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1. (US20160044398) Deformable ear tip for earphone and method therefor

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 14886491 Application Date: 19.10.2015
Publication Number: 20160044398 Publication Date: 11.02.2016
Grant Number: 09571912 Grant Date: 14.02.2017
Publication Kind : B2
IPC:
A61F 11/14
B29C 43/56
B29C 43/30
H04R 1/10
B29C 43/02
B29C 43/18
B29C 43/36
B29C 43/58
B29K 21/00
B29K 83/00
B29L 31/00
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
F
FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
11
Methods or devices for treatment of the ears, e.g. surgical; Protective devices for the ears, carried on the body or in the hand
06
Protective devices for the ears
14
external, e.g. earcaps or earmuffs
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32
Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
56
Compression moulding under special conditions, e.g. vacuum
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
22
of articles of indefinite length
30
Making multilayered or multicoloured articles
H ELECTRICITY
04
ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
R
LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
1
Details of transducers
10
Earpieces; Attachments therefor
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02
of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
02
of articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
18
incorporating preformed parts or layers, e.g. compression moulding around inserts or for coating articles
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32
Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
36
Moulds for making articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
C
SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
43
Compression moulding, i.e. applying external pressure to flow the moulding material; Apparatus therefor
32
Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
58
Measuring, controlling or regulating
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
K
INDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES B29B, B29C OR B29D103
21
Use of unspecified rubbers as moulding material
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
K
INDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES B29B, B29C OR B29D103
83
Use of polymers having silicon, with or without sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen or carbon only, in the main chain, as moulding material
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29
WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
L
INDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASS B29C59
31
Other particular articles
Applicants: Apple Inc.
Inventors: Edward Siahaan
Kurt R. Stiehl
Victor M. Tiscareno
Wey-Jiun Lin
Cameron P. Frazier
Christopher D. Prest
Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
Agents: Van Court & Aldridge LLP
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) Deformable ear tip for earphone and method therefor
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

A removable component for use with an earphone is disclosed. As an example, the removable component can be an ear tip. According to one aspect, an improved ear tip can be provided for use with a headphone. The ear tip is suitable for in-ear operation and can have a cosmetic deformable outer member. The deformable outer member can enable the ear tip to readily conform to a user's ear. The ear tip can also include an inner member to structurally support the outer member and to facilitate attachment to a headphone. Methods for forming such ear tips are also disclosed.