US Patent No. 10,433,444

INTERCONNECT DEVICE


Patent No. 10,433,444
Issue Date October 01, 2019
Title Interconnect Device
Inventorship John S Lettow, Washington, DC (US)
Louise Brooks, Washington, DC (US)
Paige J Boehmcke, Baltimore, MD (US)
Bretton Swope, Gaithersburg, MD (US)
Robyn Nariyoshi, Honolulu, HI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,433,444

1. An interconnect apparatus comprisinga first portion housing a control circuit;
a second portion conductively coupled to a flexible circuit, the second portion comprising a first seat housing and a second seat housing, the first seat housing coupled to the second seat housing thereby forming a housing around a portion of the flexible circuit, the control circuit conductively couples to the flexible circuit when the first portion couples to the second portion; and
wherein
the flexible circuit is included in an apparel item and comprises a conductive trace;
the control circuit comprises an electronic component conductively coupled to the conductive trace;
the conductive trace comprises a conductive composition;
the first seat housing comprising a lateral wall and a flange extending peripherally from the lateral wall; and
the flange comprising a longitudinal co-extensive lateral recess flanking the flexible circuit.