For An Instrument (i.e., Means To Measure, Test Or Indicate) Patents (Class 206/305)
  • Patent number: 10743088
    Abstract: A wireless sensor assembly includes a housing, a wireless power source, and electronics. The housing defines an interior space and at least one aperture sized to receive at least one external sensor. The wireless power source is mounted within the housing. The electronics are mounted within the housing and are configured to receive power from the wireless power source and to be in electrical communication with the external sensor. The electronics include a wireless communications component, and firmware configured to manage a rate of data transmittal from the wireless communications component to an external device such that the wireless communications component has a power consumption less than about 0.5 mW. The electronics are powered exclusively by the wireless power source and the wireless sensor assembly defines a volume less than about 2 in3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James Phillips, Don Recupido, Nathan Frost, Randy Scott Brown
  • Patent number: 10730680
    Abstract: Foldable templates include sheet material with a front surface and a retaining element connected to the sheet material extending over at least a portion of the front surface. In box insert configurations, the sheet material has transverse and longitudinal creases, the retaining element extending across the creases. In retaining box configurations, the sheet material includes a base panel and opposing longitudinal side walls, with transverse creases extending across the base panel and side walls. In each template, folding the sheet material upward along transverse creases opens a receiving area between the front surface and retaining element to receive a product. In the box insert configuration, folding the sheet material downward underneath the front surface along transverse creases pulls the retaining element tight over the product. In the retaining box configuration, folding the side walls upward flattens the transverse creases and pulls the retaining element tight over the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PACKSIZE LLC
    Inventors: Hanko Kiessner, Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10730678
    Abstract: A package and method of making a package are provided, where the package includes a removable flap portion built into one panel and a resealable flap portion built into the opposing panel. The package is constructed such that the removable flap portion overlies the resealable flap portion, and peeling away of the removable flap portion reveals a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) of the resealable flap portion and also provides a tamper-evident feature. Once the removable flap portion is peeled away, the consumer can access the contents of the package. The resealable flap portion can be folded over the newly-cut edge of the opposing panel and applied to the outer surface of that panel so as to reclose the package and maintain the contents of the package therein for later consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10683591
    Abstract: An item such as a removable device cover or a portable electronic device may have a fabric hinge. The item may have first and second structures that are configured to rotate relative to each other. The fabric hinge may have first and second fabric layers that are coupled to the first structure and third and fourth fabric layers that are coupled to the second structure. A center portion of the fabric hinge may have one side that is coupled to the first and second fabric layers and an opposing second side that is coupled to the third and fourth fabric layers. In the center portion, first strands of material may extend outwardly into the first and fourth fabric layers and second parallel strands that are interspersed with the first strands may extend outwardly into the second and third fabric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Podhajny, Daniel D. Sunshine, Didio V. Gomes, Kevin M. Robinson, Mariel L. Lanas, Ari P. Miller, Houtan Farahani
  • Patent number: 10671125
    Abstract: A tablet computer includes a housing and a touch screen. The housing supports a touch screen for manipulation by a user of the computer. At least one hand pad is selectively secured to the tablet housing. The at least one hand pad is positioned at the back of the tablet for supporting the hand of a user as the user manipulates the touch screen. The pad includes a bottom surface shaped and dimensioned to rest firmly upon the tablet housing and a top surface contoured to comfortably support a hand of a user. The hand pad may also include side walls designed to wrap around the edges of the tablet housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Kwitek
  • Patent number: 10597178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an unsterilized item to a sterile field is disclosed. The item can include a human input device. The sterile field can be in an operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ryterski, Lance Kendrick
  • Patent number: 10594353
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device includes: a soft protective cover having a back panel to cover a back portion of the electronic device and side walls extending from the back panel to cover side portions of the electronic device; a hard protective frame, constructed to removably mount on the soft protective cover and wrapping around the side walls of the soft protective cover. The hard protective frame comprises a disconnected side and two facing sides. The disconnected side is disconnected and has a first end portion and a second end portion; and a first mating means formed on the first and second end portions of the hard protective frame and corresponding portions of the side wall of the soft protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Spigen Korea CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bum Joon Lee, Seung Joo Kim, Nam Heui Jung, Kyung Joon Lee, Gang Il Park, Sun Woo Yun, Soo Ha Jung
