Handset Holder Patents (Class 379/455)
  • Patent number: 10063273
    Abstract: A holder for a housing of an electronic device includes an extruded metal portion adapted to receive the housing and a securement element that is either mounted to the extruded metal portion or integral with the extruded metal portion. The securement element is adapted to secure the housing in the extruded metal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Lance Lynn Andrus
  • Patent number: 9924005
    Abstract: A universal mounting device is presented. The device includes a main clamp with a left and right vertical main posts, an inverted v-shaped clamp connecting the top ends of the main posts, and a handle bar connecting the bottom ends of the main posts. A compression spring resides inside a cavity in each main post. A bottom clamp with a v-shaped clamp base and a left and right bottom post is coupled to the main clamp via a pusher. The pusher has a horizontal handle and a vertical leg at opposing ends that couples the main clamp to the base clamp through the springs in the main posts to the bottom posts. Each vertical leg has a lower leg through a cavity in the spring and an upper leg that pushes on the spring. The pusher is secured with a nut coupler at the bottom post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel McElderry
  • Patent number: 9535500
    Abstract: A method includes detecting when a portable electronic device having a touch-sensitive display is disposed in a holster and monitoring an area of the touch-sensitive display for a query gesture. When the query gesture is detected in association with the area, a function associated with the query gesture is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, David Ryan Walker
  • Patent number: 9281856
    Abstract: A support base for an electronic device includes a base, a trigger mechanism and an operating mechanism. The base includes a limit rib. The trigger mechanism includes a trigger member and a swing member. The trigger member is movably disposed on the base and therefore has an untriggered position and a triggered position. The swing member is pivoted on the trigger member and therefore has a pressed position and a room-making position. The operating mechanism is movably disposed on the base and therefore has a first operating position and a second operating position. The operating mechanism has an operating end and a moving end opposite to each other. The moving end corresponds to the swing member and is used for rotating relative to the operating end. When the operating mechanism is at the first operating position, the moving end of the operating mechanism is hooked at the limit rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Ping-Sheng Yeh, Cheng-Tang Chang, Shin-Yi Hsieh, Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8979060
    Abstract: A device holder for retaining an electronic device is disclosed. The device holder may generally include an inner member and an outer member. The inner member may include a back wall and first and second inner sidewalls extending from the back wall so as to define an inner slot configured to receive at least a portion of the electronic device. The outer member may be configured to receive at least a portion of the inner member and may include a first outer sidewall configured to be disposed adjacent to the first inner sidewall and a second outer sidewall configured to be disposed adjacent to the second inner sidewall. When the electronic device is received within the inner slot, at least a portion of the first inner sidewall may be configured to be deformed between the electronic device and the first outer sidewall and at least a portion second inner sidewall may be configured to be deformed between the electronic device and the second outer sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maj Isabelle Olsson, Ian Rickard Muldoon, Jason Holt, Matthew Wyatt Martin
  • Patent number: 8950717
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a holding module and a locating module. The holding module includes a rear shell and a front shell which have a bottom positioning shell and a top positioning shell covered to define a receiving chamber therebetween. The locating module is movably disposed in the receiving chamber and includes a supporting part, a slide part mounted on the supporting part and slidable forward and backward, a locating part fixed on the slide part and projecting out of the top positioning shell, and an elastic part clamped between the supporting part and the bottom positioning shell. The locating part is located in front of the front shell with a distance therebetween being adjustable by the locating part along with the slide part sliding forward and backward. The supporting part together with the slide part and the locating part can move upward and downward by the elastic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung Cheng Chuang
  • 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: 8908858
    Abstract: An exemplary rotating mechanism for rotating a second body relative to a first body is provided. The first body includes a pair of sidewalls, and the second body includes a pair of connecting arms. A first connecting piece rotatably connects one of the connecting arms to one of the sidewalls, and a second connecting piece rotatably connects the other connecting arm to the other sidewall. A resilient element connects the second connecting piece to a sidewall to provide a restoring force to the second connecting piece along a direction perpendicular to the sidewall. An angle positioner is fixed on the other sidewall and is sleeved on the first connecting piece. The angle positioner defines a positioning gap to engage with a pair of lugs extending from the first connecting piece for positioning a relative rotation angle between the first body and the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chien Chiu, Chang-Ming Kuan
  • Patent number: 8905367
    Abstract: A retaining device for fastening a piece of equipment with a display inside a motor vehicle has a holding apparatus with a bearing surface and a holding space for holding the piece of equipment. The holding space extends in a first direction (R1) up to a first maximum extent, and extends in a second direction (R2) perpendicular to the first direction (R1). For pieces of equipment that are smaller, the amount by which the holding space extends in the first direction (R1) can be adjusted to the length of the piece of equipment and the amount by which the holding space extends in the second direction (R2) can be adjusted to its width. For pieces of equipment that are longer, the holding space can be adjusted to the width and the amount by which the holding space extends in the second direction (R2) can be adjusted to its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bury SP.Z.O.O.
