Patent Number: 6,310,766

Title: Latching apparatus for a portable computer

Abstract: A device for securely engaging a display panel with a base in a closed position is provided for use with a portable computer that may be constructed of both a base and a display panel that is pivotally mounted on the base. The base and the display panel combine to form the chassis of the portable computer. The device for engaging the display panel and the base in a closed position prevents the display panel from being damaged when the portable computer is being moved, stored, or shipped. The device consists of a recess for mounting a latching assembly and a latching assembly. The latching assembly supports a latch that secures the display panel to the base when the cover is in a folded down, or closed or recessed, position. The latch assembly comprises a recess that is formed in the display panel that receives the latch assembly. There is also a seat formed on the base that corresponds to the opening on the cover. To secure the display panel and the base in a closed position, the latch assembly is inserted into the recess and then coupled to the seating area on the base. A holding member is integrally formed with the latch assembly that and allows the latch assembly to be stably mounted in the recess. An elastic member is fastened to the latch assembly to prevent the latch from detaching without pressure being applied on a button area.

Inventors: Bae; Jae-Yong (Suwon, KR)

Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.

International Classification: E05C 3/14 (20060101); E05C 3/00 (20060101); G06F 1/16 (20060101); E05B 9/08 (20060101); E05B 9/00 (20060101); H05K 005/00 (); H05K 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018