Handset Holder (e.g., Shoulder Rest) Patents (Class 379/449)
  • Patent number: 10232795
    Abstract: A one-touch type supporting holder includes a support body which includes one pair of openings opened in directions opposite to each other; one pair of grip units which are respectively inserted in the one pair of openings and slidably movably coupled to the support body in directions opposite to each other; a one-touch reciprocating unit which is slidably movably coupled to a front of the support body, and slides and moves in the support body to make the grip units to slide and move to mount the electronic apparatus; a one-touch elastic member which elastically supports the one-touch reciprocating unit against the support body; and a one-touch guide unit which controls a sliding movement state of the grip unit in the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CPC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soon Young Song
  • Patent number: 9997824
    Abstract: Mobile devices may minimize the radiation exposure to users by controlling the distance between the user, specifically the head, and the mobile device to a minimum distance. The reduction in exposure is realized due to the operation of the Inverse Square Rule on electromagnetic signal from the mobile device recognizing there is a steep fall off of signal strength resultant from increased distance between the head of the user and the source of the signal. Embodiments increase and maintain operational distance between the user and the broadcast device to reduce signal absorption. Embodiments enforce the operational distance with physical barriers preventing the distance from being reduced. Thus maintaining a minimum distance between the user and the transmitter may have a dramatic practical effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Harry V. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9819377
    Abstract: The cell phone holder is an adjustable casing. The cell phone holder contains a cellular phone. The cell phone holder is removably attached to an automobile. The dimensions of the cell phone holder are adjustable such that the cell phone holder will accommodate cellular phones of various sizes. The cell phone holder comprises a first spring, a second spring, a first side panel, a second side panel, a rear panel, and a bottom panel. The first side panel attaches to the first spring. The second side panel attaches to the second spring. The bottom panel, the first spring, and the second spring attach to the rear panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Vinay Singh, Nataliia Singh
  • Patent number: 9686391
    Abstract: A collapsible shoulder rest for a personal electronic device is incorporated into a protective case. The shoulder rest is secured within the back of the case and fan folds out away from the back. The shoulder rest is perpendicular to the width of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Terry L. McCullough
  • Patent number: 9564680
    Abstract: Mobile devices may minimize the radiation exposure to users by controlling the distance between the user, specifically the head, and the mobile device to a minimum distance. The reduction in exposure is realized due to the operation of the Inverse Square Rule on electromagnetic signal from the mobile device recognizing there is a steep fall off of signal strength resultant from increased distance between the head of the user and the source of the signal. Embodiments increase and maintain operational distance between the user and the broadcast device to reduce signal absorption, while maintaining sound quality and volume. Embodiments enforce the operational distance with physical barriers preventing the distance from being reduced. Embodiments described herein also allow for the retraction of the physical barrier for storage or portage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Green Swan, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry V. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 8917866
    Abstract: A telephone uses a locking mechanism for a handset where the handset includes a receiver part and a microphone part. The receiver part defines a receiving groove facing the microphone part. The telephone set includes a holding part to hold the handset. The holding part includes a first portion. The first portion defines a recess to receive the receiver part, and an accommodating space to receive the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is rotatably received in the accommodating space and is switchable between a first state and a second state. The locking mechanism has a locking block. In the second state, the locking block is locked in the receiving groove of the receiver part to prevent release of the handset from the telephone set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiao-Lun Chiang
  • Patent number: 8861714
    Abstract: The holder for a hand-held electronic communication device is lightweight and comprises a perforated faceplate and a base of ergonomic form symmetrically constructed for ambidextrous, hand-held use, shoulder support, and surface support in both portrait and landscape orientations. The faceplate incorporates two clamping mechanisms, one being operative for fixing its gripping part in selected positions of extension from the faceplate and the other dynamically adjusting to position its gripping part for cooperatively clamping the communication device therebetween. A peripheral gasket on the front of the faceplate cushions and positionally stabilizes the mounted device, and is formed to promote the projection of sound waves from under the mounted device. The base may have holes and/or an internal acoustic baffle to further promote the projection of sound waves from its cavity, and holes in the faceplate and/or the base may enhance aesthetic attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Leonard M. Leibenhaut, Paul Santarsiero
