Having Plural Hinge Axes (e.g., Multiple Pintle) Patents (Class 16/366)
  • Patent number: 10976782
    Abstract: A convertible mobile compute device comprises a lid, a base, and a hinge assembly coupled to the lid and the base. The hinge assembly includes a lid hinge bracket secured to the lid and configured to rotate about a lid hinge axis. The hinge assembly also includes a base hinge bracket secured to the base and configured to rotate about a base hinge axis. The lid hinge axis is offset from a centerline axis defined by the lid, and the base hinge axis is offset from a centerline axis defined by the base. As described herein, the offsetting of the hinge axes provides for a smaller a lid-to-base gap when the convertible mobile compute device is positioned in a closed mode relative to when the convertible mobile compute device is positioned in a tablet mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bijendra Singh, Prakash Kurma Raju, Prasanna Pichumani, Kathiravan D
  • Patent number: 10913573
    Abstract: A container includes a base and a wall secured to the base and movable between an upright position and a collapsed position on the base. The wall including a recess and a pair of pins projecting into the recess. A hinge member is pivotably secured to the pins in the recess in the wall. The hinge member includes a pair of opposed bases connected by a plurality of curved walls. The bases each include an aperture receiving one of the pair of pins in the recess. In one embodiment, the hinge member pivotably secures the wall to the base. In another embodiment, the hinge member pivotably secured the wall to another wall such that the wall can pivot 270 degrees to leave that side of the container completely open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Travis J. Englert, William P. Apps, Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 10884461
    Abstract: A hinge module includes a housing and at least one carrying assembly. The housing includes two accommodation spaces. The at least one carrying assembly is disposed at the housing and includes a torque element, two rotation shafts and two brackets. The torque element is disposed in one of the accommodation spaces. The two rotation shafts pass through the torque element. The two brackets are respectively connected to the two rotation shafts and located outside the housing. Each bracket is adapted to rotate along with the corresponding rotation shaft and rotate relative to the torque element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Che-Hsien Lin, Che-Hsien Chu, Chun-An Shen
  • Patent number: 10852779
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods have been disclosed that include example hinges that enable a physical keyboard to be stowed between halves of a closed electronic device with dual screens. An example device includes a first screen, a second screen, a first hinge pair, and a second hinge pair. The first hinge pair and the second hinge pair enable 360 degrees of rotation between the first screen and the second screen. The device also includes a physical keyboard that is couplable to a plurality of positions on at least one of the first screen or the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko Makinen, Gustavo Fricke
  • Patent number: 10852764
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure a hinge device is described. The device includes a first shaft to be coupled to a first body and a second shaft to be coupled to a second body. A first band of the device is coupled to the shafts and travels along a first path between the first shaft and the second shaft as the shafts rotate in opposite directions. A second band of the device is coupled to the shafts and travels along a second path between the first shaft and the second shaft as the shafts rotate in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Senatori
  • Patent number: 10850156
    Abstract: In general, a multifunctional exercise device includes a first lateral slide component and a second lateral slide component. The multifunctional exercise device includes a hinge assembly with a first pivotal hinge piece connected to the first lateral slide component at a first side pivot point and a second pivotal hinge piece connected to the second lateral slide component at a second side pivot point. A first pin is adapted to retain the first pivotal hinge piece and second pivotal bracket piece in a connected, pivotal position at a center pivot. A first slidable hand grip adapted to slide along the first lateral slide component and a second slidable hand grip adapted to slide along the second lateral slide component are also included. First and second adjustable feet are provided for allowing the first lateral slide component and the second lateral slide component to be adjusted to various equal or unequal heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Domingo Cortes
  • Patent number: 10851955
    Abstract: A wall pack light fixture including a front cover having a recess with a contact surface and at least one electronic component mounted on the contact surface, a rear enclosure having a forward-facing open front with a forward-facing front edge, and a hinge having a first portion connected to the front cover and a second portion pivotably coupled to the first portion, the second portion connected to the rear enclosure on an exterior side surface of the rear enclosure behind the forward-facing front edge, wherein the front cover is rotatable about the hinge between a closed configuration, in which the contact surface is against the forward-facing front edge, and an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jason Edward Duckworth, Douglas S. Hodges, Ormand Gilbert Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10716721
