Patents Examined by Vanessa Girardi
  • Patent number: 12035435
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a multi-step shorting switch and an illumination device. The multi-step shorting switch includes a housing, wherein an upper surface or a side surface thereof is provided with an opening; a toggle device provided in the housing, wherein a top portion or a side surface, corresponding to the above opening, of the toggle device is provided with a toggle, the toggle passes through the opening, and a bottom portion of the toggle device is provided with a sliding contact member; and multiple contact terminals provided on a substrate, wherein the sliding contact member is configured to, in a sliding process caused by that the toggle is shifted, simultaneously contact at least two of the multiple contact terminals, to form multiple steps which are continuously in a turn-on status without a turn-off status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Tianci Zhou, Chengbin Liu
  • Patent number: 12009622
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to a connector assembly that includes an increased outer diameter of the connector member relative to the equivalent G-type connector and an increased inner diameter of the receptable member relative to the equivalent G-type receptacle (also referred to as a seizure nut) to achieve higher current carrying capacity and target frequency rates of up to 3.0 Ghz, for example. In one preferred example, this results in a connector assembly consistent with the present disclosure having a connector member with an outer diameter of at least 10.70 mm, and more preferably 10.76±0.01 mm, rather than the 9.4 mm diameter of existing G-type connectors. Despite this increased diameter, a seizure assembly consistent with the present disclosure can achieve a functional impedance of 75 ohms to maintain nominal signal quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Mahoney, Rafael Celedon, Simon Farfoud
  • Patent number: 11998052
    Abstract: An aerosol generating device includes an accommodation space in a cylindrical shape for accommodating a cigarette, an induction coil wound along an outer surface of the accommodation space, a power supply for supplying electric power to the induction coil, a controller for controlling electric power supplied to the induction coil, and a shield film including a ferromagnetic material for shielding electromagnetic interference from electromagnetic waves emitted from the induction coil. The shield film surrounds only a portion of an outer surface of the induction coil to shield the electromagnetic interference from the electromagnetic waves having a frequency that does not exceed 500 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Min Lee, Sang Kyu Park, Hwi Kyeong An, Seung Won Lee, Soung Ho Ju
  • Patent number: 11998064
    Abstract: A cleaning kit for an aerosol generating device includes a power supplier; a cleaner configured to clean the aerosol generating device by moving while contacting at least one of an accommodation unit and a heater of the aerosol generating device, and a driver configured to operate the cleaner according to power from the power supplier, and including a gear unit for changing an operating torque of the cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hwi Kyeong An, Jong Myung Kim, Seok Sun Yoon, Jong Ik Lee, Seung Peel Yim
  • Patent number: 11990716
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric unit for connecting to a DIN rail (50), having means for contacting the lines (70) of a busbar (60), said means comprising a rotatable contacting element (30, 40, 50), the outer circumference of which is equipped with contacts (32, 42, 52, 53, 62, 63). A first group of contacts (32, 52, 62) and a second group of contacts (42, 53, 63) are provided, wherein the contacts of the first group are arranged so that, when the contacting element (30, 40, 50) is rotated they contact contact lines (70) extending in a first place (A1), and the contacts of the second group are arranged so as to contact lines extending in a second plane (B1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Zumtobel Lighting GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Machate
  • Patent number: 11990732
    Abstract: An interlock structure of a bypass transfer switching device is proposed. When supply power is bypassed through a bypass switch, the interlock structure may prevent manual switching on an automatic transfer switch, and allow the automatic transfer switch to be input into a switchboard when power input directions of the bypass switch and the automatic transfer switch match with each other. The interlock structure includes: the automatic transfer switch having a lever input portion for manual switching of a normal supply and an alternative supply; the bypass switch configured to bypass electric power of the normal supply or the alternative supply supplied to a load side through the automatic transfer switch; and an interlock device configured to automatically close the lever input portion when the bypass lever is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Sunghwan Moon, Shin-o Hwang
  • Patent number: 11990703
