Patents Examined by James Harvey
  • Patent number: 10411409
    Abstract: Communications connectors include a housing and a plurality of substantially rigid conductive pins that are mounted in the housing. The conductive pins are arranged as a plurality of differential pairs of conductive pins that each include a tip conductive pin and a ring conductive pin. Each conductive pin has a first end that is configured to be received within a respective socket of a mating connector and a second end. The tip conductive pin of each differential pair of conductive pins crosses over its associated ring conductive pin to form a plurality of tip-ring crossover locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA
    Inventors: Amid I. Hashim, Richard Y. Mei, Golam M. Choudhury
  • Patent number: 10411410
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes an insulating body, multiple signal terminals received in the insulating body, a metal ground member fixed on the insulating body, and at least one ground core wires. The metal ground member has a plate surface and a cutting surface connected with the plate surface. The ground core wire is soldered to the cutting surface. The cutting surface is rough, the frictional force between the cutting surface and the ground core wires is great.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Wen Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 10405575
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device and a related method. The aerosol delivery device includes a heating chamber having an aerosol precursor composition disposed therein. A microwave radiation emitting device is operably engaged with the heating chamber and is configured to heat the aerosol precursor composition therein with the microwave radiation to form an aerosol from the aerosol precursor composition. An outlet port is formed in a housing of the aerosol delivery device and is in fluid communication with the heating chamber. The heating chamber is responsive to a suction applied to the outlet port for the aerosol to be drawn through the outlet port outwardly from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Sparklin, Sawyer A. Hubbard, Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears
  • Patent number: 10398178
    Abstract: An electronic vaporizer device with a sealed, disposable, fillable cartridge is described, along with a method for refilling the cartridge. The electronic vaporizer includes a body which is held by the user and houses a battery. The body receives and couples with a cartridge with a reservoir for oil or other fluid to be vaporized. The cartridge also includes an atomizer which is powered by the battery via a connector terminal, a wick to provide oil to the atomizer from the oil reservoir, a vapor tube which transmits the vaporized oil to the user though a mouthpiece. In some embodiments, the user fills the reservoir of the cartridge by inserting a needle through a self-sealing septum. Further, the electronic vaporizer device includes a haptic device to provide haptic feedback to a user of the electronic vaporizer to communicate operating states of the electronic vaporizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Scatterday
  • Patent number: 10389055
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes a planar terminal portion formed of a copper-based material having a connection end and an attachment end. The assembly also includes a U-shaped retainer portion having a first side wall attached to the connection end, a second side wall separated from and substantially parallel to the first side wall, and an end wall interconnecting the first side wall and the second side wall. The connection end is located intermediate the first side wall and the second side wall. The assembly further includes a resilient spring disposed intermediate the second side wall and the terminal portion and attached to the second side wall. The spring is configured to exert a normal connection force on the connection end and a mating connector inserted into a gap between the spring and the connection end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DELPHIA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hoi Lui, Patrick J. Reedy, Steven W. Marzo, Michael L. Mellott
  • Patent number: 10383362
    Abstract: Described is a dabbing tool for transporting a tobacco or other herbal concentrate to a heated nail of a smoking or vaporizing apparatus. The dabbing tool includes a tip portion configured to transport and apply the concentrate to the heated nail. To provide improved convenience and safety for removing, handling, and manipulating the heated nail, the dabbing tool also includes a nail holder portion configured to releasably engage with the heated nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Bagwell
  • Patent number: 10383372
    Abstract: A controlling method for an electronic cigarette with multiple output modes and an electronic cigarette are disclosed. The controlling method comprises receiving a first operation signal for switching between output modes when the electronic cigarette is in a standby state. An output mode is in a memory, the output mode corresponding to the first operation signal and displacing a previous output mode. When the electronic cigarette receives a smoking signal, outputs are controlled according to the output mode stored in the memory. Whether the smoking signal is interrupted is determined when the battery feeds power to the load. The electronic cigarette enters standby state when the smoking signal is interrupted, otherwise whether a duration of the smoking signal reaches a preset duration is determined. If yes, the load is stopped charging and a hint is generated for indicating that a working duration of the electronic cigarette is too long.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Ya-Ling Ding
