With Cover Convertible To Easel Or Receptacle Support Patents (Class 206/45.2)
  • Patent number: 10849397
    Abstract: Systems and methods are involved with but are not limited to an apparatus including a frame assembly including a first frame coupler positioned along the frame assembly periphery first outer side of the frame assembly periphery outer surface, a second frame coupler positioned nearer to the frame assembly periphery fourth outer side than to the frame assembly periphery second outer side, the second frame coupler extending from the frame back exterior surface, and a third frame coupler positioned nearer to the frame assembly periphery second outer side than to the frame assembly periphery fourth outer side, the third frame coupler extending from the frame back exterior surface. In addition, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Lewis Piper, Michael Cooper Ferren
  • Patent number: 10716376
    Abstract: A protective case, including: a back cover configured to secure an electronic reading device; and a front cover connected to the back cover by a hinge. The front cover is divided into a plurality of separate stiffener sections that are defined by a plurality of creases, and the plurality or creases are configured to allow movement of the plurality of stiffener sections so that the protective case can be folded into a stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rakuten Kobo, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Buechin, Archer Wun, Kuan-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10623042
    Abstract: A holding device for a device comprises a mounting part, an anchor part which is configured to be fixed to a housing of the device and a locking element which is partially arranged in the mounting part and which is rotatable within a defined angular range from a release position to a locking position in order to fix the anchor part to the mounting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Riedl, Andreas Fischl, Daniel Hartl, Daniel Daehler, Michael Stritt
  • Patent number: 10470540
    Abstract: Technology associated with covering, protecting, and positioning portable electronic devices is described. In an example embodiment, a protective cover device includes a flap that is magnetically fastenable to a surface located on a backside of a portable electronic device. The protective cover device also includes a display protector attached to the flap and being positionable in a protective position to substantially cover a display of the portable electronic device. The display protector is articulatable to a position underneath a first side of the portable electronic device in which the flap and the display protector cooperatively prop up the portable electronic device in a landscape viewing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Newflux, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Hurst, Troy A. Holbrook, Steven R. Hutchinson, Tyson Triplett
  • Patent number: 10189598
    Abstract: A display carrier has: a storage box which stores a display; a fixing member which fixes the display in the inside of the storage box; a window part which is formed on a face which is opposite to a screen of the display when the display is fixed in the inside of the storage box among a plurality of faces of the storing box; and a closing member which closes the window part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Ebe, Makoto Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10159319
    Abstract: A case construction selectively encases and displays an electronic device, and includes a device-retention mechanism and multi-section jacket. The device-retention mechanism removably retains the electronic device and includes an anterior device-retaining section and a posterior jacket-opposing section. The multi-section jacket includes a mechanism-backing section, a spine section, and a mechanism-covering section. The mechanism-backing section is dimensioned to cover the posterior jacket-opposing section and the mechanism-covering section is dimensioned to cover the anterior device-retaining section. The spine section pivotally connects the mechanism-covering section to the mechanism-backing section for enabling the user to selectively cover/uncover the device-retention mechanism. The mechanism-backing section and mechanism-covering section each include at least one foldable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: WORLD RICHMAN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saharut Sirichai, Iordanka Koleva Mulhern
  • Patent number: 10081485
    Abstract: A product packaging is disclosed, including a rear panel, a front panel coupled to the rear panel, and an intermediate panel between the front panel and the rear panel. The intermediate panel may include a spacing segment that spaces a lip portion of the front panel away from the rear panel, and the intermediate panel may define a product-receiving recess of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Cernokus, Lorraine Y. Tang, Francesca Amor Delle Cese, Mark T. Uyeda, Thomas Branton Watson
  • Patent number: 9918534
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device comprises a back sheet portion comprising a first section and a second section and a front sheet portion comprising a first section and a second section. The second end of the front sheet portion is connected to the second section of the back sheet portion, and the first end of the front sheet portion is connected to the first section of the back sheet portion at a distance of the first end of the back sheet portion, the cover having an end section. The cover is foldable between a cover position and a support position. In the cover position, the back sheet portion and the front sheet portion are substantially planar and resting against each other. In the support position, at least a part of the end section rests against at least a part of the first section of the front sheet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sami Säilä, Jose M. Perez
