Patent Number: 6,490,435

Title: Flip cover and antenna assembly for a portable phone

Abstract: A flip cover and antenna assembly for a portable phone is disclosed as being rotatably coupled to a main housing thereof. The flip cover and antenna assembly includes a first flip cover housing, a second flip cover housing matable with the first flip cover housing, and an antenna element positioned between the first and second flip cover housings. The antenna element further includes a ground plane bonded to the ground plane first surface. A dielectric foam is positioned over any remaining area of the ground plane first surface. The first and second flip cover housings have flanges which extend from at least a portion thereof to wrap around corresponding edges of the main housing, which enables extensions of the ground plane to be provided conforming to the flanges. The ground plane may also be patterned in order to control the radiation pattern thereof and limit any interference from other components of the portable phone. The flip cover and antenna assembly may also include a second antenna in the form of a printed circuit antenna or a monopole antenna.

Inventors: Ma; Yawei (Raleigh, NC), Karabinis; Peter (Cary, NC), Hayes; Gerard James (Wake Forest, NC), MacDonald, Jr.; James D. (Apex, NC)

Assignee: Ericsson Inc.

International Classification: H04B 1/38 (20060101); H01Q 1/24 (20060101); H04B 001/38 ()

Expiration Date: 12/03/2019