With Provision For Transverse Receipt Of Lamp Contact Patents (Class 439/239)
  • Patent number: 11304789
    Abstract: An oral cavity treatment device including a power component and a tray component that are detachably coupled together. The power component may include a housing having a cavity and a power source located therein. The tray component may include a tooth receiving channel and may have a first electrode and a second electrode located on opposite sides of the tooth receiving channel. The tray component may be detachably coupled to the power component in: (1) a first configuration whereby the first electrode is operably coupled to a positive terminal of the power source and the second electrode is operably coupled to a negative terminal of the power source; and (2) a second configuration whereby the first electrode is operably coupled to the negative terminal of the power source and the second electrode is operably coupled to the positive terminal of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Erin Speicher, Leighton Davies-Smith
  • Patent number: 8840261
    Abstract: A lamp socket including a socket terminal, a backlight assembly having the lamp socket and a display device having the backlight assembly are provided. The socket terminal includes a base part, an extending part, a stopper part, an electrode insertion part and a wire connection member. The extending part is extended from the base part, is angled with respect to the base part, and includes a space to receive an electrode of a lamp. The stopper part extends from the extending part and isolates the space at an end of the extending part. The electrode insertion part is extended from the stopper part, wherein application of pressure on the electrode insertion part separates sides of the stopper part to provide access to the space. The wire connection member is extended from the base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Min Choi
  • Patent number: 8657615
    Abstract: A lamp tube socket structure includes a base, an elastic element, an abutting element, a cover and a metal clip, and the base has an actuating portion, a support pillar extended transversally from the actuating portion and comprised of two wings, and an elastic element is contained in the support pillar, and the abutting element is passed and installed to the two wings of the support pillar and pushed by the elastic element, and the cover has a covering portion, an embedding hole formed on the covering portion, and the cover is combined with the base, and a metal clip containing portion is formed between the covering portion and the actuating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Ming-Hai Sun
  • Publication number: 20130329399
    Abstract: The present invention provides a backlight module and a lamp socket structure thereof. The lamp socket uses a conductive sleeve to receive and electrically connect to a lead wire of a backlight lamp, and the conductive sleeve is extended downward to form two elastic plug plates for connecting to two elastic receptacle plates of a conductive receptacle. Then, the conductive receptacle is further connected to an insulation base. The design of the present invention can efficiently avoid the lamp breakage problem due to vibrations of lead wires, so as to surely increase the stability of mounting lamps and the reliability of electrically connecting to the lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Yu
  • Publication number: 20130288499
    Abstract: A pair of electrical engagement brackets for a multiple pin fluorescent bulb. A first bracket is configured with two horizontal apertures on an inside face of the bracket. Each bracket is dimensionally sized and spaced from the other to permit insertion engagement and holding of two end pins of one end of the fluorescent bulb. The horizontal apertures are each sized to permit the other end of the bulb to be vertically moved for engagement with an opposite facing bracket. The opposite facing bracket is configured with two vertical slots with a lower end open access, wherein the vertical slots are positioned and configured to permit two other end pins of the fluorescent bulb to be inserted therein by an upward vertical movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Ervin Hoffman
  • Patent number: 8491142
    Abstract: Provided is a backlight assembly which can be assembled with increased efficiency and has improved reliability. The backlight assembly includes a fluorescent lamp which includes a fluorescent lamp tube and a pair of lamp leads formed at each end of the fluorescent lamp tube, end caps which surround each end of the fluorescent lamp tube and fix the lamp leads in place, and a power supply terminal units which supply power to the lamp leads, wherein an end cap exposes at least part of each of the lamp leads corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-Chul Bae
  • Patent number: 8491324
