Patents by Inventor Bruce E. Berg

Bruce E. Berg has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9547338
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The electronic device may include a housing. A display trim may be formed from injection molded plastic that is molded directly onto the housing. The molded plastic trim may form a rectangular ring around the periphery of the housing. The housing may have angled or curved interior surfaces that are covered by the molded plastic trim. Computer-controlled positioners may be used to center the housing within an injection molding tool. Independently controlled positioners may also be used in capturing the housing between the lower die and the upper die in the injection molding tool. The injection molding tool may inject thermoplastic elastomer material into a channel in the upper die to form the plastic display trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Berg, Bryan W. Posner, Dinesh C. Mathew, Robert Y. Cao
  • Publication number: 20170011869
    Abstract: An input mechanism is disclosed. The input mechanism includes a dome support structure defining an opening that extends through the dome support structure, a collapsible dome positioned in the opening and engaged with the dome support structure, and a cover member coupled to the dome support structure and covering the collapsible dome, thereby retaining the collapsible dome within the opening of the dome support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Eric A. Knopf, Matthew P. Casebolt, Craig C. Leong, Robert Y. Cao, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Zheng Gao, Ryan P. Brooks, Paul X. Wang, Bruce E. Berg
  • Publication number: 20170004937
    Abstract: A key mechanism can include one or more butterfly hinges. Each butterfly hinge includes a double wing design operative to move between a depressed position and non-depressed position. Hinged coupling mechanisms couple respective arms of the wings together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, JR., Bruce E. Berg
  • Publication number: 20160336127
    Abstract: A key mechanism for an electronic device includes a switch housing and a hinged structure. As one example, the hinged structure can be a butterfly hinge. The switch housing includes switch pin retaining mechanisms on opposing sides of the switch housing. The hinged structure includes two separate wings that are positioned adjacent to each other such that a cavity is formed between the two wings. The two wings are coupled together by coupling elements. The wings of the hinged structure can include switch housing pins on each arm of the wing that extend into the cavity and couple to the switch pin retaining mechanisms in the switch housing. Various configurations of switch pin retaining mechanisms and switch housing pins can be used to attach the hinged structure to the switch housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Robert Y. Cao, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Bruce E. Berg
  • Patent number: 9449772
    Abstract: A key mechanism can include one or more butterfly hinges. Each butterfly hinge includes a double wing design operative to move between a depressed position and non-depressed position. Hinged coupling mechanisms couple respective arms of the wings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Bruce E. Berg
  • Patent number: 9406999
    Abstract: Antenna structures may be customized to compensate for manufacturing variations in electronic device antennas. The antenna structures may include an antenna resonating element and a ground. Customizations may be made to the antenna structures by performing customization operations such as adding material, removing material, deforming material, and making electrical adjustments. Customizations may be performed to a conductive antenna resonating element structure, to a ground structure, or to associated antenna structures such as parasitic antenna elements. During manufacturing operations, antenna structures may be characterized by making radio-frequency antenna performance measurements. Antenna performance can be compared to desired performance levels and compensating customizations for the antenna structures can be identified. Customized antenna structures can be installed in electronic devices during manufacturing to produce devices that meet desired specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Bruce E. Berg, John Raff, Stephen R. McClure
  • Publication number: 20160143168
    Abstract: An electronic device having protruding features and a method for molding the protruding features to the electronic device are described. The protruding features may be formed by a molding tool that releases a material that flows through several apertures of a substrate. Also, the molding tool is positioned with respect to the substrate such that the material from the molding tool flows from an interior region of the substrate to an exterior region of the substrate via the several apertures. Accordingly, each aperture extends from an opening of the interior region and to an opening of the exterior region of the substrate. In some cases, the apertures may include a conical shape. For example, the opening in the interior region may include a diameter greater than a diameter of the opening in the exterior region. In this manner, the material, when cured, is mechanically secured to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Adam T. GARELLI, Simon Regis Louis LANCASTER-LAROCQUE, Dinesh C. MATHEW, Bruce E. BERG, Sarah J. MONTPLAISIR, Nicholas A. RUNDLE
