Patents by Inventor Timothy Val Kolton

Timothy Val Kolton 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: 10993016
    Abstract: An earphone includes a body portion and a sound port, with the sound port including an earhook attachment located adjacent the body portion, an earfin attachment located adjacent the earhook attachment, and an ear tip adjacent the earfin attachment. An earhook is provided which engages the earhook attachment adjacent the body portion. An earfin includes an earfin aperture, which engages the earfin attachment when the sound port portion is inserted through the aperture. The earfin is configured such that when the tip is attached to the sound port, the tip extends beyond the earfin, opposite the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20200154196
    Abstract: An earphone includes a body portion and a sound port, with the sound port including an earhook attachment located adjacent the body portion, an earfin attachment located adjacent the earhook attachment, and an ear tip adjacent the earfin attachment. An earhook is provided which engages the earhook attachment adjacent the body portion. An earfin includes an earfin aperture, which engages the earfin attachment when the sound port portion is inserted through the aperture. The earfin is configured such that when the tip is attached to the sound port, the tip extends beyond the earfin, opposite the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 10311495
    Abstract: A personalized housing for a consumer product, such as a speaker, includes a customizable cover at least partially covering the product and a set of at least two end caps coupled to the product. The end caps are oriented in at least partial opposition to each other and installed using an interference fit. A vibration dampening connector or buffer couples the end caps to the product. The buffer is arranged such that urging the end caps onto the product couples the end caps in a releasable interference fit, and the cover remains coupled to the product when the end caps are pulled from the cover. The cover allows access to controls located on the product, for example volume and input controls, may be made of a front panel covering only the front of the product, and a corresponding enclosure that covers the top, rear and sides of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 10192223
    Abstract: A method of identifying authentic products versus counterfeit products using tow unique identifier codes is accomplished by providing a first identifier code on the exterior of a product package that identifies the product, the appropriate location for sale, the number of times the code has been scanned and whether or not the product is registered. This information alerts potential purchasers if the product is either counterfeit, or an unauthorized resale. The purchaser then opens the package and is provided a second identifier code for registering the product. The registration information includes retailer and price information, alerting the manufacturer of unauthorized retail activity, and also changes the product designation in the manufacturer database to indicate the product may not be resold. That information is then associated with the first identifier code in the event it is rescanned by another potential purchaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: V-Moda, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 10021476
    Abstract: A customizable headphone having a removable and interchangeable housing includes an earphone having a transducer for reproducing sound a sound port, and a body portion. A first housing sized to accommodate the body portion is coupled to and partially encloses the body portion using a resilient releasable connection without obstructing the sound port when affixed to the body portion. Upon biasing the first housing to separate from the body portion, the first housing may be fully removed and replaced with a second housing with a different appearance and characteristics. The releasable connection may include a retaining ring coupled to the body portion in a channel to engage the interior of a housing in a pressure fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20160366775
    Abstract: A personalized housing for a consumer product, such as as speaker, includes a customizable cover at least partially covering the product and a set of at least two end caps coupled to the product. The end caps are oriented in at least partial opposition to each other and installed using an interference fit. A vibration dampening connector or buffer couples the end caps to the product. The butler is arranged such that urging the end caps onto the product couples the end caps in a releasable interference fit, and the cover remains coupled to the product when the end caps are pulled from the cover. The cover allows access to controls located on the product, for example volume and input controls, may be made of at front panel covering only the front of the product, and a corresponding enclosure that covers the top, rear and sides of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20160066080
    Abstract: A customizable headphone includes an earphone having a body portion and a nozzle portion extending from the body portion. A decorative housing including an opening is designed to accommodate the body portion. The decorative housing also includes a releasable connection for affixing the decorative housing to the body portion, wherein the decorative housing encloses the body portion with the nozzle portion exposed. Upon releasing the releasable connection, a user may separate the decorative housing from the body portion and install a different decorative housing on the body portion as desired. The releasable connection can be a lip on the opening that corresponds to a channel on the body portion, and stabilizers either on the body portion or the decorative housing prevent the decorative housing from moving relative to the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20160066079
