Patents Assigned to RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10349674
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device is provided that includes at least one housing, a nozzle and a control component. The housing encloses a reservoir configured to retain an aerosol precursor composition. The nozzle is coupled to the housing to discharge aerosol precursor composition from the reservoir, and the nozzle includes a piezoelectric or piezomagnetic material surrounding a mesh. The control component includes a microprocessor coupled to and configured to drive the piezoelectric or piezomagnetic material to vibrate and cause a discharge of components of the aerosol precursor composition through the mesh and thereby produce an aerosol for inhalation by a user, with the components of the aerosol precursor composition discharged through the mesh having a diameter of less than one micrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Sur
  • Patent number: 10349684
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device or electronic cigarette generates an aerosol or vapor for consumption by a consumer. The device may include a cartridge holding an aerosol precursor substance or fluid that is turned into the aerosol or vapor. The fluid may be stored in reservoir that allows for the fluid to be passed to an atomizer for generating the aerosol. The reservoir may be a flexible bladder that equalizes pressure inside the cartridge to reduce leakage, such as with an internal valve to activate fluid transfer. Alternatively, the reservoir may include one or more capsules that can be broken or melted to release the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Ampolini, Frank S. Silveira, John DePiano, Craig Demarest
  • Patent number: 10334880
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may include a control body with a first connector portion and a cartridge with a second connector portion. The first connector portion and the second connector portion may be configured to releasably engage each other. One of the first connector portion and the second connector portion may include an extension and the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion may include a receptacle configured to receive the extension. The extension may include contact sections positioned along a longitudinal length thereof. The contact sections may be electrically insulated from one another by at least one spacer and may be configured to form an electrical connection with the receptacle. A related assembly method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: James William Rogers, Steven L. Worm, David G. Christopherson
  • Patent number: 10333339
    Abstract: A charger for an aerosol delivery device is provided. The charger comprises a housing, a connected coupled to the housing, and a power supply. The connector may be coupled to the housing and configured to engage a control body coupled or coupleable with a cartridge to form the aerosol delivery device. The power supply may comprise a supercapacitor within the housing, connected with the power source when the connector is engaged with the control body, and configured to provide power to recharge the power source. The power source may also comprise a photovoltaic cell coupled to the housing, and connected to and from which the supercapacitor is chargeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Sur
  • Patent number: 10321711
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device is provided that includes a housing, heating element, communication interface and microprocessor. The heating element may to activate and vaporize components of an aerosol precursor composition in response to a flow of air through at least a portion of the housing, with the air being combinable with a thereby formed vapor to form an aerosol. The communication interface may effect a wireless, proximity-based communication link with a computing device. And the microprocessor may be coupled to the communication interface, may control at least one functional element of the aerosol delivery device based on a state of the proximity-based communication link, or in response to a trigger signal received from the computing device over the proximity-based communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Charles Henry, Jr., Wilson Christopher Lamb, Glen Joseph Kimsey
  • Publication number: 20190175846
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclose that vaporizes a substance and the vapors pass through a mouthpiece for inhalation. A charging case can provide charge to the battery of the personal vaporizing unit. Personal biometric information can be a means of identification or authentication. The unit or charging case includes the capability for rendering the unit inactive and unable to be used where the authorized user has a biometric identifier that when verified will activate the unit or case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew Terry, Noah Mark Minskoff
  • Patent number: 10314340
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may include one or more fill ports. Thereby, a reservoir of the aerosol delivery device may be refillable. The fill ports may be defined in a base of a cartridge of the aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may further include a flow director. An atomizer may extend through the flow director transversely to a longitudinal length of the flow director. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element with a capillary channel extending therethrough, which may receive aerosol precursor composition from the reservoir. There aerosol precursor composition may be drawn through the liquid transport element to a heating element of the atomizer, which may vaporize the aerosol precursor composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10306924
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to atomizers for an aerosol delivery device such as a smoking article. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element and a wire continuously extending along a longitudinal length thereof. The wire may define end portions, contact portions, and a heating portion. The wire may be continuously wound about the liquid transport element such that each of the portions of the wire defines coils. A related input, cartridge, and method of forming atomizers also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John DePiano, David Smith, Patsy Coppola, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Steven Lee Alderman, James William McClellan, John William Wolber, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Paul A. Brinkley, Grady Lance Dooly
  • Patent number: 10300225
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclosed. An electronic flameless vapor inhaler unit that may simulate a cigarette has a cavity that receives a cartridge in the distal end of the inhaler unit. The cartridge brings a substance to be vaporized in contact with a wick. When the unit is activated, and the user provides suction, the substance to be vaporized is drawn out of the cartridge, through the wick, and is atomized by the wick into a cavity containing a heating element. The heating element vaporizes the atomized substance. The vapors then continue to be pulled by the user through a mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover where they may be inhaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew Terry, Noah Mark Minskoff
  • Patent number: 10292424
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices. The aerosol delivery devices include mechanisms configured to deliver an aerosol precursor composition from a reservoir to an atomizer including a heating element to produce a vapor. A pressure controller may control dispensing of the aerosol precursor composition from the reservoir based on a pressure differential between a first pressure within the reservoir and a second pressure proximate the atomizer. The first pressure within the reservoir may be substantially equal to atmospheric pressure. Alternatively, the first pressure within the reservoir may be greater than atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David Allan Brammer, David Jackson, Nigel John Flynn, Eric T. Hunt, Stephen Benson Sears, Dennis Lee Potter
