US Patent No. 11,116,090

ELECTRONIC DEVICES INCORPORATING FLEXIBLE COMPONENT LAYERS WITH INTERLOCKING DEVICES


Patent No. 11,116,090
Issue Date September 07, 2021
Title Electronic Devices Incorporating Flexible Component Layers With Interlocking Devices
Inventorship Dylan T. Cosgrove, Oakdale, MN (US)
Catherine A. Leatherdale, Woodbury, MN (US)
Fay T. Salmon, Eden Prairie, MN (US)
Jun Fujita, Tokyo (JP)
Albert I. Everaerts, Tucson, AZ (US)
Assignee 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY, St. Paul, MN (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,116,090


1. An electronic device, comprising:at least one rigid member;
a flexible component layer having at least two sections when the flexible component layer is flexed; and
an interlocking device disposed between the flexible component layer and one of the at least one rigid member,
wherein the interlocking device comprises a first interlocking component attached to or integrated with the flexible component layer, and a second interlocking component attached to or integrated with one of the at least one rigid member configured to engage with the first interlocking component, such that the engagement prevents the separation of the flexible component layer from the at least one rigid member along a direction generally, perpendicular to a surface of the at least one rigid member,
wherein the first interlocking component is adapted to slide, along a sliding axis, with respect to the second interlocking component proximate a center of the electronic device as measured along an axis perpendicular to the sliding axis.