GB2510884A - Mounting System - Google Patents

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GB2510884A
GB2510884A GB1302759.4A GB201302759A GB2510884A GB 2510884 A GB2510884 A GB 2510884A GB 201302759 A GB201302759 A GB 201302759A GB 2510884 A GB2510884 A GB 2510884A
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Andrew Brundan
Harry De Stacpoole
Matt White
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R11/00Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for
    • B60R11/02Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for for radio sets, television sets, telephones, or the like; Arrangement of controls thereof
    • B60R11/0241Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for for radio sets, television sets, telephones, or the like; Arrangement of controls thereof for telephones
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R11/00Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for
    • B60R2011/0001Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by position
    • B60R2011/0003Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by position inside the vehicle
    • B60R2011/0005Dashboard
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R11/00Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for
    • B60R2011/0042Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by mounting means
    • B60R2011/0049Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by mounting means for non integrated articles
    • B60R2011/005Connection with the vehicle part
    • B60R2011/0063Connection with the vehicle part using adhesive means, e.g. hook and loop fasteners
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R11/00Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for
    • B60R2011/0042Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by mounting means
    • B60R2011/0049Arrangements for holding or mounting articles, not otherwise provided for characterised by mounting means for non integrated articles
    • B60R2011/0064Connection with the article
    • B60R2011/007Connection with the article using magnetic means

Abstract

A system for mounting an item 1, particularly a mobile telephone, to a substrate 2, particularly a vehicle dashboard, comprises a first mounting plate 4 of magnetic material securable to substrate 2, and a second mounting plate 3, mountable to the item, that includes a magnet 7. Mounting plates 3, 4 comprise cooperable locating portions engageable to prevent plates 3, 4 rotaitng or sliding relative to each other. Preferably, first mounting plate 4 has a square array of four circular recesses (14a, 14b, 14c, 14d, Figure 2), and second mounting plate 3 has four circular magnets (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, Figure 3) in corresponding protrusions (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, Figure 3). Mounting plates 3, 4 may be secured to item 1 or substrate 2 using adhesive pads 5, 6. Mounting brackets incorporating the features of first mounting plate 4 are also disclosed.

Description

MOUI\JTING SYSTEM The present invention concerns magnetic mounting arrangements, and is particularly directed to releasable magnetic mounts which can secure one component to another by fixing a first, magnetic, mounting plate to the one component and a second mounting plate made from niagnetic material to the other component.

Magnetic and adhesive coupling devices are known for example in United States patent 3239178 which discloses first and second magnetically attracted sections having adhesive pads United States patents 6149116 and 6888940 disclose devices for mounting an item device to a vehicle dashboard, but provide only one mounted position for the item.

PCT application WO 03/007762 discloses a hook having a base removably mountable to a wall by a stretch-releasable adhesive pad. A pull tab member of the stretch-releasable adhesive pad is covered by a movable flap mounted to the hook base by a complex linear and rotational moving mechanism.

An objective of the present invention is to improve on the prior art devices by providing a magnetic mounting arrangement which positively locates two items relative one to the otheiand holds them in position by magnetic forces.

A further objective of the present invention is to providc a magnetic mounting arrangement in which an item may be located in a selected one of a plurality of positions relative to the item to which it is mounted.

A fin-ther objective of the present invention is to provide a simple structure, usable with stretch-releasable adhesive pads, to provide a removable cover for the pull tabs of such pads.

According to a first aspect, the present invention provides a magnetic mounting arrangement comprising first and second mounting plates, one of the mounting plates being formed from a magnetic material and the other mounting plate including at least one magnet, the first and second mounting plates being configured with cooperating male and female locating portions engageable to prevent relative movement between the mounting plates in translation and rotation.

The cooperating male and female locating portions may comprise projections upstanding from a front surface of one mounting plate and engageable with recesses formed in a front surface of the other mounting p]ate. The projections and respective recesses may be circular or polygonal in plan view, in an advantageous embodiment, an array of circular projections and recesses is provided, the array including orthogonal lines of projections and recesses such that the two mounting plates may engage with each other in a plurality of angular positions According to a second aspect, the present invention provides a mounting plate for fixing to an item using a stretch-releasable adhesive pad having a pull tab, the mounting plate having a mounting portion to which the adhesive pad is attached, and a cover portion which in use overlies the pull tab, the cover portion being attached to the mounting portion along a line of weakness. In an advantageous embodiment, the line of weakness is constituted by a slot, andlor a groove separating the mounting portion from the cover portion. The cover portion and the mounting portion may be joined by at least one bridge positioned at the end of a slot.

