Pliant Or Elastic Hinge Patents (Class 16/225)
  • Patent number: 10724279
    Abstract: Pivoting device (1) for a motor vehicle has a holder (50) and a pivoting body (10) which is mounted on the holder (50) via an articulated mounting (31) so as to be pivotable about a pivot axis (12), wherein the pivoting body (10) and the holder (50) are held together by a snap fastening between at least two articulation elements (33.1, 33.2, 34.1, 34.2) of the articulated mounting (31), and the pivoting device (1) has a blocking element (40). A closing or release of the snap fastening is possible in at least one first angular position of the pivoting body (10) in relation to the holder (50) and the closing or release of the snap fastening is blocked in at least one second angular position by a relative movement of the two articulation elements (33.1, 33.2, 34.1, 34.2) being blocked in a form-fitting manner by the blocking element (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Zsolt Wilke
  • Patent number: 10694630
    Abstract: A case for a mobile communications device includes a main body and a cover. The main body defines a cavity to receive the device. The cover includes a cover portion selectively covering the cavity and a connection portion to connect the cover portion to the main body. The cover portion is formed, at least partially, of a flexible sheet. A free edge of the cover portion adjacent to the side wall opposite the connection portion is provided with a tab which is an extension of the flexible sheet material forming a cover portion. A stud fastener is fixed to the tab. Either the top, bottom or one of the side walls of the main body has an opening. When the cover portion is in its closed position, the tab moves so that the stud enters the opening and is resiliently deformed to hold the stud in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TECH 21 LICENSING LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Roberts, Benjamin Thorpe
  • Patent number: 10676217
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes systems, methods, and mechanism configurations related to satellite solar panels, including stowing arrangements, deployment sequences, special purpose hinges, hold down and release mechanisms, and associated components for controlled deployment of the satellite solar panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SPIRE GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: William Joel Spark
  • Patent number: 10676974
    Abstract: An overtravel hinge for a sliding door of a vehicle. The overtravel hinge expands from a collapsed condition, to a partially deployed condition, and to a fully deployed condition. The hinge includes a four bar linkage utilizing an arm to control movement of the overtravel hinge between the collapsed condition and the fully deployed condition. The overtravel hinge, in one embodiment, is used to modify or retrofit a known original equipment manufacturer vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: THE BRAUN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adam D. Wojdyla
  • Patent number: 10501969
    Abstract: The present invention provides an encapsulated flexible hinge that is particularly suited for use as an original part or as a replacement hinge on a cooler. The encapsulated flexible hinge is comprised of a flexible woven central reinforcement member having a rubber or polymer coating that has been forced through the reinforcement member to create an outer and an inner rubber coating that encapsulates the reinforcement member. In another embodiment, the inner and outer coating is comprised of the same or two different materials that are vulcanized together after being extruded on either side of the reinforcement member. The encapsulated flexible hinge may take on various shapes, and can be cut into a specific shape if need be.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Unhinged Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Steve Patrick
  • Patent number: 10443648
    Abstract: A hinge assembly comprises first and second tape spring elements, wherein each of the spring elements is configured to connect a first element of a space structure to a second element of the space structure. Each of the first and the second tape spring elements is movable from a folded state into an unfolded state by releasing stored strain energy, to deploy the first and the second element of the space structure. The first tape spring element is connected to a first direct current source and configured to conduct direct current of a first polarity supplied to the first tape spring element from the first direct current source. The second tape spring element is connected to a second direct current source and configured to conduct direct current of a second polarity, opposite to the first polarity, supplied to the second tape spring element from the second direct current source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS DS GMBH
    Inventors: René Meurer, Claus Zimmermann, Juergen Mueller, Andreas Donner, Andreas Uebner
  • Patent number: 10434912
    Abstract: A brake part for an armrest mount has an elastically deformable edge strip and a hole adjacent the edge strip. The edge strip is made of a predetermined material and forms a slide surface opposite the hole, and an elastically deformable element formed of a material different from that of the edge strip lies between the edge strip and the hole and supports the strip against deformation in a direction toward the hole. The edge strip and the element are depressable elastically in the direction into an expansion space formed by the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Zapf
  • Patent number: 10422169
    Abstract: A flexible hinge assembly for aircraft interior components and the like, including: a first structural component, wherein the first structural component includes a core material and one or more skin layers coupled to the core material; a second structural component, wherein the second structural component includes a core material and one or more skin layers coupled to the core material; wherein the one or more skin layers of the first structural component and the one or more skin layers of the second structural component are one or more of coupled together and integrally formed; and a flexure disposed between the first structural component and the second structural component, wherein the flexure is formed by the coupled together and/or integrally formed skin layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Justin C. Christenson, Charles F. Forster
  • Patent number: 10364066
    Abstract: A container apparatus having at least one containment member is disclosed that may include a bottom and at least one sidewall, an interior and an open end. The container may also include a flange that extends around a free end of the at least one side wall, and a plurality of wall members (or castellations) connected to/formed with/that extend from the flange. The plurality of wall members may be separated by ventilation apertures, with the plurality of wall members and the ventilation apertures extending around the perimeter of the free end. A sealing material, such as a removable film, may extend over the open end to enclose the containment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MASTRONARDI PRODUCE, LTD.
    Inventors: Jeanne Clark, Ricardo Astorga
  • Patent number: 10363971
    Abstract: A vehicle interior substrate attachment system is provided herein. The vehicle interior substrate attachment system includes a fastener coupled to a roof substrate. A retainer is coupled to the fastener and includes a base, a body extending from the base, and an engagement platform defining a receiver to receive the fastener coupled to the body by a hinge feature. The hinge feature is configured to articulate such that the engagement platform is operable between a first position and a second position that is further from the base than the first position. A liner substrate is coupled to the base of the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Javier Ortega Garcia, Jesus Man Perez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10358851
    Abstract: A compliant hinge for deployable membrane-like structures and other applications is provided. The compliant hinge generally includes a flexible intermediate portion having one or more enclosed contours connected by inner longitudinal segments along a longitudinal axis of symmetry. The enclosed contours are resiliently deformable in response to an in-plane load, including tension and shear forces. The compliant hinge allows for rotation, bending, and extension, and can interconnect rigid panels in tensioned precision structures and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Emil V. Ardelean, Sungeun K. Jeon, Jeremy A. Banik
  • Patent number: 10336508
    Abstract: A cover for sealing a container having an interior chamber that holds a quantity of material therein. A first channel provided on a base of the cover receives a rim on the container's side wall. A first sealing member is provided on the base. A second sealing member provided on the lid is complementary to the first sealing member and is engageable therewith when the lid is moved to a closed position. A flexible bridge extends between the base and the lid. One of the first or second sealing members is a protrusion and the other is a second channel. The protrusion may be received within the second channel when the lid is closed. Pressure may be progressively applied to the lid to zipper the cover into a sealed position. When the lid is in the sealed position material cannot be accidentally or purposefully removed from the interior chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: William Battaglia
  • Patent number: 10336512
    Abstract: A closure system can include a body member, cap member, and flexible hinge member joining the body and cap members. The hinge member includes a pair of hinge portions with an opening between them. The hinge portions can include substantially planar segments of uniform thickness, providing hinge portions with uniform thickness along their lengths when the closure system is in open and closed configurations. When the closure system is fully opened, the hinge portions can extend axially between the body and cap members when viewed from above, the substantially planar segments can include end segments that are substantially coplanar to each other and a central segment that occupies another plane parallel to that occupied by the end portions, giving the central portion of the hinge portion an elevated orientation relative to its end portions, or the appearance of a hump when viewed from the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX CLOSURES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Stoneberg
  • Patent number: 10286147
    Abstract: Provided is an intravenous fluid supply device that automatically extrudes and injects a predetermined amount of an infusion fluid at regular time intervals in a manipulated manner, regardless of the position of an infusion bag, using a microprocessor technology. The intravenous fluid supply device includes an extrusion means and a control means. The control means includes: an input means that sets an extrusion repetition cycle of the motor and a total amount of injection; a detection means that detects a top dead center of a motor fixing plate; a motor driving means that activates the motor; a microcontroller that controls the motor driving means according to a detection result of the detection means; and an LED lighting means that allows for monitoring of the flow of the infusion fluid according to the control of the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Kwan Soon Jang
  • Patent number: 10215311
    Abstract: An anti-crush ring is disclosed for insertion into hollow articles for localized reinforcement. The anti-crush ring comprises a generally annular or ring-like wall structure and at least one expansion hoop inwardly extending from the wall structure. Upon insertion of the anti-crush ring into the hollow article, the at least one expansion hoop is compressed and deformed to urge the wall structure of the anti-crush ring against an inner surface of the hollow article. Also provided is a method of reinforcing the inlet or outlet of a hollow article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ABC GROUP INC.
    Inventor: Michael Stemm
  • Patent number: 10195974
    Abstract: An armrest assembly includes a frame. The armrest assembly also includes an armrest mounted on the frame for relative rotational movement between a first position and a second position. A stop rod is mounted on one of the frame and the armrest. A detent mounted on the other of the frame and the armrest. The detent includes a first stop indent and a second stop indent. The stop rod is located in the first stop indent when the armrest is in the first position. The stop rod is located in the second stop indent when the armrest is in the second position. The detent includes a deflection arm supported on a detent base. The detent includes an arm space between the deflection arm and the detent base. The detent includes a detent bumper located in the detent space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Xuefei Zhang, Xiangbin Hu, XiaoZhong Wu
  • Patent number: 10167134
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses an article carrier for an electrical vaping device. The article carrier may include a base portion, a lid portion and a hinge. The base portion may include a first edge region and the lid portion includes a second edge region. The hinge may include a connector band and first and second anchors. The connector band connects the first edge region of the base portion to the second edge region of the lid portion and may include a recessed top portion and a relieved lower portion. The recessed top portion may include a recess. And the relieved lower portion may include a relief for receiving the first and second edge regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Gavriel Zeitlin, David Rubli, Uzi Malimovka
  • Patent number: 10144572
    Abstract: A dual fluid cartridge assembly includes a cartridge, a flange, and a piston tube. The cartridge defines a channel and includes an flange. The flange defines a cavity that extends from a cavity opening to a cavity base. The cavity opening is positioned within the channel of the cartridge, and the cavity base is positioned external to the cartridge. The piston tube has an extended end, and is positioned at least partially within the channel. The extended end is positioned within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Springhorn
  • Patent number: 10112543
    Abstract: Vehicles, load floor latch assemblies, and latches are provided for selectively securing and accessing a compartment in a vehicle. The load floor latch assembly includes a load floor having an upper surface and a lower surface. The load floor is positionable at a lowered position. The load floor latch assembly further includes a latch rotatable about a pivot axis to a closed configuration for securing the load floor at the lowered position. The latch includes a lower support arm and an upper clamp arm. In the closed configuration the lower support arm supports the lower surface of the load floor and at least a portion of the weight of the load floor is exerted on the lower support arm and applies a torque on the latch to impart a downward force from the upper clamp arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gustavo Mejia Perez, Williams Reynaldo Celis Torres
  • Patent number: 10070546
    Abstract: A bendable display apparatus includes a carrying plate, two supporting devices disposed on an inner side of the carrying plate, and a bendable display mounted on an outer side of the carrying plate. Each supporting device includes a hinge module and two buffering modules respectively arranged on two opposite sides of the hinge module. Each buffering module includes an internal connecting member fixed on the hinge module, an external connecting member fixed on the carrying plate and slidably disposed on the internal connecting member, a driving member driven by a spiral track of the hinge module, and a transmitting member driven by the driving member for moving the external connecting member. When the hinge modules are bent, each supporting device is a curved structure and arranged inside of the bendable display, and each external connecting member slides relative to the corresponding internal connecting member toward the hinge module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10061359
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a multi-part electronic device comprises a pair of opposing living hinge elements for connecting first and second parts of the multi-part electronic device. Each hinge element has a first segment, an intermediate segment and a second segment, and comprises a first hinged joint positioned at a junction of the first segment and the intermediate segment and defining a first hinge axis, and a second hinged joint positioned at a junction of the second segment and the intermediate segment and defining a second hinge axis. The second hinged joint is spaced apart from the first hinged joint by a length of the intermediate segment. Each of the first and second hinged joints is configured to permit 180 degrees of rotation. A multi-part electronic device having a double-acting hinge arrangement is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Esa-Sakari Määttä
  • Patent number: 10035532
    Abstract: Disclosed are a foldable joint having an unfolded position and a folded position, and a stroller having the foldable joint. The foldable joint comprises a base rod (1), a first rotary rod (2) and a second rotary rod (3), wherein one end portion of the base rod (1), one end portion of the first rotary rod (2) and one end portion of the second rotary rod (3) are rotationally connected to one another, a slider (4) is slidably arranged on the base rod (1), a driving part (41) is connected to the slider (4), a first guide portion (21) is arranged on the first rotary rod (2), a second guide portion (31) is arranged on the second rotary rod (3), and the driving part (41) is slidably fitted with the first guide portion (21) and the second guide portion (31) respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Goodbaby Child Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Gao, Xiaocong Gu
  • Patent number: 9994320
    Abstract: A door module for a vehicle lavatory that includes a bi-fold door having a first panel and a second panel each having an inner surface and an outer surface. The first and second panels are pivotably connected together by a living hinge. The living hinge includes a hinge member that extends between first and second securing members, wherein the first securing member extends along and is attached to an inner edge of the first panel and the second securing member extends along and is attached to an inner edge of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Long, Scott Savian, Ian Geoffrey Scoley, Glen Noda, William Young, Richard McClure
  • Patent number: 9992913
    Abstract: A data center includes one or more racks, one or more computing devices coupled to at least one of the racks, and one or more air moving devices. The computing devices include heat producing components. The computing devices may be inclined in the rack such that the lower ends of the computing devices are at a lower elevation than the higher ends of the computing devices. The air moving devices can move air from the lower end of the inclined computing devices to the higher end of the inclined computing devices such that heat is removed from heat producing components in the inclined computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Phillip Czamara, Osvaldo P. Morales, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 9983417
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses includes a spectacles frame and two temples. The spectacles frame has a mounting adapter at each lateral end thereof. A pivot hole and two engaging holes are provided in the mounting adapter. A front end of each temple is provided with two connecting rods and a pivot shaft formed at outer ends of the connecting rods. The pivot shaft is held inside the pivot hole of a corresponding mounting adapter to allow each temple relative to the spectacles frame to be pivoted between a folded position and an extended position. When the temple is at the folded position, the connecting rods are separated from the engaging holes such that the temple can be detached from the spectacles frame. When the temple is at the extended position, the connecting rods are held and positioned inside the engaging holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-Tse Huang
  • Patent number: 9970222
    Abstract: A compliant hinge for deployable membrane-like structures and other applications is provided. The compliant hinge generally includes a flexible intermediate portion having one or more enclosed contours connected by inner longitudinal segments along a longitudinal axis of symmetry. The enclosed contours are resiliently deformable in response to an in-plane load, including tension and shear forces. The compliant hinge allows for rotation, bending, and extension, and can interconnect rigid panels in tensioned precision structures and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Emil V. Ardelean, Sungeun K. Jeon, Jeremy A. Banik
  • Patent number: 9964989
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular example implementation of the electronic device may include a first body coupled to a first housing, a second body coupled to a second housing, and two or more taut flexible bands, wherein the taut flexible bands couple the first body to the second body and allow for timed rotation of the first housing relative to the second housing. In some examples, the hinge is a low profile hinge and can rotate about three hundred and sixty degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Raul Krivoy, Denica N. Larsen
  • Patent number: 9951526
    Abstract: Building panels provided with a mechanical locking system including a tongue, at first edge of a first building panel, cooperating with a tongue groove, at a second edge of an adjacent second building panel, for vertical locking of the building panels and a method for producing such building panels. The method includes the step of forming the tongue of material of the first edge. The insertion groove may have a sidewall at a third edge, which is adjacent the first edge, and may be open at a fourth edge, which is opposite the third edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Christian Boo, Stefan Stigert
  • Patent number: 9913534
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base unit configured to hold electronic equipment, a top panel, a first extension arm that is vertically extendable from a proximal position along a selected dimension of the base unit and a second extension arm that is vertically extendable from a distal position along the selected dimension of the base unit, the first extension arm slide-ably coupled to the top panel, and the second extension arm rotate-ably coupled to the top panel. A corresponding method includes providing the apparatus and raising one end of the top panel previous to raising the other end of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dale H. Anderson, Angel E. Delgado, John C. Elliott
  • Patent number: 9908683
    Abstract: An injection-molded container for dry-storage of goods to be packaged, has a container body (2), which has a container wall (3) and forms a receiving space (4) for goods to be packaged. A desiccant is arranged in the receiving space (4). The container body (2) has, in an end region (5), an opening (6) for removing the goods to be packaged, and a closure (8) for closing the opening (6. The closure (8) has a lid (9) and a hinge (10) which forms a pivot axis (11), about which the lid (9) can be pivoted, in order to move the lid (9) between a closed position and an open position. The lid (9), the hinge (10) and the container body (2) are injection-molded in one piece. The lid (9) and the hinge (10) are formed and arranged on the container body (2) such that in the open position the lid (9) does not protrude beyond the end region (5) of the container body (2). The lid (9) has a sealing section (13), which, in the closed position of the lid (9), is arranged in the opening (6) of the container body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kai Tiesberger, Matthias Schneider
  • Patent number: 9895623
    Abstract: Building sets including a plurality of blocks and a plurality of clips configured to engage a thickness of one or more of the blocks. Each clip includes a base and first and second substantially parallel extensions extending from the base and defining a channel therebetween into which a thickness of a block is receivable. The width of the channel is substantially equal to the thickness of the block receivable within the channel so that the thickness is frictionally retained therein. In one embodiment, the clip includes a plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Building Creative Kids, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Cochella
  • Patent number: 9868371
    Abstract: A power disc style seat reclining mechanism for a vehicle seat includes a seat base fixed mounted guide disc pivotally connected to a set of pivotal discs. The pivotal discs include an internal disc segment and a seat back attaching member. Within the internal disc is a connection features and linkage that may be actuated by a center shaft that is driven by a motor. When the internal disc is rotated, the desired seat back position is the end result as the motion is discontinued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Everett Sollars
  • Patent number: 9868473
    Abstract: A layered panel in which strength of a hinge can be improved regardless of the kinds of substrates configuring a front wall and a rear wall of the layered panel is provided. A layered panel in accordance with the present invention is a layered panel rotatable about a hinge as a rotary axis, characterized by including a front wall, a rear wall, and an intermediate layer interposed between the front wall and the rear wall, the hinge including the intermediate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ishii, Kazuhiko Saeki
  • Patent number: 9860999
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a hinge module and two buffering modules respectively installed on two opposite sides of the hinge module. Each buffering module includes an external linking member fixed on the hinge module, an internal linking member movably disposed on the external linking member, a driving member installed on the hinge module and movably disposed on the external linking member, and a transmitting member installed on the external linking member and driven by the driving member to move the internal linking member. The hinge module is bendable between an unfolded position and an inwardly folded position. When the hinge module is bent from the unfolded position toward the inwardly folded position, the driving member of each buffering module moves the corresponding internal linking member away from the pivots by using the transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9740238
    Abstract: A tablet stand apparatus includes a cover part detachably mounted with a tablet, a keyboard part configured to receive a user command to control the tablet mounted on the cover part, a flexible hinge of which one end portion is fixed to the cover part, and the other end portion is fixed to the keyboard part, to foldably interconnect the cover part and the keyboard part, and a supporter of which one end portion is connected to the keyboard part and configured to support the cover part to stand at a preset angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-uk Han
  • Patent number: 9725937
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism and mattress for use with a child containment device. A first mattress panel is pivotally coupled to a second mattress panel by a hinge mechanism, and is thereby convertible between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The hinge mechanism defines a limit point beyond which pivotal motion is prevented in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Eric A. Lange, Sean Zou, Simon Liao
  • Patent number: 9715128
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connecting structure for spectacle temples. An axle slot and axle hole are formed coaxially on a spectacle frame and a preemptive groove transversely on the spectacle frame, with the preemptive groove being linked up with the axle slot at a position thereof close to the axle hole; a pivot and connecting section are formed on a spectacle temple, the connecting section is in connection with the middle of the pivot, an elastic cutting slot is respectively formed on the two ends of the pivot, the two ends of the pivot are inserted in the axle hole and axle slot, and the connecting section is aligned with the preemptive groove, allowing the spectacle temple to be coupled pivotally to the spectacle frame. Whereby, the connection is secure, and the operation feel of closing and opening the spectacle is better.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: HWA MAO OPTICAL (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9702570
    Abstract: Air conditioner units and bulkhead assemblies for air conditioner units are provided. A bulkhead assembly includes a bulkhead which includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall along a lateral direction, and a rear wall extending laterally between the first sidewall and the second sidewall. The rear wall includes an indoor facing surface and an opposing outdoor facing surface. The bulkhead assembly further includes a vent aperture defined in the rear wall, and a vent unit. The vent unit includes a frame, a door, and a hinge rotatably connecting the door to the frame. The frame is positioned on one of the indoor facing surface or the outdoor facing surface and defines a frame aperture generally aligned with the vent aperture. The door is rotatable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Michael Phillips, Wilbur Carl Bewley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9619071
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 9545635
    Abstract: Provided are pipette tip trays for use in biotechnology applications. In certain embodiments, provided are pipette tip trays having one or more of the following features: (i) lacking an external hinge between the lid and the rack, and (ii) having snap plate fasteners configured to releasably secure a snap plate to a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: BIOTIX, INC.
    Inventors: Arta Motadel, Peter Paul Blaszcak
  • Patent number: 9482878
    Abstract: An elastic hinge for spectacles includes a first hinge component having two chip elements connected together by means of being partially overlapped, and a second hinge component having two chip elements superimposed together. One chip element in the first hinge component is connected with the chip element of the second hinge component. A gap is disposed at the joint of one chip element of the first hinge component and one chip element of the second hinge component. Movable space is formed between the first hinge component and the second hinge component, so that the hinge elastically moves inwards or outwards. The elastic hinge is installed after the trim and the arm of the spectacles. Relying on the mutually smart cooperation of the components, the arm of the spectacles can have functions of bounding inwards and outwards without the help of any slingshot element, and has good durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KINGLORY (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventor: Chi Chiu Chan
  • Patent number: 9439306
    Abstract: Stand assembly includes base and first and second stand units. The first stand unit includes first body and extending portion. The first body has first and second ends and first shaft. The extending portion connects the first body and has first shaft hole having first hole portion and second hole portion communicated with each other. The first shaft is pivotally connected to the base. The second stand unit includes second body having third end and second shaft. The second shaft is pivotally connected to the first or second hole portion, selectively. When the second shaft is pivotally connected to the first hole portion, the third end abuts against the second end. When the second shaft is pivotally connected to the second hole portion, the third end leaves the second end, so the second stand unit can rotating relative to the first stand unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventor: Gang You
  • Patent number: 9397422
    Abstract: A circuit board assembly is provided. The circuit board assembly includes: a first circuit board; a second circuit board; a bracket for supporting the second circuit board; and an interconnect apparatus for a connection and a disconnection of the first circuit board and the second circuit board, wherein the interconnect apparatus includes a first connector disposed on the first circuit board and a second connector disposed on the second circuit board (one is a male connector and the other is a female connector). The circuit board assembly includes a lifting and lowering apparatus for vertically lifting or lowering the bracket so that after the connection the second connector is vertically disconnected from the first connector and after the disconnection the second connector is vertically connected to the first connector. An electronic device having the circuit board assembly is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD
    Inventors: Frank SF Chen, Brian CH Lee, Edgar MW Tsai, Dragon HI Yu
  • Patent number: 9312411
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a connector assembly comprises: a connector; and a pair of side collectors, each comprising a connector engagement region having a size and geometry to mate with the connector so as to hold ends of two adjacent panels together; and a panel engagement region comprising a receiving area and having a size to attach onto an edge of the panel; and a clip, wherein the clip has a base that can be attached to a support, an engagement, and a stem extending therebetween, wherein the engagement has an extension projecting from a side of the engagement, wherein the panel engagement region further comprises an opening in a joint wall on a side of the panel engagement region opposite the receiving area, wherein the opening is configured to receive the extension of the engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Matthew Laurin, Matthew Frank Niemeyer, Scott Michael Davis, Charlie Woodrow Wood, Przemyslaw Olszynski
  • Patent number: 9265232
    Abstract: A plurality of ear tags is provided and may include a panel portion and a relatively narrow neck portion extending from the panel portion. The plurality of ear tags may be arranged so that the panel portions of adjacent ear tags are at least partially overlapped and edges of the neck portions of adjacent ear tags are juxtaposed and attached to one another at an attachment location at the edges of the neck portions of the adjacent ear tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Y-TEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn Arden Nielson, Ronald K. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20150143665
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a robust one-piece hinge body which is suitable to withstand strain of rough handling. The novel one-piece hinge body includes a first profile portion which is configured to at least partially enclose a first profile. The hinge body also includes a second profile portion which is configured to at least partially enclose a second profile which is parallel to the first profile. The hinge body further has an outer portion which connects the first and second profile portions and which is located on the outside of the hinge joint of the pivoted profiles. The body also includes an inner portion which opposes the outer portion and connects the first and second profile portions while being located on the inside of the hinge joint of the pivoted profiles. According to the invention the inner portion consists of joinable terminal ends of the first and second profile portions, wherein a mating surface is formed between said joined terminal ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Johan Lindstrom
  • Patent number: 9038241
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hinge having a rigid portion integral with a flexible portion suitable to be bent with respect to the rigid portion, wherein the rigid portion has a substrate in a rigid composite material and the flexible portion has a first flexible sheet, wherein a first portion of the first flexible sheet is joined at least partially to the substrate by means of at least one first layer of resin for composite materials, wherein the flexible portion also has a second flexible sheet joined at least partially by means of at least one second layer of resin for composite materials both to the first portion of the first flexible sheet and to at least one second portion of the first flexible sheet which is not joined to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI S.P.A
    Inventor: Attilio Masini
  • Publication number: 20150131222
    Abstract: According to various, but not necessarily all examples of the disclosure, there may be provided an apparatus and method wherein the apparatus comprises: a substrate configured to support a bendable display wherein the substrate comprises at least one bendable portion configured to enable the substrate to be moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration; and wherein the at least one bendable portion comprises a plurality of rod members and the rod members comprise interlocking portions wherein the interlocking portions comprise a projection configured to fit into a corresponding recess on an adjacent rod member so as to restrict relative movement of the rod members when the substrate is in the closed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Mikael Kontkanen, Esa-Sakari Maatta, Kalevi Salo, Vesa Nevalainen
  • Patent number: 8999474
    Abstract: A device includes at least one built-in flexible portion (1) between two stiffer portions (10) that are made of a stiff composite material, the flexible portion (11) being suitable for forming a flexible hinge and made of a flexible material including a reinforcing armature that includes at least one connecting layer (13) common to the material(s) forming each stiff portion (10). The device has end surfaces (20) that oppose each other when extended, the opposing end surfaces being arranged to be suited to serve as a longitudinal compression abutment while enabling the thus-made hinge to fold back at least in a direction away from the extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
    Inventor: Christophe Casteras
  • Publication number: 20150067983
    Abstract: A flexible structure is provided that includes multiple members and a hinge set providing a connection between adjacent members. The hinge set includes at least one living hinge where multiple living hinges are separated by segment portions that collapse on each other when the hinge set is in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: THE PLASTICS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Carey, James Mills, Richard Knaggs