  • Patent number: 8750495
    Abstract: A telephone apparatus includes a phone body and an earpiece that is removably placed upright in the phone body. A supporting leg having a mounting surface that contacts a desk in a desk mount mode and that contacts a wall in a wall mount mode is provided on a sloped back side of the phone body so as to be turnable around a pivot. When the supporting leg is in a first turn position, a lower end of the slope of the phone body is substantially parallel to the mounting surface. When the supporting leg is in a second turn position after having turned through about 180 degrees from the first turn position, an upper end of the slope of the phone body becomes substantially parallel to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Daiichiro Suzuki, Mitsuhiro Haraguchi, Toshiya Sakai, Katsuhiko Uto, Tohru Sakata
  • Patent number: 8693680
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a telephone and it is an object to make a speech without dropping a telephone even when the telephone miniaturized. Then, in order to achieve the object, the present invention includes a main body case 5, a microphone 8 and a receiver 9 provided on a front surface side of the main body case 5. A display part 7 is arranged between the receiver 9 and the microphone 8. The microphone 8, the receiver 9 and the display part 7 are provided on the front surface of the main body case 5, 50 or 51. On a back surface of the main body case 5, 50 or 51, a slip preventing part 13 that prevents the telephone from being dropped is provided. The slip preventing part 13 is arranged in an opposite side to the display part 7 on the back surface of the main body case 5, 50 or 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Mori, Masanori Settsu, Kouji Fukushima, Yasunori Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 8600044
    Abstract: A telephone device comprises a base, a handset, and a supporting device secured to the base. The base comprises a first receiving portion and a hang-up button protruding out of the first receiving portion. The hang-up button is used for ending a call when being pressed. The handset comprises an earpiece received in the first receiving portion. When the supporting device is in a resisting position, the supporting device extends into the first receiving portion for supporting the earpiece to prevent the earpiece from pressing the hang-up button. When the supporting device is in an unresisting position, the supporting device retracts into the base for allowing the earpiece to press the hang-up button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhou Chen
  • Patent number: 8061516
    Abstract: A quick release device holder for portable electronics devices that protects soft and impressionable housing materials from damage during insertion and removal. The quick release device holder includes a backing plane formed with a substantially rigid spine portion and a receiver pocket adjacent to a first end thereof. One or more latching arms extend from the backing plane spaced away from the receiver pocket, each of the one or more latching arms further including a resiliently flexible stem portion coupled to the backing plane and having a head portion spaced away from the backing plane. The head portion further includes one or more rollers coupled thereto in a position spaced away from an interior surface of the backing plane, and a retention tongue between the one or more rollers and the interior surface of the backing plane and being set back from a circumference of the one or more rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8056714
    Abstract: A quick release device holder for portable electronics devices that protects soft and impressionable housing materials from damage during insertion and removal. The quick release device holder includes a backing plane formed with a substantially rigid spine portion and a receiver pocket adjacent to a first end thereof. One or more latching arms extend from the backing plane spaced away from the receiver pocket, each of the one or more latching arms further including a resiliently flexible stem portion coupled to the backing plane and having a head portion spaced away from the backing plane. The head portion further includes one or more rollers coupled thereto in a position spaced away from an interior surface of the backing plane, and a retention tongue between the one or more rollers and the interior surface of the backing plane and being set back from a circumference of the one or more rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8027464
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding device provided with a receiving system for receiving a mobile telephone (30, 30?), said holding device comprising a housing (1). The receiving system is formed by at least two lateral jaws (3) projecting from a rear wall of the housing (1), at least one of said jaws being laterally displaceable and both of said jaws being provided with padding (5) that can be compressed by from lateral housing walls of the mobile telephone (30, 30?). The distance between the jaws (3) can be adjusted to the width of the mobile telephone (30, 30?) by means of an adjusting device (11) provided in the rear wall (2). The adjusted jaws (3) remain fixed for the insertion and the removal of the mobile telephone (30, 30?), and the mobile telephone is fixed in the holder exclusively by means of a friction connection produced between the compressible padding (5, 6) and the mobile telephone (30, 30?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Bury Sp. z.o.o.