  • Patent number: 9854692
    Abstract: A protective cover is provided that protects an electronic device. The protective cover includes a front cover having a front surface and a rear surface. The rear surface of the front cover is disposed over a front surface of the electronic device when the protective cover is closed. The protective cover also includes a rear cover connected with the front cover and having a front surface and a rear surface. The rear surface of the rear cover is disposed on a rear surface of the electronic device. The protective cover further includes a plurality of foldable segments disposed on the rear surface of the front cover. The plurality of foldable segments are unfolded for use as a stand of the protective cover and are folded for storage within the rear surface of the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jung-Heon Yoo
  • Patent number: 9738424
    Abstract: Packaging used to hold and ship consumer products may include components having complementary edges that are coupled together when the packaging is assembled. The packaging may also display a product in an aesthetically appealing way by holding the product in way that makes it appear as if the product is “floating.” The packaging may be made of recyclable and/or biodegradable material, such as molded fiber paper material that reduces the environmental impact of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Korinek, Mikael Silvanto
  • Patent number: 9715248
    Abstract: A supporting base for an electronic device includes a mounting plate and two standing pieces. The two standing pieces are rotatably fixed to the mounting plate. The two standing pieces can rotate from a closed position to an open position. When the two standing pieces are in the closed position, the mounting plate supports the electronic device in a first manner. When the two pieces are in the open position, the two pieces clamp the electronic device in a second manner. An electronic device assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu-Qi Wu, Yong-Chang Fan, Yu-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 9475608
    Abstract: The palletized shipping and display system comprises two support containers, a plastic pallet, a product tray, a tubular sleeve, and a plurality of product containers that are disposed in the support containers. The support containers are latched at their bottoms to the pallet. Each of the support containers includes an open front and a shelf recessed from an open top and the tubular sleeve disposed around the support and product containers. A display chamber is defined in the open top above the shelf for displaying product at a point of sale and when the product is depleted from the display chamber, the sleeve is lifted to expose and retrieve product containers from the bottom of the stack. The retrieved product containers are then used to replenish product in the display chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Robert Dye, Marco Cerqueira
  • Patent number: 9227763
    Abstract: A computing system is provided with a portable electronic device, a computing accessory, and a multi-functional support accessory. The support accessory may provide a supportive configuration for supporting the portable electronic device in an upright, working position. The support accessory can also transition to a protective configuration for acting as a protective cover for the computing accessory. When the support accessory is in the protective configuration, the computing accessory can be inserted into, or otherwise protected thereby. When the support accessory is in the supportive position, the portable electronic device can be stabilized in an upright orientation by the support accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David Gengler
  • Patent number: 9079702
    Abstract: A cigar box includes a pedestal lid and a base. The base includes front, rear and side panels and a bottom panel. The lid includes a top panel and a front panel. Side edges of the lid are slidably insertable into channels in opposing interior surfaces of the side panels of the base. In a first configuration, the top panel is inserted into the base to close the cigar box. In a second configuration, the lid is removed from the base and placed underneath the bottom panel of the base such that the base is inclined towards its front panel lower. In this configuration, gravity causes cigars within an interior volume of the base to roll downwardly to the front of the base, where an opening in the front panel of the base facilitates their removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Cigar Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Ed Lahmann, Frank Wei-Kuen Liu
  • Patent number: 9038979
    Abstract: A multifunctional case is configured for receiving or supporting a portable electronic device. The case includes a first layer and a second layer. The second layer is connected to the first layer by the edges. A receiving space is formed between the first and second layers for receiving the portable electronic device. The second layer is provided with a base portion, a main supporting portion, two side supporting portions and two remaining portions are formed on the second layer. The two side supporting portions and the remaining portions are symmetrically positioned at two sides of the main supporting portion. When the case is folded up as a support, the main supporting portion is angled with the base portion. The remaining portions are stacked on the base portion. The side supporting portions are perpendicular to the remaining portions and the main supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Li-Houng Lu, Hsin-Yung Yang, Ching-Min Lin, Tzu-Cheng Yu
  • Publication number: 20150129438
    Abstract: An electronic device case for selectively tilting an electronic device. The case includes at least one panel, a frame configured to receive an electronic device, and a tilting subassembly. The tilting subassembly includes a bendable lift component and a tether component slidingly disposed between the lift component and the at least one panel. Pulling of the tether component selectively transforms the tilting subassembly from a first configuration in which the lift component lies substantially flat upon the panel into a second configuration in which the lift component bows into an arch, thereby tilting the frame and an electronic device positioned within the frame. One or more fasteners may be coupled to a second end of the tether component to secure the tilting subassembly in the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Luis Quehl
  • Patent number: 9027747
    Abstract: A protection cover support seat structure for tablet display apparatus includes a support member, a display adjustment seat and a connection assembly. The support member has a first end section and a second end section opposite to the first end section. The display adjustment seat is pivotally connected to the first end section via at least one first pivot member. An engagement locating assembly with elastic engagement function is disposed between the display adjustment seat and the connection assembly. One side of the connection assembly is connectable with the tablet display apparatus. The second end section is pivotally connected with a base seat, which is further pivotally connected with a board body. Accordingly, the tablet display apparatus can be co-used with the board body and rotated and tilted by different angles and supported in an inclined position in adaptation to different use situations and requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Chien Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 9010529
    Abstract: A foldable cover for protecting or supporting a portable electronic device is provided. The foldable cover comprises a supporting unit and a fixing unit. The supporting unit comprises a plurality of first separations, a convergent part and a plurality of first slab-shaped parts. Each first separation is connected to the convergent part. The fixing unit is connected to the supporting unit to fix the portable electronic device. When the first slab-shaped parts are located at the same surface, the supporting unit covers the portable electronic device. When a three dimensional structure is formed by the first separations, the convergent part and the first slab-shaped parts, the supporting unit supports the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Ying Chen, Hsin-Hsuan Hsieh, You-Ren Chen, Cheng-Chih Hung
  • Patent number: 9000871
    Abstract: A case for a tablet-type electronic device, in particular a tablet computer, comprises a casing shaped so as to at least partially cover a rear surface of the device and equipped with fastener members for fastening it to the device; the casing is equipped with a magnetic coupler element, acting from a rear surface of the casing and able to cooperate with a corresponding fastener element carried by a protective cover for the screen of the device, so as to magnetically fasten the cover to the casing on the rear of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tucano S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fabio Cencioni
  • Patent number: 8975991
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8960421
    Abstract: A foldable cover has panels or sections and hinges that allow the cover to be folded into a stand for an electronic tablet or other electronic device. The front cover protects the front screen of the electronic tablet. The front cover can be folded into a stand to provide multiple viewing angles for the tablet, without needing to carry a separate standalone stand device. The foldable cover can be part of case that houses and protects the electronic tablet. Due to the foldable cover, this case has additional functionality and usability. Since the stand can be formed from the front cover, the stand will be available wherever the case is and is harder to lose than having a separate standalone stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventor: Markus Diebel
  • Publication number: 20150047993
    Abstract: Packaging including a base and a removable lid for the base. The lid is configured for multiple configurations including a first configuration for storing an item and a second configuration for supporting the lid in a substantially upright orientation for displaying the item. Attachment supports can be included in the base for securing the stand in the upright orientation. Lid supports can be included in the attachment support to support the lid. Alternatively or additionally, an insert having a living hinge can be used to support the lid. The base may be substantially rigid or may be configured to be collapsible or to otherwise allow for multiple configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew J. JANIS, Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Publication number: 20150041342
    Abstract: A case for use with a portable electronic device includes: an inflatable base; a sleeve on the base, with at least a portion of the sleeve being translucent to permit a user to view the portable electronic device therethrough; and a closure mechanism on the sleeve for sealably enclosing an electronic device in the sleeve. When inflated, the base has opposing upper and lower surfaces with the sleeve on the upper surface, and the upper surface is at a tilt angle with respect to the lower surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Douros, SR.
