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1. (WO1998050281) BATTERY COVER LATCH

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/050281    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/007923
Publication Date: Fri Nov 13 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Fri Apr 17 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: H01M 2/10
Applicants: MOTOROLA INC.
Inventors: GOLDENBERG, Michael, P.
Title: BATTERY COVER LATCH
Abstract:
A housing (12) for a portable electronic device (10) has a battery compartment cover (14) and a latch (20). The latch has a cantilevered beam (42) that rotates about a base (40) fixed to the housing. The cover has a notch (38) on an inner surface (36). An engagement end (44) of the cantilevered beam rotates into the notch for securing the cover to the housing. Application of an external force on the cover approximately opposite the latch in a direction toward the latch causes the engagement end of the cantilevered beam to rotate out of the notch to disengage the latch. Application of an external force on the cover in a direction only toward an opened position for the cover causes the latch to engage the cover with more force.