With Contact Preventer Or Retractable Cover Part Patents (Class 439/135)
  • Patent number: 11152739
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing an enclosure for protecting at least one connector of a cable. In some embodiments, an enclosure comprises an enclosure housing. The enclosure housing includes a first part and a second part. The first part of the enclosure housing is attached to the second part of the enclosure housing. The first part of the enclosure housing and the second part of the enclosure housing together define a chamber to fully enclose a connector assembly and a connector housing the at least one connector of the cable. The enclosure includes at least one opening disposed at a first end of the enclosure housing. The at least one opening is configured to allow a boot of the at least one connector or the cable of the at least one connector to extend through the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 11114777
    Abstract: A battery clamp having a first inner metal battery clamp member having a handle portion and a clamp portion, a second inner metal battery clamp member having a handle portion and a clamp portion, a first outer insulating battery clamp member having a handle portion and a clamp portion connected to the first inner metal battery clamp, and a second outer insulating battery clamp member having a handle portion and a clamp portion connected to the second inner metal battery clamp. The first inner metal battery clamp member and/or the second inner metal battery clamp member having an inclined connection plate for connection with a battery cable, the inclined connect plate configured to allow a user to access the inclined access plate with a tool while avoiding interference with the handle portions of the battery clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE NOCO COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Lewis Nook, William Knight Nook, Sr., James Richard Stanfield, Derek Michael Underhill
  • Patent number: 11088478
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a body having an accommodating hole running vertically therethrough, and a conductive terminal accommodated in the accommodating hole. The conductive terminal includes: an upper terminal, having an upper base and an upper elastic arm formed by extending from the upper base; an upper connecting member, fixed on the upper base in a front-rear direction to be connected to a first strip; a lower terminal, electrically connected with the upper terminal and having a lower base and a lower elastic arm extending from the lower base; and a lower connecting member, fixed on the lower base in the front-rear direction to be connected to a second strip. The upper terminal, the lower terminal, the upper connecting member and the lower connecting member are formed separately. The upper extending portion and the lower extending portion are provided side by side and jointly positioned in the accommodating hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chien Chih Ho, Zuo Feng Jin
  • Patent number: 11081827
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a protecting cover and a board edge connector. The protecting cover is used to a board edge connector. An insulating housing of the board edge connector comprises a board edge slot and a tower portion at least positioned at an end of the board edge slot. Two positions of the tower portion provide a guiding groove and a pair of clamping arms, the guiding groove and the pair of clamping arms are spaced apart from each other, therefore, in the mating process and the unmating process, it maintains stable path and position and provides a holding force. A side edge portion of the protecting cover comprises a stopping block. The stopping block can correspondingly stop onto an inner wall of the tower portion, prevent warpage or deflection deformation of the insulating housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Soh Eng-Kan
  • Patent number: 10954666
    Abstract: An anchor device for a floor, the anchor device comprising an article securing arrangement to which an article can be secured. The article has a moveable securing mechanism. The article securing arrangement defines a cavity to receive the moveable securing mechanism, and the article securing arrangement includes a co-operating means to co-operate with the moveable securing mechanism in the cavity and secure the article to the anchor device. The anchor device has a height which is no more than 30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Alan Somerfield
  • Patent number: 10826227
    Abstract: The connector system of the present invention includes a crimp housing and a floating block. A passage extending in a longitudinal direction is formed in the crimp housing. The floating block is disposed in the passage of the crimp housing and has an interior passage extending in the longitudinal direction for receiving a back post of a connector. The floating block may make limited three-dimensional movements with respect to the crimp housing. The connectors seated in the connector system of the present invention may be independently moved with respect to each other thereby properly aligning with an adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Leeca Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Muh-Chen Yang
  • Patent number: 10770830
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) cover connecting structure of an electronic product is provided, including a USB cover, covering a USB port of the electronic product, and disposed on a case of the electronic product. A first extending part and a second extending part are disposed on opposite ends of the USB cover, and a first gap and a second gap are formed between the first extending part, the second extending part, and sidewalls of the USB cover, so that while one of first and second extending parts is pressed, the other one of the first and second extending parts will be lifted, thereby forming a digging position for a finger to easily pull the USB cover out. Costs of molds and production are reduced due to removal of a groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: JRD Communication Inc.
