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United States Patent D582,354
Andre ,   et al. December 9, 2008

Input mechanism


CLAIM The ornamental design for an input mechanism, as shown and described.
Inventors: Andre; Bartley K. (Menlo Park, CA), Coster; Daniel J. (San Francisco, CA), De Iuliis; Daniele (San Francisco, CA), Howarth; Richard P. (San Francisco, CA), Ive; Jonathan P. (San Francisco, CA), Kerr; Duncan Robert (San Francisco, CA), Nishibori; Shin (San Francisco, CA), Rohrbach; Matthew Dean (San Francisco, CA), Russell-Clarke; Peter (San Francisco, CA), Satzger; Douglas B. (Menlo Park, CA), Seid; Calvin Q. (Palo Alto, CA), Stringer; Christopher J. (Portola Valley, CA), Whang; Eugene Antony (San Francisco, CA), Zorkendorfer; Rico (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Appl. No.: D/270,886
Filed: January 5, 2007

Current U.S. Class: D13/158
Current International Class: 1303
Field of Search: D13/155,158,171 D14/192,205,206,223,432 181/129,130,149 379/430,431,444,420 381/313,327,328,330,373,380

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Primary Examiner: Vinson; Brian N
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.


FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an input mechanism in accordance with the present design. The input mechanism may for example provide inputs along the length of a cable. In one embodiment, the input mechanism is an electronic switch. In one embodiment, the input mechanism is used with an output device such as an ear piece, ear buds, or headset.

FIG. 2 is a close up perspective view of the input mechanism.

FIG. 3 is a front view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 4 is a rear view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 5 is a right side view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 6 is a left side view for the input mechanism.

FIG. 7 is a top view of the for the input mechanism; and,

FIG. 8 is a bottom side view for the input mechanism.

The features shown in broken lines in the various Figures are for illustrating environmental structure and form no part of the claimed design.

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