  • Patent number: 10292434
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may include a control body and a cartridge. The cartridge may include a base, a flow director, an outer body, a reservoir substrate, an outer body, and a mouthpiece. Heating elements may be molded into the flow director. The flow director may be welded to the base and the outer body, or the base and the flow director may include deformable ribs that engage the outer body. The flow director and the outer body may cooperatively define a reservoir compartment in which the reservoir substrate and the atomizer are received. The flow director and the base may define an electronics compartment in which an electronic control component is received. A related assembly method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Brinkley, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr., Timothy Brian Nestor, Grady Lance Dooly, Steven Lee Alderman, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, John DePiano, David Smith, Frank S. Silveira
  • Patent number: 10285451
    Abstract: A smoking article for on-demand delivery of an increased quantity of an aerosol precursor composition, a cartridge, and a method are disclosed. In some aspects, the cartridge includes a housing, and a reservoir disposed within the housing and defining two or more chambers each having an aerosol precursor composition therein. The reservoir is in fluid communication with an aerosol forming arrangement configured to form an aerosol from any of the aerosol precursor compositions, with the respective aerosol precursor compositions of the two or more chambers being directed to the aerosol forming arrangement in substantially equal normal quantities. The cartridge further includes an actuator configured to selectively and operably engage any one of the chambers and to direct an increased quantity of the aerosol precursor composition from the chamber engaged therewith to the aerosol forming arrangement, the increased quantity being greater than the normal quantity of the aerosol precursor compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Bless, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Stephen Benson Sears, Joseph Dominique, Jared Aller
  • Patent number: 10285444
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices, methods of forming such devices, and elements of such devices. In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides vapor-forming units for aerosol delivery devices, the vapor-forming units including a ceramic wick that is in contact with a heater and in contact with an aerosol precursor composition. The vapor-forming units are connectable to a power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Clemens, William Kevin Carpenter, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 10274539
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to articles (and the manufacture thereof) that use electrical energy to heat a material to form an inhalable substance, the articles being sufficiently compact to be considered “hand-held” devices. In certain embodiments, the articles can particularly be characterized as smoking articles. The smoking article can be adapted to detect the status of a cartridge portion of the smoking article. The smoking article includes a control body portion having a control body engagement end, wherein the control body portion houses a control component and a power source therein. The article further includes a cartridge body portion that has a cartridge body engagement end configured to removably engage the control body engagement end of the control body portion. The cartridge body portion houses a consumable arrangement and a heating connection operably engaged therewith comprising at least one heating element and a fusible link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jacob Novak, III, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Allen Michael East, Raymond C. Henry, William Robert Collett
  • Publication number: 20190116882
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device or electronic cigarette generates an aerosol or vapor for consumption by a consumer. The device may include a cartridge holding an aerosol precursor substance or fluid that is turned into the aerosol or vapor. The fluid may be stored in reservoir that allows for the fluid to be passed to an atomizer for generating the aerosol. The reservoir may be a flexible bladder that equalizes pressure inside the cartridge to reduce leakage, such as with an internal valve to activate fluid transfer. Alternatively, the reservoir may include one or more capsules that can be broken or melted to release the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Ampolini, Frank S. Silveira, John DePiano, Craig Demarest
  • Patent number: 10258086
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device is provided that includes a housing defining a reservoir configured to retain aerosol precursor composition. The aerosol delivery device also includes a plurality of electronic components interconnected by or connected to one or more conductors, and these electronic components include a heating element, a control component and a Hall effect current sensor. The control component is configured to operate in an active mode in which the control component is configured to control the heating element to activate and vaporize components of the aerosol precursor composition. The Hall effect current sensor is positioned proximate a conductor of the one or more conductors, and configured to measure to a current through the conductor. And the control component is configured to control operation of at least one functional element of the aerosol delivery device in response to the current so measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Rajesh Sur
  • Patent number: 10258089
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic smoking article that provides for improved aerosol delivery. Particularly, the article comprises a wicking element useful for improving delivery of aerosol precursor to a heating element. In particular, the wick can take on a brush-like configuration. The present disclosure further relates to methods of forming an aerosol in a smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Benson Sears, Grady Lance Dooly, David William Griffith, Jr., Andries Don Sebastian, Yi-Ping Chang
  • Publication number: 20190090544
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclosed. An electronic flameless vapor inhaler unit may simulate a cigarette. A flow of electrical power may be coupled through solderless pressure contacts to activate a heating element. When the unit is activated, and the user provides suction, the liquid to be vaporized may be vaporized by an atomizer assembly. Vapors may then be aspirated by the user through an oral aspiration tube, where they may be inhaled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Mark Minskoff, Nathan Andrew Terry
  • Patent number: 10238145
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, apparatuses, and methods for assembling cartridges for aerosol delivery devices. The cartridges may be assembled by coupling a base of the cartridge to a carriage that is transported via a track. The track transports the carriages between various substations at which one or more parts are added to the base. The carriage may be lifted from the track by a lifter mechanism at each substation in order to perform assembly operations on the base. An inspection system may inspect the cartridges at various stages of completion at or between the various substations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr., Johnny Keith Cagigas, William Robert Collett, Lawrence P. Balash, Scott Lee Brady, Ronnie Dean Dover, John Scott Gerow, Don Edward Green, John Matthew Odel, Christopher M. Spencer, Vernon L. Steiner, David James Thierauf, Louis Wade Wacker, Byron Joseph Williams
  • Patent number: D849539
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas H. Watson, Jared H. Aller