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"Connecting Device and Electronic Device Assembly" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventor YEN, Chin-Tang (Hsinchu, TW), filed on March 18, 2013, was made available online on August 14, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Kingston Digital, Inc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Storage devices such as data storage devices (e.g., mobile disks or memory cards) or electric energy storage devices (e.g., mobile power supplier) are widely used in people's daily life and allow people to store, share and carry about data or to replenish electric energy conveniently.

"Such storage devices generally comprise a plug connector, which can be plugged into a socket connector of other electronic devices (e.g., a notebook computer) to electrically connect the storage device and the electronic device with the storage device protruding from the electronic device.

"As the storage device protrudes from the electronic device, the storage device might be inadvertently impacted. In case of a great impact force, the storage device will be damaged (e.g., due to fracture of the plug connector); and even worse, the impact force might cause the electronic device to be displaced together with the storage device and then fall off to the ground to result in damage of the electronic device.

"Accordingly, a need exists in the art to provide a device that can make improvements on at least one of the aforesaid shortcomings."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "An objective of the present invention is to provide a connecting device, which can be used as a medium for data or electric energy transmission and can transform a plug connector of an electronic device into a non-pluggable magnetic connector so that it is less likely for the electronic device to be damaged when a peripheral device connected to the electronic device is impacted.

"To achieve the aforesaid objective, the connecting device of certain embodiments of the present invention comprises a connector structure, which has a first housing, a plug connector, a plurality of first electrical contacts and a first magnetic-metal set. The first housing has a first surface on which the first electrical contacts and the first magnetic-metal set are disposed, and the plug connector protrudes from the first housing and is electrically connected to the first electrical contacts.

"Another objective of certain embodiments of the present invention is to provide an electronic device assembly, comprising: an electronic device, having a socket connector; and the connector structure disclosed above, wherein the plug connector is inserted into a socket connector of the electronic device, and the first electrical contacts are located outside the electronic device.

"The detailed technology and preferred embodiments implemented for the subject invention are described in the following paragraphs accompanying the appended drawings for people skilled in this field to well appreciate the features of the claimed invention. It is understood that the features mentioned hereinbefore and those to be commented on hereinafter may be used not only in the specified combinations, but also in other combinations or in isolation, without departing from the scope of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic plan view of a connecting device according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the connecting device being attached;

"FIG. 4 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the connecting device being detached;

"FIG. 5 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the connecting device being detached;

"FIG. 6 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the connecting device being detached; and

"FIG. 7 is a schematic plan view of an electronic device assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the connecting device being detached."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: YEN, Chin-Tang. Connecting Device and Electronic Device Assembly. Filed March 18, 2013 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2833&p=57&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140807.PD.&OS=PD/20140807&RS=PD/20140807

Keywords for this news article include: Electric Energy, Kingston Digital Inc.

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