    Inventor: Henryk Bury
  • Patent number: 8861715
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing having an open portion at a part of a surface thereof, a door portion having at the open portion, a first face and a second face to be selectively exposed by rotation thereof, and a cradle having a connector and provided on the first face. The cradle is rotatable between a first attitude and a second attitude around a rotation axis line perpendicularly intersecting the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventors: Michio Waki, Jin Kimura, Satoshi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 8833716
    Abstract: A tablet mounting system for mounting a tablet. A tablet mounting system with an interface for attaching the mounted tablet to a support object. A tablet mounting system with edge retaining members to retain the tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Funk, Shaun C. Lindblad
  • Patent number: 8798260
    Abstract: Delivery of alarm system event data and audio. In certain aspects, a method for delivery of alarm system event data is described, including communicating alarm event data from an alarm system to a private telecommunications switch. In turn, the alarm event data may be communicated to a message processing gateway. The message processing gateway evaluates service parameters of the alarm system and, in certain cases, instructs the private telecommunications switch to contact a central alarm monitoring station if certain service parameters are met. In additional aspects, private telecommunications switch opens a voice channel between the private telecommunications switch and the central alarm monitoring station and communicates the alarm event data. Additionally, in response to a determination that a voice channel between the private telecommunications switch and the central alarm monitoring station remains open, the private telecommunications switch may also bridge the voice channel to the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Numerex Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffery O. Smith, Michael Gregory, Tomás Murray, Eugene D. Ary
  • Patent number: 8777173
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for removably holding an article has a base, a slider, and an urging member. The base has a stationary holding part provided on one end side of a placement part, and an operating button supported to be capable of swinging through a pivot part. The slider has a movable holding part for holding an article together with the stationary holding part, and a teeth part being provided following a sliding direction. The operating button has an operating part on one end side of the pivot part, and a claw part provided on the other end side for coupling and decoupling with the teeth part of the slider. The operating button is constantly urged by an urging spring so that sliding of the slider is restricted in a state in which the claw part is coupled with the teeth part. The coupling is released by an operation opposing the urging force of the operating part so that the slider is allowed to slide against the urging force of the urging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8752802
    Abstract: A clamping device adapted to electronic product of different dimensions, includes a base unit, a clamping member, two stoppers, a moving unit, a release unit, and two rotation units. The base unit is used for placing an electronic product on it. The clamping member clamps the electronic product by the manner of closing the stoppers. The clamp member is installed on the moving unit. The moving unit adjusts the position of the clamping member by the manner of straight moving. The two stoppers are installed on the corresponding rotation units, respectively. The two rotation units adjust positions of the two stoppers by rotary manner. The release unit may release the state of clamping the electronic product. The clamping device clamps the electronic product of different dimensions through a variety of positions of the clamping member and the two stoppers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • 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: 8668179
    Abstract: A mounting device that securely supports an electronic device to a surface such as a vehicle dashboard. The mounting device comprises a flexible base for placement on a mounting surface and a bendable frame attached to or otherwise coupled with the base to permit the base to be shaped to at least partially conform to contours on the mounting surface. The base may be partially formed of a material that provides sufficient friction between its lower surface and the mounting surface to resist unwanted movement. The frame may be formed of aluminum and may include a central portion and a plurality of appendages each independently movable about at least two axes of movement. Each of the appendages may include a connecting link joined to the central portion and a pair of arms extending from the connecting link and movable relative to one another and relative to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Joshua A. Corn, Jeffrey D. Minelli, Brian G. Schoenfish, Marcus A. Moilanen, Stephen P. Waite
