Patents Examined by Sean Kayes
  • Patent number: 11934155
    Abstract: A slotted timer teaches time in a simple manner to those having difficulty understanding the concept of time. The timer rotates a shaft which rotates a colored disk attached to the shaft. The initial position of the colored disk is manually set by an operator using a card residing in a slot extending across the top of the timer. The card may illustrate an activity to be completed in a time period set by the operator. Different cards may be used to indicate different activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Time Timer, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Rogers, Tricia L. Wright
  • Patent number: 11934149
    Abstract: A device for a timepiece, comprising a support, an inertial regulating member mounted so as to rotate relative to the support by an elastic suspension connecting said regulating member to the support. The regulating member comprises a number n of rigid portions interconnected in pairs by n elastic coupling links. The elastic suspension comprises n elastic suspension links respectively connecting each rigid portion to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventors: Guy Semon, Thomas Mercier, Florian Danard, Wout Johannes Benjamin Ypma, Maarten Pieter Lustig
  • Patent number: 11899401
    Abstract: A drive device for a display element for displaying a quantity associated with time or derived from time, includes a cam that is pivoted about a first axis and designed to drive the movement of the display element, the cam having a peak, a lever that is pivoted about a second axis, and a spring that is designed to return the lever into contact with the cam, wherein an angle (?) is formed, in a plane perpendicular to the first and second axes, between (i) a straight line passing through (a) the contact point between the peak, in particular the point is farthest from the first axis, and the lever, and (b) the first axis, and (ii) a straight line passing through the first axis (A3) and the second axis, the angle (?) is less than or equal to 70°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Christian Fleury
  • Patent number: 11899402
    Abstract: A system adjusts the angular position of a first toothed wheel set relative to a support on which the first toothed wheel set is mounted such that it can pivot. The adjusting system includes an adjusting member allowing an action to be applied to an angular position of the first toothed wheel set to adjust the angular position of the first toothed wheel set relative to the support. The invention adjusting system can be incorporated into a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Daniel Matteazzi
  • Patent number: 11899404
    Abstract: A device for assembly and alignment on a first bridge, particularly a timepiece movement plate, arranged in a first plane, the device including a second bridge arranged in a second plane, the second bridge being intended to carry a component, in particular a moving component of a timepiece resonator mechanism, the device including a device for aligning the second bridge on the first bridge, the alignment device including at least two bearing faces of the second bridge arranged orthogonally to the second plane in two different directions, the alignment device further including at least two movable adjustment pieces connected to the first bridge, the adjustment pieces each being configured to contact with one of the bearing faces to position the second bridge in a position on the first bridge, the movable pieces defining a plurality of positions of the second bridge on the first bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Raphaël Courvoisier
  • Patent number: 11886147
    Abstract: A variable timepiece display mechanism includes a resilient hand with a drive pipe integral with a single-piece flexible strip including flexible segments joined at tips, a first segment thereof extends between the first pipe and a first tip. The mechanism also includes a driver for driving the pivoting of the pipe, and a stressor for stressing the first flexible segment in order to vary the position of the first tip relative to the output axis, as a function of the forces applied to the flexible strip. The drier and/or the stressor includes a first shaped gear train and/or a second shaped gear train in order to accelerate, stabilize the speed of, or slow at least the pipe over a part of the angular travel thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Stranczl, Jan Pittet
  • Patent number: 11886148
    Abstract: A timepiece component (1) for a watch case, notably a bezel, comprising an axis (A), a first ring (10), a second ring (11) and a connecting element (12) for connecting the first and second rings, the connecting element being elastic and positioned between the first and second rings, the first ring and/or the second ring comprising an element (31) for retention on the rest of a watch case (200), particularly on a watch middle (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Nicolas Boaron, Julien Caillol, Benjamin Celant, Laurent Mincone, Michael Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11860577
    Abstract: A variable timepiece display mechanism includes a resilient hand with two drive pipes integral with a one-piece flexible strip includes a tip or an index, with a driver for driving the pivoting of the pipe, and a stressor for stressing the strip so as to vary the position of the tip relative to the axis of the pipes, which includes an accelerator or decelerator device arranged such that it accelerates, or stabilizes the speed of, or slows down the first pipe and/or the second pipe over at least part of the angular travel thereof, which includes a device with a first differential gear on the drive gear train of the first pipe and/or a second differential gear on the drive gear train of the second pipe, and at least one cam forming an input of a differential gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Stranczl, Jan Pittet
