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1. US20180375251 - Magnetically activated latch mechanism

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United States of America
Application Number 15987864
Application Date 23.05.2018
Publication Number 20180375251
Publication Date 27.12.2018
Grant Number 10483688
Grant Date 19.11.2019
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01R 13/60
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
RELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS
13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
60Means for supporting coupling part when not engaged
H01R 13/62
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
H01R 13/24
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
02Contact members
22Contacts for co-operating by abutting
24resilient; resiliently mounted
H01R 11/30
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11Individual connecting elements providing two or more spaced connecting locations for conductive members which are, or may be, thereby interconnected, e.g. end pieces for wires or cables supported by the wire or cable and having means for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member, blocks of binding posts
11End pieces or tapping pieces for wires or cables, supported by the wire or cable and having means for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member
30End pieces held in contact by a magnet
H01R 13/627
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
627Snap-action fastening
H01R 13/66
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/7087
66Structural association with built-in electrical component
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11Individual connecting elements providing two or more spaced connecting locations for conductive members which are, or may be, thereby interconnected, e.g. end pieces for wires or cables supported by the wire or cable and having means for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member, blocks of binding posts
11End pieces or tapping pieces for wires, supported by the wire and for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal or conductive member
30End pieces held in contact by a magnet
H01R 13/6205
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
6205Two-part coupling devices held in engagement by a magnet
H01R 13/24
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
02Contact members
22Contacts for co-operating by abutting
24resilient; resiliently-mounted
H01R 13/6271
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
627Snap or like fastening
6271Latching means integral with the housing
H01R 13/6273
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
62Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
627Snap or like fastening
6271Latching means integral with the housing
6273comprising two latching arms
H01R 13/64
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13Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R12/70 or H01R24/00 - H01R33/00
64Means for preventing incorrect coupling
Applicants Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
Inventors Kurt David Wrisley
Akash Atul Shah
Christopher Alan Schafer
Agents Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C.
Paul N. Taylor
Title
(EN) Magnetically activated latch mechanism
Abstract
(EN)

A magnetic receptacle is described. The receptacle includes an electronic connector having an engagement feature on one or more sides of the electronic connector. The engagement feature is configured to engage a latching feature on a magnetic protrusion. The receptacle includes one or more receptacle magnets positioned adjacent the magnetic receptacle configured to deactivate the latching feature on the magnetic protrusion. In one implementation, a magnetic plug is described. The plug includes a plug tip. The plug includes one or more latching features. The plug includes one or more plug magnets positioned adjacent the plug tip. The one or more plug magnets are configured to cooperate with one or more receptacle magnets to transition the one or more latching features between an engaged state and a disengaged state.