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first hinge member including a first outer finger defining a first aperture, the first aperture including a first circumferential tapered surface, a second hinge member including a second outer finger defining a second aperture, the second aperture including a second circumferential tapered surface, and a fastener assembly including a first hub, a second hub, and a fastener, the first hub including a circumferential tapered surface that is complimentary to the first circumferential tapered surface, and the second hub including a circumferential tapered surface that is complimentary to the second circumferential tapered surface, the fastener assembly is configured to connect the first hinge member to the second hinge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: THE COMFORT COMPANIES, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Culver, Steven DuFresne
  • Patent number: 10689892
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism of a cooking device for connecting a first object and a second object to allow relative folding and unfolding movements with respect to each other, includes first and second coupling seat respectively connected with the first and second objects, and a pivot mounting seat pivotably connected with the first coupling seat by a first pivot unit, and pivotably connected with the second coupling seat by a second pivot unit. The hinge mechanism is shiftable between an open position and a first closed position, or between the open position and a second closed position to accommodate first objects of various heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TSANN KUEN (ZHANGZHOU) ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiqiang Chen, Zhenshan Huang
  • Patent number: 10669760
    Abstract: A snap-acting hinge with damped closure and opening angle of more than 90°, comprising a first articulated quadrilateral and a second articulated quadrilateral, which have a first lever and a second lever in common and are provided with respective base elements constituted by a plate for coupling to a fixed element and by a plate for fixing to a movable element, the hinge being movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration; the hinge further comprises first elastic elements for holding the open configuration which are associated with the first quadrilateral, second elastic elements for holding the closed configuration which are associated with the second quadrilateral and a damper that acts in the transition from the open configuration to the closed configuration and which is interposed between the first lever and the fixing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: D.G.N. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Daniele Zetti
  • Patent number: 10641318
    Abstract: The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices. One example can include a first portion and a second portion. The example can also include a communication member spanning between the first and second portions and defining first and second parallel hinge pins. The first hinge pin can include a first cam follower that is received in a first multi-lobe cam of the first portion that forces the first portion away from the first hinge pin when the first and second portions are oriented at non-parallel orientations and allows the first portion to be biased toward the second hinge pin at parallel orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kabir Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 10590685
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a dual-shaft hinge module and two buffering modules respectively arranged at two opposite sides of the dual-shaft hinge module. Each dual-shaft hinge module includes two shafts, a linking member clamped between the two shafts, and two side wing members respectively and slidably installed on the two shafts. The two buffering modules are respectively installed on the two shafts and are respectively cooperated with the two side wing members. Each buffering module includes an internal connecting member fixed on and synchronously rotatable with the corresponding shaft and an external connecting member slidably disposed on the internal connecting member and provided to be fixed on a carrying plate. Each side wing member has a limiting portion passing through the corresponding internal connecting member and the corresponding external connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FOSITEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10534406
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods have been disclosed that include example hinges that enable a physical keyboard to be stowed between halves of a closed electronic device with dual screens. An example device includes a first screen having a first end and a second end, a second screen having a first end and a second end, and a hinge assembly to couple the first screen and the second screen. The hinge assembly includes a first hinge pair and a second hinge pair. The first hinge pair and the second hinge pair are to cause the first end of the first screen and the first end of the second screen to be separated a first distance when the device is in a closed position. The second end of the first screen and the second end of the second screen are separated a second distance when the device is in a closed position, the second distance less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko Makinen, Gustavo Fricke
  • Patent number: 10520983
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body having a first end and a second end; a connecting body having a third end and a fourth end, the third end being connected to the second end. The device also includes a second body having a fifth end and a sixth end, with the second body being at least capable of moving relative to the first body. The electronic device has at least a first rotation manner and a second rotation manner. In the first rotation manner, the electronic device is capable of implementing a relative rotation between a first part and a second part; and in the second rotation manner, the electronic device is capable of implementing a relative rotation between a third part and a fourth part. The electronic device may switch between two modes by sliding, and thus improve the user's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jincherl Kwon, Ge Gao, Yan Gao
