Cases Patents (Class 368/276)
  • Patent number: 9700271
    Abstract: A portable radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a casing having a front face including a top plate and a rear face. The rear face is fitted in the front face such that second sides of the rear face are disposed inside of first sides of the front face. Water-resistant members are disposed in corner portions that are formed in the front face. The second sides have ridges for pressing and elastically deforming the water-resistant members toward the top plate. The ridges have slanted outer side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hisatsugu Horiuchi, Takeyasu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9665068
    Abstract: There is disclosed a smart bracelet including a band having a curved surface in a longitudinal direction; a slit extended from each of both longitudinal ends of the band along the longitudinal direction, divided ends divided by the slit, a coupling hole formed in a lateral surface of the divided end, a hinge pin inserted in the coupling hole, the hinge pin comprising a conductive material, a band printed circuit board disposed in a predetermined portion of the band, the band printed circuit board where an integrated circuit (IC) is loaded, and a link unit connecting the band printed circuit board and the hinge pin with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yongho Lee, Hyunsun Yoo, Hyungwoo Park, Sangwoo Seo
  • Patent number: 9405323
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a housing, an electronic module received in the housing, and a cover assembly. The cover assembly includes a cover and a rotating member. A first end of the rotating member is rotatably connected to the cover. A second end of the rotating member is detachably latched to the cover. When the rotating member is latched to the cover, the rotating member resists against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Nai-Lin Yang, Bing Zhang, Qiang Wang, Shao-Lin Yang, Wen-Bin Sun
  • Patent number: 9370109
    Abstract: A sensor device has a ceramic carrier substrate. At least two conductor tracks are arranged on the carrier substrate. The sensor device has at least one ceramic component that is in the form of a chip and is connected to the conductor tracks in an electrically conductive manner. The at least one ceramic component is mechanically connected to the conductor tracks by means of a screen printing paste which has been burnt in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Gerald Kloiber, Heinz Strallhofer, Norbert Freiberger
  • Patent number: 9329577
    Abstract: A timepiece including a case that accommodates a movement including a lower peripheral bearing surface, the case including a case middle to which a back cover and a crystal are respectively assembled. The timepiece further includes a clamping element including a lower retaining surface and the movement includes an upper peripheral bearing surface, the lower retaining surface of the clamping element and the upper peripheral bearing surface being in mutual contact. The back cover includes an annular peripheral shoulder, against which is affixed the lower peripheral bearing surface of the movement, which is compressed between its lower peripheral bearing surface and its upper peripheral bearing surface respectively by the annular peripheral shoulder of the back cover and the lower retaining surface of the clamping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: David Benjamin Kraehenbuehl, Roger Mueller, Marco Bettelini, Ines Ruestenberg
  • Publication number: 20150055440
    Abstract: A watch comprising a watch case with opposite arranged connecting parts in form of two parallel branches for the mounting of a watch strap or cord between said branches, where said watch further comprises at least one generally T-shaped strap or cord connector comprising a spring loaded sliding bar suited for engaging in holes provided in a surface of each branch facing each other, said T-shaped strap or cord connector further comprises a cord receiving opening being arranged opposite to the spring loaded sliding bar and being an opening adapted to receive a cord having generally round or polygonal cross section, said cord at a first end and a second end being provided with interacting locking parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Claus Skødt Hembo, Christina Arvin Hembo
  • Publication number: 20150049593
    Abstract: Method for engraving a component (1; 3) involving application to the component of a laser beam (5) the pulses of which each last less than one picosecond, so as to machine or remove material from the component and achieve coloration of the surface (6) in the bottom of the machining
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Alexandre Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8936393
    Abstract: A clock case comprising a first plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the first plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically upward from a bottom edge; and, a second plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the second plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically downwards from a top edge. Each upwardly extending slot is configured to mate with a respective downwardly extending slot, whereby each of the first plurality of fins is interlocked with each of the second plurality of fins to form an orthogonal array of laterally extending fins and longitudinally extending fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Wolf Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward O. Howard
  • Patent number: 8899826
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and a mounting mechanism adapted to releasably secure the body to the case in the assembled position. According to another embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a replaceable timepiece face, and a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and the timepiece face is configured to be releasably coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Olaf Pilz
  • Publication number: 20140313869
    Abstract: A horology component (14) comprising an opening (140) intended to house a member (13) by the latter being driven into the opening, the component comprising at least one housing structure (15) for housing the member, each housing structure comprising: a housing element (16) intended to come into contact with the member, a connecting element (17), an elastically deformable element (18), the housing element being mounted on the elastically deformable element via the connecting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Pierre Cattiau
  • Patent number: 8854924
    Abstract: A method of executing an action at a predetermined time by a device is disclosed. The device has a latency time between initiation of the execution of the action and the actual execution of the action. The method includes advancing the initiation of the execution of the action by the latency time. A device in which the method is implemented and a system including the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John C Eidson
  • Publication number: 20140293758
    Abstract: Watch comprising a middle part (2) which, with a crystal (4), delimits a watch case (6), the crystal (4) comprising a top face (8) facing the user and an opposite bottom face (10) facing the watch case (6), an electronic device being arranged on the bottom face (10) of the crystal (4), a printed circuit board (18) being disposed inside the watch case (6), underneath and remote from the electronic device, the watch being characterized in that the watch includes a flange (26) which is disposed between the crystal (4) and the printed circuit board (18) and carries a means of ensuring the electrical connection between the electronic device and the printed circuit board (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: EMMANUEL FLEURY, PASCAL LAGORGETTE, JEAN LACONTE
  • Patent number: 8770829
    Abstract: A clock case comprising a first plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the first plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically upward from a bottom edge; and, a second plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the second plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically downwards from a top edge. Each upwardly extending slot is configured to mate with a respective downwardly extending slot, whereby each of the first plurality of fins is interlocked with each of the second plurality of fins to form an orthogonal array of laterally extending fins and longitudinally extending fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wolf Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward O. Howard
  • Publication number: 20140169143
    Abstract: A structure includes a wristwatch case; an inner frame arranged inside the wristwatch case and having an upper surface provided with a positioning fitting recess; a timepiece module arranged as being positioned inside the inner frame; and a parting plate which is provided with a positioning pin that is provided on a lower surface of the parting plate facing the upper surface of the inner frame, and that is fitted into the positioning fitting recess of the inner frame, thereby positioning the parting plate with respect to respect to the inner frame. As a result, in a state where the timepiece module is arranged and positioned inside the inner frame arranged in the wristwatch case, the positioning pin of the parting plate can be fitted into the positioning fitting recess of the inner frame. Accordingly, the parting plate can be accurately positioned with respect to the inner frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma KOBAYASHI, Kazumasa YOKOO, Junichi SATO
  • Patent number: 8708552
    Abstract: A damping member includes a body provided between a device case and a module encased within the case and damping an external shock applied on the case. The body includes a holding member having upper and side surfaces and disposed between an inner peripheral surface of the case and an outer peripheral surface of the module, a first shock absorbing member covering a predetermined part of the upper and side surfaces of the holding member, deformed elastically when the shock is applied on the case, and elastically absorbing the shock, and a second shock absorbing member covering the other part of the holding member, getting the shock earlier than the first shock absorbing member when the shock is applied on the case, each changing its volume in accordance with the shock, and absorbing and escaping the shock. A damping structure used for an electronic device uses the damping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Masato Ueno
  • Publication number: 20140112112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing an element comprising the following steps: a) forming a body made of oxide based ceramic; b) exposing at least one portion of the external surface of the body to a reduction reaction, to remove oxygen atoms to a predetermined depth in order to make the at least one portion electrically conductive; c) depositing a metallic material starting from the at least one electrically conductive portion; d) machining the body and/or the metallic material in order to provide the element with an aesthetic finish. The invention concerns the field of timepieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Guido PLANKERT, Pierry Vuille
  • Patent number: 8659979
    Abstract: An inner frame includes a side wall being set its outer diameter to be smaller than a diameter of an inner periphery of a case and arranged along an inner peripheral surface of the case when the frame is housed within the case. The wall is divided into spread portions by cut outs, each cut out in a thickness direction of the case, and the spread portions are spread to make an outside surface thereof fit on the inner peripheral surface of the case when the module is press-fitted from an opening of the case. An inside surface of each spread portion is provided with a projection to be brought into contact with an outside surface of the module and to push and spread outward the spread portion when the module is press-fitted into the frame. A case unit includes the module, the case, and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ayako Tsuji, Masato Ueno
  • Publication number: 20130250736
    Abstract: A timepiece, comprising first and second arms connected at one end at an acute angle, and a bar locking system located in a wedge area of the timepiece where the arms are connected at the acute angle, wherein the first and second arms are hollow such that they can house electrical components, and wherein the bar locking system is employed to attach the timepiece to a leash plug of a surfboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: ERIC YANG, MEGHAN YANG
  • Patent number: 8454226
    Abstract: A watch includes an outer frame and an inner frame having a clockwork. The frames are connected by at least two substantially radially extending, spaced-apart elastic elements. The elastic elements absorb forces that act on the outer frame. The outer frame is provided with at least two openings, in each of which openings an elastic element can be positioned from outside. The opening and the elastic element are configured to effect a detachable connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Rolandus Jacobus Josef Maria Oostwegel
  • Patent number: 8398300
    Abstract: A watch (100, 200, 300) is disclosed as including a case and a rotation module (106, 206, 306) with a longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), in which the rotation module (106, 206, 306) is contained within the case and freely rotatable relative to the case about the longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), the rotation module (106, 206, 306) including a number of movement parts (134, 234, 334), and, upon rotation of the rotation module (106, 206, 306) relative to the case, the movement parts (134, 234, 334) are each movable relative to the rotation module (106, 206, 306) and to-and-fro along a respective path (Lm1-Lm1, Lm2-Lm2, Lm3-Lm3, Lm4-Lm4, Nm1-Nm1, Nm2-Nm2, Nm3-Nm3, Nm4-Nm4, Pm1-Pm1, Pm2-Pm2, Pm3-Pm3, Pm4-Pm4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Chung Nam Watch Company Limited
    Inventor: Siu Ming Raymond Chan
  • Publication number: 20130051199
    Abstract: An attachment structure for a vibrating motor, in which a cut-out section for forming a mounting space for a vibrating motor is provided in a housing that is housed within a device case with a portion thereof that corresponds to the vibrating motor being in close contact with the inner surface of the device case, and a circuit board is arranged in a non-contact state relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi SAKURASAWA
  • Publication number: 20120311862
    Abstract: Device for securing a first element of a watch 1 having a first threaded portion 11 to a second watch element 2 including a second threaded portion 22, including an intermediate element 3 for the angular orientation of the first element 1 relative to the second element 2. The intermediate element 3 includes a third threaded portion 31, arranged for cooperating with the first threaded portion 11 of the first element 1, and a fourth threaded portion 32, arranged to cooperate with the second threaded portion 22 of the second element 2. The thread pitches of the third threaded portion 31 and fourth threaded portion 32 are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Omega SA
    Inventor: Daniel KNUCHEL
  • Patent number: 8292493
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an interchangeable movement includes assembling parts into a movement subassembly, such that the subassembly is a complete working mechanism; enclosing the subassembly in a body; integrating a glass with the body, wherein the body comprises a single shell with only an opening that receives the glass, sealing the glass and the single shell to enclose the body, thereby creating a water resistant modular movement; and wherein the modular movement is insertable into a case of a portable device having a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without tools and in a manner where the glass of the modular movement is visible through the case when the modular movement is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Wimm Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Publication number: 20120140604
    Abstract: To offer a timepiece faceplate having exceptional transmission of light as well as exceptional aesthetic appearance, and to offer a timepiece provided with the timepiece faceplate. A timepiece faceplate 1 of the invention is provided with a first plate member 11 comprising a material having an optical transmission property, and a second plate member 12 comprising a material having an optical transmission property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi KAWAKAMI, Yoshiyuki OBI
  • Publication number: 20120106304
    Abstract: A consumer electronic system for concurrently holding and providing power to several consumer electronic devices has several cradles in a staggered configuration. At least one of the cradles is positioned behind at least one other of the cradles. Thereby the cradle positioned behind the at least one other cradles is capable of supporting a larger consumer electronic device without blocking the at least one other cradle. The support walls of the at least one other cradles provides a surface that supports the larger consumer electronic device, keeping the larger consumer electronic device from sliding forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: J. S. KARAOKE, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Strauser
  • Publication number: 20120069718
