Patents Examined by Phuong K Dinh
  • Patent number: 11837897
    Abstract: An electrically operable aerosol-generating system is provided, including charging and aerosol-generating devices having proximal and distal ends and a body extending therebetween, a user operable button located on the body between the ends, the system having a first engagement state in which the devices are engaged and a second engagement state in which the devices are not engaged, such that when in the first state at least a first side-portion of the body extending between the ends faces the charging device, and at least a second side-portion of the body extending between the ends faces away from the charging device and is exposed, the button being located on the second side-portion and operable when the system is in the first state, the button activating a first function when the system is in the second state, and activating a different second function when the system is in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Raphael Holzherr, Hankak Lee
  • Patent number: 11839010
    Abstract: Disclosed is an induction coil arrangement for use with an apparatus for heating smokable material to volatilize at least one component of the smokable material. The induction coil arrangement includes a plate having opposite first and second sides, a first flat spiral coil of electrically-conductive material mounted on the first side of the plate, and a second flat spiral coil of electrically-conductive material mounted on the second side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Nicoventures Trading Limited
    Inventors: Walid Abi Aoun, Gary Fallon, Julian Darryn White, Martin Daniel Horrod
  • Patent number: 11837814
    Abstract: A modular electrical connector with modular components suitable for assembly into a right angle connector may also be used in forming an orthogonal connector or connector in other desired configurations. The connector modules may be configured through the user of extender modules. Those connector modules may be held together as a right angle connector with a front housing portion, which, in some embodiments, may be shaped differently depending on whether the connector modules are used to form a right angle connector or an orthogonal connector. When designed to form an orthogonal connector, the extender modules may interlock into subarrays, which may be held to other connector components through the use of an extender shell. The mating contact portions on the extender modules may be such that a right angle connector, similarly made with connector modules, may directly mate with the orthogonal connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Allan Astbury, John Robert Dunham, Marc B. Cartier, Jr., Mark W. Gailus, Daniel B. Provencher
  • Patent number: 11825877
    Abstract: Vaporizer devices are disclosed that are configured to detect when a puff is occurring and exclude a pressure change unrelated to the puff based on at least first and second signals. Methods for detecting a puff and excluding a pressure change unrelated to the puff based on at least first and second signals are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hatton, Matthew J. Taschner
  • Patent number: 11812791
    Abstract: It is provided an electronic smoking device (10) which comprises a liquid reservoir (34), a battery (18) and a heating element (28) adapted to atomize liquid of the liquid reservoir (34). The heating element (28) has a modified surface (50) that comprises a plurality of structures (51) adapted to provide a capillary force on liquid of the liquid reservoir (34) when applied onto the heating element (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Fontem Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Wensley, Stefan Biel
  • Patent number: 11793239
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system is provided, including: an aerosol-generating device, including a housing, a heating chamber defining a heating zone and being sized to receive at least a portion of an aerosol-forming substrate within the heating zone, an induction element disposed around, or adjacent to, the heating zone, a power supply, and a controller connected to the induction element and configured to provide an alternating electric current to the induction element to generate an alternating magnetic field within the heating zone, the induction element being configured to be controlled to sequentially provide a first alternating magnetic field having a first frequency for a first period of time followed by a second alternating magnetic field having a second frequency for a second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Jerome Christian Courbat, Oleg Mironov, Tony Reevell, Andreas Michael Rossoll, Enrico Stura
  • Patent number: 11800603
    Abstract: Provided is an aerosol generating apparatus including: a heater configured to generate aerosol by heating a cigarette, the heater including a first electrically conductive heating element formed along a first path on an electrically insulating substrate, a second electrically conductive heating element formed along a second path on the electrically insulating substrate, and a temperature sensor track formed along a third path in a region between the first path and the second path; a battery configured to supply power to the heater; and a controller configured to control the power supplied from the battery to the heater and monitor a temperature sensed using the temperature sensor track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hun Il Lim, Tae Hun Kim, Jung Ho Han, Sang Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 11771141
    Abstract: A smoking substitute device having: a control unit; a battery configured to supply power to the smoking substitute device; a movement sensing component configured to sense movement of the smoking substitute device; and a battery level indicator configured to, when activated, provide an indication of charge remaining in the battery. The control unit is configured to activate the battery level indicator when a predetermined movement of the smoking substitute device is detected using the movement sensing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: IMPERIAL TOBACCO LIMITED
    Inventors: Oliver Talbot, Thomas Sudlow, Jonathan Marchbank, Daniel Harden
  • Patent number: 11777262
    Abstract: A solderless plug-in coaxial connector attachment is provided. Elements are configured to engage and capture a coaxial grounding layer (or braid) as the connector is installed on the cable. The engagements between elements enhance axial and radial captivation for mechanical robustness and electrical connectivity while minimizing the overall length of the connector. An installation tool aids in the installation of the coaxial connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: MegaPhase, LLC
    Inventors: Maddiel Gonzalez, St├ęphane Orofino
  • Patent number: 11766072
    Abstract: An e-vapor device may include a reservoir, a heater, and a bimetallic actuator. The reservoir is configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation. The reservoir defines an outlet configured to release the pre-vapor formulation therefrom. The heater is configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation released from the reservoir to generate a vapor. The bimetallic actuator may be configured to seal the outlet of the reservoir when vaping is not occurring and configured to unseal the outlet when vaping is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Jason Andrew Macko
  • Patent number: 11759584