  • Patent number: 10520988
    Abstract: A bendable display apparatus includes two supporting devices and a bendable display mounted on the two supporting devices. Each supporting device includes a dual-shaft driving module and two buffering modules respectively arranged at two opposite outer sides of the dual-shaft driving module. The dual-shaft driving module includes two shafts parallel to each other and a synchronizing member sandwiched between the two shafts. Each buffering module includes an internal connecting member fixed on the synchronizing member, an external connecting member slidably disposed on the internal connecting member, and a linkage mechanism configured to be driven by the synchronizing shaft for moving the external connecting member relative to the internal connecting member. When the dual-shaft driving modules are rotated, the bendable display is bent while a length of the bendable display remains constant, and each external connecting member is moved relative to the corresponding internal connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FOSITEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10501970
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is disclosed having a door that is attached to the motor vehicle by a hinge mechanism providing both full swing opening of the door and full scissor opening of the door. The motor vehicle includes an apparatus to assist with the selection of a preferred mode of door opening based upon an assessment of the surroundings in which the motor vehicle 1 rests. The assessment of the surroundings and selection of the preferred mode of door opening is carried out by an electronic controller based upon information received from a sensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vince Leslie Shaw, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl, David Burrage
  • Patent number: 10437293
    Abstract: Technologies are described relating to sequential multi-axis hinges that rotatably secure portions of a computing device. One example can include a set of hinges that rotate around a set of hinge shafts. The example can also include a shuttle cam through which an individual hinge shaft passes. The shuttle cam can be configured to move orthogonally relative to the individual hinge shaft to block rotation of the individual hinge shaft or an adjacent individual hinge shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Bitz
  • Patent number: 10394062
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foldable display device. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the foldable display device includes a first body and a second body that are formed in the same shape as a plate and are arranged symmetrically with each other, and a hinge device assembled to connect the first body and the second body to each other, such that the hinge device rotates within an opened state range where the first and second bodies are placed on the same plane and within a closed state range where the first and second bodies overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Prexco Co., LTD.
    Inventor: In-Sung Song
  • Patent number: 10331177
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for device that includes a first housing that includes a first module, a second housing that includes a second module, and a hinge that rotatable couples the first housing to the second housing. The hinge can include a first axle, a second axle, and a plurality of hinge links. At least one of the hinge links includes an interconnect to provide a communication path between the first module and the second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Prosenjit Ghosh, Denica N. Larsen, James M. Okuley, Hong W. Wong
  • Patent number: 10308291
    Abstract: A rear gate arranged at a rear end of a cargo bed of a truck includes: a support frame arranged at the rear end of the cargo bed and extending along a vehicle width direction; a pair of first and second gate frame bodies arranged at both ends in the vehicle width direction of the support frame; and a first divided gate and a second divided gate supported openably from the first and second gate frame bodies. The rear gate includes a pair of first and second opening/closing switching units configured to switch an opened/closed state of the rear gate. Operation levers of the first and second opening/closing switching units are operated to switch among a vertical opening state, a horizontal opening state, and a locked state restricting from the vertical opening and the horizontal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Seki, Yuta Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10261601
    Abstract: An electronic device and a mode switching method thereof are described. The electronic device includes a first body having a first end and a second end; a connecting body having a third end and a fourth end, with the third end being connected to the second end. The device also includes second body having a fifth end and a sixth end, with the fifth end being connected to the fourth end. The second body is at least capable of rotating relative to the first body based on the connecting body. The electronic device has at least a first mode, in which a first surface of the first body is covered by the connecting body and the second body, and a second mode, in which a surface composed by the first surface of the first body and a first surface of the connecting body is covered by the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jincherl Kwon, Sang-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10246911