  • Publication number: 20150041341
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device and a keyboard includes a first cover portion, an engagement member secured to the first cover portion and configured to support the portable electronic device, a second cover portion configured to support the keyboard, and a spine portion connecting the first cover portion to the second cover portion. The spine portion allows movement of the first cover portion relative to the second cover portion so that the case is positionable in a closed position and in an operating position. The case also includes a rigid spine component coupled to the second cover portion adjacent the spine portion. The rigid spine component includes a groove configured to receive a portion of at least one of the engagement member and the portable electronic device when the case is in the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Barry Marshall, Adam Weaver, James Kao, Todd Robinson
  • Patent number: 8952254
    Abstract: An electronic device cover includes a base and a protection member. The base defines a positioning slot, a latch slot, and a through hole. The latch slot is in communication with the positioning slot, and the through hole is below the positioning slot. The protection member is configured to be secured to the base in a protection position and a stand position. When the protection member is in the protection position, the protection member is engaged in the latch slot, and a clipping space is defined between the protection member and the base, for receiving an electronic device. When the protection member is in the standing position, the protection member extends through the through hole to be engaged with the base, to support the base, and the positioning slot is configured to position the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhan-Ao Yu, Quan Liao
  • Patent number: 8928437
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Publication number: 20150001105
    Abstract: A case for a tablet shaped device, the case including a body having a first face and a second face having a tablet shaped device receiving area; and a flap having a distal portion magnetically attracted to the body, and configurable between a first configuration in which the flap covers the tablet shaped device receiving area and the distal portion is wrapped around an edge of the body and contacts the first face such that the flap is secured by the magnetic attraction of the distal portion to the body, and a second configuration in which the flap is folded to form a stand secured by the magnetic attraction of the distal portion to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ethan NYHOLM, Adina JACOBS, Christopher Daniel TOWNSEND, Anton Liang LEE SEE
  • Patent number: 8915357
    Abstract: A transformable carrying case includes a first cover and a second cover pivotably coupled to the first cover. The transformable carrying case may be transformable between at least three distinct positions including a closed position in which the first cover is disposed substantially on top of the second cover, an open position in which the first cover is substantially coplanar with the second cover, and a stand position in which the second cover is in a folded condition defining a prop surface to prop an object at an oblique angle relative to the first cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Monica Liane Mecchella
  • Patent number: 8910915
    Abstract: A folding stand may attach to an electronic device for transportation in one configuration and may fold into a second configuration to hold the electronic device for use. The folding stand may have two main rigid components that are joined by a hinge. Each of the rigid components may have engagement mechanisms that clamp onto the electronic device in the first configuration and hold the device in one of several upright positions in the second configuration. A stringer may be attached to one of the rigid components with a hinge and may engage the other rigid component with a snap or other mechanism. In some embodiments, the entire stand may be a single piece manufactured from rigid plastic components joined with a second, flexible material that may provide one or more of the hinges in the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Wibby, Alan Morine
  • Publication number: 20140360893
    Abstract: A protective case and mounting system for a handheld electronic device is provided. The protective case can include a removable mounting system comprised of an interlocking member and a plurality of mounting bases. The protective case may further include a non-slip member to prevent the device from slipping on a surface and a magnet for attaching the device to a magnetic surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: ROKFORM LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Whitten, Bernhard Leitner, Craig Erion
  • Publication number: 20140362504
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a protective cover demountably connected with a display device or an expansion device. The protective cover includes a body, a first fixing element, at least one first shaft, and at least one first supporting element. The body includes at least one body recess. The first fixing element is connected with the body to fixedly dispose the display device or the expansion device on the body. The first shaft is disposed in the body recess. The first supporting element is connected with the first shaft and can be rotated with respect to the first shaft to form a lying state or an erect state; in the lying state, the first supporting element is accommodated in the body recess; in the erect state, the first supporting element is erected to protrude out of the body recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: CHEN-YI LIANG, HSIH-BIN DAI
  • Patent number: 8896990
    Abstract: An electronic device cover includes a protection member and a support. The protection member includes a protection plate. The support member is rotatably mounted to the protection member and includes a support plate. The support member is rotatable between a protection position and a support position relative to the protection member; when the support member is in the support position, the support member supports the protection plate in a stand position, and the protection plate and the support plate define a corner therebetween; when the support member is in the protection position, the protection plate and the support plate are unfolded and define a receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Kang Cho, Ke-Fei Zou
  • Patent number: 8887910
    Abstract: A protective cover having a front cover, a rear cover including a middle rear cover, an exterior rear cover, and a folding portion that connects the middle rear cover to the exterior rear cover, an articulable back that connects the rear cover to the front cover, a holding sheet that is attached to an inner surface of the exterior rear cover and is not attached to the middle rear cover, the holding sheet having bands located at corners of the holding sheet, the bands configured to be attached to corners of an electronic device for securing the electronic device to the protective cover, and an anti-slip pad attached to an inner surface of the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: M-Edge International Corp.
