US 8,912,442 C1 (11,366th)
Active cover plate
Jeremy Smith, Orem, UT (US)
Filed by Jeremy Smith, Orem, UT (US)
Assigned to SNAP RAYS
Reexamination Request No. 90/014,022, Oct. 6, 2017.
Reexamination Certificate for Patent 8,912,442, issued Dec. 16, 2014, Appl. No. 13/461,915, May 2, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/574,344, filed on Aug. 1, 2011.
Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate issued on Aug. 10, 2018.
Int. Cl. H02G 3/14 (2006.01)
CPC H02G 3/14 (2013.01)
OG exemplary drawing
AS A RESULT OF REEXAMINATION, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT:
The patentability of claims 13-15 is confirmed.
Claims 1-5, 11 and 12 are cancelled.
Claims 6-10 and 16-20 were not reexamined.
11. A cover plate for an electrical receptacle, the cover plate comprising:
a first flexible conducting strip, wherein the first conducting strip:
protrudes rearward from the cover plate; and
is configured to contact a first terminal of a receptacle, wherein the first terminal connects the receptacle to a power source, wherein the first conducting strip bends outward as it contacts the first terminal;
a first insulator, wherein the first insulator prevents the first conducting strip from contacting conducting materials other than the first terminal;
a second flexible conducting strip, wherein the second conducting strip:
protrudes rearward from the cover plate; and
is configured to contact a second terminal of the receptacle, wherein the second conducting strip bends outward as it contacts the second terminal, wherein the second terminal completes the connection of the receptacle to the power source;
a second insulator, wherein the second insulator prevents the second conducting strip from contacting conducting materials other than the second terminal;
an electrical load in the cover plate; and
wiring embedded within the cover plate, wherein the wiring connects:
the first conducting strip to the load; and
the second conducting strip to the load.
13. The cover plate of claim 11, wherein the first insulator and second insulator comprise insulating covers disposed over terminal ends of the first and second conducting strips.