  • Patent number: 8622359
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a portable device having a body with a base covered by a cover having an exterior interface surface, the base and cover substantially enclosing an interior space therebetween with two pivots in spaced apart positions between the base and cover. A pair of substantially rigid arms crossing in a substantially X-shaped pattern and spreadable about the interface surface of the cover are set within the body. Each of the arms has: a rotation portion pivotally coupled to one of the pivots, a pair of substantially upright clamping fingers adjacent to opposite distal end portions thereof and positioned externally of the interior space of the body and projected upwardly above the exterior interface surface of the cover portion thereof, and a handle projected therefrom. A biasing member is coupled between attachment points of the arms for biasing together opposing pairs of the clamping fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8600045
    Abstract: A multi-handset telephone system has a first telephone handset having an antimicrobial agent situated thereon, a first amplifier that provides built in hearing impaired support, and a first integrated volume control actuator. Further, the multi-handset telephone system has a second telephone handset having the antimicrobial agent situated thereon, a second amplifier that provides built in hearing impaired support, and a second integrated control actuator. The second telephone handset is operably connected to the first handset through a handset cord such that a first user speaks on the first handset and the second user speaks on the second handset to have a face-to face conversation with each other at the same time as having a conversation with a third party remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Language Line Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Lee Tuck, Jr., Andrey A. Bolotnikov
  • 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: 8544161
    Abstract: A method of mounting a hand-held portable telephone or other normally hand-held portable device, wherein the method includes: mounting a body of a portable device holder on a mounting surface external of the portable device holder with a base surface thereof facing substantially away from the mounting surface; rotating opposing arms apart around a central post interior of the body, whereby substantially upright opposing fingers adjacent to ends of the arms are rotated apart; inserting a portable device between the rotated apart opposing fingers; and resiliently urging together the rotated apart opposing arms, whereby opposing fingers are urged into compressive contact with the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8520838
    Abstract: A device for providing a stand with legs to support a cell phone on a flat surface, which stand may be pivoted into a spacer to maintain spacing between the phone and a user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew W. Madden
  • Patent number: 8457701
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device protects the electronic device. The case has a lower case portion and an upper case portion, which assemble together to protect the electronic device. A back of the case can include a back opening to expose a camera lens and flash of the electronic device or first and second back openings. The first back opening exposes the camera lens. The second back opening exposes the flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventor: Markus Diebel
  • Patent number: 8391930
    Abstract: A user selects a ringtone or other alert pattern that can be played to provide notification of an incoming call and provisions the user-selected alert pattern into a mobile station. The mobile station is communicatively coupled to a docking station. When the mobile station receives an incoming call, the docking station plays the user-selected alert pattern through one or more audio systems associated with the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Jason R. Delker, John M. Everson
  • Patent number: 8376301
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding portable electronic devices of different sizes is provided, including a receiving base, a first clamp unit and a second clamp unit, wherein the receiving base has a flat shape, with two opposite surfaces for receiving area and positioning area respectively. The positioning area forms a plurality of positioning sliding trenches in parallel layout. The entrances to the positioning sliding trenches are located at the edge of the receiving base. The ends away from the aforementioned edge of the positioning sliding trenches are closed. A part of the positioning sliding trenches has narrower openings than the width of the trenches. The first clamp unit and the second clamp unit include at least a positioning block respectively. The positioning blocks on the first clamp unit and the second clamp unit are inserted into positioning sliding trenches at corresponding locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Patent number: 8340339