    Abstract: A recreational or utility vehicle system comprising a motorized member that allows for opening of a cargo door utilizing motorized movement to release the cargo door as well as a manual activation device that allows for opening of the cargo door in a manual and mechanical manner. In one arrangement, the recreational or utility vehicle system provides the convenience of opening the cargo door by a simple press of a button which activates the motorized movement. This arrangement also provides for opening of the cargo door when the motorized member fails or when power is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Marasco
  • Patent number: 10243624
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first housing a second housing, a first display disposed on the first housing and a second display disposed on the second housing, a connecting member configured to couple the first housing to the second housing such that the first housing and the second housing are foldable relative to each other, and the second surface and the fourth surface face each other when the first housing and the second housing are folded toward each other, a first conductive element disposed within the first housing and between the second surface and the first display, and an intermediate conductive plate disposed within the second housing and between the fourth surface and the second display, the intermediate conductive plate having an opening that faces the first conductive element when the first housing and the second housing are in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jaehyung Kim, Jae-Ho Lim, Hosaeng Kim, Jesun Moon, Sungyeul Hong, Kyung-Jong Lee, Jinkyu Bang, Hanbin Lee, Kyung-Bae Ko, Donghwan Kim, Taegyu Kim, Jae-Bong Chun
  • Patent number: 10231347
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a flexible display, a foldable housing, and a flexible display disposed on one surface of the housing. The housing includes a first part, a second part, and a connection unit for connecting the second part to the first part to be relatively movable. The connection unit has hinge members extended substantially in parallel to an edge of the first or second part, arranged between the first part and the second part, and forming part of the one surface of the housing. As the hinge members move relative to each other, the hinge members connect the second part to the first part to enable relative movement of the second part with respect to the first part between a position in which the second part faces the first part and a position in which the second part is leveled next to the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Seong Seo, Wataru Kaihotsu
  • Patent number: 10216223
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes first and second linkage rods pivoted to a base seat, a cam connected to the first and second linkage rods, and a kickstand support pivoted to the cam. A latch is disposed in the cam. When the first and second linkage rods, the kickstand support, and the cam are received inside the base seat, the latch is in a first locking position, where the latch locks rotational movement of the kickstand support relative to the cam. When the second linkage rod moves outward of the base seat and brings the first linkage rod to rotate relative to the cam, the latch is pushed by the kickstand support to move into a second locking position, where the first linkage rod is limited from rotating relative to the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An-Szu Hsu, Hsu-Hong Yao
  • Patent number: 10174534
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that have hinged portions. One example can include a first portion and a second portion. This example can also include a sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly rotatably securing the first portion and the second portion. The sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly can include a first set of links configured to control a relative order of rotation around individual axes of rotation of the sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly when the first and second portions are being rotated away from one another and a second different set of links configured to control the relative order of rotation around the individual axes of rotation of the sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly when the first and second portions are being rotated toward one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol Mark Tazbaz, Brian Bitz, John Campbell, Bonggwon Ji, Jeff Liao, Jingjiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10133310
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal using a display unit and a control method thereof. The mobile terminal includes a controller which displays first screen information corresponding to a first application on a first display region disposed on an inner surface when the mobile terminal is open, and converts the first screen information into second screen information when a folding event is generated. Further, the controller converts the first screen information or the second screen information into third screen information which is different from the second screen information when an angle between first and second regions of the first display region corresponding to the folding event is less than a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Samsick Kim, Donghwan Yu, Seojin Lee
  • Patent number: 10114424
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that have hinged portions. One example can include a first portion and a second portion. This example can also include a sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly rotatably securing the first portion and the second portion. The sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly can include rotation control elements configured to control a relative order of rotation around axes of rotation of the sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Campbell, Brian Bitz, Errol Mark Tazbaz
  • Patent number: 10104787
