Patents Examined by Phuong K Dinh
  • Patent number: 10998685
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a connector plug for attachment to a single pair Ethernet cable comprising a pair of conductors, and configured for being received in a connector receptacle. The connector plug includes a first end for receiving the single pair Ethernet cable and a second end having a pair of contacts, each of the contacts comprising a receptacle contact interface, a conductor interface, and an extension to provide an increased width between conductor gripping prongs at the conductor interface while maintaining a consistent spacing between the pair of contacts at the receptacle contact interface with connector plugs configured to mate with different gauge cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: George Edward Curtis, Amrik S. Bains, Edward John Kliewer
  • Patent number: 10993475
    Abstract: An atomizer includes a main body defining an airflow channel and a liquid storage cavity isolated from each other and an atomizing element. The atomizing element includes a porous body and a porous heating film. The porous body includes an atomizing surface and a liquid absorption surface. The atomizing surface is a plane and is substantially parallel to a direction of an air flow in the airflow channel, and the porous heating film is formed on the atomizing surface. The liquid absorption surface can absorb a liquid in the liquid storage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited
    Inventor: Zhiping Chen
  • Patent number: 10998645
    Abstract: Flexible connector having a multilayer metallic strip, at least one connecting element arranged at at least one end of the strip, the layers of the metallic strip being bond one another in the region of the end of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Auto-Kabel Management GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Scharkowski
  • Patent number: 10992070
    Abstract: A connector that is configured to connect to a second connector and a third connector and provides a housing, terminals that are equipped in the housing, and coupling terminals that are equipped in the housing. The terminals are connected to electric wires contained in cables connected to the housing, the coupling terminals are configured to make contact with the second terminal provided in the second connector and the third terminal provided in the third connector while not making direct contact with the terminals, and that in plan view, the cables are obliquely connected to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Toyokazu Egawa
  • Patent number: 10992079
    Abstract: Connection systems and methods thereof facilitate establishing electrical connections through a barrier such as a drape without compromising a sterile field established by the barrier. A connection system can include two connectors. A first connector can include a first-connector housing defining a cavity, a slideable end piece coupled to a distal-end portion of the first-connector housing, and at least a first piercing element connected to a first electrical lead. The first piercing element can be configured to enter the cavity and pierce a barrier disposed in the cavity when the slideable end piece is advanced toward a proximal-end portion of the first-connector housing. A second connector can include at least a first receptacle within a second-connector housing connected to a second electrical lead. The first receptacle can be configured to form at least a first electrical connection with the first piercing element after the first piercing element pierces the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Bard Access Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason R. Stats, Chase Thompson, Jerry Zhao, Anthony K. Misener
  • Patent number: 10992092
    Abstract: A connector is provided that is configured to mate with a second connector and a third connector includes a housing, terminals equipped in the housing that are configured to connect to third terminals provided in the third connector, and coupling terminals that can at least connect to a second terminal provided in the second connector. The terminals include an electric wire connecting part that is configured to connect to electric wires included in a cable connected to the housing and a contact part that is configured to make contact with the third terminals. The electric wire connecting part and contact part positions are offset with regard to a direction orthogonal to a mating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Toyokazu Egawa
  • Patent number: 10978815
    Abstract: A connection of a strand conductor to a connecting part, via an end of the strand conductor and a connecting part materially connected to the end of the strand conductor, wherein one end face of the end of the strand conductor is welded to the connecting part by means of ultrasound. A particularly good weld seam is achieved by first welding the end of the strand conductor to a sleeve using ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Auto-Kabel Management GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Scharkowski
  • Patent number: 10966456
    Abstract: A cartridge for an electronic smoking device. A housing includes a first reservoir configured to store a first liquid vaporizable material, a second reservoir configured to store a second liquid vaporizable material. A first and/or a second heating element is configured to be selectively heated by electrically energizing one or both of a first and/or a second terminal, respectively, so as to selectively produce an inhalable vapor of single flavor or of a blend of flavors. A base member between the first and second terminals may be electrically engaged by a capital assembly. The base member may define a first and second air aperture in fluid communication with the first and second heating elements, respectively. A third and a fourth terminal may be in electrical communication with the first and heating elements, respectively. The base member maybe configured to electrically energize the third and the fourth terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Cegnum LLC
    Inventors: Randy Hermiz, Nianzhong Li
  • Patent number: 10973087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an e-cigarette with a plurality of heating components. The e-cigarette with a plurality of heating components is designed in the present invention, where the plurality of heating components are disposed in the atomization core, so that the e-cigarette produces more aerosol and meets user requirements; in addition, a plurality of liquid inlet holes are disposed in the atomization core, so that the e-liquid comes into contact fully with the heating components. This prevents the heating components from scorching due to insufficient e-liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: O-NET AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Cheng Wang, Zhidong Zeng, Mingjing Hu, Bo Zhou
  • Patent number: 10965066
    Abstract: A connector arrangement comprising a connector and a cable connected to the connector, each comprising at least one conductor pair for transmitting a differential signal, wherein the cable comprises a first portion and a second portion, in which the conductor pair comprises electric contacts, and wherein the conductors are at a first mutual distance in the first portion and a second mutual distance in the second portion, the second mutual distance being greater than the first distance, wherein an intermediate portion is formed between the first portion and the second portion, in which intermediate portion the distance between the conductors of a conductor pair increases in the direction of an interface-side end of the connector, wherein the conductor pair is guided in an unshielded cable in the first portion, and wherein the conductors are surrounded by an external conductor in at least one part of the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ROSENBERGER HOCHFREQUENZTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Müller, Thomas Lödding
