Patents Examined by Richard Crispino
  • Patent number: 9434211
    Abstract: A tire tread having a layered design is provided. In a first layer of the tread, sipes extend transversely to provide traction in the first stage of the wear life of the tread. In a second layer of the tread, the width of the sipes along the circumferential direction is increased to provide for improved traction in a second stage of the wear life. The increased width is provided by a void that opens to a circumferential groove only along one end. Because the void opens only along one end, a decrease in acoustical effects such as drive by noise can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: Maxime Rolland, Dmitri Tsihlas
  • Patent number: 9427019
    Abstract: Tobacco articles having tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco articles can provide tobacco to an adult consumer in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to furnish tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. The tobacco can be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley, James Arthur Strickland, James M. Rossman
  • Patent number: 9409659
    Abstract: A package of smokeless tobacco includes a flavor patch located in the package to provide flavor to smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of packaging smokeless tobacco by combining a package with a flavor patch disposed inside the package, the flavor patch comprising a flavor and an adsorbent, so that the flavor patch resides in an interior of the package; and adding smokeless tobacco to the package with the flavor patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Carroll, Steven J. Hovjacky, Beverly C. Woodson
  • Patent number: 9307787
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product includes a plurality of orally disintegrable granules. Each granule has a core and at least one layer surrounding the core. The at least one layer includes tobacco particles and a binder. Also disclosed are methods of making tobacco granules that comprise a core and at least one layer having tobacco particles and a binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Yan Helen Sun, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Patent number: 9277768
    Abstract: An electronic simulation cigarette comprises a shell. One end of the shell installs the air inlet port while in the shell the power source, atomization and spray device, capsule with smoke solution in it are set up. Connect the power source and the heater, the capsule and the atomization and spray device. Install the capsule aspiration device at one end of the atomization and spray device and penetrate the device in the capsule. Spraying solutions used for the electronic simulation cigarette include the polyethylene glycol, the propylene glycol and the taste modifier. A smoking set of the electronic simulation cigarette includes the suction nozzle which is linked with the shell of the smoking set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Yunqiang Xiu
  • Patent number: 9277766
    Abstract: A semi-automatic cigarette-making machine of the tobacco-injecting type including a housing with an aperture and a compacting chamber in communication with the aperture for receiving loose tobacco, a compacting member mounted for manual reciprocal up and down motion from an initial position adjacent the top of the compacting chamber toward the bottom of the compacting chamber in response to the rotation of a pair of opposed gears, and an injection spoon mounted for automatic powered reciprocal lateral movement from a rest position within the compacting chamber across the compacting chamber to transport rod-like compacted tobacco shapes past the ejection side of the compacting chamber and into a hollow cigarette tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Junmo Chen
  • Patent number: 9272939
    Abstract: A dead plate arrangement for a glass forming machine is characterized by a housing (33) which is bordered on the upper side by a dead plate (1) which is divided into fields (16, 16?, 16?) intended for putting hollow glass articles to be cooled thereon, wherein to each field, a dynamic pressure chamber (3) is allocated which is connected to a supply air chamber (4) via a valve (9), and wherein the supply air chamber (4) is connected to a cooling air supply via a valve (5). The valves (5, 9) are continuously controllable between an opening position and a closed position so that the pressure can be set for each of the dynamic pressure chambers (3), and therefore the cooling capacity of each of the fields (16, 16?, 16?) can be set individually depending on the properties of the hollow glass article to be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Heye International GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Isensee, Benedikt Felgenhauer, Waldemar Kaessner
  • Patent number: 9271525
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic cigarette case, including a case body, a frame module disposed in the case body, a battery module, and a printed circuit board (PCB) module. The electronic cigarette case further has a touch control method for performing at least a predefined function. The touch control method includes: defining a touch zone on the case body, and providing a touch control module in the case body. The at least a predefined function is performed to indicate an electric quantity of a battery when a finger touch gesture is detected on the touch zone by the touch control module. The electronic cigarette case is durable, waterproof and dustproof, rapidly response, space saving, and easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9265285
    Abstract: A low ignition propensity cigarette paper includes a coating portion including a hydrophobic starch and a hydrophilic starch, and a plurality of pores including a micrometer-size pore and a nanometer-size pore, wherein the hydrophobic starch and the hydrophilic starch cover the micrometer-size pore and the nanometer-size pore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: KT & G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ik won Gwak, Jong-Oh Kim, Seong-Ho Ju, Young-Sin Kim, Kwang Se Lee
  • Patent number: 9259032
    Abstract: The cigarette mouthpiece with filter provides ease in smoking and enables the filtration of harmful substances like nicotine, tar, etc. contained in the cigarette smoke. The cigarette mouthpiece includes a hollow body having a positioning portion inside where the cigarette is fixed and an extension entering the mouth region of the smoker, and a filter with multiple filter holes placed inside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Fahrettin Atas
  • Patent number: 9259970
