US Patent No: 6,282,088

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Detachable securement of an accessory device to a handheld computer

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Embodiments of this invention provide for coupling an accessory device to a back face of a handheld computer while electrically connecting to the handheld computer through a communications or output port. In one embodiment, the accessory device 'piggy-backs' on the handheld computer so that the accessory device and handheld computer form a portable combination. An insertion coupling may be used to detachably secure the accessory device with the handheld computer. The insertion coupling used with embodiments of the invention is preferably a snap-in coupling having one or more biased members. The biased members may be contracted to engage an aperture on a back face of the handled computer. When released, the biased members secure the accessory device to the handheld computer.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
QUALCOMM INCORPORATEDSAN DIEGO, CA13405

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Canova, Francis J Fremont, CA 9 212
Francavilla, Madeleine L Santa Cruz, CA 6 254
Osborn, Neal A Milpitas, CA 34 960
Stowers, David C Morristown, NJ 54 592
Urban, Alan San Jose, CA 7 228

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