  • Patent number: 9304338
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include displays. A display may include a display unit that includes an array of display pixels and a backlight unit that provides backlight illumination for the display pixels. An automated alignment system may be used to align the display unit to the backlight unit. The alignment system may include a camera, a control unit, and computer-controlled positioners. The control unit may gather alignment feature location information from the display unit and the backlight unit using the camera. The control unit may determine a centroid of the backlight unit based on the alignment feature location information. The alignment feature location information may include the respective locations of openings in the backlight unit. The control unit may operate computer-controlled positioners to align the display unit with respect to the backlight unit using the centroid and to subsequently attach the display unit to the backlight unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Benjamin M. Rappoport, Jiang Ai, Amy Qian, Bruce E. Berg, Eva J. Dixon, Ateet Piplani
  • Publication number: 20160091991
    Abstract: An electronic device may have printed circuits to which electrical components are mounted. Plastic may be molded over a printed circuit. Vias may be formed in the printed circuit that connect metal traces on the surface of the molded plastic to metal traces on the printed circuit. The vias may be formed by drilling or by covering the metal traces on the printed circuit with mold pins in a molding tool during plastic molding operations. Plated metal traces or other metal traces may extend onto the interior surface of via holes. Vias may also be filled with conductive material such as solder or conductive adhesive. Metal members that are soldered or otherwise connected to printed circuit traces may be used in coupling surface metal traces to printed circuit traces. Antenna structure, shielding structures, and electrodes for a stylus may be formed using the metal traces on the molded plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Aidan N. Zimmerman, Bruce E. Berg, Gleen Aune, Kevin C. Armendariz, Ryan P. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20160087329
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with antenna structures that are embedded in a dielectric such as plastic. The plastic may be molded over the antenna structures using molding equipment. Antenna structures may be embedded in molded plastic structures such as plastic electronic device housing structures. The plastic electronic device housing structures may form housing structures such as housing wall structures. The antenna structures may be embedded within the housing wall structures in the vicinity of an exterior surface of the housing wall structures. Embedded antenna structures may also be mounted under other dielectric structures such portions of a display cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Bruce E. Berg, John Raff, Stephen R. McClure
  • Publication number: 20150367545
    Abstract: An article for use in an injection molding process is disclosed. The article is a sleeve which may be used to facilitate the removal of a molded part from a central core. The device eliminates the need for a draft angle which may be unsuitable for molded parts in certain applications. A method for injection molding is disclosed which uses this sleeve in the injection molding process. An article produced by this process is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce E. Berg, Christopher J. Stringer, Glenn Aune, Ryan P. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20150323965
    Abstract: This application relates to self-profiling friction pads for computing devices. In particular, the embodiments discussed herein describe self-profiling friction pads that have a naturally dome-shaped profile. In some embodiments, the self-profiling friction pads can be used as device feet for a computing device. Additionally, the self-profiling friction pads can be used to seal certain areas of the computing device such as a display or ventilation system. The self-profiling friction pads are configured to be deposited in a liquid state and form into a dome shape as a result of the material properties of the deposited liquid and the properties of the surface to which the liquid is deposited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James R. KROGDAHL, Adam T. GARELLI, Bruce E. BERG, Liliya LYANDRES, William F. LEGGETT, Paul CHOINIERE
  • Patent number: 9153856
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with antenna structures that are embedded in a dielectric such as plastic. The plastic may be molded over the antenna structures using molding equipment. Antenna structures may be embedded in molded plastic structures such as plastic electronic device housing structures. The plastic electronic device housing structures may form housing structures such as housing wall structures. The antenna structures may be embedded within the housing wall structures in the vicinity of an exterior surface of the housing wall structures. Embedded antenna structures may also be mounted under other dielectric structures such portions of a display cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Bruce E. Berg, John Raff, Stephen R. McClure
  • Publication number: 20150049433
