Seal For Push Button Actuator Patents (Class 200/302.2)
  • Patent number: 10796863
    Abstract: An input device, such as a keyboard, includes one or more keys that each includes a keycap operable to move within an aperture of a frame to activate a switch and fabric disposed over the frame and keycap. A first region of the fabric is bonded to the keycap and a second region of the fabric is bonded to the frame. The first region may be an embossed region and the second region may be an unembossed region. The fabric may dampen sound from within the keyboard, such as noise related to movement of the keycap, activation of the switch, and so on. The fabric may also form a barrier that restricts passage of contaminants into the aperture and/or other portions of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Stringer, Daniel J. Coster, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Benjamin A. Cousins, Melody Kuna, Sean S. Corbin, John M. Brock, Robert S. Murphy, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10777371
    Abstract: A key structure includes a keycap, a supporting plate, a connecting element, a circuit board and an elastic element. The circuit board is disposed on the supporting plate. The circuit board includes a switch element. A first switch unit of the switch element is formed on a top surface of a first film layer of the circuit board. A second switch unit of the switch element is formed on a top surface of a second film layer of the switch element. When the keycap is depressed in response to an external force, the elastic element is subjected to deformation. Consequently, the first switch unit and the second switch unit are selectively turned on to generate a first key signal and a second key signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Lei-Lung Tsai, Sheng-Fan Chang
  • Patent number: 10763057
    Abstract: A waterproof keyboard structure and an assembly method thereof are provided. The waterproof keyboard structure includes a keyboard module, and a keyboard frame framing on the keyboard module, wherein an elastic waterproof layer is formed by means of double injection or insert molding on the keyboard frame. The keyboard module is defined with a key surface, and an assembly surface arranged opposite to the key surface. The elastic waterproof layer is clad on the key surface, and the keyboard module with the assembly surface facing a seat is assembled together with the keyboard frame in an accommodating space, thereby having the elastic waterproof layer closely fit with the seat to form a waterproof ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juei-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 10749290
    Abstract: A waterproof assembly includes a casing, a gasket, and a cap. The casing has an opening. The gasket includes a main body and a protruding portion. The main body has a first circular raised structure configured to abut against an inner surface of the casing. The protruding portion is connected to the main body and is configured to at least partially protrude out of the casing through the opening. The cap is configured to abut against a side of the main body away from the opening. The cap has a through hole configured to be aligned with the protruding portion. The casing further has a plurality of fixing members configured to abut against a side of the cap away from the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ACCTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Chang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10702334
    Abstract: An ultrapolar telescopic electrosurgery pencil/handpiece with or without smoke evacuation that is capable of cutting with a sharp non-conductive cutting end of an electrosurgery blade and cutting and coagulating with activation of active and return contacts both contained on each side of the electrosurgery blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: I.C. Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Ioan Cosmescu
  • Patent number: 10686920
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal comprising: a case comprising a button hole; a main board mounted within the case; a button module which is exposed to the outside through the button hole; a sealing rubber comprising an opening into which the button module is inserted; a first waterproof tape in the form of a closed curve, which joins the sealing rubber and the button module; and a second waterproof tape in the form of a closed curve, which joins the sealing rubber and the case. The button module comprises: a fingerprint recognition module for recognizing a user's fingerprint when touched by a user's finger; a switch for generating a signal when pressed; and a flexible board comprising a mounting portion for mounting the fingerprint recognition module and the switch therein, a contact portion contacting the main board, and a connection portion for connecting the mounting portion and the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youngdo Cha, Hyunsu Song, Bonghyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10675083
    Abstract: An electrosurgery handpiece/pencil with smoke evacuation having features that support use at high frequencies without insulation breakdown and that provides increased efficiency of smoke evacuation during cutting and/or coagulation. The electrosurgery handpiece/pencil includes a handpiece, an electrode positioned within an end of the handpiece, and a nozzle member for retaining the electrode which fits within an interior of the end of the handpiece that contains the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: I.C. Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Ioan Cosmescu
  • Patent number: 10650989
