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Patent Issued for Case for Enclosing and Remaining Attached to a Tablet-Computing Device

July 30, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Mongan, Ryan Hill (Orange, CA); Hynecek, Bryan Lee (Fremont, CA); Law, David John (Seattle, WA); Weis, Jarret (San Francisco, CA), filed on August 23, 2011, was published online on July 15, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8780535 is Speculative Product Design, LLC (Mountain View, CA).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Cases for tablet-computing devices have been available for some time. They are most commonly used to protect the device and allow the user some amount of personalization. Typically these cases have been fabricated from a soft flexible material like leather, synthetic leather, or a polymer based fabric (e.g. nylon, polyester, or polymer coated cotton). The functional advantage of the flexible materials is that they can accommodate a hinge without a separate part. The material itself flexes accomplishing the opening and closing action. Sometimes the flexible material is incorporated with a rigid or semi-rigid insert. This allows some portions to be stiff while still having the hinging properties in other regions--similar to a hard back book."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "A case for enclosing and remaining attached to a tablet-computing device including a rigid inner portion and an outer portion attached thereto is herein provided. In some embodiments, the case may be customized to accommodate a particular kind or type of tablet-computing device and the case may include an aperture aligned within the case to accommodate a feature of an inserted tablet-computing device.

"The rigid inner portion may comprise, for example, a plastic, a metal, an elastomeric material, a hard rubber material, wood, a composite material, and some combination thereof. The outer portion may comprise, for example, plastic, rubber, fabric, leather, cardboard, metal, and/or some combination thereof.

"The rigid inner portion may be shaped to accept and retain an inserted tablet-computing device. On some occasions, the rigid inner portion may include a cut away portion or opening sized and positioned to accommodate a feature of the inserted tablet-computing device, such as, but not limited to, a user interface and a port. In at least one embodiment, the rigid inner portion may be removably attached to the outer portion of the case.

"The outer portion of the case may be attached to the rigid inner portion and include at least two sections. The first section may be attached to and shaped to cover a backside of the rigid inner portion. The second section may be shaped to cover the inserted tablet-computing device and connected to the first section via a flexible junction via, for example, a hinge or a fold in the outer portion of the case.

"In one embodiment, the rigid inner portion may be attached to the first section of the case via a flexible junction, the second section of the case may include a retaining mechanism, and the rigid inner portion may include an attachment mechanism for attaching to retaining mechanism such that the tablet-computing device is elevated at an angled position relative to a planar position and/or maintained in the angled position.

"In another embodiment, the outer portion may include a third section connected to the first section via a flexible junction. The third section may include retaining mechanism and the first section may include an attachment mechanism for attaching to the retaining mechanism such that the tablet-computing device is elevated at an angled position relative to a planar position and/or maintained in the angled position."

For additional information on this patent, see: Mongan, Ryan Hill; Hynecek, Bryan Lee; Law, David John; Weis, Jarret. Case for Enclosing and Remaining Attached to a Tablet-Computing Device. U.S. Patent Number 8780535, filed August 23, 2011, and published online on July 15, 2014. Patent URL: 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=8780535.PN.&OS=PN/8780535RS=PN/8780535

Keywords for this news article include: Speculative Product Design, Speculative Product Design LLC.

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