    Abstract: An insulating housing and an electrical connector including the insulating housing are provided. The electrical connector, for transmitting power and signal with a mating electrical connector, comprises a body portion, a plurality of power terminals, a power mating portion, at least one signal terminal, and a signal mating portion. The power mating portion has a plurality of column bodies extending from a front surface thereof and accommodating the plurality of power terminals therein. The signal mating portion is connected with the body portion and located over one side of the power mating portion and accommodating at least one signal terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Sung-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 11980224
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol generation device includes: a power supply configured to supply power to a heater configured to heat an aerosol source; a receptacle configured to allow insertion of a plug including a plurality of pins and configured to receive power for charging the power supply from the inserted plug; and a charger configured to control charging of the power supply by power received by the receptacle. The receptacle includes pins connectable to only some of pins among the plurality of pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ono, Minoru Kitahara, Shujiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11984690
    Abstract: A power-inlet plug has an installation seat, an elastic electrical conductive member and an external connector, the elastic electrical conductive member having a fixing portion and an elastic portion electrically connected to the fixing portion, the installation seat is provided with an installation cavity that accommodates the fixing portion and the external connector and a locking mechanism for detachable fix of the installation seat, the installation cavity is provided with an hole providing for the elastic portion extending out, and the elastic portion is provided with a retractable electrical contact. By setting the stop block, the permanent deformation and collapse of the shrapnel can be effectively prevented, and the problems of poor contact and contact failure can be solved. The locking part drives down the locking tongue and the power supply track extrusion locking structure design, effectively prevents the power-inlet plug from falling off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Self Electroncis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanfang Xue, Zhaoyong Zheng
  • Patent number: 11973293
    Abstract: A linear actuator system with a controller, said controller comprising a controller and programmable means for controlling the operation of an electrical motor. The electrical linear actuator system comprises a user control unit (1), an electrical cord with a plug for connecting the user control unit (1) and the controller, where the controller and/or the user control unit comprises a socket (1a) for receiving the plug (2). The plug (2) comprises a locking ring (5), which is rotatable relative to the plug (2), and the socket (1 a) comprises an opening (16) for receiving the plug (2) including the locking ring (5) in the opening (16) of the socket (1 a). The socket (1 a) further comprises an aperture (4) through which a part of the locking ring (5) is accessible when the plug (2) including the locking ring (5) is inserted into the opening (16) of the socket (1a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Agerley Thomsen
  • Patent number: 11963548
    Abstract: A portable inhalation apparatus is provided comprising a base and a collapsible stem assembly. In some embodiments, the portable inhalation apparatus is a smoking pipe. The collapsible stem assembly may have an extended position in which the stem assembly extends away from the base and a collapsed position in which the stem assembly is collapsed towards the base. When the stem assembly is in the collapsed position, the smoking pipe may be in a compact form to store and transport the smoking pipe. The stem assembly may comprise at least two stem sections and at least one articulating connection interconnecting the stem sections. A related method for making a portable inhalation apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Wolf Grinders Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Booth
  • Patent number: 11962111
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided that includes a first conductor for receiving electrical power. A first seal is coupled to the first conductor for protecting the first conductor. An insulating body is coupled to the first conductor, and includes an electrical terminal that establishes electrical connections between the first conductor and a plurality of electrical terminal pins. A downhole cable is coupled to a first electrical terminal pin of the plurality of electrical terminal pins. The first electrical terminal pin establishes an electrical connection between the electrical terminal and the downhole cable to provide the electric power to the downhole cable. A second seal is coupled to the downhole cable for protecting the electrical connection between the electrical terminal and the downhole cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Sonic Connectors Ltd.
