US20120031786A1 - Protective skin for an e-reader - Google Patents

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US20120031786A1
US20120031786A1 US13/152,239 US201113152239A US2012031786A1 US 20120031786 A1 US20120031786 A1 US 20120031786A1 US 201113152239 A US201113152239 A US 201113152239A US 2012031786 A1 US2012031786 A1 US 2012031786A1
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A protective case for an eReader, including a body having a first interior surface and a first exterior surface, a first opening for inserting the eReader into an interior of the protective case, and a first closure device that substantially closes the first opening.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • The present invention claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/350,483, filed Jun. 2, 2010, and entitled “PROTECTIVE SKIN FOR AN E-READER”, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a protective case or skin for an e-reader, and more specifically, to a silicone protective case or skin for an e-reader.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Recently, eReaders such as electronic books have become increasingly popular. Such eReaders include a display, such as a liquid crystal display (LCD), for displaying the contents or text of an electronic book.
  • A user may control the eReader using key commands including, for example, directional key commands (e.g., up, down, left, right), enter/ok, next page or previous page, or menu structure key commands (e.g., menu, home, back), etc.
  • A user may read the eReader in a variety of places and in a variety of environmental conditions, such as while travelling, vacationing, at home, etc.
  • An eReader is designed to be lightweight, compact, and portable. In this manner, an eReader may be easily stowed, for example, in a book bag, purse, pocket, briefcase, etc. and transported by a user, or simply be hand-carried by the user. As a result of this portability, the eReader may be susceptible to wear or damage from other objects, liquids, etc., including for example, scratches, dings, chipping, etc.
  • To protect the eReader, and particularly the display of the eReader, from wear or damage, it is known to provide a protective case or cover for an eReader. Although, conventional covers are generally thought to be acceptable, they are not without limitations. For example, conventional covers may have limited applications, may be cumbersome or difficult to use, may not reliably hold or secure the eReader therein, may not protect all surfaces of the eReader, and/or may inhibit access to input/output controls of the eReader.
  • Moreover, conventional covers may not protect the eReader from damage resulting from exposure to the elements, such as dirt, dust, sand, moisture or liquids from, for example, rain, spills, etc.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • These problems and others are addressed by the present invention, a first exemplary embodiment of which includes a protective case or skin for an eReader including a body having a first interior surface and a first exterior surface, a first opening for inserting the eReader into an interior of the protective case, and a first closure device that substantially closes the first opening. The protective skin can protect the eReader from various types of damage, including damage from liquids or spills.
  • Another embodiment can include a first securing device that secures the first closure device to the body in a closed position and/or a second securing device that secures the first closure device to the body in an open position. The first securing device can include one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body. The second securing device can include one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body. Further, the first securing device can include one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body. The second securing device can include one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body. The first closure device can include a spine portion. Also, the first closure device can include a flap portion. Further, the flap portion can be coupled to the body via the spine portion.
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a second opening and a second closure device that substantially closes the second opening. Further, the second closure device can include a knob. The knob can include a cylindrical plug.
  • A portion or all of the protective case can be transparent or tinted/opaque. An embodiment of the protective case can include an anti-reflective film that protects the screen area of the case while allowing for uninhibited reading in bright or sunny environments. In other embodiments, the protective case can be integrally formed from a material having anti-reflective properties, polarizing properties, resistance to ultra-violet light, etc.
  • Yet another embodiment can include an eReader with a silicone body or a silicone skin body.
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device with a transparent portion. Another embodiment can include a transparent portion that includes one of a tinted material and a light polarizing material.
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device with an opaque portion. Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device with a silicone body.
  • The eReader case can include a panel portion corresponding to input controls of the eReader and providing full functionality to one or more of the eReader's navigation buttons and keyboard while the eReader is sealed within the case. Further, the panel portion can overlay at least one input control of the eReader when the eReader is inserted into the interior of the protective case, the panel portion transferring a force applied to an external surface of the panel portion to an input control of the eReader to actuate the input control of the eReader.