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described in detail, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure Ia is a schematic exploded side view illustrating a mounting arrangement for fixing a mobile phone to a substrate using male and female mounting plates; Figure lb is a front view of the assembly of Figure Ia seen in the direction an arrow A, schematically illustrating two alternative positions for the mounting arrangement; Figure 2a and Figure 2b are front views, respectively, of the male and female mounting plates of Figure Ia; Figure 3 is a perspective view of the male mounting plate of Figure Ia and an adhesive mounting pad; Figure 4 is a perspective view of the female mounting plate of Figure Ia and a pair of releasabic mounting pads; Figure 5 is a sectional view of the female mounting plate and adhesive pads, taken on the line V-V of Figure 4; Figure ôa and Figure ób are front views of male and female mounting plates of a second, alternative, embodiment of the invention; Figures 7a and 7b are front and rear views of a sheet blank for forming a first dashboard mounting bracket; Figure 7c is a longitudinal sectional view of the blank of Figures 7a and 7b; Figures Sa, Sb and 9 are front, side and perspective views, respectively, of a dashboard mount made by folding the blank of Figures 7a to 7c; Figures lOa and lOb are front and rear views, respectively, of a sheet blank for forming a second dashboard mounting bracket; Figures II a and II b are front and rear perspective views, respectively, of a dashboard bracket folded from the blank of Figures 1 Oa and 1 Ob; Figures 1 2a and I 2b are front and rear views, respectively of a second type of female mounting plate according to the invention; Figure 1 2c is a sectional view along the line XlI-Xll of Figure 1 2a; Figures 1 3a and I 3b are front and rear views, respectively of a second type of male mounting plate co-operable with the female mounting plate of Figures 1 2a to I 2c; Figure 1 3c is a sectional view along the line XlIl-XIll of Figure I 3a; Figure 14a is a perspective view of a wallet incorporating a female mounting plate; Figure 1 4b is a sectional view of the wallet of Figure 1 4a, taken along the line XIV-XIV of Figure 14a; Figure ISa is a perspective view of a third dashboard mounting bracket; and Figure 1 Sb is a perspective view of a male mounting plate co-operable with the third dashboard mounting bracket.

Referring now to Figures 1 to 5, Figure Ia illustrates the releasable mounting of a mobile telephone I to a substrate 2 by means of a pair of co-operable male and female mounting plates 3 and 4.

The rear surface 3a of male mounting plate 3 is fixed to the mobile telephone I by an adhesive pad 5, and the rear surface of the female mounting plate 4 is fixed to the substrate 2 by an adhesive pad 6.

The male mounting plate 3 has a number of protrusions 7 extending from its front surface, and these are engageable with corresponding recesses in the front surface of the female mounting plate 4, as will be described in more detail with reference to Figures 2.

The adhesive pads 5 and 6 are preferably "command" adhesive pads, which have a double-sided adhesive region and a pull tab Sa, 6a at one edge of the adhesive region.

By applying tension to the pull tab, the adhesive material of the pad is deformed and loses its adhesion, thus enabling the mounting plates 3 and 4 to be removed from their respective components 1 and 2 if desired, Referring now to Figure 2a, the male mounting plate 3 is seen in front view. The front face 3b of the mounting plate is formed with four annular protrusions 7a to 7d, arranged in a square array. Within the circular areas bounded by the annular protrusions 7a to 7d, four disc-like magnets 8a to Sd are closely received. The dimensions of the magnets 8 are such that they entirely fill the spates defined by the annular protrusions 7.

At the upper end of the mounting plate 3 (as seen in the Figure) a slot 9 extends across the central area of the mounting plate. The upper end portion 10 of the mounting plate 3 is thus attached to the remainder of the mounting plate 3 by two bridges 11, positioned at the respective ends of the slot 9 The bridges II may be further weakened by forming grooves in the rear surface of the mounting plate, continuing the line of the slot 9.