    Abstract: A waterproof assembly is adapted for a keyboard switch. The water proof assembly includes a body element, a water proof cover, a sliding channel, and a pushing rod. The body element defines a plunger guiding groove and a conductive member accommodating groove. The waterproof cover covers the conductive member accommodating groove. The sliding channel is defined between the conductive member accommodating groove and the waterproof cover, and is communicated with the plunger guiding groove and the conductive member accommodating groove. The pushing rod is mounted inside the sliding channel to control a conductive member of the keyboard switch to be turned on or turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: FuXi Wu
  • Patent number: 10636590
    Abstract: A waterproof switch device includes: a switch member including a body portion and a movable portion; an operated portion that is a shaft member having a distal end exposed from an opening provided in an exterior member of an electronic apparatus and a proximal end connected to the movable portion, the operated portion including a flange portion extending in a radial direction; a waterproof cover made of elastomer material; and a retaining member including an opening portion through which a part of the operated portion closer to the distal end than the flange portion can pass but the flange portion cannot pass, the retaining member being disposed farther inward from the exterior member than the waterproof cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takayoshi Iyadomi
  • Patent number: 10631923
    Abstract: An electrosurgical tool or pencil for use in performing surgery includes an elongate, non-conductive housing having an elongate passage extending from a front end. An elongate electrode is mounted in the passage and slidable therein and has an operating forward section, an insulated central section, and an non-insulated rear section. The electrode can be adjusted in its longitudinal direction by a user. A conducting member is mounted on the rear section of the electrode and an elongate conducting strip is fixedly mounted in the elongate passage adjacent one side of the electrode and parallel thereto. The strip is supported by the housing so as to be in electrical contact with the conducting member which is slidable relative to the conducting strip. A circuit board for controlling the tool's operation is mounted in the housing and connected to the conducting strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Leonard Ineson
  • Patent number: 10559436
    Abstract: System and methods for providing a keyframe module for a input device are disclosed. In an embodiment, the input device includes a keyframe having a key opening, and a key disposed within the key opening. The key includes a keycap having a bottom surface, a plurality of tabs that extend laterally from the bottom surface of the keycap, and a protrusion extending from the bottom surface of the keycap. A compressible dome structure is disposed underneath the protrusion, and a plate is coupled to the keyframe and disposed underneath the compressible dome structure. A plurality of openings is disposed within the plate, where a location of the plurality of openings corresponds to a location of the plurality of tabs such that one or more of the plurality of tabs pass through one or more of the plurality of openings in response to the depression of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Linus Chien, Chia Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 10475602
    Abstract: An electronic device and a key coupling unit therefor are disclosed. The key coupling unit includes a key configured in a specific shape, a key guide frame configured to guide pressing of the key, and a key circuit board configured to input a signal corresponding to the pressing of the key. The key coupling unit is fixed in a settling area of a bracket. A bumper is formed to protrude from the lower part of the key circuit board. A pressing part is formed in the bracket to face the bumper of the key circuit board. A command signal of a corresponding key is transmitted to the key circuit board by converting to an electric signal if the bumper presses the pressing part. The bumper and the pressing part are located by moving in a lateral direction from the center of the settling area of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyungpil Kim
  • Patent number: 10446337
    Abstract: A modularized structure of switch wire connection device includes an assembling support and a wire connection module. The assembling support has a first side and a second side. The first and/or the second sides are formed with assembling sections for assembling with the wire connection module. The wire connection module includes a first wire connection module and/or a second wire connection module each having a case. The case defines a chamber for receiving and enclosing electrical contact components. The case is formed with a mounting section for connecting with the assembling section of the assembling support. The wire connection module is detachably mounted on the assembling support as an integrated form. The modularized structure enables an operator to easily assemble/disassemble the components and change the switch specification between normally open mode and normally closed mode and enhance insulation effect to avoid electric arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Switchlab Inc., Switchlab (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Wu, Chih-Kun Hsiao, Wen-Bing Hsu
  • Patent number: 10437289
    Abstract: A button installed on a housing of an electronic device includes a keycap, a button frame, a waterproofing ring, and at least one installation post. The button frame is latched with the keycap and defines at least one through hole. The waterproofing ring is disposed within the at least one through hole. At least one installation post is received through the waterproofing ring and resists against the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Hsin Chang, Shih-Kuo Tsai
