Patents by Inventor Christopher E. Chiodo

Christopher E. Chiodo 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: 5748453
    Abstract: Computers are manufactured with connectors in which are inserted at least one PCI expansion card to increase the capacity of the computer. A computer enclosure panel is formed with an opening for insertion and withdrawal of the card. The card has a cover which blocks the opening after the card has been plugged in. The invention provides a retainer mounted on the rear panel which, when projected, engages the cover to assist in holding the card in place. The slide has a detent which is manually disengaged in order to slide the cover to retracted position. It further provides room for the tab conventionally extending outward of the card so that the card may be located closer to the side panel, thereby conserving space within the enclosure. Computers as shipped from the factory many times are not provided with PCI cards and the opening is blocked by a removable blanking cover. The slide also holds the blanking cover in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Carney, Dave Desilets, Clifford Willis, Alan Lee Winick, Christopher E. Chiodo
  • Patent number: 5696636
    Abstract: An insert is installed at a corner and two adjacent edges of an enclosure for electronic equipment so that a signal light, such as an LED, may be observed from two sides of the enclosure. The insert has a prism to refract light in both directions from an LED or similar signal light supported on the insert in a fixed position relative to the prism. The corner of the prism is rounded to function as a lens. The corner of the enclosure is cut away at the upper edges of the converging sides and the cut-away area filled with the lens. An apron depending from the insert may be welded or otherwise adhered to the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Chiodo, Mathew J. Palazola
  • Patent number: 5640309
    Abstract: Computers are manufactured with connectors in which are inserted at least one PCI expansion card to increase the capacity of the computer. A computer enclosure panel is formed with an opening for insertion and withdrawal of the card. The card has a cover which blocks the opening after the card has been plugged in. The invention provides a retainer clip mounted on the rear panel which, when in operative position, attaches to the panel and engages the cover to assist in holding the card in place. The clip has a bent spring which may be compressed to install and remove the clip. The invention further provides room for the tab conventionally extending outward of the card to extend outward of the enclosure so that the card may be located closer to the side panel, thereby conserving space within the enclosure. Computers as shipped from the factory many times are not provided with PCI cards and the opening in the panel is blocked by a removable blanking cover. The clip also holds the blanking cover in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Carney, Dave Desilets, Clifford Willis, Alan Lee Winick, Christopher E. Chiodo
  • Patent number: D358135
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Chiodo, Joseph M. Spano, Paul S. Montgomery, Herbert H. F. Pfeifer
  • Patent number: D394846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Milton C. Lee, Christopher E. Chiodo, Christopher Whittall, Herbert Pfeifer
  • Patent number: D425495
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventors: Christopher E. Chiodo, William A. Izzicupo, Jonathan A. Colprit, Mathew J. Palazola, Herbert F. H. Pfeifer, Paul S. Montgomery
  • Patent number: D434030
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Colprit, Mathew J. Palazola, Daniel D. Gonsalves, Christopher E. Chiodo