  • Another exemplary embodiment is directed to a protective case for an eReader, including a body having a first interior surface and a first exterior surface, a first opening for inserting the eReader into an interior of the protective case, and closure means for closing the first opening. Further, the body can include means for actuating one or more input controls of the eReader when the eReader is inserted into the interior of the protective case.
  • Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon review of the following detailed description and drawings.
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  • These and other aspects and features of embodiments of the present invention will be better understood after a reading of the following detailed description, together with the attached drawings, wherein:
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a front plan view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates a rear plan view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a front plan view of a closed state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates a rear plan view of a closed state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a partial rear plan view of a closed state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates a partial rear perspective view of a closed state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 illustrates a partial front plan view of a closed state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 illustrates a front perspective view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 illustrates a front perspective view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 illustrates a front perspective view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 11 illustrates a front perspective view of an open state of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 12 illustrates a partial front plan view of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 13 illustrates a partial front plan view of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 14 illustrates a partial bottom perspective view of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 15 illustrates a partial front perspective view of a protective case according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS
  • The present invention now is described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art.
  • Referring now to the drawings, FIGS. 1-15 illustrate exemplary embodiments of a protective case or skin for an eReader.
  • With reference to FIGS. 1-15, an exemplary embodiment of a protective case or skin 100 for an eReader includes a body 102. The body 102 has an interior surface 106 a (see, e.g., FIG. 9) and an exterior surface 106 b. The body 102 has a first opening 110 for inserting the eReader 200 into a space formed by the interior surface 106 a of the protective skin/case such that the eReader 200 can be fully or partially encased or encapsulated by the protective skin/case 100.
  • The body 102 can be connected to a first closure device 112 via front spine 108 a. Alternatively, the body 102 can be connected to the first closure device 112 via a plurality of front spines 108 a, 108 b and 108 c. The first closure device 112 and the body 102 are pivotable with respect to one another about front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c such that the first closure device 112 is movable between a closed position and an open position, as well as any positions therebetween. The front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be an integral portion of the body 102 and/or the first closure device 112. Alternatively, the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be a separate section (e.g., a reinforced section) that joins the body 102 and the first closure device 112.
  • The first closure device 112 has an interior surface 104 a and an exterior surface 104 b. The first closure device 112 can be utilized to completely close the first opening 110 and to completely open the first opening 110, as well as any positions therebetween. Further, the first closure device 112 can include a flap or tongue portion that opens/closes the first opening 110.
  • As explained above, the exemplary embodiments can provide a protective case 100 having, for example, a read-through or transparent, clear first closure device 112 (e.g., interior surface 104 a and exterior surface 104 b), such as a clear vinyl closure device, that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader 200 while the eReader 200 is enclosed within the protective case 100. Other transparent materials also may be used. Further, the entire protective case 100 can also utilize a read-through or transparent material that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader 200 while the eReader 200 is enclosed within the protective case 100.
  • For purposes of this disclosure, the closed position of the first closure device 112 is defined as a position in which the first closure device 112 overlaps the first opening 110 and the interior surface 104 a of the first closure device 112 is opposed to the interior surface 106 a of the body 102. The full-open position of the first closure device 112 is defined as a position in which the first closure device 112 overlaps the body 102 and the exterior surface 104 b of the first closure device 112 is opposed to the exterior surface 106 b of the body 102. Further, in the full-open position of first closure device 112, portions of the exterior surface 104 b of the first closure device 112 can be in direct contact with the exterior surface 106 b of the body 102. Alternatively, in the full-open position of the first closure device 112, portions of the exterior surface 104 b of the first closure device 112 can be in partial contact or no contact at all with the exterior surface 106 b of the body 102.