Referring now to Figure 3, there are shown in perspective view the mounting plate 3 with its front surface 3b uppermost and the adhesive pad 5, with the pull tab 5a extending along one end of the pad. The pad 5 is positioned below the mounting plate 3 ready for attachment to the rear surface 3a of the mounting plate 3. The adhesive pad 5 and mounting plate 3 are dimensioned so that the end portion 10 of the mounting plate 3 overlies the pull tab 5a of the adhesive pad 5, and the adhesive area 5 extends over the remainder of the rear surface 3a of the mounting plate 3.

To attach the male mounting plate 3 to an item such as a mobile telephone I, a release liner may be removed from the rear surface of the adhesive pad S and the adhesive pad 5 then applied to the mobile phone, thus fixing the male mounting plate 3 to the mobile telephone I. Figure 2b illustrates the female mounting plate 4 in front view The female mounting plate 4 is formed on its front surface with four circular recesses 14a to 14d, which are dimensioned and positioned so as to be able closely to receive the annular protrusions 7a to 7d of the male mounting plate 3. As with the male mounting plate, the upper end (as seen in Figure 2b) of the female mounting plate 4 has a transverse s]ot 15 which separates an end region 16 from the main body of the mounting plate 4. The end region 1 6 is attached to the remainder of the mounting plate 4 by bridge regions 17 positioned at the ends of the slot 15. The female mounting plate 4 is formed from a magnetic material, so as to be attracted by the magnets 8 of the male mounting plate.

Figure 4 is a perspective view of the female mounting plate 4 with its front surface 4b uppermost. The circular recesses 14a to 14d extend part-way through the thickness of the female mounting plate 4. The slot 15 penetrates through the entire thickness of the mounting plate, and ooves 18 are formed in the rear surface 4a of the mounting plate 4 to extend from the edges of the plate to the ends of the slot 15, further weakening the bridge regions 17.

In the arrangement shown in Figure 4, two adhesive pads 6 are shown. Each adhesive pad 6 covers substantially half of the rear surface 4a of the femalc mounting plate 4, and has a pull tab 6a extending beneath half of the end region 16. The junction 6b between the pull tab Ga and the adhesive pad 6 is essentially aligned with the slot 15 and grooves 18 when the female mounting plate 4 is attached to the adhesive pads 6.

The female mounting plate 4 may be attached to the substrate to by removing a release liner from the rear surfaces ofthe adhesive pads 6 and sticking them to the substrate 2. When ordinary (i.e. not "stretch-releasable") adhesive pads are used, the adhesivc surfaces of the adhesive pads may be arranged so that the bond between the pads 6 and the mounting plate 4 is stronger than the bond between the pads 6 and the substrate 2 to ensure that when the mounting plate is peeled from the substrate the adhesive pads remain attached to the mounting plate.

The male and female mounting plates are advantageously fabricated from sheet steel by an acid-etching process, which enables the thin sheets of metal to be formed rapidly and without work-hardening. It is however possible to form the mounting platcs by stamping, milling or other conventional machining processes. The use of thin sheet material allows the spacing between components joined by the mounting arrangement to be reduced to a minimum. In some embodiments, the male mounting plate may be an injection-inoulded plastics component, with the magnets embedded in the moulded mounting plate. At To mount the mobile telephone I to the substrate 2, the male mounting plate fixed to the telephone is offered up to the female mounting plate fixed to the substrate so that the protrusions 7 of the male mounting plate 3 enter the circular recesses 14 of the female mounting plate 4. The magnets 8 of the male mounting plate 3 are attracted by the magnetic material at the bottoms of the recesses 14, and hold the male and female mounting plates together.

The dimensions and tolerances of the protrusions 7 and the recesses 14 are so arranged that when the front surfaces of the male and female mounting plates are offered together, the sides of the protrusions 7 engage the sides of the recesses 1 4 and relative sliding movement between the plates is prevented both in translation and in rotation.

