Patents Examined by Vanessa Girardi
  • Patent number: 11031191
    Abstract: A device for switching an electric current with separable electrical contacts includes a switching mechanism including: a switching shaft that is coupled to a mobile electrical contact; a trip hook that is pivotably mounted on a fixed support of the mechanism; a linking system coupling the switching shaft to the trip hook. The linking system includes a first pair of connecting rods that are pivotably mounted on the trip hook and a second pair of connecting rods that are mounted so as to pivot with a crank of the switching shaft. The first connecting rods are connected to the second connecting rods with a single axis of articulation which forms a pivot link between the first connecting rods and the second connecting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Pinero, Brice Jacolin, Anais Toumi, Daniel Reviron
  • Patent number: 11031705
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic device (2) comprising a housing body (4) for housing components, a connector (6) which has a receiving space (8) for a shield conductor section (10) and a housing cover (22) which is movable between a starting position and an end position for covering a portion (24) of the housing body. In this case the connector (6) has at least one cover (20), which is arranged movably on the housing body (4) between an open position and a closed position, in which the cover closes the opening (18). Furthermore, locking means (36) are provided with at least one locking member (38) which is movable between a locking position and an unlocking position, in which the locking member unlocks the cover (20) for a movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Eugen Penner, Armin Struckmeier
  • Patent number: 11023081
    Abstract: Multi-functional keyboard assemblies include an array of keys formed from stacked component layers. A top portion of the key may be capable of travelling vertically with respect to a base of the key. The top portion can include a keycap and a circuitry module coupled to the keycap. The keys may be capable of receive at least two distinct types of inputs and/or receiving at least one type of input and providing at least one type of output. Such output may include use of one or more light sources, displays, and/or haptic feedback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Bartley K. Andre, Mikael Silvanto, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 11025009
    Abstract: A first connector has first rear engagement parts exposed toward the rear of the first connector, along with first front engagement parts exposed towards the front of the first connector. A second connector has second rear engagement parts and second front engagement parts. In the mating state between the first connector and the second connector, the second rear engagement parts are disposed on the rear side of the first rear engagement parts so as to engage with the first rear engagement parts, while the second front engagement parts are disposed on the front side of the first front engagement parts so as to engage with the first front engagement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Satoshi Shimonishi, Toshiya Oda
  • Patent number: 11017966
    Abstract: A key structure including a circuit board, a membrane, a positioning frame, a sensor module, a scissor leg, and a key cap is provided. The membrane is disposed on the circuit board and is electrically connected to each other. The positioning frame is disposed on the membrane. The sensor module is disposed on the membrane and is electrically connected to the circuit board. The scissor leg is connected to the positioning frame and is adapted to move up and down relative to the positioning frame. The key cap is detachably disposed at the scissor leg and is spaced with positioning frame. The key cap has a reflective plane and a shaft component. The reflective plane faces the membrane. The shaft component is extended from the reflective plane and penetrates through the scissor leg and the positioning frame to abut the membrane. The sensor module is aligned with the reflective plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Yung-Cheng Teng, Chen-Chih Hou, Cheng-Han Lin, Yung-Hui Hou
  • Patent number: 11012069
    Abstract: A key switch implements a receiving switch conductor and transmitting switch conductor in the key switch. Depressing the key switch will cause the receiving switch conductor and transmitting switch conductor to approach each other. The approach of a finger and movement of the key switch can be detected using the receiving switch conductor and the transmitting switch conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Tactual Labs Co.
    Inventor: Braon Moseley
  • Patent number: 11011325
    Abstract: A push button switch may include a housing, an operation unit, and, a lock lever unit. A lever body of the lock lever unit may have a locking portion capable of locking one end of a long jig in an extending direction. The housing may have a fulcrum projection that contacts an intermediate portion of the jig having the one end locked to a locking portion when the lever body is moved using the jig, and serves as a rotation fulcrum of the jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuaki Morita, Yusuke Komoguchi, Tadahiko Ogawa, Masami Nishida
  • Patent number: 11005280
    Abstract: An electrical connection system that connects and disconnects a plurality of supply circuits. More specifically, a connection system that can quickly connect two or more batteries in series or in parallel by connecting a wire bridge system to two or more mated battery side connectors. Alternatively, the connection system can quickly connect a plurality of devices to one battery connection point by connecting a multi-device connector to a mated battery side connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Connect-Ease L.L.C.