  • In the closed position of the first closure device 112, the first closure device 112 can be configured to cover all of the first opening 110 such that the entire surface of the eReader 200 stored therein is covered by the protective case 100, thereby providing protection for all surfaces of the eReader 200. Alternatively, in the closed position of the first closure device 112, the first closure device 112 can be configured to partially cover the first opening 110 such that a portion of the surface of the eReader 200 stored therein is covered by the protective case 100, thereby providing protection for a portion (e.g., a majority) of the surfaces of the eReader 200. As shown in FIGS. 1-15, the exemplary embodiments can provide a protective case 100 having, for example, a read-through or transparent, clear first closure device 112 (e.g., interior surface 104 a and exterior surface 104 b), such as a clear vinyl closure device, that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader 200 while the eReader 200 is enclosed within the protective case 100. Other transparent materials also may be used.
  • The first opening 110 can be aligned with the screen of the eReader 200 located within the protective case 100 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, or misaligned with the screen of the eReader 200 (not shown). Further, the first opening 110 can be any size and/or shape. While the exemplary embodiments illustrate the first opening 110 and the first closure device 122 being similar in size and/or shape, they do not need to correspond to each other in size and/or shape.
  • The first closure device 112 can extend across the entire first opening 110, for example, as illustrated in FIG. 3, or a portion of the first opening 110 (not shown). Further, the first closure device 112 can be any size and/or shape. For example, in some embodiments, the first closure device 112 can correspond only to the size of a width and length of the eReader screen, yet in other embodiments the first closure device 112 can be smaller or larger than the size of the eReader screen.
  • As explained above, the first closure device 112 can be clear such that the user can read the screen of the eReader 200 through the first closure device 112. The first closure device 112 also can be tinted or polarized, etc. For example, the first closure device 112 can include a colored tint that reduces eye strain when reading. The first closure device 112 can be tinted, or include a material that reduces or limits the exposure of the eReader 200 to ultraviolet light, thereby reducing or preventing damage to the eReader 200 from exposure to sunlight. In other embodiments, the first closure device 112 can be tinted or include a material that reduces or limits glare.
  • In still other embodiments, the first closure device 112 can have optical properties, such as magnifying properties, focusing properties, etc., for example, that may reduce eye strain during reading, or improve the reading experience, etc. in less than optimum reading conditions. It is conceivable that the first closure device 112 can magnify the display of the eReader 200 such that a vision impaired user can more easily read the text displayed on the eReader display.
  • In the closed position of the first closure device 112, the first closure device 112 can be configured to cover all of the first opening 110 such that the substantially all surfaces (e.g., the entire surface) of the eReader 200 stored therein is covered by the protective case 100, thereby providing protection for all surfaces of the eReader 200. Alternatively, in the closed position of the first closure device 112, the first closure device 112 can be configured to partially cover the first opening 110 such that a portion of the surface of the eReader 200 stored therein is covered by the protective case 100, thereby providing protection for a portion of the eReader 200. As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, exemplary embodiments can include a first securing device (e.g., first post 114 and latch flap 118) that secures the first closure device 112 to the body 102 (e.g., in the closed position), thereby fully/partially enclosing the eReader 200 within the protective case 100, and providing additional protection against the elements, such as weather, spills, drops, etc. The first securing device can include, for example, latch mechanism(s) for securing the first closure device 112 to the body 102 by means of a latch flap 118 and a first post 114, or other closure device, such as a hook and loop fastener, re-usable or re-sealable adhesive, Velcro, magnet(s), button(s), etc. Other securing devices may be used to secure the first closure device 112 to the body 102 for providing additional protection for the eReader secured therein.
  • In the open position of the first closure device 112, the protective case 100 can provide protection for substantially all surfaces (e.g., the entire surface) of the eReader 200 by covering a majority of the eReader surface, except for the portion of the eReader exposed by the first opening 110. As shown in FIGS. 1, 2, and 5-11, exemplary embodiments can include a second securing device (e.g., second post 116 and latch flap 118) that secures the first closure device 112 to the body 102, thereby fully opening the first opening 110 (e.g., the first closure device 112 is in the open position) while still enclosing the eReader 200 within the protective case 100, and providing additional protection against the elements, such as weather, spills, drops, etc. The second securing device can include, for example, a latch mechanism(s) for securing the first closure device 112 to the body 102 by means of a latch flap 118 and a second post 116, or other closure device, such as a hook and loop fastener, re-usable or re-sealable adhesive, Velcro, magnet(s), button(s), etc. Other securing devices may be used to secure the first closure device 112 to the body 102 for providing additional protection for the eReader secured therein.
