Adjustable portable device holder

  • US 10,315,585 B2
  • Filed: 04/30/2018
  • Issued: 06/11/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/20/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A portable device holder for use in attaching a smartphone to a vent blade within an automobile, the portable device holder comprising:

  • an adjustable clamping element configured to be expanded and retracted to removably attach one of a plurality of different sized smartphones to the portable device holder;

    a frustoconical shaped vent mounting element divided into four segments that each define a respective vent mounting arm and that collectively define first and second mounting slots when the four vent mounting arms of the frustoconical shaped mounting element are not engaged with any vent blade within an automobile;

    the first and second mounting slots orthogonal to one another;

    the first mounting slot having a first clearance when the four vent mounting arms of the frustoconical shaped mounting element are not engaged with any vent blade within an automobile;

    the second mounting slot having a second clearance, which is greater than the first clearance, when the four vent mounting arms of the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element are not engaged with any vent blade within an automobile;

    the first and second clearances of the first and second mounting slots, respectively, enabling the portable device holder to be mounted to at least two different sized vent blades;

    the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element having first and second ends, with the first end having a greater circumference than the second end;

    the first end of the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element rotatably attached to the adjustable clamping element such that the vent mounting arms, which are defined by the four segments of the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element, extend in a direction away from the adjustable clamping element; and

    the second end of the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element being a free end that provides access to the first and second mounting slots to thereby enable the portable device holder to be mounted to at least two different sized vent blades;

    wherein rotation of the frustoconical shaped vent mounting element relative to the adjustable clamping element enables each of the first and second vent mounting slots to be selectively rotated between vertical and horizontal arrangements relative to the adjustable clamping element.

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