    Inventor: Wangfa Zhan
  • Patent number: 10680378
    Abstract: A wire cover (30) is to be mounted on a housing (10) having wires (W) drawn out from a wire draw-out surface (12) on a rear end and including a cut portion (25) open in an outer peripheral surface and includes a tubular holding portion (31) configured to surround an outer periphery of the housing (10), and a projection (38) formed on an inner surface of the tubular holding portion (31) and configured to restrict forward separation of the housing (10) from the tubular holding portion (31) by being fit into the cut portion (25). Since a front stop wall to which a front surface of the housing (10) is to be locked need not be formed on a front end of the tubular holding portion (31), miniaturization in a front-rear direction can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyohito Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10566748
    Abstract: A coaxial connector has a selectively engageable radio frequency interference shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Holland Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Holland
  • Patent number: 10522936
    Abstract: An electrical outlet safety cover consisting of a cover plate and removable caps to cover and prevent access by children to underlying electrical outlet. The cover plate replaces a standard electrical cover plate on an electrical outlet and fastens to the electrical outlet with an attachment screw in the center of the safety cover. The rear side of the cover plate is provided with slot housings on the top sides and bottom on each electrical socket access opening into which legs, provided on the child-proof safety caps, insert as a means of fastening or removing the caps over the electrical outlet. A slot housing surrounds each slot to prevent the legs on the safety cap from inserting too far inward when inserting or removing the caps from the cover plate. The caps are sufficiently large to cover the attachment screw and to prevent choking by a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Dale Martin
  • Patent number: 10389053
    Abstract: Various apparatus and methods of electrically connecting a packaged integrated circuit to a circuit board are disclosed. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a first frame to be mounted on the circuit board and having a first end. An insulating housing is adapted to be mounted on the circuit board and positioned in the first frame. A second frame is pivotally coupled to the first frame. The second frame includes two spaced-apart rail members and a cross member coupled to and between the rail members opposite the first end of the second frame. The rail members are operable to receive the packaged integrated circuit. The second frame has at least one engagement member to engage a first portion of the insulating housing when the second frame is pivoted toward the insulating housing. A third frame is pivotally coupled to the first frame to apply force to the packaged integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Heng, Mahesh S. Hardikar, Sanjay Dandia
  • Patent number: 10365470
    Abstract: An endoscope including: an endoscope shaft having an outer tube and an inner tube rotatable relative to each other, the outer tube radially surrounding the inner tube; a first optical assembly disposed in a distal region of the endoscope shaft and being accommodated in and/or operated by the outer tube; a second optical assembly disposed in the distal region and being accommodated in the inner tube; an axial bearing arranged between the outer tube and the inner tube in a proximal region of the endoscope shaft wherein the axial bearing includes an outer ring associated with the outer tube and an inner ring associated with the inner tube; and a fixing device for the axial bearing, the fixing device including a first elastomer body provided for the outer ring of the axial bearing and/or a second elastomer body provided for the inner ring of the axial bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Alrun Thuemen
  • Patent number: 10361505
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector and a cover set used with the connector. The connector includes an insulative housing and a plurality of contacts retained in the housing. Each contact extends beyond both the upper surface and the lower surface of the base of the housing. The cover set includes an upper cover and a lower cover independently detachably attached to the housing and respectively covering the upper portion and the lower portion of the housing for protecting the extending exposed contacts wherein the upper cover further provides holding/suction device for mounting the connector to the printed circuit board after the lower cover is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 10355405
    Abstract: A device-side connector (10) includes a plurality of male terminals (11) and a locking portion (13) for locking a mating connector. The male terminals (11) and the locking portion (13) are disposed on a peripheral surface of a device having a hollow cylindrical shape. The locking portion (13) is disposed side by side with the plurality of male terminals (11) on an outer peripheral surface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kosuke Sone
  • Patent number: 10326241
    Abstract: A bracket to lock cell phone chargers or other electronic chargers to an electrical outlet into which they are plugged. This is to prevent unauthorized borrowing, theft or other removal of said chargers or charging wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Ira Sheldon Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10250185
