Patents by Inventor Joseph C. Poole

Joseph C. Poole 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).

  • Publication number: 20230014168
    Abstract: The disclosure provides members formed from multiple layers as well as enclosures and electronic devices that include the members. The members include glass members formed from multiple layers of glass. In some cases, the members include a protruding feature provided over a camera assembly of the electronic device. The member may define one or more through-holes that extend through the protruding feature. The protruding feature may define a textured region that may be configured to provide a matte or glossy appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Rogers, Dale N. Memering
  • Patent number: 11460892
    Abstract: The disclosure provides members formed from multiple layers as well as enclosures and electronic devices that include the members. The members include glass members formed from multiple layers of glass. In some cases, the members include a protruding feature provided over a camera assembly of the electronic device. The member may define one or more through-holes that extend through the protruding feature. The protruding feature may define a textured region that may be configured to provide a matte or glossy appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Rogers, Dale N. Memering
  • Patent number: 11402669
    Abstract: A glass component of an electronic device housing may define a textured surface having micro-scale tactile friction features that provide a specified friction between a user's finger and the glass component. More specifically, the tactile friction features may reduce a contact surface area that is in contact with the user's finger in order to produce a reduced or specified coefficient of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Prest, Kyle J. Nekimken, Samuel O. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11199929
    Abstract: A textured enclosure component including two different types of surface features is disclosed. The two different types of surface features are differently sized. The combination of differently sized surface features provides both anti-glare and anti-reflective properties to the enclosure component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Rogers, Naoto Matsuyuki
  • Publication number: 20210356991
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display for displaying images. The display may be coupled to a housing on a front face of the device. The housing may have a transparent portion on an opposing rear face of the device. The electronic device may have structures with an adjustable appearance. The adjustable-appearance structures may include a mask with openings or other mask elements and a corresponding overlapped patterned layer containing an array of visual elements. The visual elements may have different appearances, so that movement of the mask relative to the patterned layer changes the appearance of the adjustable-appearance structures. The state of the adjustable-appearance structure may be changed during use of the device by a user or may be adjusted then fixed during manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Jones, Christopher D. Prest, James R. Wilson, Marta M. Giachino, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 11175700
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display for displaying images. The display may be coupled to a housing on a front face of the device. The housing may have a transparent portion on an opposing rear face of the device. The electronic device may have structures with an adjustable appearance. The adjustable-appearance structures may include a mask with openings or other mask elements and a corresponding overlapped patterned layer containing an array of visual elements. The visual elements may have different appearances, so that movement of the mask relative to the patterned layer changes the appearance of the adjustable-appearance structures. The state of the adjustable-appearance structure may be changed during use of the device by a user or may be adjusted then fixed during manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Jones, Christopher D. Prest, James R. Wilson, Marta M. Giachino, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20210303031
    Abstract: The disclosure provides members formed from multiple layers as well as enclosures and electronic devices that include the members. The members include glass members formed from multiple layers of glass. In some cases, the members include a protruding feature provided over a camera assembly of the electronic device. The member may define one or more through-holes that extend through the protruding feature. The protruding feature may define a textured region that may be configured to provide a matte or glossy appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Rogers, Dale N. Memering
  • Patent number: 10927473
    Abstract: Oxide coatings that reduce or eliminate the appearance of thin film interference coloring are described. In some embodiments, the oxide coatings are configured to reduce the appearance of fingerprints. In some cases, the oxide coatings are sufficiently thick to increase the optical path difference of incident light, thereby reducing any inference coloring by the fingerprint to a non-visible level. In some embodiments, the oxide coatings have a non-uniform thickness that changes the way light reflects off of interfaces of the oxide coating, thereby reducing or eliminating any thin film interference coloring caused by the oxide coatings themselves or by a fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James A. Curran, Zechariah D. Feinberg, Christopher D. Prest, Joseph C. Poole
  • Publication number: 20200301527
    Abstract: A textured enclosure component including two different types of surface features is disclosed. The two different types of surface features are differently sized. The combination of differently sized surface features provides both anti-glare and anti-reflective properties to the enclosure component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Rogers, Naoto Matsuyuki
  • Patent number: 10542628
    Abstract: A housing or enclosure for an electronic device is formed from a shell and chassis may positioned along an interior of the shell. The shell may be formed from a hard or cosmetic material and the chassis may be formed from a machinable material. The chassis may define one or more machined surfaces that are configured to receive or mount a component of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Colin M. Ely, Naoto Matsuyuki, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10463125
