Handheld; E.g., Pda Patents (Class 361/679.56)
  • Patent number: 10354112
    Abstract: A fingerprint identification module is provided for identifying a fingerprint of a finger. The fingerprint identification module includes a sensing chip and a thermally deformable layer. The thermally deformable layer is disposed over the sensing chip and includes a sensing region. When the finger is placed on the sensing region, the fingerprint of the finger is sensed by the sensing chip. If the fingerprint identification result of the fingerprint identification module fails, the thermally deformable layer is firstly changed to a molten state and then returned to a solidified state within a predetermined time period. Consequently, the finger is fixed by the thermally deformable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Mao-Hsiu Hsu, Kuan-Pao Ting
  • Patent number: 10340970
    Abstract: A protective cover for use with an electronic device includes a protective shell, an electrical connector, and an inductive coil. The protective shell is configured to receive the electronic device and includes one or more apertures configured for accessing one or more respective features of the installed electronic device. The electrical connector is affixed to an interior surface of the protective shell and configured to engage electrical contacts of the installed electronic device. The inductive coil is disposed within the protective shell and is electrically connected to the electrical connector of the protective shell. The inductive coil is configured for producing an electrical current in response to a magnetic field generated by an external device in proximity to the protective shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Douglas A. Kempel
  • Patent number: 10305165
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a case; a display unit arranged in a front of the case; and a wireless communication unit mounted in the case and configured to provide wireless communication. Further, the case includes a first metallic part; a second metallic part spaced apart a predetermined distance from the first metallic part; a floating metallic part provided between the first metallic part and the second metallic part, the floating metallic part being spaced apart a predetermined distance from the first metallic part and the second metallic part; and a non-metallic part provided between the first metallic part and the floating metallic part and between the floating metallic part and the second metallic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangwook Hahn, Sukho Hong, Sungho Hong, Jaewook Lee, Timothy Kang
  • Patent number: 10219056
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a main housing and a lid. The main housing and lid are removably joined to define an air and water tight volume receiving an electronic device. The electronic device includes a switch. The main housing includes a slot formed therein proximate the switch of the electronic device. A toggle is rotatively positioned within the slot. The toggle includes a C-shaped contact portion and the switch is positioned in the C-shaped contact portion and actuated by rotation of the toggle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CATALYST LIFESTYLE LIMITED
    Inventors: Joshua Wright, June Lai
  • Patent number: 10187106
    Abstract: A protective cover for a tablet computer is disclosed, which comprises a back cover and a front cover. The front cover includes an input side and a connector including a planar portion and a coupler for removably connecting the front cover to the back cover. The planar portion engages at least portion of a front surface of the tablet computer and the coupler engages an edge of the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Ahee, John M. Schoenith
  • Patent number: 10159320
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device includes a top member adapted to be removably coupled to a bottom member to enclose the electronic device. A first back engagement feature is disposed on an inside surface of a perimeter wall portion of the bottom member, and the first back engagement feature is adapted to engage a first front engagement feature disposed on an inner perimeter wall of the top member to removably secure the top member to the bottom member. A second back engagement feature is disposed on an outside surface of the perimeter wall portion of the bottom member, and the second back engagement feature is adapted to engage a second front engagement feature disposed on an outer perimeter wall of the top member to further removably secure the top member to the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Peter S. Armstrong, Stephen James McFadden, Luis Antonio Liera, Weishin Tasha Sharp, Feng Song Liu, Lan Nguyen, Joshua Pearce-Garcia, Aaron Lipner
  • Patent number: 10085357
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include enclosures for electronic devices formed from RF-transparent, toughened glass materials, such as chemically hardened alkali-aluminosilicate glass. For example, according to the disclosed embodiments, an enclosure for an electronic device may be formed from a plurality of enclosure components joined together along corresponding interfaces to establish an enclosure structure, or alternatively, may be formed from a single enclosure component. In some aspects, the enclosure structure may have corresponding first and second ends, the enclosure structure may have corresponding first and second surfaces, and the second surface may be exposed to an environment. The enclosure may also include first and second cap components disposed at corresponding ones of the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Warren Jones, Charles Woodhull, Bryan Kiple
  • Patent number: 10061360
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular example of the electronic device includes a hinge design that includes a first housing pinion that connects to a first housing, a first housing rack coupled to the first housing pinion, a second housing pinion that connects to a second housing, and a second housing rack coupled to the second housing pinion. The first housing rack can be curved and a portion of the first housing pinion can travel along a pinion guide that has approximately the same curved profile as the first housing rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksander Magi, Nicholas W. Oakley, Mark E. Sprenger
  • Patent number: 10007298
    Abstract: There is provided a docking station capable of docking and undocking a portable computing device. The docking station includes: an engaging lever engageable with an engaging hole located in a portable computing device; and a docking sensor which detects when the engaging lever is engaged with the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shibayama, Yuta Tsuganezawa, Eiji Shinohara
  • Patent number: 9941581
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device, including an aluminum layer enclosing a volume that includes a radio-frequency (RF) antenna is provided. The housing includes a window aligned with the RF antenna; the window including a non-conductive material filling a cavity in the aluminum layer; and a thin aluminum oxide layer adjacent to the aluminum layer and to the non-conductive material; wherein the non-conductive material and the thin aluminum oxide layer form an RF-transparent path through the window. A housing for an electronic device including an integrated RF-antenna is also provided. A method of manufacturing a housing for an electronic device as described above is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Christopher D. Prest, Lucy E. Browning, Stephen B. Lynch, Eric S. Laakmann, Paul L. Nangeroni
  • Patent number: 9884342
    Abstract: Techniques or processes for providing markings on products are disclosed. The markings provided on products can be textual and/or graphic. The techniques or processes can provide high resolution markings on surfaces that are flat or curved. In one embodiment, the products have housings and the markings are to be provided on the housings. For example, the housing for a particular product can include an outer housing surface and the markings can be provided on the outer housing surface. The markings can be formed using a ultra-violet (UV) curable material that can be selectively cured on a surface (e.g., housing surface) in places where markings, namely text and/or graphics, are to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Nasher
  • Patent number: 9866676
    Abstract: A case for portable electronic devices including smartphones includes a feature to prevent glare from a flash from affecting images and video captured by a camera lens and also a battery to extend battery life of the electronic device. Smartphones have telephony, Internet connectivity, and camera and video features. Photos and video can be uploaded through the Internet or sent to other phones. The case has a hole for a camera flash of the smartphone to pass through. The edging of the hole is colored black or another dark color to prevent glare from appearing in the photos or video taken by the smartphone when using the camera flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventor: Markus Diebel
  • Patent number: 9749268
    Abstract: A message delivery system includes a plurality of smart devices associated with a person. Each smart device includes the person's contact information and a wireless transceiver for communicating with each of the other smart devices and communicating messages directed to the person. A message handling module having stored codes executable by a processor is embedded within one of the smart devices to receive current device status of each of the smart devices and to determine a chosen smart device to receive a current message directed to the person based on criteria including the current device status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9742458
    Abstract: A protective cover for a tablet computer is disclosed, which comprises a back cover and a front cover. The front cover includes an input side and a connector including a planar portion and a coupler for removably connecting the front cover to the back cover. The planar portion engages at least portion of a front surface of the tablet computer and the coupler engages an edge of the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: INCIPIO, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Ahee, John M. Schoenith
  • Patent number: 9712203
    Abstract: A case is provided for a portable Radio Frequency (RF) communications device in which the portable RF communications device has an RF antenna arrangement internal to or integrated with an outer housing, the outer housing having an outer surface having a first portion, dielectric characteristics adjacent to which having a relatively low effect on a frequency characteristic of the RF antenna arrangement; and a second portion, dielectric characteristics adjacent to which having a relatively high effect on the frequency characteristic of the RF antenna arrangement. The case has a base, dimensioned to fit a back of the RF communications device; and a plurality of walls, extending from the base and dimensioned to fit corresponding walls of the RF communications device. The case is configured to cover part of the first portion so as to cause a dielectric parameter adjacent a part of the first portion to be relatively high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TECH 21 LICENSING LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Lloyd Roberts, Wilhelm Marschall, Benjamin Richard Thorpe
  • Patent number: 9609093
    Abstract: A protective shell for electronic equipment contains: a first casing and a second casing which are connected together to form an accommodating cavity for accommodating electronic equipment. The first casing has a first bottom plate, the second casing has a second bottom plate, a first end of the first bottom plate retains with a first end of the second bottom plate, and the first bottom plate has a protective fence arranged around a second end and two peripheral sides thereof, the second bottom plate has a protective fence formed around a second end and two peripheral sides thereof. Each protective fence of the first bottom plate and the second bottom plate has a curved retaining portion defined on a free end thereof. Thereby, the protective shell dissipates heat to air quickly so as to cool the electronic equipment efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Chih-Juh Wong
  • Patent number: 9568950
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems for mounting touch-panel devices such as smartphones or tablets. An example embodiment of an on-wall docking station is provided wherein the docking station comprises a metallic pad, a gripping surface, mounting screws, a mounting plate, an external connection port, magnets, a near field communication device, and a magnet buffer. The docking station may allow for mounting a touch-panel device in a plurality of mounting orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTUITIVE, LLC
    Inventor: Cary Lee Christie, II
  • Patent number: 9538671
    Abstract: A reversible system for housing a battery-operated device includes a first case member and a second case member. The first case member includes a first alignment member and the second case member includes a second alignment member complimenting the first alignment member such that the orientation of the first case member to the second case member can be altered in at least two orientations. In certain embodiments, the reversible system additionally includes a photovoltaic module for powering the battery-operated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ASCENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Armstrong, Robert Meck
  • Patent number: 9521226
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electronic device includes an outer section having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface adapted to face the electronic device when the electronic device is mounted in the mounting system. The mounting system also includes a perimeter suspension section coupled to the outer section and adapted to secure the electronic device to the mounting system, the perimeter suspension section including a spring portion provided around a periphery of the perimeter suspension section, the spring portion being adapted to isolate the electronic device from a shock force that may be applied to the mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: M-Edge International Corp.
    Inventors: Adam R. Ashley, Christopher R. Helman
  • Patent number: 9490528
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide an electronic device and a method of manufacturing a housing for the electronic device, which belong to a field of electronic product. The electronic device comprises a housing and an antenna. The housing comprises N layers each of which is made of a first fiber material and a second fiber material; and the housing comprises a first region, and a second region made of the second fiber material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Min Sun, Xiaoqin Han, Lei Ma, Chenghao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9461692
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein provide a protective cover for a portable computing device. The protective cover can include a first portion and a second portion pivotally attached to the first portion at a first end of the second portion. A second end of the second portion can be coupled to a back surface of the device. The first portion can include a keyboard and a connector to electrically couple the keyboard with the device when the connector is connected with a port of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9462098
    Abstract: A portable terminal housing includes a first housing body, a second housing body engaged with the first housing body, a middle frame, and a ring cushion coiled around the middle frame. The first housing body and second housing body can cooperatively form a receiving cavity. The middle frame and ring cushion are positioned in the receiving cavity. The middle frame resists against the inner surface of the first housing body and second housing body by the ring cushion. The middle frame covers a joint of the first housing body and second housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shao-Han Chang
  • Patent number: 9457732
    Abstract: A seat back hanger adapter includes a securing unit having a main part with two end caps resiliently mounted to two ends of the main part. The main part is a hollow part and has an opening defined in one side thereof. A connection unit is inserted into the opening and has two hooking members received therein. A resilient member is biased between the two hooking members. Each of the hooking members has a button and a hooking portion, wherein the button protrudes from outside of the connection insertion, and the hooking portions are engaged with two notches in the main part. An organizer is pivotably connected to the connection unit. The connection unit is easily separated from the main part by pushing the buttons of the two connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Shuhui Qian
  • Patent number: 9375185
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a portable physiological monitor including a first local display and configured to communicate with a second physiological monitor including a second display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al Ali, Don Carothers, David Dalke, Mohamed K. Diab, Julian M. Goldman, Massi E. Kiani, Michael Lee, Jerome Novak, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 9367094
    Abstract: A display module and system applications including a display module are described. The display module may include a display substrate including a front surface, a back surface, and a display area on the front surface. A plurality of interconnects extend through the display substrate from the front surface to the back surface. An array of light emitting diodes (LEDs) are in the display area and electrically connected with the plurality of interconnects, and one or more driver circuits are on the back surface of the display substrate. Exemplary system applications include wearable, rollable, and foldable displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, Kapil V. Sakariya, Vikram Pavate
  • Patent number: 9348376
    Abstract: A tablet information handling system has power contacts disposed on an outer surface of a planar housing to accept power from a power connector without affixing the power connector to the power contacts at the planar housing. For example, the power connector is disposed at a support surface of a stand in a position that aligns with power contacts of the planar housing when the planar housing rests on the support surface. The power connector provides power without a port or similar structure so that the planar housing may be place on and taken off the support surface at a variety of orientations rotated about the axis at which the power connector and power contacts meet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Kamepalli, John T. Morrison, Travis C. North
  • Patent number: 9345184
    Abstract: Magnetic field shielding material with high relative permeability incorporated into a build-up package, for example to restrict a field of a magnet integrated with the build-up to a target device configured to operate in the field. In embodiments, a first device is physically coupled to the build-up. In embodiments, a magnetic field shielding material is disposed in contact with the build-up and in proximity to the first device to restrict a magnetic field either to a region occupied by the first device or to a region exclusive of the first device. A field shielding material may be disposed within build-up near a permanent magnet also within the build-up to reduce exposure of another device, such as an IC, to the magnetic field without reducing MEMS device exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sasha Oster, Sarah Haney, Weng Hong Teh, Feras Eid
  • Patent number: 9316500
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for switching a navigation mode between a vehicle navigation mode and a personal navigation mode in a navigation device supporting vehicle navigation and personal navigation. Switching between the vehicle navigation mode and the personal navigation mode is performed according to whether the navigation device is mounted in a navigation device holder, whether a GPS speed provided by a GPS receiver is higher than a predetermined speed, and whether a step is detected using an output of an accelerometer. Since mode switching between the vehicle navigation mode and the personal navigation mode is automatically performed, a user does not need to manually perform mode switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-Myeon Lee, Hyun-Su Hong, Sung-Chul Yang
  • Patent number: 9317076
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to a device for retaining an electronic device as well as for methods for using the device for the purpose of doing the same. In various instances, the electronic device includes a housing and the retaining device is adapted for interfacing with the housing of the electronic device. The housing may be a separate unit from the electronic device or part of the electronic device itself. In various instances, the housing is a separate unit from the electronic device, within which the electronic device is fitted. In certain instances, the housing for the electronic device is adapted for protecting the device from one or more of shock, liquid, dust, snow, and the like. The electronic device may be any suitable electronic device, such as a computer, mobile computer, notebook computer, tablet computer, telephone, personal digital assistant, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TREEFROG DEVELOPMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary A. Rayner
  • Patent number: 9300768
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device includes a rigid layer and a resilient layer. The rigid layer includes a plurality of turned edges. The resilient layer is disposed primarily on a first side of the rigid layer, wherein the resilient layer includes a plurality of enveloping edges that substantially envelop the turned edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Elizabeth Incorporated
    Inventors: Elizabeth Dining, Erin Joy Watt, Zachary Conrad, Cameron James Brown, Jeremy Kerbs
  • Patent number: 9295174