  • Patent number: 10560556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal comprising: a terminal body; a cover covering the terminal body and having a slit formed in one area thereof; and an elastic body provided on the slit and having both ends coupled to the cover adjacent to the slit. When an external force is applied to the cover, the elastic body is elastically deformed while being coupled to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jejun Han, Byoungchul Kim, Jaejun Jung, Junghong Seo
  • Patent number: 10542802
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device that includes a rigid outer layer and a more flexible inner layer. The case is a single piece. The outer layer has openings that extend through the thickness of the outer layer. The openings are connected by a groove in the outer layer. The openings and the groove can be filled by a more flexible material. The inner layer has openings. The outer layer is translucent so that the inner layer may be visible through the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brown, Steven Corraliza, Eric James Hostetler, William Ho
  • Patent number: 10485528
    Abstract: A protective member for a medical instrument includes a body portion having an inner side wall defining an interior, configured to receive at least a portion of the medical instrument. The body portion also includes a first end and a second end, wherein at least one of the first end and the second end is configured to at least partially close the respective first end and/or second end of the body portion. The at least partially closed first end and/or second end is configured to be opened for use of the medical instrument, such that the medical instrument can pass through both the first and second ends of the body portion during use, while the inner side wall surrounds a portion of the medical instrument. The body portion is configured for use during a medical procedure using the medical instrument, for example, as a tissue protector or a drilling guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Spinal Generations, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10466807
    Abstract: Systems and methods are involved with but are not limited to a shell component including a first material member and a co-molded second material member, the first material member including a periphery, and one or more curvilinear edge surfaces extended along the periphery, the second material member including one or more portions adjacent one or more portions of the one or more curvilinear edge surfaces, the first material member of a first hardness value, the second material member of a second hardness value less than the first hardness value of the first material member; a key matrix circuit component adjacent one or more portions of a first surface of the first material member; and a plurality of key caps coupled to the key matrix circuit component. In addition, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Cooper Ferren, Michael Heecheol Kim, Jaimie Emerald Chan
  • Patent number: 10457441
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to a case for a communication device, having two or more portions movable with respect to each other. A first case portion may cover a particular component or area of the communication device. Accessories or auxiliary structures may be available for use with the particular component, and may be configured to attach to or be used with a communication device housing of a particular size or shape. The first case portion may be moved relative to a second case portion, thereby exposing the component or area of the communication device for use with the accessory. Additional embodiments disclosed herein related to modular components that may be used with cases in order to provide various accessories and features, such as mounts, flashes, batteries, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Portero Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak
  • Patent number: 10448718
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device includes a back structural member configured to connect with a front structural member, the back and front structural member connected with clasping features and forming a hard shell shaped to and surrounding an installed electronic device. An external cushion member can be disposed over the hard shell of the protective enclosure. An internal cushion member can be lined in between the back structural member and the electronic device. The front structural member can include a portion that extends over the touchscreen of the installed electronic device, the portion of the front structural member that extends over the touchscreen of the installed electronic device having the same material as the remaining portion of the front structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie L. Johnson, Jonathan H. Guerdrum, Aaron M. Gaylord, Shanshan Li, Ross V. Bulkley
  • Patent number: 10362983
    Abstract: A rectal near infrared (NIR) scanning polarization imaging system uses NIR Photonic Prostatoscopy Analyzer (NIRPPA) for prostate cancer detection using light. The NIRPPA consists of a portable rectal NIR scanning polarization imaging unit and an optical fiber-based rectal probe capable of recording sets of 2D images of a prostate through rectum at different wavelengths and depths and obtaining a three dimensional (3D) image of the prostate and 3D locations of abnormal tissue inside the prostate. Diode lasers/light emission diodes (LEDs) with selected emitting wavelengths are used in the NIR spectral range from 650 nm to 2,400 nm corresponding to the four tissue optical windows (#I, 650 nm-950 nm; #II, 1,100 nm-1,350 nm; #III, 1,600 nm-1,870 nm; and #IV, 2,100 nm-2,300 nm). The fingerprint absorptions of water (H2O), Oxyhemoglobin (HbO2) and deoxyhemoglobin (Hb) in the prostate are used as native biomarkers for prostate cancer detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Robert R. Alfano, Wubao Wang, Yang Pu, Yury Budansky, Laura Sordillo, Guichen Tang, James Eastham