The male and female mounting plates are formed with recesses and protrusions in a square array, so that the two plates may be engaged together in four different relative angular orientations. In the arrangement shown in Figure Ib, this enables the mobile telephone I to be oriented relative to the substrate 2 in angular positions spaced by 90°. The mounting plates may therefore be positioned on the substrate and on the mobile telephone such that the telephone may, as shown in Figure Ib, adopt the landscape orientation L as shown in solid lines, or the portrait orientation P shown in broken lines.

Figure 5 is a sectional view of the female mounting plate 4 and adhesive pad 6. The adhesive pad 6 is attached to the rear surface 4a of the female mounting plate 4, with the junction 6b between the adhesive pad 6 and the pull tab 6a aligned with the slot in the mounting plate 4. The end portion 16 of the mounting plate 4, in normal S use, covers the pull tab 6a in order to protect and conceal it. When the user wishes to detach the female mounting plate 4 from the substrate, a force is applied to urge the end portion 16 away from the substrate 2, so that the bridges 17 bend and allow the end portion 16 to adopt the position shown in broken lines in FigureS. A rebate 19 may be formed in the rear surface of the end portion 16 of the mounting plate, to allow the insertion of a lifting implement such as a blade, fingernail etc. When the end portion 16 has been lifted, the pull tab 6a is exposed and may be grasped and pulled to release the adhesive tab 6, detaching the mounting plate 4 from the substrate 2.

While the lifting of the end portion 16 has been described in relation to the female mounting plate 4, it will be understood that the end portion 10 of the male mounting plate 3 may similarly be lifted to expose the pull tab 5a of its adhesive pad 5, allowing the male mounting plate 3 to be removed from the mobile telephone if required.

After removal, the adhesive pads 5 and 6 will generally be separated from their respective mounting plates 3 and 4. The mounting plates may be re-used by bending the end portions 10 and 16 back to their original positions, and applying new adhesive pads to the mounting plates. Alternatively, the end portions 10 and 16 may break off during the removal process, in which case the mounting plates may be reused by applying new adhesive pads, but the absence of the end portions 10 and 16 will mean that the pull tabs 5a and Ga are exposed.

Figures 6a and 6b are front views, respectively, of male and female mounting plates according to a second embodiment. In this embodiment, the male mounting plate 30 has a protruding ridge 37 in the form of a square, surrounding a square magnet 21 attached to the mounting plate 30 and dimensioned so as to substantially fill the region bounded by the ridge 37, and to be flush with the top of the ridge 37. The female mounting plate 40 has on its front face a recess 44, dimensioned so as to closely receive tle ridge 37 such that the external walls of the ridge 37 engage the sidewalls of the recess 44 to locate the male and female mounting plates. As before, the two mounting plates may be offered together in four different relative angular orientations, allowing selective positioning of the mounted components. The mounting plates 30 and 40 may, as before, be formed with lines of weakness constituted by slots 39 and 45, respectively to facilitate removal of the mounting plates from their respective components as described above.

Figures 7a to 7c illustrate a sheet metal blank 50 which may be formed into a dashboard mounting bracket, shown in Figures 8 and 9, for cxample for use in mounting a mobile telephone to a vehicle dashboard so that the mobile telephone display may be used as a navigation device. The blank 50 is an elongated rectangular strip, the strip being divided into four regions by three transverse grooves 51, 52 and 53 formed in its rear face. The blank 50 is formed from a magnetic material such as steel, and may be from I to 2 mm in thickness.

The uppermost region 54 of the blank (as seen in the Figure 7b) forms an upstanding mounting portion, to which the mobile telephone may be attached. The mounting portion 54 is joined to a base portion 55 at the groove 53. The base portion 55 extends between groove 53 and groove 52, where it joins a rear stay portion 56. At the lower end of the blank (as seen in Figure 7b) a securing tab 57 is joined to the rear stay 56 at groove 51.

The mounting portion 54 is formed on its front face with a number of circular recesses 60. in the illustrated embodiment, there are four circular recesses 60 positioned and dimensioned so as to be co-operable with the protrusions 7a to 7d of a male mounting plate such as that shown in Figures 2a and 3.