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device that includes a reservoir housing that defines a mouthpiece channel. The aerosol delivery device includes a sealing member configured to be received within the reservoir housing to define a reservoir chamber configured to retain an aerosol precursor composition therein. The aerosol delivery device also includes a substrate member that is configured to be received within the reservoir housing and to be directly engaged with a vaporizing assembly for forming an aerosol. The reservoir housing, sealing member, substrate member, and/or vaporizing assembly can be used for forming aerosols with precise and reproducible compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Timothy Brian Nestor, Paul Andrew Brinkley, Stephen Benson Sears, John DePiano, Matthew C. Ebbs, Kristen Dodds Weight, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 11752284
    Abstract: An aerosol delivery device including: control circuitry for controlling an operating mode of the device; a motion sensor arranged to detect motion of the device and to output corresponding motion detection signals to the control circuitry; and an airflow sensor arranged to detect a flow of air in the device and to output corresponding airflow detection signals to the control circuitry; wherein the control circuitry is configured to determine from the motion detection signals when there is a tapping event corresponding to the device being tapped by a user and to determine from the airflow detection signals when there is an airflow event, and wherein the control circuitry is configured to control the device to switch from a first operating mode to a second operating mode in response to the detection of a predefined sequence of events comprising at least one tapping event and at least one airflow event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Nicoventures Trading Limited
    Inventors: Colin Dickens, Rory Fraser
  • Patent number: 11744295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap that is configured to releasably cover an inlet of a vaporization assembly for a portable electronic vaporizing device. The cap comprises a first inner cap portion, a second outer cap portion, a channel formed in between the first inner cap portion and second outer cap portion, a cap inlet, and a cap outlet. The cap is configured to flow gas therethrough from the cap inlet to the cap outlet via the channel, to introduce gas into the vaporization assembly, when the cap is positioned to cover the inlet of the vaporization assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Puff Corporation
    Inventors: Avinash Bajpai, Siddhant Waghmare, Roger Volodarsky
  • Patent number: 11744290
    Abstract: The atomizer includes a housing, and an atomization assembly disposed in the housing. When in use, the atomizer is detachably connected to a high-frequency heater. The atomization assembly includes an atomizing core, a heating element, and a sleeve. The sleeve is connected to and enclosed by the housing, and a cavity is formed between the sleeve and the housing. The atomizing core and the heating element are fixedly disposed in the sleeve. The atomizing core includes a first surface and a second surface which are disposed back to back. The sleeve includes a main body through which e-liquid flows from the cavity into the sleeve and accumulates around the first surface of the atomizing core. The heating element is surrounded by the second surface of the atomizing core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventor: Tuanfang Liu
  • Patent number: 11737497
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette including an atomization assembly and a battery assembly. The battery assembly includes a control panel. When a short circuit occurs to the output end of the battery assembly or the atomization assembly, the control panel shuts off the power supply for the atomization assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SHENZHEN EIGATE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tuanfang Liu
  • Patent number: 11737498
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery includes a battery cell, a copper threaded ring, a joint, an insulation ring, a first ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) ring, a second EVA ring, a battery cartridge, a silicone ring, a pneumatic switch, a support, and a base cover. The copper threaded ring comprises a 510-type threaded interface and a surface provided with a cross-shaped indentation operating as an air inlet of the battery. The insulation ring is disposed in the copper threaded ring. The joint is a hollow structure and is disposed in the insulation ring. The copper threaded ring is disposed on a top end of the battery cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventor: Tuanfang Liu
  • Patent number: 11730197
    Abstract: A vaporizer cartridge configured to removably interface with one or two rings is described. The cartridge features one or two separate attachment mechanisms, each attachment mechanism interfacing with one or more decorative rings. These rings can be adorned with third-party branding materials, and the removable nature of the rings allows the vaporizer cartridges to be easily replaced with rings bearing different branding materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: The Blinc Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Aksenov, Arnaud Dumas de Rauly
  • Patent number: 11730206
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a manually powered vaporizing device including a housing having an outside surface and an opening passing through the outside surface of the housing, a tank having a fillable space therein, an atomizer, a manually powered energy generator, and an energy storage component in electrical communication with the energy generator and the atomizer. The manually powered energy generator, which can include a rotating element and/or a magnetic power generator, can be used to provide energy to the capacitor and the atomizer so that the device can be powered manually and renewably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Chubby Gorilla, Inc.
    Inventor: Ibrahiem H. Aboabdo
  • Patent number: 11735876
    Abstract: Distal connector assemblies that are on the distal end of medical lead extensions provide increased rigidity by including a rigid holder that contains the electrical connectors. The electrical connectors are separated within the rigid holder by insulative spacers that may be individual items or may be formed from a compliant carrier that the electrical connectors may reside within where the carrier is positioned within the rigid holder. The rigid holder may also contain a set screw block defining set screw bore or the rigid holder may include an integral portion that defines a set screw bore. The integral portion may include a slot to allow a molding pin loaded with the electrical connectors and other components to be dropped into a cavity of the rigid holder. An overmold may be present to surround the rigid body containing the electrical connectors and insulative spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott M. Hanson, Joseph P. Ricci, Adam J. Rivard, Jonathan C. Sell
  • Patent number: 11735853
    Abstract: An electrical connector or electrical connector assembly that has a housing, a contact carrier, one or more spring members, and an interposer or contact system. The contact carrier is movable with respect to the housing between unmated and mated electrical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: AMPHENOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ronald I. Frank, James R. Meszaros, George L. Goulart, Jr., Braden J. Ishaug, Robert G. Hennemuth, III, Michael D. Smith, Michael A. Yashin, Gordon J. Udall, Daniel R. McNevin