Patents Examined by James Harvey
  • Patent number: 10741941
    Abstract: A plug connector assembly includes: a plug connector having a cage, and a PCB received in the cage, the PCB including a mating end for being mated with a mating connector and an opposite connecting end, the connecting end comprising a first row of pads and a second row of pads disposed at one side of the PCB; at least one cable electrically connected to the connecting end, the at least one cable comprising a number of core wires, the core wires comprising a first group of core wires and a second group of core wires extending beyond the first group of core wires, the first group of core wires soldered to the first row of pads, the second group of core wires soldered to the second row of pads; and an insulative member isolating a soldering area of the first and second group of core wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Kun-Lin Wu, Chien-Chiung Wang, Xue-Liang Zhang, Fu-Jun Sun
  • Patent number: 10741953
    Abstract: An apparatus may include an actuator, a heat-rejecting medium, and a receptacle for receiving a pluggable module. The pluggable module may be operable to be inserted into the receptacle in a first direction. The actuator may be operable to be translated in the first direction by the insertion of the pluggable module into the receptacle. The heat-rejecting medium may be operable to be translated in a second, different direction by the actuator when the actuator is translated in the first direction. The translation of the heat-rejecting medium in the second direction may be operable to cause the heat-rejecting medium to become thermally coupled to the pluggable module when the pluggable module is inserted into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Alex Huang, Juan M. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10729179
    Abstract: Vaporizer devices and methods for detecting inhalation through a vaporizer using a heating element are provided. A resistive heater of a vaporizer may function as both a heater and as an anemometer to detect inhalation. Alternatively or additionally, a separate resistive heater may be included in an air path through the vaporizer to detect a user inhaling through the vaporizer. A heating control mechanism utilizes the already existing heating element in an anemometric correlation to when the vaporizer is idle and when it is being used (where being used implies the user is taking a puff/inhalation on the vaporizer). Using this information, a controller of the vaporizer accordingly controls heating to the vaporizer as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Juul Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Adam Bowen, Alexander J. Gould
  • Patent number: 10720723
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: an insulative housing; and a row of contacts secured to the insulative housing, the row of contacts including one or more power contacts and one or more signal and/or ground contacts, wherein the one or more power contacts are plated with a first material and the one or more signal and/or ground contacts are plated with a second material different from the first material. A related method of manufacturing such connector includes separate plating of the row of power contacts from the row of signal and ground contacts with a different material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: FOXCONN (KUNSHAN) COMPUTER CONNECTOR CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Zhao, Cai-Yun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10709172
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette and an atomizer are disclosed, the atomizer includes a reservoir, the reservoir being configured for storing tobacco liquid; an atomizing assembly, the atomizing assembly being disposed inside the reservoir, at a lower end of the reservoir, and configured to absorb tobacco liquid for atomization; and a blocking component, the blocking component being disposed in the reservoir, and configured for blocking tobacco liquid in the reservoir when tobacco liquid flows from the lower end of the reservoir toward an upper end thereof, such that tobacco liquid is kept around the atomizing assembly, and hence avoiding few tobacco liquid existing in the atomizing assembly because of rapid flowing of the tobacco liquid such that the electronic cigarette may generate burnt flavor when smoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pengfei Jiang, Yindeng Deng, Zhongli Xu, Yonghai Li
  • Patent number: 10714866
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly includes: an electrical connector including a terminal module, a shielding shell enclosing the terminal module, an insulative cover enclosing the shielding shell, and a sealing member disposed at a front portion of the insulative cover; and an outer housing accommodating the electrical connector, wherein the insulative cover has a plurality of humps engaging an inner surface of the outer housing, and the sealing member is compressed between the front portion of the insulative cover and the inner surface of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: FUYU ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (HUAIAN) CO., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shao-Cong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10714877