    Inventors: Adam Ashley, Patrick Mish, James Ward
  • Publication number: 20140332418
    Abstract: An apparatus and/or systems related to a case for a mobile device. A protective case may include a stand portion which slides out to an open position for propping up the mobile device at a predetermined angle for viewing by a user. As the user switches the viewing orientation of the mobile device (e.g., by physically rotating the mobile device 90 degrees), the stand portion continues to prop up the mobile device at the predetermined angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mervyn Cheung, Charlie LaColla
  • Patent number: 8884730
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Publication number: 20140326636
    Abstract: A portable smart pillbox is disclosed in the present invention. Said portable smart pillbox comprises of a plurality of medication compartments and a mobile phone stand with a charger groove to receive mobile phone chargers. Said smart pillboxes can used in combination of mobile phones. The smart pillboxes can hold and charge mobile phones and users of smart pillbox can use their mobile phones and apps in their mobile phones to remind them the right time and kind of medications they should take.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Baschnagel
  • Patent number: 8878637
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments where the first segment includes a first plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a first edge of the flap and where a second segment includes a second plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a second edge of the flap opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jared A. Sartee, Samuel G. Smith, Santhana K. Balaji, Florence W. Ow
  • Patent number: 8875879
    Abstract: A case incorporates a built-in stand for an electronic device, such as an electronic tablet computer, which the case houses. The case protects the electronic device and allows a user to view and access the device without removing it from the case. The built-in stand is adjustable and allows for multiple viewing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventors: Markus Diebel, Hyun Hong
  • Patent number: 8851439
    Abstract: The invention provides a reading stand. The reading stand may comprising a base portion including at least one base portion sidewall, the base portion sidewall being supported by the base portion; and a platform portion forming a support surface to support the document, the platform portion including at least one page holder to retain the document. The reading stand may further include a side support clip extending from the platform portion such that the base portion sidewall is receivable between the platform portion and the side support clip in an assembled position, the side support clip having a protuberance disposed thereon, the protuberance engageable with the base portion sidewall. The assembled position affords side reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Phifer Incorporated
    Inventors: Beverly C. Phifer, M. Scott Clark, Thomas G. Grammer
  • Publication number: 20140262853
    Abstract: The present invention provides add-on wallets and cases for attachment to hand-held electronic devices. The wallet comprises a central panel having a front and a back, and a device connecting element positioned on the back of the central panel, where the wallet is attached by the device connecting element to the hand-held electronic device. The wallet further includes wallet panels attached to the edges of the central panel. Various connection elements can be used to close the panels of the wallet, or allow the panels of the wallet to be configured in a stand position, to act as a stand for the hand-held electronic device. The wallets and cases also provide connection mechanisms to attach the wallets or cases to other external structures such as a portfolio folder, or a car dash board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel A. DeChant
  • Patent number: 8820695
    Abstract: A support for an object is provided. The support may comprise a bottom part, a sidewall, and a plurality of fasteners. The plurality of sidewalls may be connected to the bottom part. The bottom part and the plurality of sidewalls may be made of essentially one piece of flat member. The bottom part and the plurality of sidewalls form an easel to accept the object. The plurality of fastener may be disposed on the plurality of sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Nakada, Hiroki Hirano, Shinya Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20140238876
    Abstract: An apparatus and/or systems related to a case for a mobile device. The case may include a holding shell attached to a cover shell by a strap hinge. The strap hinge includes a plurality of straps attached to alternating sides of the holding shell and the cover shell. The strap hinge may be opened from a left side or a right side of the holding shell. When opened from the left side, a first surface of the plurality of straps is exposed. When opened from the right side, a second surface of the plurality of straps is exposed, the second surface having a different color than the first surface. The strap hinge allows the case to change colors without swapping parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George Chen, Mervyn Cheung, Soo Youn Park
  • Publication number: 20140202887
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device with a retractable stand may support the case for an inserted electronic device when disposed in a horizontal and/or vertical position. The case may be transitioned from the horizontal and/or vertical disposition and vise-versa without changing the relative positions of the case and the stand to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Speculative Product Design, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Hill Mongan, Jarret Weis, Bryan Lee Hynecek, Arthur Wu