    Inventor: Roman Piekarz
  • Patent number: 7949368
    Abstract: A mobile terminal capable of supporting a plurality of accessory functions with one or more accessories, the mobile terminal capable of supporting each accessory function in two or more modes, and each accessory storing a capability array indicative of the capabilities of the accessory. The mobile terminal comprises reading means for reading a capability array from an accessory; interpreting means for interpreting a capability array read by the reading means in accordance with a predefined format as including one or more fields, each field corresponding to an accessory function; identifying means for identifying a mode of an accessory function in dependence on the content of a field of the capability array, the field corresponding to the accessory function; and supporting means responsive to the identifying means for supporting the accessory function with the accessory in the mode identified by the identifying means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Mika Hurula, Jani Tu Niemi, Jarmo Saari, Tapio Mantysalo
  • Patent number: 7913961
    Abstract: A hand grip with a rigid sheet base surfaced on top and bottom sides with slip-resistant, resiliently deformable material combining with contoured lateral edges for firmness of grasp. Housed in one lateral side is a spring tension device through which a pliable wire passes, adjustably loops above grip's top surface on which palm-held devices seat; wire then secures to opposed side of grip. A demountable bracket assembly connects a weight bearing rod to grip's rigid sheet. The rod has an end-cap connecting it to an open ended cylinder attachment. Lenses seat against a sill at one of the cylinder's ends; their central visual axis intersecting the grip's midline longitudinal axis. Demountable concentric ring laminations attach above cylinder's opposite opened end. These ring laminations hold additional items congruent with cylinder's alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Paul James Del Frari
  • Patent number: 7912522
    Abstract: A system for securing a hand-held phone having a base with a keypad to be suspended from a lanyard around a person's neck has a support panel having a length and a width, a front side and a back side, and an opening near one end of the length, an elongate strip of material joined to the support panel at two lateral edges, forming a loop, a pliable, transparent window substantially centered in the strip of material, and a lanyard attached to the opening in the support panel. The hand-held phone is suspended from the lanyard by inserting a base of the phone in the loop with the pliable, transparent window overlying the keypad of the phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sound Starts, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyndy Pierson
  • Patent number: 7801572
    Abstract: A device holder (1) for portable electronic devices, in particular for telephone devices (18), to be connected to a hands-free-speaker device on board of motor vehicles, with electric contact members on the receiving side (2?) of the device holder (1) to be connected to corresponding contact members of the electronic device, with a drawer (4) swiveling about the drawer axis (7) and having side walls (2?, 3), and with holding dogs (14?, 14?) formed in the corners of the drawer for reaching over the segments of the electronic device, with the drawer (4) swivel-seated in the device holder having at least one contact plug (5) to be seated movably throughout a hole in the receiving side (2?), which contact plug is integrated with a rider (6), and the rider (6) is seated rotatably in the housing (12) of the device holder (1), with the rider axis (8) of the rider (6) and the drawer axis (7) in the housing (12) of the device holder (1) going parallel to each other and being displaced from each other by a distance, an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Bury Sp. Z o.o.
