Patents Examined by Thanh S. Phan
  • Patent number: 7646677
    Abstract: To provide a portable electronic timepiece capable of downsizing a product without reducing a display area. Zebra rubbers are respectively fixed attached to left and right side faces of a contact member attached portion of a case by making a fixed contact portion constituting a button shaft opposed face thereof disposed on an extension of a button shaft and bringing a section connecting portion thereof into contact with connecting patterns of a contact/main board connecting portion of a main board. When the button shaft is inserted into a button shaft guide hole, a front end thereof is brought into contact with a surface of a bowl type rubber switch member having a section in a channel-like shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hisao Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7645068
    Abstract: Watch comprising a mechanism (50) for driving a device (1) that displays a time-dependent value, this drive mechanism (50) itself being driven by the movement of the watch, this watch also having at least one first correction element (42) acting on the display device (50) via a clockwork mechanism (2) of the drive mechanism (50), and at least one second correction element (48) acting directly on the device (1) that displays the time-dependent value, the watch being characterised in that the drive mechanism (50) is arranged so as to drive the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value in both directions when the first correction element (42) is operated, and so as to be overridden when the second correction element (48) is operated, acting directly on the device (1) that displays a time-dependent value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Compagnie des Montres Longines, Francillon S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Alphonse Bron
  • Patent number: 7643380
    Abstract: A receiving circuit is provided with an amplifier circuit for amplifying the electric signal received by an antenna circuit, a frequency converter/detector circuit for converting a frequency of the electric signal amplified by the amplifier circuit to acquire an intermediate frequency signal, and for detecting the intermediate frequency signal to acquire a demodulated signal, and a filter circuit for removing an intermediate frequency component from the demodulated signal acquired by the frequency converter/detector circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaoru Someya
  • Patent number: 7639571
    Abstract: A timepiece has a display panel having electrophoretic particles between two opposing substrates, and a drive circuit unit having a display drive unit for applying an electric field between the substrates and a timekeeping unit for keeping time information. A plurality of first electrodes are rendered in the shapes of a plurality of symbols used to display time information content on one of the substrates, and a second electrode is disposed on the other substrate for applying a voltage between the first electrodes and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Ishii, Manabu Akahane
  • Patent number: 7630277
    Abstract: Timepiece fitted with a movement, characterised in that it includes a plate (6) driven in rotation by the movement (1) and which carries at least two off-centre display members which rotate about themselves and which are coupled to each other by a gear train (67, 80) whose ratio determines the frequency with which the decorative designs covering the display members cooperate with each other to form a determined fancy decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: ETA SA Manfacture Horlogére Suisse
    Inventors: Thierry Conus, Paul Ris, Sébastien Gass
  • Patent number: 7614782
    Abstract: A chronograph watch, which makes it possible to perform accurate zero-reset of a plurality of elapsed time display sections, and to reduce the number of components thus simplifying the structure, can be provided. Means for Solving the Problem The chronograph watch 1 according to the present invention includes an hour counting wheel 25, a second counting wheel 40, and a minute counting wheel 60 distant from each other in a planar direction, and is provided with a hammer 160 for substantially simultaneously and mechanically zero-resetting the hour counting wheel 25, the second counting wheel 40, and the minute counting wheel 60, the hammer 160 being composed of a hammer body 161 and a minute hammer 170.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Eiichi Hiraya, Kazunari Agesawa
  • Patent number: 7604396
    Abstract: A watch design that has a movable of fixed case that keeps the face of the watch visible regardless of the position of the wrist. In this way, a user can quickly see the watch face in the proper orientation so that the time can be quickly and correctly determined. The watch face is offset from the watchcase to provide space for the user's wrist when the face is turned in a viewing position. In this way, a viewer can see the watch face without discomfort caused by the watch face rubbing against the user's wrist. The watch has a display that can be angled for viewing by either forming an angled housing or by using a prism to project the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Don Karterman
  • Patent number: 7583566
    Abstract: An illumination assembly for an electronic device, wherein the electronic device comprises a casing within which is positioned at least a display assembly for displaying information, wherein the illumination assembly comprises an electroluminescent assembly, coupled in the module, having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is in facing alignment with the display assembly; a translucent ink/film layer having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is positioned in facing alignment with the second surface of the electroluminescent assembly, and wherein the translucent ink/film layer has indicia therein or surface indicia thereon; a lens in facing alignment with the second surface of the translucent ink/film layer; wherein the illumination assembly is sealed in the module; and whereby upon illumination of the electroluminescent assembly, the visibility of the indicia is facilitated. In a specific embodiment, the wearable electronic device is a wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Yiu-Fai Yan
  • Patent number: 7580324
    Abstract: A drive wheel for integration into a clock movement, in particular into the clock movement of wristwatches, with at least a dented section by whose teeth a downstream wheel is rotatably drivable and at least a non-dented section which has a diameter chosen in such a manner that the part-circular circumference of the drive wheel in the non-dented section blocks the downstream wheel against rotation while the teeth of the downstream wheel face this section. The non-dented section of the drive wheel includes at least a flexible element that is arranged, seen in the direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the drive wheel, immediately after the dented section and that includes an elasticity essentially directed in radial direction of the drive wheel for the change of the diameter of the non-dented section of the drive wheel in the range of the flexible element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International SA
    Inventors: Laszlo Dancsecs, Pascal Schweizer, Denis Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 7575367
    Abstract: A controllable watch winder for a self-winding mechanical watch, in which a turntable is provided to hold and rotate the watch, including a programmable microprocessor circuit configured to count the number of rotations executed by the turntable. In one aspect, the watch winder is configured to introduce, after the electronic circuit is activated, a delay period before the turntable commences rotating. In another aspect, the circuit may be configured to interrupt the rotation of the turntable with pauses, to break up the rotation into cyclical sets. The circuit may be configured to automatically predetermine the number of rotations in each set. In yet another aspect, the watch winder may be configured to be manually adjustable, to variably predetermine before use, the number of rotations to be executed by the turntable and the length of any pause between rotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Wolf Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon P. Wolf, V, Tony Ming Sang Ng
  • Patent number: 7575366
    Abstract: The watch comprises a case (9) with a fixed part (10) in the shape of a bracket (20) and a mobile part (11) with a middle (21) and a movement (23) mounted onto the fixed part (10) so as to be able to swivel about a swivel axis (32) thanks to pivots (31) in order to realize a tilting motion of the mobile part (11) in two opposite directions. Two actuating mechanisms (44, 45) are mounted into the middle (21) and intended to transform the tilting motions into an action upon two control organs of functions of the movement that may be of the chronograph type. One thus obtains a watch without push-pieces, functioning precisely, having great stability and easy manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Francis Cretin
  • Patent number: 7575368
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fixing a wrist-watch strap to a watch, comprising a gate connected to the watch by a link and defining a seat for the wrist band, characterized in that it comprises a latch mounted so that it can rotate around a pin and a control device that makes it possible to actuate the latch for moving it from the stable closed position, in which it holds the gate closed, and toward the open position, in which the gate is released and allows access to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Raymond Weil S.A.