  • As explained above, the body 102 of the protective case 100 can be connected to a first closure device 112 via front spine 108 a. Alternatively, the body 102 can be connected to the first closure device 112 via a plurality of front spines 108 a, 108 b and 108 c. The first closure device 112 and the body 102 are pivotable with respect to one another about front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c such that the first closure device 112 is movable between a closed position and an open position, as well as any positions therebetween. The front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be an integral portion of the body 102 and/or the first closure device 112. Alternatively, the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be a separate section (e.g., a reinforced section) that joins the body 102 and the first closure device 112. In the protective case 100, as the first closure device 112 and the first opening 110 are transitioned from the open position to the closed position and vice versa, the first closure device 112 and the body 102 are pivotable with respect to one another about the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c. As shown in FIG. 3, the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be segmented into three portions such that the first closure device 112 can also be segmented into three portions. Alternatively, any number of front spine(s) can be utilized resulting in an equivalent number of segmented portions of the first closure device 112. The front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c and/or the first closure device 112 can be made of a flexible material which allows the first closure device 112 to wrap around the body 102.
  • In an exemplary embodiment, as the first closure device 112 is pivoted about the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c, the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c can be aligned with the positioning of the top-edge portion 170 of the body 102 such that the first closure device 112 wraps around the top-edge portion 170 of the body 102. Alternatively, the first closure device 112 can wrap around any other portions of the body 102, or may not even wrap around the body 102 at all; instead the first closure device 112 can be rolled up against itself forming a cylindrical shape or any equivalent; or can even be repositioned such that the first closure device 112 is not fully obstructing the first opening 110. Further, when the first closure device 112 is pivoted about the body 102, the front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and 108 c need not be aligned with the positioning of the top-edge portion 170 of the body 102.
  • With reference to FIGS. 14-15, another exemplary embodiment of a protective case or skin 100 for an eReader includes a body 102 with a second opening 140 for utilizing any accessories of the eReader 200. For example, the second opening 140 can be utilized to provide access to the eReader's peripheral hardware including but not limited to any power supply receptacle(s), Universal Serial Bus (USB) attachment(s), data port attachments including Local Area Network (LAN) Cables, power on/off switches, etc. or the equivalent.
  • The body 102 can be connected to a second closure device 142 via lower spine 172. Alternatively, the body 102 can be connected to the second closure device 142 via a plurality of lower spines (not shown). The second closure device 142 and the body 102 are pivotable with respect to one another about lower spine 172 such that the second closure device 142 is movable between a closed position and an open position, as well as positions therebetween. The lower spine 172 can be an integral portion of the body 102 and/or the second closure device 142. Alternatively, the lower spine 172 can be a separate section (e.g., a reinforced section) that joins the body 102 and the second closure device 142.
  • The second closure device 142 has an interior surface 107 a and an exterior surface 107 b. The second closure device 142 can be utilized to completely close the second opening 140 and to completely open the second opening 140, as well as positions therebetween. Further, the second closure device 142 can include a flap or tongue portion that opens/closes the second opening 140.
  • For purposes of this disclosure, the closed position of the second closure device 142 can be defined as a position in which the second closure device 142 overlaps the second opening 140 such that the second closure device 142 lies in substantially the same plane as the body 102. The full-open position of the second closure device 142 can be defined as a position in which the second closure device 142 is disposed in a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the plane in which the body 112 is disposed. Alternatively, the open position of the second closure device 142 can be defined as a position in which the second closure device 142 does not lie in substantially the same plane as the body 102, and does not overlap the second opening 140.
