Patents Examined by Tho D. Ta
  • Patent number: 10498057
    Abstract: A clip-type contactor and a protective apparatus including the same are provided. A clip-type contactor according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a bent-shaped body having an elastic force and configured to come into electric contact with a conductor of an electronic device; an elastic restriction part configured to extend from an upper side of the bent-shaped body to a lower side of the bent-shaped body to restrict movement of the body; and a stacking means disposed at a lower portion of the body to be stacked in the same space as that of a functional element configured to protect a user or an inner circuit on a circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: AMOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Su Ryu, Byung Guk Lim, Yun Suk Choi, Yoon-Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 10498058
    Abstract: A connector has a body part and a side wall part which extends in the longitudinal direction, wherein a reinforcing bracket includes: a body part formed on both ends in the longitudinal direction, a side part which is connected to the body part and disposed on a mating guide side wall part on both sides of the mating guide part, and coupling parts which extend in the longitudinal direction with both ends thereof connected to the side part, the side part includes a mating guide engagement part which is engageable with a counterpart mating guide engagement part formed in a counterpart reinforcing bracket installed on a counterpart connector body, the coupling parts include a shield plate part outside the side wall part as well as a supporting part inside the side wall part, and the supporting part includes a supporting engagement part which is engageable with a counterpart supporting engagement part formed in a counterpart supporting part of the counterpart reinforcing bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Sho Kitazawa, Akihiko Okajima
  • Patent number: 10495267
    Abstract: An improved LED lighting system is provided for overhead ceiling lighting, as well as for other uses. The LED lighting system comprises elongated linear lamps having an LED luminary as a source of illumination and configured to operate as a node of an automated networked lighting system. The linear LED lamps have internal modular network connectors and control components so that they can receive control data and power signals over a single network cable according to a standardized power and data network communications architecture such as Ethernet. The system includes connector assemblies designed to securely mount the networkable linear LED lamps to conventional tube lamp lighting fixtures or to another support housing and to provide integrated power and data connectivity to internal components of the lamps. In one form, the disclosed system includes a network enabled snap-fit connector assembly mounted to a lighting fixture and configured to provide Ethernet power and data connectivity to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Michael W. May
  • Patent number: 10490944
    Abstract: An electrical connector mounted on a circuit board and used to be electrically connected to an electrical module includes an insulating body, and multiple terminals provided on the insulating body. At least one of the terminals has: a connecting portion; an elastic arm, bending and extending upward from the connecting portion for being electrically connected to the electrical module; two extending arms, extending from the connecting portion, each of the two extending arms having a free tail end; and an electrical connecting portion, located at one of the free tail ends of the two extending arms for electrically connecting the two extending arms, and for increasing the volume and surface area of the terminal, so as to reduce impedance and improve high frequency thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ted Ju, Chien Chih Ho
  • Patent number: 10490929
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for use in association with a heavy duty vehicle, chassis-mountable, data bus signal wiring harness coupling. The coupling includes a receptacle having a generally circular cross-section and being adapted to be accommodated in longitudinal pass-through relation by a corresponding vehicle chassis mount including a mounting aperture for the coupling. The adapter may be slidably mounted on the receptacle for mounting to the vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Arthur Walli, John Robert Ford Kyes
  • Patent number: 10490957
    Abstract: A grommet assembly includes, in one embodiment, a single-piece housing having an open top end, an open bottom end, an interior region, an interior wall surrounding the interior region and a housing outer surface. A receptacle support structure is located within the interior region and attached to the interior wall for supporting an electrical power receptacle. A bottom cover is attached to the housing at the open bottom end. The bottom cover includes sidewalls, an interior side facing the interior region of the housing and an opposite exterior side. The bottom cover is configured so that the sidewalls are located within the interior region of the housing when the bottom cover is completely attached to the housing. The grommet assembly further including a fastener operable to secure the housing at an opening formed in a work surface. The fastener includes an upper surface that is configured to engage a lower surface of the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Brandstatter, Bernard Bensussan, Michael O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 10490913