  • Patent number: 10375996
    Abstract: In one aspect, apparatus is provided for generating an inhalable medium. The apparatus has a container for holding a liquid and a heater for volatilizing liquid held in the container. The apparatus further has a chamber for receiving a material. The apparatus has an outlet. In use liquid volatilized by the heater passes, in the form of at least one of a vapor and an aerosol, through material received in the chamber to thereby entrain one or more constituents from the material to produce the inhalable medium which passes out of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Walid Abi Aoun, Oleg Jurievich Abramov, Gary Nicholson, Pavel Fimin, Helena Digard
  • Patent number: 10375997
    Abstract: An atomizer includes a housing and a liquid storage cup. The housing has a mouthpiece thereon. The liquid storage cup is provided in the housing and configured for storing tobacco liquid. The liquid storage cup has an opening at one end thereof. A microporous liquid conducting body is plugged inside the opening for conducting the tobacco liquid in the liquid storage cup into an atomizing unit. An atomizing unit is connected to the opening and configured for heating the tobacco liquid to generate aerosol. An air flow channel is provided between the mouthpiece and the atomizing unit. The atomizing unit includes a support, a liquid guiding component located in the support, and at least one vertically arranged heating sheet. The heating sheet includes a side surface in contact with the liquid guiding component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonglu Guo, Zhongli Xu, Yonghai Li
  • Patent number: 10374354
    Abstract: A universal serial bus type-C (USB-C) plug includes a barrel, signal contacts, retention latches, and a surface mounting assembly. The barrel has an insertion end, a contact end opposite the insertion end, and a pair of long sides and a pair of short sides between the contact end and the insertion end. The signal contacts and retention latches are arranged within the barrel, the signal contacts along the long sides, and the retention latches along the short sides. The surface mounting assembly is connected to the contact end of the barrel and includes surface mount contact points each connected to a respective signal contact, and retention latch contact points each connected to a respective retention latch. Each surface mount contact point extends substantially perpendicular to the signal contacts, and each retention latch contact point extends substantially perpendicular to the retention latches and to the surface mount contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: YUBICO AB
    Inventor: Jakob Ehrensvärd
  • Patent number: 10374361
    Abstract: A power socket includes a main body and a latch member. The main body includes a connection seat, a receiving recess and a latching slot. The connection seat is disposed within the receiving recess and configured to electrically connect with a plug passing, when the power plug is fitted in the receiving recess along a first direction. The latching slot is in communication with the receiving recess. The latch member includes an arm slidable along the latching slot from a first position to a second position along a second direction. The arm includes at least one protrusion configured to slide into the receiving recess for engaging with a lateral wall of the power plug when the arm slides towards the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chin Lien, Ming-Tang Yang
  • Patent number: 10367288
    Abstract: An electric contact that includes a first contact and a second contact that are capable of forming electrical contact with each other, wherein: the first contact has a silver-tin alloy layer exposed at an outermost surface that comes into contact with the second contact, the second contact has a silver layer exposed at an outermost surface that comes into contact with the first contact, and a surface roughness of the silver-tin alloy layer of the first contact is larger than a surface roughness of the silver layer of the second contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10362805
    Abstract: A wickless cartomizer includes an outer shell surrounding an inner shell in a spaced configuration to form chamber for holding vaporizable material between the outer and inner shell. The inner shell includes a channel having an opening at the bottom portion of the outer wall to allow the vaporizable material in the chamber to flow into the channel such that the vaporizable material within the channel is substantially level with the vaporizable material in the chamber. The inner wall of the channel includes a heater to heat the vaporizable material stored within the channel along the length of the inner wall to provide a more even temperature distribution through the vaporizable material. As the vaporizable material heats and becomes vaporized, the vapor rises and passes through a vapor exit opening in a top portion of the inner wall of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intrepid Brands, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Johnson