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes: a terminal module including a first unit, a second unit, and a shielding plate between the first and second units, each of the first unit and the second unit having an insulative body and a row of contacts, the insulative body including a rear base and a front tongue; and a shielding shell enclosing the terminal module, wherein the first unit and the second unit have same structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: FUYU ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (HUAIAN) CO., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shao-Cong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10694787
    Abstract: A handheld vaporizing device with rotating liquid housing chamber provides a multi-functional, handheld vaporizer/e-cigarette used to extract the active ingredients of a liquid substance for inhalation. The device provides a mouthpiece and a colinear rotatable multi-chamber housing. The housing has three enclosed chambers that receive individual liquid capsules filled with a liquid substance for smoking. Each enclosed chamber has one of a plurality of heating element assemblies, and a corresponding liquid capsule. Rotation of the housing to a locked position aligns a liquid capsule with a heating element assembly to achieve the vaporization of the contained liquid substance. An illumination subassembly lights up to indicate operation of heating element assemblies, charging capacity and status, and for providing an ornamental effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GYRE VAPES LLC
    Inventor: Fernando Hiram Crespo
  • Patent number: 10700472
    Abstract: A connector is configured to secure a configured to secure a conductor to an electrical box. The connector includes a body having an outer wall with a terminal edge, and a passageway extending along a longitudinal axis. A plurality of fingers is coupled to the body and extends toward the longitudinal axis. The plurality of fingers is cantilevered with the body. Each finger of the plurality of fingers includes a slot that provides communication into the passageway. The slot extends from the terminal edge of the body substantially along the length of each finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven Johnson, Krzysztof Korcz
  • Patent number: 10687556
    Abstract: A smoking article includes a housing having a mouthpiece and configured to receive a nicotine-containing aerosol generating substance. The smoking article also includes control electronics configured to control delivery of an amount of nicotine-containing aerosol from the nicotine-containing aerosol generating substrate through the mouthpiece. The smoking article further includes a nicotine metabolite sensor positioned at the mouth piece and operably coupled to the control electronics. The sensor is positioned such that when a smoker places their lips in contact with the mouthpiece the sensor can detect an amount or concentration of a nicotine metabolite in the smoker's saliva. The smoking article can store or report data regarding the amount of nicotine metabolite detected by the sensor to, for example, the smoker. In addition or alternatively, the control electronics can receive data from the sensor to control whether the amount of the nicotine-containing aerosol is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Thorens
  • Patent number: 10687558
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery module and an atomizing module. The battery module is provided with a battery joint surface. The atomizing module is provided with an atomizing joint surface. The atomizing joint surface is provided with a guide rib, and the battery joint surface is provided with a guide groove, or the atomizing joint surface is provided with a guide groove, and the battery joint surface is provided with a guide rib. The guide rib is fitted in the guide groove so that the battery module and the atomizing module are assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU PATENT ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weihua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10687561
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides, in one embodiment, an electronic smoking device comprising a mouthpiece; a vaporizer portion in communication with the mouthpiece; a filter cartridge assembly in communication with the mouthpiece; an inlet check valve; and an outlet check valve. The vaporizer portion comprises a heating element for heating a smoking material housed within the vaporizer portion. The inlet check valve permits air to be inhaled from the vaporizer portion into the mouthpiece, but substantially prohibits air from being exhaled through the mouthpiece into the vaporizer portion. The outlet check valve permits air to be exhaled through the mouthpiece into the filter cartridge assembly, but substantially prohibits air from being inhaled from the filter cartridge assembly into the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Philter Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Shenkal, John Grimm
  • Patent number: 10680363
    Abstract: A card edge connector assembly includes a card edge connector having a housing defining a card slot and holding contacts to electrically connect to a pluggable module and a host circuit board. The card edge connector assembly includes a guide cover having a main body including a first side wall between first and second end walls. The main body defines a center cavity receiving the housing and the pluggable module. The guide cover has a first alignment channel between the center cavity and the first end wall and a second alignment channel between the center cavity and the second end wall. The alignment channels are configured to receive alignment posts of the pluggable module prior to the card slot receiving the pluggable module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael John Phillips, Randall Robert Henry