    Abstract: A functionally integrated detachable photovoltaic module junction box has a base part and an upper cover part. The base part has string ports and two power supply ports. The string port electrically connects to strings on a photovoltaic module. The upper cover part has a circuit board therein. The circuit board has an optimizing and monitoring circuit and multiple electrical connection pieces connected to the optimizing and monitoring circuit. The electrical connection pieces are detachably connected to the string ports and the power supply port on the base part, for the optimizing and monitoring circuit to perform such functions as component optimization, monitoring, communication and shutdown on the photovoltaic module. Use of the junction box reduces the production, assembly and maintenance costs. When the junction box requires maintenance, only the upper cover part is needed to be replaced, thereby quickly completing the repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Enmagic Energy Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Fang, Jian Zuo, Jian-Bin Tong, Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 10236653
    Abstract: A pick and place cap is configured to facilitate picking and placing a connector when the cap is assembled to the connector. The cap includes a first wall defining a width, W, and a length, L of the cap. A second wall extends perpendicularly from the first wall and defines a height, H, of the cap. The cap also includes spaced apart parallel first, second, and third ribs extending from the first and second walls. Each of the first, second, and third ribs have the same first width, W1, and the same first height, H1. The first width and first height are less than the respective width and height of the cap. The cap includes spaced apart parallel fourth and fifth ribs disposed between and parallel to the second and third ribs. The fourth and fifth ribs are spaced part from the second wall and extend from the first wall. Each of the fourth and fifth ribs have the same second height, H2, which is greater than the first height, H1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: YunLong Qiao, Saujit Bandhu
  • Patent number: 10185357
    Abstract: A waterproof apparatus includes a case having a communication hole that allows an inside and an outside of the case to communicate with each other, and a waterproof cap that closes the communication hole, wherein a first contact surface and a second contact surface extend in the communication hole and at different levels, wherein the waterproof cap includes a plate-like first elastic member that is longer than the communication hole in a long-side direction of the communication hole, and a second elastic member attached to a surface of the first elastic member, the surface facing the communication hole, and wherein when the first elastic member that is in a bent state is brought into contact with the first contact surface, the waterproof cap is retained on an inner wall of the communication hole with a restoring force exerted by the first elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Kanbayashi, Shingo Yamaguchi, Hayato Shida, Satoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10128610
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a socket which is placed in the housing and includes a first protruding member having a first terminal connectable to a first connector and a second connector, a second protruding member having a second terminal connectable to the second connector, and one recess which is formed around the first protruding member and the second protruding member and between the first protruding member and the second protruding member, and a tilt restraining member configured to restrain the first connector fitted with the first protruding member from tilting toward the second protruding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masaya Takamori, Shigeru Yonemura
  • Patent number: 10116076
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector with an insulative housing retaining a plurality of conductive contacts therein, and a clip positioned by one end of the housing and adapted to be mounted upon a loading cavity in the housing. The clip includes a mounting section for mounting to the PCB, and a holding section forming a holding cavity for holding the CPU wherein the holding section is rotatable relative to the mounting section and adapted to be downwardly pressed by the load plate which is pivotally mounted by the other end of the housing opposite to the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Fang-Jwu Liao
  • Patent number: 10114176
    Abstract: A preconnectorized outdoor cable streamlines the deployment of optical waveguides into the last mile of an optical network. The preconnectorized outdoor cable includes a cable and at least one plug connector. The plug connector is attached to a first end of the cable, thereby connectorizing at least one optical waveguide. The cable has at least one optical waveguide, at least one tensile element, and a cable jacket. Various cable designs such as figure-eight or flat cables may be used with the plug connector. In preferred embodiments, the plug connector includes a crimp assembly having a crimp housing and a crimp band. The crimp housing has two half-shells being held together by the crimp band for securing the at least one tensile element. When fully assembled, the crimp housing fits into a shroud of the preconnectorized cable. The shroud aides in mating the preconnectorized cable with a complimentary receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Gimblet, Xin Liu, Stuart Reams Melton, David Allen Thompson, Hieu Vinh Tran, Richard Steven Wagman
  • Patent number: 10101397
