Patents by Inventor Christopher Fruhauf

Christopher Fruhauf 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: 9790025
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recyclable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael Basha, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 8872459
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a lifting mechanism with a motor, a lifting member, and a variable gear. In some embodiments, the motor is operably connected with the variable gear such that the motor can drive the variable gear and/or the lifting member. In certain implementations, the variable gear includes one or more teeth with varying tooth radii. In some variants, the variable gear and a clutch member are engageable and are configured to allow manual operation of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Christopher Fruhauf, Michael Basha, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen
  • Publication number: 20130233857
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recycleable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael Basha, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Publication number: 20130233853
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a lifting mechanism with a motor, a lifting member, and a variable gear. In some embodiments, the motor is operably connected with the variable gear such that the motor can drive the variable gear and/or the lifting member. In certain implementations, the variable gear includes one or more teeth with varying tooth radii. In some variants, the variable gear and a clutch member are engageable and are configured to allow manual operation of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Christopher Fruhauf, Michael Basha, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen
  • Patent number: 8070140
    Abstract: A misting apparatus that is more durable and leaks less than systems known in the art. The apparatus includes a durable, integral flow control assembly and handle, which are especially beneficial for portable misting systems. The apparatus further includes a pressure gauge for monitoring the pressure inside the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Misty Mate, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bandawat, Kyle Swen, Chris Harsacky, Chris Morast, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Publication number: 20110089007
    Abstract: A button mechanism for effecting user inputs to an electronic device. The button mechanism includes a frame top that has a rigid frame portion; and flexible frame portion. The button mechanism further includes a device body that is oriented substantially parallel to the frame top and a button assembly that is situated between the device body and the frame top. The button assembly includes a contact portion that is operable to provide an electronic signal to control circuitry for the electronic device. The button assembly is affixed to an upper portion of the device body. The mechanism further includes a switch attached to the button assembly on the contact portion and a spring portion having a stepwise shape. The spring portion has an upper horizontal step portion and a lower horizontal step portion. The lower horizontal step portion of the spring is affixed to the button assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER FRUHAUF, Joseph J. Kopp, JR., Robert Brunner, Peter Fornell
  • Publication number: 20090174086
    Abstract: A misting apparatus that is more durable and leaks less than systems known in the art. The apparatus includes a durable, integral flow control assembly and handle, which are especially beneficial for portable misting systems. The apparatus further includes a pressure gauge for monitoring the pressure inside the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: David Bandawat, Kyle Swen, Chris Harsacky, Chris Morast, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 7196901
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes an expansion base module, a pair of sliding members mounted slidably on the expansion base module, a system module connected to the sliding members, and a synchronizing unit including a pair of first front and rear pulleys, a pair of second front and rear pulleys, and an endless cord that is connected to the sliding members and that trains on the first front and rear and second front and rear pulleys in such a manner to permit synchronous sliding movements of the sliding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Arif Maskatia, Stephen Cheung, Erich Elkins, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 7106579
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes an expansion base module with a connector, a hinge mechanism mounted slidably on the expansion base module, slidable relative to the expansion base module, and including a pivot shaft, a system module pivoted to the expansion base module through the pivot shaft, and a ribbon cable having a first segment that is electrically connected to and that extends from the connector toward the pivot shaft, and a second segment that extends from the first segment, that is wound around the pivot shaft, and that is electrically connected to the system module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Arif Maskatia, Stephen Cheung, Erich Elkins, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D618113
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Misty Mate, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bandawat, Bruno Richet, Chris Harsacky, Chris Morast, Christopher Fruhauf, Kyle Swen
  • Patent number: D643092
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Misty Mate, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bandawat, Kyle Swen, Chris Harsacky, Chris Morast, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D731457
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D732000
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D738350
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D760687
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D778255
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D791103
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D791733
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D832233
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Patent number: D843345
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brunner, Rhys Bonahoom, Gregoire Vandenbussche, Nivay Anandarajah, Christopher Fruhauf