  • Patent number: 11853008
    Abstract: A timepiece display mechanism with an instantaneous jump function, including a Maltese cross mechanism with an annular ring controlling, in part of its travel, the pivoting of a planet wheel set and driven by a timepiece movement via a cam wheel set arranged to move the annular ring from an activated position to a deactivated position in an instantaneous displacement in order to pivot a planet wheel set, and vice versa in a controlled return slower than the instantaneous displacement, the cam wheel set includes a coaxial cam and plate including a slot for driving an eccentric finger of the cam which controls the pivoting of a driver driving the annular ring between two extreme activation and deactivation positions, the slot allowing a clear jump of the driver in the deactivation position, and a longer reactivation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Blancpain SA
    Inventors: Bernat Monferrer, Lilian Joly
  • Patent number: 11841684
    Abstract: A timepiece resilient hand with drive pipes at the ends thereof, including a display index which is at a variable distance from the pipes, and including flexible segments between each pipe and the index each with a web having a substantially constant section, at least one flexible segment thereof includes discontinuous elements projecting from the web thereof in a plane perpendicular to the axis of the pipes and defining, along this web, an alternation of sections, the stiffnesses thereof per unit of length are different from one another, and/or at least one web includes a succession of areas of opposite concavities, projecting on a plane perpendicular to the axis of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Stranczl, Patrice Golay, Pierre Cusin, Alexandre Fussinger
  • Patent number: 11841685
    Abstract: A horological display mechanism (10) with elastic hand (1), including means for driving barrels (2; 4) coaxial at the ends of a flexible blade (3), including a differential mechanism with an input frame (180) including an input toothing (182), free to rotate and carrying an intermediate wheel (103) and a satellite (101) meshing with each other, this satellite (101) including an eccentric finger (1010) traveling the track (105) of a fixed cam (104), and returned against it by the elasticity of the elastic hand (1), the input frame (180) including a shaft (185) carrying, coaxially, a first cannon-pinion (1020) including the first barrel (2) and a second cannon-pinion (1040) including the second barrel (4), the toothing (1049) of one of which meshes with the toothing (1039) of the intermediate wheel (103), and the toothing (1029) of the other one of which meshes with the toothing (1019) of the satellite (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 11829108
    Abstract: Provided is a timepiece part that reduces axial runout of a flat member when the rotating axle thereof turns. A escape wheel and pinion 18 includes an axle member having a first shaft 44 and a second shaft 45 that is larger in diameter than the first shaft, and a seat 48 disposed outside the position where the first shaft and the second shaft connect; a guide member 49 disposed in contact with the seat, having a first hole in which the first shaft is inserted, and having a diameter greater than the second shaft; an escape wheel 23 disposed in contact with the guide member and having a second hole in which the first shaft is inserted; and a fixing member 50 disposed in contact with the escape wheel, having a third hole in which the first shaft is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventor: Eiichi Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 11809137
    Abstract: A balance for timepieces includes a rim, a hub, and at least one arm connecting the hub to the rim. At least one portion of the balance is made of an at least partially amorphous metal alloy. The at least partially amorphous metal alloy is based on an element chosen from the group consisting of platinum, zirconium and titanium, and has a coefficient of thermal expansion comprised between 7 ppm/° C. and 12 ppm/° C. The balance can be manufactured by moulding. A resonator can include such a balance and a monocrystalline quartz balance spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Alexandre Haemmerli, Francois Gueissaz, Jean-Claude Martin, Lionel Paratte, Yves Winkler, Gianni Di Domenico, Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Lionel Tombez, Baptiste Hinaux, Donald William Corson, Michel Willemin
  • Patent number: 11803159
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece that shortens the time from starting to completing indicator position detection. The electronic timepiece 1 an indicator 11; an actuator 12 that drives the indicator 11; a light emitter 21; a photodetector 22 that detects light emitted from the light emitter 21 selectively when when the indicator 11 is at a reference position; and a control circuit 35 that executes a first mode to drive the indicator 11 continuously in one direction until the indicator 11 is detected while the light emitter 21 is emitting, and a second mode to alternately drive the indicator 11 and drive the light emitter 21 to emit to detect the indicator 11 at the reference position after the photodetector 22 detects light in the first mode and the indicator 11 has past the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventor: Naohiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11803162