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The electronic device may include a housing. A display trim may be formed from injection molded plastic that is molded directly onto the housing. The molded plastic trim may form a rectangular ring around the periphery of the housing. The housing may have angled or curved interior surfaces that are covered by the molded plastic trim. Computer-controlled positioners may be used to center the housing within an injection molding tool. Independently controlled positioners may also be used in capturing the housing between the lower die and the upper die in the injection molding tool. The injection molding tool may inject thermoplastic elastomer material into a channel in the upper die to form the plastic display trim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce E. Berg, Bryan W. Posner, Dinesh C. Mathew, Robert Y. Cao
  • Publication number: 20140265763
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing a tooling system for forming a unitary housing are disclosed herein. One embodiment may utilize a plurality of injection cavity slides. The slides may form the interior cavity of the housing. Utilizing a plurality of injection cavity slides to form a single cavity insert may allow the slides to be remove from an opening in the housing which is smaller than the cavity of the housing. Removing the slides from housing allows for the formation of housing having a unitary structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Lozano Villarreal, Richard J. Langlois, Alexander Kwan, Ciaran Keane, Dominic E. Dolci, Chiew-Siang Goh, Bruce E. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140118531
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include displays. A display may include a display unit that includes an array of display pixels and a backlight unit that provides backlight illumination for the display pixels. An automated alignment system may be used to align the display unit to the backlight unit. The alignment system may include a camera, a control unit, and computer-controlled positioners. The control unit may gather alignment feature location information from the display unit and the backlight unit using the camera. The control unit may determine a centroid of the backlight unit based on the alignment feature location information. The alignment feature location information may include the respective locations of openings in the backlight unit. The control unit may operate computer-controlled positioners to align the display unit with respect to the backlight unit using the centroid and to subsequently attach the display unit to the backlight unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Benjamin M. Rappoport, Jiang Ai, Amy Qian, Bruce E. Berg, Eva J. Dixon, Ateet Piplani
  • Publication number: 20130076574
    Abstract: Antenna structures may be customized to compensate for manufacturing variations in electronic device antennas. The antenna structures may include an antenna resonating element and a ground. Customizations may be made to the antenna structures by performing customization operations such as adding material, removing material, deforming material, and making electrical adjustments. Customizations may be performed to a conductive antenna resonating element structure, to a ground structure, or to associated antenna structures such as parasitic antenna elements. During manufacturing operations, antenna structures may be characterized by making radio-frequency antenna performance measurements. Antenna performance can be compared to desired performance levels and compensating customizations for the antenna structures can be identified. Customized antenna structures can be installed in electronic devices during manufacturing to produce devices that meet desired specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Bruce E. Berg, John Raff, Stephen R. McClure
  • Publication number: 20130076573
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with antenna structures that are embedded in a dielectric such as plastic. The plastic may be molded over the antenna structures using molding equipment. Antenna structures may be embedded in molded plastic structures such as plastic electronic device housing structures. The plastic electronic device housing structures may form housing structures such as housing wall structures. The antenna structures may be embedded within the housing wall structures in the vicinity of an exterior surface of the housing wall structures. Embedded antenna structures may also be mounted under other dielectric structures such portions of a display cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Bruce E. Berg, John Raff, Stephen R. McClure
  • Publication number: 20110089792
    Abstract: An aluminum housing and methods of fabrication are described. The computer housing being suitable for enclosing a computer assembly. The aluminum housing includes an aluminum structural support portion covered by a thermoplastic elastomer material. The aluminum is first textured and anodized before an adhesive film is applied to an unsealed anodized aluminum surface. The thermoplastic elastomer material is then overmolded onto the pre-bonded aluminum structural support to provide a protective layer that is pleasing to the eye and touch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Casebolt, Anand N. Agarwal, Bartley K. Andre, Bruce E. Berg, Kevin S. Fetterman, Michelle Goldberg, Bingjiun Lin