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Patent Issued for Protective Cover for Laptop Computer

February 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventor Bekele, Haile (Pensacola, FL), filed on October 15, 2012, was published online on January 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8638555 is assigned to Tech Shell, Inc. (Pensacola, FL).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "As computers become more ubiquitous and as individuals become more mobile, laptop computer sales are on the rise. Individuals are increasingly requiring computing capabilities and information on the go. As such, today it is customary to walk into a coffee shop or a library only to see large groups of individuals sitting at tables doing work, playing games, listening to music or reading on their laptops. Laptops can be more expensive than desktop computers due to the lighter materials, lower voltage parts and mobile components that comprise the laptop computer. For this reason, individuals are typically protective of their laptops, leading to the rise of the laptop accessory industry.

"One problem that users often encounter with laptop computers is wear and tear on the exterior of the laptop. Since users often carry around their laptops and use them in cafes, restaurants, libraries, on the floor, in a car, on a subway or in any location not intended for computer use, it is inevitable that the exterior of the laptop will be scratched, dinged, dented, cracked, broken, stained, etc. Since most laptop exteriors are comprised of plastic, there is little one can do to fix such blemishes.

"One approach to this problem has been to create laptop covers that comprise mostly a sleeve into which the laptop is inserted while it sin the closed position. This approach solves the problem of protecting the laptop while it is stored away, but does not solve the problem of protecting the laptop while it is in use. This approach, furthermore, requires that the user has to remove the laptop from the protective sleeve before every use, adding another step to the process of preparing the laptop for use, which can be a turnoff for users that are continually moving and lacking time.

"Another problem that users often encounter with laptop computers is overheating of the bottom of the laptop. The power supply components of laptops are located on the bottom surface of the keyboard portion of the laptop. During long periods of use, the bottom of the laptop can overheat and burn or cause discomfort to the user if the laptop is sitting on his or her lap. Further, a user's genitalia are near the lap region of an individual and there are health hazards associated with overheating of the scrotum or the vagina. When testicles are exposed to exorbitant heat over long periods of time, for example, an individual's fertility can be affected. Additionally, if a laptop is resting on top of a piece of furniture, such as a table or a desk, an overheating laptop can cause damage to the surface of the furniture.

"Therefore, a need exists to overcome the problems with the prior art as discussed above, and particularly for a more efficient way to protect the exterior of laptop computers and to manage the heat generated by the laptop computer during use."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Briefly, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, an exterior cover for a laptop computer having a display portion and a keyboard portion is disclosed. The exterior cover includes a first rigid planar element for placement on an outside surface of the display portion. The first rigid planar element includes a raised edge along a perimeter of the first rigid planar element, wherein the raised edge extends toward the display portion. The first rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs located on the raised edge, wherein each tab extends from the raised edge for gripping the display portion. The exterior cover further includes a second rigid planar element for placement on an outside surface of the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element includes a raised edge along a perimeter of the second rigid planar element, wherein the raised edge extends toward the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs located on the raised edge, wherein each tab extends from the raised edge for gripping the keyboard portion.

"In another embodiment of the present invention, an exterior cover for a laptop computer having a display portion and a keyboard portion is disclosed. The exterior cover includes a first rigid planar element having a rectangular shape for covering a top surface of the display portion. The first rigid planar element includes a raised edge for covering a section of all sides of the display portion. The first rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs located on the raised edge, wherein each tab extends from the raised edge for gripping the display portion. The exterior cover further includes a second rigid planar element having a rectangular shape for covering a bottom surface of the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element includes a raised edge for covering a section of all sides of the keyboard portion. The second rigid planar element further includes a plurality of tabs located on the raised edge, wherein each tab extends from the raised edge for gripping the keyboard portion.

"In another embodiment of the present invention, a protective cover for a laptop computer is disclosed. The protective cover includes a first rectangular sheet comprised of a rigid material for fastening to an outside surface of a display portion of the laptop computer. The first rectangular sheet includes a plurality of protruding tabs located on opposing sides of the first rectangular sheet, wherein the plurality of tabs extend toward the display portion for gripping the display portion. The protective cover further includes a second rectangular sheet comprised of a rigid material for fastening to an outside surface of a keyboard portion of the laptop computer. The second rectangular sheet includes a plurality of protruding tabs located on opposing sides of the second rectangular sheet, wherein the plurality of tabs extend toward the keyboard portion for gripping the keyboard portion.

"The foregoing and other features and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following more particular description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Bekele, Haile. Protective Cover for Laptop Computer. U.S. Patent Number 8638555, filed October 15, 2012, and published online on January 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=43&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2121&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140128.PD.&OS=ISD/20140128&RS=ISD/20140128

Keywords for this news article include: Tech Shell Inc.

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