    Abstract: Wearable electronic devices, such as watches, can provide a seal member to form a fluid barrier between an inner chamber therein and outer chambers, as well as an external environment. Components within the sealed inner chamber can be protected from elements from the external environment (e.g., water ingress, etc.). The components outside of the inner chamber can include sensor modules and the like. Such components can be operatively connected to components within the inner chamber, for example, by a flex circuit that extends across the seal member. The component can interact with a watchband when coupled to a watch housing of the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer Pandya, Daniel J. Hiemstra, Zaki Moustafa
  • Patent number: 11803163
    Abstract: An electronic watch includes a time display, an antenna, a first substrate including a light-emitting element, a second substrate including a light-receiving element, a gear including a through hole passing light from the light-emitting element therethrough, the gear being disposed between the first and second substrates, and first and second conduction members electrically coupling the first and second substrates. The second substrate includes a first wiring electrically coupled to the first substrate via the first conduction member, and a second wiring electrically coupled to the second substrate via the second conduction member. Halfway on at least one of the first and second wirings, a circuit element is coupled in series that, compared to electrical resistance when a direct current flows in the wiring, increases electrical resistance when an alternating current generated by a radio wave received by the antenna flows in the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventor: Yasuo Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11789407
    Abstract: A device (10) for guiding a pivoting mass in rotary pivoting, in particular for a horological movement comprising, arranged in series substantially in the same plane, a first support (2), a first pair of uncrossed strips (5, 6), a second support (3), a pair of crossed strips (7, 8), and a third support (4), the pair of uncrossed strips including, a first (5) and a second (6) flexible strip connecting the first support (2) to the second support (3) without crossing each other, the pair of crossed strips including a third (7) and a fourth (8) flexible strip connecting the second support (3) to the third support (4), the third (7) and fourth (8) flexible strips crossing each other between the second (3) and the third (4) support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Mohammad Hussein Kahrobaiyan, Gianni Di Domenico
  • Patent number: 11789408
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spring ring 14 for snap fitting a rotating bezel, the spring ring extending in a plane and being intended to be received in an annular groove arranged on a cylindrical outer rim of a watch case middle part made of ceramic. According to the invention, the spring ring comprises on the inner rim thereof at least one lug inclined in relation to the plane of the spring ring, said lug being intended to engage with a cylindrical outer surface of the watch case middle part, so as to index the position of the spring ring in relation to the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Comadur S.A.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Jacquot, Laurent Bourcet
  • Patent number: 11782391
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a wall clock AI voice assistant, such as a computing device, is provided herein. The wall-mountable electronic clock includes an optical sensor, a microphone, a digital display and a speaker. The optical sensor captures image data representing at least a portion of a user. The microphone receives an audio input from the user when certain criteria is met, such as when the image data representing at least a portion of the user is captured. The digital display provides visual information to the user provided in response to the captured image data or the audio input. The speaker provides audio information provides from a digital voice assistant in response to the captured image data or the audio input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Harms, Cathy Kim, Curtis Aumiller, Jack Thrun, Jiawei Zhang, Michael Noh, Pranav Mistry, Praveen Jayakumar, Robert Wang, Ruokan He, Sajid Sadi, Thomas Brenner, Anthony Liot, Marc Estruch Tena, Ik Seon Kang, Cheoljun Lee, Younseong Kim, Bola Esther Yoo
  • Patent number: 11782386
    Abstract: A twisted arbour barrel (1), including a barrel drum (2) provided with a housing, a spring arranged in the housing of the barrel drum (2), an arbour (4) at least partially passing through the housing, the spring being compressed by rotation of the arbour in a first direction of rotation (12), the arbour (4) being provided with a protruding end (9) of the drum (2), a ratchet (3) arranged on the drum (2), the ratchet (3) being configured to allow the rotation of the arbour (4) in the first direction of rotation (12), the protruding end (9) passing through the ratchet (3) through an opening (14) cooperating by interlocking with the protruding end (9), the protruding end (9) of the arbour (4) having a twisted shape around its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGÈRE SUISSE
    Inventors: Julien Christan, Laurent Kaelin