Patents Examined by Thang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10433584
    Abstract: A pack holds and re-charges an e-cigarette which has a tip connector with first and second charging contacts. The pack includes a pack battery; a body including a tube having an open first end for receiving the e-cigarette; and a connection assembly which is positioned at a second opposite end of the tube and includes a connector with a central contact and an outer contact for re-charging the e-cigarette using the pack battery. The outer contact of the connection assembly comprises a generally annular base and at least two lugs which project from the base in the direction of the first end of the tube and which define a docking station between the lugs for receiving the tip connector of the e-cigarette. The base of the outer contact is spring-mounted, such as by a spring, relative to a housing, of the connection assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Joel Nettenstrom, Steven Michael Schennum, Deon Ding, Ryan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10374335
    Abstract: A coaxial cable-connector assembly includes a coaxial cable and a coaxial connector. The coaxial cable includes: an inner conductor having a termination end, the termination end including a bore; a dielectric layer that overlies the inner conductor; an outer conductor that overlies the dielectric layer having a termination end; and a jacket that overlies the outer conductor. The coaxial connector includes: an inner conductor body including a boss that encircles the termination end of the inner conductor and a longitudinal bore; an outer conductor body electrically connected with the termination end of the outer conductor; and an expansion member inserted into the bore of the termination end of the inner conductor, the expansion member being sized and configured to radially expand the termination end of the inner conductor into electrical contact with the boss of the inner conductor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Frank A. Harwath
  • Patent number: 10244795
    Abstract: A vaporizing assembly for an aerosol generating system includes a sheet heating element and a delivery device configured to deliver a liquid aerosol-forming substrate from a liquid storing portion to the sheet heating element. The sheet heating element is spaced apart from the delivery device and is configured to heat the delivered liquid aerosol forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista, Dani Ruscio
  • Patent number: 10219546
    Abstract: An exemplary spraying atomizing device includes a housing, a liquid tank, a spraying device, a heating element, and a power supply. The housing defines an atomizing chamber. The liquid tank is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The spraying device is configured for spraying the tobacco liquid into the atomizing chamber in a form of liquid particles. The heating element is arranged in the atomizing chamber, and has a heating surface. The heating surface is configured for supporting and heating the liquid particles to form aerosol. The power supply is arranged in the housing, and is configured for feeding the heating element power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Shuyun Hu
  • Patent number: 10212970
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatus for vaporizing the plant material of a rolled article. More specifically, the present disclosure presents an apparatus for adapting a rolled article to be inhaled through a vaporization of the active ingredient of the plant material contained within the rolled article. The present disclosure relates to a device battery powered heating element, a means to insert or attach to a cigarette or other rolled article, such as a cigar or other roll of tobacco, marijuana, or smoking substance, and a means to activate the heating element, wherein the heating element may vaporize the rolled material for inhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Elise Barbuck
  • Patent number: 10199753
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) connector block assembly having a plurality of connector pin assemblies mounted within a multi-connector block is disclosed. Each connector pin assembly has a dielectric and a contact pin positioned in a housing. Multiple housings may be independently removably mounted in the multi-connector block with independently movable contact pins. A first end of each contact pin is adapted to provide electrical continuity with an external component, for example, a connector, and a second end of each contact pin terminates distally in a connection feature, which may be connected to an external structure, for example, a printed circuit board (PCB). Each contact pin moves axially in response to movement of the connection feature by engagement with the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications RF LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Edmond Flaherty, IV
  • Patent number: 10199771
    Abstract: A plug system with a plug connector, such as a high-current plug, and a mating plug connector, such as a high-current socket, for coupling to the plug connector by a lock device which counteracts a withdrawal of the plug connector from the mating plug connector in a locked position (I), wherein the lock device has a lever part which is secured to the plug connector in a pivotal manner and a securing clip which is attached to the lever part in an articulated manner for engaging into an engagement portion of the mating plug connector in the locked position (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Franz Josef Neureiter, Willem Blakborn
  • Patent number: 10188144
    Abstract: An aerosol-forming member comprising a sheet of material configured to wick and to heat a solution is disclosed. The sheet of material comprises a non-planar inner major surface having a capillary structure configured to emit vapor during use, and an outer major surface that is configured to emit less vapor than the inner major surface during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Batmark Limited
    Inventors: Colin John Dickens, Rory Fraser, Helmut Buchberger
  • Patent number: 10181682
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a connector shield that can include a main body, a shield portion to shield electromagnetic radiation from a connector, and a support portion. The main body can be removably secured to the connector. The shield portion includes lossy material and the shield portion is not grounded. The connector can include connection lines and the connection lines are at least partially inside a cavity of the shield portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jaejin Lee, Hao-Han Hsu
  • Patent number: 10158190
    Abstract: A Type-c connector with improved performance includes a main insulator, a hook member, a housing, an upper row of terminals, a lower row of terminals, and a shield casing. With creepage portions integratedly extended from front ends of upper and lower insulating members of the main insulator, creepage distances between the terminals and the shield casing are increased, thereby reducing the risk of short circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Hongyun Sun, Hubin Li, Fenghui Han
  • Patent number: 10153597