    Abstract: A lamp holder connector adapted for connecting with a lamp includes a first holder, a second holder, a connecting part, at least two buckling ears, a first terminal assembled in the first holder and a second terminal assembled in the second holder to electrically connect with the first terminal. Two opposite sides of the first holder defines two restraining arms. The second holder defines an accommodating chamber for receiving the connecting part therein. The connecting part defines an accommodating space for receiving the first holder therein. The two buckling ears are pivotally fastened to two sides of the connecting part. Two tops of the two buckling ears are matched with the restraining arms. Each buckling ear has at least one propping portion projecting into the accommodating space to prop up the first holder under rotating actions of the buckling ears when the lamp holder connector is disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Proconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mei-Chuan Yang, Chin-Te Chiu
  • Patent number: 8427809
    Abstract: Precursor polymers to conjugated polymers, such as poly(phenylene vinylene), poly(poly(thiophene vinylene), poly(aniline vinylene), and poly(pyrrole vinylene), can be used as thermally switchable capacitor dielectrics that fail at a specific temperature due to the non-conjugated precursor polymer irreversibly switching from an insulator to the conjugated polymer, which serves as a bleed resistor. The precursor polymer is a good dielectric until it reaches a specific temperature determined by the stability of the leaving groups. Conjugation of the polymer backbone at high temperature effectively disables the capacitor, providing a ‘built-in’ safety mechanism for electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn M. Dirk, Ross S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8277240
    Abstract: A connector has a first member connectable to a first object and a second member connectable to a second object. The second member is arranged so as to restrict movement of the first member in a first horizontal direction. The connector also has a connection member configured to connect the first member and the second member to each other so that the first member is movable relative to the second member in a second horizontal direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Tetsu Urano
  • Patent number: 8167477
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a body receiving a lamp, and a power supplying member disposed inside the body, the power supplying member a conductive elastomer, the power supplying member electrically interconnecting the lamp and an inverter substrate on which an inverter is mounted. The power supplying member includes a lamp connector receiving a lead wire of the lamp, and an inverter connector formed integrally with the lamp connector, wherein the inverter connector receives a protrusion of the inverter substrate to encircle the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-Hwan Chung, Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi, Yong-Woo Lee, Hyun-Chul Bae, Cheol-Yong Noh
  • Patent number: 8113859
    Abstract: A lamp socket constructed to achieve an ultrathin display device and minimize friction sound due to thermal expansion and shrinkage, and a display device having the lamp socket are provided. The lamp socket includes a first body part, a connection terminal that is connected to the first body part and is electrically connected to a lead of a lamp, a second body part that is spaced apart from the first body part, an elastic part that connects the first body part with the second body part and expands or shrinks in a lengthwise direction of the lamp, and a fixing part that extends from the second body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jung-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 8079858
    Abstract: A connector is configured to hold a lamp extending in a first direction. The connector includes a housing and a terminal. The terminal includes a first connection portion configured to establish connection with a lamp contact portion formed on the lamp, a second connection portion including a first contact and a second contact located at different positions in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a fixed portion pressed in the housing along the second direction and located between the first connection portion and the second connection portion in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Takeharu Naito
  • Patent number: 8070313
    Abstract: A backlight structure comprises a frame, a circuit board, and a connector. The frame has an opening. The circuit board is located below the frame and has a through hole, wherein the through hole aligns with the opening. The connector passes through the opening and the through hole, protrudes from a surface of the frame, and is electrically connected to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chuan-Ho Cheng, Chih-Kang Wu, Kuo-Cheng Huang, Shih-Che Fu
  • Patent number: 8061862
    Abstract: Provided is a backlight assembly which includes integral power supply sockets and ground sockets, in which the number of parts is reduced in addition to the manufacturing cost. The backlight assembly includes a lamp including a lamp tube and an electrode that protrudes beyond either end of the lamp tube, a power supply socket including a first plate that has a first guide groove through which the electrode is inserted and a plate spring that is disposed on one side of the first plate and fixes the electrode in the first guide groove by pressurizing the electrode, and a bottom chassis containing the lamp and the power supply socket therein, in which the first plate and the plate spring are formed of a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-sik Choi, Du-hwan Chung, Cheol-yong Noh