    Abstract: A spring-loaded parallel pad clamp connector is provided. The clamp includes a top jaw; a bottom jaw having an eye depending therefrom; one or more springs biasing the top and bottom jaws to a closed position; and a surface positioned a predetermined distance from the eye so that the surface acts as a fulcrum and force translation surface for a lineman hot stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Victor De France, Daniel David Dobrinski, Jefferson Robert Hall
  • Patent number: 10490953
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a bridging piece, a shielding cover and a display device. The bridging piece includes a connector and an insulative insert. The connector includes a first surface and a second surface which are opposite to each other. A conductive area is configured to electrically connect the first surface with the second surface, and the insulative insert is on the second surface of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zifeng Wang, Lei Cao, Yan Ren, Changlin Leng
  • Patent number: 10485267
    Abstract: A fluid permeable heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system includes a cap and a substantially flat electrically conductive and fluid permeable heating element. The cap includes a hollow body with a first cap opening and a second cap opening. The first cap opening is opposite to the second cap opening. The heating element is configured to vaporise aerosol-forming substrate. The heating element is mounted on the cap, such that the heating element extends across the first cap opening. A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system includes the heater assembly, a liquid storage portion, a mouth piece, and a retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik, Jean-Marc Widmer, Keethan Dasnavis Fernando
  • Patent number: 10483661
    Abstract: A system for sealing an electrical terminal which includes a device for sealing a plurality of electrical wires to a wire attachment portion of an electrical terminal. The device includes a shrinkable tubing which is placed over the plurality of electrical wires such that one end thereof extends over the wire attachment portion of the electrical terminal. A sealant/adhesive is placed within the heat shrink tubing and has a first portion proximate to the edge of heat shrink tubing. The sealant/adhesive has a strip of high viscosity sealant/adhesive proximate a strip of low viscosity sealant/adhesive. Upon the application of heat to the device after installation of the device over the electrical terminal, the shrinkable tubing starts to recover, the first portion of the sealant/adhesive flows and seals free ends of the plurality of electrical wires to seal the free ends of the electrical wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sunny Sethi, Vijay Daga, Kavitha Bharadwaj, Ting Gao
  • Patent number: 10483670
    Abstract: Electrical connector for circuit boards provided with terminals having connecting portions configured to be connected to a circuit board at one end in the longitudinal direction of said terminals and contact portions configured to be placed in contact with a counterpart connector component at the other end, and a housing holding a plurality of said terminals in place in array form. Said housing having disposed therein the contact portions of the terminals, and formed such that it is divided into a receiving-side housing, which accommodates the contact portions and receives a counterpart connector component such that it is placed in contact with the contact portions, and a board-side housing, which holds the terminals in place in sections more proximal to the connecting portions than to the contact portions and which is mounted to a circuit board, and the receiving-side housing and the board-side housing are molded as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Hasegawa, Takahiro Abe
  • Patent number: 10476188
    Abstract: Printed circuit boards (PCBs) may include embedded lateral connectors. The embedded lateral connectors may be configured to enable components to quickly couple to or plug into a PCB, thus saving time to form connections. The embedded lateral connectors may also reduce weight and/or size by avoiding need for bulky tradition collections with conventional components (e.g., solders, external pin connectors, etc.). The connectors may include male connectors, female connectors, and/or mounting connectors. The connectors may be configured to connect multiple PCBs together, such as using a stacked configuration, which may enable reducing a volume of space needed in a housing for the PCBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Mische
  • Patent number: 10476221
    Abstract: To provide a socket for a halogen lamp, which allows easy attachment and removal operations, as well as enables stable contact between a lamp terminal and an external electrode terminal when the lamp is attached. The socket includes a first holder part having a first hole, a second holder part having a second hole, and a spring member accommodated at a position between the first hole and the second hole and having a third hole. The first hole, second hole, and third hole have a shape extending in a direction that is different from a direction in which the terminal is passed through. The terminal is turned after being passed through the holes, whereby the terminal moves inside the first hole, second hole, and third hole, and is fixed when the terminal reaches an outer edge portion of the third hole of the spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: Ushio Lighting, Inc., CE-RISE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Yamamizu, Toshifumi Motoyama, Tsuyoshi Takeya
  • Patent number: 10476175
