Patents Examined by Jean F. Duverne
  • Patent number: 12004570
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system (50) has an optical sensor (23) disposed on a portion of an exterior surface of the aerosol-generating system. The optical sensor is configured to output sensor data. A controller (29) is operably coupled to the optical sensor. The controller is configured to manipulate one or more operating parameters of an aerosolizer element of the aerosol-generating system based on the optical sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products, S.A.
    Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista, Ricardo Cali, Nikita Karelin
  • Patent number: 12003063
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a housing and electrical conductor plating. The housing includes a first member and a second member. The first member is made of plastic and forms at least one first contact receiving channel therein. The second member is attached around the first member, and the first and second members form at least one second contact receiving channel therebetween. The electrical conductor plating is on the first member. The electrical conductor plating includes at least one first section along the at least one first contact receiving channel and at least one second section along an exterior side of the first member at the at least one second contact receiving channel. The first and second sections of the electrical conductor plating are electrically separate from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventor: Charles Copper
  • Patent number: 12003048
    Abstract: A plug connector for flexible conductor films having film-insulated conductors, having a plug connector housing, in which at least one plug contact element is arranged, and having a coupling region, in which blades electrically conductively connected to the at least one plug contact element penetrate and fix at least one film-insulating conductor by producing an electrical contact, wherein the plug connector housing comprises two housing parts that can be fitted together, whose first housing part supports the blades and the at least one plug contact element electrically conductively connected to them, and whose second housing part receives and supports the flexible conductor film and has the at least one blade receiver adjusted to the blades, whose boundary surfaces are formed in such a way that at least one part of the blades is bent when fitting the two housing parts together in the direction of the film-insulated conductor, wherein at least one part of the blades is formed flexibly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: ERNI Production GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Mödinger, Fabian Kristmann
  • Patent number: 12003064
    Abstract: A fuse-integrated electronic component connected to a power supply part includes an outer housing fixed by a first coupling member in a state in which housings are engaged with each other to define an accommodation space and in which an extension part is disposed at one side thereof, an inner body installed in the accommodation space by a second coupling member to define a mounting space, a connector electrically connected to the outer housing so that the extension part is accommodated therein, and a fuse installed in the mounting space to cut off a high voltage output to the connector. The first coupling member is coupled and released between the outer housing and the power supply part so that the first coupling member is released in a state of being separated from the power supply part, to doubly cut off the power when the fuse is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: YURA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myoung Kun Roh, Il Kwon Park
  • Patent number: 11998062
    Abstract: A connectivity dongle for providing connectivity between an aerosol delivery device and a management service. The connectivity dongle comprises a wireless connectivity interface configured to establish a wireless data connection to an aerosol delivery device to receive data from the aerosol delivery device; and a data connectivity interface configured to establish a network connection to the management service and to pass data received from a connected aerosol delivery device to the management service via the network connection. In some embodiments, each aerosol delivery device may comprise an electronic nicotine delivery “END” device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Kersey, Darryl Baker, Patrick Moloney
  • Patent number: 11992064
    Abstract: Provided is an aerosol generating apparatus including: a heater generating an aerosol by heating an aerosol generating substrate; and a controller monitoring and controlling power supplied to the heater, wherein, upon receiving an input of reheating the heater within a preset time, after the heater reaches the first target temperature and generates an aerosol, the controller controls the heater to generate an aerosol according to a second target temperature lower than the first target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Min Lee
  • Patent number: 11996640
    Abstract: A battery terminal connector includes a body portion with a first yoke and a second yoke extending forwardly of the body portion to form a terminal receiver hole. A power fastener extends from a rearward end of the body portion to receive one or more of an adapter, a primary cable adapter, and/or an auxiliary cable adapter. Each of the adapter, the primary cable adapter, and/or the auxiliary cable adapter extends rearwardly of the body portion. The adapter has at least a first aperture configured to be coupled to the power fastener and a second aperture configured to be coupled to the auxiliary cable adapter. The auxiliary cable adapter may be coupled to the second aperture with an auxiliary fastener. A cover is coupled over the battery terminal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Custom Battery Cables, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent William Eminowicz
  • Patent number: 11996642
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a substrate, a pitch transformation routing assembly formed on the substrate and including pitch transformation routing members, a first set of contact members where each contact member extends away from a first end of a corresponding pitch transformation routing member, and a second set of contact members where each contact member extends away from a second end of a corresponding pitch transformation routing member. Each pitch transformation routing member includes multiple routing sections, where each routing section extends in the first direction or the second direction. In a first subset of the pitch transformation routing members, the pitch transformation routing members have routing sections with different dimensions in the first direction and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: GITECH INC.
