Patents Examined by Michael J. Felton
  • Patent number: 10736358
    Abstract: A flue-cured tobacco device and a heating control method thereof, the flue-cured tobacco device comprises a shell, an opening section is provided at an end of the shell, a fixing canister communicating with the opening section is provided in the shell, an end of the fixing canister is communicated with a first receiving section and a second receiving section successively, at least one net filter layer structure is defined in the first receiving section, a heating element is defined in the second receiving section; one end of a cigarette inserts into the first receiving section to abut the filter layer structure, the other end of the cigarette extends out the shell from the opening section. The flue-cured tobacco device of present invention makes users experience a taste of a real cigarette without the condition of producing tar, and the taste of the cigarette is soft to improve the users' experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN JIANAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Jianjun Ding
  • Patent number: 10721969
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette (“e-Cig”) may include an adapter component for connecting a battery portion of the e-Cig with the cartridge. The adapter may be configured to utilize a bonding device, such as a ring, cylinder, or sleeve component, for connecting wires without requiring soldering. The bonding device may press a wire at a contact point against a conductive material for transmission of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Sammy Capuano, Zvika Feldman
  • Patent number: 10721967
    Abstract: A method of treating disorders in a human or animal subject may include heating a material containing a compound to a first temperature to form a heated volume of the material. The method may additionally include heating the heated volume to a higher second temperature to form a dose of vapor including the compound. The method may also include administering the dose of vapor to the subject to treat disorders such as pain. The method may further include pre-heating the material to a preliminary temperature prior to the heating to the first temperature. The heating and pre-heating may be performed with a capsule including two covering layers, each including an electrically conductive material, configured to hold the material therebetween and to generate heat by resistive heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Yossef Raichman
  • Patent number: 10721961
    Abstract: Systems and devices for material reclaim of unutilized and underutilized inhalation products and to trap refuse, including an inlet, funnel member, reclaim bowl, and a housing. Additional components may include and upper and lower adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Shan Aladin
  • Patent number: 10721956
    Abstract: A plug (25) of vaporisable material for a vapour generating device (1) which generates a vapour by heating at least the base of the plug (25) is disclosed. The plug (25) comprises vaporisable material shaped such that it defines a cavity (26) within the vaporisable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JT International SA
    Inventors: Ugurhan Yilmaz, Thomas Johaentges, Toshifumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10721958
    Abstract: A portable package including an inhaling flavor product including a flavor base material configured by a non-tobacco material, a tobacco raw material that has undergone an alkali treatment and emits an inhaling flavor component as a vapor phase, and a container portion that contains the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material, wherein the container portion limits a movement of at least one of the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material so as to maintain the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material in a non-contacting state, and the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material are arranged within a same space constructed by the container portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Keiko Fujii, Kimitaka Uchii, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10709167
    Abstract: In the method and system for wrapping an assembly (5) of segments, an outer periphery of the assembly is affixed longitudinally to an edge portion of a piece of wrapping material (50) and at least one of the segments of the assembly is a rigid segment with a compressibility higher than about 10 Newton per 1.5 mm. The assembly of segments is provided to a rolling seat (10) arranged in the peripheral surface of a wrapping conveyor (1). A retaining surface (202) is arranged at a distance and opposite the peripheral surface of the wrapping conveyor, such as to contact the assembly supplied to the rolling seat with the retaining surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Robert William Emmet
  • Patent number: 10709173
    Abstract: Vaporizer apparatuses are provided. In some implementations, an apparatus includes a cartridge and a body. The cartridge comprises a mouthpiece, a storage compartment, and a heater chamber comprising a resistive heating element configured to generate an aerosol comprising vaporizable material and air passing along an airflow path. The body comprises a receptacle configured to insertably receive the cartridge with the heater chamber disposed within the receptacle. The airflow path comprises an air inlet passage and a fluid connection in the cartridge, connecting the heater chamber and the mouthpiece. The air inlet passage has a first side formed by an exterior surface of the cartridge and a second side formed by an internal surface of the receptacle when the receptacle insertably receives the cartridge. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Steven Christensen, Joshua Morenstein, Christopher Nicholas HibmaCronan