    Abstract: Electronic devices may be provided that contain multiple housing portions. The housing portions may be coupled together using hinges. The hinges may include hinges based on a three-bar linkage, hinges based on a four-bar linkage, hinges with slotted members, hinges formed from flexible support structures, and hinges based on flexible housing structures. Flexible displays may be mounted to the housing portions overlapping the hinges. When the housing portions in a device are rotated relative to each other, the flexible display may bend. The hinge may be configured to allow the flexible display to be placed in a front-to-front configuration in which an active side of the display faces itself or a back-to-back configuration. Engagement structures may be used to help the housing grip external objects and to hold the housing portions together. The hinges may be provided with rotational detents to help hold the flexible display in desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Andrew J. M. Janis, Teodor Dabov
  • Patent number: 10091896
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of display devices and discloses a foldable display device comprising: a main body structure and a flexible screen provided on a surface of the main body structure; the main body structure includes two flat plate areas and a bending area connecting the two flat plates and making the two flat plate areas have an opening and closing angle of 0 degrees to at least 180 degrees between; the bending area having a minimum bending radius at the time of bending so that the flexible screen attached to the surface of the bending area also has a minimum bending radius, which is greater than a critical bending radius of the flexible screen. The present disclosure allows the flexible screen to have a minimum bending radius when the screen is folded, preventing the flexible screen from being damaged by excessive bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shang Chieh Chu
  • Patent number: 10067530
    Abstract: Technologies are described for a fully integrated multi-pivot hinge module to rotatably secure portions of a computing device. The multi-pivot hinge module includes multiple sequential frames that are radially aligned and configured to control a relative order of opening and closing of each individual frame. The multi-pivot hinge module includes friction, timing and kinematic components for controlling the order of rotation, degree of rotation and increasing stability of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol M. Tazbaz, Brian Bitz
  • Patent number: 10024090
    Abstract: Technologies are described for a set of removable couplers configured to secure sequential hinge covers over a sequential multi-pivot hinge module for rotatably securing portions of a computing device. The removable couplers may be configured to engage each end of a shaft, where the shaft rotatably couples frames of the multi-pivot hinge module together. Each of the removable couplers may include threaded holes for engaging a fastening component to secure a hinge cover over each frame. The hinge covers may be installed sequentially over each frame of the multi-pivot hinge module, by installing a frame, attaching removable couplers and securing the hinge cover, and repeating the process for each hinge cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol M. Tazbaz, Brian Bitz
  • Patent number: 9983638
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a dual-part hinge assembly for a portable electronic device. According to one embodiment, the portable computing device includes a display and a base housing connected via the dual-part hinge assembly. Furthermore, the dual-part hinge assembly comprises a first portion and a second portion that extends behind the first portion when the display transitions to an open position so as to provide stability for the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Chen, Chad Patrick Paris, Stacy Wolff
  • Patent number: 9979430
    Abstract: A protective case for a mobile device is disclosed. The protective case includes a front cover, a back cover, and a relatively rigid shell. The front cover includes multiple fold lines that extend across the cover and allow adjacent regions of the cover to rotate or move relative to each other. The shell is configured to receive and retain the mobile device while providing user access to the mobile device. The shell has an outer surface configured to include a latch with an integrated hook. In operation, the latch hooks and retains one end section of the front cover to maintain the device in an angled use position when open. When in the fully closed position the latch fits within an aperture defined within a back end region of the front cover. Magnets incorporated into the front cover assist in maintaining the case in the fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventor: Andy Fathollahi
  • Patent number: 9946310
    Abstract: A hinge includes connection members, a first fixing member, a second fixing member, a first axle, a second axle, and a third axle. Each connection member includes a first slide block, a second arc surface, a first arc surface, and a second slide block. A first circular hole penetrates through the first slide block. A first arc hole penetrates through the second slide block. The first fixing member includes a third arc surface and a third slide block with a second arc hole. The second fixing member includes a fourth slide block with a second circular hole and a fourth arc surface. The first axle passes through the second arc hole and the first circular hole. The second axle passes through the second circular hole and the first arc hole. The third axle passes through the first circular hole and the first arc hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Jung Huang, Jui-Lin Chu, Kuo-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 9915981