    Abstract: A customizable headphone having a removable and interchangeable housing includes an earphone having a transducer for reproducing sound a sound port, and a body portion. A first housing sized to accommodate the body portion is coupled to and partially encloses the body portion using a resilient releasable connection without obstructing the sound port when affixed to the body portion. Upon biasing the first housing to separate from the body portion, the first housing may be fully removed and replaced with a second housing with a different appearance and characteristics. The releasable connection may include a retaining ring coupled to the body portion in a channel to engage the interior of a housing in a pressure fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 9237786
    Abstract: A mobile device and peripheral hardware case and holder comprises a panel section for attachment to the rear of peripheral hardware, such as a battery pack or amplifier. The panel member includes edges which slide in to rails of a mobile device case, which holds a mobile device, such as a cell phone or music player. The rails of the case include a stop for holding the panel section in an installed position, and a corresponding locking arrangement biases the holder in a locked position. When assembled, the holder preserves the connections of the mobile device and peripheral hardware in proximity to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20150310453
    Abstract: A method of identifying authentic products versus counterfeit products using tow unique identifier codes is accomplished by providing a first identifier code on the exterior of a product package that identifies the product, the appropriate location for sale, the number of times the code has been scanned and whether or not the product is registered. This information alerts potential purchasers if the product is either counterfeit, or an unauthorized resale. The purchaser then opens the package and is provided a second identifier code for registering the product. The registration information includes retailer and price information, alerting the manufacturer of unauthorized retail activity, and also changes the product designation in the manufacturer database to indicate the product may not be resold. That information is then associated with the first identifier code in the event it is rescanned by another potential purchaser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20150189416
    Abstract: A headphone having two earpieces, each earpiece having a audio jack, and a plug adapted to releasably engage the audio jack and when inserted into the audio jack, creating a substantially air-tight seal. The plug is molded from a resilient material, such that it may be slightly deformed when inserted tightly into the headphone earpiece and retain its original shape when removed. The plug includes a tab for engaging the interior of the headphone and locking the plug in position. The plug also includes raised indicia such as a logo, shaped such that a user can grasp and rotate the indicia to insert and lock the plug in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 9008346
    Abstract: A headphone with articulating earpieces includes a headband, a hinged fork, and earpieces connected to the fork in a manner allowing the earpieces to articulate relative to the fork as a hinge on the fork articulates. The earpieces are arranged on the fork in a manner allowing them to face each other while articulating from a folded position adjacent the headband, to an unfolded position for listening. When unfolded for listening, the earpieces are adapted to fully extend into a biased open position with an audible click. Similarly, when articulating the earphones to a closed position, they are biased against the headband with an audible click.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20150055815
    Abstract: A headphone with articulating earpieces includes a headband, a hinged fork, and earpieces connected to the fork in a manner allowing the earpieces to articulate relative to the fork as a hinge on the fork articulates. The earpieces are arranged on the fork in a manner allowing them to face each other while articulating from a folded position adjacent the headband, to an unfolded position for listening. When unfolded for listening, the earpieces are adapted to fully extend into a biased open position with an audible click. Similarly, when articulating the earphones to a closed position, they are biased against the headband with an audible click.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Publication number: 20140262850
    Abstract: A mobile device and peripheral hardware case and holder comprises a panel section for attachment to the rear of peripheral hardware, such as a battery pack or amplifier. The panel member includes edges which slide in to rails of a mobile device case, which holds a mobile device, such as a cell phone or music player. The rails of the case include a stop for holding the panel section in an installed position, and a corresponding locking arrangement biases the holder in a locked position. When assembled, the holder preserves the connections of the mobile device and peripheral hardware in proximity to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D698333
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D705532
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D751529
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D751530
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D868753
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: D881848
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton