On Hinge Pin Or Between Surfaces Surrounding Hinge Axis Patents (Class 16/342)
  • Patent number: 10545539
    Abstract: A latch mechanism includes a latch and a rotation shaft supporting part. The latch is rotatable around a rotation shaft between a housing position and a lock position, and fixes a first unit and a second unit in a closed state at the lock position. The rotation shaft supporting part rotatably supports the rotation shaft. The latch has a first ring-shaped part disposed coaxially with the rotation shaft. The rotation shaft supporting part has a second ring-shaped part disposed coaxially with the rotation shaft. Heights of the first ring-shaped part and the second ring-shaped part are set such that an area of abutment between the first ring-shaped part and the second ring-shaped part increases as the latch rotates from the lock position to the housing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenchi Shindo, Futoshi Kuriyama, Tatsuo Kuromoto
  • Patent number: 10518392
    Abstract: A riveting device for mutual assembly of two parts each including a bore, where the device includes a non-deformable external rivet having a tubular body suitable for being inserted into said bores and provided on one of the longitudinal ends thereof with a lip, and an internal rivet having a solid deformable cylindrical body and issuing substantially perpendicular from a flange, said tubular body having an external diameter slightly less than the diameter of said bores and a length D between the rear face of the lip thereof and the opposite end thereof at most equal to the sum of the thicknesses of the parts, said cylindrical body having an external homothetic transverse cross-section slightly less than the internal transverse cross-section of the tubular body, and a length slightly greater than that of the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GILLET GROUP
    Inventors: Fabrice Petit, Pascal Gillet
  • Patent number: 10488882
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for an electronic device comprises a first gear rotatable about a first axis of the hinge assembly and a second gear, rotatable about a second axis of the hinge assembly. A hinge housing holds the first gear in engagement with the second gear. A first hinge mounting element is configured to be movably fixed to a first leaf of the electronic device and a second hinge mounting element is configured to be movably fixed to a second leaf of the electronic device. A first pair of levers connects the first gear and the first hinge mounting element; and a second pair of levers connects the second gear and the second hinge mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Esa-Sakari Määttä, Pasi Kemppinen
  • Patent number: 10392847
    Abstract: A hinge assembly that includes a closure member such as a door and a torsion bar that extends between hinge assemblies about which the door pivots so that the torsion bar becomes twisted when the door is moved between a closed position and an open position. The twisting of the torsion bar creates potential energy in the torsion which can be used to open or close the door. A force adjustment mechanism is provided which releases built-up potential energy in the torsion bar in a controlled manner so as to close open the door in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Lambright, Michael S Gzybowski
  • Patent number: 10344511
    Abstract: An example device includes a first member, a second member, and a hinge. The hinge pivotably couples the first member to the second member. The hinge includes a damper. The damper includes core, and the core has a lobed portion. In another example, a device includes a first mounting member, a second mounting member, a first connector pivotably coupled to the first mounting member at a first hinge and to the second mounting member at a second hinge, a second connector pivotably coupled to the first mounting member at a third hinge and to the second mounting member at a fourth hinge, and a damper positioned at least at one of the first hinge, second hinge, third hinge or the fourth hinge, the damper including core with lobed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gerald Boyum, Lynn A Collie, Kevin Lo
  • Patent number: 10309442
    Abstract: A torsion washer of the present disclosure includes a base portion and an elastic unit extended from the base portion. The elastic unit includes an external elastic arm and a torsion-adjusting arm arranged inside the external elastic arm. A space surrounded by the base portion and the external elastic arm is divided into a hole and a slot, in air communication with the hole, by using the torsion-adjusting arm. A distance, i.e., a radius, between the external elastic arm and a center of the hole is larger than a distance, i.e., an interference distance, between the torsion-adjusting arm and the center of the hole. Moreover, the present disclosure provides a torsion device including a plurality of the torsion washers and a shaft coupling through the holes of the torsion washers, and the shaft is configured to selectively contact each torsion-adjusting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: I-Hung Chiang
  • Patent number: 10287810
    Abstract: A pivot device having asymmetric friction torque is provided. The pivot device includes a shaft extending along a longitudinal axis, a sleeve surrounding the shaft, the sleeve defining a gap extending longitudinally, the sleeve and the shaft being configured for rotation with respect to one another about the longitudinal axis, and a helical compression element surrounding the sleeve and exerting a compressive force onto the sleeve, wherein a first torque required to rotate the sleeve and the shaft with respect to one another in a first direction differs from a second torque required to rotate the sleeve and the shaft with respect to one another in a second direction opposite to the first direction. A method for providing a pivot device asymmetric friction torque is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SOUTHCO, INC.
    Inventor: Eugene Novin
  • Patent number: 10222821
    Abstract: A torsion washer integrally formed as a one-piece structure includes an external ring-shaped portion, a first abutting arm and a second abutting arm both separately extending from an inner edge of the external ring-shaped portion, and a connecting lever connecting the first and second abutting arms. The inner edge includes a first arc segment and an opposite second arc segment, and centers of circle of the first and second arc segments are located in a space surrounded by the inner edge. Free ends of the first and second abutting arms do not contact the inner edge. A distance between a first abutting portion of the first abutting arm and the first center of circle is less than a radius of the first arc segment. The connecting lever is spaced apart from the inner edge, allowing the first and second abutting arms to be interlinked with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FOSITEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: I-Hung Chiang
  • Patent number: 10182648
    Abstract: An adjustable table may comprise a base, an adjusting unit and a tabletop, and the adjusting unit further has a locating seat, a sliding seat, a spring, a first shaft, a connecting rod and an operating rod. The locating seat has a first top plate, and each of two lateral edges of the first top plate is vertically connected to a first side plate. The first shaft is configured to simultaneously couple with the two first side plates, which significantly improves the stableness of the adjustable table when the tabletop bearing weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kadeya Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Yu Lai
  • Patent number: 10156418
    Abstract: A drop-away arrow rest for an archery bow is provided that utilizes a torque transfer system to transfer a rotational motion from an actuation element to a launcher configured to support the shaft of an arrow when the launcher is in an up position. The rotational motion causes the launcher to rotate from an up position to a down position while the archery bow is shot. After the arrow has cleared the launcher, the arrow rest described herein is configured to automatically return to the up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Dan Nystrom
  • Patent number: 10151128
    Abstract: Provided is a torque hinge which can be easily assembled. A torque hinge includes a restricting member 3 having a hole 31, a shaft 4 passed through the hole 31 of the restricting member 3, a friction member 6 engaged with the shaft 4 in an interference fitting state so as to generate torque due to friction to the shaft 4 which relatively rotates and fitted in the hole 31 of the restricting member 6, and a fixing shaft 41 for unrotatably fixing the friction member 6 to the restricting member 3, the fixing shaft 41 intervening between the friction member 6 and the restricting member 3. The fixing shaft 41 presses a wedge-shaped rotation locking portion 44 of the friction member 6 onto an inner surface of the hole 31 of the restricting member 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SUGATSUNE KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuuichi Hatano
  • Patent number: 10084948
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a main body, a camera module and a movement mechanism is provided. The main body has an accommodating groove located in the main body and exposed at a surface thereof. The camera module is disposed in the accommodating groove, and the camera module has a wide angle lens. The movement mechanism is located between the camera module and the accommodating groove, and the camera module is configured to move between a first position and a second position in the accommodating groove. When the camera module is located at the first position, an upper surface of the wide angle lens is lower than or equal to the surface of the main body. When the camera module is located at the second position, the wide angel lens is protruded out of the surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Altek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Yung-Neng Yu, Jui-Hsin Chang
  • Patent number: 10073495
    Abstract: Particular examples described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, which includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of hardware, elements, circuitry, etc.). The electronic device may also include a connector assembly that is positioned within at least a portion of a recess of the electronic device, where the connector assembly includes: a first assembly that is to receive a connector; and a second assembly that is to receive an identification module that is to provide an association between a user and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Douglas Satzger, Gadi Amit, Yoshikazu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Philip J. Houdek, II, Stanislav Moiseyenko, Nathan Isaiah Jauvtis
  • Patent number: 10067538
    Abstract: Particular examples described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, which includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of hardware, elements, circuitry, etc.). The electronic device may also include a connector assembly that is positioned within at least a portion of a recess of the electronic device, where the connector assembly includes: a first assembly that is to receive a connector; and a second assembly that is to receive an identification module that is to provide an association between a user and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Douglas Satzger, Gadi Amit, Yoshikazu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Philip J. Houdek, II, Stanislav Moiseyenko, Nathan Isaiah Jauvtis
  • Patent number: 10054981
    Abstract: An overturn prevention device for an apparatus including a main body horizontally installed, and a tiltable housing being tiltable relative to the main body by a first rotary shaft incorporated in the main body, the overturn prevention device includes: a second rotary shaft disposed in the main body and extending in a direction vertical to the main body; a rotational force transmission mechanism disposed between the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft and configured to rotate the second rotary shaft by transmitting rotation of the first rotary shaft to the second rotary shaft; and an overturn prevention member disposed on the second rotary shaft and configured to protrude from the main body in a tilting direction of the tiltable housing when the second rotary shaft rotates with a tilting operation of the tiltable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakamura, Fumihiko Nakazawa, Nobuhiko Onda
  • Patent number: 10024091
    Abstract: A door closer assembly includes a central shaft rotatingly mounted in an outer housing and which passes through at least one brake pad. One or more wedges are slidingly mounted on the central shaft by means of a fastener. The wedges, upon tightening of the fastener, wedge against an inclined surface, which forces the wedges downwards and applies a downwards force that causes a friction-enhanced surface to rub against the at least one brake pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MATECHET KFAR-SABA SHAHARBANI BROS. (1980) LTD.
    Inventor: Ronen Shaharbany
  • Patent number: 9927845
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a processor; an electronic component accessible by the processor; a first housing attached to a first axle that includes a first gear where the first housing includes the processor; a second housing attached to a second axle that includes a second gear where the second housing includes the electronic component accessible by the processor; and a hinge assembly that includes an intermediate axle that includes a first intermediate gear that meshes with the first gear, a second intermediate gear that meshes with the second gear, a first bridge component that securely positions the first axle parallel to the intermediate axle and a second bridge component that securely positions the second axle parallel to the intermediate axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Holung, Tin-Lup Wong, Bouziane Yebka, Philip John Jakes, Joseph David Plunkett
  • Patent number: 9834123
    Abstract: A clip for a vehicle door assembly includes a base, a plurality of fingers forming an expandable opening, and an arm extending from the base for locating the clip within the door assembly. Each of the fingers includes an inward projecting tab at least partially defining the expandable opening such that a tip of a pin contacts the inward projecting tabs during insertion of the pin causing the plurality of fingers to expand outward to an expanded position allowing the pin to enter the expandable opening until the inward projecting tabs align with a groove formed in the pin adjacent the tip wherein the inward projecting tabs enter the groove allowing the plurality of fingers to return to a natural position and secure the pin in position. Inner and outer members of the door assembly secure the clip therebetween for receiving pins associated with movement of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Vikas Saigal, Michael Neumann
  • Patent number: 9790720
    Abstract: One aspect is a torque element retention system with a housing having an opening. A torque assembly has a shaft and a torque element stacked along the shaft and is configured substantially within the opening of the housing. The torque element has an arm portion and a foot portion and the opening has an arm opening section configured to receive the arm portion of the torque element and a foot retention section configured to receive the foot portion of the torque element. The torque element retention system has a system axis through the center of the shaft and extending through the foot retention section. The at least one of the first and second foot end portions of the foot retention section includes first and second non-parallel segments having no normal length to chord length ratio greater than 0.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy W. Jenum, George Larson
  • Patent number: 9758023
    Abstract: A spring for sun visors includes a torque application section that extends from a holding section and applies torque when a main section is rotating. The holding section has a flat section that receives torque from a shaft. The torque application section has a first spring piece extending from one end of the holding section and a second spring piece extending from the other end of the holding section and being bent so as to fold back. The first spring piece has a first tip section that includes overhanging sections that are narrower than the width of the holding section. The second spring piece has a second tip section that is arranged so as to overlap on the outside of the overhanging sections. The overhanging sections are provided in an area extending from the torque receiving section to the first tip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventors: Ryou Aoki, Moto Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9678534
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a clamshell-slate hybrid may act as either a clamshell or slate computing device. The clamshell-slate hybrid 202 may selectively set an activation state of a vestigial key set 426 of a keyboard 424 on a key side 422 of a keyboard chassis 206 hinged along a top axis to a display chassis 204. The clamshell-slate hybrid 202 may retract the vestigial key set 426 based on an activation state. The clamshell-slate hybrid 202 may receive a user input in a touch screen display 354 on a display side 352 of the display chassis 204.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Voronel
  • Patent number: 9677543
    Abstract: A structure for a nacelle cover connection portion of a wind turbine generator includes a lengthy first angled member fixed to an inside surface of a nacelle cover and forming an upper end portion of a side wall panel; and a lengthy second angled member fixed to the inside surface and forming a lower end portion of a roof panel. An upper surface of the first angled member and a lower surface of the second angled member are aligned with and fixed to each other. A covering portion covering the upper end portion from the outside of a nacelle is provided at a predetermined interval from the same and integral with the lower end portion so as to protrude to the outside of the nacelle cover farther than the lower end portion. A packing is interposed between the upper and lower surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Kamibayashi, Haruhiko Hirano, Tomohiro Numajiri, Kenji Ito, Ikuo Honda, Yoshihiro Fujioka
  • Patent number: 9668556
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure disclose an adjustable display housing assembly. According to one implementation, the adjustable display housing assembly comprises a base housing and a display panel housing. Furthermore, a first hinge is attached to the base housing and a moveable arm extends from the first hinge at a first end to a second hinge at an end opposite the first end. In addition, a flexible mounting plate is included to attach the second hinge to the display housing. When the display housing is placed in a closed position, a pivot point associated with the second hinge is retracted by the flexible mounting plate. And when the display housing is placed in a first viewing position, the pivot point associated the second hinge extends away from the display housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark David Senatori
  • Patent number: 9625952
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a processor; memory accessible by the processor; a first housing that includes a front side and a back side and a thickness therebetween; a second housing that includes a front side and a back side and a thickness therebetween; a first gear operatively coupled to the first housing; and a second gear operatively coupled to the second housing where the first and second gears mesh to orient the first and second housings in a front side to front side orientation and in a back side to back side orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Holung, Bouziane Yebka, Tin-Lup Wong, Seita Horikoshi, Yoshiharu Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9533448
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a cradle, a stand, a cradle attachment member, and a rotation member. The cradle includes an electronic display attachment member which is configured to removably attach an electronic display to the cradle. The cradle attachment member is configured to removably attach the cradle to the stand. The rotation member is configured to allow rotation of the electronic display when it is attached to the electronic display attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Andrew A. Sanders
  • Patent number: 9501106
    Abstract: A locking assembly is disclosed herein. An example includes a first cam lobe and a first cam lobe lock coupled to the first cam lobe. The example additionally includes a first cam lobe lock recess that receives the first cam lobe lock via movement of the first cam lobe to limit rotation of a panel of a computing device about a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark David Senatori
  • Patent number: 9430000
    Abstract: An information handling system converts from a closed position to a tablet position by rotating a lid with a display 360 degrees about a hinge having synchronized and continuous motion. The hinge has first and second axles held in a spaced and substantially parallel orientation by a support. A flexible compressive member translates motion of each axle to the other to provide fluid movement of the lid relative to the housing. For instance, ball bearings disposed in guide formed in the support translate rotational motion between a first and second axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Charles D. Hood, III, Chiu-Jung Tsen
  • Patent number: 9404300
    Abstract: A hinge structure may comprise a first assembly including a central post with an outer surface and a first connector element on the central post for mounting on a first structure, a second assembly pivotally coupled to the first assembly and including a ring extending about the central post, a ring connector connected to the ring, and a second connector element on the ring for mounting on a second structure. A braking element may apply a selectable amount of resistance to pivot movement of the second connector element with respect to the first connector element and including a friction pad extending about a portion of the central post, a pressure band for pressing the friction pad against the central post, and a connecting structure connecting the ends of the band and being adjustable to move the ends closer toward each other and to relax the ends away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Wayne W. Ramsdell
  • Patent number: 9362611
    Abstract: An antenna of a mobile includes at least two internal antennas and a printed circuit board disposed between a front cover and a rear cover. The printed circuit board includes at least one first antenna mounted on an upper surface and the printed circuit board having at least one fastening opening therein. A second antenna is mounted in an upper portion of a side surface of the printed circuit board and included a protruded portion of one end protruded from a body and in which the protruded portion is fastened to the fastening opening to be fastened to a side surface of the printed circuit board and the mobile terminal can be produced having a reduced thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeongwan Park, Byungchan Jang, Sukho Kim, Seunghwan Kim, Joonho Byun
  • Patent number: 9332667
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a panel having at least one of an input section and a display section; a main body configured to retain the panel rotatably; and a retention mechanism configured to retain the panel at a predetermined rotation angle. The retention mechanism includes: a retaining member provided in the main body; a retained member provided on the panel and configured to be retained by the retaining member; an elastic deformation member configured to be connected to the retained member and changeable between a first state in which the elastic deformation member is not elastically deformed and a second state in which the elastic deformation member is elastically deformed; a contact member configured to contact with the elastic deformation member and change the state of the elastic deformation member; and an operating member configured to receive an operation for making the elastic deformation member contact with the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mamoru Namba
  • Patent number: 9206633
    Abstract: An improved hinge structure, comprising: a fixed base, a hinge and at least a set of positioning torque shrapnel; wherein the internal of the fixed base is provided with an irregular-shaped axle hole; one end of the hinge is an insert ends whose outer surface is provided with a protruding sector portion and a recessed planar portion; the positioning torque shrapnel is provided with a through hole for the insert end of the hinge to pass through. The internal wall of through hole is provided with a passive protruding portion and a passive plan portion that can be respectively engaged with the protruding sector portion and the plan portion on the insert end of the hinge; accordingly, when rotating the hinge, the effect of positioning and generating a torque can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: LEECO TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Danny Ju
  • Patent number: 9072179
    Abstract: A display device includes a body, a support, and a first elastic unit. The support is rotatably disposed on a back side of the body and has a first slip stopper. The first elastic unit is pivotally connected to the body and the support. The display device is supported on the a working surface by a bottom of the body and the first slip stopper. The first elastic unit generates an elastic force to pull the support toward the body when the first slip stopper moves away from the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Yung-Chun Su
  • Patent number: 9050916
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a center arm rest for use in a vehicle having a console part which can be attached to the vehicle body, and having an arm rest which is mounted at the console part so as to be swivelable about a swivel axis between a lower use position and an upper rest position, and having an actuating element which is arranged at the arm rest for swiveling the arm rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard von Rothkirch und Panthen, Thomas Hessdorfer, Manfred Dehn
  • Patent number: 9009919
    Abstract: A steady opening and closing double-axis hinge comprises a first rotation member, a second rotation member and a connection member run through by the first rotation member and the second rotation member in a parallel manner. The first rotation member includes a first shaft and a first sector portion formed on the first shaft. The second rotation member includes a second shaft and a second sector portion formed on the second shaft. The connection member includes a movable detent plate which is located between the first and second shafts and movable between a first operation position and a second operation position. Through the movement of the movable detent plate, the first sector portion and second sector portion can be blocked alternately to control the first and second shafts to rotate in sequence, so as to simplify the shaft rotation switch mechanism and improve the durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sinher Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Yung-Chang Chiang
  • Patent number: 9007751
    Abstract: A flip-type electronic device includes a first section and a second section. The first section has a receiving portion, and an elastic plate received in the receiving portion. The elastic plate has an arched portion, and a pair of fixed portions curvedly extended from two ends of the arched portion and fixed in the receiving portion. The second section has a rotating axle fixedly exposed outside the second section and is rotatably disposed in the receiving portion. The rotating axle has a stopping protrusion protruded from a periphery thereof and an arc portion opposite the stopping protrusion. The arc portion has one end formed with a gradual portion, and the other end formed with a concave portion opposite to the gradual portion. The elastic plate is tightly against the arc portion and provides a force to make the second section fixed to the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Yueh-Chung Liang
  • Patent number: 8991011
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for a foldable electronic device is provided. The hinge mechanism includes a hinge, a pivot part and a friction part. The hinge and the pivot part are fixed to a first body and a second body of the foldable electronic device respectively. The friction part is connected to the pivot part and selectively contacting the hinge. When the pivot part rotates relative to the hinge to drive the first body to rotate from a close position to an open position in relative to the second body, the friction part does not contact the hinge. When the pivot part rotates relative to the hinge to drive the first body to rotate from the open position to the close position in relative to the second body, the friction part contacts the hinge and limits a rotation of the pivot part on the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Chi-Yuan Liu
  • Patent number: 8978208
    Abstract: A folding mechanism includes a first main body, a second main body, and a hinge assembly fixed between the first main body and the second main body. The hinge assembly includes a sleeve member and a fixing shaft. The sleeve member includes a fixing portion and a sleeve portion. The fixing portion is mounted on the first main body. The sleeve portion extends from an end of the fixing portion adjacent to the second main body. The fixing shaft is inserted into the sleeve portion, and is mounted to the second main body. At least one elastic strip protrudes from the fixing portion towards the sleeve portion. At least one ridge protrudes from the fixing shaft corresponding to the at least one elastic strip. The at least one elastic strip abuts against the fixing shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Zhongshan Innocloud Intellectual Property Services Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Wu-Qi Li
  • Patent number: 8959716
    Abstract: A double-shaft type rotary shaft pivotal positioning structure includes an elastic guide assembly and two pivot shafts. The elastic guide assembly includes two containing portions which are outwardly communicated and formed with two opposite elastic arms and two corresponding planed press-contact sides. The pivot shafts are respectively centrally provided with center section portions that are utilized to respectively enter the containing portions of the elastic guide assembly and each of which includes a periphery provided with two center section planed surfaces capable of being pressingly contacted with the press-contact sides of the elastic guide assembly. When the pivot shafts are synchronously pivoted close to a preset positioning angle, the center section planed surfaces of the pivot shafts are capable of rotatably attaching toward the press-contact sides of the elastic guide assembly, thereby enabling the pivot shafts to approach and be positioned at the preset positioning angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8959720
    Abstract: A synchronous movement device of dual-shaft system includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are assembled with each other and synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a driver disposed on the first shaft and a reactor disposed on the second shaft and a link unit connected between the driver and the reactor. The driver is formed with a driving rail. The reactor is formed with a reacting rail. When the first shaft drives the driver to rotate, the driver pushes the link unit to move along the first and second shafts to forcedly push the reactor to rotate in a direction reverse to the moving direction of the driver. Accordingly, the first and second shafts are synchronously rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8959719
    Abstract: A dual-shaft synchronous movement device includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a first rotor and/or a third rotor disposed on the first shaft and a second rotor and/or a fourth rotor disposed on the second shaft, and an inextensible/non-contractible flexible plate connected between the first (or the third rotor) and the second rotor (or the fourth rotor). When the first shaft drives the first rotor (or the third rotor) to rotate, the inextensible/non-contractible flexible plate pulls the second rotor (or the fourth rotor) to rotate in a direction reverse to a moving direction of the first rotor so as to make the first and second shafts synchronously rotate. The synchronous movement device solves the problem of delay of kinetic energy transmission and the problem of slippage, deflection and untrue operation of the conventional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8959714
    Abstract: A dual-shaft synchronous motion device includes a first shaft and a second shaft; a first rotor and a third rotor disposed on the first shaft and turned synchronously; a second rotor and a fourth rotor disposed on the second shaft and turned synchronously; and a tractive member disposed between the first rotor (the third rotor) and the second rotor (the fourth rotor). When the first shaft drives the first and third rotors to turn, the tractive member brings the second rotor to turn reversely relative to the first rotor. The fourth rotor makes the tractive member drive the third rotor so that the first and second shafts are turned synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8943650
    Abstract: A vehicle interior trim component hinge assembly includes a rotatable component, and a shaft disposed through the rotatable component. The hinge assembly also includes a first friction disk rotationally coupled to the shaft, and a second friction disk rotationally coupled to the rotatable component. The hinge assembly further includes a biasing member configured to urge the first and second friction disks toward one another to establish a friction force that provides resistance to rotation of the rotatable component about the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rick A. Anderson, Loren R. Washburn, Allan W. Getliff
  • Patent number: 8943649
    Abstract: A hinge includes a pivot, two connection members pivotally connected by the pivot, a first magnetic part connected to one of the connection members, a second magnetic part moveably disposed relative to the first magnetic part and kinetically connected to the other one of the connection members, and an adjustment part kinetically connected to the other connection member and urging against the adjustment part. The magnetic moment of the second magnetic part is opposite to that of the first magnetic part. When the two connection members rotate relatively, the other connection member drives the adjustment part and the second magnetic part to rotate relative to the first magnetic part, so as to produce a repulsive moment resisting the rotation and varies with the rotation. A foldable electronic apparatus has the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Tai Chen, Shao-Huai Tsai, Kai-Yu Chu, Yu-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 8925154
    Abstract: The invention includes a display positioning assembly including a pivot mechanism adapted to accommodate a range of display weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventor: Mustafa A. Ergun
  • Patent number: 8918960
    Abstract: A synchronous movement device applied to dual-shaft system includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are assembled with each other and synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a driver disposed on the first shaft and a reactor disposed on the second shaft and a link unit connected between the driver and the reactor. When the first shaft drives the driver to rotate, the driver pushes the link unit to move along the first and second shafts to forcedly push the reactor to rotate in a direction reverse to the moving direction of the driver. Accordingly, the first and second shafts are synchronously rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: An Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 8914946
    Abstract: A dual-shaft pivot device includes a resilient guide assembly composed of a plurality of resilient guide members and first and second pivotal shafts. Each resilient guide member has two accommodation portions at two ends thereof and a connecting groove communicating with the two accommodation portions. One end of the inner wall of each accommodation portion, far away from the connecting groove, has an end protrusion. The first and second pivotal shafts have middle portions which are inserted in the accommodation portions of the resilient guide member. Each middle portion has at least one middle flat surface to get contact with the end protrusion for the middle portion to push the end protrusion during turning to bring resilient deformation of each accommodation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Ya Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 8887354
    Abstract: A construction clip includes a pair of generally identical clip members. Each clip member has a base portion and two converging opposing flanges extending from the base portion. The clip members are hinged together at their respective base portions. The converging opposing flanges of each clip member include a generally flat base flange and an opposing clip flange. The base flange presents a generally flat inside surface suitable for contacting a generally flat, thin piece of model construction media. The base flange further includes an opening. The clip flange has a curved distal end that preferably extends to the opening defined in the base flange and a distal edge that curves away from the generally flat inside surface of the base flange. The clip flange has a return flange that originates at a location toward the distal end of the clip flange and extends toward the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Eugene Weinman
  • Patent number: 8875348
    Abstract: One aspect is a friction hinge system including a housing having an inner surface, an outer surface and defining a substantially cylindrical opening and a longitudinal slot. A torque element assembly is configured within the housing and configured to extend through the slot thereby securing the torque element assembly relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: John A. Kossett
  • Publication number: 20140310915
    Abstract: A holding hinge assembly provided is for being installed between, for example, a jamb and a hatch. The holding hinge assembly includes a pivotal pin; and at least one hinge leaf having a pivotal hole for frictionally, rotatably receiving the pivotal pin so that a friction exists between an inner wall of the pivotal hole and a periphery of the pivotal pin, and the hatch is allowed to rotate with respect to the jamb when receiving an external force applied thereon that is sufficient to surpass the friction. The friction provides a resistance to prevent or at least hinder the hatch from rotating with respect to the jamb under gravity or rebounding inertia. Thereby, the holding hinge assembly can hold the hatch at its opened position without using any additional hardware, so as to save costs and space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Chin-Chung TUNG
  • Publication number: 20140304948
    Abstract: A hinge device that makes a second housing openable and closeable with respect to a first housing in an electronic device with the first housing and the second housing, includes: a shaft connected to the first housing; a lever having an end into which the shaft is inserted, the end that is rotatable around an axis of the shaft, and another end connected to the second housing; a friction plate that is situated next to the lever, the friction plate into which the shaft is inserted, the friction plate that is not rotatable around the axis of the shaft; and a pressing section that presses the friction plate in a direction of the lever along the axis of the shaft, wherein contact faces of the lever and the friction plate are formed to have a conical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Onda