Patents by Inventor Melissa A. Wah

Melissa A. Wah 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: 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: 20190082563
    Abstract: This application relates to a portable electronic device. According to some embodiments, a portable electronic device is described. The portable electronic device includes a magnetically-responsive operational component capable of executing a function. The portable electronic device further includes an electronic component that generates magnetic flux, where the magnetic is capable of interfering with the execution of the function by the magnetically-responsive operational component. The portable electronic device further includes a shielding plate that includes (i) a first nickel-iron layer that overlays a first surface of the shielding plate, and (ii) a second nickel-iron layer that overlays a second surface of the shielding plate, where the second surface is opposite the first surface, and the first and second nickel-iron layers are capable of shielding the magnetic flux away from the magnetically-responsive operational component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Melissa A. WAH, David J. DUNSMOOR
  • Publication number: 20190041909
    Abstract: An electronic disclosed herein may include a band formed from metal that combines with a bottom wall formed from a non-metal to form an enclosure that carries internal components. The electronic device may include a transparent cover and a display assembly partially covered by a border having a uniform dimension. The electronic device may include a vision system designed for facial recognition of a user of the electronic device. A bracket assembly may hold the vision system. The bracket assembly may not be affixed to the enclosure and may move relative to the enclosure. The electronic device may include a battery assembly having multiple battery components coupled together. The electronic device may further include a receiver coil for wireless charging of the battery assembly. The electronic device may include a circuit board assembly having stacked circuit boards. The electronic device may further include a dual camera assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: David A. PAKULA, Daniel W. JARVIS, Shimon ELKAYAM, Brandon R. GARBUS, Christopher S. GRAHAM, Karl Ruben F. LARSSON, Ashley E. FLETCHER, Jared M. KOLE, Eric S. JOL, Aaron A. ORO, Michael D. QUINONES, Gregory N. STEPHENS, Ian SPRAGGS, James A. BERTIN, Simon C. HELMORE, Melissa A. WAH, Matthew D. HILL, Jon F. HOUSOUR, Douglas G. FOURNIER, Christopher S. TOMASETTA
  • Publication number: 20180083322
    Abstract: An electronic device having a battery assembly is disclosed. Unlike traditional battery assemblies that include rectilinear electrodes with two sides of equal length, the battery assemblies described herein may include electrodes having a shape/configuration resembling an L-shape electrode used to form chemical reactions in order to generate electrical energy. However, other shapes/configurations are possible. The shape/configuration of the housing of the battery assembly confirms to the shape/configuration of the electrodes. Further, in order to accommodate an internal component (such as a circuit board assembly), the shape of the battery assembly provides additional space in the electronic device. In order to form the electrodes, the electrodes may undergo a die cutting operation. Also, the housing may include a channel, or reduced dimension, that accommodates a flexible circuit in the electronic device that passes over the battery assembly at the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: David A. PAKULA, Daniel W. JARVIS, Gregory N. STEPHENS, Ian A. SPRAGGS, James A. BERTIN, Eric M. BENNETT, Simon C. HELMORE, Melissa A. WAH, Matthew D. HILL, Jon F. HOUSOUR, Douglas G. FOURNIER, Christopher S. TOMASETTA
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170272864
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to methods of plating magnets with a stack of layers such that the resulting magnet assembly has improved corrosion resistance. Embodiments of the disclosure are also directed to magnet assemblies formed by such methods. Some embodiments include a High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel (HiPEN) layer with Phosphorus content greater than 11% by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Wai Man Raymund Kwok, Melissa Wah
  • Patent number: 9762997
    Abstract: A mobile communication device having an acoustic divider for minimizing acoustic coupling is disclosed. The mobile communication device includes a housing having an outer surface and internal sidewalls. The outer surface and internal sidewalls define a void disposed at and below the outer surface of the housing. The mobile communication device includes a receiver disposed within the housing and below a first portion of the void, and a microphone disposed within the housing and below a second portion of the void. An acoustic divider is disposed within the void and laterally disposed between the receiver and the microphone. The acoustic divider acoustically isolates the first and second portions of the void, thereby minimizing acoustic coupling between the receiver and the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa A. Wah, Stoyan P. Hristov, Phillip Tamchina
  • Publication number: 20170070813
    Abstract: A mobile communication device having an acoustic divider for minimizing acoustic coupling is disclosed. The mobile communication device includes a housing having an outer surface and internal sidewalls. The outer surface and internal sidewalls define a void disposed at and below the outer surface of the housing. The mobile communication device includes a receiver disposed within the housing and below a first portion of the void, and a microphone disposed within the housing and below a second portion of the void. An acoustic divider is disposed within the void and laterally disposed between the receiver and the microphone. The acoustic divider acoustically isolates the first and second portions of the void, thereby minimizing acoustic coupling between the receiver and the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa A. Wah, Stoyan P. Hristov, Phillip Tamchina
  • Patent number: D831025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, James A. Bertin, Daniele De Iuliis, Markus Diebel, David J. Dunsmoor, M. Evans Hankey, Matthew David Hill, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Stoyan P. Hristov, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Duncan Robert Kerr, David A. Pakula, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian Spraggs, Christopher J. Stringer, Joe Sung Ho Tan, Tang Yew Tan, Clement Tissandier, Melissa A. Wah, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer