Protective Structure Patents (Class 379/437)
  • Patent number: 10505577
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device with drop protection, comprising a body, a sensor, at least one buffer and at least one driving part. The body has a front surface, a back surface and at least one side. The sensor is disposed in the body and generates a control signal when the handheld electronic device is dropping. The at least one buffer is disposed on the side of the body, which has a front portion and a back portion extending in different directions and is driven to rotate at an angle so that the front portion and the back portion protruding from the front surface and the back surface of the body respectively. The at least one drive part is disposed in the body and connected to the buffer for driving the buffer to rotate at the angle while receiving the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10117014
    Abstract: A system and method for managing wireless earpieces. Circuitry of the wireless earpieces are powered utilizing a high power mode in response to detecting a magnetic field is not applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces. The power sent to the circuitry of the wireless earpieces is altered to a low power mode in response to detecting the magnetic field is applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Christian Hirsch, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 9967645
    Abstract: A storage and charging capsule for a pair of wireless earbuds is presented. The storage and charging capsule has a base part, an elongate intermediate part, the intermediate part having a longitudinal major axis, and a cover part being retractable over the intermediate part. The intermediate part has a first end attached to the base part, a second end, and an earbud chamber formed between the first and second ends. The earbud chamber is adapted to receive the pair of wireless earbuds arranged one after another along the longitudinal major axis of the intermediate part. The capsule further has a power source for charging the pair of wireless earbuds when placed in the earbud chamber in the intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EARIN AB
    Inventors: Olle Lindén, Kiril Trajkovski, Per Sennström, Carl Ståhl, Markus Millfjord, Henrik Hovmøller
  • Patent number: 9843853
    Abstract: A system and method for managing wireless earpieces. Circuitry of the wireless earpieces are powered utilizing a high power mode in response to detecting a magnetic field is not applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces. The power sent to the circuitry of the wireless earpieces is altered to a low power mode in response to detecting the magnetic field is applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Christian Hirsch, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 9718551
    Abstract: A storage assembly includes a housing with an opening manifold on an outer surface of the housing. The opening manifold is capable of receiving a cord. A first end of the cord is connected to an electrical outlet disposed within the housing. The opening manifold includes a first aperture and a second aperture. The first aperture extends across a first plane. The second aperture extends across a second plane positioned substantially orthogonal to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Bradley Mastrolia
  • Patent number: 9578147
    Abstract: A casing includes a first portion, a second portion, and at least one sensor. The second portion is slidably engaged with the first portion. The at least one sensor is coupled to the first portion or the second portion, the sensor detects a distance between the first portion and the second portion. A portable electronic device using the casing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventor: Yung-Sung Peng
  • Patent number: 9532128
    Abstract: A storage and charging capsule for a pair of wireless earbuds is presented. The storage and charging capsule has a base part, an elongate intermediate part, the intermediate part having a longitudinal major axis, and a cover part being retractable over the intermediate part. The intermediate part has a first end attached to the base part, a second end, and an earbud chamber formed between the first and second ends. The earbud chamber is adapted to receive the pair of wireless earbuds arranged one after another along the longitudinal major axis of the intermediate part. The capsule further has a power source for charging the pair of wireless earbuds when placed in the earbud chamber in the intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Earin AB
    Inventors: Olle Lindén, Kiril Trajkovski, Per Sennström, Carl Ståhl, Markus Millfjord, Henrik Hovmøller
  • Patent number: 9488504
    Abstract: Electronic devices may have sensitive circuitry. To determine whether an electronic device has been exposed to excessive amounts of moisture, the electronic device may be provided with a moisture indicator. The moisture indicator may have a wicking layer of white paper and a red dye layer. If a portion of the moisture indicator is exposed to moisture, red dye may bleed into the white paper. The moisture indicator may be mounted in an input-output port opening or other portion of the electronic device where the state of the moisture indicator is visible. The moisture indicator may have sealed edges to reduce sensitivity to small amounts of moisture intrusion. Different regions of the moisture indicator may be provided with different sensitivities by forming structures that have altered moisture flow properties, by altering wicking layer thicknesses, or by otherwise spatially modifying moisture sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik L. Wang
  • Patent number: 8934623
    Abstract: A housing includes: main body 10 that includes a bottom portion and a side wall rising from the bottom portion; lid member 20 that is mounted on the inside of the side wall of main body 10; waterproof sealant 60 that is deposited between lid member 20 and main body 10 to seal a gap between lid member 20 and main body 10; and an operation section that is provided on lid member 20, wherein a peripheral edge of the operation section and a surface of lid member 20 are joined together with waterproof tape 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Itou
  • Patent number: 8891800
    Abstract: A case for a mobile device includes a rear panel, a plurality of walls extending around the rear panel, a base portion having a jack configured to receive a power cord input, a first aperture configured to receive a first earbud, a first electrical contact of the first aperture configured to engage a first corresponding charging contact of the first earbud, a second aperture configured to receive a second earbud, a second electrical contact of the second aperture configured to engage a second corresponding charging contact of the second earbud, a first electrical connection configured to engage the jack with a power input port of the mobile device, and a second electrical connection configured to engage the jack with the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan Everett Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8804948
    Abstract: A handheld device includes a specified number of protection components, each protection component includes an actuating unit, an active bracket, a fixed bracket, a holding unit, a spring, and an anti-collision unit. The actuating unit is connected to a body of the handheld device, a first end of the active bracket is connected to the actuating unit, a second end of the active bracket is connected to the holding unit, the fixed bracket is positioned in the holding unit near to the active bracket, and the anti-collision unit is connected to the spring, the anti-collision unit is kept in the holding unit when the protection component is not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Hsien Lee, Chang-Jung Lee, Chih-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 8761388
    Abstract: An electronic device case includes a first shell, a second shell, and a side button. The first and second shells are each provided with a peripheral side plate. A passage communicating the inside and outside of the case, a first restriction slot extending from the passage toward the first shell, and a second restriction slot extending from the passage toward the second shell are formed jointly by the peripheral side plates of the shells embedded with each other. The side button is provided with a base and a press portion protruding from the base. The thickness of the base is larger than or equal to the widths of the restriction slots. The side button is installed in the passage with the base embedded in the restriction slots. As a result, the case is sufficiently water resistant, firm in structure and easy to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Universal Global Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Yen Chen, Chia-Hao Shih, Ching-Yung Hu, Tzu-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 8731626
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a mobile media device enclosure can include: (a) an enclosure having an interior, an exterior, a top side, a bottom side, a right side, and a left side, the interior configured to form a cavity, the cavity is sized to retain a mobile media device therein; (b) a vertical boundary, the vertical boundary having a substantially vertical orientation and configured to substantially bisect the mobile media device enclosure from the top side to the bottom side; and (c) a horizontal boundary, the horizontal boundary having a substantially horizontal orientation and configured to substantially bisect the mobile media device enclosure from the left side to the right side. The vertical boundary and the horizontal boundary are further configured to substantially divide the mobile media device enclosure into four sections. Each of the four sections is elastically coupled to two other sections of the four sections. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Juliana S. Hung
  • Patent number: 8675862
    Abstract: A protective case discloses an electronic device protective casing, comprising the main protective shell body and the universal decorative pattern layer, the said main protective shell body layer has a pattern opening corresponding to the pattern of the universal decorative pattern layer to snugly fit in, and the said decorative pattern layer disposed on the said protective shell body layer via fixed plate. And the said fixed plate area is greater than the said decorative pattern layer. Since the said universal decorative pattern layer and the said protective shell body are manufactured separately, the universal decorative plate will be able to use for different electronic devices, therefore it will reduce the cost to make such case in term of reproduction of molding, and thereby the cost of the electronic device protective case will be as well reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Tso Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 8630408
    Abstract: A cover for covering a folder type terminal including a first frame, a second frame, and a hinge for rotatably connecting the first frame and the second frame, the folder type terminal cover device includes: a first outer cover for covering the first frame; a second outer cover for covering the second frame; and a hinge cover for covering the hinge and in which a separation distance from the hinge increases when the folder type terminal is unfolded from a folded state. Thereby, an appearance and grip impression of the folder type terminal can be improved, and when the folder type terminal is put on a table in an unfolded state, the folder type terminal can maintain a predetermined angle from a table plane without a separate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Harata, Sung Hoon Hong, Dong Hun Kim, Hyok Su Choi, Pil Won Kim, Dong Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8477931
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device includes a cavity and one or more studded surfaces. The cavity can receive at least a portion of the portable electronic device such that the portable electronic device is removable from the cavity through an opening in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Hunter S. Thompson, Jamie L. Thompson, James W. Thompson, Frazier Newlin
  • Patent number: 8440274
    Abstract: Electronic devices may have sensitive circuitry. To determine whether an electronic device has been exposed to excessive amounts of moisture, the electronic device may be provided with a moisture indicator. The moisture indicator may have a wicking layer of white paper and a red dye layer. If a portion of the moisture indicator is exposed to moisture, red dye may bleed into the white paper. The moisture indicator may be mounted in an input-output port opening or other portion of the electronic device where the state of the moisture indicator is visible. The moisture indicator may have sealed edges to reduce sensitivity to small amounts of moisture intrusion. Different regions of the moisture indicator may be provided with different sensitivities by forming structures that have altered moisture flow properties, by altering wicking layer thicknesses, or by otherwise spatially modifying moisture sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik L. Wang
  • Patent number: 8411849
    Abstract: A personal electronic device storage apparatus includes a portable storage case including a body having a divider wall statically seated therein. A first cavity is disposed above the divider wall for containing the personal electronic device therein. A second cavity is disposed below the divider wall. A lead plate seated within the first cavity for preventing electromagnetic waves from passing through the body. First and second retractable cords are rotatably disposed within the second cavity, and first and second holders attached to distal ends of the first and second retractable cords respectively. At least one of the first and second holders may be capable of may be tethered to the personal electronic device. Such a structural configuration provides the unexpected and unpredictable advantage of shielding the personal electronic device from electromagnetic waves while keeping it tethered to the storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Ellen McKenzie, Astley Shields
  • Patent number: 8359078
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a mobile media device enclosure can include: (a) an enclosure having an interior, an exterior, a top side, a bottom side, a right side, and a left side, the interior configured to form a cavity, the cavity is sized to retain a mobile media device therein; (b) a vertical boundary, the vertical boundary having a substantially vertical orientation and configured to substantially bisect the mobile media device enclosure from the top side to the bottom side; and (c) a horizontal boundary, the horizontal boundary having a substantially horizontal orientation and configured to substantially bisect the mobile media device enclosure from the left side to the right side. The vertical boundary and the horizontal boundary are further configured to substantially divide the mobile media device enclosure into four sections. Each of the four sections is elastically coupled to two other sections of the four sections. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Juliana S. Hung
  • Patent number: 8330614
    Abstract: A telemetry system is described in which a plurality of channels are coupled to a bus. A control subsystem controls the channels so that one of the channels presents to the bus during its designated time period a channel characteristic. The control subsystem interrogates in the analog domain each of the channels during its designated time period, and forms a signal representative of the channel characteristic. The control subsystem may combine one or more of the signals into a digital packet, and transmit the same via transceiver over a wireless network. The channels may be contained within a submersible enclosure and displaced at intervals along the bus, thereby forming an array for monitoring waterborne threats. The array may lie along an ocean floor, may be towed by a marine vehicle, or may suspended from a deployable buoy containing the control subsystem, transceiver, and a remote power source. The array may further comprise a defensive countermeasure deployable responsive to detecting a threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
    Inventors: Michael D. Holt, Kenneth B. Tysinger, J. Lamar Chancey
  • Patent number: 8265264
    Abstract: A waterproof electronic appliance has a casing including a bottom panel, a top panel, and a side wall which is divided into an upright wall adjacent to the bottom panel and a vertical wall adjacent to the top panel. A first double-sided adhesive tape is adhered on a top end surface of the upright wall. A second double-sided adhesive tape is adhered on a bottom end surface of the vertical wall. A cable including signal lines and a tube covering the signal lines, extends from inside to outside of the casing through the upright wall and the vertical wall. The first and second double-sided adhesive tapes adhere to an outer surface of the tube sandwiched between the upright wall and the vertical wall, and the adhesive tapes adhere to each other in an area adjacent to the sandwiched tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shigeru Yamaguchi, Shingo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8190221