    Inventor: Henryk Bury
  • Patent number: 7664255
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hands-free holder for hands-free use of a device that is designed to be held up to a user's ear. The holder is connectable to the device and includes a sleeve that includes a transparent elastically stretchable material that defines an opening for receiving a portion of the device. The holder further includes a curved member that includes a first end and second end rotatably coupled to a first side of the sleeve and to an opposite side of the sleeve, respectively. The curved member defines an opening for receiving the top of a user's ear and is configured to rest on and behind the user's ear when the top of the user's ear is received in the opening such that the device connected to the holder is supported by the user's ear, thereby allowing hands-free use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Thought Development Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Amron
  • Patent number: 7613294
    Abstract: A hands-free aural device holder for hands-free use of an aural device that is designed to be held up to a user's ear is connectable to the device and defines at least a portion of a pocket for receiving the top of a user's ear when the holder is connected to the device. The pocket thus formed is configured to cover a top of the user's ear when the user's ear is received in the pocket such that the holder and the aural device connected to the holder are supported and retained on the user's ear, thereby allowing hands-free use of the aural device connectable to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Thought Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Amron
  • Publication number: 20090141886
    Abstract: A system for securing a hand-held phone having a base with a keypad to be suspended from a lanyard around a person's neck has a support panel having a length and a width, a front side and a back side, and an opening near one end of the length, an elongate strip of material joined to the support panel at two lateral edges, forming a loop, a pliable, transparent window substantially centered in the strip of material, and a lanyard attached to the opening in the support panel. The hand-held phone is suspended from the lanyard by inserting a base of the phone in the loop with the pliable, transparent window overlying the keypad of the phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Cyndy Pierson
  • Patent number: 7508932
    Abstract: A cell phone holder headband (1), when placed on the users had, enables the phone to stay in a normal talking position without having to hold it there with one hand. The cell phone is fit into an elastic band (7) that is looped through a plastic plate (5). An elastic strap was chosen to accept difference size ‘Bar’ and ‘Flip’ style cell phones. The plate is fitted to a swivel joint (2), that is connected to one end of the headband. The light weight acrylic band is adjustable (12) for a better fit to the users head and coils up (3) so the user can choose to use the phone still attached to the device, without Wearing the headband. This makes the device easy to store either on or off the phone. This swivel joint feature (2) locks into two positions (21), not only to allow the user to adjust the phone for a more comfortable talking position to the face, but also allows the phone to be worn and adjusted to accommodate either the left or right ear of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Alan Bergh
  • Patent number: 7447531
    Abstract: There is provided an accessory (300, 500) for a portable electronic device that conveniently wipes an internal user interface of the device. The accessory (300, 500), is configured for removable attachment to the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device has first and second housings (102, 104) that rotate or otherwise adjust relative to each other. In particular, the portable electronic device may be closed or opened by adjusting the position of the first and second housings (102, 104). The portable electronic device has an internal user interface (106-116) that is exposed in the open position (100) and hidden in the closed position (200). The accessory (300, 500) includes an inner wall 306, 508) capable of placement between the first and second housings (102, 104) while the device is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Amit Eswaraiah
  • Publication number: 20080240418
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hands-free holder for hands-free use of a device that is designed to be held up to a user's ear. The holder is connectable to the device and includes a sleeve that includes a transparent elastically stretchable material that defines an opening for receiving a portion of the device. The holder further includes a curved member that includes a first end and second end rotatably coupled to a first side of the sleeve and to an opposite side of the sleeve, respectively. The curved member defines an opening for receiving the top of a user's ear and is configured to rest on and behind the user's ear when the top of the user's ear is received in the opening such that the device connected to the holder is supported by the user's ear, thereby allowing hands-free use of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Alan Amron
  • Patent number: 7308095
    Abstract: A holder that is detachably attachable to a casing of a communication apparatus, including: a placement surface on which a handset can be placed; a first side surface; a displacement unit that is displaced in response to an act of placing the handset on the placement surface; a lever that is displaced according to a displacement of the displacement unit, the lever being projected in a first direction by a first distance from the first side surface; and an engagement portion being projected substantially in the first direction by a second distance, which is longer than the first distance, from the first side surface, the engagement portion engaging the holder with the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ishida, Takamitsu Kawai