  • Patent number: 10431964
    Abstract: A removable electric current switching element includes first and second housing parts fitted to the other and that can be moved between an assembled configuration and a partially disassembled configuration. The first housing part includes side walls provided with through inspection windows, the second housing part includes insulating walls which each delimit a volume in the second housing part around a corresponding mobile conductor. The first and second housing parts are arranged relative to one another in such a way that, in the assembled configuration the insulating walls mask the inspection windows and that, in the intermediate configuration the insulating walls are away from the inspection windows to free access to the inspection windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Larcher, Patrick Comtois
  • Patent number: 10424445
    Abstract: An electronic device, according to one embodiment of the present invention, can comprise: a housing which has an opening part penetrating through the inside and the outside of the electronic device and forms the outside of the electronic device; a key button inserted into the opening part so as to be movable; a sealing member which is disposed such that the sealing member slidably contacts the outer surface of the key button, and prevents communication between the inside and the outside of the electronic device through the inner surface of the opening part and the outer surface of the key button; and a push switch accommodated in the housing and pressed by an inward movement of the key button. Various other embodiments are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Jae Kim, Ki-Hwan Kwak, Kyung-Chul Seo
  • Patent number: 10366850
    Abstract: An electronic device, according to one embodiment of the present invention, can comprise: a housing which has an opening part penetrating through the inside and the outside of the electronic device and forms the outside of the electronic device; a key button inserted into the opening part so as to be movable; a sealing member which is disposed such that the sealing member slidably contacts the outer surface of the key button, and prevents communication between the inside and the outside of the electronic device through the inner surface of the opening part and the outer surface of the key button; and a push switch accommodated in the housing and pressed by an inward movement of the key button. Various other embodiments are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Jae Kim, Ki-Hwan Kwak, Kyung-Chul Seo
  • Patent number: 10354815
    Abstract: A push switch includes a base member including a depressed accommodating part, a fixed contact member provided and exposed in the accommodating part of the base member, a movable contact member installed in the accommodating part and including a dome part configured to be reversible to contact the fixed contact member, a sheet member installed to cover the accommodating part and hold the movable contact member, a pusher member installed between the top of the dome part and the sheet member, and a sheet-shaped reinforcing member formed of a material having a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than the sheet member. The reinforcing member is installed over the sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junichi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10327616
    Abstract: A portable surface cleaning apparatus for a floor surface includes a recovery tank and a supply tank separated by a partition, and further includes a carry handle defining a handle grip spaced above the supply and recovery tanks, wherein the handle grip does not intersect the supply tank or the recovery tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: George Moyher, Jr., Michael Graham
  • Patent number: 10312034
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes plural keys, a supporting plate and a membrane switch circuit member. The membrane switch circuit member includes a first board, a second board, a third board and a fourth board. The first board includes plural first contacts. The second board includes plural second contacts and plural first openings. The third board includes plural third contacts and plural second openings. The fourth board includes plural fourth contacts. The plural first contacts, the plural first openings and the plural third contacts are collaboratively defined as a first key matrix. The plural second contacts, the plural second openings and the plural fourth contacts are collaboratively defined as a second key matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Bo-An Chen, Chin-Sung Pan
  • Patent number: 10297404
    Abstract: An illuminated pushbutton switch is provided. The pushbutton switch includes a case, a button assembly received in the case, and a switch contact assembly disposed in the case. The button assembly includes a button part, a first spring against a center of the button part, a waterproof jacket assembled in the button part, and a frame fixed on the button part. The switch contact assembly includes a switch frame, a plurality of second springs against a bottom side of the switch frame, a contact sheet against the plurality of second springs, a rivet penetrating the contact sheet and the switch frame, a plurality of contacts disposed at an interval from the contact sheet, a plurality of pins used for fixing the contacts, and a bottom case receiving the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Lyric Shin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: An-Ching Ho
  • Patent number: 10275052