  • Patent number: 10676383
    Abstract: A high efficiency treatment system (system) wastewater treatment system including a tank with a multi-chamber tank system that is designed to remove pollutants from domestic wastewater. Embodiments of the system consist of a pretreatment chamber, which is in fluid communication with an anoxic chamber, which is in fluid communication with an aeration chamber, which is in fluid communication with a clarification chamber, and which is in fluid communication with a polishing chamber. The system can be applied to remove suspended solids, BOD, ammonia, nitrate and TKN from wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory D. Graves
  • Patent number: 10667560
    Abstract: Cartridges for use with a vaporizer device are provided. In some implementations, a cartridge having a first end and a second end comprises a mouthpiece, a wick assembly comprising a heating element and a wicking material, a wick housing comprising a base having a hole and a first pair of mating members comprising first and second U-shaped members, a tank, and a tube connected with the hole. The tank includes an end wall proximate to the second end (having a vent) and a second pair of mating members, extending from the end wall towards the first end of the cartridge, comprising third and fourth U-shaped members. The first and second pair of mating members hold the wick assembly within the tank and define a chamber comprising at least part of the wick assembly and a reservoir configured to hold vaporizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Adam Bowen, Steven Christensen, Christopher Nicholas HibmaCronan, Aaron Keller, James Monsees, Joshua Morenstein, Bryan White
  • Patent number: 10667550
    Abstract: The filter for cigarette product includes a mouthpiece end side-filter material and a front stage-filter material. The mouthpiece end side-filter material has a low air flow-resistance unit that is arranged in a part of a cross section from a front end surface to a rear end surface and having a relatively low air flow-resistance, and a high air flow-resistance unit that is arranged in the remainder of the cross section from the front end surface to the rear end surface and having a higher air flow-resistance than the low air flow-resistance unit. At least on the rear end surface of the mouthpiece end side-filter material, the low air flow-resistance unit is arranged only in one semicircular area, of two parts into which the cross section of the mouthpiece end side-filter material is divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Ito, Yu Ninomiya, Tomiharu Nagata, Hiroyuki Torai, Sadao Ogi, Kazumasa Arae
  • Patent number: 10667552
    Abstract: A passively cooled pipe made of a material with a high coefficient of thermal conductivity that has a lockable, invertable, combustion bowl/storage compartment. The pipe is designed for the combustion of dry organic matter. It has a series of passive radiator fins about the outer faces of its sides for the dissipation of heat there along its body, and an aggressive smoke mixing design in the bore of the shank section that aids in the removal of tar and smoke particles. The inside volume of the shank also has a series of passive radiator fins in operational contact with the sides of the shank. There is a removable locking tool housed in the passive radiator fins on one of the outer faces, used to lock the combustion bowl in either of its positions. The locking tool also disassembles the two halves of the pipe for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Temple Kraft, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Ball
  • Patent number: 10660369
    Abstract: A fluid permeable heater assembly for an aerosol-generating system includes a base including an opening through the base and an electrically conductive filament arrangement over the opening. The base includes a solid aerosol-forming substrate on the base. A cartridge includes a cartridge body including a reservoir within the cartridge body. A heater assembly is arranged at one end of the cartridge body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Oleg Fursa
  • Patent number: 10661001
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting an operator in operating a medical device has a signaling device that signals a necessary operation of a component to be operated of the medical device. The signaling device emits a signal from the component to be operated and/or orients a signal onto the component to be operated. The signaling device emits at least one of an optical, an acoustical, and a haptical signal. The apparatus also includes a control apparatus that controls the signaling device based on the component operation to be performed, with the control by the control apparatus being independent of an operator request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Thys
  • Patent number: 10660362