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for wirelessly accessing broadband services using intelligent covers. In some implementations, a cover for a consumer device includes side surfaces, a rear surface, a physical interface, a circuit, and a broadband service card. The side surfaces and a rear surface form an opening that receives at least a portion of a consumer device. A first portion of at least one of the surfaces includes a connector for connecting to a port of the consumer device. The circuit connects the physical interface to the connector. The broadband service card connected to the physical interface and accesses a service foreign through the wireless broadband network independent of the consumer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: DeviceFidelity, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Jain, Tuan Quoc Dao
  • Patent number: 8124888
    Abstract: A system to enclose communication wiring of electronic devices includes a box; a power cover plate; a cover frame; a cover plate; and a low voltage connector plate attached to the power cover plate, wherein the power cover plate, the cover frame, and the cover plate attach to the box, wherein the low voltage connector plate and the power cover plate are substantially aligned in a line, wherein the cover frame and the cover plate are substantially aligned, and wherein the box simultaneously houses telephone electrical connection components, power electrical connection components, and data electrical connection components. The cover plate may be substantially flush with a wall upon installation. The box may comprise an enclosed section connectively hinged to the box. The system is preferably made of metal, plastic, or combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Wire Wrangler, LLC
    Inventors: Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam, Majid Jelveh, Anthony Dean Haines
  • Patent number: 8124216
    Abstract: A skin (11) for use with a handheld electronic device is disclosed. The skin (11) includes a decorative layer, an anti-slip layer adhered over the decorative layer, and an adhesive layer disposed between the decorative layer and the anti-slip layer. The anti-slip layer has a surface finish (19) having a high coefficient of friction. The skin (11) is attached to the handheld electronic device by a layer of adhesive (16) on the back of the decorative layer. The skin (11) is selectively shaped to conform to the contours, shape, and components of the handheld electronic device. The skin (11) provides anti-slip and shock absorption functionalities to the handheld electronic device, but does not prevent or impede the handheld electronic device from mating with or connecting to corresponding accessory components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Fred A. Antonini
  • Patent number: 8036723
    Abstract: Disclosed is a keypad and microphone arrangement for a communication device. The arrangement comprises: a key having a cap portion and a stem portion; a base layer attached to the stem portion; a key circuit to recognize activation of the key; a support member to support the key and base layer; a microphone located beneath the support member; a port in the base layer extending from an upper surface of the base, through an interior of the base layer, to a lower surface of the base layer. The support member has an opening extending from its top surface, through its interior, to its bottom surface. There is also an air channel connecting the microphone to ambient air above the cap portion, the air channel comprising the port and the opening. The stem portion and the cap portion are located about the port such that the cap portion extends fully over the port. The arrangement may be used in any communication device having voice reception capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventors: Scott MacIntosh, Teodor Dabov, Larry Hawker, Felipe Simoes
  • Patent number: 8010169
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device including a first body, a second body, a flexible electrical connecting means and a cover is provided. The second body is slidely coupled to the first body. The flexible electrical connecting means is electrically connected between the first body and the second body and the cover is slidely coupled to the second body. The cover is located at a first position on the second body when the first body and the second body are in a stacked state. The cover shields the flexible electrical connecting means exposed due to the movement of the second body against the first body when the first body and the second body are in a spread state. Therefore, reliability and appearance of the handheld electronic device can be improved. In addition, available area on the handheld electronic device in the spread state can be increased, to provide higher design flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: I-Cheng Chuang, Yu-Jing Liao, Jia-Yuan Sheu
  • Patent number: 8005205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protected plug socket (20) for distribution devices in telecommunications and data technology, comprising at least one housing (21) and at least one protective element (12), said protective element (12) comprising at least two contact posts (9-11), at least two contact elements (24a-c) being embedded in the housing (21), the contact elements (24a-c) each comprising a line contact (22a, b) and a clamping contact (24a-c), wherein the line contact (22a, b) is arranged in a plugging-in region and the clamping contact is arranged in a housing region of the protected plug socket (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ADC GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Neumetzler, Martin Beetz
  • Patent number: 8005520