    Abstract: Disclosed is a PC board jack assembly that reduces or eliminates signal loss with an audio plug. The jack assembly employs a support housing having a passageway sized to receive the audio plug with connectors to engage the opposite sides of a conventional audio jack. The jack assembly provides secure attachment to a PC board to avoid trace lifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: David Polinski
  • Patent number: 10135170
    Abstract: A connector system includes a first connector element and a second connector element. The first connector element includes a first contact that has a first contact region and a first wipe region. The second connector element includes a second contact that has a second contact region and a second wipe region. When the first connector element is mated with the second connector element, the first contact region makes a first point electrical contact with the second wipe region such that the first contact does not form a first tuned electrical stub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Kevin W. Mundt, Bhavesh Patel, Bhyrav M. Mutnury
  • Patent number: 10128622
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle assembly is for a power inlet apparatus of an electrical system. The power inlet apparatus includes a housing. The electrical system has a power source and a transfer switch. The electrical receptacle assembly includes an electrical receptacle structured to be mechanically coupled to the housing and electrically connected with the power source and the transfer switch, and an indication assembly mechanically coupled to and electrically connected with the electrical receptacle. The indication assembly has a status indicator adapted to provide an indication of circuit status within the electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: John Thomas Clark, Andrew William Courson
  • Patent number: 10122130
    Abstract: A connector assembly is provided comprising, a conductive shell extending between a mating end and a back end opposite the mating end. The shell being generally cylindrical and extending along a longitudinal axis. The shell having a chamber forward of a base and being open at the mating end for receiving the mating connector. The base having an insulator pocket aligned with the longitudinal axis and extending between the chamber and the back end. And a center pin received in the pocket and extending through the base along the longitudinal axis into the chamber for mating with the mating connector. The center pin having a terminating end extending from the back end. And an insulator formed in place in the pocket around the center pin to electrically isolate the center pin from the shell. The insulator maintaining a position of the center pin along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Chong Hun Yi, Dustin Carson Belack, Denver Harley Wilson
  • Patent number: 10104914
    Abstract: An aerosol generating system includes a liquid storage portion, a liquid transfer element, a power supply, and a heating element operably coupled to the power supply and configured to heat the aerosol generating substrate. The system also includes a cover over the liquid storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Eric Force
  • Patent number: 10096920
    Abstract: A power connector includes an insulated housing and at least one electrical terminal assembly. The insulated housing has at least one terminal receiving hole. The at least one electrical terminal assembly is inserted in the at least one terminal receiving hole. Each electrical terminal assembly has an inner terminal, and an outer terminal. Each inner terminal has a connecting section, and an elastic section connected to the connecting section. Each outer terminal has a conductive portion, a leg portion arranged at one end of the conductive portion, and a curve portion arranged between the conductive portion and the leg portion. The leg portion is exposed outside of the insulated housing. The connecting section of the inner terminal is fixedly connected to the conductive portion of the outer terminal. The present disclosure further has an electrical terminal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Hsing-Yu Lee
  • Patent number: 10085486
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and apparatuses for fabricating a film based processor and using the processor in an electronic vaping device. An example apparatus can comprise an air intake, a vapor output, a container for storing a vaporizable material, a mixing chamber coupled to the air intake for receiving air, the container for receiving the vaporizable material, and a heating element configured for heating the vaporizable material and the received air to generate a heated vapor. The apparatus can comprise a processor comprising a plurality of circuit elements supported on a flexible film substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: John Cameron
  • Patent number: 10084269
    Abstract: Connector receptacle tongues having contacts arranged to disconnect from corresponding contacts in a connector insert in such a way that undesirable current pathways that damage electrical components associated with the connector receptacle are avoided. Other examples include connector receptacles having a tongue in a passage and ground spring contacts located in openings in sides of the passage, where the ground spring contacts connect to a shield of a connector insert such that these undesirable current pathways are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Cornelius, Mahmoud R. Amini
  • Patent number: 10084270
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle connector includes a metallic shell and one or more insertion modules. The metallic shell includes two first walls, two second walls, and several protrusions. The walls form an insertion space. The protrusions are extending toward the insertion space from the first walls, and the protrusions are integrally formed on the first walls seamlessly. The insertion module includes an insulated housing, first receptacle terminals, second receptacle terminals, and a grounding plate between the first receptacle terminals and the second receptacle terminals. When the electrical receptacle connector is mated with an electrical plug connector, the protrusions are in contact with a metallic shell of the electrical plug connector. Because the walls of the metallic shell are seamless, the connector assembly of the plug and receptacle can be waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Tsai, Pin-Yuan Hou, Chung-Fu Liao, Long-Fei Chen, Dong Xiang
  • Patent number: 10063021
    Abstract: A connector assembly that includes an outer shell and a first communication connector. The first communication connector and/or the outer shell is/are movable about one or more degrees of freedom. The first communication connector is configured to form a first electrical or optical connection with an external communication connector. Optionally, the connector assembly includes a second communication connector. The first communication connector may be connected to a cable or the optional second communication connector by a flexible substrate positioned inside the outer shell. The first communication connector may be implemented as a fiber optic connector optically connected to either a fiber optic cable or the second communication connector, which may also be implemented as a fiber optic connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Dean S. Lipke, Jon Clark Riley, Ryan C. Moore, Elizabeth G. Rasmussen