  • Patent number: 8038458
    Abstract: A fluorescent lampholder with a top portion for supporting a fluorescent lamp and a base portion with a wire opening located on the bottom surface of the base that receives wires without exposing the wires to the exterior surface of a fixture. The lampholder is capable of supporting various types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps such as “tall”, “medium” and “small” T-8 fluorescent lamps as well as other types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Patent number: 8007300
    Abstract: A bipin fluorescent-lamp holder has a housing formed with an outwardly open housing mouth and a rotor rotatable in the housing adjacent the mouth about an axis and having a diametrally throughgoing rotor slot. The rotor is rotatable between an installation position with the rotor slot aligned with the slot and an angularly offset contact position with the slot not aligned with the mouth. The rotor and housing are so dimensioned as to receive the pins extending parallel to the axis and to move the pins in a circular orbit centered on the axis on rotation of the rotor in the housing, and contacts in the housing diametrally flanking the axis each having a main part lying outside the orbit and a contact part engageable into the orbit. The contacts pins are aligned with the slot and project into ends of the slot and into engagement with the pins only in the contact position of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: BJB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karl-Wilhelm Vogt, Hartmut Greschner, Markus Nasse
  • Patent number: 8007123
    Abstract: A backlight includes a cold cathode fluorescent lamp, a container for receiving the same and a liquid crystal display, device having the container. The lamp includes a lamp tube, a first electrode having a first end disposed inside the lamp tube and a second end disposed outside the lamp tube and a second electrode plated on an outer surface of the lamp tube. The cold cathode fluorescent lamp is easily coupled/separated to/from the container having a clip type power-supplying module in a clip-coupling manner. In addition, a shock absorbing member is installed at the clip type power-supplying module so as to absorb an impact applied to the cold cathode fluorescent lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeong-Suk Yoo, Keun-Woo Lee, Jong-Dae Park, Jae-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 7942685
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a power-up device including a conductive material and supplying power to a lamp electrode, and a housing receiving the power transmitting member. The power transmitting member includes an inverter connector, a first lamp electrode supporter, and an terminal unit. The first lamp electrode supporter is connected to the inverter connector and formed with a lamp electrode receiving section into which the lamp electrode is inserted. The terminal unit has a fixed terminal connected to the first lamp electrode supporter, a free-end terminal supporting the lamp electrode such that the lamp electrode adheres to the lamp electrode receiving section, and a connection terminal that connects the fixed terminal to the free-end terminal in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi
  • Publication number: 20110104923
    Abstract: A fluorescent lampholder with a top portion for supporting a fluorescent lamp and a base portion with a wire opening located on the bottom surface of the base that receives wires without exposing the wires to the exterior surface of a fixture. The lampholder is capable of supporting various types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps such as “tall”, “medium” and “small” T-8 fluorescent lamps as well as other types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Patent number: 7926965
    Abstract: A lamp socket that can reduce the thickness of both sides of a display device includes a socket main body having a contact hole formed therein, and a power-applying member coupled to the socket main body through the contact hole, and provided with a lamp connection terminal, an inverter connection terminal, and a terminal connection part connected with the lamp connection terminal in a bent form so as to connect the lamp connection terminal with the inverter connection terminal. Accordingly, the thickness of both sides of the display device including the lamp sockets is reduced, and the compatibility of the product is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Woan Cho, Seong-Sik Choi, Yong-Woo Lee, Hyun-Chul Bae, Du-Hwan Chung, Cheol-Yong Noh
  • Patent number: 7901231
    Abstract: A lamp holding unit includes a coupling terminal and a main body. The coupling terminal includes a coupling plate extended in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of a lamp. The coupling plate has a cutout portion to receive a lead line of the lamp so that the cutout portion of the coupling plate making contact with the lead line. The main body is coupled with the coupling terminal and guiding the lamp. Therefore, an electrical connection between the lamp holding unit and the lead line of the lamp is stabilized, so that noise or spark caused by mal-connection is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyu-Bok Hwang