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and a mounting mechanism adapted to releasably secure the body to the case in the assembled position. According to another embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a replaceable timepiece face, and a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and the timepiece face is configured to be releasably coupled to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Olaf PILZ
  • Publication number: 20120020193
    Abstract: A watch (100, 200, 300) is disclosed as including a case and a rotation module (106, 206, 306) with a longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), in which the rotation module (106, 206, 306) is contained within the case and freely rotatable relative to the case about the longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), the rotation module (106, 206, 306) including a number of movement parts (134, 234, 334), and, upon rotation of the rotation module (106, 206, 306) relative to the case, the movement parts (134, 234, 334) are each movable relative to the rotation module (106, 206, 306) and to-and-fro along a respective path (Lm1-Lm1, Lm2-Lm2, Lm3-Lm3, Lm4-Lm4, Nm1-Nm1, Nm2-Nm2, Nm3-Nm3, Nm4-Nm4, Pm1-Pm1, Pm2-Pm2, Pm3-Pm3, Pm4-Pm4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Siu Ming Raymond CHAN
  • Publication number: 20110257053
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a lubrication kit which is capable of improving wear resistance and durability of a sliding portion mounted in a small electronic device and which is capable of reducing a sound generated during driving. [Solution] A lubrication kit used for a small electronic device having a sliding portion, according to the present invention comprises at least one lubricant selected from a lubricant (1) comprising an anti-wear agent and a base oil which contains a polyol ester oil and/or a paraffinic hydrocarbon oil and a lubricant (2) comprising an anti-wear agent, polytetrafluoroethylene particles, and a base oil which contains a polyol ester oil and/or a paraffinic hydrocarbon oil, and a surface-treating agent obtained from a fluorine type surfactant and a phosphoric ester having a hydrocarbon group in which a part or all of hydrogen atoms have been substituted with a fluorine atom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: CITIZEN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yuji Akao, Masahiro Furuya
  • Publication number: 20110182153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch comprising an outer frame and an inner frame comprising a clockwork. The frames are connected by at least two substantially radially extending, spaced-apart elastic elements. The elastic elements absorb forces that act on the outer frame. The outer frame is provided with at least two openings, in each of which openings an elastic element can be positioned from outside, said opening and said elastic element being provided with means for effecting a detachable connection there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Rolandus Jacobus Josef Maria Oostwegel
  • Publication number: 20110176395
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an interchangeable movement includes assembling parts into a movement subassembly, such that the subassembly is a complete working mechanism; enclosing the subassembly in a body; integrating a glass with the body, wherein the body comprises a single shell with only an opening that receives the glass, sealing the glass and the single shell to enclose the body, thereby creating a water resistant modular movement; and wherein the modular movement is insertable into a case of a portable device having a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without tools and in a manner where the glass of the modular movement is visible through the case when the modular movement is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: WIMM Labs Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Patent number: 7976214
    Abstract: A portable watch has a watch case body having front and back sides. A time display portion is disposed at the front side of the case body for displaying time. The back side of the case body has a lid-receiving surface and a concavity that opens at the lid-receiving surface. A back lid is disposed on the lid-receiving surface to close the interior of the watch case body from the back side thereof, and the back lid has marking indicia and a projection that engages with the concavity in the back side of the watch case body to position the back lid in a predetermined position in which the marking indicia align with the 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock direction of the time display portion. A holding ring is threaded onto the watch case body with the back lid clamped therebetween to removably attach the back lid to the watch case body while maintaining the back lid in the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 7961561
    Abstract: A clock assembly FIGS. 1.a. (1) and 1.b. (6), comprising a normal clock mechanism FIG. 2. (10), having numbers one to twelve equidistantly placed around the perimeter of a wheel FIG. 2. (11) in ascending order, that is affixed to the hour spindle of the clock mechanism FIG. 2. (13), and this wheel is visible through a window FIG. 1.a. (3) and FIG. 1.b. (7) in a case FIGS. 1.a. and 1.b. holding the clockworks that tells time in a horizontal or vertical manner that architecturally fits in with its rectilinear surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Charles Moeder
  • Patent number: 7946758
    Abstract: A portable device comprising a modular movement is disclosed. The modular movement has a body housing a plurality of layers that include a top layer of glass, and a movement subassembly for displaying information, including time, wherein the modular movement includes all parts necessary for power and operation, including the displaying of the information, such that the modular movement is fully functional standalone. The portable device further includes a case, which includes a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without need for a tool, such that the modular movement is user-interchangeable with another case of another portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: WIMM Labs