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device includes a shell, a first cushioning layer and a second cushioning layer. The shell includes an inner and an outer surface, a retaining wall defined by a perimeter portion of the shell, the retaining wall having a top-side, a bottom-side, and left and right side wall portions. The first cushioning layer includes a front surface and a back surface, the back surface of the first cushioning layer being overmolded on the inner surface of the shell and the front surface cushioning the back portion of the electronic device. The second cushioning member includes a perimeter wall having a tope side wall, a bottom side wall, and left and right side walls, the perimeter wall being overmolded with the retaining wall of the bottom shell and adapted to form-fit over at least the perimeter portion of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Witter, Matthew S. Krajec, Patrick J. Nelson, Paul N. Walker, Thomas D. Boileau
  • Patent number: 9282663
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. In accordance with one embodiment the electronic device includes a housing that encloses an interior space tightly separating the interior space from an exterior; a gastight flexible membrane arranged such that it divides the interior space into a first and a second volume, the first and the second volume being tightly sealed to each other; and a watertight and gas-permeable membrane coupling the second volume with the exterior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Testo AG
    Inventor: Andreas Derr
  • Patent number: 9282363
    Abstract: A method of managing video programs and associated program components on a storage unit of an electronic device is provided. A total number of playbacks of each video program stored in the storage unit and a total number of playbacks of each program component stored in the storage unit for each of the video programs are tracked. A percentage of playbacks of each program component stored on the storage unit relative to the total number of playbacks of its corresponding video program is determined. From this, candidates of program components for deletion from the storage unit are identified based on the values of the determined percentages. The tracking, determining and identifying steps of the method are performed by electronic components of the electronic device. A device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Krishna Prasad Panje
  • Patent number: 9252627
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are provided. One example of the apparatus comprises: a housing, defining a through-hole, configured to retain an electronic device in the through-hole; at least one coil configured to receive energy wirelessly; and an electrical connector configured to provide energy received by the at least one coil to an electronic device retained in the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Juhani Valdemar Kari
  • Patent number: 9247661
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for housing a device include a housing that is configured such that a device may be fitted within the housing and thereby be protected, such as from shocks and/or liquid. The housing may include top and bottom members that may be removably coupled together so as to form the housing. Each top and bottom member optionally includes front and back surfaces surrounded by a perimeter. The perimeter is defined by proximal and distal ends as well as opposing sides. The top and bottom members may include respective clasping mechanisms that extend along the perimeter of the top and bottom members. The clasping mechanisms are configured for coupling the top and bottom members with one another thereby sealing the housing, for instance, in a shock-proof and/or water tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: TREEFROG DEVELOPMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Rayner
  • Patent number: 9237660
    Abstract: A 3-D glass enclosure comprises a generally planar glass base member, an encircling glass side wall member connected to the base member, and a generally planar glass cover member connected to the side wall member to form a unitary glass enclosure, the base, sidewall and cover members being made by reforming softened glass sheet preforms and subjecting the reformed members to ion-exchange strengthening, thus providing strong transparent enclosures for electronic devices such as tablet computers, cellphones, media players and televisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Thierry Luc Alain Dannoux, David Lathrop Morse
  • Patent number: 9229494
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to a device for retaining an electronic device as well as for methods for using the device for the purpose of doing the same. In various instances, the electronic device includes a housing and the retaining device is adapted for interfacing with the housing of the electronic device. The housing may be a separate unit from the electronic device or part of the electronic device itself. In various instances, the housing is a separate unit from the electronic device, within which the electronic device is fitted. In certain instances, the housing for the electronic device is adapted for protecting the device from one or more of shock, liquid, dust, snow, and the like. The electronic device may be any suitable electronic device, such as a computer, mobile computer, notebook computer, tablet computer, telephone, personal digital assistant, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TREEFROG DEVELOPMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Rayner
  • Patent number: 9223341