  • In the closed position of the second closure device 142, the second closure device 142 can be configured to cover all (or a portion) of the second opening 140 such that the second closure device 142 lies in substantially the same plane as the body 102 thereby providing protection for the encased eReader 200. As explained above, the exemplary embodiments can provide a protective case 100 having, for example, a read-through or transparent, clear second closure device 142 (e.g., interior surface 107 a and exterior surface 107 b), such as a clear vinyl closure device, that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader 200 enclosed within the protective case 100. Other transparent materials also may be used. Further, the entire protective case 100 can also utilize a read-through or transparent material that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader 200 enclosed within the protective case 100.
  • In the open position of the second closure device 142, the second closure device 142 does not lie in substantially the same plane as the body 102 resulting in the second opening 140 being exposed externally in order to allow access to the eReader's peripheral hardware. For example, the second opening 140 can be aligned with the peripheral hardware of the eReader as shown in FIGS. 14 and 15, or misaligned with the peripheral hardware of the eReader (not shown). Further, the second opening 140 can be any size and/or shape and while it is shown that the second opening 140 and the second closure device 142 are similar in size and/or shape, they do not need to correspond to each other in size and/or shape.
  • The second closure device 142 can extend across the entire second opening 140, for example, as illustrated in FIGS. 14 and 15, or a portion of the second opening 140 (not shown). Further, the second closure device 142 can be any size and/or shape. The second closure device 142 can include a knob 144 which can be in the shape of a plug which can mate with any of the electrical receptacles of the eReader.
  • With reference to FIGS. 1, 8, 12 and 13, another exemplary embodiment of a protective case or skin 100 for an eReader includes a body 102 with a third opening 130 for utilizing any of the functional controls of the eReader 200. For example, the third opening 130 can be utilized to provide access to a 5-way control stick 126 of the eReader 200 which can provide any functional controls of the eReader 200. Further, the third opening 130 can be any size and/or shape and can be positioned anywhere on the surface of the eReader 200.
  • As explained above, the exemplary embodiments can include a read-through, clear protective case 100 (e.g., exterior surface 106 b and exterior surface 104 b), such as a clear vinyl cover, that provides protection against moisture, dirt, dust, and sand, etc. while permitting the user to use the eReader while the eReader is enclosed within the protective case. Other transparent materials also may be used. In this manner, the exemplary embodiments provide an important advantage in that the protective case 100 provides a user with full access and use of most or all of the input/output ports and controls, etc. of the eReader device without having to remove the eReader 200 from the protective case 100.
  • The protective case 100 can include other features that promote use of the eReader device while the eReader is enclosed within the protective case 100, such as a panel portion (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and lower panel portion 101 c) corresponding to the location of the 5-way control stick 126 and other input controls of one or more types of eReaders (not shown since covered by protective case 100), markings showing or designating the location of the input controls on the protective case 100, integrally formed pads or rigid parts that correspond to the input controls, etc. In this manner, when the user depresses the integrally formed pads or rigid parts from the exterior of the protective case 100, the interior sides of the pads or rigid parts can engage the input controls of the eReader device to actuate the input controls of the eReader.
  • For example, as illustrated in the exemplary embodiment of FIGS. 1, 8, 12 and 13, the protective case 100 can include a right-side panel portion 101 a, that overlays at least one input control (e.g., five-way control stick 126, the Next Page button, Back button, Menu button, and/or Home button) of the eReader 200 when the protective case encapsulates the eReader device 200. Further, the protective case 100 can include a left-side panel portion 101 b, that overlays at least one input control (e.g., the Previous Page button and Next Page button) of the eReader 200 when the protective case encapsulates the eReader device 200. The protective case 100 can also include a lower panel portion 101 c, that overlays at least one input control (e.g., a standard QWERTY keyboard/keypad) of the eReader 200 when the protective case encapsulates the eReader device 200. The panel portion(s) preferably includes markings (e.g., printed marking Home button 120, the Next Page button 122, Menu button 124, five-way control stick (not shown), Back button 128, the Previous Page button 150, Next Page button 152 and/or standard QWERTY keyboard/keypad 154) showing or designating the location of the input controls (e.g., Home button, the Next Page button, Menu button, five-way control stick 126, Back button, the Previous Page button, Next Page button and/or QWERTY keyboard/keypad) of the eReader 200 on the front cover 102. In this manner, the user depresses one of the markings from the exterior of the protective case 100 to actuate a corresponding input control of the eReader. Alternatively, the user may access the five-way control stick 126 of the eReader 200 even though the eReader is encapsulated with the protective cover 100.
