Patents by Inventor Lee E. Hooton

Lee E. Hooton 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: 10324496
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a camera and a cover glass arrangement disposed over the camera. The cover glass arrangement includes a thinner region or cover glass that is positioned over a light-receiving region of the camera. Additionally, the thinner region or cover glass can be disposed over the light-receiving region and at least parts of one or more non-light receiving regions of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Kelvin Kwong, Lee E. Hooton, David G. Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 10244659
    Abstract: A thermal distribution assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes an enclosure defined by a metal band and a non-metal bottom wall formed by glass, sapphire, or plastic. In this regard, the enclosure may include a relatively low thermal conductivity. However, the thermal distribution assembly provides heat transfer capabilities that offset thermal conductivity losses by using a non-metal bottom wall, and also provides added structural support. The thermal distribution assembly may include a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The first and third layers provide structural support, while the second layer provides a relatively high thermally conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jarvis, David A. Pakula, David J. Dunsmoor, Ian A. Spraggs, Lee E. Hooton, Marwan Rammah, Matthew D. Hill, Robert F. Meyer, James A. Bertin, Eric M. Bennett, Simon C. Helmore, Melissa A. Wah, Jon F. Housour, Douglas G. Fournier, Christopher S. Tomasetta
  • Publication number: 20190082546
    Abstract: This application relates to an enclosure for a portable electronic device. The enclosure includes a protruding trim structure having walls that define a cavity, where the protruding trim structure is capable of carrying an electronic component within the cavity. The enclosure further includes a support plate that is coupled to the enclosure and the protruding trim structure, and a brace structure that secures and supports the protruding trim structure such that when the protruding trim structure is exposed to an external load during a drop event, the protruding trim structure is capable of redirecting an amount of the load away from the protruding trim structure and the electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Marwan RAMMAH, Lee E. HOOTON, Srikanth V. THIRUPPUKUZHI, Stoyan P. HRISTOV, Adam J. BRINKMAN, James A. BERTIN
  • Publication number: 20190079334
    Abstract: An electronic device has an electrically adjustable shutter. The shutter may be placed in a transparent state or a nontransparent state. The shutter may overlap a portion of a display, may overlap a liquid contact indictor or a structure with text in a device, or may overlap an optical component such as an optical proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, visible light-emitting diode or laser, infrared light-emitting diode or laser, visible light image sensor, or infrared light image sensor. Control circuitry in the electronic device may place the shutter in an opaque state to hide an overlapped component from view or may place the shutter in a transparent state to allow the overlapped component to transmit or receive light. The adjustable shutter may exhibit changes in its transmission spectrum in different modes of operation and may be used as a camera filter or neutral density filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Michael W. Firka, Ashley E. Fletcher, Benjamin J. Pope, Lee E. Hooton, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin Shane Bustle, Garam Young, Blake M. Coughenour
  • Publication number: 20190082555
    Abstract: This application relates to a portable electronic device. The portable electronic device includes an operational component capable of generating heat and walls that define a cavity capable of carrying the operational component. The portable electronic device further includes a support plate that is welded to at least one of the walls. The support plate includes a thermally conductive layer that is thermally coupled to the operational component, where the thermally conductive layer includes a first material that is capable of conducting at least some of the heat away from the electronic component. The support plate further includes a first stiffness promoting layer that is welded to the thermally conductive layer, where the first stiffness promoting layer includes a second material having sufficient material hardness for welding the support plate to at least one of the walls such as to increase a stiffness of the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Lee E. HOOTON, Marwan RAMMAH, James A. BERTIN, Stoyan P. HRISTOV, William A. COUNTS
  • Publication number: 20190025885
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a camera and a cover glass arrangement disposed over the camera. The cover glass arrangement includes a thinner region or cover glass that is positioned over a light-receiving region of the camera. Additionally, the thinner region or cover glass can be disposed over the light-receiving region and at least parts of one or more non-light receiving regions of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Kelvin Kwong, Lee E. Hooton, David G. Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 10156874
    Abstract: This application relates to thermal management of a computing device using various features that can dissipate and direct thermal energy. In some embodiments, a thermal insert is set forth for separating a component from a cover glass of the computing device. The thermal insert can be attached to a frame of the computing device by insert molding the thermal insert to the frame. In other embodiments, a graphite strip can be disposed across different surfaces within the computing device in order to direct thermal energy away from a component of the computing device. In yet other embodiments, a thermal spreader and thermally conductive adhesive can be disposed over different surfaces of the computing device. For example, the thermal spreader and thermally conductive adhesive can be used to direct thermal energy away from a backlight of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Ian A. Spraggs, Marwan Rammah, Seth Reightler, Tyler Kakuda
  • Patent number: 10015297
    Abstract: An electronic device having a cover glass secured with a frame is disclosed. The electronic device includes a masking layer positioned between the cover glass and the frame. The masking layer may include several ink layers. The pigment composition of one of the ink layers may be altered in order to improve an adhesive bond between the ink layer and the cover glass. The frame can be modified to enhance an adhesive bond between the masking layer and the frame. For example, the frame can be altered to include a porous region to increase the surface area of the frame such that the adhesive can bond to the additional surface area. The frame may also include an extension, or rib, that may increase the surface area of the frame that receives an adhesive. The frame may include an opening or a cavity that assists in assembly between an insert-molded feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Daniel W. Jarvis, Marwan Rammah, Ian A. Spraggs, Nicholas G. Merz
