Patents Examined by James Harvey
  • Patent number: 10653187
    Abstract: Vaporization devices, systems, and methods with automated thermal profile control are disclosed. Thermal profile information for a particular vaporizable material is encoded to control the operation of the vaporizer. The thermal profile is defined by a plurality of set points specified by power/temperature setting for a specified time. The thermal profile may be configured to be applied during a single or multiple inhalations. A thermal profile recipe code containing thermal profile information associated with the vaporizer cartridge and/or vaporizable material contained therein may be used to control the thermal profile. The thermal profile information may be automatically read by or communicated to the vaporizer and used thereby to automatically control the vaporizer heating element to implement the desired thermal profile associated with the vaporization material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Kanvas Company Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Gordon Doyle, Andy Fathollahi, Alexander Wayne Gordon
  • Patent number: 10653185
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system may include a liquid storage portion, a vaporizer, and a pump. The liquid storage portion may be configured to store a liquid aerosol-forming substrate. The vaporizer may be configured to volatilize the liquid aerosol-forming substrate. The pump may be configured to pump air into the liquid storage portion so as to push out a volume of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate from the liquid storage portion and to supply the volume of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate to the vaporizer. A method for generating an aerosol may be performed with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Ben Mazur, Eva Saade Latorre, Alain Tabasso
  • Patent number: 10630006
    Abstract: A card connector for SIM cards and the like includes a base or housing and a cover that removably attaches to the base. A spring contact disposed within the base that engages a card during insertion and removal operations to provide controlled insertion and removal forces. The spring contact defines a base portion defining a first longitudinal end and an opposing second longitudinal end, a first resilient member extending above the base portion, a second resilient member extending above the base portion, and a third resilient member extending above the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PALPILOT INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Isau Mancias, Collin Lo
  • Patent number: 10622740
    Abstract: A connector and a decking structure between a vehicle body and a battery including the same are provided. The connector includes a first connector assembly that has a downwardly protruding guide pin and a second connector assembly that is coupled to the first connector assembly in a lower portion of the first connector assembly and includes a guide aperture in which the guide pin is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Yura Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Beom Joo Kwon, Jae Mun Jin, Yun Jae Jung, Min Jae Kim, Seung Woo Yang, Tae Hong Kim, Il Kwon Park, Jae Young Jang
  • Patent number: 10615559
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft, a slide lock, and a pin. The shaft includes a first end, a second end opposite the first end and a middle portion between the first end and the second end. The first end includes an enclosure. The middle portion includes a tapered hole. The tapered hole is tapered in a direction from the first end to the second end. The slide lock is disposed over the shaft. The pin is disposed through the tapered hole and coupled to the slide lock. The movement of the slide lock is coupled to movement of the pin within the tapered hole of the shaft. The position of the pin within the tapered hole corresponds to an amount of opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Wesley S. Owen
  • Patent number: 10609958
    Abstract: Described herein is a heating device for use with apparatus for heating smokable material to volatilize at least one component of the smokable material. The heating device comprises a heating element, and smokable material bonded to the heating element. The heating element comprises a layer of electrically-conductive material, a first layer of polyimide, and a second layer of polyimide. The layer of electrically-conductive material is located between the first and second layers of polyimide. Also described are cartridges comprising the heating device, apparatus comprising the heating device, and methods of manufacturing the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Joe Robinson, Neil Litten, Harpal Singh
  • Patent number: 10609962
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a mouth to lung convertible electronic cigarette. In certain embodiments, mouth to lung convertible electronic cigarette includes: a cartridge top portion, a cartridge bottom portion, and a control circuit. The cartridge top portion includes an E-liquid storage tank and a convertible vaporizer. E-liquid vapor volume generated by convertible vaporizer is selectable by a user and selectable E-liquid volume includes a small E-liquid vapor volume generated by a first set of heating element for mouth smoking and a large E-liquid vapor volume generated by a second set of heating element for lung smoking. In certain embodiments, the first set of heating element includes a first heating element. The second set of heating element may include: a second heating element, the first heating element and the second heating element connected in serial, and the first heating element and the second heating element connected in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KANGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10602778
