generated by the permanent magnet through the central part in order to magnetically attract the first end pivot of the shaft on the predetermined axis. The diameter of the central part can be identical to, or 0 to 20% less than, or 0 to 20% greater than, the diameter of the first end pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Rochat, Benoit Legeret
  • Patent number: 11144015
    Abstract: An antenna device including a case main body made of synthetic resin, an antenna made of metal and provided on an upper portion of the case main body so as to receive radio waves, an electronic component provided on a side portion of the case main body, and a protective connection member which includes a protection section which protects the electronic component and a connection section which is connected to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Sano, Daisuke Uematsu, Yohei Kawaguchi, Tatsumi Ichimura, Takumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11144011
    Abstract: A component of a winding device, in particular an automatic winding device, of a timepiece movement, wherein it is made of austenitic stainless steel and wherein it comprises at least one friction surface hardened by carbon or nitrogen type atoms introduced into the austenitic stainless steel over a predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Sergio de Almeida Gra├ža, Vannina Linck
  • Patent number: 11137723
    Abstract: A professionally customizable timepiece includes a primary casing including a movement and configured to operate independently as a timepiece, and a secondary casing having an interior space for receiving the primary casing and further design elements. The secondary casing completely encloses the interior space and can be opened without tool for placement of the primary casing and/or design elements into the interior space or to remove them from there. The secondary casing includes a sight glass and is configured to secure the primary casing at a selectable position in the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: UPHILL PROJECTS GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Hauk
  • Patent number: 11137721
    Abstract: A balance spring for a balance with a blank containing: niobium: the remainder to 100 wt %, titanium: between 40 and 60 wt %, traces of elements selected from the group formed of O, H, C, Fe, Ta, N, Ni, Si, Cu, Al, between 0 and 1600 ppm by weight individually, and less than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Charbon
  • Patent number: 11137722
    Abstract: A wristwatch (an example of a timepiece) includes a small dial (an example of a dial) and a rotary disk (an example of a rotary member). The small dial includes a sun mark for displaying the state of the sun. The rotary disk covers the small dial and rotates in a 24-hour period. The rotary disk includes the sun state indicator that changes the visibility of the sun mark in accordance with the rotational position of the rotary disk. One of the small dial and the rotary member includes a plurality of numbers (an example of indexes) for indicating time. The other of the small dial and the rotary member includes a time indicator that indicates a number in accordance with the rotational position of the rotary disk. The time indicator and the sun state indicator are disposed relative to each other in a positional relationship such that the visibility of the sun mark by the sun state indicator corresponds to the state of the sun corresponding to the number indicated by the time indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noriaki Mitamura
  • Patent number: 11137726
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a clocking means configured to clock time, a switch configured to accept an input, and a processor configured to measure a period during which the switch is accepting an input, determine in accordance with a result of the measurement whether to change time difference data set in the electronic timepiece, and correct the time clocked by the clocking means on the basis of the time difference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Morohoshi
  • Patent number: 11131966
    Abstract: A timepiece includes at least one time-of-day hand rotatable relative to a first dial and a first pair of temporal calendar mechanical elements independently rotatable relative to each other, and relative to the at least one time-of-day hand. Controlled rotation of the respective temporal calendar mechanical elements is synchronizable relative to temporal calendar information on an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Peter Sayers, Ralph A. Morales, III, Terrance J. O'Shea, Thomas E. Pearson
  • Patent number: 11131965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pivot arbor comprising a metal pivot (3) at each of its ends. The metal is a non-magnetic aluminium alloy in order to limit its sensitivity to magnetic fields, and at least the outer surface (5) of one of the two pivots (3) is deep-hardened to a predetermined depth with respect to the rest of the arbor to harden the pivot or pivots (3). The invention concerns the field of timepiece movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Nivarox-FAR S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Charbon, Alexandre Fussinger, Marco Verardo