  • Publication number: 20180146298
    Abstract: An electronic device has an exterior housing with a piezoelectric speaker disposed in an opening formed within the housing. The piezoelectric speaker includes a speaker diaphragm that is secured within the opening with a vibration isolator. The vibration isolator allows the diaphragm to vibrate independently from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Robert F. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20180081481
    Abstract: An electronic device having a display assembly is disclosed. Several layers may combine to form the display assembly. For example, the display assembly may include a touch sensitive layer (or touch detection layer), a display layer that present visual information, and a force sensitive layer (or force detection layer). The display layer may include a bend or curve that allows a portion of the display layer to bend around the force sensitive layer. Also, the connectors (that provide electrical and mechanical connections) may be positioned at different locations of the layers. For example, the display layer may include a connector on a first edge region, and the force sensitive layer may include a connector on a second edge region that is perpendicular, or at least substantially perpendicular, to the first edge region. By positioning the connectors on perpendicular edge regions, the display assembly may reduce its footprint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Douglas G. FOURNIER, James R. KROGDAHL, Daniel W. JARVIS, Edward S. HUO, Lee E. HOOTON, Srikanth V. THIRUPPUKUZHI, Garrett R. OWOC, Michael NGO, David A. PAKULA, Robert F. MEYER
  • Publication number: 20180084680
    Abstract: A thermal distribution assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes an enclosure defined by a metal band and a non-metal bottom wall formed by glass, sapphire, or plastic. In this regard, the enclosure may include a relatively low thermal conductivity. However, the thermal distribution assembly provides heat transfer capabilities that offset thermal conductivity losses by using a non-metal bottom wall, and also provides added structural support. The thermal distribution assembly may include a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The first and third layers provide structural support, while the second layer provides a relatively high thermally conductive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel W. JARVIS, David A. PAKULA, David J. DUNSMOOR, Ian A. SPRAGGS, Lee E. HOOTON, Marwan RAMMAH, Matthew D. HILL, Robert F. MEYER, James A. BERTIN, Eric M. BENNETT, Simon C. HELMORE, Melissa A. WAH, Jon F. HOUSOUR, Douglas G. FOURNIER, Christopher S. TOMASETTA
  • Patent number: 9913045
    Abstract: An electronic device has an exterior housing with a piezoelectric speaker disposed in an opening formed within the housing. The piezoelectric speaker includes a speaker diaphragm that is secured within the opening with a vibration isolator. The vibration isolator allows the diaphragm to vibrate independently from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Robert F. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20170303048
    Abstract: An electronic device has an exterior housing with a piezoelectric speaker disposed in an opening formed within the housing. The piezoelectric speaker includes a speaker diaphragm that is secured within the opening with a vibration isolator. The vibration isolator allows the diaphragm to vibrate independently from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Lee E. Hooton, Robert F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9793070
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing input component assemblies for dome switches are provided. In some embodiments, an input component assembly may include a first conductive contact pad coupled to a first board of a switch, a second conductive contact pad coupled to a second board of the switch, and a layer of conductive adhesive between the first conductive pad and the second conductive pad, where the layer is operative to provide a seal for the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Lee E. Hooton
  • Patent number: 9793071
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing input component assemblies for dome switches are provided. In some embodiments, an input component assembly includes a switch, a button positioned over the switch, where the button is operative to close at least one circuit of the switch when the button is depressed towards the switch, an actuator positioned underneath the button to at least partially enclose at least one switch element, where the actuator is operative to deform when the button is depressed, and a weld plate welded to an underside surface of the button with at least one sonic weld joint to create a seal around the actuator and the at least one switch element, where a portion of the actuator is secured between the underside surface of the button and the weld plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Lee E. Hooton
  • Patent number: 9786449
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing input component assemblies for dome switches are provided. In some embodiments, an input component assembly may include a contact area coupled to a circuit board for a switch, a conductive covering for enclosing the circuit board, and a dome positioned over the conductive covering, where the dome is operative to close at least one circuit of the switch when the dome is depressed towards the conductive covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Lee E. Hooton
  • Publication number: 20170285686
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a camera and a cover glass arrangement disposed over the camera. The cover glass arrangement includes a thinner region or cover glass that is positioned over a light-receiving region of the camera. Additionally, the thinner region or cover glass can be disposed over the light-receiving region and at least parts of one or more non-light receiving regions of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Kelvin Kwong, Lee E. Hooton, David G. Havskjold, Anthony S. Montevirgen, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: D848999
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Robert F. Meyer, David A. Pakula, Michael D. Quinones, Marwan Rammah, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D849009
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, David A. Pakula, Michael D. Quinones, Marwan Rammah, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: D849010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Robert F. Meyer, David A. Pakula, Michael D. Quinones, Marwan Rammah, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer