US Patent No: 6,617,511

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Prewired electrical apparatus having quick connect components

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Abstract

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A power distribution system, suitable for use in a building is provided, having a junction box, a hub, a junction device, and a cover plate. Wiring from the building is connected to the hub using various alternatives such as stab-in connections, set screws, or loop screws, and color coding facilitates proper wiring. Also, the junction device is a modular piece that can be attached to the junction box via interference there between. Furthermore, a cover plate can be attached to the junction device via interference there between, or the cover plate can be integrally attached to the junction device. The hub can accommodate circuitry that functions with the junction device while simultaneously accommodating circuitry wholly independent of the junction device. As such, the power distribution system enables wiring to be completed more quickly and accurately, in a wider variety of applications, thereby advantageously reducing associated costs.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SPEEDPLEX, LLCCOSTA MESA, CA1

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Petrak, Gary Lee 1148 Salinas, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 3 102
Schultz, James Douglas 2386 Dundee Cir., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 3 102
Shaw, Ronald D Corona Del Mar, CA 125 776
Weber, Michael Henry 2163 Inverness Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 3 102

Cited Art Landscape

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COLOGGI, ANTHONY E, MR (1)
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MICHAEL J. SHOTEY (1)
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REILLY, JAMES P., JOINTLY AND NOT SEVERALLY (1)
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6,435,903 Electrical outlet fixture recessible in a housing 16 2000

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
PROTECTCONNECT (14)
6,884,111 Safety module electrical distribution system 42 2003
7,081,009 Electrical distribution functional module 18 2005
7,052,313 Electrical distribution wiring module 30 2005
7,060,897 Safety outlet module 17 2005
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7,265,291 Electrical distribution wiring module 23 2006
7,544,941 Motion detector module 9 2007
7,762,838 Safety module electrical distribution system 10 2008
8,105,107 Safety electrical outlet and switch system 2 2008
7,718,893 Adjustable plaster ring cover 6 2008
8,028,408 Method of manufacturing a wiring module 3 2010
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8,388,371 Safety electrical outlet and switch system 1 2012
8,678,856 Safety electrical outlet and switch system 0 2013
 
LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC. (9)
7,666,010 Modular wiring system with locking elements 10 2008
D616831 Modular connector 6 2008
D618627 Quick connect receptacle 5 2009
7,955,096 Modular wiring system with locking elements 5 2010
8,096,818 Modular wiring system with locking elements 2 2010
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8,371,863 Modular wiring system 0 2011
8,602,799 Modular wiring system 0 2013
 
Haworth, Inc. (6)
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Advanced Currents Corp. (3)
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COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY (2)
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8,575,484 Adjustable-depth ring assembly and method of installation 1 2011
 
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (2)
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SOUTHWIRE COMPANY (2)
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8,303,330 Piercing connector for continuous flexible bus 1 2011
 
BRIDGEPORT FITTINGS, INC. (1)
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HOLOCOM, INC. (1)
7,608,780 Back plate for network connection box 4 2009
 
HUBBELL INCORPORATED (1)
8,658,893 Electrical device with interchangeable faceplates 0 2011
 
KYOHAYA TECHNOLOGY LTD. (1)
8,794,997 Wall outlet type USB hub with independent charging function 0 2013
 
Protect Connect (1)
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QUIKBOX, INC. (1)
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The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army (1)
6,786,766 Electrical outlet box with secure quick connect and release features 9 2003
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (11)
6,945,815 Quick connect electrical outlet 23 2004
D553101 Electrical switch assembly 0 2004
7,034,222 Electrical junction system 12 2005
7,279,633 Apparatus for providing an electrical wiring hub 2 2006
7,160,147 Electrical connection system 19 2006
7,569,771 Electrical receptacle and box apparatus 3 2007
7,709,753 Electrical wiring block system 0 2007
7,767,905 Electrical apparatus having quick connect components 2 2008
7,744,407 Modular circuit boxes and associated components 1 2009
D661176 Receptacle cover 1 2009
8,287,305 Receptacle system having multiple wire quick connects 0 2011

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