With Significant Casing Or Mounting Support Structure Patents (Class 368/88)
  • Patent number: 9757924
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting device comprising: a plurality of LED light sources formed on a printed circuit board; and a reflective unit stacked on the printed circuit board in a structure in which the LED light sources penetrate, wherein the reflective unit comprises a first reflective film and a second reflective film disposed to oppose to each other, and a first adhesive pattern layer which bonds the first and second reflective films, and in which a plurality of unit air cells having a first air area formed in an inner part thereof are closely disposed to communicate with each other. According to the present invention, it is advantageous that the improvement of luminance as well as the improvement of light reflectance can be maximized by providing the reflective unit having an air area to a surface of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moo Ryong Park, Chul Hong Kim, Byoung Eon Lee, Kwang Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9755198
    Abstract: A battery cell assembly is provided. The battery cell assembly includes a first frame assembly having a first substantially rectangular ring-shaped frame and a first coupling member. The first coupling member of the first frame assembly has a first tongue portion with first and second resilient arm members. The battery cell assembly further includes a second frame assembly having a second substantially rectangular ring-shaped frame and a first coupling member. The first coupling member of the second frame assembly has a female member with a first aperture such that the first and second resilient arm members extend through the first aperture and engage an engagement surface defined by the female member of the first coupling member of the second frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Blumka, Paul Laurain, Anthony Arena
  • Patent number: 9618180
    Abstract: An area light source device has a transfer-molded optical member, and a light source disposed in a position facing at least one of end faces of the optical member. Light incident to the optical member from the light source is output through a light exit surface of the optical member. A cutting back clearance portion is provided in at least one of corner portions of the end face of the optical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Takemura, Gouo Kurata, Yoshihisa Yamanaka, Masayuki Kojima, Morihisa Ota
  • Patent number: 9602642
    Abstract: A wrist worn device having a main body portion and a strap portion. The main body portion comprises a housing for housing a processor, communication circuitry, a screen and tin antenna. The strap portion comprises a strap for attaching the main body portion to a wrist. The housing comprises a central portion that supports the screen and edge portions arranged around the central portion, one of the portions comprising a non-conductive section on an outer surface of said wrist worn device facing away from said wrist when worn; wherein the antenna is supported within the housing in the one of the edge portions comprising the non-conductive section, such that there is an electromagnetic wave path from the antenna to the outer surface through at least a portion of the non-conductive section wherein a portion of the strip overlays the antenna and a portion of the non-conductive section at the outer surface, the portion of the snap comprising a non-conductive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ARM IP Limited
    Inventor: Hugo John Martin Vincent
  • Patent number: 9507323
    Abstract: A mechanism (3) for indicating and storing time information, the mechanism including a member (H) for displaying the hours, and/or a member (M) for displaying the minutes, and/or a member (S) for displaying the seconds, and a member (H?) for displaying the stored hours, and/or a member (M?) for displaying the stored minutes, and a member (S?) for displaying the stored seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Graemiger, Frédéric Oulevey
  • Patent number: 9491868
    Abstract: A conductive resin composition which includes (a) a curable resin and (b) hard spherical carbon formed by coating the surface of a spherical base carbon particle with fine carbon particles and/or pitch-derived fine carbon pieces is used to electrically bond two conductive elements. The conductive resin composition is supplied to a space between areas of at least two works respectively having the areas to be electrically connected to each other, and the conductive resin composition is cured while applying a pressure between the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Onoue, Masaaki Hirayama, Yoshiki Aburatani
  • Patent number: 9423773
    Abstract: Clock movement (2) comprising a mechanism (3) for indicating and storing the time information, the mechanism comprising a member (S?) for displaying the stored seconds and/or stored fractions of seconds, a first device (MEM1) for storing seconds and/or fractions of seconds, the storage device comprising a first storage mobile (M1) provided with a first storage element (MC1) in direct mesh with an element (12) of a geartrain (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) of the clock movement or a first storage element fixed to an element of a geartrain of the clock movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Pierre-Alain Graemiger
  • Patent number: 9256209
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wristwatch structure, an electronic core for a wristwatch, and a method for manufacturing the wristwatch. The wristwatch structure comprises: a dial; an indicator designed with the dial; an electric driving component connected to the indicator, for driving the indicator and actuating it; and an electronic core having an integrated circuit unit packaged therein, the electronic core also having a plurality of two-dimensional joints distributed on an external surface thereof, wherein the electric driving component is electrically connected to the integrated circuit unit of the electronic core via one set of joints among the two-dimensional joints. The present invention can improve compatibility for various designs, thereby shortening the product development cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PRINCO MIDDLE EAST FZE
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Yang, Yeong-yan Guu, Cheng-yi Chang, Gan-how Shaue
  • Patent number: 9223296
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wristwatch structure, an electronic crown for wristwatch, and a wristwatch having a display. The wristwatch structure comprises an electric driving component; an electronic core having a plurality of two-dimensional joints; and an electronic crown comprising a rotating portion and a fixed detecting portion, the detecting portion detecting electronic signals according to a rotation of the rotating portion; wherein the detecting portion of the electronic crown exports the electronic signals to the electronic core via one of the joints, and the electric driving component is electrically connected to one set of joints among the two-dimensional joints. The present invention can improve compatibility for various designs, thereby shortening product development cycle. Also, the present invention is suitable for developing a product with appearance similar to a mechanical watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: PRINCO MIDDLE EAST FZE
    Inventors: Chih-kuang Yang, Yeong-yan Guu, Cheng-yi Chang, Gan-how Shaue
  • Patent number: 9086684
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Sakurasawa
  • Publication number: 20150055439
    Abstract: An adjustable angle alarm clock for allowing the time display of a clock to be rotated up to ninety degrees in either direction so that the time can be read by a user in a lying position. The adjustable angle alarm clock comprises a clock base with a display assembly rotatably disposed in the clock base. A rocker switch disposed on the clock base, under the display assembly enables the display assembly to be selectively rotated relative to the clock base. An electric rotation element disposed at the contact point between the clock base and the display assembly causes the display assembly to be rotated in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction in response actuation of the rocker switch in that direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert F. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8953417
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece movement including a timepiece motor formed by an assembly comprising a frame made of non-magnetic material and a rotor housed in said frame; and method of manufacturing a motor of this type wherein the frame is first made with a lateral aperture, said frame including a first part and a second part each carrying a bearing, the first part or the first and second parts of the frame being elastically deformable. Next, the rotor is mounted in the frame through the lateral aperture therein by increasing the distance between the two bearings of the frame via the elastic deformation of the first part or of the first and second parts of said frame, said elastic deformation being provided in particular for the insertion of the two rotor pivots into the two respective bearings of the pre-formed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Philipp Gaechter, Marco Bettelini
  • Publication number: 20140369171
    Abstract: An electronic clock contains a clock module with at least one display panel and a transforming module. The transforming module is mounted in a power supply space of at least one switch on a wall. The clock module is fitted on a rear end of each switch, and the at least one display panel correspond to a displaying portion of each switch. The transforming module is electrically connected with supply mains in the power supply space of the at least one switch so as to output power to the clock module. The at least one display panel is electrically connected with the clock module, and the clock module is electrically coupled with the transforming module so as to receive power outputted by the transforming module, hence the clock module produces electronic signals to display time or/and date on the at least one display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: CHOU WEN HUNG
  • Patent number: 8913466
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece with internal antenna maintains sufficiently high reception performance of circularly polarized waves even when having a metal external case. A drive unit of the timepiece counts a time inside the external case. An antenna has a tubular-shaped side part, a bottom part that covers one of two openings of the side part, and a top part that contacts an inside surface of the side part inside the external case. The bottom part is a back cover of the external case, and the top part has a slot part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20140321249
    Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece including a timepiece movement provided with an information display mechanism driven from a power take-off, said display mechanism including N display members for said information regularly distributed over a perimeter of the movement, characterized in that the N display members are each pivoted on a drive arbour perpendicularly and can take different first and second radial positions in relation to the centre of the movement, the display members being driven in succession over time by common first annular jumping drive means so that each display member changes in succession from the first position to the second position and is held in said second position until the end of a cycle in which all of the display members are in their second position and in that second annular drive means are arranged to reposition all of the display members in their first position at the start of the following cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Harry Winston SA
    Inventor: Ludovic BALLOUARD
  • Publication number: 20140313864
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a base board; a rotary board rotatable relative to the base board; a gear rotatably supported by the rotary board; and an ornamental body connected to the gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Toyonori MURAJI, Hiroshi TAKEMATSU
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8665675
    Abstract: A timepiece with a wireless function comprises a movement that displays time; a conductive case that holds the movement; a crystal that is disposed on a face side of the case and covers a face side of the movement; a conductive plate that is disposed between the movement and the crystal and reflects radio waves; and an antenna that has a substantially annular, conductive antenna electrode and is disposed along an outside edge of the conductive plate between the conductive plate and the crystal as seen in a lateral view. The antenna electrode is configured to receive the radio waves reflected by the conductive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko Fujisawa
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8328415
    Abstract: A timepiece with a wireless function, in which the receiving sensitivity of an antenna is improved and the antenna can reliably receive a prescribed radio wave even in the case in which a watch case or the like made of a conductive metal is used. The timepiece is provided with an antenna that is stored in a housing to receive an external radio wave, a watch case that configures at least a part of the housing, that has at least one portion electrically conductive, and that is separated into a plurality of parts, and an insulating region disposed between at least two parts among the plurality of parts of the watch case to insulate the two parts one from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Citizens Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Setsuo Kachi, Masahiro Mamiya
  • Patent number: 8314771
    Abstract: An operation control device includes a housing, a control module having a movable operating device carried on a carrier frame in the housing and partially exposed to the outside and rotatable and axially slidable by the user, a circuit module, which includes a rotation sensor module for sensing the direction and amount of rotation of the movable operating device and producing a respective control signal and magnetic sensors for sensing the direction and amount of axial displacement of the movable operating device in a non-contact manner. The human-friendly design of the operation control device facilitates cursor control, assuring high operation stability and comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Hsiu-Yuan Nien, Yu-Chih Cheng
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8289815
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a stationary outer case (1) in which a pivoting inner case (10) is hinged in an inclined position via the action of a spring. The locking/unlocking mechanism is characterized in that it is formed by a mobile element of the external part that can be manipulated in the plane of the timepiece such as a rotating bezel (20) of the inner case (10) including a lug (22) that is engaged in a groove (2) of the outer case (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Gracia, Damien Goyet, Paulo Bravo
  • Patent number: 8259537
    Abstract: The time base device for a watch includes at least one electric motor coil (30), an electronic module (1) that has at least one time base oscillator circuit mounted in a case of the module, and an electric power source (8). The electric motor coil (30), the electronic module (1) with an oscillator circuit and the voltage source (8), which is preferably a battery, are connected to each other mechanically and electrically without the use of a printed circuit board to form a compact unit. The electronic module includes four connection terminals (14, 15, 16, 17) on an external surface for connecting the voltage source on one side and the wires (31, 32) of a winding of the coil (30) on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventor: Daniel Koch
  • Publication number: 20120026840
    Abstract: A wristwatch comprising a case (2) housing a display dial (4a) protected by a transparent screen (3), a timing unit adapted to emit a digital time signal, and electrical feeding means (10) for the timing unit. The watch further comprises: magnetic attraction means (5), fed by the electric feeding means (10); time display means (6) freely arranged on the dial (4a) and movable thereon under the action and as a function of the magnetic attraction means (5); and control means adapted to convert at least the time signal retrieved from the timing unit in a control signal of the magnetic attraction means (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Leonardo Foschi
  • Patent number: 8064292
    Abstract: A wrist-worn timepiece may have a case, a timing element, and a wristband. The case includes a body, a crystal, and a bezel. The body may define a depression and a channel. The timing element is positioned within the depression, and the channel is located to extend at least partially around the depression. The crystal is located within the depression and adjacent to the timing element, and the bezel is at least partially located within the channel. The body may be formed from a polymer material and the bezel may be formed from a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian P. Burton
  • Patent number: 7986590
    Abstract: A calendar apparatus includes a housing having opposed side rails for holding a calendar therebetween. The calendar apparatus includes a processor and a memory device in data communication with the processor. The apparatus includes a user input device, a microphone, and an audio output positioned in the housing and in data communication with the processor. The processor includes programming for inputting event data using the input device, inputting message data using the microphone, actuating the audio output device to provide alarm or to display message data after occurrence of an event. The calendar apparatus may include a picture holder, a clock, and a calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Angela Hansen
  • Patent number: 7961558
    Abstract: A timepiece having a movement, a substantially cylindrical case that houses the movement, a bezel that holds the outside edge part of a crystal and is fastened to the case, and a back cover that is fastened to the opposite side of the case as the side to which the bezel is disposed. The case has a plurality of movement fastening units for fastening the movement by means of screws, a plurality of bezel fastening units for fastening the bezel by means of screws, and a plurality of back cover fastening units for fastening the back cover by means of screws. The screws disposed to the movement fastening units, the bezel fastening units, and the back cover fastening units are substantially aligned with the axial direction of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Ozawa, Osamu Takahashi, Masatoshi Moteki
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100220557
    Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece movement that includes at least one bridge (1) mounted on a bottom plate using at least one securing device (2, 4, 6) to carry at least one member of said movement. According to the invention, said at least one bridge or the bottom plate is made from a plate of micromachinable material and includes at least one bearing formed in a single-piece to carry at least one member of said movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Nakis KARAPATIS, Fabien Henriet, Lucien Germond
  • Publication number: 20100074060
    Abstract: A metal-cased motor vehicle stopwatch includes: a metal case of which the front side encloses a mouth from an opening fringe; a window sheet formed on a top side opposite to the mouth of metal case; and a frame body surrounding to form a frame orifice. The frame orifice is opposite to the mouth. The frame body is combined with the opening fringe of metal case. In the frame body, a section of portion is formed with a first convex portion towards the inside of frame orifice. With the buttons provided on the first convex portion, a user may operate conveniently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Shih Hsiung Wu
  • Patent number: 7682070
    Abstract: A wrist-worn timepiece may have a case, a timing element, and a wristband. The case includes a body, a crystal, and a bezel. The body may define a depression and a channel. The timing element is positioned within the depression, and the channel is located to extend at least partially around the depression. The crystal is located within the depression and adjacent to the timing element, and the bezel is at least partially located within the channel. The body may be formed from a polymer material and the bezel may be formed from a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian P. Burton
  • Patent number: 7639569
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junro Yano, Takanobu Kanezashi
  • Patent number: 7575366
    Abstract: The watch comprises a case (9) with a fixed part (10) in the shape of a bracket (20) and a mobile part (11) with a middle (21) and a movement (23) mounted onto the fixed part (10) so as to be able to swivel about a swivel axis (32) thanks to pivots (31) in order to realize a tilting motion of the mobile part (11) in two opposite directions. Two actuating mechanisms (44, 45) are mounted into the middle (21) and intended to transform the tilting motions into an action upon two control organs of functions of the movement that may be of the chronograph type. One thus obtains a watch without push-pieces, functioning precisely, having great stability and easy manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Francis Cretin
  • Patent number: 7443768
    Abstract: There is realized a multifunction timepiece constituted to be able to constitute a plurality of types of hand operating train wheels by only changing positions of integrating parts without changing dimensions and shapes of parts of a movement. A movement of a multifunction timepiece includes a first train wheel rotation center, and a second train wheel rotation center. A train wheel for indicating calendar information is arranged to be rotatable relative to one of the first train wheel rotation center, and the second train wheel rotation center. When the first train wheel rotation center is arranged with a train wheel for indicating calendar information, the calendar information can be indicated by a small hand rotated to move by the train wheel, when the second train wheel rotation center is arranged with a fan shape hand operating train wheel for indicating the calendar information, the calendar information can be indicated by a small hand moved in a fan shape operating train wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Mamoru Watanabe, Takeshi Tokoro, Kei Hirano