    Abstract: An automatic cigarette-lighting purifier includes a cigarette holding chamber and a smoke purification device, one end of the cigarette holding is provided with a chamber opening which is communicated with the smoke purification device and the cigarette holding chamber, and a cigarette positioning member is provided at the chamber opening. The automatic cigarette-lighting purifier further includes a ventilation end cap that is movable to cover the end of the cigarette holding chamber that is opposite to the chamber opening, and a cigarette-lighting member is at one side of the ventilation end cap. A cigarette can be lighted automatically by the cigarette-lighting device once it's placed in the purifier, and the burned cigarette is always kept in the purifier, thus no unfiltered second-hand smoke is produced. Furthermore, the structure of the automatic cigarette-lighting purifier is simple, the operation is convenient, and the possibilities of scalding and cigarette ash falling are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN REVOLUTION PRODUCT DESIGN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yeung Tak Lugee Li
  • Patent number: 10653184
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic smoking article including components adapted for retaining an aerosol precursor composition. The electronic smoking article can comprise a shell having a reservoir housing therein. The reservoir housing can be adapted for enclosing an aerosol precursor composition and can comprise one or more apertures through which a liquid transport element may extend out of and into an interior space within the reservoir housing. The electronic smoking article further can comprise a heating element in heating communication with the liquid transport element. The disclosure also provides a method for forming a reservoir for an electronic smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-ping Chang, Stephen Benson Sears, William Robert Collett, Karen V. Taluskie
  • Patent number: 10653181
    Abstract: An e-vapor device may include a cartridge configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation therein. The e-vapor device may additionally include a dispensing body including a ratchet assembly and configured to receive a vaporizer to interact with the ratchet assembly. The vaporizer is configured to access the pre-vapor formulation in the cartridge via a coupling action and to heat the pre-vapor formulation to generate a vapor. The ratchet assembly is configured to undergo a mechanical incrementation with each coupling action to facilitate a simultaneous removal of the cartridge with the vaporizer coupled thereto after a designated number of coupling actions. Accordingly, the overuse of the vaporizer and the adverse sensory effects associated therewith can be reduced or prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond Lau, Ben Sharp
  • Patent number: 10645970
    Abstract: The invention relates to aerosol generating components (40) for electronic smoking devices, to electronic smoking devices and in particular electronic cigarettes, and to methods for generating inhalants. In order to improve smoking experience by purposefully directing nicotine and flavor products, the invention provides that two aerosols with different particle sized are generated consecutively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Vaclav Borkovec, Stefan Biel, Diego Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10624384
    Abstract: A leaf removal assembly including a frame comprising a front plate having a feed opening, a leaf stripping assembly mounted on said front plate in front of said feed opening and an upper sprocket wheel comprising a plurality of upper socket grippers extending radially outward of the upper sprocket wheel and being disposed behind the front plate. The leaf removal assembly further includes a lower sprocket wheel comprising a plurality of lower sprocket grippers extending radially outwardly of the lower sprocket wheel and being disposed behind the front plate. At least one of the upper sprocket wheel and the lower sprocket wheel may be adjustably attached to the frame. A process for separating a leaf from a stalk comprising at least one leaf is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: James David Evans, Ashish Jain, Loren Theodore Duvekot, David C. Haller
  • Patent number: 10624387
    Abstract: A producing method of a tobacco raw material containing a flavor constituent, comprises: a step A for heating a tobacco raw material in a closed space which is treated with alkali and for taking a flavor constituent released in the gas phase from the tobacco raw material to an outside of the closed space; a step B for allowing a first solvent to capture the flavor constituent by bringing the flavor constituent released in the gas phase in the step A into contact with the first solvent which is a liquid substance at normal temperature on the outside of the closed space; a step C for supplying a second solvent to the tobacco raw material in the closed space after the step A and for taking a normal component which is released as the liquid phase from the tobacco raw material to the second solvent, together with the second solvent to the outside of the closed space; and after the steps B and C, the step D for adding the first solvent capturing the flavor constituent in the step B to the tobacco raw material from
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Fujisawa, Takeshi Akiyama, Shinya Osuga, Manabu Takeuchi, Manabu Yamada