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United States Patent D684,539
Akana ,   et al. June 18, 2013

Connector

Claims


CLAIM The ornamental design for a connector, as shown and described.
Inventors: Akana; Jody (San Francisco, CA), Andre; Bartley K. (Menlo Park, CA), Bataillou; Jeremy (San Francisco, CA), Coster; Daniel J. (San Francisco, CA), De Iuliis; Daniele (San Francisco, CA), Hankey; M. Evans (San Francisco, CA), Hoenig; Julian (San Francisco, CA), Howarth; Richard P. (San Francisco, CA), Ive; Jonathan P. (San Francisco, CA), Kerr; Duncan Robert (San Francisco, CA), Nishibori; Shin (Kailua, HI), Rohrbach; Matthew Dean (San Francisco, CA), Russell-Clarke; Peter (San Francisco, CA), Stringer; Christopher J. (Woodside, CA), Whang; Eugene Antony (San Francisco, CA), Zorkendorfer; Rico (San Francisco, CA)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Akana; Jody
Andre; Bartley K.
Bataillou; Jeremy
Coster; Daniel J.
De Iuliis; Daniele
Hankey; M. Evans
Hoenig; Julian
Howarth; Richard P.
Ive; Jonathan P.
Kerr; Duncan Robert
Nishibori; Shin
Rohrbach; Matthew Dean
Russell-Clarke; Peter
Stringer; Christopher J.
Whang; Eugene Antony
Zorkendorfer; Rico

San Francisco
Menlo Park
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Kailua
San Francisco
San Francisco
Woodside
San Francisco
San Francisco

CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA
HI
CA
CA
CA
CA
CA

US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Appl. No.: D/426,587
Filed: July 6, 2012

Current U.S. Class: D13/147
Current International Class: 1303
Field of Search: D13/133,147,154,184,199 D14/432,433,435,435.1,436,437,438 345/156 361/58,814 439/66,74,77,79,188,344-346,350-353,357-358,374,497,607.01,607.02,607.03,607.04,607.45,607.49,607.58,660,668,680,865-866,868,887,874,883,892,894

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Other References

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U.S. Appl. No. 13/250,920, Siahaan et al., "Connector with Multi-Layer NI Underplated Contacts," filed Sep. 30, 2011. cited by applicant .
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U.S. Appl. No. 61/668,074, Terlizzi et al., "Techniques for Monitoring Contacts in a Connector," filed Jul. 5, 2012. cited by applicant .
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U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,404, Mullins et al., "Techniques for Detecting Removal of a Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,426, Mullins et al., "Data Structures for Facilitating Communication Between a Host and an Accessory," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,430, Sarwar et al., "Audio/Video Connector for an Electronic Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,443, Fritchman et al., "Connector Adapter," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,446, Terlizzi et al., "Cascading Power for Accessories," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,454, Andrews et al., "Accessory Booting Over USB," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,462, Golko et al., "Connector Architecture and Insertion Profile," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,473, Mullins et al., "Methods, Systems and Apparatus for Determining Whether an Accessory Includes Particular Circuitry," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,478, Mullins et al., "Methods, Systems and Apparatus for Enabling an Accessory for Use with a Host Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,497, Weber et al., "Retention Mechanism Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,502, Weber et al., "Underfill Applicator Device and Methods for Assembling Electrical Contacts," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,519, Terlizzi et al., "Adapter for Electronic Devices," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,528, Ardisana, II et al., "Reinforcing Bars in I/O Connectors," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,550, Terlizzi et al., "Techniques for Configuring Contacts of a Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,553, Rich et al., "Adapter for User With a Portable Electronic Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,554, Golko et al., "Insert-Molded Connector Contacts," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,563, Golembeski et al., "Multi-Mode Adapter," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,566, Golko et al., "Plug Connector Modules," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,598, Colahan et al., "Compliant Mount for Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,600, Weber et al., "Retention Mechanism Having Improved Fatigue Strength," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/US12/54318, Apple Inc., "Connectors for Electronic Devices," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/699,818, Uttermann et al., "Connector Trim," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/699,838, Webb et al., "Dock Connector With Compliance Mechanism," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,326, Siahaan et al., "Assembly of a Cable," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,631, Schmidt et al., "Connectors and Methods for Manufacturing Connectors," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,750, Webb et al., "Single-Piece Shield Can," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,832, Webb et al., "Dock with Compliant Connector Mount," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/CN2012/081245, Apple Inc., "Rack Plating," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/CN2012/081257, Apple Inc., "Connectors and Methods for Manufacturing Connectors," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/431,556, Akana et al., "Adapters and Connectors," filed Sep. 7, 2012. cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/431,841, Akana et al., "Adapter," filed Sep. 11, 2012. cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/432,034, Akana et al., "Connector Silhouette," filed Sep. 12, 2012. cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/346,260, Siahaan et al., "Connector with Multi-Layer NI Underplated Contacts," filed Sep. 30, 2011 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/346,206, Jol et al., "Hotbar and Methods for Assembling Electrical Contacts Ensure Co-Planarity", filed Jan. 9, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/668,074, Terlizzie et al., "Techniques for Monitoring Contacts in a Connector," filed Jul. 5, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/693,228, Weber et al., "Self-Lubricating Retention Mechanism," filed Aug. 24, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/693,232, Weber et al., "Retention Mechanism Having Improved Fatigue Strength," filed Aug. 24, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/693,496, Zadesky et al., "Context Aware Functionality in a Portable Electronic Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/698,538, Soohoo et al., "Plug Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,366, Golko et al., "Dual Orientation Electronic Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,404, Mullins et al., "Techniques for Detecting Removal of a Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,426, Mullins et al., "Data Structures for Facilitating Communication Between a Host Device and an Accessory," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,430, Sarwar et al., "Audio/Video Connector for an Electronic Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,443, Fritchman et al., "Connector Adapter," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,443, Terlizzi et al., "Cascading Power for Accessories," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,454, Andrews et al., "Accessory Booting Over USB," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,462, Golko et al., "Connector Architecture and Insertion Profile" filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,473, Mullins et al., "Methods, Systems and Apparatus for Determining Whether an Accessory Includes Particular Circuitry," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,454, Mullins et al., "Methods, Systems and Apparatus for Enabling an Accessory for Use with a Host Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,497, Weber et al., "Retention Mechanism Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,502, Weber et al., "Underfill Applicator Device and Methods for Assembling Electrical Contacts," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,519, Terlizzi et al., "Adapter for Electronic Devices," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,454, Ardisana, II et al., "Reinforcing Bars I/O Connectors," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,550, Terlizzi et al., "Techniques for Configuring Contacts of a Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,553, Rich et al., "Adapter for Use With a Portable Electronic Device," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,55, Golko et al., "Insert-Molded Connector Contacts," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,563, Golembeski et al., "Multi-Mode Adapter," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,566, Golko et al., "Plug Connector Modules," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,598, Colahan et al., "Compliant Mount for Connector," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/607,600, Weber et al., "Retention Mechanism Having Improved Fatigue Strength," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/US12/54318, Apple Inc., "Connectors for Electronic Devices," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/699,818, Uttermann et al., "Connector Trim," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 61/699,838, Webb et al., "Dock Connector With Compliance Mechanism," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,326, Siahaan et al., "Assembly of a Cable," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,631, Schmidt et al., "Connectors and Methods for Manufacturing Connectors," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,750, Webb et al., "Single-Piece Shield Can," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
U.S. Appl. No. 13/610,832, Webb et al., "Dock with Compliant Connector Mount," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/CN2012/081245, Apple Inc., "Rack Plating," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
International Patent Application No. PCT/CN2012/081257, Apple Inc., "Connectors and Methods for Manufacturing Connectors," filed Sep. 11, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/431,556, Akana et al., "Adapters and Connectors," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/431,841, Akana et al., "Adapter," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant .
Co-Pending U.S. Appl. No. 29/432,034, Akana et al., "Connector Silhouette," filed Sep. 7, 2012 (Not Published). cited by applicant.

Primary Examiner: Bui; Daniel
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Description



FIG. 1 is a top front perspective view of a connector showing our new design;

FIG. 2 is a bottom rear perspective view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a top view thereof;

FIG. 4 is a bottom view thereof;

FIG. 5 is a side view thereof;

FIG. 6 is another side view thereof;

FIG. 7 is a front view thereof; and,

FIG. 8 is a rear view thereof.

The broken lines in the figures show portions of the connector which form no part of the claimed design.

The shade lines in the figures show contour and not surface ornamentation.

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