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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Apparatus(Es) and Method(S) for Securing Mobile Device(S)", for Approval

May 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Soffer, Allan Todd (New York, NY), filed on June 23, 2012, was made available online on May 15, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In recent years, portable electronic devices have enjoyed a sharp climb in popularity. This, in turn, has led to portable electronic devices having in everyday life. However, repeated use over a long period of time may lead to strain on an increasing part the hand or wrist of the user, with some discomfort as a result. Additionally, there is an increased trend of people dropping their mobile devices, often resulting in their damage or destruction. Therefore, there exists a need for a device which allows for securing a portable electronic device in the user's hand, without strain on the wrist or fingers."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A first aspect of the invention provides an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand. The device comprises a flexible base having proximal and distal surfaces and first and second ends, where each end includes first and second slots, and two-slotted tabs operably coupled to each end of a variable length tie. One two-slotted tab is operably coupled to the first slot and the other two slotted tab is operably coupled to the second slot. The distal surface of the flexible base may include an adhesive field for releasably coupling the apparatus to the mobile device, where an interstice is formed between the proximal surface of the flexible base and the variable length tie. Alternatively, the apparatus may comprise a removable cover, having oppositely facing first and second surfaces, where the first surface of the removable cover facing the proximal surface of the flexible base is operably coupled to the proximal surface of the flexible base, and where the second surface of the removable cover includes an adhesive field for releasably coupling the apparatus to the mobile device.

"A second aspect of the invention provides a kit for using the previously described apparatus. The distal surface of the flexible base and the posterior of a mobile device are releasably coupled using an adhesive.

"A third aspect of the invention provides a method of securing a mobile device to a portion of a user's hand. The method comprises of releasably coupling a mobile device to the previously described apparatus, and inserting at least one finger of a user's hand into the interstice between the variable length tie and the proximal surface of the flexible base.

"A fourth aspect of the invention provides an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand. The apparatus is comprised of a mountable means for releasably adhering a proximal surface of the mountable means to a posterior surface of the mobile device. The mountable means has proximal and distal surfaces and first and second ends, where each end includes first and second points of contact. A portion of the distal surface between the first and second point of contacts is recessed in respect to a remaining portion of the first surface, and where the proximal surface of the mountable means includes an adhesive field for releasably adhering the proximal surface of the mountable means to the posterior surface of the mobile device. Additionally, the device also includes an elastic means for wrapping around a user's hand, and a first and second coupling means for operably coupling each end of the elastic means to the first and second points of contact. Each end of the elastic means is threaded through two parallel slots of each respective coupling means, and the first coupling means is operably coupled to the first point of contact of the mountable means and the second coupling means is operably coupled to the second point contact of the mountable means. An interstice is formed between the distal surface of the mountable means and the elastic means.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The features of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, will be best understood by reference to the following detailed description of an illustrative embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

"FIG. 1 depicts an angled elevation view of an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention; and

"FIG. 2 depicts an angled elevation view of a flexible base, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIGS. 3A-3C depict an a variable length tie having operable couplings, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIGS. 4A-4C depict an angled elevation view of an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 5 a top elevation view of an apparatus having a swivel for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIGS. 6A-6B depict a cross sectional view of the apparatus depicted in FIG. 5, taken along the line 6-6, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 7 depicts an angled elevation view of an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 8 depicts an angled elevation view of an apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIGS. 9A-9D depict operably coupling a variable length tie to a flexible base, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 10 depicts a side cross-sectional view taken along the line 2-2 of the apparatus depicted in FIG. 2, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 11 depicts a method for using the apparatus for securing a mobile device to a user's hand, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention; and

"FIG. 12 is a flow diagram depicting the steps 140-143 of a method 139, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Soffer, Allan Todd. Apparatus(Es) and Method(S) for Securing Mobile Device(S). Filed June 23, 2012 and posted May 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=5147&p=103&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140508.PD.&OS=PD/20140508&RS=PD/20140508

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