Patents by Inventor Michael Heim

Michael Heim 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: 6547138
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contacting device for a chip card, wherein the term chip card also includes so-called IC cards or a SIM (subscriber identity module). In any case, the chip card comprises a chip (a contact image) with corresponding contact surfaces which, with the card being inserted, are contacted in the contacting device by corresponding contacts of the contacting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Braun, Michael Heim, Manfred Reichardt
  • Patent number: 6419525
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a contact block having a contact carrier of a chip card reader and contact elements is provided. The contact elements each have contact sections and terminal sections as well as intermediate sections extending between the contact sections and the terminal sections. The intermediate sections are surrounded by the contact carrier and are formed as stiffeners for the contact carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Heim, Manfred Reichardt
  • Patent number: 6261128
    Abstract: There is provided a contacting device (1) for chip cards, preferably for SIM cards, comprising a base (2), a slider (12) arranged at the base (2) and being movable with respect to the base (2), the chip card (4) being slidable between an insert/removal position and a reading position by means of said slider, and means (7, 22) for inhibiting removal of the slider from the contacting device (1). Preferably, the slider (12) is slidably mounted to the base (2) and is in abutting engagement with an abutment in the insert/removal position such that the slider (12) cannot be removed from the contacting device (1), i.e. the slider (12) cannot be moved beyond the insert/removal position. Thus, the contacting device does not comprise any loose parts that could get lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Heim, Andreas Laage
  • Patent number: 6244911
    Abstract: A contact element for a smart card contacting apparatus, the contact element comprising a substantially straight first or contact leg having a contact end and at least one second or mounting leg which is substantially straight, wherein the mounting leg is arranged adjacent to the contact leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Heim