  • The panel portion(s) (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and lower panel portion 101 c) are capable of transferring a force applied to an external surface of the panel portion(s) to an input control (e.g., Home button, the Next Page button, Menu button, five-way control stick 126, Back button, the Previous Page button, Next Page button and/or QWERTY keyboard/keypad) of the eReader 200 to actuate the input control of the eReader 200. The panel portion(s) (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and lower panel portion 101 c) protect the eReader while allowing full functionality, for example, of one or more of the Home button, the Next Page button, Menu button, five-way control stick 126, Back button, the Previous Page button, Next Page button and/or QWERTY keyboard/keypad of the eReader 200 (not shown since covered by protective case 100). The panel portion(s) can be formed, for example, from the same material as that utilized for the protective case 100, such as a silicone body, or other suitable materials.
  • In other exemplary embodiments, the protective case 100 can include padded case portions (e.g., ribs 160) that permit the user to comfortably grasp or hold the protective case 100, while also increasing the amount of force that can be absorbed by the protective case 100, thereby increasing a level of protection provided by the protective case for the eReader contained therein.
  • The present invention has been described herein in terms of several preferred embodiments. However, modifications and additions to these embodiments will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon a reading of the foregoing description. It is intended that all such modifications and additions comprise a part of the present invention to the extent that they fall within the scope of the several claims appended hereto.
  • For example, in other embodiments, the first closure device 112 can include multiple layers allowing the protective case 100 to operate in both the aforementioned closed/open modes simultaneously. For example, one layer of the first closure device 112 (transparent portion) can be positioned directly on the surface of the eReader screen and another layer of the first closure device 112 can be secured by the second securing device. Further, the layer of the first closure device 112 (transparent portion) positioned on the eReader screen may be positioned either permanently or temporarily.
  • Another exemplary embodiment is directed to a protective case 100 for an eReader 200, including a body 102 having a first interior surface 106 a and a first exterior surface 106 b, a first opening 110 for inserting the eReader 200 into an interior of the protective case 100, and a first closure device 112 that substantially closes the first opening 110.
  • Another embodiment can include a first securing device (e.g., first post 114 and latch flap 118) that secures the first closure device 112 to the body 102 in a closed position and/or a second securing device (e.g., second post 116 and latch flap 118) that secures the first closure device 112 to the body 102 in an open position. The first securing device can include one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body. The second securing device can include one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body. Further, the first securing device can include one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body. The second securing device can include one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body. The first closure device can include a spine portion (e.g., front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c). Also, the first closure device 112 can include a flap portion. Further, the flap portion can be coupled to the body 102 via the spine portion (e.g., front spine(s) 108 a, 108 b and/or 108 c).
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a second opening 140 and a second closure device 142 that substantially closes the second opening 140. Further, the second closure device 142 can include a knob 144. The knob 144 can include a cylindrical plug.
  • A portion or all of the protective case 100 can be transparent or tinted/opaque. An embodiment of the protective case 100 can include an anti-reflective film that protects the screen area of the case while allowing for uninhibited reading in bright or sunny environments. In other embodiments, the protective case 100 can be integrally formed from a material having anti-reflective properties, polarizing properties, resistance to ultra-violet light, etc.
  • Yet another embodiment can include an eReader with a silicone body 102 or a silicone skin body 102 (e.g., flexible or resilient silicone body or skin body).
