Separable, Sliding Or Folding Keyboard Patents (Class D14/331)
  • Patent number: 8217898
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a plurality of key row holders each supporting a plurality of key elements constituting each of the plurality of key rows, a support shaft placed to be rotatable about an axial center and support the plurality of key row holders arranged to intersect the axial center, an engaging portion formed on a support surface of each of the plurality of key row holders for the support shaft, and an engaged portion formed spirally on a surface of the support shaft in a direction of the axial center so as to be engaged with the engaging portion of each of the plurality of key row holders, the engaged portion causing the plurality of key row holders to shift in the direction of the axial center by an engagement with the engaging portion upon rotation of the support shaft. The keyboard enables easy and accurate key pitch adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Fujino, Masayoshi Koganei, Yutaka Ogasawara, Yasushi Itoshiro, Kazuhito Sato, Kazuhiko Otake
  • Patent number: 7996051
    Abstract: A wireless communications device, such as a cellular telephone, includes first and second bodies having respective perimeters. A display is associated with one of the bodies and user input is associated with the other. A hinge mechanism moveably couples the bodies together so that the second body may pivot between a closed state and an open state. The second body, while in the open state, is slidable from a first open position to a second open position along the perimeter of the first body. The first and second bodies may have respective major axes, and the major axes may be substantially parallel when the second body is in the first open position. The major axes may advantageously also be substantially parallel when the second body is in the second open position. The bodies may include respective peripheral slots along which the hinge mechanism moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Randolph C. Demuynck
  • Patent number: 7056043
    Abstract: An apparatus has a keyboard panel with a QWERTY array of alphabetic key actuation indicia. The apparatus further has a QWERTY array of keys that are free of alphabetic key actuation indicia, and are located adjacent to corresponding alphabetic key actuation indicia on the keyboard panel. Other parts of the apparatus include an output device responsive to actuation of the keys, and a processing device operatively coupled between the keys and the output device. Summarized alternatively, the apparatus includes a keyboard with keys arranged in arcuate horizontal rows. The keys in each row have centerlines projecting radially from a respective common centerpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Velimir Pletikosa
  • Patent number: 6888534
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus enabling users to input/manipulate data for portable computer systems. In one embodiment, the present invention is comprised of a segmented keyboard adapted to be coupled with a portable computer system. In the present embodiment, the segmented keyboard is comprised of a first flippable portion and second flippable portion, both of which are hinged to the fixed portion of the segmented keyboard. A compliment of input keys are disposed within those portions. In the present embodiment, a first rotatable hinge is coupled with the segmented keyboard. A second rotatable hinge is coupled with the first rotatable hinge. In the present embodiment, an electrical connector is coupled with the second rotatable hinge. The electrical connector is adapted to provide a communicative link between the segmented keyboard and a coupled portable computer system. The present invention, when in a closed position, is of a size and shape approximate to a portable computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: palmOne, Inc.
    Inventor: David Northway
  • Patent number: 6768635
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device with a hidden keyboard, especially for small size electronic devices with a display screen (such as PDAs, mobile phones, etc), provides a keyboard coupling design to allow a retractable keyboard retreated and hidden inside a device body of the electronic device when not in use, and pulled out for data entry when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Inventec Appliances Corp.
    Inventors: Cheng-Shing Lai, Hao Pan
  • Patent number: D511161
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignees: Chroma Ate, Inc., Acme Portale Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsien Lin, Chun-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: D448032
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Timothy C. Talley
  • Patent number: D515081
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Yamada
  • Patent number: D465783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Marco Zordan
  • Patent number: D538800
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yue-Hai Zhang, Chien-Li Tsai
  • Patent number: D471191
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventors: Ching Dong Yu, Chang Han Yu, Kuan Lian Yu
  • Patent number: D551224
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: EWAIT AS
    Inventors: Erik Hatling, Ragnhild Haugum, Kristian Mikkelsen
  • Patent number: D476327
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: BSquare Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Richard Lewis, Jr., Joseph W. Yang, George Crothall
  • Patent number: D478583
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kuninori Hyogo
  • Patent number: D481717
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: BSquare Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Richard Lewis, Jr., Joseph W. Yang, George Crothall
  • Patent number: D489061
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kuninori Hyogo
  • Patent number: D581921
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Se Kim, Ji-Eun Lee, Young-Ju Yeo, Chang-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: D494965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Tektronix International Sales GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Klimke
  • Patent number: D587702
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Niitsu, Yasuaki Isonaga
  • Patent number: D588122
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yosuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: D589510
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Wada
  • Patent number: D599792
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: D611046
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Originatic LLC
    Inventors: Renato L. Smith, Attila J. Bendeguz
  • Patent number: D611047
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Originatic LLC
    Inventors: Renato L. Smith, Attila J. Bendeguz
  • Patent number: D614181
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Originatic LLC
    Inventors: Renato L. Smith, Attila J. Bendeguz, Shen-Wei Hsieh
  • Patent number: D650380
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Rabih S. Ballout
  • Patent number: D658227
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Products
    Inventors: Richard Schoenert, Brian Heintz, Stacy Foos, James Bocci, Robert Martell, Aron Stephenson, Andrew Levy
  • Patent number: D429492
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: VTECH Electronics Limited
    Inventor: Jacqueline Yeung Wai Man
  • Patent number: D430870
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinobu Maruyama, Masayuki Kan, Ernesto V. Quinteros, Chih-Yang Kao
  • Patent number: D674794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D689047
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Flight Focus Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Marie Kinkeldey
  • Patent number: D700178
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao-Yong Ma
  • Patent number: D726715
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Whan Oh Sung, Jooyeon Lee, Kyu Eun Hwang, Yongkeun Lee, Jochen Backs
  • Patent number: D739401
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Amos M. Cohen
  • Patent number: D768624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junwon Bae, Jonghyuk Park, Hoyoung Joo, Gunwoong Kim, Kio Lee
  • Patent number: D797720
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Kamal Moumneh
  • Patent number: D843367
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksander Magi, Randall W. Martin
  • Patent number: D871393
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Philip Moon
  • Patent number: D891439
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Shang-Che Lee, I-Lung Chen, Yi-Hsuan Wu, Wang-Hung Yeh
  • Patent number: D912662
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Prakash Kurma Raju, Prasanna Pichumani, Gokul V. Subramaniam
  • Patent number: D913282
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju Hee Song
  • Patent number: D920967
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Shu-Hsien Chu, Yu-Wen Cheng, Ming-Chung Liu
  • Patent number: D920968
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Yuan-Ping Chu, Chia-Chi Lin, Pai-Feng Chen, Chun-Ting Lee, Yao-Hsien Yang