    Abstract: A jog dial according to the present invention can be used in an electronic device. The jog dial according to the present invention comprises: a dial knob rotatably provided on an upper surface of an operation panel of the electronic device; an object provided on the dial knob; and a detector provided below the operation panel, and detecting the object so as to output a signal, wherein the dial knob and the detector are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee-jun Kang
  • Patent number: 10194725
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a main housing including a case member. The case member includes a plurality of female stabilization structures formed therein. A lid including male stabilization features formed thereon are received in the female attachment structures. The main housing and lid are removably joined to define an air and water tight volume receiving an electronic device. The main housing member includes an inner wall and the lid includes a groove formed therein receiving a gasket wherein the gasket is compressed between the main housing and the lid to provide a water and air tight seal and wherein the compression of the gasket is countered by the male and female stabilization features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CATALYST LIFESTYLE LIMITED
    Inventors: June Lai, Joshua Wright
  • Patent number: 10189939
    Abstract: A method for curing an epoxy resin by adding to the epoxy resin a compound having formula (I) wherein X is a difunctional group selected from the group consisting of C2-C20 alkyl, C5-C20 cycloalkyl, C6-C10 aryl, C8-C20 aryl alkyl, C4-C20 heteroalkyl or C10-C20 aryl heteroalkyl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ANGUS CHEMICAL COMPANY
    Inventors: George D. Green, Raymond J. Swedo
  • Patent number: 10180250
    Abstract: A user interface assembly for a household appliance is designed and adapted to provide good lighting execution maintaining a directly coupled touch field unit. The user interface includes a decorative overlay, a structural light box, and a printed circuit board with an integrated touch field unit and plurality of top-fire LED. The printed circuit board is mounted to a mounting frame extending from the inner surface of the structural light box without the use of adhesive. The structural light box is box includes a conical light aperture and dimensioned to maximize thickness to improve lighting diffusion, but keeping the overall thickness of the structural light box within the maximum range acceptable for optimal functionality and sensitivity of the touch field unit through direct coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Melissa J. Burchill, Sanghayan Y. Gajbhiye, Neomar Giacomini, Robert B. Womack
  • Patent number: 10174990
    Abstract: The present invention includes a body having a storage compartment defined therein, a door for opening and closing the storage compartment, a lifting member, which includes a handle and a first gear extending in a vertical direction and which is disposed at the door in a manner of being movable upward and downward, a second gear, which is disposed at the door so as to engage with the first gear, a third gear, which is disposed at the door so as to engage with the second gear, and a pushing member, which is disposed at the door so as to be movable in forward and rearward directions and which includes a fourth gear engaging with the third gear, the pushing member exerting external force on the body when the lifting member is lowered, thereby offering an advantage in that a user such as a child, who is short, can easily open the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Junsoo Park, Jiyeong Ku, Jiyoon Lee, Jiyoung Yoon
  • Patent number: 10174529
    Abstract: A handle device for a vehicle door is provided in which a tact switch that can switch between switching modes in response to a pressing-in operation of an operating button is housed and fixed within a housing recess of a handle main body so as to be electrically connected to printed wiring of a board. The printed wiring is disposed at a different site from one face, facing a cover member side, of the board, the tact switch which is fixed to the one face of the board is electrically connected to the printed wiring, a flange portion abutting against the one face of the board is provided integrally with a switch cover covering the tact switch and connected to the operating button, and the push-in stroke of the operating button is restricted to a predetermined value or below with a hold-down member engaged with the handle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Tadashi Saitou, Kenichi Otsubo
  • Patent number: 10151524
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a door having a handle groove, a grip portion located in front of the handle groove, and a front panel located in front of the grip portion. The grip portion is close to a rear surface of the front panel or is in contact with the rear surface of the front panel. The door includes at least a metal reinforcement member disposed in the grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Yuan Ding, Ping Lv, Xiaoguang Ren, Jicong Song, Chuan Zhang, Changliang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10121611
    Abstract: A membrane switch including a first membrane, a second membrane, a first electrode disposed on the first membrane, a second electrode disposed on the second membrane, and an adhesive layer is provided. The first membrane and the second membrane are combined to each other by the adhesive layer, such that the first electrode faces the second electrode and a gap exists therebetween. At least one air tunnel is formed in the adhesive layer to communicate the gap with an external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: JENSIN INTL TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Hsu-Feng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10102987