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a guiding rail, at least one protruding block, a slidable element, and a rotatable element. The guiding rail includes a first side and a second side surface opposite to each other. The guiding rail further includes a first edge and a second edge in parallel to a longitudinal direction of the guiding rail. The protruding block is disposed on the first side surface. The width of the protruding block is smaller than that of the first side surface, and a gap exists between the protruding block and the first edge. The slidable element includes a sliding surface and a guiding surface opposite to each other. The first edge of the guiding rail inserts into a chute formed on the sliding surface to move the slidable element along the first edge. The rotatable element is pivoted to the slidable element to rotate on the slidable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Jung Liao, Yao-Ting Lee, Ming-Hsi Lee
  • Patent number: 9197274
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for protecting an electronic device. In one aspect, an electronic device might comprise a housing defining an open front face, a chassis disposed within the housing, a panel disposed within the open front face of the housing and supported on the chassis, and an elastomeric overmold surrounding at least a portion of a perimeter of the panel and disposed between at least a portion of the chassis and at least a portion of the housing. In some cases, the overmold might be configured to provide a perimeter seal around the panel and to deform upon a frontal impact to the panel or housing. The overmold might be configured to prevent intrusion of liquids or particulates within the electronic device. In another aspect, a protective housing, which might comprise the housing, the chassis, and the overmold, may be provided for protecting a stand-alone electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Mack, James Yurchenco, Matthew Robert Adams, Andrew Switky
  • Patent number: 9173336
    Abstract: Techniques or processes for providing markings on products are disclosed. The markings provided on products can be textual and/or graphic. The techniques or processes can provide high resolution markings on surfaces that are flat or curved. In one embodiment, the products have housings and the markings are to be provided on the housings. For example, the housing for a particular product can include an outer housing surface and the markings can be provided on the outer housing surface. The markings can be formed using a ultra-violet (UV) curable material that can be selectively cured on a surface (e.g., housing surface) in places where markings, namely text and/or graphics, are to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rimple Bhatia, Paul Choiniere, Michael S. Nashner
  • Patent number: 9161467
    Abstract: An electronic device has an opening in a case, a lid member that includes a first lid member having a pair of first engaging sections for putting a lid on the opening at its both ends, a second lid member that has a pair of second engaging sections engaging with the first engaging sections and slides on a main surface of the first lid member, and a projection disposed at an end of the sliding direction of the second lid member. The case has an engaging hole engaging with the projection disposed on the second lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Murakata
  • Patent number: 9072163
    Abstract: A housing assembly for a portable electronic device includes a first body, a second body, a first engaging member, a first resilient member and a first housing. The first body has a first space. The second body is installed to the first body and has a first release hole. The first engaging member is movably located in the first space. The first engaging member has at least one first engaging portion. The first resilient member provides a force to the first engaging member to orient the first engaging member toward the first release hole. The first housing is connected to the second body and has at least one first contact portion. When assembling, the first contact portion contacts the first engaging portion. The force of the first resilient member applied to the first engaging member to firmly connect the first housing to the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: King Slide Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Ying Li, Shu-Chen Lin, Shan-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 9070168
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for transmitting telematics data from a vehicle. The systems include a smartphone holder that provides a communications link between a smartphone and a vehicle computer, through the smartphone dataport and the vehicle onboard diagnostics (OBD) port. The smartphone holder is configured to keep the smartphone in a stable, known position and orientation with respect to the vehicle, such that data from an accelerometer in the smartphone can be calibrated. The smartphone accelerometer data and telematics data from vehicle telematics sensors is then transmitted via the smartphone or stored locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew J. Amigo, Rohit S. Bodas
  • Patent number: 9054358