    Inventors: Burt A Boudreaux, Calvin D Munkvold
  • Patent number: 10998154
    Abstract: A connection terminal 9 of a cable 8 is fastened to a right area of a terminal block of a relay box 1, using a bolt 26. At this time, a connection terminal 6 of a power supply cable 5 is not connected to a power supply-side terminal 11 or a relay terminal 15, and power is not supplied from a battery to power seats. Then, a tab 30 provided on the connection terminal 6 of the power supply cable 5 is inserted into the relay terminal 15 from an inlet 19, and the connection terminal 6 and the relay terminal 15 are electrically connected to each other temporarily. Thus, operations of the power seats are checked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Takashi Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 10998673
    Abstract: A magnetic latching connector for making electrical connections between cables, electrical power and signal sources, equipment and the like in a variety of medical and other applications in which it is desired to have the connection maintained with a predetermined amount of magnetic attractive force. The magnetic latching connector generally includes male and female connector components. The male and female connector components comprise male and female couplings and male and female coupling housings. The male and female coupling housings enclose electrical connections between the male and female couplings and electrical cables. Recessed within the male and female couplings are electrically conductive pins and sockets and male and female magnetic latching elements. When the male and female connector components are coupled, the pins and sockets provide electrical connections and the recessed magnetic latching elements provide a predetermined magnetic attraction force to maintain the connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Onanon, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Johnson, Katherine H. Hoose
  • Patent number: 10998151
    Abstract: Disclosed is a push button including: a module that has a fixed contact part which is able to contact and separate from a movable contact part; an elastically deformable dynamic contact member that is supported in a cantilever state with a base part fixed to the module, and that has the movable contact part electrically contactable with the fixed contact part; and an operation receiving member that makes the movable contact part contact the fixed contact part by having one end acting on an acting portion. The movable contact part is arranged out of (i) a line connecting the acting portion and the base part and (ii) an extended line thereof, the dynamic contact member has a first movable part and a second movable part, the acting portion is arranged in the first movable part, and the movable contact part is arranged in the second movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Inaba
  • Patent number: 10998153
    Abstract: Multi-functional audio and lighting devices are enclosed in snap-in modules adapted to fit in industry standard rocker switch panels. Each module has at least two functional parts. Included are auxiliary audio jacks, with USB charging ports and with or without a voltmeter; a Bluetooth transceiver with pairing and volume controls; an FM radio receiver with channel scan and a channel display; a single (dual-function) knob audio controller; a push-button audio controller; and an RGB LED controller with color, flash, and speed controls. A modular rocker switch panel that can be configured for two or more switches is presented. Various numbers and types of multi-function modules can be configured in a panel to customize an entertainment system. The modules are preferably marine grade and may have optional tethered water resistant covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Larry Vansickel, Wang Hai, Gu Wendong, Zhou Liang
  • Patent number: 10978836
    Abstract: A housing element for attachment to an electric flat conductor rail. The housing element includes a flat conductor socket extending in a first direction, and a plug connector flange extending in a second direction transverse to the first direction, and including an interior contact part receptacle. The plug connector flange is further separated from the flat conductor socket by a wall. A passage opening connects the flat conductor socket to the contact-part receptacle. The present disclosure further relates to an electric line arrangement including such a housing element and to a production method therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Wolfgang Wimmer, Thomas Stöckl
  • Patent number: 10978264
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a start switch or contact point (10) for rotating electric machines with single-phase power supply, having a base (100) bearing actuating arms (200) carrying conductive blades (300). The actuating arms (200) are independent and one-piece, each one carrying at least one conductive blade (300) and being pressed against a stop (220) by a resilient element (400), also including a sliding surface (230) with a friction-reduction region (235). The present invention also relates to an electric machine provided with a corresponding start switch or contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Emerson Ricardo Olsson Hopner, João Gustavo Togneri
  • Patent number: 10971859