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an aerosol generator, an electronic cigarette, and a detachable atomizing device. The aerosol generator includes a housing, a storage chamber, a heating device, and an aerosol discharging channel. The storage chamber is formed in the housing and configured for storing an aerosol forming substance. The heating device is disposed in the housing and configured for heating the aerosol forming substance to generate aerosol. The aerosol discharging channel is configured for discharging aerosol generated by the aerosol forming substance to the outside of the housing. The heating device includes a quartz glass body and a heating element. The heating element is encapsulated inside the quartz glass body, and the heating element is capable of generating thermal radiation and infrared radiation outwardly through the quartz glass body to heat the aerosol forming substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuyun Hu, Zhongli Xu, Yonghai Li
  • Patent number: 10602779
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic cigarette. The electronic cigarette includes a shell with a suction end, a battery box, an atomizer assembly connected to the battery box, and a guiding component configured for guiding the atomizer assembly. The atomizer assembly slides relative to the battery box via the guiding component to achieve a fixed connection with the battery box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10595565
    Abstract: An exemplary electronic cigarette includes a power supply and an atomizer. The atomizer is connected with the power supply via a detachable connecting structure. The power supply has a connecting end connecting with the atomizer. The power supply includes an electromagnetic induction coil at the connecting end. The atomizer includes a housing, a liquid chamber arranged in the housing, and a metallic element. The metallic element is capable of generating heat in an alternating magnetic field. The liquid chamber defines an opening facing the power supply. The atomizer further includes a liquid storing element arranged in the opening. The liquid storing element is capable of storing tobacco liquid, and preventing tobacco liquid in the liquid chamber from flowing out. The metallic element abuts against the liquid storing element. The metallic element is configured for heating the tobacco liquid absorbed in the liquid storing element to form aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuyun Hu, Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu
  • Patent number: 10601182
    Abstract: Provided is a connector that has a reduced profile and is capable of bringing shielding structures of two connectors coupled together into contact with each other. A connector (10) according to the present disclosure includes a first connector (20) and a second connector (70). The first connector (20) is equipped with a first insulator (30) that includes a pair of outer peripheral walls (32) opposing each other and a fitting projection (33) formed between the pair of outer peripheral walls (32), and a first shielding member (60) supported by the first insulator (30). The second connector (70) includes a second insulator (80) equipped with a fitting recess (83) fit to the fitting projection (33), and a second shielding member (110) supported by the second insulator (80). When the first connector (20) and the second connector (70) are fitted to each other, the first shielding member (60) and the second shielding member (110) are fitted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shintaro Horino, Genta Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10588344
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides, in one embodiment, a filter device comprising a mouthpiece, a filter assembly in communication with the mouthpiece for filtering air exhaled into the mouthpiece, and an outlet check valve which permits air to be exhaled through the mouthpiece into the filter assembly, and substantially prohibits air from being inhaled from the filter assembly into the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Philter Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Shenkal, John Grimm
  • Patent number: 10588349
    Abstract: An electronic smoking device (1) includes a housing (2), a receiving unit (3) for the reception of a solid smoking material (4) and a primary heating element (5). The primary heating element and the receiving unit are arranged adjacent to one another. The electronic smoking device further comprises a positioning element for forcing solid smoking material inserted in the receiving unit towards the primary heating element. Solid smoking material within the receiving unit which is forced towards the primary heating element by the positioning element is liquefied and atomized by the primary heating element. The receiving unit, the primary heating element and the positioning element are arranged within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Vaclav Borkovec, Stefan Biel
  • Patent number: 10587073