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle network integrated in an electric vehicle and a display device disposed in the electric vehicle. The display device is communicatively coupled to the vehicle network. The system also includes a computer processor communicatively coupled to the vehicle network and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to implement a method. The method includes monitoring, over the vehicle network, components relating to a charging function of the electric vehicle and determining from data resulting from the monitoring factors affecting the charging function. The method also includes processing the data to determine an impact of the factors and displaying results of the processing on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Robert B. Cooley, William M. Hare, Michael A. Assenmacher, Nicholas J. Hainer
  • Patent number: 10090650
    Abstract: An exemplary safety cover for a power panel includes at least one body, at least one connector, and at least one gripping portion. The body has a first surface and a second surface substantially parallel to and spaced apart from the first surface. A perimeter wall extends between at least a portion of a perimeter of the first surface to at least a portion of a perimeter of the second surface. The connector has a perimeter wall that extends from the second surface of the body to a distal end. A plurality of relief areas are located in the perimeter wall proximate the distal end of the connector. The connector also includes at least one stop that is spaced apart from the distal end of the perimeter wall. The connector is configured to removably engage at least one of a connector and an opening of the power panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LayerZero Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Galm, Mijo Dejanovic, Milind Bhanoo
  • Patent number: 10020623
    Abstract: An electric circuit jumper cable assembly having a plurality of leads electrically connected serially at first ends of the leads to form an electrical junction within a bus within a housing; a plurality of terminals individually connected at second ends of the leads, each terminal having: a base, an electrically conductive tip in the base electrically connected to one of the leads; and a cover element relative to the base that selectively shields at least a portion of the electrically conductive tip. The electric circuit jumper cable assembly is useful for convenient testing of electrical circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Hughie Meehan
  • Patent number: 10020617
    Abstract: A lock device for electronic apparatus includes a lock body and a lock-operating unit. The lock body is configured for correspondingly plugging into a port on an electronic apparatus and has at least one protruded section formed therein for tightly abutting on a protrusion located to one lateral side of a plurality of terminals in the port, so that the lock body is locked to the port. And, the lock body locked to the port can be pulled out of the port only with a specific corresponding lock-operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Ching-Hu Kung
  • Patent number: 9985381
    Abstract: A housing assembly for a waterproof connector includes a housing, a sealing device, and a protective cover. The housing has a sealing chamber receiving a seal. The sealing device is movable to cover the seal in the sealing chamber. The protective cover covers the seal and the sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Lam Nguyen Nhu, Wolfgang Mueller, Andy Sattler
  • Patent number: 9979120
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing 10 provided with cavities 13 for accommodating terminal fittings and connectable to a mating connector, a cover 50 configured to cover wires pulled out from the connector housing 10 by being mounted on a cover mounting surface 10A side of the connector housing 10 opposite to a connection surface, locking pieces 55 deflectably provided on both side surfaces of the cover 50 and configured to lock the cover 50 to the connector housing 10 by projecting toward the connector housing 10, and protection walls 37 provided on the connector housing 10, the other locking piece 55 coming into contact with the protection wall 37 when being pushed in an unlocking direction when one of the locking pieces 55 is unlocked and the cover 50 is inclined with respect to the connector housing 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mizuho Fujimura
  • Patent number: 9893458
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is used for connecting to a chip module. The electrical connector assembly includes an electrical connector and a dust-proof cover. The electrical connector includes an insulative housing, a plurality of terminals and a shell covering the insulative housing. The insulative housing includes a second cavity for receiving the chip module. The shell defines an opening corresponding to the second cavity. The dust-proof cover includes a dust-proof portion covering the opening and a pair of inclined pushing portions protruding from the dust-proof portion to the second cavity. The dust-proof cover has a plurality of supporting portions for supporting the dust-proof portion. The supporting portions separate from the shell when the inclined pushing portion is pushed by the chip module, and the dust-proof cover separates from the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Quan Wang, Fu-Jin Peng, Shan-Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 9859655
    Abstract: A smart plug system includes, in an embodiment, a smart plug that may be securable to an electrical outlet by way of an anti-theft device. The anti-theft device may include in an embodiment: a body securable to the electrical outlet; and a protrusion that extends from the body and which may extend into an aperture of the smart plug to secure the smart plug to the electrical outlet when the smart plug is plugged into an electrical outlet. In an embodiment, the smart plug may be configured to be customizable in appearance by including a plurality of different covers that may be secured to a face of the smart plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BOSS Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Greg W. Puschnigg, Mike Krummey