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a headset system comprises a headset comprising a body and an earpiece, and a docking station comprising a receiving mechanism sized to receive a portion of the body. The earpiece can be located outside of the receiving mechanism when the portion of the body is coupled to the receiving mechanism. Other examples and embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorben Neu, Vijendra Nalwad, Carlos del Toro
  • Patent number: 8320597
    Abstract: An accessory for a portable electronic device having a speaker uses an acoustic wave guide to passively amplify and direct the output of the device's speaker. The accessory has a housing with a docking cavity formed therein. The docking cavity has supportive sidewalls that are adapted to receive and support the portable electronic device in an upright position. A cable access channel is formed in the docking cavity that allows a connector and cable to be coupled to the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is mounted in the docking cavity. An acoustic waveguide having a spiral shaped acoustic chamber is positioned in the housing such that an entrance to the acoustic waveguide corresponds to a hole in the docking cavity that is positioned to correspond to the location of the speaker of the device when the device is mounted in the docking chamber. The exit of the acoustic chamber corresponds to an exterior opening in a sidewall of the housing and the hole in the docking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Griffin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul P. Griffin, Jr., Benjamin T. Guy, George Anderson Cook
  • Patent number: 8306579
    Abstract: A vehicular adapter (100) provides an interface to accommodate a variety of contacts located on different surfaces of a portable radio (200). The vehicular adapter includes a rotating pocket (116), pivot arms (136, 150, 152) and a locking mechanism (126). The rotating pocket (116) provides a first set of contacts (124). One pivot arm (136) provides an antenna probe (120) on one surface of the vehicular adapter while another pivot arm (152) provides connector side contacts (122) to a side surface of the vehicular adapter. The pivot arms (136, 150, 152) pivot in response to the rotating pocket (116) being rotated thereby moving their respective contacts into position for mating with the portable radio (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Astanovsky, Leonid Goldberg, Eli Margalit, Yaakov Moseri
  • Patent number: 8276865
    Abstract: A holding device includes a holder, a connecting body, and a base. The base has a first meshing portion. The connecting body is disposed between the holder and the base, and it has a pivotal element, a limiting portion, and a second meshing portion. The second meshing portion is disposed on the limiting portion. Two ends of a surface of the pivotal element are pivotally connected with the base and the limiting portion, respectively, and thus the base and the limiting portion may rotate relative to the pivotal element. When the limiting portion rotates relative to the pivotal element, the second meshing portion is meshed with or detached from the first meshing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Fang Hsieh, Chun-Wen Chen
  • Publication number: 20120121078
    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: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Mori, Masanori Settasu, Kouji Fukushima, Yasuniri Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 8145244
    Abstract: A method and system are presented for sensing a physical position of a cordless handset with respect to a base unit. A dataset of measured line currents may be initialized. A line extension may receive a number for use in determining the position of an associated cordless handset. Stored on-base-unit and off-base-unit line currents may be accessed. A determination may be if the cordless handset is positioned on the base unit, and in response to a determination that the handset is in contact with the base unit, a desired task may proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventor: Amar Nath Ray
  • Patent number: 8099138
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding device comprising a receiving system for receiving a mobile telephone (30, 30?) provided with a device fort the wireless transmission of data and voice signals. Said holding device comprises a housing (1), an interface for a handsfree device, and a device for controlling the charging of a battery of the mobile telephone (30, 30?). The aim of the invention is to provide a holding device which enables different mobile telephones (30, 30?) to be held and operated. To this end, the receiving system can be adjusted in such a way as to receive different-sized mobile telephones (30, 30?), the holding device has an electrical output with an electrical power that can be used for charging the battery, and the device for controlling the charging is arranged in a cable (9) which is used specifically for the mobile telephone (30, 30?) and can be connected to the output on one end thereof and to the mobile telephone (30, 30?) on the other end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Bury Sp.z.o.o.