The grooves 51, 52 and 53 act as hinges, allowing the blank to be folded to form the iliounting bracket shown in Figures 8 and 9. To form the blank into a mounting bracket, the mounting portion 54 is folded relative to the base portion 55 about the groove 53, in the direction of arrow F in Figure 7c so as to bring the rear faces of the mounting portion 54 and the base portion 55 to an acutc angle. The rear stay 56 is then folded up towards the rear face of the mounting portion 54, and the securing tab 57 is folded so that it makes a full face contact with the rear surface of the mounting portion 54. An adhesive layer or pad (not shown) may be provided between the tab 57 and the rear face of the mounting portion 54 to secure the tab 57 to the mounting portion 54.

Adhesive pads 6], shown in broken lines in Figure 7a, are then applied to the front face of the base 55, to be used to secure the mounting bracket to a supporting surface such as the vehicle dashboard or the interior of the windscreen.

It will be appreciated that after initially folding the mounting portion 54 and rear stay 56 relative to the base 55, the mounting bracket may be secured to the vehicle dashboard and the angle of the mounting surface 54 adjusted, before the tab 57 is secured to the rear of the mounting portion 54 to fix the geometry of the mounting bracket.

The base 55 of the mounting bracket is provided with a cover plate 62, attached to the base 55 by two bridges 63. The cover plate 62 overlies the pull tabs 6ia of stretch-releasable adhesive pads 61, enabling the dashboard mounting bracket to be removed from the dashboard by simply lifting the cover plate 62 to expose the pull tabs 61a, and pulling the tabs 61a to releasc the adhesive.

Figures 10 and 11 illustrate an alternative form of dashboard mounting bracket.

Figures 1 Oa and lOb are front and rear views, respectively, of a sheet metal blank 70 for forming the mounting bracket, and Figures II a and 1 lb are perspective front and rear views of the folded blank.

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The blank 70 comprises a rectangular mounting portion 7] and a pair of triangular gussets 72 attached to the longer sides of the mounting portion 71. Grooves 73 extend along the joins to provide lines of weakness for bending the blank. The front face of the mounting portion 7] is formed with a number of circular recesses 60, similarly to the previous mounting bracket. In the illustrated embodiment, there are four circular recesses 60 positioned and dimensioned so as to be co-operable with the protrusions 7a to 7d of a male mounting plate such as that shown in Figures 2a and 3.

Two base portions 74 are positioned adjacent one end of the mounting portion 7], and are attached to the gussets 72 by thinned sections. Each base portion 74 has a cover portion 75 attached to its side remote from the mounting portion 71, by bridges 76.

To form a mounting bracket from the blank 70, adhesive pads 80 with pull tabs 80a are fixed to the front faces of the base portions 74, with the pull tabs 80a overlying the cover portions 75, as seen in Figure lOa. The base portions 74 are then bent rearwards so that the rear faces of the base portion 74 and the gussets 72 form a right angle. The gussets 72 are then bent rearwards relative to the mounting portion 7], bringing the base portions 74 together. The mounting bracket may then be secured, for example to a car dashboard, by attaching the adhesive pads 82 the car dashboard.

A mobile phone may then be mounted to the front face of the mounting portion 71, using a male mounting plate to engage the recesses 60 in the mounting portion 71.

To remove the bracket, the cover portions 75 are bent up to the position shown in Figure Ib, exposing the pull tabs 80a. The pull tabs may then be pulled to release the adhesive pads 80 and remove the bracket from the dashboard.

Figures 12 and 13 show an alternative arrangement for the mounting plates. Figures 12a to 12c show, respectively, a front view, a rear view and a section of a female mounting plate 90 generally in the form of a cross, with two orthogonal lines of four recesses formed in its front face. Recesses 91 to 94 form the first line of recesses, and recesses 95 to 98 fonTi the second line of recesses, set orthogonally to the first line.

At the end of each arm of the cross, a cover section 99 is joined to the remainder of the mounting plate by a pair of bridges 100 situated at the ends of a slot 101.

As can be seen from Figure 12b, the rear face of the mounting plate is formed with grooves extending from the ends of the slots 101 to the edge of the plate, further thinning the bridges 100. Each cover section 99 also has a rebate 102 at its end, for the introduction of a tool, fingernail or the like to lift thc cover plate when required.

