US Patent No. 11,071,175

REMOVABLE ELECTRIC GRILL CONTROLLER WITH MOUNT


Patent No. 11,071,175
Issue Date July 20, 2021
Title Removable Electric Grill Controller With Mount
Inventorship Kevin James Schmeski, Romeoville, IL (US)
Assignee WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS LLC, Palatine, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,071,175


1. An electric grill assembly, comprising:a housing;
a mounting bracket having a front surface, a top surface, a left side, a right side, a bottom surface, and a generally open back plane;
said mounting bracket's back plane having at least two flanges for mounting said mounting bracket to said housing; an elongated slot spanning along the mounting bracket's front surface;
a first and second tab respectively positioned on the slot's left and right edges; and
an electronic controller having a power cord, and further comprising a first and second spring element, said first and second spring element being aligned to respectively engage said first and second tab when said electronic controller is attached to said mounting bracket;
wherein the power cord is connectable to a voltage line and a neutral line such that the neutral line is in electrical communication with the first and second spring element and forms an electrical path for electrical current to flow from the housing, through the mounting bracket, through the first and second tabs, through the first and second spring elements, and to the neutral line when the electric controller is in the engaged position so as to electrically ground the housing of the electric grill; and wherein said housing, said mounting bracket, said first and second tabs, and said first and second spring elements are made of electrically conductive material.