  • Patent number: 10321966
    Abstract: This sensor storage container comprises a bottomed cylindrical container body (1) having an opening in its top face, an opening/closing lid (2) provided to the opening of the container body (1) in an openable/closable manner, and an inner case (7) that is open at its top face and provided within the container body (1). The opening/closing lid (2) is linked to the container body (1) via a hinge portion (3), at the peripheral edge of the opening of the container body (1). The inner case (7) is linked on the hinge portion (3) side to the opening/closing lid (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10313497
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. One or more antennas for the handheld electronic device may be formed from the ground plane and one or more associated antenna resonating elements. Transceiver circuitry may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. Ferrules may be crimped to the coaxial cables. A bracket with extending members may be crimped over the ferrules to ground the coaxial cables to the housing and other conductive elements in the ground plane. The ground plane may contain an antenna slot. A dock connector and flex circuit may overlap the slot in a way that does not affect the resonant frequency of the slot. Electrical components may be isolated from the antenna using isolation elements such as inductors and resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Michael Hobson, Erik L. Wang, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Robert W. Schlub, Richard H. Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Adam D. Mittleman, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iullis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zorkendorfer
  • Patent number: 10281195
    Abstract: For the purpose of increasing flexibility a home appliance device, in particular a home chiller appliance device, is proposed. The novel device includes at least one functional housing, which is arranged at least largely within an insulation-receiving chamber and defines at least one receiving space for receiving at least one functional unit; and at least one attachment element which at least partly encompasses the functional housing in an assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Volkan Cakirca, Mehmet Ciyanoglu, Emre Guentav, Hueseyin Sen, Tanzer Yildizgoecer
  • Patent number: 10234898
    Abstract: An exterior cover for a laptop computer having a display portion and a keyboard portion is disclosed. The exterior cover includes a first rigid planar element for placement on an outside surface of the display portion. The first rigid planar element includes a raised edge along a perimeter of the first rigid planar element, wherein the raised edge extends toward the display portion. The first rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs located on the raised edge, wherein each tab extends from the raised edge for gripping the display portion. The exterior cover further includes a second rigid planar element for placement on an outside surface of the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element includes a raised edge extending toward the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs for gripping the keyboard portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Techshell Inc.
    Inventor: Haile Bekele
  • Patent number: 10231043
    Abstract: A portable speaker and protective cover for a portable wireless speaker and speaker system is disclosed. The protective cover is configured to receive, retain, cover, protect, and interactively support the portable wireless speaker. A plurality of embedded magnets and/or metallic elements in the speaker and cover are configured and aligned to magnetically secure the protective cover around the portable wireless speaker in the fully closed position and facilitate secure positioning of the speaker in a stand position during use. Other audio, video and computing electronics including tablet and smart phones may also be similarly protected and supported by such a cover configured to the particular dimensions of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ZAGG Amplified, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Hemesath, John Craig Cheney, Bryce Alan Craig
  • Patent number: 10214335
    Abstract: A spiral part used as a tamper evident feature an a peal reclose label. The spiral is formed on a pressure sensitive adhesive label, and the spiral is unraveled in order to open the package. Once unraveled, it is difficult to reclose the package with the spiral in its original place. In one embodiment, there is a special color to the label, so that once the package is opened, it can be seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LaserSharp FlexPak services, LLC
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Tinoco
  • Patent number: 10172681
    Abstract: A protective cover (800) for a medical device includes a body (700) and a cap (100) that is selectively attachable to the body. The cap 100 includes an annulus 101 and a rounded vault (102) spanning an interior portion (118) of the annulus. The rounded vault defines a convex exterior (301). A plurality of partial arch trusses (103,104,105,106,107,108,109) extends from the annulus along the convex exterior toward an apex (601) of the convex exterior. Distal ends (613,614,615,616,617,618,619) of the plurality of partial arch trusses define an interstice (611) at the apex. The partial arch trusses provide longitudinal deflection of impact forces to protect the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christina Finley, Michael Turturro, Timur Selimkhanov, Derek Roberts, Sean Kroll