    Inventors: Bradley Yingst, Brody Whitley, Matt Duckworth
  • Patent number: 11955747
    Abstract: A watertight electrical connection system to flat-wire conductors of a flexible circuit is described including a watertight electrical connector that houses connector terminals within a cavity. A contact surface of the watertight electrical connector is configured to mate with a connection area on a surface of the flexible circuit. The connection area is of variable thickness. A seal surrounds an opening to the cavity to form a watertight connection between the connector terminals and one or more of the flat-wire conductors within the connection area on the surface of the flexible circuit. A retainer fits over the flexible circuit and onto the watertight electrical connector to compress the seal and form the watertight connection between the surface of the flexible circuit and the contact surface, which is of variable thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Duane Lee Brantingham, Michael J. Demonica, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11942721
    Abstract: A protective cover for a connector can having a top cover having a top cover connector end and a top cover cord end, a bottom cover pivotally connected to the top cover having a bottom cover connector end and a bottom cover cord end, a bias applying a force to cause the top cover cord end to abut the bottom cover cord end, and a connector void disposed on the bottom cover for receiving a connector adjacent a connector tray for supporting the connector. A cord with a connector can be inserted into the protective cover for a connector through the bottom cover. The cord can be inserted through the cord void and the connector can be inserted through the connector void. The protective cover can then be displaced slightly to allow the connector to rest on the connector tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Yolanda Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11942743
    Abstract: The present invention may comprise: a body including a first plate facing a first direction, a second plate facing a second direction opposite to the first direction, and at least one printed circuit board; and at least one receptacle disposed at the body to be connected to an external connector, wherein the receptacle comprises: a receptacle body which is connected onto the printed circuit board; a receptacle shell to which the external connector is connected and which is slidable in the receptacle body in a third direction vertically facing each of the first and second directions; a guide device which guides the sliding movement of the receptacle shell; a molded member which is coupled to the receptacle shell and configures a connection position of the external connector; and a connection structure which electrically connects the receptacle shell and the receptacle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byungmin Lee
  • Patent number: 11936155
    Abstract: An appliance power connector includes a terminal block having a base. The base includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The base includes a pocket. The terminal block includes an upper shroud and a lower shroud. The upper shroud has upper shroud walls extending from the base forming an upper chamber above the upper surface. The lower shroud has lower shroud walls extending from the base forming a lower chamber below the lower surface. The appliance power connector includes a power terminal coupled to the terminal block. The power terminal includes a main body, an upper stud extending from a top of the main body and a lower stud extending from a bottom of the main body. The main body is received in the pocket. The upper stud is located in the upper chamber above the base for connection to an upper power cable terminal. The lower threaded stud is located in the lower chamber below the base for connection to a lower power cable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Brian Keith Weaver, William James Moyer, II, Divya Shukla
  • Patent number: 11936146
    Abstract: A grounding system for a rackable circuit breaker includes a finger cluster connector connected to a grounding bus in the circuit breaker and a rail conductor mounted in a circuit breaker cradle and connected to ground potential. The finger cluster connector includes a conductor formed from a single plate of conductive material folded into a generally U-shaped body with first and second sides divided into a plurality of fingers. Distal ends of the fingers form mutually facing parallel surfaces of a constricted passage configured to make a sliding electrical contact with the rail conductor that is advanced into the constricted passage as the circuit breaker is racked into the cradle. First and second leaf springs fastened to the conductor portion are divided into a plurality of spring finger sections with spring distal ends configured to respectively press against the distal ends of respective fingers of the conductor portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Alan Williford, Sergio Flores, David Price
  • Patent number: 11923640
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes first and second adjacent electrical contacts that each define respective first and second mating ends, the first mating end of a first one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a first contact surface, the second mating end of a second one of the first and second adjacent electrical contacts defines a second contact surface electrically isolated from the first contact surface; and a dielectric material positioned between the first and second adjacent electrical contacts. When a mating connector applies a force to the first contact surface and the second contact surface, the first and second mating ends and the dielectric material all move in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: SAMTEC, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Mongold, Jonathan E. Buck
  • Patent number: 11894628
    Abstract: A PCIe SAS direct link connector includes a cable end and a back board; the cable end fixed on the back board and including a direct link female head, a high-speed line, and a 15pin plug terminal; the back board including a primary and a secondary cavity position; the direct link female head connected with the high-speed line; the 15pin plug terminal being an asymmetric bow shape and having a short and a long side, a first contact point disposed on the short side, and a second contact point disposed on the long side; the 15pin plug terminal connected with the high-speed line; when the 15pin plug terminal is combined with a server board end connector, the first contact point and the second contact point contact a terminal of the server board end connector, respectively, simplifying the connection structure and improving heat dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Amphenol East Asia Electronic Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Wang, Yan-Bin Tan, Lei Liao
  • Patent number: 11888358
    Abstract: Emergency stop for a linear actuator system, which comprises a housing (13) and an activation button (12) adapted for activating a circuit breaker and where the activation button (12) has a neutral position and an emergency position. The emergency stop further comprises a spring (19) for spring-loading the activation button (12) for retaining the activation button (12) in the neutral position, a latching mechanism adapted for retaining the activation button (12) in the emergency position once it has entered this position, and a release mechanism adapted to unlatch the latching mechanism. The spring-loaded activation button (12) is pivotally connected to the housing (13) and arranged to pivot between the neutral position and the emergency position. The spring-loaded activation button (12) comprises an arm (26,27) having one end attached to the underside (24) of the spring-loaded activation button (12). The housing 13 comprises a wall piece (35,36) adapted for engaging a free end of the arm (26,27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Martin Kahr Knudsen, Jan Frølich