  • Patent number: 7242970
    Abstract: The present invention is a Bluetooth™ hands-free kit structure. After the hands-free module according to the present invention executes Bluetooth™ functional pairing with a Bluetooth™-equipped mobile phone, it can be used as a acoustic type hands-free muting system device of Bluetooth™-equipped mobile phone which employs acoustic speakers as its audio output, or can be used as a Bluetooth™-equipped hands-free kit which employs a loudspeaker as its audio output, and also can be used as a Bluetooth™ earphone by itself. The Bluetooth™ hands-free kit structure can be expanded to have both charging and Bluetooth™-functions, and also can be a module structure with private communication switch capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Chu-Chai Hong
  • Patent number: 7184804
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a foldable base with a main body comprising a long groove, a latching section, a latched section and an insert slot; wherein the main body can be folded along the long groove to connect the latching section with the latched section to define a three-dimensional shape or unfolded to separate the latching section and the latched section and then spread the main body open along the long groove to define a sheet. The insert slot is coupled to a fixed base being coupled to a main system such as a personal computer (PC) or a personal digital assistant (PDA) by a transmission line, enabling a user to insert an electronic device such as a flash drive or a MP3 player through the insert slot into the fixed base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: D-Link Corporation
    Inventors: Hsu-Shih Huang, Ming-Tsai Chung
  • Patent number: 7155265
    Abstract: An apparatus for enabling hands free operation of cell phones and other portable electronic devices is disclosed. The apparatus may include a headset having a housing and a set of extendable links coupled at a base end to the housing and coupled at an opposite end to an end cap. The set of extendable links may fit within an interior of the housing when fully retracted, and the end cap may be latched to the housing. The set of extendable links may be extended by hand, extended by spring force and retracted by hand, or extended and retracted by motorized force. An adjustable swivel arm is coupled at one end to the housing, and at the other end to a gripping device. The gripping device includes a plurality of gripping arms. A portable electronic device may be inserted and secured within the plurality of gripping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Michael S. Medhin
  • Patent number: 7120247
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a cell phone headband comprising a headband 12 and a fastener member 18 for the headband having alternate means of attaching 20 the cell phone 14 to the fastening member. The means 20 of attaching the cell phone 14 to the headband 12 uses either magnetism 22, hook and loop material 28 or a clip 32. The magnetic fastener has a magnet 22 on the insertable fastening element 18 holding the cell phone 14 in one of two ways. If the cell phone 14 case is metallic the magnetic fastening element will magnetically hold the cell phone or the user can elect to place a metal element 24 on the cell phone housing or cell phone case 38 or attach the metal element to the exterior surface of the cell phone or cell phone case 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Russell D Wade
  • Patent number: 7003105
    Abstract: A shoulder rest can be secured to a telephone handset without being particularly shaped to fit the contours of that particular handset. Below a contoured portion adapted to fit against a user's shoulder, the shoulder rest includes a concave or cut-out portion between two base portions that contact the handset. Because of the cut-out portion, the rest can fit a handset that is flat or curved, regarless of the contour or radius of curvature. A flat, flexible strap of material preferably spans the base portions to increase the contact between the rest and the handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Dale C. Gledhill
  • Patent number: 6993370
    Abstract: A back clip fixture of a receiver and transmitter device assembled by a back clip and a receiver and transmitter device is characterized that a concave slot is respectively disposed at positions opposite two sides of the detachment seat for facilitating the mounting and dismounting of a joint seat piece; more especially, the lower positioning piece has a slot location for fitly assembling an upper positioning piece; furthermore, the upper positioning piece has a notch disposed thereby providing a larger space for a resilient piece to separate from a positioning slot so as to increase the detachment effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Jdi Jing Deng Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuo-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 6973291
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methodology to enable efficient storage and handling of hand held devices and conveniently provide access to information within the devices. Single-handed storage and removal features enable users to insert and remove the device into and from a multifunctional cradle. The cradle mitigates device damage by limiting device movement and/or vibration once accepted into the cradle. One or more auxiliary storage compartments that feature single-handed component storage and removal can be included with the cradle. Functional segmentation of the cradle enables interface components within the cradle to be isolated from regions that can be exposed to contamination. The cradle includes operative connections for devices stored in the cradle to facilitate operations, such as charging the device and exchanging or updating device information with other local and/or remote systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Bellows