  • Patent number: 7433275
    Abstract: A timekeeping apparatus having a hidden compartment. The compartment can contain permanent or removable psychological messages and/or printed messages, pictures or photographs. The apparatus has a timepiece which is pivotable relative to a backing. The backing has a removable door on its underside which is removed for placement of the message into the backing. The user can then lift open the timepiece to reveal the message in the hidden compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: HourPower Watches, LLC
    Inventors: Brenda Ellner, Paulette Nance
  • Patent number: 7424316
    Abstract: In a body-worn personal communications apparatus, for example a wrist-carried wireless telephone, an antenna (102) is a helical or other physically-shortened electric antenna that makes use of the enhanced normal component of electric field close to the body. A microphone (114) can act as a top load to the antenna, thereby enabling the use of a shorter antenna. The antenna (102) may be formed from coaxial cable, enabling it to provide electrical connections between the microphone (114) and transceiver circuitry in the body of the apparatus. By arranging for the microphone (114) to have low impedance at radio frequencies, the coaxial cable acts as an inductive stub and enables the antenna (102) to be further shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Kevin R. Boyle
  • Patent number: 7414922
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a water-resistant portable apparatus including a case in which there is mounted an electroacoustic transducer separated from an inlet cavity in a water-resistant manner by a deformable membrane. This inlet cavity is arranged in said case in direct communication with the exterior. The electroacoustic transducer and the inlet cavity are arranged collaterally such that at least one part of said transducer, respectively of the cavity, of a determined thickness is arranged in the same slice of the case and in that an acoustic channel connects the transducer to the membrane to transmit acoustic vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Yvan Ferri, Paul Dinnissen, Jean-Jacques Born
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7394728
    Abstract: A wristwatch is disclosed, which includes a watch body part in which a glass is engaged at an upper center portion of the same, a gemstone ring is engaged at an outer side of the same, an adjusting pin is engaged at one side of the same, and a back cover having a plurality of fixing holes is engaged at a lower side of the same; a body casing in which an engaging groove is formed at an upper center portion of the came so that the watch body part is engaged therein, a casing fixing hole is formed at both sides of a bottom of the engaging groove, an adjusting pin engaging part is formed at a front side of the same, and a chain engaging part is formed at both sides for thereby connecting a watch chain; a fixing screw which is engaged into a fixing hole of the back cover through the casing fixing hole for thereby fixing the watch body part at the engaging groove of the body casing; and a watch chain which is connected at the chain engaging parts of both sides of the body casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Ecco Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Kyung Hyun
  • Publication number: 20080144446
    Abstract: A watch design that has a movable 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. There are several ways to accomplish this. The case can be mounted on a turntable that rotates on the y-axis. A frame containing the watch mechanism and display is hinged on said turntable and rotated vertically upon the x-axis described by the hinge-mounted frame mounted on said frame. Another embodiment uses a gimbaled point on which the face is free to rotate, much like a compass. In this embodiment, the watch case is weighted to that the face always moves to a readable position. Finally, the watch may include displays mounted in the link of a watchband.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Don S. Karterman
  • Patent number: 7385874
    Abstract: The watch with a metallic case including an electronic module for storing data, which is mounted in an external cavity in the back cover of a case. The module can communicate via broadcast signals with a read and/or write apparatus for said data. The module includes a base on which are mounted an integrated circuit chip having at least two bumps and a coil acting as a transmission and/or reception antenna. The coil is formed by an electrically conductive wire having two ends respectively connected to said bumps of said integrated circuit chip. The coil surrounds a space in which said chip is placed. The dome-shaped base of the electronic module is a metallic element that conducts magnetic flux to insulate the module coil magnetically from the metallic case during data communication between a read/write apparatus and said module. The base of the module can be covered by a protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Vuilleumier, David Apotheloz, Jacques Mueller, Clement Meyrat
