Patent Number: 6,297,947

Title: External hinge for a portable computer cover

Abstract: A portable computer includes a base and a cover mounted to the base. The base has a first hinge groove formed in an external surface of the base, and the cover has a second hinge groove formed in an external surface of the cover. The portable computer also includes a hinge having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is seated in the first hinge groove and is substantially flush with the external surface of the base adjacent the first hinge groove. The first portion is rigidly connected to the base. The second portion is seated in the second hinge groove and is substantially flush with the external surface of the cover adjacent the second hinge groove. The second portion is pivotally connected to the cover and rigidly connected to the first portion such that the second portion is substantially perpendicular to the first portion.

Inventors: Howell; Bryan F. (Austin, TX), Hunter; Bryan K. (Austin, TX)

Assignee: Dell USA, L.P.

International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); E05D 5/06 (20060101); E05D 5/00 (20060101); G06F 001/16 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018