  • Patent number: 6934517
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to provide a cellular phone holder, which could easily hold a standard type cellular phone as well as a collapsible type cellular phone having different sizes, respectively. Thus cellular phone holder is comprised of a lateral case capable of holding cellular phones of different width, and a longitudinal strap belt attached in a manner so as to intersect with the lateral case. Thus lateral case is formed of a single trunk member in which the trunk member is bent into a cylindrical shape and secured by Velcro tape attached in plural portions. A ring couples thus longitudinal strap belt to a plurality of strap belts and thus, a portion of the longitudinal strap belt is structured by an elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kanagawa Houseishoukai
    Inventor: Kouichiro Fujihashi
  • Patent number: 6834199
    Abstract: A portable telephone with an exchangeable data input apparatus is provided. The portable telephone includes a bar-type main housing; a holding housing having first and second hinges positioned to face each other, to be protrusive, and to be symmetrical with each other and a sliding surface with a predetermined radius of curvature to be separated from the first and second hinges and attached to and detached from the main housing; and an exchangeable housing having bar-type first and second rotational sub housings with each one side connected to the first and second hinges so that the first and second rotational sub housings are hidden in the main housing when folded in and are in the form of wings protruding from both sides of the main housing when they are unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Min Hyun, Seung-Min Park, Ji-Yun Park, Kyoun-Sun Cho, Yong-Jae Kim, Young-Mok Jeon
  • Publication number: 20040198241
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to an improved handle grip for a mobile terminal such as a personal digital assistant. More specifically, this invention relates to an improved handle grip for a mobile terminal that can be easily secured to and removed from a mobile terminal and provides improved access to the mobile terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Christopher N. Crawford, Lawrence J. Dobkowski
  • Patent number: 6801624
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a band unit for attaching a hanger to a portable appliance having an approximately rectangular or oblong three-dimensional body in front elevation. The band unit comprises a elastic shoulder band, having flexibility, consisting of a intermediate part to be positioned on the top of the body of the portable appliance and both right and left side parts to be placed on the right and left sides of the appliance body, nonskid surfaces respectectively provided on the inner surfaces caused to contact with the appliance body at least on right and left side parts of the shoulder band, a plurality of notches provided on the inner surfaces caused to contact with at least a part of the outer surfaces of both right and left side parts of the shoulder band, at least one expansive elastic band caused to adhere elastically to notches on both right and left side parts of the shoulder band attached to the appliance body a hanger attached to the intermediate part of the shoulder band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Unimex Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Muramatsu, Hiroyuki Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 6751486
    Abstract: The invention is a hands free charger (1) with means for electrically contact a handset (2) with a connector (5) that has a springy mean (7) and a structural mean (3, 7) as a counterpart to abduct the force of the springy mean (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Romain Guillot, Christian Pitisi
  • Publication number: 20030185389
    Abstract: A telephone handset shoulder rest device (10) and method to facilitate holding a telephone handset (14) between a user's head and shoulder includes a spacing member (18) disposed on a back of the telephone handset. The spacing member is sized to facilitate holding the telephone handset between the user's head and shoulder, and includes a cushion (30) formed of a compliant material. The compliant material can include a gel material (38). The spacing member can include an outer skin of TPU, and an interior of PU. A portion (44) of the spacing member can be at least translucent, or transparent. Indicia (48) can be disposed behind the portion of the spacing member, and can visible therethrough. The indicia can include art work, a logo, an advertisement, an instruction, a brand, and/or a trademark. The spacing member can include a bulbous portion that alters a visual appearance of the indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Alan J. Wheatley
  • Patent number: 6535606
    Abstract: A telephone shoulder rest for use with a telephone headset includes a telephone shoulder rest member having a phone receiving surface, a first hook and loop portion connected to the phone receiving surface, a complementary second hook and loop portion removably connected to the first hook and loop portion, wherein the second hook and loop portion has an adhesive backing for connection to a surface of a telephone headset. The shoulder rest member includes an inner foam material and an outer surface which is printable thereon and includes a unique predetermined printed indicia thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: James Cox