The rear face of the mounting plate may be formed with ridges, grooves or markings 103 to indicate the positioning of adhesive pads 104. Where "command" adhesive pads 104 are used, the markings 103 serve to indicate the correct positioning the pads such that the pull tabs 1 04a are beneath the cover portions 99.

Figures 13a to l3c are viewi similar to Figures l2a to l2c, respectively showing the front, rear and a section of a male mounting plate 110 co-operable with the female mounting plate 90. The male mounting plate 110 is also cruciform in shape, with a square central section and diagonally extending arms.

The front face of the male mounting plate I] 0 is formed with eight annular protrusions Ill to 118 positioned and dimensioned to cooperate with the eight circular recesses 91 to 98 of the female mounting plate 90. Each annular protrusion Ill to 118 houses a magnet M, as described before in relation to the mounting plates of Figures 2a and 3.

At the end of each arm is a cover section 120, attached to the remainder of the mounting plate by a pair of bridges 121 positioned at the ends of a groove 122. TAs before, a rebate 123 maybe formed on the rear surface of the cover section 120.

The rear face of the male mounting plate is substantially identical to that of the female mounting plate, and has markings 103 to assist in the positioning of adhesive pads 104 so that their pull tabs I 04a are positioned beneath the cover sections 120.

To attach items together using the, mounting plates of Figures 12 and 13, the plates are fixed to the respective items using the adhesive pads, and the plates may then be offered together so that the protrusions 111 to 118 enter respective ones of the recesses 91 to 98, this mechanical interaction securing the two plates against relative translation or rotation. The magnetic attraction between the magnets and the female mounting plate resists separatiqn of the two plates, maintaining the mechanical engagement. The increased extent of these mounting plates, as compared to those of Figures 1 to 5 makes the mounting plates of Figures 12 and 13 suitable for securing items such as tablet computers, laptop computers or the like, for example for securing a such a device within a protective case.

It will be appreciated that, the symmetrical arrangement of the protrusions and recesses allows the 2 mounting plates to be locked together in four relative angular positions. In a first position, the protrusion Ill may engage the recess 95, and protrusion 114 will engage recess 98. in a second position, the protrusion Ill may engage the recess 91, and protrusion 114 will engage recess 94. In a third position, the protrusion Ill may engage the recess 98, and protrusion 114 will engage recess 95, and in a final alternative position the protrusion Ill may engage the recess 94, and protrusion 114 will engage recess 91.

Figures 14a and 14b are perspective and sectional views respectively of a credit card wallet 200 incorporating a female mounting plate 201. This arrangemeni allows, for example, a mobile telephone equipped with a male mounting pad such as is shown in Figure 1 to be attached to the credit card wallet to form a single convenient and portable personal accessory.

The wallet is formed of four layers of leather 203 to 206, held together by stitching 207.

The central part of the uppermost layer of leather 203 is cut away so that the mounting plate 201 is received within the thickness of the leather. The female mounting plate 20] is formed with recesses 202 to accept the protrusions and magnets of the male mounting plate in order to fix the items together.

A protective air gap plate 208 is set into a central opening in the second layer of leather 204. The protective air gap plate comprises a plate of magnetic material mounted adjacent the rear surface of the female mounting plate 20]. The central region of the air gap plate 208 adjacent the mounting plate 20] is reassessed to form an air gap 209 between the mounting plate 201 and the plate to await, The air gap plate 208 contacts the rear face of the female mounting plate 20] around the edges of the mounting plate. The air gap plate 208 channels magnetic flux from the magnets of the male mounting plate, so that the magnetic strips of credit cards in the wallet are not affected by the magnets when the wallet is fixed to an item such as a mobile telephone using the magnetic mounting plates.

The third and fourth layers of leather 205 and 206 form the pockets of the wallet, cards being receivable between the layers 205 and 206, and between the layers 204 and 205. Stitching 207 secures the layers of leather together around three sides, leaving an open end for the insertion and removal of cards.