  • Patent number: 10361518
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing defining a mating chamber opening forwardly along a front-to-back direction, a number of contacts retained to the insulative housing, and a shielding plate having a pair of latch arms located at two opposite lateral sides of the mating chamber. Each of the contacts includes a contact portion extending into the mating chamber. The shielding plate includes a pair of retention arms each including an interference protrusion engaged with the insulative housing by interference fit. The interference protrusions are disposed in a face-to-face way to engage with a rear wall of the insulative housing so that the interference protrusions are retained tightly to insulative housing and less likely to damage the insulative housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Teng-Fei Zhang, Jian-Kuang Zhu, Kuo-Chun Hsu
  • Patent number: 10349677
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol generating system, the system comprising: aerosol generating means; aerosol delivery means; and an aerosol guiding device. The aerosol guiding device (1) comprises a chamber (10) having an air inlet (11) and an air outlet (12), the aerosol delivery means is configured such that aerosol is introduced from the aerosol generating means into the chamber in use at its narrowest part (13), and an airflow route is defined from the air inlet to the air outlet so as to convey the aerosol to the air outlet. There is also provided an aerosol guiding device for use in an aerosol generating system, the device comprising: a chamber having an air inlet and an air outlet. Aerosol is introduced from an aerosol generating means into the chamber in use at its narrowest part, and an airflow route is defined from the air inlet to the air outlet so as to convey the aerosol to the air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: JT International S.A.
    Inventor: Andrew Robert John Rogan
  • Patent number: 10355422
    Abstract: Provided are an electrical connector capable of connecting a ground terminal to a ground with a simple structure without connection to a drain wire, and an electrical connector device using the electrical connector. The electrical connector includes signal terminals and the ground terminal, an insulating housing for holding the signal terminals and the ground terminal, and a conductive shell covering at least a part of side outer peripheries of the signal terminals and the ground terminal. The signal terminals form pairs, and the ground terminal is disposed between the pairs of signal terminals. A part of the ground terminal is in direct contact with an inner wall of the conductive shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Sakaizawa
  • Patent number: 10342262
    Abstract: A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system may comprise a liquid storage portion, which includes a housing holding a liquid aerosol-forming substrate. The housing has a first and a second opening. The cartridge may further comprise a first and a second permeable planar heater assembly, wherein the first permeable planar heater assembly is fixed to the housing and extends across the first opening of the housing, and the second permeable planar heater assembly is fixed to the housing and extends across the second opening of the housing. The first and second permeable planar heater assemblies are arranged opposite each other such that they face each other and form an airflow channel in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Charles Silvestrini, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik
  • Patent number: 10342259
    Abstract: A flavor delivery system includes an oral tobacco product and a flavor inhalation article. The oral tobacco product includes tobacco and a first flavorant. The flavor inhalation article includes a body having an air flow channel therethrough, and a second flavorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gerd Kobal, Srinivasan Janardhan, Ashok Solanky, Charles Dendy
  • Patent number: 10334886
    Abstract: An atomizer includes a smoke channel, an atomizer head and a collecting container. An end of the smoke channel is in fluid communication with the atomizing head. The collecting container is detachably provided in the smoke channel, and the collecting container includes a collecting cavity and an air outlet in fluid communication with two ends of the smoke channel. The collecting cavity has a closed end near the atomizer head and an open end away from the atomizer head, and the open end of the collecting cavity is in fluid communication with a channel wall of the smoke channel located above the open end of the collecting cavity. The present disclosure further provides an electronic cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Changzhou Patent Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weihua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10327475
    Abstract: A heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system is provided, including a heater element; a reservoir including aerosol-generating liquid; and a condenser configured to condense excess vapors generated in the heater assembly, such that condensate is at least partially conveyed back into the reservoir. A method of manufacturing a heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Patrick Charles Silvestrini