  • Publication number: 20020164016
    Abstract: A telephone shoulder rest for use with a telephone headset includes a telephone shoulder rest member having a phone receiving surface, a first hook and loop portion connected to the phone receiving surface, a complementary second hook and loop portion removably connected to the first hook and loop portion, wherein the second hook and loop portion has an adhesive backing for connection to a surface of a telephone headset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: James Cox
  • Publication number: 20020141572
    Abstract: A detachable shoulder rest apparatus for use with a telephone handset is provided, which includes a body portion and at least one attachment member to removably attach the body portion to the exterior of the telephone handset. The body portion may comprise a contoured wedge which conforms to the shape of the user's shoulder, and may be either substantially rigid or deformable. The at least one attachment member may take the form of a plurality of arms extending from the body portion which engage one or more slots or recesses on the handset, a hook member which engages with one or more slots or apertures on the handset, or a slot or aperture which engages with one or more projections or protrusions on the telephone handset. In another embodiment, the detachable shoulder rest apparatus includes a base portion joining the body portion and the attachment members, which may be separable from the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Rogalski
  • Patent number: 6363147
    Abstract: A cap supported telephone holder disclosed herein which includes an elongated body made of flexible material designed to receive a longitudinally aligned standard size cordless or cellular telephone handset. The holder includes interconnecting hook and loop connector pads disposed between the proximal end of the body and the elastic band on the cap, and an adjustable front strap attached at one end to the distal end of the body and at the opposite end to the brim of the cap. During use, the telephone is disposed in a natural, diagonal position over the ear and near and adjacent to the user's mouth. In the preferred embodiment, the distal end of the body is closed and is made of nylon mesh material. The front strap is an inverted Y-shaped strap with the two lower legs being spaced apart and attached to the pocket and the upper leg being attached to the brim of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Gary A. Maxwell
  • Publication number: 20020009194
    Abstract: The invention relates to a small-sized phone holder (10) to which a phone is attached by means of clamping surfaces (15) which press against the side surfaces of the phone. The said clamping surfaces are made of a soft rubber-like material having a large friction coefficient against the shell material of the phone. The phone is locked in the holder by pushing it lightly against locking surfaces (16) at the bottom (12) of the holder. The locking mechanism in the holder will then turn the clamping surfaces (15) closely against the side surfaces of the phone. The phone is released from the holder by pushing two release buttons (14) whereby the locking mechanism is forced to open and the clamping surfaces which locked the phone in the holder are detached from the side surfaces of the phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventors: Kam Sing Chris Wong, Ka Lun Alan Wong, Pui Wah Vincent Ip, Mika Vanttinen
  • Patent number: 6341163
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and an apparatus for providing a unique decorative phone accessory and, more particularly, to a system and an apparatus for securing one or more decorative and/or novelty accessories to a telephone handset in a manner that does not impede, and preferably improves, the ease and comfort associated with such handset usage. According to the present disclosure, a telephone accessory is provided that has three basic features or structural aspects. First, a securement member or mechanism is provided for detachably securing the remainder of the telephone accessory to a telephone handset. Second, an attachment member or mechanism is provided that facilitates detachably attaching a decorative item or member to the securement member or mechanism. And third, a decorative item or member is provided that may be detachably attached to the attachment member or mechanism, which is in turn attached to the securement member or mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Castle Creations, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Castle, Barry Z. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6328271
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holder for a mobile telephone that has a fastening device for mounting the holder (10) in a motor vehicle. In order to be able to use the holder universally, the fastening device (12) is in the form of a three-point fastening having three fastening feet which are attached to the fastening device (12) at the corners of a notional triangle. To enable the fastening feet to pivot in any direction, the fastening device (12) has a multi-directional pivot bearing for each fastening foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Fischerwerke Artur Fischer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Manfred Haage, Bernd Plocher
  • Patent number: 6301491