    Abstract: A keyboard switch for a keyboard includes a base secured to a plunger that reciprocates with respect to the base and is biased away from the base. An electrical contact assembly is positioned within a cavity defined by the base and the plunger. The electrical contact assembly remains in an electrically open state when the plunger is furthest from the base, but the electrical contact assembly enters an electrically closed state when the plunger is longitudinally moved downwardly by force towards the base. In this regard, a cam protruding from a side portion of a body of the plunger has a profile surface that contacts the electrical contact assembly as the plunger is longitudinally moved towards the base. A curved profile of the cam that incorporates a concave arc uniquely changes the amount of force experienced by the typist at different points of the downward motion of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MASSDROP GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Alexander, Brandon Muzzin
  • Patent number: 10096942
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed, high voltage manual disconnect that can be manually operated from outside the disconnect to transition between connect and disconnect states. The disconnect comprises a hermetically sealed housing having internal components for changing the state of the disconnect. A gas can fill the housing to allow for reliable high voltage operation. Different embodiments of the manual disconnect can include electrical and electronic components so that the state of the disconnect can be changed in response to an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GIGAVAC, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Molyneux, Brent J Swartzentruber
  • Patent number: 10082880
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a shell having a set of aperture formed into a top surface. A group of keys are disposed in the set of apertures. A platform is disposed under the group of keys and substantially fills an interior of the shell. The platform has a cavity formed in a lower surface of the platform. A circuit board, which is operable to control the keyboard is disposed within the cavity. The platform is configured to prevent ingress of liquid and debris that may enter the set of apertures. In some cases, the shell may have a rear aperture formed into a side wall, which may be configured as an antenna that is tuned to transmit a wireless signals at a transmission frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William P. Yarak, III, Erik T. Stefansson, Euan S. Abraham
  • Patent number: 10078350
    Abstract: A sealed physical button for use with a portable electronic device that effectively presents ingress of liquids. Embodiments include a button cap having flange portions that interlock with complementary flanges from a button retainer. The button cap may also include a downward oriented central post, proportioned and oriented to interface with the top surface of a button attached to a bracket. The button retainer may include an aperture sized and positioned to receive the central post of the button cap. The button retainer may rest on a shelf within the electronic device housing such that the shelf interposes the bracket and the retainer to form a rigid seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Colin M. Ely
  • Patent number: 10077104
    Abstract: A sensor (1) having a housing (2) defining an internal volume (3), a movable part (4), a detector (5) for detecting movement of the movable part (4), a transfer mechanism (6) passing through a first opening (7) of the housing (2) to control movement of the movable part (4) from a first external zone (8), and a first sealing structure (9) for opposing the passage of fluid coming from the first external zone (8) towards said internal volume (3). The housing (2) includes a second opening (10) extending between the internal volume (3) and a second external zone (11); and a second sealing structure (12) between the internal volume (3) and the second external zone (11), the second sealing structure being adapted to break so as to allow fluid to pass as soon as a first predetermined pressure difference is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventor: Gary Ataman
  • Patent number: 10068723
    Abstract: A switch that more reliably prevents solvent permeation from the outside, and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. The switch includes a first molded resin molded integrally with a plurality of fixed contacts by insert molding, a movable member disposed above the first molded resin to bring the plurality of fixed contacts into and out of contact with each other, and a second molded resin molded so as to close a through hole of the first molded resin formed by a pin supporting the plurality of fixed contacts at a time of the insert molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: CITIZEN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsu Oyamada, Tsuyoshi Miura, Mitsunori Miura
  • Patent number: 10043628
    Abstract: A switching device having a damping element for a contact system during abrupt switching on, wherein the contact system has a contact slide and a switching piece movably guided therein, and the movable switching piece is mounted opposite a fixed switching piece, where the contact slide has at least one projection that is operatively connected to the damping element when the switching device is switched on abruptly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin Steinbauer, Tobias Kemptner, Guenter Wiesent
  • Patent number: 10014131