Although the wallet is described as being formed from]eather, equivalent synthetic materials may he used. In some embodiments the air gap platc may be omitted.

Alternative Embodiments Figures I 5a and I Sb illustrate an alternative embodiment for the dashboard mounting bracket of Figures 1 0 and 11. In this embodiment, the mounting bracket has a mounting portion 171 and the front face of the mounting portion is formed with a single circular recess 1 72. This bracket is co-operable with a male mounting bracket configured as shown in Figure 15b, with a single circular protrusion 173 extending from the front face of the mounting plate 174. In the alternative shown, four magnets M are set into circular recesses in the protrusion 173, so as to be flush with the end of the protrusion. In this embodiment, a mobile telephone or other device may be mounted to a vehicle dashboard with the facility to rotate the device rclative to the bracket in order to achieve an optimum orientation of the device for the user. The interengagement between the circular protrusion 1 73 and the circular recess 102 supports the weigh of the device, and the magnetic attraction between the magnets hi and the bracket 171 holds the device securely to the bracket. Embodiments are foreseen in which a single magnet is set at the centre of the protrusion 173, or in which arrangements of 2, 3 or more magnets are mounted in the protrusion 173.

In a yet further embodiment, similar to that of Figure 15, the recess 172 may not be circular but may be formed with a series of circumferential teeth like a gear wheel, and the protrusion 173 may be similarly formed so that the mounting plate 174 nay be engaged with the bracket 171 in a plurality of discrete angular positions.

In the embodiment shown in Figures 1 to 11, an array of four circular protrusions* I 5 incorporating magnets arranged in a square array is seen. It is however foreseen that the male mounting plate may have only two protrusions, or it may have 3 protrusions set in an equilateral triangular array or set in an ?IL!I shaped array to form two orthogonal lines of two protrusions. The female mounting plates or brackets will be correspondingly provided with recesses so that the male mounting plate may be received in a number of angular orientations relative to the female mounting plate.

The female mounting plate may be provided with more recesses than the number of protrusions on the male mounting plate. For example the male mounting plate may have two protrusions and the female mounting plate may have three recesses arranged in an U' shaped array, providing two different orthogonal positions for mating the plates together.

In a further alternative arrangement, the male mounting plate may have two protrusions and the female mounting plate may be provided with three or four recesses in order to accommodate the male mounting plate in a number of different angular orientations.

The protrusions and recesses may be circular, or may be polygonal in form such as rectangular, square, triangular or hexagonal, depending on the arrangement of the protrusions and recesses and the number of different angular orientations between the mounting plates which are to be provided.

In the embodiments described above, each of the protrusions of the male mounting plate houses a magnet. It is foreseen that in some embodiments the male mounting plate may have fewer magnets than protrusions, i.e. one or more of the protrusions may not accommodate a magnet. In yet another embodiments, the male mounting plate may include a number of protrusions engageable with recesscs in the female mounting plate, and may include one or more magnets mounted on the male mounting plate at locations other than the protrusions, so as to be flush with the surface of the male mounting plate and engageable with the female mounting plate to provide magnetic attraction betwccn the plates to hold the plates together.

In the embodiments described, one of the mounting plates is equipped with protrusions and the other is equipped with recesses. It is foreseen that co-operable mounting plates maybe provided each of which includes a number of protrusionè and a number of recesses which interengage to provide mechanical location between the two plates. For example, one mounting plate may comprise a central protrusion surrounded by a square array of recesses, and the other mounting plate may comprise a central recess surrounded by a square array of protrusions.

While the female mounting plate is formed from a magnetic material such as steel so as to be attracted by the magnets, the male magnetic plate may be formed from injection-moulded plastics material. Advantageously, the male mounting plate may be formed by placing magnets within a mould cavity and then moulding the male mounting plate to include the magnets, either flush with the surface of the plate or within the plate material. The male or the female mounting plate may be incorporated into a case for an electronic device such as a mobile telephone, a tablet computer, a satellite navigation dcvice or the like, in order to avoid attaching the mounting plate directly to the device. A metallic mounting plate may be incorporated into the case by injection moulding the case around the mounting plate. In an alternative embodiment, a mobile telephone case may be injection moulded from plastics material and may have male or female mounting portions moulded on its outer surface, and may have magnets embedded in the moulded case. In this embodiment, the magnets of the moulded plastics case will be co-operable with a metallic mounting plate to hold the case and the mounting plate together, and the moulded mounting portions of the case will cooperate with complementary mounting portions on the mounting plate to prevent relative movement between the case and the plate. Jo