    Inventor: Hervé Guillaume
  • Patent number: 7551522
    Abstract: A watch module comprising a rotary dial (1) possessing an opening (2) for displaying a complication or an image. This rotary dial (1) is mounted rotatably on a base dial (3) via an annular low-friction member (4). This rotary dial (1) can be pivoted through a certain angle by the action of a pusher (9, 9?) to display another complication or image through the opening (2). This watch module, which comprises various parts (8, 13, 19, 21) for arresting and coupling the rotary dial (1) to the base dial (3), is arranged on the one hand in such a way as to decouple the rotary dial (1) from the base dial (3) when the pusher (9, 9?) is pushed, and on the other hand to drive the rotary dial (1) when the pusher (9, 9?) is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: De Grisogono SA
    Inventor: Fawaz Gruosi
  • Patent number: 7530733
    Abstract: An improved watch-winding apparatus comprising: a bottom support; a body; a lid cover with a glass window; and a plurality of tabbed spring cushions. A solid direct drive system drives the rotating tray. An electronic system keeps the rotating tray swinging per the intended program. Where a drawer is employed, a catch lock mechanism is also provided to prevent the drawer from automatically sliding open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Hero Team Corporation Limited
    Inventor: Lip Man Louie
  • Patent number: 7522476
    Abstract: The invention is a timepiece calendar mechanism for displaying the date and the day of the week, including a date indicator in the form of an internally toothed crown. The date indicator is driven by a first drive wheel having an external toothing so as to be able to be driven about an axis of rotation by a wheel set secured to an hour wheel of the timepiece. The toothing includes a prominent tooth, longer than the others, which abuts against a tooth of the inner toothing of the date indicator to move it forward one day in a time interval located around a determined time of the day. The mechanism also includes a day of the week indicator that moves forward one day during the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Marc Kuepfer, Marco Bettelini
  • Patent number: 7520665
    Abstract: A marine instrument, such as a clock, barometer, or thermometer, has a face having indicia associated with the face, an instrument movement, and at least one hand having a direct or indirect connection to the movement and positioned to move with respect to the face, or a display connected to an electronic movement. The components are encased within a casing that is water tight to at least 12 inches (e.g. about 30 feet) of water. A vent, such as a porous plastic plug, allows the passage of air in and out of a substantially water-tight volume containing the movement, but precludes water passage up to the rated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Trintec Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon G. Nunes, Gregory J. T. Lowe-Wylde
  • Patent number: 7505374
    Abstract: An electronic clock that produces both an analog and digital display and includes tracks that sequentially light to indicate passing seconds, minutes, and hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventors: Donald J. Booty, Jr., Linda Hodgdon
  • Patent number: 7505373
    Abstract: The invention proposes a MEMS micromotor produced in a plate made of crystalline or amorphous material, in particular based on silicon, which comprises a lower layer forming a substrate, and an upper layer in which at least one actuator and a rotor is etched, the actuator driving the rotor in rotation about a shaft (64), characterized in that the shaft (64) is connected to the plate, in that the shaft (64) extends axially through a hole of the plate, and in that the shaft (64) is clamped in the hole and centered in the hole by means of elastic fixing structures which are produced by etching in the substrate and which are arranged on the circumference of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogére Suisse
    Inventors: Lionel Paratte, Wilfried Noell, Jean-Philippe Rebeaud, Nicolas Golay, Yves Petremand, André Zanetta, Fabien Blondeau, Pierre-André Meister
  • Patent number: 7496003
    Abstract: The invention relates to an analogue display device for a timepiece. The inventive device consists of display means which are disposed such as to perform jumps in relation to a dial comprising a haphazard series of values to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Franck Müller Watchland S.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Müller
  • Patent number: 7492670
    Abstract: A method for displaying events in a plurality of calendar systems. The Custom Calendar System Program (CCSP) herein allows a user to create a custom calendar system by changing the length and names of the year, month, week, or day of any calendar system. The Event Conversion Program (ECP) herein translates the date for an event into a generic date and stores the event with the generic date. When the user changes the displayed time period or calendar system, the Display Program (DP) herein displays the new calendar system and/or time period and determines which events occur on the displayed time period. The DP translates only the events which occur in the displayed time period into the displayed calendar system dates and displays those events on the displayed calendar. A date caching file allows the invention to minimize the number of translation calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Michael Parees, Phillip J. Rau