    Abstract: A belt cushion disposed between an tire-axis-direction end of a belt layer and a carcass comprises an outer layer, an interlayer, and an inner layer which are arranged in this order inwardly in the tire-radial-direction from the tire-axis-direction end of the belt layer. The inner layer and outer layer are made of a rubber composition B having complex modulus E*b and loss tangent tan ?b. The interlayer is made of a rubber composition C having complex modulus E*c being substantially the same as the complex modulus E*b and having loss tangent tan ?c being smaller than the loss tangent tan ?b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9255361
    Abstract: Methods for the in situ formation of catalyst particles in cigarette paper are provided. A catalyst precursor, which can be incorporated into the cigarette papermaking process or can be combined with cigarette paper after formation of the paper, can be decomposed to form catalyst particles that are incorporated within the cigarette paper. Cigarette paper comprising the catalyst particles can be used to form a cigarette. During the smoking of a cigarette comprising the catalyst particles the amount of carbon monoxide in the mainstream smoke of the cigarette can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili, Shahryar Rabiei
  • Patent number: 9254006
    Abstract: A portable cigar ashtray includes a cup-shaped base portion having a closed bottom, a side wall extending upwardly from the closed bottom, and an open top. A resting platform is disposed inside the cup-shaped base portion and spaced from the closed bottom. A retaining assembly is disposed near an upper end of the cup-shaped base portion and includes a retaining ring and a nub holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Abdallah
  • Patent number: 9254007
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette sucking rod comprises a nozzle cover and a connecting module respectively inserted into opposite ends of the sucking cylinder, a conduit in the sucking cylinder, a liquid guiding component and an atomizing device between the liquid guiding component and the connecting module; the nozzle cover and the liquid guiding component respectively seal opposite ends of the liquid smoke compartment, opposite ends of the conduit are inserted into the through holes of the nozzle cover and the liquid guiding component, and a smoke passage extends through the liquid guiding component and the conduit. The liquid guiding component comprises a liquid separation seat and a liquid reservoir; the liquid separation seat comprises a seat body and a vent pipe; the vent pipe has its one end engaged with the conduit, and another end sleeved with the liquid reservoir and lead to the atomizing device; the liquid separation seat defines a liquid guiding hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9254719
    Abstract: A motor car tire having a tread includes a central portion situated on either side of an equatorial plane and two shoulder portions. The central portion is separated from the shoulder portions of the tread by two circumferential grooves and has at least one circumferential rib situated between a first and a second circumferential groove. The tread has a solid/void ratio of less than 0.28. The circumferential rib includes transverse grooves which extend over at least 50% of its width. The transverse grooves include at least one curvilinear section, have a width less than that of the circumferential grooves and at least one of the circumferential grooves including the circumferential rib has at least one side wall defining an undulating profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Montesello, Gianfranco Colombo
  • Patent number: 9247773
    Abstract: A portable, personal storage and carrying case for an e-liquid e-cigarette PV in which the case includes: (a) a power source for re-charging a rechargeable battery in the PV; (b) a reservoir for holding e-liquid; and (c) a fluid transfer system adapted to transfer e-liquid from the reservoir to a chamber in the PV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BEYOND TWENTY LTD.
    Inventors: Kaveh Memari, Adrian Bennett, Ian Murison, Stephen Marsh
  • Patent number: 9249044
    Abstract: A sag-bending glass mold for creating a partial parabolic-curved glass sheet is disclosed. The glass mold comprises a glass-support surface having a cross-sectional profile of varying height. The cross-sectional profile has a first portion with profile of a non-parabolic, linear-square root composite shape. A method for forming a partial parabolic glass sheet is also disclosed. The method comprises positioning a planar glass sheet on a sag-bending mold having a linear-square root composite shape and deforming the glass sheet to follow the linear-square root composite shape of the sag-bending mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Zachary S. Judkins, Benjamin C. Bourne, Amine Berrada
  • Patent number: 9247772
    Abstract: A hookah bowl, hookah utilized the hookah bowl, and process for using a hookah is disclosed. The hookah bowl includes two principal members, a bowl shell and an adjustable bowl burner that alters its position within the bowl shell. The bowl burner may adjust its position longitudinally, radially, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Mya Saray, LLC
    Inventor: Nizar Youssef Mehio
  • Patent number: 9249041
    Abstract: A furnace for melting batch materials, including, upstream in the direction of flow of the molten materials, a zone for introducing solid batch materials, and including a submerged burner and an overhead surface burner providing a flame that touches the surface of the glass at the point where the bubble from the submerged burner emerges. This association of an overhead, especially roof-mounted, burner and a submerged burner reduces the quantity of batch stones that may be sent toward the downstream end of the furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Laurent Pierrot, Frederic Lopepe, Biagio Palmieri, Laurent Joubaud, Philippe Pedeboscq, Philippe Meunier
  • Patent number: 9242886
    Abstract: Delivery apparatus include an electrical circuit configured to heat a linear conduit and an elbow conduit. A first electrode can be mounted to an upstream portion of the linear conduit, a second electrode can be mounted downstream of the upstream portion, and a third electrode can be mounted to a curved segment of the elbow conduit within a footprint extension of a first passage of the linear conduit. In further examples, a delivery apparatus includes an electrical circuit with a first electrode mounted to an upstream portion of a linear conduit, a second electrode mounted to a downstream portion of the linear conduit, and a third electrode mounted to an elbow conduit. In still further examples, methods of heating molten glass include application of an electrical current such that neither a current flux through a linear conduit nor a current flux through an elbow conduit exceeds 8 amps/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Richard Bergman, Raymond E. Fraley