  • Patent number: 10165838
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a protective cover for a mobile display device including a housing, a backplane, a liner, and a lip. The housing includes an outer portion and an inner portion, where the outer portion of the housing has a rectangular frame structure to provide a protective shell along an outer edge of the mobile display device, and where the inner portion receives and secures the mobile display device. The backplane is comprised of a rigid material and is coupled to a backside of the housing and provides a protective shell along a back side of the mobile display device. The liner has a corrugated soft rubber or polymer construction including a successive pattern of protrusions separated by a distance and is coupled to the inner portion of the housing. The lip is coupled to a front side of the housing to retain the mobile display device within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Fergal Corcoran, Padraig Murphy, Ken Delaney, Nick Jinkinson, Eric Lu, Stephen Harvey, Jerry Ahern, Pierce Brady, Kevin Hughes, Ommkar Gulavani, Rade Vignjevic
  • Patent number: 10168744
    Abstract: A remote control device and a method of assembly are provided. The remote control device may include a control unit and a holder. The holder may define a cavity that opens through a surface of the holder. The control unit may be seated in the cavity through the opening in the surface of the holder and recessed relative to the surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Kass, Douglas J. Barr, Joseph E. Kovach, Kevin M. Dann, David J. Parrett, Clark Brace, Fred Bould, Jaime Caso, Jeremy Wolf
  • Patent number: 10165702
    Abstract: Technology is provided for an open chassis for use with server modules. The open chassis includes an end frame having opposed upper corner portions and opposed lower corner portions. A pair of lower beams, each having a proximal end portion, are connected to a respective lower corner portion of the end frame. A pair of upper beams, each having a proximal end portion, are connected to a respective upper corner portion of the end frame. First and second columns extend between distal end portions of the lower beams and the upper beams. A cross-member extends between the distal end portions of the lower beams. Each beam includes an outward facing surface and an inward facing surface, and at least one of the beams includes a relief formed in its corresponding inward facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Renee Chu
  • Patent number: 10085803
    Abstract: Provided is a sterile drape configured to cover a medical observation apparatus to keep the medical observation apparatus sterile, the medical observation apparatus including a microscope part configured to magnify and image a microfine site of an observation object, an input part configured to receive an input of an operation instruction to the microscope part, and a grip part having a bar shape and having a surface provided with at least a portion of the input part, the sterile drape including: an attaching part configured to be fixed and attached to the grip part in a state where the sterile drape covers the medical observation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Gakuji Higuchi, Junichi Nozawa, Tomonori Ishikawa, Masataka Kado
  • Patent number: 10080497
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a device for monitoring at least one body function of a user comprising providing an evaluation unit, providing a sensor unit, aligning a connector portion of the sensor unit next to an electric contact pad of the evaluation unit such that the connector portion faces the electric contact pad, providing at least one anisotropic conductive adhesive between the electric contact pad and the connector portion, and bonding the evaluation unit substrate and the connector substrate together, wherein the electric contact pad and the connector portion are pressed together, and wherein an electric connection of the electric contact pad and the connector portion is created via the anisotropic conductive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert Harttig
  • Patent number: 10064298
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device includes a first case portion that may be adapted to surround at least a portion of a top device portion and a second case portion that may be adapted to surround at least a portion of a bottom device portion. The protective enclosure may also include a first hinge member coupled to a portion of the first case portion and a portion of the second case portion, and the first hinge member may pivot about a first hinge axis that is coaxially aligned with or parallel to a device hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan J. Cavenagh, Jeremy L. Dennis, Cameron D. Magness, Lucas B. Weller, Hsiao Lu Sun
  • Patent number: 10048524
    Abstract: A display device is discussed, which includes a top case disposed on a display panel, the top case may include a main body having a metal first upper member covering a partial area of an edge area of the display panel and an elastic second upper member extending from the metal first upper member and fixing the display panel. The metal first upper member and the elastic second upper member may be formed together by outsert molding. Since the top case includes an elastic upper member made of a material such as rubber or silicon, not metal, a scratch on the display panel or a polarizing plate which may be generated by a press of the display panel by an external force may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sungjin Shin
  • Patent number: 9990000
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a water tight submersible electronic device, such as a dive computer or a dive watch, comprising a case, a bezel, and glass through which a display can be viewed. The glass, case and bezel can all be different materials. The bezel is affixed to the case, in a permanent or removable manner, and has an opening for the glass and an electronic display. The electronic display is positioned under the glass and within the electronic device. For example, the glass is separated from and locked to the bezel by at least a locking ring, a shock absorber and/or a gasket. As such the glass can be free floating so that it and the bezel can deform under pressure without being damaged or causing damage to each other while maintaining a water tight connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Panu Perko, Mikko Sepanniitty, Tapio Savolainen
  • Patent number: 9983632
    Abstract: A laptop computer may include a base, a lid, and a cover. The base may include a keyboard on a first side of the base. The lid may be hingedly attached to a first end of the base. The lid may include a display on a first side of the lid. The hinged attachment of the lid to the base may enable the lid to rotate from a first lid position in which the display faces the keyboard, to a second lid position in which a second side of the lid faces a second side of the base. A hinged attachment of the cover to the base may enable the cover to rotate from a first cover position, in which a first side of the cover faces the keyboard, to a second cover position in which a second side of the cover faces the second side of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9943003
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to network cabinets and components thereof. In an embodiment, the present invention is a system that includes a network appliance, and a network cabinet having a bottom portion, a center portion providing a plurality of rack unit spaces, a top portion, and a network appliance mounting kit positioned in the top portion. The network appliance mounting kit includes a mounting feature for attaching the network appliance to the network cabinet such that the network appliance does not interfere with any one of the plurality of rack unit spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Roger D. Segroves, Mark J. Donnell, Alex C. Brouwer
  • Patent number: 9918397
    Abstract: Technology is provided for an open chassis for use with server modules. The open chassis includes an end frame having opposed upper corner portions and opposed lower corner portions. A pair of lower beams, each having a proximal end portion, are connected to a respective lower corner portion of the end frame. A pair of upper beams, each having a proximal end portion, are connected to a respective upper corner portion of the end frame. First and second columns extend between distal end portions of the lower beams and the upper beams. A cross-member extends between the distal end portions of the lower beams. Each beam includes an outward facing surface and an inward facing surface, and at least one of the beams includes a relief formed in its corresponding inward facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Renee Chu
  • Patent number: 9888753
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for use with a portable electronic device includes a rigid shell and a cushion layer. The rigid shell is configured to removably cover at least a portion of the portable electronic device. The rigid shell includes openings and one of a tab and a groove on an external surface of the rigid shell. The cushion layer is removably disposable over the rigid shell and conforms to the external surface of the rigid shell to cushion the rigid shell. The cushion layer includes one of a groove and a tab that corresponds to and interfaces with the one of a tab and a groove of the rigid shell to retain the cushion layer to the rigid shell when the cushion layer is disposed over the rigid shell. The cushion layer further includes an opening that aligns with at least one of the openings of the rigid shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Alan V. Morine, Brian P. Thomas, Jamie L. Johnson, Jason M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9882596
    Abstract: A protective case for a mobile electronic communication device includes a rear cover including a compressible member and a catch, the compressible member and the catch being spaced from each other to form an alcove; and a front cover including a rim configured to extend into the alcove, the rim having an inner surface configured to contact the compressible member and an outer surface opposite the inner surface configured to engage the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Flores, Brendan Hingston Lake, Daniel McLean, Jiacai Li
  • Patent number: 9855507
    Abstract: A portable gaming and entertainment system (or “environment”) for use with a game console and related components that allows the user thereof to easily, safely and conveniently transport the system. The system comprises a case having a lid pivotally attached to a base. One or more custom inserts are provided to securely receive the game console therein. The custom inserts permit the system to be usable with a variety of supported game consoles. The lid includes a monitor and speakers, and is operative to be opened and maintained at a position to provide a desirable viewing angle for a user. The lid closes against the base to enclose the game console and other related components so that the user may easily transport and/or store the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: G.A.E.M.S., Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Thomas Mercier, Parker Chou, Ryan Moore