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device includes a main body, a support frame, and a switch. When the support frame is in the first mode and used to support the main body, the main body is required to execute the first function by the support frame and the switch. For example, the first function is used to control the display and includes related functions of multimedia reproducing. In addition, when the support frame is in the second mode and used to support the main body, the main body is required to execute the second function by the support frame and the switch. For example, the second function is used to control the speaker and includes related functions. Whereby, the mobile electronic device includes different two modes to instinctively and automatically switch between video and audio files reproducing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Foxconn Communication Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Ming Chen, Pin-Chu Tsai
  • Patent number: 8005208
    Abstract: The invention discloses a sealing assembly (40) includes a first sealing member (41) and a second sealing member (46) tightly cooperating with the first sealing member (41). The first sealing member (41) has a first assembling side surface (411), and the second sealing member (46) has a second assembling surface (461) facing the first assembling side surface (411). The first assembling side surface (411) and the second assembling side surface (461) form an assembly hole (43) there between. The invention also provides a sliding cover mechanism (100) using the sealing assembly (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Ye Liu, Hsiao-Hua Tu, Xin-Quan Zhou, Xu-Ri Zhang
  • Patent number: 7957524
    Abstract: A protective cover for electronic devices. A device is examined and a film is prepared. The film may include multiple pieces and may have cutouts for discontinuities in the surfaces of the device or to accommodate a user interface. The corners or other portions of the films are then cut such that the films substantially cover the surface of the device without bunching or creating air pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Zagg Incorporated
    Inventor: Phillip Chipping
  • Patent number: 7941196
    Abstract: A waterproof structure for a casing has a first casing, a second casing to be put together with the first casing, and a waterproof member formed of an elastic material to prevent water from penetrating between the first casing and the second casing. The second casing has a recess. The waterproof member has a peripheral part which, when fitted into the recess, prevents penetration of water. The peripheral part is provided at the periphery of the waterproof member, which is laid out all around space between the first casing and the second casing. A projection engages with a dent. A restriction part of the first casing, provided at a position facing the peripheral part and protruding toward the second casing, prevents the peripheral part from coming out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kawasaki, Takeru Baba, Toshiyuki Murakami, Shigeru Kato, Tsutomu Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7805172
    Abstract: A cover for a mobile device. The cover includes a support member, wherein at least a portion of the support member is transmissive, and a shielding layer located on the support member between the edge and the center of the support member, the shielding layer having at least one region that decreases in opacity from the edge of the support member towards the center of the support member. A mobile device having the cover is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Won Seok Joo
  • Patent number: 7792284
    Abstract: The shell of an electronic handheld device is adapted for easy and repeated—even frequent—assembly with and disassembly from the electronics, and the shell is washable, preferably in a dishwasher. Preferably, the shell comprises a plurality of parts that can be easily and repeatedly assembled and disassembled by hand without use of tools. For example, the parts of a telephone handset shell are made to be easily snapped together around, and unsnapped from, the handset's electronics, thereby enabling the shells of the handsets of telephones to be washed to have this function performed by unskilled personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Trevor Aggus, Robert Bopp, Warren Brown, Linda Derechailo, Rich Jaccard, Steve Mak, Robert Randall, Charles Truax, Greg Boothe
  • Patent number: 7747007
    Abstract: A protective cover for a portable communication device includes a battery cover and a protective cover part coupled with the battery cover. The protective cover is detachably coupled with the portable communication device, and the protective cover part is disposed at a front surface of a display unit part of the portable communication device when the protective cover is coupled with the portable communication device. The portable communication device being turned off/on when the portable communication device is attached to/detached from the protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Min Hyun, Kwang-Ha Choi, Chang-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 7577468
    Abstract: A radio communication terminal, includes a substantially flat terminal core with a frame unit having two opposing faces, two opposing shorter sides and two opposing longer sides. The terminal includes a cover which is detachably connectable to the frame unit. The cover includes at least two cover members, devised to be assembled and disassembled in a predetermined order. One assembled cover member engages a previously assembled cover member. The previously assembled cover member is thereby more firmly attached. A cover member latches onto, and covers, a portion of one of the opposing faces, a second cover member engages with another cover member and covers another of the opposing faces and another cover member engages with and locks one of the cover members to the frame unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Stjepan Begic, Stig Frohlund
  • Patent number: 7561684