    Abstract: A hands-free device and method are provided for implementing a hands-free function to a radio terminal. The hands-free device includes an amplifier for amplifying voice signals received from a microphone; a switching unit for switching the amplified voice signals to a speaker or to an earphone terminal; a controller for controlling the amplifier to amplify the voice signals received from the microphone by a predetermined value and for controlling the switching unit to output the amplified voice signals via the earphone terminal if the controller determines that the hands-free function has been selected; and an external voice output unit having an input terminal connected to the earphone terminal for receiving the amplified voice signals and a voice output speaker for outputting the amplified voice signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Hwa Gong
  • Patent number: 6278779
    Abstract: An accessory device for a wireless telephone or handset functions as either a shoulder rest or a stand. The accessory device has a pair of attaching arms with a pair of attaching pins for attaching the device to the rear surface of a handset by inserting the attaching pins into openings on the handset. The attaching arms extend from a body of the device. A sliding arm slides through the body of the device in a continuous action to multiple configurations. When the sliding arm is fully extended to the bottom of the body, the device is in a configuration to operate as a stand. A foot at the bottom of the device provides support to the handset to hold it in a generally upright position. When the sliding arm is extended out the top of the body, the device is in a configuration to operate as a shoulder rest. A user can hold the handset with the attached device between his head and shoulder like a conventional shoulder rest. The device has a locking pin that also extends through the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Information and Communication Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Bryant, William J. Morris
  • Patent number: 6246764
    Abstract: A portable telephone shoulder rest comprising a base member formed of a flexible pouch filled with a weighted material, and a sleeve attached to the upper side of the flexible pouch. The sleeve is formed of elastic side panels interconnected by a flexible transparent perforated top panel. The lower portion of a portable telephone handset is received in the top end of the sleeve and extends through the open bottom end of the sleeve where the end of the handset rests in a depression formed in the flexible pouch. When inserted into the sleeve, the keypad of the handset underlies the flexible transparent top panel so that it may be viewed and actuated through the top panel. A non-slip surface may be applied to the upper side of the pouch to assist in securely retaining the handset within the sleeve. Also, a non-slip surface may be applied to the bottom surface of the pouch so that it securely rests on the shoulder of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventors: Michael P. Owen, Julie A. Owen, Margaret A. Owen
  • Patent number: 6038312
    Abstract: A new telephone supporting device for preventing cricks and cramps in the neck caused by holding a phone between the head and shoulder. The inventive device includes a headband having a generally inverted U-shaped configuration. A lower end has an elongated vertically disposed slot formed therethrough. A telephone clamp is adjustably coupled with respect to the headband. The telephone clamp includes a vertical portion having outwardly extending tab portions from opposite ends thereof. A space between the tab portions is dimensioned for receiving a telephone therebetween. One of the tab portions has an adjustment screw extending therethrough for engaging the telephone when positioned therein. The adjustment screw has a gripping pad disposed on a free end thereof. The vertical portion has a screw extending inwardly therefrom for extending through the slot of the lower end of the headband. A nut engages the screw for locking the telephone clamp with respect to the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Jonathan P. Bromley
  • Patent number: 5978684
    Abstract: A device for supporting multiple line configurations in a Fixed Wireless Loop (FWL) application includes a hand-held transceiver supporting wireless communications. The device also includes a cradle disposed on or in the building for receiving the hand-held transceiver and terminating a primary telecommunications line having at least one primary telephone connected thereto. The cradle further terminates a secondary telecommunications line, different from the primary telecommunications line, having at least one secondary telephone connected thereto. Still further, the cradle includes a spring-loaded switch integrally formed therein, wherein when the hand-held transceiver is in the cradle, the switch is biased to break contact between the primary telecommunications line and the secondary telecommunications line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: U S West, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, James R. Corliss, Michael J. Fargano, Douglas A. Malmstrom
  • Patent number: 5903850
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile phone (1) and specifically to an interface for connecting external signals received from and transmitted to external devices to the mobile phone, and to an interface configuration for connecting the mobile phone to external signals. In the mobile phone of the invention, external digital signals are basically received and transmitted over a coaxial line (6) connected to an RF signal connector (3). In the interface configuration of the invention an interface unit (31) is provided at one end of the coaxial line (6), the interface unit controlling the transmission of external signals connected to connectors (35, 60, 61a, 61b, 61c) over the coaxial line (6) between the mobile phone (1) and the external devices. In one embodiment of the invention power supply to the mobile phone also takes place over the RF connector (3) and the coaxial line (6) connected to this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventors: Timo Huttunen, Pekka Lonka