    Inventor: Roman Piekarz
  • Patent number: 8078241
    Abstract: A universal console for portable telephones with electrical connection points is disclosed, where the connecting part in the console is arranged to adapt to the design of the telephone connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Modulprodukter AS
    Inventor: Per Magnussen
  • Patent number: 8068888
    Abstract: A base has a clamp adjustably affixed to the reverse side thereof to support a cell phone. An elongated securing band is elastically attached to the base, the securing band having a transparent panel portion and a distal end including a fastener for securing the cell phone to the support by tightening the securing band around the phone and securing the fastener. The securing band is sized and shaped to allow at least partial operation of the cell phone when the cell phone is secured in the cell phone support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Garrison A. Ross, III
  • Patent number: 8041029
    Abstract: A mounting device comprises a base for placement on a vehicle dashboard or other surface; an attachment mechanism positioned on the base for removably coupling with the electronic device; a battery system including a rechargeable battery positioned within the base or the attachment mechanism for providing power to the electronic device when it is coupled to the attachment mechanism; and at least one solar cell positioned on or incorporated into the base or the attachment mechanism for charging the rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Michael R. Wiegers
  • Patent number: 8027465
    Abstract: An apparatus that can secure an electronic device and be inserted into a conventional cup holder is described. The cup holder, for example, is inside of an automobile. The electronic device being held can be a variety of devices that include a digital music player. One embodiment of the invention includes a spool about which connecting cable can be wound. Adapting sleeves that fit around the base of the apparatus can be used to adapt electronic device holder to cup holders of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Dean Rohrbach
  • 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: 7970440
    Abstract: A mobile phone holder comprising a base (6), a cover (1) connected to the base and provided with a cavity (2) for inserting a mobile phone, side protrusions (3) with guides to guide the mobile phone, and a locating base (4), the locating base having a slot (25) and plugs (9), and a push-out mechanism (5) for pushing out the mobile phone from the holder, the push-out mechanism located between the base (6) and the cover (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: BURY Sp. z o.o.
    Inventor: Henryk Bury
  • Patent number: 7945043
    Abstract: A holder effective to hold a telephone in operable association with a user's ear. The holder includes a band with a clamp formed by a cantilevered lever arm affixed to the band. Desirably, the band is adjustable to fit heads of different sizes. A telephone may be installed between the free end of the lever arm and the user's ear and cheek. An installed telephone is pressed in compression against a user's ear and cheek by a bias caused in the cantilevered arm by installation of the telephone. Preferred embodiments include provisions to adjust the clamp to fit telephones of different size and conformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Eddie R. Yazzie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7919948
    Abstract: A desktop charger holder (1) of this invention includes a holder portion (2) which stores a portable telephone (7), a base (3) which supports the holder portion (2), pivot enabling means (9, 16) for enabling the holder portion (2) to be pivotal with respect to the base (3), and holding/fixing means (10, 12) for holding and fixing the pivot angle of the holder portion (2) with respect to the base (3). The desktop charger holder (1) is configured such that a barycenter of the portable telephone (7) and the holder portion (2), when the portable telephone (7) is stored in the holder portion (2), is present on the surface of the base (3). This can provide an easy-to-use desktop charger holder (1) in which even if the angle (angle of elevation) of the holder portion (2) storing the portable telephone (7) is changed, the central position of a display screen does not change, and a barycenter exists within a specific range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7920905
    Abstract: Taught is a mobile phone holder, especially for a mechanical vehicle, having a two-part body with side clamps and provided with a coupling/locking module, which has two step-shaped side clamps (10) on both of its sides. The side clamps are provided with a tooth (14) on their upper arm and are coupled with each other by means of unlocking buttons (3). The clamps are also provided with pins, which engage with the guides and the cams in the body and thus make the clamps move with a translational motion towards the inside of the holder combined with a concurrent rotational motion towards the inside of the holder. In the end phase of this motion the clamps are locked thus also locking the mobile phone in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: BURY Sp. z o.o.
    Inventor: Henryk Bury
  • Patent number: 7889860
    Abstract: A device for stowing and deploying a handheld device such as a telecommunications handset within an aircraft or other vehicle has a housing, a pivoting cradle attached to the inner surface of the housing, means for limiting the range of permitted pivoting motion of the cradle within the housing, optional biasing means such as a coil spring between the housing and the pivoting cradle, and means for mounting the housing to a secure place in the aircraft. The cradle has an elongate base with a handset receiving section, and a pivoting mount affixed or integrally molded on each side of the housing. The symmetrical pivoting mount may be a series of at least two slots arrayed in a radius from the geometric pivot point, i.e., the axis of rotation of the handset cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Joseph Ignacio Tinoco
  • Patent number: 7864035
    Abstract: A phone, method, and system are presented for determining whether a cordless handset is positioned on a base unit of a cordless telephone. An on-base unit signal may be generated in response to a cordless handset being positioned in contact with a base unit of a cordless telephone and an off-base unit signal may be generated in response to the cordless handset not being positioned in contact with the base unit. The on-base unit signal or the off-base unit signal, depending upon the position of the cordless handset, may be communicated over a communications network with which the base unit is in communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventor: Amar Nath Ray
  • Patent number: 7861985
    Abstract: A hands-free electronic device holder for holding handheld electronic devices with a screen at or below the user's eye level at a typical distance of 20 to 30 cm is provided. The handheld electronic device is selected from MP3 players, video players, cell phones, PDAs, GPS units or other screen containing devices that display images or interacts with the user via software generated buttons. The hands-free device holder has a flexible adjustable gooseneck, the proximal end of which carries a tab having two spring pins that securely engage with a pocket member. A securement attachment means secures the pocket member to the backside of the handheld electronic device, and two lateral slots receive the pins. The distal end of the flexible adjustable gooseneck connects to a spring clip similar to a clothes line pin, which attaches the hands-free electronic device holder to an airline dining tray or a worktable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Nicolette A. Galvin
  • Patent number: 7848512
    Abstract: A personal audio device accessory includes a collar having a semi-circular back portion and two side members extending from the semi-circular back portion. The side members form an opening to enable the collar to be placed around a user's neck. An adjustable mounting clip is coupled to the semi-circular back portion to removably retain a personal audio device behind the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Kurt Eldracher
  • Patent number: 7818034
    Abstract: A holster or carry holder (100) for a mobile device (150) forms an assembly or combination (200) that includes a first housing (102) and a second housing (112) pivotably coupled to the first housing. The second housing can receive and carry the mobile device in at least a first position or closed position (FIG. 2) enabling access to a top mounted interface on the mobile device. The second housing can further pivot about a pivot point (108) to a second position substantially orthogonal to the first position enabling access to both the top interface and to a rear interface of the mobile device. The first housing can include a retention tab (104) on a top portion of the first housing for retaining the mobile device within the carry holder. The carry holder can further include a belt clip (106) coupled to the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott H. Richards
  • 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: 7769163
    Abstract: A display apparatus for an electronic device which takes on the appearance of an unrelated object is disclosed. The electronic device display apparatus has an upper surface, wherein the upper surface is shaped to resemble an unrelated object. A portion of the upper surface is moveable between an open position and a closed position. When closed, the movable surface completes the upper surface and further enhances the display properties of the device. When open, the device is suitable for holding and displaying an electronic device. Interior to the apparatus are one or more electronic device supporting surfaces to support the electronic device at the desired display position. Also interior to the apparatus is a passage which permits a user to thread or otherwise route a battery charging cord into the apparatus. The apparatus also has a bottom surface which can resemble the underside of the unrelated object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: Peter Gloede, Robert Johnson
  • Patent number: 7747009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a retaining device for the purpose of mechanically and electrically connecting a mobile user device, in particular a mobile radio telephone or a PDA, to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Audioton Kabelwerk GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Cullman
  • Patent number: RE45179
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device such as cell phones, cameras, MP3 players and PDAs wherein said case includes material at the corners to provide protection to the electronic device. To reduce bulk at the corners and allow the material forming the case to conform with the contours of the device, the protection at the corners includes strips of material defining apertures there between. The apertures provide reduction in bulk and allow the case to conform to the corners of the device therein. Alternately, the protection at the corners can be provided by other structures co-molded into the corners of the cases. Such structures include material that is of a reduced thickness than other material used in the case, or structures that are formed to conform to the corners of the case. Such structures can be joined to the material forming the panels of the case by co-molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Speculative Product Design, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick M. Bodkin, Gregg Flender, Mike Tracz