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Patent number: 7901129
    Abstract: This watch case comprises a protective casing surrounded by a middle (5) and a bezel (9). The protective casing includes a glass (3), a side wall (2) and a bottom (1). A planar peripheral surface extending along the entire edge of the inner face of the glass is in contact with a similar bearing surface on the side wall (2), at least part of which forms the width of the cross section of a pressure resistant structure having parallel lateral faces (SR) perpendicular to the bearing surface, and which extends without a gap as far as the bottom (1) of the casing. The components of the casing are secured and sealed with at least one annular seal (4) surrounding the lateral face of the glass (3) and the outer lateral face of the side wall (2) of the casing, and this seal is clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Bertrand, William Passaquin
  • Patent number: 7857503
    Abstract: A timepiece for the top of a surfboard comprising; a polymer pliable member which can be temporary attached to the top of a surfboard by surface adhesion; and an LCD timepiece affixed to the pliable member, said pliable member having a plurality of folds and snaps such that said pliable member can be formed into a wristwatch band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Pasquale Realdine
  • Publication number: 20100260014
    Abstract: The present invention provides a watch casing (36) having a rear wall (20), the watch casing having a tubular passage (35) extending therethough through which an elongated material, such as a necklace or bracelet, can be inserted, wherein the passage (35) extends substantially across the rear wall (20). In one embodiment, the watch casing includes a rear casing (11) and a front casing (15) which together house the is components of a watch and the tubular passage is formed in the rear casing. The rear casing in the preferred embodiment comprises the rear wall (20) and a sidewall (21) extending from or adjacent to the periphery of the rear wall (20), the sidewall (21) including two openings (26) at substantially opposite portions thereof between which the tubular passage (35) extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: SAMS WATCHMAKER JEWELLER PTY LTD
    Inventors: Steven Avedis Der Bedrossian, Sarkis Der Bedrossian
  • Publication number: 20100135128
    Abstract: The band attachment device (1) and the closed case (17) together form the housing of the wristwatch. The device (1) is a perforated construction, the central part (2) of which contains the closed case (17) and the side parts (3 and 4) of which provide the connection to each half of the band. The device (1) is made entirely of elongate elements of metal or plastic sections joined by welding or adhesive bonding and arranged in such a way as to form a rigid, lightweight lattice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Penula
  • Patent number: 7665888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing a tabletop device which provides multiple functions to a user of the device, and in particular, to a tabletop device which includes a first functional element which establishes a preferred orientation on the tabletop for a first user of the device, and which includes a second functional element which is independent of the first functional element, and provides for simultaneous display of correlated information to both the first user of the device and a second user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Marc Chase Weinstein, Alfredo Cinco
  • Publication number: 20100027383
    Abstract: A transparent member has a transparent substrate, and an antireflection coating that has a high index of refraction layer made of silicon nitride and a low index of refraction layer made of silicon oxide alternately laminated on at least a part of a surface of the substrate. The content of silicon nitride in the region to a depth of 150 nm from the outside surface of the antireflection coating is 30-50 vol %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsumi SUZUKI, Keiichi SUZUKI, Hiroyuki SEKI
  • Publication number: 20090260394
    Abstract: Charm (1) for a chain (3) and/or ribbon and/or belt in the form of a necklace, a bracelet or the like, characterized in that this charm (1) is provided with a time-rendering device (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Kent Heiden, Gielen Kris
  • Patent number: 7604396
    Abstract: A watch design that has a movable of fixed case that keeps the face of the watch visible regardless of the position of the wrist. In this way, a user can quickly see the watch face in the proper orientation so that the time can be quickly and correctly determined. The watch face is offset from the watchcase to provide space for the user's wrist when the face is turned in a viewing position. In this way, a viewer can see the watch face without discomfort caused by the watch face rubbing against the user's wrist. The watch has a display that can be angled for viewing by either forming an angled housing or by using a prism to project the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Don Karterman
  • Patent number: 7591581
    Abstract: Watch case comprising an unfolding clasp for a flexible strap, with the unfolding clasp comprising: a middle connected to a first end of the strap, a base connected to the second end of the strap, an extension, connected in articulated fashion to the middle and to the base. The articulations between the middle and the extension and between the base and the extension are arranged in such a manner as to allow the middle, the extension and the base to superimpose in folded position, and to be juxtaposed in an unfolded position. The watch case further comprising a regulating cam for holding by compression and/or friction the strap against the base, the cam being capable of being swung to increase or reduce in a reversible manner the length of the strap in folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: TAG Heuer SA