    Abstract: A hinge device applicable to soft display module includes a joint unit assembly. The joint unit assembly has a main section, a first side, a second side and a top section. The joint unit assembly has multiple shaft guide sections and shaft fixing sections positioned on the main section and respectively assembled with the motional shafts. A rotary shaft and a socket are formed on the first and second sides of the joint unit assembly along the top section. A (soft) display module is disposed on the top section of the joint unit assembly. The shaft guide section of the joint unit assembly is defined with a first position and a second position. When operating and opening/closing the display module, the rotary shafts serve as rotational fulcrums, whereby the motional shafts are relatively rotatable between the first and second positions of the shaft guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Yang Zhong Wu
  • Patent number: 9910465
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that have hinged portions. One example can include a first portion and a second portion. This example can also include a multi-pivot hinge unit rotatably securing the first and second portions. This example can further include a set of rigid hinge cover portions that are configured to be able to rotate relative to one another while collectively covering the multi-pivot hinge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol Mark Tazbaz, Karsten Aagaard, Eric Witt
  • Patent number: 9874906
    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 internal linking member fixed on the hinge module, an external linking member slidably disposed on the internal linking member, and an elastic member connected to the internal linking member and the external linking member. The hinge module is bendable between an unfolded position and an outwardly folded position. When the hinge module is at the unfolded position, the supporting device is a flat construction, and the elastic members are configured to block the external linking members to move away from the pivots. When the hinge module is at the outwardly folded position, the supporting device is a curved construction and the internal linking members are arranged at the inner side of the curved construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9874048
    Abstract: A bendable display apparatus includes two supporting devices, a carrying plate, and a soft display mounted on the carrying plate. Each 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 fixed on the carrying plate and being movable with respect to the external linking member, and a gear driven by the hinge module to move the internal linking member. Each 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 gear is driven by the hinge module to move the corresponding internal linking member away from the pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: An-Szu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9870031
    Abstract: A hinge device applicable to soft display screen ensures that the total amount of motion is uniformly distributed to every motional shaft. The hinge device includes multiple joint units and motional shafts. Each joint unit has a shaft fixing section and a shaft guide section assembled with the motional shafts. Each joint unit has a top portion, a first side and a second side. A rotary shaft is formed on the first side along the top portion. A socket is formed on the second side along the top portion. A (soft) display screen is disposed on the top portions of the joint units. The shaft guide section is defined with a first position and a second position. When a user opens/closes the display screen, the rotary shafts serve as rotational fulcrums and the motional shafts are rotatably movable between the first and second positions of the shaft guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Yang Zhong Wu
  • Patent number: 9822564
    Abstract: A hinge for recessed installation between a door frame and a door panel that has first and second housings adapted for recessing in the door frame and an edge of the door panel, a pair of links having ends pivoted in the housings and pivoted together about a vertical axis extending in a vertical direction perpendicular to mutually perpendicular first and second horizontal directions, and two supports in the second housing in which the respective ends of the links are pivoted. A vertical connector body to which the supports are fixed is limitedly vertically movable in the first housing along with the supports and links. Respective pairs of guide faces on the connector body spaced apart in the vertical direction flank each of the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SIMONSWERK GMBH
    Inventor: Nikolaus Dreisewerd
  • Patent number: 9811123
    Abstract: A biaxial hinge is provided which includes a rotation cam part including a first rotation cam part and a second rotation cam part configured to rotate with hinge shafts as the center, wherein each of the first and second rotation cam parts include a plurality of pockets each of which comprises one side opened and is inwardly recessed, a sliding cam part comprising one side protruding in a direction of the rotation cam part and an incline so as to move upward and downward in cooperation with rotation of the rotation cam part and insert in the pocket, a guide part including a through-hole formed at a center portion and which one side of the projected sliding cam part perforates to guide movement of the sliding cam part, and a support part configured to support the sliding cam part at a lower portion of the sliding cam part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 9738226
