By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 20 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,537,564) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for grounding a movable component." The co-inventors are Sawyer Cohen, Cupertino, Calif., Mike Wittenberg, Cupertino, Calif., Matthew Hill, Mountain View, Calif., Trent Weber, Saratoga, Calif., and Benjamin Kunst, Felton, Calif.
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic device can include different components providing different functionality. Some electronic devices can include a proximity sensor for determining when a user's face is near the device. The sensor can include an emitter and a detector that are separated by a foam block to limit cross-talk between the emitter and detector. A sheet can be placed over the foam block to define openings for each of the emitter and detector. Some electronic devices can also include a camera. A glass cover secured to the device enclosure can protect the camera. To improve an adhesive bond between the glass cover and a metal enclosure, an ink layer can be placed between an adhesive and the glass. In addition, the camera or another component may need to be grounded to ensure proper operation. During assembly, however, the position of the camera can shift due to closing an enclosure. A grounding assembly that maintains contact with the camera in its initial and final positions can be provided."
The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2011 (12/987,927). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8537564.PN.&OS=PN/8537564&RS=PN/8537564
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.