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device 112 with a transparent portion. Another embodiment can include a transparent portion that includes one of a tinted material and a light polarizing material.
  • Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device 112 with an opaque portion. Another embodiment can include an eReader with a first closure device 112 with a silicone body 102.
  • The eReader case can include a panel portion (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and/or lower panel portion 101 c) corresponding to input controls of the eReader and providing full functionality to one or more of the eReader's navigation buttons (e.g., five-way control stick 126) and keyboard (QWERTY keyboard 154) while the eReader 200 is enclosed within the case 100. Further, the panel portion (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and/or lower panel portion 101 c) can overlay at least one input control of the eReader when the eReader is inserted into the interior of the protective case 100, the panel portion transferring a force applied to an external surface of the panel portion to an input control of the eReader to actuate the input control of the eReader.
  • Another exemplary embodiment is directed to a protective case 100 for an eReader 200, including a body 102 having a first interior surface 106 a and a first exterior surface 106 b, a first opening 110 for inserting the eReader 200 into an interior of the protective case 100, and closure means 112 for closing the first opening 110. Further, the body 102 can include means for actuating one or more input controls (e.g., right-side panel portion 101 a, left-side panel portion 101 b and/or lower panel portion 101 c) of the eReader when the eReader 200 is inserted into the interior of the protective case 100.
  • The present invention has been described herein in terms of several preferred embodiments. However, modifications and additions to these embodiments will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon a reading of the foregoing description. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout. In the figures, the thickness of certain lines, layers, components, elements or features may be exaggerated for clarity.

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1. A protective case for an eReader, comprising:
a body having a first interior surface and a first exterior surface;
a first opening for inserting the eReader into an interior of the protective case; and
a first closure device that substantially closes the first opening.
2. The protective case of claim 1, further comprising:
a first securing device that secures the first closure device to the body in a closed position.
3. The protective case of claim 1, further comprising:
a second securing device that secures the first closure device to the body in an open position.
4. The protective case of claim 2, wherein the first securing device includes one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body.
5. The protective case of claim 3, wherein the second securing device includes one or more latches that secure the first closure device to the body.
6. The protective case of claim 2, wherein the first securing device includes one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body.
7. The protective case of claim 3, wherein the second securing device includes one of a hook and loop fastener and a re-usable adhesive that secure the first closure device to the body.
8. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the first closure device includes a spine portion.
9. The protective case of claim 8, wherein the first closure device includes a flap portion.
10. The protective case of claim 9, wherein the flap portion is coupled to the body via the spine portion.
11. The protective case of claim 1, further comprising:
a second opening; and
a second closure device that substantially closes the second opening.
12. The protective case of claim 11, wherein the second closure device includes a knob.
13. The protective case of claim 12, wherein the knob includes a cylindrical plug.
14. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the body includes a transparent portion.
15. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the body includes an opaque portion.
16. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the body is a silicone body.
17. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the first closure device includes a transparent portion.
18. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the first closure device includes an opaque portion.
19. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the first closure device is a silicone body.
20. The protective case of claim 14, wherein the transparent portion includes one of a tinted material and a light polarizing material.
21. The protective case of claim 17, wherein the transparent portion includes one of a tinted material and a light polarizing material.
22. The protective case of claim 14, wherein the transparent portion includes an anti-reflective material.
23. The protective case of claim 17, wherein the transparent portion includes an anti-reflective material.
24. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the body includes a panel portion corresponding to input controls of the eReader.
25. The protective case of claim 1, wherein the body includes a panel portion that overlays at least one input control of the eReader when the eReader is inserted into the interior of the protective case, the panel portion transferring a force applied to an external surface of the panel portion to an input control of the eReader to actuate the input control of the eReader.
26. A protective case for an eReader, comprising:
a body having a first interior surface and a first exterior surface;
a first opening for inserting the eReader into an interior of the protective case; and
closure means for closing the first opening.
27. The protective case of claim 26, wherein the body includes means for actuating one or more input controls of the eReader when the eReader is inserted into the interior of the protective case.
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