    Abstract: A terminal-equipped electric wire includes: an electric wire including a core wire and an insulating coating; and a terminal connected to the core wire exposed from an end portion of the electric wire. The terminal includes: a flat-plate-shaped weld portion; a bottom plate portion; and a crimping piece. In a state where the crimping piece is crimped so as to be wound around an outer periphery of the insulating coating, a leading edge of the crimping piece is located on a bottom plate portion side with respect to a first virtual plane that passes through the center of the electric wire and is perpendicular to the bottom plate portion, and the leading edge of the crimping piece is in proximity to a side edge of the bottom plate portion on a side opposite to a side on which the crimping piece is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Idota, Hitoshi Takeda, Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10476198
    Abstract: A receptacle cage includes walls defining a cavity including a top wall and first and second side walls extending from the top wall to a bottom. The cavity is open at a rear to receive cabled receptacle connectors and open at a front to receive pluggable modules. A divider wall extends between the side walls and divides the cavity into upper and lower module channels receiving corresponding pluggable modules. The divider wall includes a front and a rear and has mounting fingers proximate to the rear for removably mounting the rear of the divider wall to the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Pogash, Dustin Grant Rowe
  • Patent number: 10476216
    Abstract: A drape-over article for furniture includes a flexible or rigid body that has an inverted U-shape, or is capable of assuming an inverted U-shape. The body has downwardly-extending inner and outer arm portions spaced apart from one another, and a central bight portion that forms an upper region of the body. An electrical power and/or electronic data outlet is mountable to the outer arm portion and is accessible along an outer surface of the outer arm portion. The electrical power and/or electronic data outlet can be energized by an electrical power source such as a wall outlet or an onboard battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Peter Stathis
  • Patent number: 10470313
    Abstract: A contact assembly includes a contact array having contacts with transition portions between mating and terminating portions with contact tails extending to tips. The contact assembly has a dielectric contact holder holding the transition portions. The contact assembly has a solder ball module defining a board interface to a host circuit board. The solder ball module has a gathering housing with contact channels extending between a top and a bottom receiving contact tails of corresponding contacts. The gathering housing has solder balls arranged at the bottom at each contact channel being electrically connected to the tips of the contact tails and being configured to be reflow soldered to circuits of the host circuit board to electrically connect the contacts to the host circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael John Phillips, Randall Robert Henry, Michael Joseph Tryson
  • Patent number: 10465298
    Abstract: A method for improving service life in a connector for joining to a cathodically protected platform includes providing a metallic connector for joining to a cable. A non-conductive coating is provided on the connector proximate the cable. A hydroxide ion diffusion distance is determined that will insure dilution of hydroxide ions to a level that will prevent damage to an encapsulant and non-conductive coating bond on the connector. A polymer encapsulant is molded around the non-conductive coating and the cable to seal the assembled cable in the connector such that the encapsulant and non-conductive coating bond is formed at a greater path distance than the determined hydroxide ion diffusion distance from any hydroxide ion source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas S Ramotowski
  • Patent number: 10468820
    Abstract: A locking electrical outlet assembly includes at least one electrical plug that has a pair of blades and an outlet housing is provided that is positioned in a wall. A pair of sockets is each rotatably positioned in the outlet housing. Each of the sockets is rotatable between a first position and a second position, and each of the sockets is biased to rotate into the second position. A pair of locking units is each movably coupled to a respective one of the sockets for releasably retaining the sockets in the first position. Each of the locking units in the respective socket disengages the outlet housing when the electrical plug is plugged into the respective socket. A plurality of contacts is coupled to the outlet housing and each of the terminals on the sockets engages respective ones of the contacts when the sockets are rotated into a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jeremy Ito
  • Patent number: 10461480
    Abstract: A shield connector includes a braided conductor through which an electric wire is inserted; a shield shell formed in a tubular shape that has conductivity; and a ring formed in a tubular shape in which a pressing surface that faces the shield shell in an axial direction of the shield shell is formed on an inner surface side over an entire periphery. The pressing surface is inclined in a direction intersecting with the axial direction on a section in the axial direction. The ring is fixed to the shield shell while maintaining a state in which the pressing surface presses the braided conductor against the shield shell in the axial direction over the entire periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tanaka, Noboru Hayasaka, Toru Suzuki, Yuuhei Takeshita