    Abstract: This application relates to a dome switch assembly including a base plate that carries a first contact, and a flexible surface connected to the base plate, the flexible surface formed of a metal material in the shape of a dome. The assembly can include a second contact coupled to the flexible surface, and a sound-dampening pad coupled to the flexible surface and formed of a material having noise-dampening properties, wherein when at least a threshold amount pressure is applied to the flexible surface, the flexible surface changes from the dome shape to a collapsed shape allowing the first and second contact to touch, wherein the sound dampening pad absorbs at least some acoustic energy emitted by the touching of the first and second contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Paul X. Wang
  • Patent number: 10008794
    Abstract: An operation member for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a casing having portions defining an opening and a circuit module having a circuit board. The circuit board includes a controller. The operation member includes a body including an operating end and a coupling end, and a skirt member. The body is configured to partially protrude through the opening of the casing for operating. The skirt member is arranged at the coupling end. The skirt member includes a base plate outwardly extending from the coupling end, a wall upwardly extending from peripheral portions of the base plate, and a groove defined between the wall and the body. The operation member is configured to associate with the electronic device, and the operation member with the body and the skirt is completely separated from the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Lung Ho, Yi-Hsun Lee, Ming-Wei Ou, Yuan-Fu Lin
  • Patent number: 10008346
    Abstract: A waterproof keyboard, including a keypad and a plurality of keys passing through the keypad. The keypad includes a compressive waterproof layer, a plate structure, and a plurality of through-holes, the compressive waterproof layer covering the plate structure, and the through-hole passing through the compressive waterproof layer and the plate structure. Each of the keys passes through one of the through-holes, and the compressive waterproof layer and the plate structure are clamped by means of a slot that is formed on a lateral surface of the key, to enable the key to be sealed with the compressive waterproof layer to form a sealed layer, so as to achieve the waterproof effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Yuan Chang, Shao-Lun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9984835
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a cover assembly having a plurality of ribs integrally formed within an actuator body envelope to increase the resilience of the actuator body envelope against high-pressure water cleaning. In an illustrative example, the actuator body envelope defines an actuator body chamber while an actuator envelope integrally formed with the actuator body envelope defines an actuator chamber. The actuator chamber and the actuator body chamber may adapt to receive an actuator via an insertion aperture at a proximal end of the body envelope. In some implementations, the plurality of ribs may advantageously increase the service life of the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Banner Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Charles Dolezalek, Maximilian John Aponte
  • Patent number: 9972457
    Abstract: Guide grooves are formed in a peripheral sidewall of a soft button, and a hard cap is separably connected to the button by fitting legs on the cap into these guide grooves. Furthermore, when a push-operation member on the cap is pushed, the legs are guided in the guide grooves, while the press stroke of the push-operation member is regulated by the bottom ends of the legs coming into contact with the top face of an inner flange on the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Parts Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahisa Kitahara
  • Patent number: 9943215
    Abstract: A holder which is disposed inside an endoscopic operation section and which fixes the flexible substrate, includes a first opening to pass the flexible substrate into the holder from the outside of the holder, a cavity portion which has a ceiling portion in the inner circumferential surface thereof and in which the flexible substrate is disposed in a bent state inside the holder, and a second opening to pass the flexible substrate to the outside of the holder from the inside of the holder. The flexible substrate is disposed separately from the ceiling portion of the cavity portion in a state where the flexible substrate protruding to the outside of the holder from the first opening and the second opening is fixed to the outer circumference of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Okada
  • Patent number: 9938996
    Abstract: A button retention mechanism that removably retains a button within a device while allowing easy replacement of a depressible or switchable button. The mechanism includes a retention member coupled to the button on a first end and removably coupled to a body at an opposing second end through a snap-fit or interference-fit. Such a structure allows for insertion and removal of the button without disassembling the device, and provides structural stability of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard D. Bothmann
  • Patent number: 9933816
    Abstract: A waterproof housing for a digital device includes front and rear bulkhead members for sealably holding a digital device having a touch screen. The touch screen is positioned to be viewed through a transparent surface of the rear bulkhead, which includes an aperture through which an actuator is sealably positioned. The actuator includes a shaft extending through the aperture, a control member connected to an outer end of the shaft, a stop member affixed to the control member for contacting the housing or engaging the recess, an extension member connected to an inner end of the shaft, a first probe affixed to the extension member near the shaft, and a second probe affixed to the extension member at an off-center position relative to a center axis defined by the shaft. The actuator is configured to selectively operate the first and second probes to execute touch motions on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Vals Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Valentins Ranetkins, Freddy Espinoza
