Input mechanism

- Apple
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FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an input mechanism in accordance with the present design. The input mechanism may for example provide inputs along the length of a cable. In one embodiment, the input mechanism is an electronic switch. In one embodiment, the input mechanism is used with an output device such as an ear piece, ear buds, or headset.

FIG. 2 is a close up perspective view of the input mechanism.

FIG. 3 is a front view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 4 is a rear view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 5 is a right side view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 6 is a left side view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 7 is a top view of the for the input mechanism; and,

FIG. 8 is a bottom side view for the input mechanism.

The features shown in broken lines in the various Figures are for illustrating environmental structure and form no part of the claimed design.


The ornamental design for an input mechanism, as shown and described.

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Patent History

Patent number: D582354
Type: Grant
Filed: Jan 5, 2007
Date of Patent: Dec 9, 2008
Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Inventors: Bartley K. Andre (Menlo Park, CA), Daniel J. Coster (San Francisco, CA), Daniele De Iuliis (San Francisco, CA), Richard P. Howarth (San Francisco, CA), Jonathan P. Ive (San Francisco, CA), Duncan Robert Kerr (San Francisco, CA), Shin Nishibori (San Francisco, CA), Matthew Dean Rohrbach (San Francisco, CA), Peter Russell-Clarke (San Francisco, CA), Douglas B. Satzger (Menlo Park, CA), Calvin Q. Seid (Palo Alto, CA), Christopher J. Stringer (Portola Valley, CA), Eugene Antony Whang (San Francisco, CA), Rico Zorkendorfer (San Francisco, CA)
Primary Examiner: Brian N Vinson
Attorney: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Application Number: 29/270,886