  • Publication number: 20110014806
    Abstract: A valve holding portion including a pair of elastic deformation portions which is arranged opposite each other, whose gap is elastically opened and which sandwiches the valve and a feed portion that is coupled to at least one of the elastic deformation portions and that feeds electric power to the lead wire are included. The feed portion includes a lead contact portion formed such that, when the pair of elastic deformation portions holds the valve, comes into contact with the lead wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Teragawa
  • Patent number: 7862191
    Abstract: A lamp socket includes a socket housing and a power supply member. The socket housing has a connecting hole. The power supply member includes a first lamp and a second lamp connecting terminal. The first lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole, and includes a securing member for preventing a lamp from secession from the lamp socket. The second lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole, and includes securing member opening inserted by the securing member. Therefore, the number of elements may be decreased and the stability of lamp socket may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Hee Park, Bong-Hyun You, Jae-Sung Bae, Yong-Hwi Kim
  • Patent number: 7862357
    Abstract: A fluorescent lampholder with a top portion for supporting a fluorescent lamp and a base portion with a wire opening located on the bottom surface of the base that receives wires without exposing the wires to the exterior surface of a fixture. The lampholder is capable of supporting various types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps such as “tall”, “medium” and “small” T-8 fluorescent lamps as well as other types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Patent number: 7824072
    Abstract: A backlight structure comprises a frame, a circuit board, and a connector. The frame has an opening. The circuit board is located below the frame and has a through hole, wherein the through hole aligns with the opening. The connector passes through the opening and the through hole, protrudes from a surface of the frame, and is electrically connected to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chuan-Ho Cheng, Chih-Kang Wu, Kuo-Cheng Huang, Shih-Che Fu
  • Patent number: 7810943
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lamp support capable of stably and firmly mounting a lamp, and a backlight assembly and a liquid crystal display including the lamp support unit. The lamp support unit includes a socket housing, a socket terminal disposed in the socket housing gripping a lead of a lamp and a supporting member installed to the socket housing and supporting a lamp tube of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Rok Ko, Jae Hwan Chun, John Seung Han, Young Jae Lee, Hyun Su Park, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 7806710
    Abstract: A lamp holding unit includes a coupling terminal and a main body. The coupling terminal includes a coupling plate extended in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of a lamp. The coupling plate has a cutout portion to receive a lead line of the lamp so that the cutout portion of the coupling plate making contact with the lead line. The main body is coupled with the coupling terminal and guiding the lamp. Therefore, an electrical connection between the lamp holding unit and the lead line of the lamp is stabilized, so that noise or spark caused by mal-connection is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyu-Bok Hwang
  • Patent number: 7794132
    Abstract: An electric lighting system for concealed lighting and track lighting installations has lamp holders spaced along a custom power cable with two finely braided high current conductors. The cable and conductors have a flattened rectangular cross section and are exceptionally pliable to facilitate cornering in tight spaces. The cable exterior is slotted for reduced height of the installed lamp holders and optimum low profile of concealed lighting installations. The lamp holders are adaptable to different types of lamps and include an optional reflector. Snap-on mounting lugs permit installation of the cable and lamp holders directly to a mounting surface. Alternatively, a low profile track holds the cable and lamp holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Troy-CSL Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff R. Cunius
  • Patent number: 7771106
    Abstract: A lamp socket with decreased number of components is presented. The lamp socket includes a socket housing and a power supply member. The socket housing has a connecting hole. The power supply member includes a first lamp connecting terminal and a second lamp connecting terminal. The first lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole and includes a first fixing portion that extends through the connecting hole and a first guide portion that extends from an end portion of the first fixing portion toward a first inner wall of the connecting hole. The second lamp connecting terminal is inserted into the connecting hole and includes a second fixing portion that extends through the connecting hole and a second guide portion that extends from an end portion of the second fixing portion toward a second inner wall of the connecting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Seok Yang, Jung-Tae Kang, Jin-Ho Ha, Yoon-Soo Kwon