  • Patent number: 10959463
    Abstract: An aerosol-forming article for use in an electrically heated aerosol-generating device is provided, the aerosol-forming article including a mouthpiece, an aerosol-forming substrate, and a plurality of magnetic particles including a magnetic material having a Curie temperature of between 60 degrees Celsius and 200 degrees Celsius. An electrically heated aerosol-generating device for receiving the aerosol-forming article is also provided, the device including a heater element configured to heat the aerosol-forming article, an inductor, and a controller configured to measure an inductance of the inductor and to control a supply of electrical current to the heater element in response to the measured inductance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Oleg Mironov
  • Patent number: 10958127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a casing element of an electric equipment, said casing element being configured to house at least one electrical conductor configured to form an external terminal of the electric equipment and at least one electronic power component, adapted to be electrically connected to said electrical conductor and to convert a direct current into an alternating current, said casing element being characterised in that it comprises reception members adapted to receive, by sliding, the electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO SIEMENS EAUTOMOTIVE FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Guillaume Tramet, Roger Deniot
  • Patent number: 10958008
    Abstract: A separable clasp connector is provided that has first and second parts that are pivotable with respect to one another by a die set. The clasp connector includes one or more die alignment features to ensure proper alignment with the die set so as to apply an unlocking force in a predetermined direction. Die sets and methods also provided to move a separable clasp connector back-and-forth among a locked position and an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Kevin Normand Castonguay
  • Patent number: 10945463
    Abstract: Aerosol delivery devices disclosed herein seek to help address or reduce some of the issues associated with accidental/unintended activation of an aerosol delivery device. This is done in some example implementations by control circuitry controlling when an aerosol delivery device switches between different modes based on signaling received from a motion sensor and an airflow sensor. The control circuitry can determine from motion detection signals when there is a tapping event corresponding to the device being tapped by a user and to determine from airflow detection signals when there is an airflow event corresponding a flow of air in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Colin Dickens, Rory Fraser
  • Patent number: 10950972
    Abstract: A cable connector cover includes a unitary body configured to receive a connector mounted to a coaxial cable and comprises an interface portion, an intermediate portion and a cable relief portion. The interface portion has a forward inner surface defining a forward space configured to receive and engage an outer surface of an interface component. The interface portion comprises a first resilient material having a first characteristic softness. The intermediate portion has an intermediate inner surface defining an intermediate space configured to receive and engage an outer surface of a connector body. The intermediate space is smaller than the forward space. The cable relief portion has a rearward inner surface defining a rearward space configured to receive and engage the cable portion. The cable relief portion has a second characteristic softness which is stiffer than the first characteristic softness of the interface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: JOHN MEZZALINGUA ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon M. Stevens, Thomas Sawyer Urtz, Jr., Jeremy Charles Benn
  • Patent number: 10939704
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating article is provided, including an aerosol-generating substrate including tobacco; and a capacitor including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a dielectric material disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, the dielectric material including a porous substrate material and a liquid sorbed into the porous substrate material. There is also provided an aerosol-generating system including the aerosol-generating article in combination with an aerosol-generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10931069
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrical connector, comprising a plug and a receptacle. The plug comprises first electrical contacts electrically isolated from each other and arranged into a first outer contact annulus and a first inner contact annulus concentric with and radially spaced apart from each other. The receptacle comprises second electrical contacts electrically isolated from each other and arranged into a second outer contact annulus and a second inner contact annulus concentric with and radially spaced apart from each other. The plug is selectively connectable with the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ATL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Kunz, Braden Ta'ala, Douglas Sward
  • Patent number: 10931042
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connection system for an electrical appliance, such as a terminal block (7), the electrical connection system (7) comprising a conductive strip (21) comprising two connecting branches (63a, 63b) arranged so as to cooperate with a conductive portion (13?) of an electrical conductor (13) in a connecting position and having a cooperating area (35) arranged so as to cooperate with a portion (15?) of a support rail (15) in a cooperating position, a leaf spring (23), and a holding device (49) arranged so as to hold the portion (15?) of the support rail (15) in contact between the two cooperating branches (63a, 63b) in the cooperating position, at least one connecting branch (63a, 63b) having a cross-opening (69a, 96b) designed so that a portion of the holding device (49) passes therethrough in the cooperating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY SERVICES GMBH
    Inventors: Romain Villard, Yannick Villardier
  • Patent number: 10918136
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device is provided, including a power supply; at least one heater; a cavity configured to receive an aerosol-generating article; a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode such that at least a portion of the article is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode when the article is received within the cavity; and a controller configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the heater for heating the article when the article is received within the cavity, the controller being further configured to measure an electrical load between the first and second electrodes when the article is received within the cavity, and the controller being further configured to terminate the supply of power to the at least one heater when the measured electrical load exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10923833
    Abstract: A female wire terminal includes a box extending longitudinally from a crimp end to an open forward end that is configured to receive a male wire terminal. The box is provided by upper and lower walls joined by a first lateral wall. A second lateral wall is joined to the lower wall opposite the first lateral wall. The upper wall provides a protrusion that is configured to cooperate with an electrical connector. The upper wall overlaps and abuts at a rearward end of a longitudinal edge of the second lateral wall opposite the first lateral wall. The rearward end is opposite the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Luis Eduardo Solano Siller, Victor M. Retana, Luis Daniel Berino Avalos, Robert B. Snader, Jr.