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"Electronic Device Having Function of Fixing a Keyboard Mechanism" in Patent Application Approval Process

June 5, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Chang, Te-Wei (New Taipei City, TW), filed on January 28, 2014, was made available online on May 22, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to an electronic device having function of fixing a keyboard mechanism, and more particularly, to an electronic device having a hook mechanism with advantages of low cost and preferable yield to fix the keyboard mechanism on a casing.

"A hook structure is utilized to contact against a surface of a keyboard mechanism for constraining a movement of the keyboard mechanism relative to a casing, so as to stably fix the keyboard mechanism inside the casing of an electronic device, such as a host casing of the notebook computer. The conventional hook structure is a detachable hook structure. The conventional detachable hook structure includes a main body, two fixing portions respectively disposed on two ends of the main body, and a contacting portion disposed on a middle of the main body. The conventional detachable hook structure is fixed on a predetermined position inside the host casing by melt glue or a screw for assembly, so that the contacting portion of the conventional detachable hook structure can contact against the surface of the keyboard mechanism. However, assembly of the conventional detachable hook structure spends working hours, and an idle-proof function of the conventional detachable hook structure is necessary to prevent the assembly from being failed, which increases manufacturing cost. Therefore, design of a hook structure for economizing working hours and increasing manufacturing efficiency is an important issue of the computer industry."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention provides an electronic device having a hook mechanism with advantages of low cost and preferable yield to fix the keyboard mechanism on a casing for solving above drawbacks.

"According to the claimed invention, an electronic device includes a casing for holding a keyboard mechanism, and an accommodating space is formed on a lateral inner wall of the casing. The electronic device further includes a hook mechanism disposed inside the accommodating space on the casing. The hook mechanism includes an arm base. An end of the arm base is connected to a surface of the accommodating space, and the other end of the arm base is connected to the other surface of the accommodating space. The hook mechanism further includes a hook portion disposed on the arm base and further located between the ends of the arm base for contacting against the keyboard mechanism, so as to constrain a movement of the key board mechanism relative to the casing.

"According to the claimed invention, the hook mechanism is integrated with the casing monolithically and is contained inside the accommodating space.

"The hook mechanism is integrated with the casing of the electronic device monolithically in the present invention, so as to effectively decrease manufacturing cost and increase product yield. In addition, the hook mechanism of the present invention can be the cantilever structure with preferable flexible intensity, so that the keyboard mechanism can be installed on the casing without tools, and has advantages of simple assembly and rapid operation.

"These and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a diagram of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is an enlarged diagram of a hook mechanism according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 to FIG. 5 are sectional views of the electronic device in different operating modes according to the embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 is a diagram of the hook mechanism according to the other embodiment of the present invention."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Chang, Te-Wei. Electronic Device Having Function of Fixing a Keyboard Mechanism. Filed January 28, 2014 and posted May 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4226&p=85&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140515.PD.&OS=PD/20140515&RS=PD/20140515

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