US 7,737,809 C1 (1,531st)
Circuit interrupting device and system utilizing bridge contact mechanism and reset lockout
Frantz Germain, Rosedale, NY (US); James Richter, Bayside, NY (US); David Herzfeld, Huntingdon, NY (US); Armando Calixto, Floral Park, NY (US); David Chan, Bellerose, NY (US); and Stephen Stewart, Berrien Springs, MI (US)
Filed by Frantz Germain, Rosedale, NY (US); James Richter, Bayside, NY (US); David Herzfeld, Huntingdon, NY (US); Armando Calixto, Floral Park, NY (US); David Chan, Bellerose, NY (US); and Stephen Stewart, Berrien Springs, MI (US)
Assigned to Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Reexamination Request No. 95/001,992, May 16, 2012.
Reexamination Certificate for Patent 7,737,809, issued Jun. 15, 2010, Appl. No. 10/690,776, Oct. 22, 2003.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/444,469, filed on Feb. 3, 2003.
Inter Partes Reexamination Certificate issued on Jun. 1, 2018.
Int. Cl. H01H 73/00 (2006.01); H02H 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC H01H 73/00 (2013.01) [H02H 3/00 (2013.01)]
OG exemplary drawing
AS A RESULT OF REEXAMINATION, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT:
The patentability of claims 4, 6, 10, 35, 36, 37, 39 and 41-46 is confirmed.
Claims 1-3, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 16 are cancelled.
Claims 5, 7, 12, 14, 17-34, 38, 40 and 47-83 were not reexamined.
35. A circuit interrupting device comprising:
a housing having at least one user accessible receptacle defined therein;
a pair of line terminals that include a phase and neutral, the pair of line terminals disposed at least partially within the housing and adapted to electrically connect to a source of electric current;
a pair of load terminals that include a phase and neutral, the pair of load terminals disposed at least partially within the housing;
a pair of face terminals that include a phase and neutral, wherein the line, load, and face terminals are electrically isolated from each other and positioned to electrically connect to the at least one user accessible receptacle;
at least one lifter having a first opening defined therein and configured to move between a first position which provides electrical continuity between the line terminals and at least one of the load terminals and the face terminals and a second position which breaks electrical continuity between the line terminals and at least one of the load terminals and the face terminals;
a circuit interrupter configured to movably engage a latch having a second opening defined therein and positioned to substantially align with the first opening of the at least one lifter to move the at least one lifter from the first position to the second position upon the occurrence of an electrical abnormality; and
a reset arm configured to movably reorient the at least one lifter to the first position when the latch is disengaged by the circuit interrupter to reestablish electrical continuity amongst the pairs of terminals after resolution of the electrical abnormality.