  • Patent number: 10680374
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing retaining a plurality of contacts therein. The contact includes a mating part with a first body and a spring arm extending therefrom for mating a conductive pad of a CPU (Central Processing Unit), and a soldering part with a second body and a solder tail extending therefrom for mounting a solder ball thereon. The spring arm is downwardly pressed by the CPU to contact the soldering part when the CPU is mounted upon the electrical connector The mating part and the soldering part are spaced from each other either without any connection, or alternately linked with each other via a bridge transversely connected therebetween wherein the latter may optionally omit the barbed structure from one of the mating part and the soldering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: FU DING PRECISION COMPONENT (SHEN ZHEN) CO., LTD., FOXCONN INTERCONNECT TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shuo-Hsiu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10674772
    Abstract: A capsule 26 for an electronic vapour inhaler comprises a shell 28 containing a flavour-release medium 40 and one or more induction heatable elements 42 disposed inside the shell 28 and arranged to heat the flavour-release medium 40 to produce a vapour for inhalation by a user. At least part of the shell 28 is formed of an air permeable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: JT International SA
    Inventors: Mark Gill, Daniel Vanko, Lubos Brvenik
  • Patent number: 10667558
    Abstract: The vaporizer includes a tube element defining an inner volume for receiving an amount of liquid aerosol-forming substrate, a mesh in the inner volume of the tube element, and a heater outside, the heater including an electrical resistive heater, and the heater is configured to heat the mesh and the received amount of liquid aerosol-forming substrate to a temperature sufficient to volatilize at least a part of the received amount of liquid aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Michel Bessant, Fabien Duc, Zachary Elliott, Robert Emmett, Hossein Ostadi, Shaun Phillips, Bruce Renfrew, Eva Saade Latorre, Saad Ali
  • Patent number: 10673171
    Abstract: An outlet faceplate extension device includes female receiving components at a first side, male electronic components at a second side, and a rim that is connectable to furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Faith Chana Grunberger, Aaron Grunberger
  • Patent number: 10667559
    Abstract: A method of generating an aerosol in an aerosol-generating system includes storing liquid aerosol-forming substrate in a liquid storage portion and delivering via a pump a liquid aerosol-forming substrate from the liquid storage portion to an atomizer. The method also includes sensing a puff via a a puff sensor in an airflow path of the aerosol-generating system and determining a puff intensity during the puff via a controller. The delivery flow rate of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate to the atomizer is adjusted in response to the determined puff intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michel Bessant, Ben Mazur, Eva Saade Latorre, Alain Tabasso
  • Patent number: 10667554
    Abstract: Smoking articles are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a smoking article includes a heat source configured to generate heat upon ignition thereof, a first substrate material having an aerosol precursor composition associated therewith and a first end being fixedly engaged with the heat source, and an aerosol delivery component having opposed first and second ends, the first end of the aerosol delivery component being engaged with the second end of the first substrate material. In some aspects, the aerosol delivery component includes a second substrate material having the aerosol precursor composition associated therewith and being disposed about the first end of the aerosol delivery component and a tobacco material disposed between the second substrate material and the mouthpiece, the aerosol precursor composition associated with the first and second substrate materials being configured to produce an aerosol in response to the heat generated by the ignited heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Percy D. Phillips, Michael F. Davis, Karen V. Taluskie, Stephen Benson Sears
  • Patent number: 10667329
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for controlling heating in an aerosol-generating system including a heater, the method including comparing a measured voltage across the heater, indicative of the temperature of the heater, with a target value; if the measured voltage across the heater exceeds the target value by greater than or equal to a first amount, then preventing a supply of power to the heater for a first time period; and if the measured voltage across the heater exceeds the target value, but by less than the first amount, then preventing the supply of power to the heater for a second time period, shorter than the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Bernauer, Pascal Talon