    Abstract: In a portable telephone, the front side of a back casing is covered with a front casing. A circuit substrate is housed in a housing concave portion of the back casing and the front side of the circuit substrate is covered with a waterproof type keypad sheet material. The outer edge section of the waterproof type keypad sheet material is fastened between the outer edge section of the back casing and the outer edge section of the front casing. A mounting hole is formed in the waterproof type keypad sheet material and a microphone holder is inserted into the mounting hole. A microphone is mounted in the microphone holder, a waterproof membrane is affixed on the end face of the microphone holder and a small opening of the microphone holder is blocked by the waterproof membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Tsutaichi, Eiji Okita
  • Patent number: 7542565
    Abstract: A foldable cellular phone with a plastic housing having an operation section and a plastic housing having a main display section that are joined by a hinge on one end side to freely open and close, comprising an impact resistant handle composed of elastic material protruded and formed on the opposite side end from the hinge of the housing having the main display section; a connector cover composed of elastic material protruded and formed on the opposite side end from the hinge of the housing having the operation section; and a hinge cover composed of elastic material formed on a protrudent portion from the hinge of both housing ends when both housings are in a folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Fumio Tsutaichi, Shinya Yasuda, Tatsuya Miyagawa, Tohru Tanigawa, Katsuhiro Nara
  • Patent number: 7529364
    Abstract: A protective cover for an electronic device including a) a surface layer including vinyl, plastic, silicone, acrylic, rubber or a combination thereof and b) an adhesive layer for affixing the protective cover to the electronic device. The protective cover may further include a release liner to prevent the adhesive layer from engaging surfaces when the protective cover is not in use, for example, when the protective cover is not affixed to an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Imbibo, Inc.
    Inventor: Doyle Buehler
  • Patent number: 7496195
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a waterproof flip phone case having a sealing member, at least two waterproof enclosures, and a hinging member that provide a waterproof environment for a phone, specifically a flip phone. In one embodiment of the invention, the sealing member includes at least one locking mechanism that is operable to engage and disengage the sealing member to allow insertion of a flip phone into the case when the member is not engaged and prevents water from entering the enclosures when the member is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Kwik Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron F. Kramer
  • Patent number: 7363068
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus including an apparatus body having an angle-adjustment device and a sliding-cover is provided. The sliding-cover selectively covers an internal space of the apparatus body and forms a rotatable connection with the angle-adjustment device. By the angle-adjustment device, the sliding-cover rotated relative to the apparatus body at any angle greater the 0 degree is used as a base for holding the apparatus body in a stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: BenQ Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Sheng Ku
  • Patent number: 7343184
    Abstract: A protective cover for handheld devices. The protective cover containing a hardened plastic protective inner layer and a soft outer layer. The protective cover containing at least one cavity for mounting the associated segment of the handheld device therein and at least one fitted notch to secure the piece to the associated segment. The protective cover further containing at least one window for providing exposure to the surface of the associated segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Ramin Rostami
  • Patent number: 7327841
    Abstract: A holder for a mobile communication device comprises a receptacle for optimally reducing the SAR value of a mobile communication device secured within the receptacle. At least one material portion, a patch, causing electromagnetic losses may be placed within the receptacle to optimally reduce exposure to low level radio frequency energy to an individual carrying a mobile telephone secured within the receptacle. The patch formed of electromagnetic field reducing material may be placed in one or more particular areas of the receptacle to attenuate one or more corresponding regions of the mobile telephone in which the SAR value is substantially at a local maximum. This may allow a reduction of the SAR value of a mobile telephone while limiting the performance loss associated with the reduction of the SAR value of the mobile telephone when the mobile telephone is secured within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Schreiber, Peter Nevermann
  • Patent number: 7266196
    Abstract: A telephone mouthpiece and earpiece cover system for helping protect a user from contact from germs on a telephone. The system includes an earpiece cover attachment and a mouthpiece cover attachment. The earpiece cover attachment comprises a base having a plurality of holes extending therethrough. The front surface of the base of the earpiece attachment has an annular lip extending around the outer perimeter of the base of the earpiece cover attachment. The back surface of the base of the earpiece cover attachment has a perimeter wall defining a space adapted for inserting the earpiece of a telephone therein. The mouthpiece cover attachment comprises a top with a plurality of apertures extending therethrough. The back surface of the top of the mouthpiece cover attachment has an annular wall, which defines a space adapted for inserting a mouthpiece of a telephone therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Dave Robinson
  • Patent number: 7248904
