US 9,813,097 B2
Moisture resistant mobile phone case
Kwame Appiah, Inglewood, CA (US)
Filed by Kwame Appiah, Inglewood, CA (US)
Filed on Mar. 3, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/60,305.
Prior Publication US 2017/0257132 A1, Sep. 7, 2017
Int. Cl. H04M 1/00 (2006.01); H04B 1/3888 (2015.01); H04M 1/21 (2006.01)
CPC H04B 1/3888 (2013.01) [H04M 1/21 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A moisture resistant phone case for a phone, comprising:
a base having an opening and a cavity sized to receive the phone, the base comprising buttons aligned with buttons the phone for operating the phone while within the case, the base further comprising a hinge along a lower edge and first and second slots along first and second lateral edges, respectively;
a door sized to close the opening in the base, the door mounted on the hinge at the lower edge of the base for opening and closing thereabout, the door further comprising a sleeve to receive the phone when the door is opened, the sleeve including first and second guides mounted along the door's first and second lateral edges, the guides forming first and second spaced apart arcuate members for receiving the phone therebetween and each spaced apart arcuate member further includes an inwardly directed distal end tab projecting from a distal edge of the guide for biasing the phone against the door, the distal end tabs and the spaced apart walls capturing the phone within the door of the phone case, the guides cooperating with the first and second slots on the base such that the guides recede into the slots on the base when the door closes so that the door bears against the base with the phone retained in and against the door;
the base further comprising an armband coupled to the base at a rear surface, the armband including a peripheral rubber edge that borders an elastic material that allows the armband to resiliently return to an original shape once stretched, the armband including undulating rubber ridges along an upper surface; and
a peripheral rubber strip encircling a polymer backing on the base adjacent a bottom surface, the polymer backing including rubber ridges arranged in asymmetric groups that alternate from opposite sides of the case;
wherein a tolerance of the fit between the door and the base prevents moisture from entering the cavity without a rubber seal disposed between the door and the base.