  • Patent number: 9847806
    Abstract: A cellular phone protection case that has four impact absorbing corners and a planar body extending therebetween. Portions of the planar body are asymmetrical relative to imaginary central axes associated with the planar body. Additionally, the four corners define free spaces therebetween to define a cell phone cover that is substantially free of planar sidewalls extending between respective corners. The corners may deflect to repeatably engage a cell phone at complementarily shaped cellphone corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 9813082
    Abstract: A heat spreader and a method for making a heat spreader are disclosed. In an embodiment the heat spreader includes an enclosure with a hollow core and a foam core located in the hollow core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mo Bai, Vadim Gektin
  • Patent number: 9806754
    Abstract: Cases, devices, and methods for protecting and holding portable handheld devices, such as cell phones and smart phones, in separate protective cases having outwardly extending resilient bumper corner eye lit rings which cushion the case and function as bumpers when the portable electronics device are dropped. The outwardly extending bumpers/eye lit rings can also support lanyards and keychain rings, and the like, so that the cases with portable electronics devices can be easily and safely held in one's finger, about their wrist, or on their neck. A central ring can be formed from an upper middle portion of the case for allowing the forefinger of a user to be inserted therein with the back of the hand supporting the case, and the lanyard wrapped about the user's wrist. The novel cases can also be used to safely protect other types of portable electronic devices, such as tablets and laptop computers, and the like, in similar manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Todd Hodge
  • Patent number: 9798915
    Abstract: A grocery inventory tracking assembly includes a scanning unit has a scanner and an electronic memory. The scanner is electrically coupled to the electronic memory. The scanner may scan bar codes on grocery items. The electronic memory may store the bar codes thereby facilitating the electronic memory to track inventory of the grocery items. A mount is provided and the mount may be removably coupled to a support surface. The mount frictionally engages the scanning unit. Thus, the scanning unit may be retained on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: William Taylor, Diane Taylor
  • Patent number: 9785204
    Abstract: A ruggedized mobile computing device is enclosed by a multi-layer housing providing protection of the device and its individual components (e.g., processors, sensors, touchscreens, peripheral devices and ports) from wear and tear, impact shock, and extreme weather conditions. The mobile device may be rechargeable via a resonant charging receiver connectable to a companion resonant charging transmitter housed in a vehicle cradle or mount, to which the mobile device can be removably mounted for hands-free use or use in a motor vehicle. The mobile device may incorporate scanners, cameras, sensors, and other peripheral devices, and further connect to additional external scanners, sensors, or input devices through its peripheral ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: MobileDemand LC
    Inventors: Matthew Miller, Steven R. Kunert
  • Patent number: 9778702
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein provide a protective cover for a portable computing device. The protective cover can include a case for enclosing a back surface and sidewalls of the device. The case can include an opening for exposing a portion of the device comprising a portion of a first sidewall and a portion of the back surface adjacent to the first sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ki-Bok Song, Eric Chen, Wen-Yo Lu
  • Patent number: 9681719
    Abstract: A mobile device and wallet case having a continuous inelastic frame conforming to the shape of a mobile device and having one or more apertures. The frame includes a foot on one side to assist in the insertion of the mobile device. The case can include transverse structures integrally formed with the frame and configured to attach a 5 hollow-core door sized for storage. When open, the door functions as a stand for a mobile device in both the vertical position and horizontal position and bosses provide resistance to the door opening. The door can include a thumb slider aperture. The case can include a latch comprised of a frame coupled protuberance and a tooth having a female receiving recess configured to receive the protuberance. The frame 10 inside and top edge of the frame is lined with an elastomeric liner that can extend through the button apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Jake Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 9675506
    Abstract: A protective shield system protects a control interface of a wheelchair from environmental factors. The control interface includes a handle extending from a housing of the control interface to control motion of the wheelchair and one or more actuating mechanisms on the housing of the control interface to control one or more wheelchair functions. The protective shield system includes a flexible cover including at least one opening therein. The opening encompasses the handle when the cover is placed in operative connection with the control interface. The flexible cover further includes a releasable closure mechanism via which the at least one opening may be closed around a base of the handle. At least a portion of the flexible cover which is placed over the one or more actuating mechanisms is translucent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Jan E. Fisher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9672669