    Inventor: John Williams
  • Patent number: 11992823
    Abstract: An electronic vaping device includes a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, a reservoir in the housing, the reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation, a heater in the housing, the heater configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation, at least one portion formed of a material including at least one polymer and at least one oxygen sequestering agent, and a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko, Georgios Karles
  • Patent number: 11996665
    Abstract: A wedge assembly may include a recess, a first tab, a second tab, and/or a retainer. The recess may be configured to receive a main conductor or a tap conductor when the wedge assembly is installed in an electrical connector. The first tab may be configured to be received by a cavity defined in a bottom portion of a body member of the electrical connector. The first tab and the second tab may define respective apertures therethrough that are configured to receive a bolt of the electrical connector. The bolt may be configured to drive the wedge assembly into the electrical connector such that the main conductor and the tap conductor are electrically connected. The retainer may be configured to releasably secure the bolt within the wedge assembly. The retainer may be configured to be removed to enable removal of the bolt from the wedge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Burndy, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Polidori
  • Patent number: 11984678
    Abstract: An I/O connector assembly configured for making a cabled connection to an interior portion of a printed circuit board for signals passing through the connector. The assembly may include a receptacle connector, a cage and cables, terminated to conductive elements of the terminal subassemblies, extending through the cage to the midboard. The terminal subassemblies may have first type conductive elements configured for mounting to the printed circuit board and second type conductive elements configured for terminating cables. Features may be included for precise positioning of the receptacle connector formed with the terminal subassemblies relative to the cage such that connector to connector variation in the positioning of the contact portions of the conductive elements in the terminal subassembly is provided. A mating plug may be designed with low wipe, which improves high frequency performance of the mated connector system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventors: Arkady Y. Zerebilov, R. Brad Brubaker
  • Patent number: 11974607
    Abstract: An inductively heatable aerosol-generating article for an inductively heating aerosol-generating device is provided, the article including: an aerosol-forming rod segment having a cylindrical shape with a constant outer cross-section including an elongate susceptor element and an aerosol-forming substrate surrounding the susceptor element so as to define the cylindrical shape of the rod segment, the susceptor element including at least one narrower portion at each extreme end of the susceptor element, and the narrower portion at each extreme end including a reduced transverse cross-section as compared to one or more portions of the susceptor element along a length extension of the susceptor element including a maximum transverse cross-section of the susceptor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Andreas Michael Rossoll, Jerome Christian Courbat, Enrico Stura, Roberto Mancini
  • Patent number: 11978989
    Abstract: A card connector, a card holder, and a terminal device, where the card connector includes a plurality of first terminals and one or more second terminals. The first terminals are arranged to form a first card access area that installs a first card, and the first terminals are configured to be electrically coupled to the first card. The one or more second terminals are distributed on a periphery of the first card access area, the first terminals and the one or more second terminals form a second card access area that installs a second card, and the first terminals and the one or more second terminals are configured to be electrically coupled to the second card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shihao Zhang, Gaobing Lei, Tien Chieh Su
  • Patent number: 11978991
    Abstract: An insulation displacement contact (IDC) cluster includes a plurality of IDC cluster modular units each having a plurality of receptacles adjacent to one another in a row. Each of the receptacles receives an IDC terminal. A first IDC cluster modular unit of the IDC cluster modular units is coupled to a second IDC cluster modular unit of the IDC cluster modular units to form a modular structure by stacking and fastening together, arranging the receptacles of the IDC cluster modular units in parallel rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH, TE Connectivity Italia Distribution S.r.l.
    Inventors: Fabio De Pasquale, Thomas Klenner
  • Patent number: 11969024
    Abstract: A method of controlling aerosol production in an aerosol-generating device is provided, the device including: a heater including a heating element to heat an aerosol-forming substrate, and a power source to provide power to the element, the method including: providing power to the element; and controlling the power provided such that in a first phase, the power is provided to the element such that a temperature of the element increases from an initial temperature to a first target temperature, in a second phase, the power is provided such that the temperature reduces to a second target temperature lower than the first temperature, and in a third phase, the power is provided such that the temperature increases to a third temperature, the first phase being ended in response to the element reaching the first target temperature or at a predetermined time following the element reaching the first target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Arkadiusz Kuczaj
  • Patent number: 11974198
    Abstract: A notification system including an outlet and a notification center. The outlet is configured to output a signal indicative of the availability of the outlet. The notification control unit is configured to receive the signal, determine availability of the outlet based on the signal, and output information corresponding to the availability of the outlet to at least one selected from a group consisting of a computer, a smart phone, and a tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Nelson Bonilla, Shadi Alex AbuGhazaleh
  • Patent number: 11973300
    Abstract: A switch cabinet includes an electric component, e.g. a power converter, having at least three cable connection elements. Each of the cable connection elements has an electric contact area capable of being contacted by a cable lug, and an assembly area. The cable connection element is fastenable at the assembly area to a body of the electric component and is connected to the body of the electric component at the assembly area. The electric contact area and the assembly area are arranged on the cable connection element in such a way that a plane of the electric contact area and a plane of the assembly area intersect at a positioning angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Volker Müller
  • Patent number: 11969013
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette, an atomization assembly and an atomization component for the same. The atomization component comprises a porous base, a first film, and a second film. The porous base material comprises an atomization surface. The first film and the second film are sequentially formed on the atomization surface. At least one of the first film or the second film is used for generating heat when charged, so as to heat and atomize an e-liquid on the atomization surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Pei Li, Hongxia Lv, Heng Zhang, Zhenlong Jiang
  • Patent number: 11967791
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes a plug and a receptacle that are electrically connectable to each other. The plug includes a first contact, a holder, a first tubular shell, and a shield member. The receptacle includes a second contact, a case, and a second tubular shell. The second contact includes a bottom portion, a pair of standing portions, and an extension. The pair of standing portions include respective contact portions having a wide shape and can clamp an end portion of the first contact. The extension includes a tip portion that is to be fixed to a substrate, a hold that is held by the case, and an elastic portion that is elastically deformable. The elastic portion can undergo elastic deformation in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the contact portions extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahide Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 11957171
    Abstract: An aerosol generating device may include a heater configured to heat an aerosol generating article; a heater flange supporting one end of the heater; a heat barrier coupled to the heater flange and surrounding the heater without contact; and a housing accommodating the heater and the heat barrier, wherein a fastening member is formed on one of the heater flange and the heat barrier, and an accommodating portion for accommodating the fastening member is formed on the other of the heater flange and the heat barrier, and wherein the heater flange and the heat barrier are coupled to each other by the fastening member and the accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Wook Yoon