  • Patent number: 8783458
    Abstract: Case accessories for portable electronic devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a case accessory may include a base configured to sit on a working surface, a support coupled to the base and configured to support a portable electronic device in an elevated position, a rotational mechanism coupled to the support configured to allow the holder to rotate in one or more directions relative to the support, and a holder coupled to the rotational mechanism and configured to secure the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Targus Group International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gallagher, Robert Shortt, Daniel Ballou, Ronald DeCamp, Mark Thoni, James C. Frinak
  • Patent number: 8783450
    Abstract: An exemplary shell for holding an electrical device on an external supporter. The shell includes a plate, a sidewall, and a rest. The sidewall extends from the plate. The plate and the sidewall cooperatively define a receiving space for holding the electrical device. The rest is attached to the plate. The rest includes two connecting ends being rotatable relative to the plate and a supporting end between the connecting ends and configured for standing on the external supporter and cooperating with the sidewall to hold the electrical device on the external supporter. A length of the rest is adjustable, so that a distance between the supporting end and the sidewall is correspondingly adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hua-Yong Wang
  • Publication number: 20140197048
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a tablet computer or an electrical device having a touch screen in multiple orientations, the apparatus including a substantially planar base, a back member, a first hinge attaching the back member to the base, a cover configured to hold the electrical device, and a connector that attaches the cover to the back member. The connector can include at least one alignment piece that aligns the cover to the back member only in certain predefined orientations including a landscape orientation and a portrait orientation, and the alignment piece inhibits the cover from being rotated about an axis perpendicular to the cover relative to the back member when the cover is attached to the back member with the connector, but the connector allows the cover to be detached from the back member and reattached in a different one of the predefined orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Erin Napolitano, Barry Sween, David Kleeman, Xin Fu, John Wadsworth, Colin Greenidge, Chetan Machakanoor, Justin Jakobson
  • Patent number: 8746449
    Abstract: Case accessories for portable electronic devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a case accessory may include a base configured to sit on a working surface, a support coupled to the base and configured to support a portable electronic device in an elevated position, a rotational mechanism coupled to the support configured to allow the holder to rotate in one or more directions relative to the support, and a holder coupled to the rotational mechanism and configured to secure the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Targus Group International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gallagher, Robert Shortt, Daniel Ballou, Ron DeCamp, Mark Thoni, James C. Frinak
  • Patent number: 8727116
    Abstract: A protection cover for a portable terminal preferably includes a rear cover, on and from a surface of which the portable terminal is mountable and removable, and a front cover pivotally coupled to the rear cover to open or close access to the portable terminal mounted on the rear cover. Friction members may be provided on at least one of the rear cover and the front cover, respectively, in which the front cover is disposed at a predetermined angle with respect to the rear cover while facing another surface of the rear cover to support the friction members on a planar surface, thereby opening the portable terminal and cradling the portable terminal inclinedly with respect to the planar surface. The protection cover provides both a cradle and a cover in one device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoon-Young Kim, Sang-Geun Kim, Sang-Yul Kim, Seog-Guen Kim, Jin-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8684174
    Abstract: A case for an electrical device includes: (a) a first portion with a bottom surface; (b) a second portion adjacent to the first portion; (c) a third portion adjacent to the second portion; (d) a fourth portion adjacent to the third portion; and (e) a fifth portion with an interior surface and adjacent to the fourth portion. In this embodiment, at least one of the first portion or the third portion is configured to be removably coupled to the electrical device. Additionally, when the case placed in an open configuration, the first portion is capable of being located over the fifth portion with the bottom surface of the first portion adjacent to the interior surface of the fifth portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Saharut Sirichai, Xin Fu
  • Publication number: 20140083883
    Abstract: A protective covering for an electronic device such as a tablet computer. In various embodiments, to protective covering may cover both front and rear surfaces of the electronic device, as well as from and rear surfaces of an associated keyboard. Additionally, certain configuration for the protective covering may operate to trigger a sleep mode for the keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Elias