  • Patent number: 7376053
    Abstract: The present invention proposes improving the yield of a microgenerator (1) used for operating a timepiece. Such a microgenerator operates on the basis of the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction, it is thus desirable to limit as far as possible the presence of magnetic masses in proximity to said generator. Research undertaken has shown that the electrically conductive paths (9), and even their single protective layer, arranged in proximity to the microgenerator brake it, when they are formed of a magnetic material, and in particular a ferromagnetic material. Thus, the selection of exclusively non-magnetic materials is proposed for manufacturing the conductive paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Eta SA Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Frédéric Leuba, Denis Burdet
  • Patent number: 7359289
    Abstract: The invention concerns a watch including a case having a middle part and housing a watch movement having a time-setting stem in a first peripheral region, said movement further including a first and a second control member which are arranged on either side of the time-setting stem and which each have an angular shift of less than 90° with the time-setting stem in relation to the centre of the movement, the watch further including an actuation device including a first and a second push-button arranged on the case in proximity to the movement, for respectively actuating said first and second control members, said watch being characterized in that, between each of said first and second push-buttons and said time-setting stem, there is an angular shift greater than 90° in relation to the centre of the movement, in that said first and second push-buttons are arranged in a second peripheral region of said watch movement, in that said actuation device further includes a transmission mechanism extending between sa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Tissot S.A.
    Inventor: André Saunier
  • Patent number: 7345957
    Abstract: A wave timepiece has an antenna disposed within or on the side of a case. The antenna has a magnetic core member comprised of magnetic foils that are superposed and stacked one over the other in the radial or transverse direction of the case and laminated together to form a laminated body, and a coil wound around the magnetic core member. Typically, the antenna is disposed in the case between a dial window and a rear cover, and the laminated body of magnetic foils is curved in conformity with the inner circumferential curved face of the case. The wave timepiece exhibits improved reception sensitivity due to the radial or transverse stacking of the magnetic foils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Shoji Nirasawa
  • Patent number: 7333399
    Abstract: A timekeeping apparatus having a hidden compartment. The compartment can contain permanent or removable psychological messages and/or printed messages, pictures or photographs. The apparatus has a timepiece which is pivotable relative to a backing. The backing has a removable door on its underside which is removed for placement of the message into the backing. The user can then lift open the timepiece to reveal the message in the hidden compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: HourPower Watches, LLC
    Inventors: Brenda Ellner, Paulette Nance
  • Patent number: 7324410
    Abstract: A pocket or wrist watch has a unique back member that is constructed to hold a disc by adhesive means. The disc may impart special importance to the watch. It may be constructed from a gaming chip. The watch movement may be housed in another portion of a gaming chip so that the face and back of the watch are seen as a gaming chip. In another form of the invention, the face of the watch and the disc back may be inscribed with various indicia having special meaning to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Amir Ziv
  • Patent number: 7307921
    Abstract: A watch design that has a movable 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. There are several ways to accomplish this. The case can be mounted on a turntable that rotates on the y-axis. A frame containing the watch mechanism and display is hinged on said turntable and rotated vertically upon the x-axis described by the hinge-mounted frame mounted on said frame. Another embodiment uses a gimbaled point on which the face is free to rotate, much like a compass. In this embodiment, the watch case is weighted to that the face always moves to a readable position. Finally, the watch may include displays mounted in the link of a watchband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Don S. Karterman
  • Patent number: 7277360
    Abstract: An elastic assembly joined to at least one side face of one of the members to be assembled is engaged by elastic deformation with a ratchet fastening element fixedly connected to the other member to be assembled. These elastic assemblies are constituted by an elongated element. The assembly side face to which it is joined has an elongated receptacle for the reception thereof, this forming in the assembly side face a opening through which a side portion of its wall projects to lie within the trajectory of the ratchet fastening element so as to allow coupling of this ratchet fastening element, at least one of the faces of the latter being configured to hold the elongated element under elastic strain and being orientated to resolve the force exerted upon it into a component which tends to hold the assembled members in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Dufour, Claude Moënne