    Abstract: A layout system for a cargo area of a vehicle includes a divider and cargo side-trims. The divider includes a first rod, a second rod, and a screen. The cargo side-trims are installed in the vehicle to form sidewalls of the cargo area. The cargo side-trims include rails that include guide rail portions and rail-side securing portions. The guide rail portions are for guiding end portions of the first and the second rods along a front-rear direction of the vehicle. The guide rail portions include horizontal portion and extending portions that extend from the respective horizontal portions toward a lower rear of the vehicle. The rail-side securing portions are connected to the guide rail portions, respectively. The rail-side securing portions are for holding the end portions of the first and the second rods to secure the first and the second rods to the cargo side-trims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Kurato Kamada, Masanori Saito, Masashi Tsuji, Hirokazu Niimi, Yoshikazu Natsume
  • Patent number: 9720454
    Abstract: It is provided according to embodiments of the application a connecting device and an electronic device including the connecting device. The connecting device includes a first mounting plate, a second mounting plate, a hinge assembly and a filler. The hinge assembly rotatably connects the first mounting plate and the second mounting plate, and the filler fills a gap inside the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenbo Shi, Ping Tian, Zhifeng Xin, Xiaosong Xia
  • Patent number: 9680519
    Abstract: A protective case for a mobile device is disclosed. The protective case includes a front cover, a back cover, and a relatively rigid shell. The front cover includes multiple fold lines that extend across the cover and allow adjacent regions of the cover to rotate or move relative to each other. The shell is configured to receive and retain the mobile device while providing user access to the mobile device. The shell has an outer surface configured to include a latch with an integrated hook. In operation, the latch hooks and retains one end section of the front cover to maintain the device in an angled use position when open. When in the fully closed position the latch fits within an aperture defined within a back end region of the front cover. Magnets incorporated into the front cover assist in maintaining the case in the fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventor: Andy Fathollahi
  • Patent number: 9664350
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes an optical unit and a light source control circuit part. The optical unit is unitized by attaching a light source and an optical member to an attachment part. In a state where the optical unit is unitized, the light source control circuit part is attachable to the attachment part in a direction in which the light source and the optical member are not disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9625954
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that have hinged portions. One example can include a first portion and a second portion. This example can also include a sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly rotatably securing the first portion and the second portion. The sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly can include rotation control elements configured to control a relative order of rotation around axes of rotation of the sequential multi-pivot hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Campbell, Brian Bitz, Errol Mark Tazbaz
  • Patent number: 9617769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a three-dimensional adjustable hardware system. According to the invention, at least one of the hardware bodies (18) comprises at least one guide pin (28) for the purpose of adjusting the hardware system (10) in the z-direction and the housing, in which the at least hardware body is arranged, comprises at least one threaded pin (30, 32), wherein the guide pin (28) and thereby the hardware body (18) are moved relative to the housing in the z-direction when the threaded pin (30) is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventor: Fabio Polo Friz
  • Patent number: 9598886
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first casing rotatably supported by a first rotation axis, a second casing rotatably supported by a second rotation axis that is parallel to the first rotation axis, a first cam that is provided on the first rotation axis, rotates about the first rotation axis in accordance with rotation of the first casing, and causes the first casing to move together with the first rotation axis in a direction away from the second rotation axis, a second cam that is provided on the second rotation axis, rotates about the second rotation axis in accordance with rotation of the second casing, and causes the second casing to move together with the second rotation axis in a direction away from the first rotation axis, and an elastic member that applies a force in a direction in which the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis become closer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Koichi Kasai, Shigeru Yamaguchi, Kazunori Murayama
  • Patent number: 9580949
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a display panel is disclosed. In one aspect, the apparatus includes first and second support portions configured to support a display panel and respectively rotatable based on first and second rotation axes substantially parallel to each other. The apparatus also includes a first connecting portion positioned on the first rotation shaft and fixedly combined to one side of the first support portion and a second connecting portion positioned on the second rotation shaft and fixedly combined to one side of the second support portion. The apparatus further includes a spacer maintaining a constant distance between the first and second rotation axes, wherein the spacer is penetrated by the first and second connecting portions such that the first and second connecting portions are rotatable and a link member rotatably combined to one side of the first connecting portion and one side of the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Sang Ahn