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a co-molded housing component for an electronic device is disclosed. A component formed from a ceramic material is placed in a mold. The mold comprises a first section defining a first cavity configured to receive the first component, and a second section defining a second cavity that is in communication with the first cavity when the mold is closed. The second cavity is in the shape of a feature that is to be joined to the ceramic material. A polymer material is injected into the second cavity, thereby forming the feature from the polymer material and bonding the feature to the ceramic material. The polymer material is cured. The first component and the feature together form the housing component for an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David I. Nazzaro, Joseph C. Poole, Kevin M. Kenney, Naoto Matsuyuki
  • Publication number: 20190331940
    Abstract: A glass component of an electronic device housing may define a textured surface having micro-scale tactile friction features that provide a specified friction between a user's finger and the glass component. More specifically, the tactile friction features may reduce a contact surface area that is in contact with the user's finger in order to produce a reduced or specified coefficient of friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Christopher D. Prest, Kyle J. Nekimken, Samuel O. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10233525
    Abstract: Described herein is a feedstock comprising BMG. The feedstock has a surface with an average roughness of at least 200 microns. Also described herein is a feedstock comprising BMG. The feedstock, when supported on a support during a melting process of the feedstock, has a contact area between the feedstock and the support up to 50% of a total area of the support. These feedstocks can be made by molding ingots of BMG into a mole with surface patterns, enclosing one or more cores into a sheath with a roughened surface, chemical etching, laser ablating, machining, grinding, sandblasting, or shot peening. The feedstocks can be used as starting materials in an injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Joseph C. Poole, Joseph Stevick, Quoc Tran Pham, Theodore Andrew Waniuk
  • Publication number: 20190045642
    Abstract: A housing or enclosure for an electronic device is formed from a shell and chassis may positioned along an interior of the shell. The shell may be formed from a hard or cosmetic material and the chassis may be formed from a machinable material. The chassis may define one or more machined surfaces that are configured to receive or mount a component of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Colin M. Ely, Naoto Matsuyuki, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10197335
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide apparatus and methods for melting materials and for containing the molten materials within melt zone during melting. Exemplary apparatus may include a vessel configured to receive a material for melting therein; a load induction coil positioned adjacent to the vessel to melt the material therein; and a containment induction coil positioned in line with the load induction coil. The material in the vessel can be heated by operating the load induction coil at a first RF frequency to form a molten material. The containment induction coil can be operated at a second RF frequency to contain the molten material within the load induction coil. Once the desired temperature is achieved and maintained for the molten material, operation of the containment induction coil can be stopped and the molten material can be ejected from the vessel into a mold through an ejection path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Apple Inc., Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: Theodore A. Waniuk, Joseph Stevick, Sean O'Keeffe, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole, Matthew S. Scott, Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 10161025
    Abstract: Described herein are methods of constructing a part having improved properties using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer. In accordance with certain aspects, a layer of metallic glass-forming powder is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a surface layer (i.e. layer below) by suitable methods such as laser heating or electron beam heating. The deposition and fusing are then repeated as need to construct the part, layer by layer. In certain embodiments, one or more sections or layers of non-metallic glass-forming material can be included as needed to form a composite final part. In certain aspects, the metallic glass-forming powder may be crystalized during depositing and fusing, or may be recrystallized during subsequent processing to provide selectively crystalized sections or layers, e.g., to impart desired functionality. In other aspects, non-metallic glass-forming materials may be deposited and fused at selected positions, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Poole, Theodore A. Waniuk, Jeffrey L. Mattlin, Michael S. Nashner, Christopher D. Prest
  • Patent number: 10154707
    Abstract: Embodiments relates to a hook side fastener having hooks and a loop side fastener having loops. The hooks and/or loops are made of bulk solidifying amorphous metal alloy. Other embodiments relate to methods of making and using the hook side and loop side fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Joseph C. Poole, Theodore A. Waniuk, Quoc Tran Pham, Joseph Stevick
  • Patent number: 10131022
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for creating an integral assembly formed from a transparent member and a housing formed at least in part of a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy. The methods and systems create integral transparent member and amorphous metal alloy-containing parts using thermoplastic molding techniques in which the amorphous metal is molded to the transparent member in a thermoplastic, not liquid, state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Richard W. Heley, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 10131116
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of forming a connection mechanism in or on a bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy by casting in or on, or forming with the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy, a machinable metal. The connection mechanism can be formed by machining the machinable metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole, Richard W. Heley
  • Patent number: 10087505
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of making use of foams as a processing aid or to improve the properties of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials. Other embodiments include the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy/foam composite materials made in accordance with the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole