US Patent No: 7,898,812

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Alternative hosts for multiple adapters and multiple consumer electronic devices

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A modular system comprises multiple hosts, each having a common service interface, multiple consumer electronic devices, each having a service interface that is different from each other and from the common service interface of the hosts, and multiple adapters, each corresponding to one of the consumer electronic devices, to couple the service interfaces of the host and the corresponding consumer electronic device to supply at least one service between the host and the corresponding consumer electronic device.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATIONBENTON HARBOR, MI1766

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
LeClear, Douglas D Coloma, US 70 442
McCoy, Richard A Stevensville, US 152 961

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION (14)
9,103,578 Substance communicating device for coupling to a host 0 2009
8,830,660 Mechanical power service communicating device and system 1 2009
8,745,203 Mechanical proximity sensor enabled eService connector system 1 2009
8,700,809 Substance communicating device with activatable connector and cycle structure 0 2009
8,528,610 Mechanically energized substance communication coupling system 1 2009
8,517,337 Proximity sensor enabled substance communication coupling system 1 2009
8,439,178 Proximity sensor enabled mechanical power coupling system 0 2009
8,430,221 Mechanically energized mechanical power coupling system 0 2009
8,405,253 Mechanically energized eService connector system 1 2009
8,387,948 Mechanically energized substance communication coupling system 2 2009
8,382,065 Substance communicating device with mechanically energized connector system 2 2009
8,342,480 Substance communicating device with mechanically energized connector 3 2009
* 8,212,430 Apparatus and system for communicating electromagnetic service 5 2009
* 2011/0148,216 Apparatus and System for Communicating Electromagnetic Service 12 2009
 
YEN INTERNATIONAL, LLC (1)
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SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD. (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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