    Inventors: Ross Lovegrove, Pascal Turuani
  • Patent number: 7581873
    Abstract: The invention concerns a watch including a case fitted with a glass and containing display means able to be observed through the glass, characterised in that said glass is made from a plate formed of a fiber optic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Thomas Gyger, Nakis Karapatis
  • Publication number: 20090201767
    Abstract: The power source for the Shotwatch™, a wrist worn, microprocessor based swing monitor, is a three volt, coin sized battery such as the Duracell DL 2032. Given the voltage requirements of the swing monitor, as well as the size and space constraints imposed by the wrist watch embodiment, a newly designed battery assembly was required. The assembly was patterned after a common Compact Disc/DVD carriage which would allow easy replacement by the user. Additionally, the carriage needed to be designed with fail-safes such as making it difficult or impossible to insert the battery or the carriage itself incorrectly, resulting in serious damage or destruction of the Shotwatch™. Contact points, springs and release mechanisms were deployed in an optimal manner to accomplish the dual objectives of a reliable power source and an assembly that would prove viable in possible hostile environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Theodore Weissenburger Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20090196124
    Abstract: A portable device comprising a modular movement is disclosed. The modular movement has a body housing a plurality of layers that include a top layer of glass, and a movement subassembly for displaying information, including time, wherein the modular movement includes all parts necessary for power and operation, including the displaying of the information, such that the modular movement is fully functional standalone. The portable device further includes a case, which includes a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without need for a tool, such that the modular movement is user-interchangeable with another case of another portable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: PILLAR VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Patent number: 7553069
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to watches, and more specifically, to systems and methods for providing a wristwatch. In one embodiment, the invention includes a wristband including a strap, the strap being formed from an elastic textile, wherein the strap defines an orifice, the orifice configurable to being removably coupled to a housing member by elastically retracting around the housing member. In a further embodiment, the housing member further includes any of a timepiece, a computer, a music player, and a decorative element. In yet a further embodiment, the strap defines a continuous loop. In an additional embodiment, the housing member further includes Velcro® to further couple the housing member to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Roger C. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 7520665
    Abstract: A marine instrument, such as a clock, barometer, or thermometer, has a face having indicia associated with the face, an instrument movement, and at least one hand having a direct or indirect connection to the movement and positioned to move with respect to the face, or a display connected to an electronic movement. The components are encased within a casing that is water tight to at least 12 inches (e.g. about 30 feet) of water. A vent, such as a porous plastic plug, allows the passage of air in and out of a substantially water-tight volume containing the movement, but precludes water passage up to the rated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Trintec Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon G. Nunes, Gregory J. T. Lowe-Wylde
  • Patent number: 7406004
    Abstract: A clock with an insertion part is provided to facilitate presenting various illustrations such as photographs, advertising copy, logos, etc., upon the front surface thereof after purchase by a customer. The insertion part is separately provided apart from the clock and then inserted into and coupled to the main clock frame from the rear after assembly of the clock. In a preferred embodiment, the clock includes the main body frame, an hour plate, a transparent case and a backside case, with the part being inserted into the insertion opening provided in the backside case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hiromori Corporation
    Inventor: Junji Hiromori
  • Publication number: 20080025152
    Abstract: An equipment case for use in an electronic device such as a radio wave wrist watch case comprises a metal case body, a metal back cover, a spacer member, and a ring member. The case body has an opening and houses an antenna inside the case body. The back cover covers the opening of the case body. The spacer member is provided between the case body and the back cover, and increases the electric resistance between the case body and the back cover. The ring member is screwed to the case body, and fixes the back cover to the case body by pressing the back cover against the spacer member towards the case body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junro Yano, Takanobu Kanezashi
  • Publication number: 20070274162
    Abstract: A modular wristwatch assembly includes a watch case assembly, a watch movement assembly, and a watch strap. The watch case assembly includes a bezel assembly having split crown and pushers. The crown and the pushers are located on opposite sides of the watch case assembly for ease of accessibility. The crown controls movement of the hour, minute and second hands. The pushers control operation of function dials on the watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher Aire