    Abstract: A battery assembly for use in an electronic device is provided. The battery assembly may include a battery cell (e.g., a rechargeable battery cell), a battery connector for providing power from the battery cell to the electronic device, and a flex circuit electrically coupling the battery cell to the electronic device. The battery connector may be located adjacent the battery cell, and may include one or more alignment mechanisms for ensuring that conductive pads of the battery connector align properly with corresponding conductive elements of the electronic device. The battery cell may be fixed to the electronic device using an adhesive layer (e.g., double sided tape) placed between the cell and the electronic device. A tab may extend beyond the periphery of the battery cell to allow a user to pull or peal the battery cell from the electronic device for replacement or repair. In some embodiments, a tool may be used to grasp the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Erik L. Wang, Trent Weber, Jason Sloey
  • Publication number: 20150146370
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes a bottom plate, a first support plate, a top plate, two bending plates and a rubber trim. The bottom plate has a first end and a second end that are opposite to each other. The first support plate is connected to the first end of the bottom plate. The top plate is connected to the second end of the bottom plate, for expanding or closing relative to the bottom plate, and the top plate having a through hole. The two bending plates are opposite to each other and connect the bottom plate and the top plate. The two bending plates, the bottom plate and the top plate form an accommodating space. The rubber trim is disposed on the first support plate. When the top plate closes relative to the bottom plate, the top plate pass through and protrudes from the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: INVENTEC CORPORATION, INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: HUI-PING JUAN
  • Publication number: 20150146371
    Abstract: A portable electronic module includes a portable electronic device having a back cover and a front frame, a magnet mechanism, and a support base including a support case and a third magnet. The magnet mechanism includes first and second magnets and a containing case disposed in the portable electronic device and having first and second openings. The first magnet is disposed on the containing case and protrudes from the first opening to abut against or pass through the front frame. The second magnet is disposed on the containing case, repels the first magnet, and protrudes from the second opening to abut against or pass through the back cover. The third magnet is disposed on the support case for attracting the first magnet to make the front frame absorbed onto the support case and for attracting the second magnet to make the back cover absorbed onto the support case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Chun-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 9042095
    Abstract: A mobile terminal has a waterproof sheet interposed between a first body portion and a second body portion. The waterproof sheet is formed with a curved shaped or step-like cross-section in consideration of characteristic of internal component or a battery arranged on the first body portion of the mobile terminal, the curved shaped or step-like cross-section is configured to encase, in part or in whole, the internal component or the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Pantech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung Ho Song, Kyu Jin Yeon, Jong Hwa Choi
  • Patent number: 9038971
    Abstract: An apparatus for the holding of an IPAD® or other mobile computing platform includes a magnetic arm assembly connected to a first end of a flexible shaft. A ferric metal circle is adhered to a back panel of the IPAD®. A center magnet provided within a center of the magnetic arm assembly which applies a force to the metal circle sufficient to retain the IPAD®, thereto. A plurality of flexible arms extends radially from the center magnet and bear against a protective case that retains the IPAD®. An opposite second end of the flexible shaft is connected to a base member. The base member may include a threaded clamp, a spring clamp, a suction cup or a weighted base, depending on the desired location for holding the IPAD®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Beau Thomas Guthrie
  • Publication number: 20150138727
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including a body, a first connector, and a holder is provided. The body has a slot. The first connector is installed in the slot. The holder is pivoted to an internal wall of the slot to be rotated between a first position and a second position. The holder has a supporting surface. When a second connector is inserted into the slot to connect the first connector, the second connector presses the supporting surface to cause the holder to rotate from the first position to the second position, such that a portion of the second connector is supported on the supporting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Hsiu-Pen Lin
  • Patent number: 9036340
    Abstract: A reversible folio for a tablet computer has a tablet shell with a cavity removably receiving the tablet computer. A keyboard is pivotally and removably coupled to the tablet shell. A channel is pivotally coupled to an edge of the keyboard. An interior of the channel removably receives the proximal edge of the tablet shell, and has a profile mating with a profile of the tablet shell. The channel and proximal edge have first and second symmetrical magnet arrays, respectively. The proximal edge of the tablet shell physically mates with the channel of the keyboard, and the second magnet array of the tablet shell magnetically mates with the first magnet array of the channel, in both a first orientation and an opposite second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Colby, Dan Oakeson