    Abstract: A feedthrough filter capacitor assembly comprising a terminal pin connector is described. The terminal pin connector is designed to facilitate an electrical connection between the terminal pin comprising a multitude of compositions to a circuit board of an implantable medical device. The terminal pin connector comprises a clip portion positioned within a connector housing. The connector clip mechanically attaches to the terminal pin of the feedthrough with at least one prong and an exterior surface of the connector housing electrically contacts the circuit board, creating an electrical connection therebetween. The connector housing comprises a material that is conducive to a weld or solder attachment process to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Marzano, Keith W. Seitz, Michael F. Scalise
  • Patent number: 10587069
    Abstract: A joint connector includes a connector conductor part and an insulating housing for holding the connector conductor part and wire-side terminals to be connected to the connector conductor part. The insulating housing includes an outer wall (45) enclosing an accommodation space for accommodating wire-side terminals and separation walls dividing the accommodation space into terminal accommodating chambers (41). The separation walls include first separation walls (71) between the terminal accommodating chambers for respectively accommodating the wire-side terminals to be insulated without being shorted to each other and second separation walls (72) interposed between the terminal accommodating chambers for respectively accommodating the wire-side terminals to be shorted to each other. The first and second separation walls (71, 72) are shaped so that outer ends (71a) of the first separation walls (71) and outer ends (72a) of the second separation walls (72) are different in appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Washio, Yasuo Omori
  • Patent number: 10575562
    Abstract: Smoking articles and a method for making a smoking article are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Bless, Rajesh Sur, Stephen Benson Sears, Tim Williams
  • Patent number: 10581186
    Abstract: A connector comprises a first member and a second member. The first member has a lock spring portion, a lock portion and a regulated portion. When the connector and a mating connector are in a mated state where the connector and the mating connector are mated with each other, the lock portion locks the mated state together with a locked portion of the mating connector. The first member is configured so that, when the mating connector is forced to be unmated from the connector under the mated state, the lock spring portion is resiliently deformed so that each of the lock portion and the regulated portion is moved in a combined direction of upward in an up-down direction and a first horizontal direction. The second member has a deformation-preventing portion provided with a regulating portion. A range of the movement of the regulated portion is defined by the regulating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Osamu Hashiguchi, Kenta Ashibu
  • Patent number: 10555557
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette and a method for controlling heating and atomization of electronic cigarette are provided. The electronic cigarette includes a power supply device (1), a heating element (2) and a control device (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Pingkun Liu
  • Patent number: 10553977
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector having a hollow cylindrical housing and having a contact sleeve in the form of a hollow cylinder having a casing wall, which contact sleeve is arranged radially inside the housing, for producing a mechanical and an electrical contact with a counterpart connector, wherein at least one contact spring tongue which can be deflected resiliently and has a free end is arranged on the casing wall of the contact sleeve and is configured in such a way that the free end projects in the radially inward direction beyond the casing wall of the contact sleeve and forms a contact surface for electrical and mechanical contacting of the counterpart connector. At least three ribs are formed on an outer periphery of the casing wall of the contact sleeve which project beyond the casing wall in a radially outward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Manuel Pemwieser, Martin Zebhauser, Christian Anfang
  • Patent number: 10553988
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to an anti-rotation device (ARD) including a cylindrical ring extending along a longitudinal axis, the ring including proximal and distal faces. In an illustrative example, the ring may include proximal coupling members extending from the proximal face insertably engaging with mating recesses within a connector-disk. The ring may include distal coupling members extending from the distal face insertably engaging with mating recesses within a body-assembly, for example. The coupling members may extend, for example, parallel to the longitudinal axis. The ARD may be captured between the connector-disk and the body-assembly and may be retained by a proximal twist-lock cap screwably engaged with the body-assembly, such that relative rotational motion between the connector-disk and the body-assembly is substantially restricted, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Deepak Surendra Koparde, Veeresh Shivaprakash Yagati, Naveen Kumar Mn, Brian Richards, Tungsheng Yang