  • Patent number: 9899164
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard includes a membrane wiring board, plural key structures, and plural light-emitting elements and plural light guide covers corresponding to the plural key structures. Each key structure includes a keycap and an elastic element. Each light guide cover is disposed under the corresponding keycap and surrounds the corresponding elastic element. Each light guide cover receives plural light beams from the corresponding light-emitting element. The plural light beams are guided to the corresponding keycap by the light guide cover and outputted from plural light-transmissible regions of the corresponding keycap. Consequently, the plural light-transmissible regions have uniform luminous efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Chen Wang
  • Patent number: 9875862
    Abstract: A waterproof apparatus for a terminal side key and a terminal are disclosed. The apparatus includes: a terminal shell (1) with a sidewall hole that is filled with a terminal side key (3), and a terminal side-key circuit board component (2) connected to a terminal mainboard (4), herein, the terminal side-key circuit board component (2) includes: a side-key circuit board (23), an arched metal film (22) fixedly connected to the side-key circuit board, and a circuit board waterproof ring (21) used for wrapping the side-key circuit board (23) and the arched metal film (22) as a whole, herein, the circuit board waterproof ring (21) wrapping the side-key circuit board (23) and the arched metal film (22) as a whole is combined with a sidewall of the terminal shell (1) in an interference-fitted manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Ling Wu, Bin Gao
  • Patent number: 9871330
    Abstract: A waterproof key apparatus, as an electronic device, is provided. The waterproof key apparatus includes a main case, a key module attached to a side of the main case and comprises a key actuator, a window to which the key module is coupled, a universal serial bus (USB) coupling module and a printed circuit board (PCB) attached to an opposite side of the main case, with a dome sheet therebetween, a key bracket and an antenna cap coupled to the lower portion of the PCB, and a sealing part attached between the main case and the PCB to seal the rear surface of the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaeil Seo, Daeyoung Noh
  • Patent number: 9866659
    Abstract: A waterproof presskey structure includes a shell, a button or presskey, and an elastic element. The elastic element and the shell can be assembled together with gum, the presskey is movably assembled to the shell and matches with the elastic element. The elastic element comprises a tubular structure having an elastic wall. The elastic wall is arched, and the elastic wall projects out towards within the tubular structure. For the arched elastic wall stretches under pressure from the button or presskey, an assembly of the elastic element and other parts is not affected, the elastic element cannot be separated from the shell due to the gum failing, and water resistance between the presskey and the shell is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Power Idea Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Dong Ma, Dong-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9859072
    Abstract: A waterproof button for an electronic device includes a button portion and a waterproof portion. The button portion includes an operating portion, a connecting portion, and a pressing portion. The waterproof portion includes a positioning portion, a sleeve, and a receiving portion. The positioning portion defines a through hole to allow the connecting portion to pass through. The sleeve is connected to the positioning portion to receive the connecting portion, the receiving portion is connected to the sleeve to receive the pressing portion. A surface of the positioning portion forms a fixing surface. When the waterproof button is mounted to the electronic device, the fixing surface is fixed to the electronic device. An electronic device using the waterproof button is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (ZHENGZHOU) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Jie Rong, Yun-Zhi Zhang, Xi-Juan Luo
  • Patent number: 9853256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to as battery box comprising a housing and a power supply component mounted within the housing. Through holes are provided respectively on both ends of the housing to lead a wire into the housing to connect with the power supply component. The power supply includes a circuit hoard and a battery. The housing includes an upper housing body and lower housing body which are detachably connected with each other. The upper housing body and the lower housing body could be engaged with each other to form a receiving cavity to receive the power supply component. A contact is provided on the circuit board to be in communication with the battery and correspondingly, a flexible sheet is provided on the upper housing body to press the contact. The present invention further relates to a necklace provided with the said battery box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ACE GIFT & CRAFT(NINGBO)CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yanbei Qin