  • Patent number: 9833020
    Abstract: An electronic smoking system (50) is disclose that comprises a mobile telephone (52) having a carrying case (152) and an electronic smoking apparatus (100) that fits within the carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Roni Shabat
  • Patent number: 9761983
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly is provided with an electrically conductive terminal received within a receptacle. A longitudinal guide body is received within the receptacle in engagement with the terminal. The guide body has an aperture formed therethrough, which is sized to receive a pin through the aperture. At least one fastener extends from the guide body to provide an interference fit with a housing of the receptacle. A retainer is also provided with at least one fastener extending from a guide body to fasten the retainer to the receptacle. A charge assembly is also provided with a handle housing. A shoulder extends transversely from the guide body to engage a distal end of the receptacle and to position the guide body relative to the receptacle. A sleeve extends from the shoulder at least partially over the receptacle housing. The sleeve is formed integrally with the handle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Allen Leo Mott, Michael Glick
  • Patent number: 9755447
    Abstract: A USB charging device that is designed for installation in wet and/or environments where corrosive moisture (e.g., saltwater) are prevalent including a water tight enclosure that includes a door that is biased to a closed position to form a water tight seal over a USB receptacle. The device includes an intermediate seal that seals between the USB receptacles and the power electronics situated in the lower portion of the device. The device is also provided such that the lower portion may be slid into the upper portion to form a mechanical interlock and form an electrical connection between the upper and lower portions while simultaneously forming a water tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Carling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Ries, Zoltan Bertalan, Trevor Fitch
  • Patent number: 9705257
    Abstract: A plug connector for protecting an electrical system, in particular an electronic device, a semiconductor component or cable harness, against overvoltage discharge, includes contact pins embedded in a plastic body, wherein the plastic has an area between the contact pins that exhibits an electrical resistance with an essentially electrically insulating property within an operating range up to a limiting voltage, and further exhibits a diminished electrical resistance above the limiting voltage, allowing a discharge of the overvoltages between the contact pins. A method of manufacturing the plug connector and its use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Kurt Stimpfl
  • Patent number: 9632268
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a housing and a sealing unit that fits within a sealing unit opening of the housing. The sealing unit provides a seal around cable ports and provides a peripheral seal between the housing and the sealing unit. The sealing unit can include a sealant arrangement and an actuation arrangement for pressurizing the sealant arrangement within the sealing unit opening. The actuation arrangement can include inner and outer pressurization structures between which the sealant arrangement is positioned. The actuation arrangement includes first and second actuators each movable between a non-actuated position and an actuated position. When the first and second actuators are moved towards the actuated positions, the first and second actuators generate first and second seal pressurization forces that press the sealant arrangement between the first and second pressurization structures, and the first and second seal pressurization forces are transferred through respective first and second springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Philippe Coenegracht, Dirk Jozef G. Van De Weyer, Mohamed Aznag
  • Patent number: 9601879
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly that includes a female and male connector assembly. The female assembly includes a primary female housing including two female terminals. A secondary female housing including two female terminals short circuited to one another. The secondary female housing affixed to a side of the primary female housing. A male connector assembly including a primary male housing including two male terminals. The two male terminals in contact with the two female terminals of the primary female housing when the primary male housing is seated in the primary female housing for providing electrical energy to the electrical component. A secondary male housing including two male terminals. The secondary male housing affixed to a side of the primary male housing, wherein at least one of the two male terminals have a shorter length than the at least two male terminals of the primary male housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wen-Chiao Lin, Xinyu Du, Youssef A. Ghoneim, Daniel Demitrish
  • Patent number: 9515435
    Abstract: A retractable USB connector includes an outer housing case, an inner housing case, and a positioning assembly. The outer housing case has an opening. The inner housing case includes a USB connector disposed at a first end of the inner housing case, a press portion disposed at a second end of the inner housing case, and the inner housing case disposed in the outer housing case. The positioning assembly is disposed between the outer housing case and the inner housing case. The positioning assembly includes a swinging member defining a positioning sliding-track and a guiding column, disposed in the positioning sliding-track. When the guiding column is located at a positioning area of the positioning sliding-track, the positioning assembly fixes the relative position of the outer housing case with respect to the inner housing case, and the USB connector is protruded from the opening of the outer housing case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Chien-Lin Cheng, Chia-Hsiang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9502808
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle including a body having a plurality of electrical connections a device face connected to the body, wherein the device face is slidable with respect to the body. An electrical device including a body having a face, a locking mechanism positioned within the body, and wherein the locking mechanism interacts with an electrical plug when the face is slide to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldwin, Ryan Liebengood
  • Patent number: 9494971
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a display portion including a display screen; a main body portion including upper and bottom surfaces; and a coupling portion to couple the display portion with the main body portion such that the display portion becomes rotatable between a first state where the display screen faces the upper surface and a second state where the display screen forms a predetermined angle with respect to the upper surface, the main body portion including a pair of side surfaces, and a first connector connectable with a first external connector and includes a lower surface exposed from the bottom surface, the display portion including a first leg portion that protrudes to be positioned lower than the bottom surface in the second state and comes into contact with a surface on which the main body portion is placed to form a predetermined tilt with respect to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Manabu Watabe, Takashi Nakamura, Kazuto Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9478928
    Abstract: A multi-function connectable data cable includes a first connector, a second connector, and a cable. The first connector includes a connector main body and an insertion end. The connector main body is provided with a socket for electrically connecting with the insertion end of another data cable. The connector main body is provided with the socket to mate with the insertion end of the first connector of anther same-model data cable, so that several data cables can be electrically connected in series for multi-function use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Jing Cao, Haotian Shi, Zhenbin Qin, Penghua Xiang, Yi Xian
  • Patent number: 9426917
    Abstract: A socket assembly, adapted for connecting IC package to a printed circuit board, comprises an insulative housing, a plurality of conductive contacts received in the insulative housing; and a pick up cap covering the insulative housing. The pick up cap has a position unit and a moving unit assembled to the position unit. The moving unit is movable relative to the position unit in a horizontal direction. The moving unit has a plurality of latch latching the insulative housing to retain the pick up cap to the insulative housing when the moving unit slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Shuo-Hsiu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9392869
    Abstract: A clamp is provided for securing a device at an opening formed in a mounting surface, such as a table, desk, wall panel, or the like. The clamp includes a substantially vertical member with upper and lower portions, an outwardly extending member that projects outwardly from the vertical member, and an adjustable clamp member that is mounted to the outwardly-extending leg and can be tightened or loosened for installing or removing the clamp. The upper portion of the vertical member engages an interior surface of the mounting surface, while another projection extends from the vertical member and engages a sidewall of the device being secured to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Thomas A. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9368900
    Abstract: A power socket structure for outdoor electric extension line is disclosed, comprising one or more power sockets, a socket body including a first pivotal axis and a second pivotal axis, a fixation case and a cone, wherein the cone is fixedly combined with at least a sidewall of the fixation case, and the socket body is pivotally connected onto the fixation case such that the socket body can rotate within the fixation case. Upon inserting a power plug of an electric product into the power socket, the power plug can bring the socket body to rotate within the fixation case so that the power socket of the socket body always faces towards the electric product thereby preventing the product power line of the power plug from wrapping around the socket body which may otherwise cause troublesome power line entanglements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Li-Chun Lai
  • Patent number: 9357658
    Abstract: A dual-personality extended USB (EUSB) system supports both USB and EUSB devices using an extended 9-pin EUSB socket. Each EUSB device includes a PCBA having four standard USB metal contact pads, and several extended purpose contact springs disposed on an upper side of a PCB. A single-shot molding process is used to form a molded housing over passive components and IC dies disposed on the lower PCB surface. The passive components are mounted using SMT methods, and the IC dies are mounted using COB methods. The extended 9-pin EUSB socket includes standard USB contacts and extended use contacts that communicate with the PCBA through the standard USB metal contacts and the contact springs. The EUSB device is optionally used as a modular insert that is mounted onto a metal or plastic case to provide a EUSB assembly having a plug shell similar to a standard USB male connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Super Talent Technology, Corp.
    Inventors: Jim Chin-Nan Ni, Nan Nan, Abraham C. Ma
  • Patent number: 9331416
    Abstract: A touch proof connector is contemplated. The connector may be comprised of a conducting body with a non-conducting end cap. The touch-proof connector may be included within a charging receptacle of a vehicle to facilitate establishing electrical connection with a connector assembly of a plug-in charging system. The non-conducting end cap may be configured to facilitate insulating a tip of the touch-proof connector from human contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Brantley Natter
  • Patent number: 9306313
    Abstract: A first adapter arrangement includes a housing having a sealing end supporting the housing in a vertical wall opening of a casing containing an electronics device, and a connecting end extending externally of the casing for connection with the housing of a companion adapter arrangement. A pair of resilient generally-annular longitudinally-spaced seal members are mounted concentrically about the adapter housing sealing portion for sealing the space between the adapter housing outer surface and the adjacent surface of the casing wall opening. An electrical connector mounted in a through passage contained in the adapter housing includes a conductor contact end connected with the conductors of the electrical device, and a connector contact end adapted for connection with the corresponding contacts of a companion second adapter arrangement. A fastening device serves to connect together the adjacent ends of the adapter housings of the first and second arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Heggemann, Hans Schlingmann
  • Patent number: 9209542
    Abstract: An electronic card protecting mechanism is adapted to an electronic device including a casing. The electronic card protecting mechanism includes a base, a substrate, an elastic component and a positioning component. The base is slidably disposed in the casing and has a covering plate having a slot. The substrate is disposed on the base and aligned to the slot. When the base is located at a first position, an opening of the casing is covered by the covering plate. When the base resists an elastic force of the elastic component and moves to a second position, the positioning component positions the base and the opening is aligned to the slot, such that the electronic card is adapted to be plugged to or unplugged from the substrate through the opening. When the base is released by the positioning component, the base is restored by the elastic force of the elastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Yung Shih, Feng-Ming Chang, Yu-Ling Lee
  • Patent number: 9060653
    Abstract: A bath spout cover is provided that includes a body structure having an upper portion, two opposing side portions, and a front portion; a receiving area defined between the upper portion, the two opposing side portions, and the front portion; a strap spanning the two opposing side portions, said strap being adjustable on at least one of the side portions of the body structure; and at least one aperture defined by one of the side portions of the body structure, said aperture for receiving an end of the strap. Further provided are methods for securing a bath spout cover to a bath spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SKIP HOP, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Henderson, Janet Villano, Ellen Diamant, Elizabeth Zack
  • Patent number: 9048642
    Abstract: An electrical outlet raceway that eliminates the necessity of daisy chaining or doubling of electrical cords within the raceway. The electrical outlet raceway includes a modular system of several components that can be assembled together in order to provide additional electrical outlets on a wall, including a raceway back plate, a cordless receptacle, a raceway cover, a coupler, and one or more faceplates for attaching a high or low voltage component to the raceway. The electrical outlet raceway may also include a corner, end caps, and means for attaching faceplates to the raceway. Cordless receptacles enable the use of off-the-shelf electrical cords, thus allowing the installer to plan a given installation and obtain the proper number and lengths of electrical cords required to construct the planned installation. This eliminates the inefficiencies caused by the corded receptacles of conventional electrical raceways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas J. Gretz
  • Publication number: 20150147898
    Abstract: A connector is mateable with a mating connector along a predetermined direction. The connector comprises a holding member, a plurality of contacts and a plurality of contact prevention members. The holding member includes a holding portion. The plurality of contacts include held portions and main portions, respectively. The held portions are held by the holding portion. The main portions extend from the held portions, respectively, in the predetermined direction. The main portions project over the holding portion in the predetermined direction. Each of the main portions has a tubular shape. Each of the contact prevention members is made of insulator. The contact prevention members occupy insides of the main portions, respectively. The contact prevention members project over the main portions, respectively, in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Masakazu MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150146411
    Abstract: An electrical power socket comprising a well having an electrically conductive well portion having a proximal and a distal end; a connector part for receiving electrical connections to an electrical power supply disposed at the distal end of the well portion; a first electrical contact being provided in electrical isolation from the well portion at the distal end of the well portion, the first electrical contact being electrically connected to a first electrical connection of the connector part; the well portion being electrically connected to a second electrical connection of the connector part; and an electrically insulating sleeve portion being provided at the proximal end of the well portion forming an electrically insulating portion of the well, the sleeve portion adapted to be disposed in an opening in a receiving panel, whereby the insulating sleeve portion prevents an electrically conductive foreign object that is inserted in the well and electrically contacts the first electrical contact from simulta
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory J. Holland, Ali El-Haj, Salmen Abroug