    Abstract: A mobile station including a cover assembly and a wireless telecommunications signal receiving and generating assembly. Included in the cover assembly is a belt that substantially extends around the signal receiving and generating assembly, and a connector to hold the belt closed about the signal receiving and generating assembly. The belt includes a pair of side edges which define side openings through which the signal receiving and generating assembly can be accessed. Advantageously, the belt is easily exchanged with other belts so as to vary the appearance of the mobile station. Further, the side edges are easily gripped by a user holding the mobile station. In another aspect, the belt includes an integrated key pad which overlies a plurality of key contacts of the signal receiving and generating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Julian Gartrell, Robert A. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 7149559
    Abstract: A replaceable panel device has a panel (20), a locking subassembly (30) and a top cover (40). The panel is mounted on the top cover by the locking subassembly. The panel has a mounting hole (24) with a first arc groove (244). The locking subassembly is accommodated in the mounting hole of the panel and has a button (31) with a locking portion (314) and a spring (32). Two ends of the spring respectively contact with a particular portion of the mounting hole and the button. The top cover has a second arc groove (45) which corresponds with the first arc groove of the panel. The locking portion of the button passes through the first groove of the panel and the second groove of the top cover, and mates with the second arc groove by a return force of the spring to fix the panel and the top cover together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shui Yuan Qin, Chia-Hua Chen, XingHuang Luo, Jian Wu Chen
  • Patent number: 7110537
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for enhancing performance of a portable cellular phone within a mobile vehicle. The device includes a housing located within the vehicle into which a portable cellular phone may be placed. The housing includes an exterior layer that reflects noise signals and an interior layer that reduces reflection of communication signals within the housing. Signals are transmitted between the cellular phone and an exterior-mount transceiver by means of a wireless RF coupling device that is contained within the housing and connected to the exterior-mount transceiver using a coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Mazzara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7072699
    Abstract: An electronic device with a body having a first side, a second side a distance from the first side, and a third side between the first and second side. Portions define a space extending from the first side to the second side across the third side. A sliding cover can be fitted in the space. A first housing part is detachably attachable to the electronic device and can cover at least part of the space when the housing part is attached to the electronic device. The first housing part can restrain the sliding cover from escaping the space when attached to the electronic device. The electronic device can allow, when the first housing part is detached from the electronic device, entry and removal of the sliding cover to and from the space. A cover system detachably attaches a sliding cover to an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Niko Eiden
  • Patent number: RE40959
    Abstract: A cable trough is provided including a bottom portion and two upstanding sides extending from the bottom portion to define a cable pathway. The upstanding sides define an enlarged central portion of the cable trough, and the bottom portion including at least one exit trough portion. The exit trough portion can be centrally located, with a bypass pathway on either side. At least one separator wall is provided to separate the exit trough portion from each bypass pathway. A component flange is also provided extending from one of the upstanding sides. The cable trough can also include a cable storage pathway. Alternatively, two exit trough portions can be positioned on opposite sides of the cable trough adjacent each upstanding side, and on opposite sides of a central bypass pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Jon Haataja, Thomas Walter Kampf, Wayne Albin Johnson, Gary F. Nault
  • Patent number: RE44942
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided. The mobile communication device includes a terminal body, and a speaker module located in the terminal body. The speaker module includes an enclosure located in the terminal body, the enclosure defining a chamber therein, and a speaker having a front surface and a rear surface, the speaker being located in the enclosure such that the front surface of the speaker is exposed from the enclosure and the rear surface thereof is positioned within the chamber, to allow a sound generated from the rear surface to resonate within the chamber. A mutual interference between the sound generated from the front side of the sound emission part and the sound emitted from the rear side thereof can be reduced to thereby improve the performance of the middle and low sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Tae Lee, Jin-Ho Kim, Jeong-Hoon Kang
  • Patent number: RE45072
    Abstract: A protective cover for a portable communication device includes a battery cover and a protective cover part coupled with the battery cover. The protective cover is detachably coupled with the portable communication device, and the protective cover part is disposed at a front surface of a display unit part of the portable communication device when the protective cover is coupled with the portable communication device. The portable communication device being turned off/on when the portable communication device is attached to/detached from the protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Min Hyun, Kwang-Ha Choi, Chang-Soo Lee