    Abstract: The key fob case is a case that is adapted for use in with an automobile key fobs. The key fob case is a rigid case with a lid. When not in use, the automobile key fob is placed inside the key fob case to prevent inadvertent operation of the buttons on the automobile key fob. The key fob case is closed with the lid, which is a hinged transparent cover that fits the rigid case. The key fob case also has a switched light for use in darkness. The key fob case comprises a container, a cover, a hinge, and a light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Donald J. Canastra
  • Patent number: 9671057
    Abstract: A support plate is used for supporting an electronic device. The support plate includes a first plate member, a foldable portion, and a second plate member. The foldable portion is connected to the first plate member and the second plate member. The first plate member includes a combining portion far away from the foldable portion and a contact portion adjacent to the foldable portion. The second plate member includes at least one combined portion and a non-slip element attached on a side surface of the second plate member. The combining portion is foldable to combinedly position the combined portion, wherein the contact portion supports the second plate member and forms an included angle with the second plate member. Accordingly, the support plate can stably support the electronic device and can be expanded or received quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SOLUTION EXPERT 33 INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ben-Tien Lin
  • Patent number: 9656448
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus including a display panel on which an image is displayed, a cover including a side portion configured to cover upper and lower side surfaces and left and right side surfaces of the display panel and a rear portion configured to cover an outer peripheral region of a rear surface of the display panel, and a rear cover coupled to the middle cover and configured to cover the rear surface of the display panel, and a hot stamping system for the same. A thin film having a particular color is attached to the side portion via the hot stamping system, which enables easy manufacture of the display apparatus having various colors of covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Sung In, Kyung Hwan Kim, Young Jik Lee, Kyu Hong Jung, Suk Ju Yoon
  • Patent number: 9661115
    Abstract: A device arrangement may include an inner casing. The inner casing may include an inner casing base and an inner casing cover defining a cavity therebetween. The cavity may receive an electronic device. The inner casing base may have a first viewing window. A window pane may be composed of a transparent material and be attached to at least one of the electronic device and the inner casing. The window pane may at least partially seal the first viewing window. An outer casing may at least partially encase the inner casing. The inner casing may be mounted on the outer casing via a suspension/damping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ECOM Instruments GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Roessler, Dieter Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9638449
    Abstract: An appliance includes an appliance housing, an interface adapted to receive power information, a plurality of sensors for sensing environmental conditions, a plurality of controls for controlling operations of the appliance, and an intelligent control. The intelligent control is disposed within the appliance housing and operatively connected to the interface and the plurality of sensors and adapted to dynamically select control values associated with the plurality of controls based on at least one of the power information, the environmental conditions, or a combination thereof to increase energy efficiency of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Ali R. Buendia-Garcia, Alberto Regio Gomes, Tushar Kulkarni, Andrew D. Litch, Peter J. Richmond
  • Patent number: 9615891
    Abstract: A disposable bag for maintaining sterility of a medical instrument having a detection mechanism and cable extending from the detection mechanism, wherein the bag comprises: a pair of flexible sheets comprised of a polymeric material, the pair of sheets being arranged in parallel to each other and sealed along opposing lateral sides that extend longitudinally from a top end to a bottom end, the cable having a selected length such that upon insertion of the detection mechanism through the enclosed interior chamber of the bag, the cable extends longitudinally through the open bottom end, the bag being adapted to be attached to at least a portion of the cable that extends from the detection mechanism downstream toward the open bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Ma
  • Patent number: 9609772
    Abstract: A molded casing suitable for a handheld electronic device is provided. The handheld electronic device includes a body and the molded casing, and at least one part of the body is covered with the molded casing. The molded casing is in a uniform thickness and has a continuous mosaic surface. The mosaic surface is composed of a plurality of non-coplanar polygons, wherein an intersection line is formed between any two adjacent polygons. An end of any one of the intersection lines is connected to an end of another intersection line or an edge of the mosaic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Kai Hu, Yu-Jing Liao, I-Cheng Chuang