    Abstract: A connector includes a first housing (10) and a second housing (60) connectable to each other. The second housing (60) includes two walls (64) facing each other. The first housing (10) includes a receptacle (12) defining a fitting space (14), two side walls (19) connected to both circumferential ends of the receptacle (12) and a lock arm (24) arranged between the side walls (19). Entrance spaces (29) into which the walls (64) enter are defined between the side walls (19) and the lock arm (24) to communicate with the fitting space (14). Protrusions (31, 32) configured to contact the walls (64) are provided on inner surfaces of the side walls (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Shingo Tajima, Yukihiro Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 10971852
    Abstract: It is aimed to provide a joint connector capable of holding a plurality of housings and a busbar without complicating the entire configuration. A joint connector includes a first housing (10) configured to accommodate first terminals (60), a second housing (40) configured to accommodate second terminals (70) and be united with the first housing (10), and a busbar (80) having first tabs (84) to be connected to the first terminals (60) and second tabs (85) to be connected to the second terminals (70). The busbar (80) includes a coupling portion (83) coupling the side of the first tabs 84 and the side of the second tabs (85), first fixing portions (86) to be fixed to the first housing (10) and second fixing portions (87) to be fixed to the second housing (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Yukihiro Fukatsu, Toshikazu Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10962276
    Abstract: A household refrigeration appliance has a housing and at least one electronics module in the housing. The electronics module is covered at least in sections by a metallic cover plate and the cover plate is in electrical contact with a further metal component, in particular with a metal sheet, of the household refrigeration appliance. The cover plate is thereby connected by way of the metal component to an electrical ground connection. The ground connection has a metallic grounding claw, separate from the cover plate and from the metal component, by way of which the cover plate and the metal component are connected to at least one connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraéte GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lindel, Michael Krapp, Yun Dai
  • Patent number: 10958013
    Abstract: A connector mainly includes a main base body, one end of which has a guide sleeve, the other end of the main base body has a butting holes, and the guide sleeve is connected with a connecting module. The connecting module further includes a connecting base which includes a connecting element. The connecting module further includes a butting seat correspondingly engages the guide sleeve, and a conductive module is housed inside the main base body. The conductive module further includes a central pin, and the central pin is provided with a second waterproof gasket. The second waterproof gasket for the central pin extending therethrough and abuts against a side of a convex seat. The central pin extends through a sleeve which is correspondingly connected with a conductive base, and the central pin is sleeved in the sleeve and the conductive base. Finally, the conductive module is further correspondingly sleeved with a fixing seat and a protective sleeve in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Chang-Lin Peng, Mei-Hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 10958028
    Abstract: A charger guard apparatus is described. The guard is equipped with a sabot, wall plate, and retaining cradle which, when assembled around a mobile device charger or any AC-powered male plug, is configured to prevent unwanted movement, damage, or loss to the charger or similar AC-powered device. The sabot is preferably composed of a top half and a bottom half which are configured to lock together around a male AC plug, including any AC/DC adapter or similar plug protrusion. The sabot is also configured to encapsulate any and all cable extending from an AC/DC adapter disposed within the sabot. The retaining cradle is configured to lock to the wall plate via retaining clips which are designed to mate with clip sockets of the wall plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Justin T. Chronister, Joshua R. Maddox, Steve R. Maddox
  • Patent number: 10950394
    Abstract: A key switch includes a base, a key cap, a supporting mechanism, a link bar and a buffer member. The key cap is disposed above the base. The supporting mechanism is connected to the key cap and the base to allow the key cap to move relative to the base upwardly and downwardly. The link bar includes a lower linking end. The buffer member and the base are two independent components. The buffer member is disposed on the base and made of material softer than material of the base. A restraining structure is formed on the buffer member. The lower linking end movably passes through the restraining structure. When the key cap moves relative to the base upwardly and downwardly, the lower linking end is driven to move within the restraining structure correspondingly, so as to reduce noise during movement of the lower linking end relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Pen-Hui Liao, Chin-Hung Lin, Yen-Hsiao Lin, Hsin-Hung Liu, Chia-Fu Cheng