When a personal item such as a mobile telephone has been provided with a male mounting plate, female mounting plates may be provided in various locations so that the user of the mobile telephone may releasably fix the telephone at convenient locations in the home, as well as in the car. For example, a female mounting plate may be provided on a wal] in the kitchen, to provide a convenient location to store the phone and keep it away from food preparation surfaces, sinks etc. I8

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  1. Claims: 1. A releasable mounting system for mounting an item to a substrate comprising: a first mounting plate formed from a magnetic material; and a second mounting plate including at least one magnet, wherein the first and second mounting plates are configured with cooperating male and female locating portions engageablc to prevent relative movement between the mounting plates in translation and rotation.
  2. 2. A releasable mounting system according to claim I, wherein the cooperating male and female locating portions comprise projections upstanding from a front surface of one mounting plate and engageable with recesses formed in a front surface of the other mounting plate.
  3. 3. A releasable mounting system according to claim 2, wherein at least one of the projections is formed on the second mounting plate.
  4. 4. A releasable mounting system according to claim 3, wherein the at least one magnet is mounted within a projection formed on the second mounting plate.
  5. 5. A releasable mounting system according to any preceding claim, wherein the cooperating male and female locating portions comprise respective arrays of projections and recesses; the arrays including orthogonal lines of projections and recesses such that the two mounting plates may engage with each other in a plurality of angular positions.
  6. 6. A releasable mounting system according to any preceding claim, wherein the male and female locating portions comprise circular projections and recesses.
  7. 7. A releasable mounting system according to any of claims to 5, wherein the male and female locating portions comprise projections and recesses of polygonal form.
  8. 8. A releasable mounting system according to any preceding claim, wherein respective rear faces of the first and second, mounting plates are adapted to be secured by adhesive pads.
  9. 9. A releasable mounting systemS according to claim 8, wherein at least one of the mounting plates comprises a mounting portion adapted to receive an adhesive pad, and a cover portion joined thereto along a line of weakness.
  10. 10. A releasable mounting system according to claim 9, wherein the line of weakness separating the mounting portion from the cover portion comprises a slot.
  11. II. A releasable mounting system accordingto claim 9 or claim 10, wherein the line of weakness separating the mounting portion from the cover portion comprises a groove.
  12. 12. A releasabic mounting system according to any preceding claim, wherein the front face of the first mounting plate is formed with four circular recesses arranged in a square array; and the front face of the second mounting plate is formed with four circular protrusions engageable with the recesses of the first mounting plate.
  13. 13. A releasable mounting system according to any preceding claim, whercin the front face of the first mounting plate is formed with two orthogonal lines of four circular recesses; and the front face of the second mounting plate is formed with two orthogonal lines of four circular protrusions engageable with the recesses of the first mounting plate.
  14. 14. A releasable mounting system according to claim 12 or claim 13, wherein a respective magnet is mounted within each protrusion of the second mounting plate.
  15. 15. A mounting plate for use in a releasable mounting system according to any preceding claim.
  16. 16. A case for an electronic device, incorporating a mounting plate of a releasable mounting system according to any of claims 1 to 14.
  17. 17. A case for a mobile telephone, including; one or more magnets co-operable with a first mounting plate of a mounting system according to any of claims I to 14; and locating portions co-operable with the locating portions of a first mounting plate of a mounting system according to any of claims Ito 14.
  18. 18. A releasable mounting system for mounting an item to a substrate, substantially as herein described with reference to Figures Ia, Ib, 2a, 2b, 3, 4 and 5, Figures 6a and ob, Figures 7a, 7b, 7c, 8a, Sb and 9, Figures 1 Oa, I Ob, 11 a and 11 b, Figures 12a, I2b. 12c, 13a, 13b and 13c, and Figures ISa and ISb.
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