  • Patent number: 7736163
    Abstract: A bipin fluorescent-lamp holder has a housing formed with an outwardly open housing mouth and a rotor rotatable in the housing adjacent the mouth about an axis and having a diametrally throughgoing rotor slot. The rotor is rotatable between an installation position with the rotor slot aligned with the slot and an angularly offset contact position with the slot not aligned with the mouth. The rotor and housing are so dimensioned as to receive the pins extending parallel to the axis and to move the pins in a circular orbit centered on the axis on rotation of the rotor in the housing, and contacts in the housing diametrally flanking the axis each having a main part lying outside the orbit and a contact part engageable into the orbit. The contacts pins are aligned with the slot and project into ends of the slot and into engagement with the pins only in the contact position of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: BJB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Karl-Wilhelm Vogt, Hartmut Greschner, Markus Nasse
  • Patent number: 7699496
    Abstract: A structure for attaching a fluorescent tube includes a base, a holder supported by the base, and a pair of contacts. The holder holds an intermediate portion of the fluorescent tube while restraining the fluorescent tube from moving in a radial direction. To the pair of contacts, terminals of a pair of end portions of the fluorescent tube are respectively attachable in an attaching direction corresponding to the radial direction of the fluorescent tube. Each contact includes a pair of elastic pieces facing each other. The pair of elastic pieces have a pair of straight portions extending substantially straight along the attaching direction and facing each other. On the pair of straight portions, a pair of contact portions for clamping the corresponding terminal of the fluorescent tube therebetween are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Miyazono
  • Publication number: 20100015832
    Abstract: A fluorescent lampholder with a top portion for supporting a fluorescent lamp and a base portion with a wire opening located on the bottom surface of the base that receives wires without exposing the wires to the exterior surface of a fixture. The lampholder is capable of supporting various types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps such as “tall”, “medium” and “small” T-8 fluorescent lamps as well as other types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Publication number: 20100002419
    Abstract: A connector is configured to hold a lamp extending in a first direction. The connector includes a housing and a terminal. The terminal includes a first connection portion configured to establish connection with a lamp contact portion formed on the lamp, a second connection portion including a first contact and a second contact located at different positions in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a fixed portion pressed in the housing along the second direction and located between the first connection portion and the second connection portion in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Takeharu Naito
  • Patent number: 7628627
    Abstract: A backlight connector includes a housing having a backlight lamp receiving opening with an inclined guide groove and a cover having a terminal insertion member and an inclined surface corresponding to the inclined guide groove. The inclined surface and the terminal insertion member extending into the backlight lamp receiving opening when the cover is moved from an uppermost position to a lowermost position along the inclined guide groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics AMP Korea Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul-Sub Lee, Byoung-Wook Kang, Oh-Hyeon Kwon
  • Patent number: 7612298
    Abstract: A connecting unit for accommodating a wick of a cold cathode fluorescent lamp is disclosed. The connecting unit includes a substrate having a conductive layer disposed thereon, a v-shaped opening, and a c-shaped opening. The width of the front end of the v-shaped opening is greater than the diameter of the wick, and the width of the back end of the v-shaped opening is less than the diameter of the c-shaped opening and less than the diameter of the wick. The conductive layer is disposed on a surface of the c-shaped opening and the v-shaped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chieh Lung, Mau-Yuan Hung
  • Patent number: 7611368
    Abstract: A backlight assembly includes: lamps; lamp holders each holding at least one of opposite ends of a corresponding one of the lamps, the lamp holders being electrically connected with external electrodes of the lamps; and a lower frame formed to partially cover the lamp holders such that the lower frame is formed in one unified body with the lamp holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Hwan Oh, Sang Mook Lee
  • Patent number: 7607791
    Abstract: A backlight assembly including a lamp having a lamp tube and first and second conductive members, a container body exposing the lamp tube while covering the first and second conductive members, a power-supplying means receiving the first and second conductive members and providing them with power, and a light uniformity improving means. A liquid crystal display panel assembly is coupled to the backlight assembly so as to display a picture by controlling a transmittance of the light passing through the light uniformity improving means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeong-Suk Yoo, Keun-Woo Lee, Jong-Dae Park, Jae-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 7604494
    Abstract: A lamp socket that supports a lamp including a lamp body and one or more electrodes protruding from opposite end portions of the lamp body and that electrically connects an inverter circuit board driving the lamp and the lamp includes: a socket terminal having a first stopper where the electrodes are inserted in a first direction crossing a lengthwise direction of the electrodes to be held, the socket terminal providing an elastic force in a second direction substantially crossing the lengthwise direction of the electrodes and the first direction, whereby the first stopper is closely held to the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-woan Cho, Sung-yong Kang
  • Patent number: 7597575
    Abstract: A fluorescent lampholder with a top portion for supporting a fluorescent lamp and a base portion with a wire opening located on the bottom surface of the base that receives wires without exposing the wires to the exterior surface of a fixture. The lampholder is capable of supporting various types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps such as “tall”, “medium” and “small” T-8 fluorescent lamps as well as other types and/or sizes of fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Tufano, David B. Balaban
  • Patent number: 7553176
    Abstract: In a connector for connecting first and second objects to each other, a contact includes a first connecting portion to be connected to the first object, a second connecting portion to be connected to the second object, and a holding portion held by a housing. The first connecting portion includes a pair of coupling portions extending from a base portion and faced to each other and a pair of contacting portions extending from the coupling portions, respectively, and faced to each other. Each of the contacting portions includes a fitting portion coupled to the coupling portion and fitted to the first connection object and a free end extending on a side opposite to the fitting portion. The contact is designed so that, upon connection with the first connection object, a distance between the contacting portions is narrower at the fitting portions than that at the free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Takeharu Naito, Kazuaki Ibaraki
  • Patent number: 7549880
    Abstract: A composite contact includes a main body part, a first elastic piece which extends from the main body part and elastically contacts with a terminal disposed at an end part of a fluorescent tube and a second elastic piece which extends from the main body part and aims at elastically contacts with a conductive pattern which is formed on at least one of a front surface and a back surface of a circuit board, and the main body part, the first elastic piece and the second elastic piece are formed as one integrated part by a single member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Miyazono, Shinsuke Handa
  • Publication number: 20090130880
    Abstract: A bipin fluorescent-lamp holder has a housing formed with an outwardly open housing mouth and a rotor rotatable in the housing adjacent the mouth about an axis and having a diametrally throughgoing rotor slot. The rotor is rotatable between an installation position with the rotor slot aligned with the slot and an angularly offset contact position with the slot not aligned with the mouth. The rotor and housing are so dimensioned as to receive the pins extending parallel to the axis and to move the pins in a circular orbit centered on the axis on rotation of the rotor in the housing, and contacts in the housing diametrally flanking the axis each having a main part lying outside the orbit and a contact part engageable into the orbit. The contacts pins are aligned with the slot and project into ends of the slot and into engagement with the pins only in the contact position of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Karl-Wilhelm Vogt, Hartmut Greschner, Markus Nasse
  • Patent number: 7527510
    Abstract: Provided is a single integral power connection apparatus of a backlight unit with a pressure cam that compresses a lamp lead receiver including plate springs using an elastic restoring force of a cam spring such that the lamp lead receiver comes in contact with a lead of a CCFL to supply power to the CCFL. The power connection apparatus includes a base disposed on a substrate of the backlight unit, the lamp lead receiver having a space defined for receiving the lead by a pair of the bent plate springs disposed on the base, a lamp lead guide disposed on the base for supporting the lead of the lamp, a lamp tube guide disposed on the base for supporting a tube of the lamp, the elastic cam spring applying the restoring force, and the pressure cam for pressing the lamp lead receiver using the restoring force of the cam spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Heesung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-Jong Yoo
  • Patent number: 7525242
    Abstract: A lamp clamping and electrically connecting device includes a base, two flexible portions and two protrusions. The flexible portions are interspaced to be disposed on the base. The protrusions are correspondingly disposed on the inner sides of the flexible portions. In a natural state, the gap between the protrusions is smaller than the diameter of an electrode end of a lamp. When the electrode end is moved towards the base in the gap between the protrusions, the electrode end presses the protrusions so that the flexible portions swing outwardly. When the electrode end touches the base, the protrusions are restored to the natural state, so that the protrusions and the base clamp the electrode end, and that the electrode end is electrically connected to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chieh Lung, Chien-Wei Chang, Hung-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 7503786
    Abstract: A connecting member has a slider with rotation shafts and a contact combined with the slider. The contact has contact portions for connection to a connection object and pressing portions connected to the contact portions, respectively. By rotating the slider about the rotation shafts to press the pressing portions, the contact portions are displaced to be connected to the connection object. It may be configured to press the pressing portions by moving the slider in a straight or curved line. Further, it may be configured that the slider presses the pressing portions to thereby displace the contact portions in directions away from the connection object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventors: Nobukazu Kato, Masakazu Kuroiwa, Rintaro Kato, Kazushi Kamata
  • Patent number: 7473117
    Abstract: A composite electric connector is provided with a plurality of electric connectors and a holder which holds the electric connectors in such a manner that the electric connectors are lined up side by side along an aligning direction. Each electric connector includes a housing and a fluorescent tube connecting contact which is held by the housing and connects a terminal disposed on an end part of a corresponding fluorescent tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Miyazono, Shinsuke Handa
  • Patent number: 7344397
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a contact held by a housing and an operating member for operating the contact. The housing includes an insertion recess into which a shaft-like terminal is inserted along a first direction. A pair of elastic pieces of the contact respectively include clamp portions for clipping the terminal in predetermined clamping directions orthogonal to the first direction. The first direction is along a radial direction of the terminal. The operating member includes a widening operating portion for widening the distance between the clamp portions of the pair of elastic pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsunori Miyazono
  • Patent number: 7247040
    Abstract: A lampholder has an inner part centered on an axis and formed with a radially extending and axially open inner slot having a predetermined small width. It also has an outer part surrounding the inner part and formed relative to the axis with a radially extending and axially open outer slot of a predetermined large width. A lamp pin of a width greater than the small width but smaller than the large width cannot slide through the outer slot into the inner slot. The inner part is separable from the outer part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: BJB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Erwin Lingemann, Hartmut Greschner
  • Patent number: 7161650
    Abstract: An electrooptic device is provided that comprises an electrooptic panel having an image display region for displaying an image and an interface substrate connected to the electrooptic panel via a connection part. The interface substrate has a folding part folded at the connection part toward a lower-surface side of the electrooptic panel and projections extending from the folding part positioned at the lower-surface side of the electrooptic panel. The projections are folded toward a top-surface side of the electrooptic panel so that electronic parts of the projections are opposed to driver ICs that are mounted on an overhanging part of the electrooptic panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Hirano
  • Patent number: 7153151
    Abstract: A lampholder having an inner part and an outer part is formed relative to an axis with a radially extending and axially open slot in turn having an inner portion in the inner part and an outer portion in the outer part. The portions are alignable with each other and both have a predetermined large width. An adapter has a body shaped to fit with one of the lampholder parts and having a formation engaged in the respective slot portion to define therein an adapter slot aligned with the respective slot portion and of a small width substantially less than the predetermined large width so that a lamp pin of a width greater than the small width but smaller than the large width cannot slide through the one slot portion. The adapter body is fixed to the one part of the lampholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: BJB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Erwin Lingemann, Hartmut Greschner