Patents Examined by Yana B Krinker
  • Patent number: 10375992
    Abstract: Certain aspects of present invention relate to an electronic cigarette having temper-proof locking mechanisms. In certain embodiments, the electronic cigarette may include: an electronic cigarette body, a temper-proof mouthpiece connector locking mechanism threadedly connected to electronic cigarette body, and a temper-proof power connector locking mechanism threadedly connected to electronic cigarette body. When a user pushes temper-proof mouthpiece connector locking mechanism towards electronic cigarette body, temper-proof mouthpiece connector locking mechanism is locked such that the user is able to remove a mouthpiece connector from electronic cigarette body to refill e-liquid for the electronic cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KANGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10357057
    Abstract: A smoking article (10) comprises a tobacco rod (12) and a filter (14) connected to the tobacco rod (12). The filter (14) comprises a first filter segment (18, 20) comprising one or more breakable capsules, wherein each breakable capsule comprises an outer shell and an inner core containing an additive. The filter (14) further comprises a hollow tube segment (22) downstream of the first filter segment (18, 20) and positioned between a downstream end of the first filter segment (18, 20) and the mouth end of the filter (14). The hollow tube segment (22) defines a cavity (24) at the mouth end of the filter (14). A plug wrap (23) circumscribes the first filter segment (18, 20) and the hollow tube segment (22), wherein the plug wrap (23) has a basis weight of less than 90 grams per square meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Alen Kadiric
  • Patent number: 10322469
    Abstract: A part of a glass layer 103 disposed along a region to be fused R is irradiated with a laser beam L1, so as to form the glass layer 103 with a laser-absorbing part 108a having a high laser absorptance. Then, while using the laser-absorbing part 108a as an irradiation initiation position, the region to be fused R is irradiated therealong with a laser beam L2, so as to melt the glass layer 103 and fix the glass layer 103 onto a glass member 104. Since the irradiation initiation position for the laser beam L2 has already become the laser-absorbing part 108a, a stable region where the melting of the glass layer 103 is stable can be formed immediately from the start point for initiating the irradiation with the second laser beam or nearby. The glass member 104 is fused to a glass member 105 through the glass layer 103 having such a stable region formed throughout the region to be fused R, so as to yield a glass fusing structure 101.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsumoto, Toshimitsu Wakuda
  • Patent number: 10292436
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for electronic smoking. The embodiments disclosed herein can be utilized to ignite combustible substances in all conditions and do not require supplementary igniters or tools. The embodiments disclosed herein provide an all-in-one smoking experience. Further, in some embodiments described herein comprise a cartridge system for easy insertion, removal, and/or replacement of loose-leaf products in a pod or cartridge for smoking. Some embodiments herein relate to all-in-one, integrated smoking systems or devices comprising compartments for holding and lighting combustible substances, a combustion device such as a lighter or high voltage electric combustion system, insulating components, and one or more electric batteries or other power devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ARC INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Louis Cirillo, Matt Kummer
  • Patent number: 10278416
    Abstract: A freeze dried oral smokeless tobacco snuff or non-tobacco snuff product and a method of manufacturing the freeze dried oral smokeless tobacco snuff or non-tobacco snuff product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Swedish Match North Europe AB
    Inventors: Mårten Kindvall, Lars Jonsson, Mattias Schyberg
  • Patent number: 10278417
    Abstract: A smoking article (1) comprising a rod (2) of smokable material with a mouth end (3) and a distal end (4) remote from the mouth end (3). The rod (2) comprises at least a first and a second segment (5, 6), wherein the first segment (5) has a distal end defining the distal end of the rod and the second segment (6) is disposed downstream of the first segment. The smoking article further comprises a mouthpiece (7), which is attached to the mouth end (3) of the rod (2), wherein the first segment (5) comprises a first tobacco blend with a first level of a smoke constituent inhibitor and the second segment (6) comprises a second tobacco blend with a second level of the smoke constituent inhibitor, wherein the second level of the smoke constituent inhibitor is lower than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Celine Gambs, Carlos Andres Sanchez, Antonio Tuzzolino
  • Patent number: 10271574
    Abstract: A liquid tobacco composition comprises tobacco dissolved in an ionic liquid. Removal of selected tobacco constituents is aided by dissolving the tobacco in the ionic liquid. The tobacco, having selected constituents removed, may be regenerated from the liquid tobacco composition by separating the tobacco from the ionic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Gianluca Sechi, Irfan Gunduz
  • Patent number: 10271577
    Abstract: A stabilizer for water pipes used for smoking substances, comprising a wrap configured to hold in a portion of the water pipe and a support that is wider than the base floor of the water pipe. The stabilizer can provide a wider and more stable base for the water pipe that can counteract and/or prevent tipping of the water pipe, and/or can provide shock absorption properties to reduce the risk of a water pipe tipping over and breaking or spilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jason Hoover, Jennifer Hoover
  • Patent number: 10226070
    Abstract: A filter rod comprises a core of cellulose acetate fibers surrounded by a lofty porous network of charge retaining polymer fibers. The charge retaining fibers can be charged to attract and hold particles from such sources as particulate matter from sorbents (preventing break-through), and smoke constituents while having a suitable pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Szu-Sung Yang, Lixin L. Xue, Jing C. Chang
  • Patent number: 10226068
    Abstract: A smoking article (1) comprising a rod (2) of smokable material with a mouth end (3) and a distal end (4) remote from the mouth end (3). The rod (2) comprises at least a first and a second segment (5, 6), wherein the first segment (5) has a distal end defining the distal end of the rod (2) and the second segment (6) is disposed downstream of the first segment. The smoking article further comprises a mouthpiece (7), which is attached to the mouth end (3) of the rod (2), wherein the first segment (5) comprises a first tobacco blend with a first level of a smoke constituent and the second segment (6) comprises a second tobacco blend with a second level of the smoke constituent, wherein the second level of the smoke constituent is lower than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Celine Gambs, Carlos Andres Sanchez, Antonio Tuzzolino
  • Patent number: 10189743
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for improving strength of a thin glass member for an electronic device are disclosed. In one embodiment, the glass member can have improved strength by using multi-bath chemical processing. The multi-bath chemical processing allows greater levels of strengthening to be achieved for glass member. In one embodiment, the glass member can pertain to a glass cover for a housing of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Zadesky, Christopher Prest, Douglas Weber
  • Patent number: 10178881
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly and a cigarette bottle assembly. An external thread electrode is located in one end of battery assembly. An internal thread electrode is located in one end of atomizer assembly. The battery assembly and the atomizer assembly are connected by the screwthread electrode. The cigarette bottle assembly is inserted into the other end of the atomizer assembly and both form a cigarette type or cigar type body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10143238
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly, an atomizer assembly and a cigarette bottle assembly. An external thread electrode is located in one end of battery assembly. An internal thread electrode is located in one end of atomizer assembly. The battery assembly and the atomizer assembly are connected by the screwthread electrode. The cigarette bottle assembly is inserted into the other end of the atomizer assembly and both form a cigarette type or cigar type body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10136671
    Abstract: A smoking article comprises a first part, a second part movable relative to the first part. At least one of the first or second parts comprises a section of sheet material wrapped around one or more rod articles, wherein the section of sheet material comprises a circumferentially leading edge and/or a trailing edge. The circumferentially leading edge and/or a trailing edge is angled to a longitudinal axis of the smoking article. The section of the first part or second part comprising the angled edge is configured to be rotatable relative to the other of the first or second part, the relative rotational position of the first and second parts configured to control a property of the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Karl Kaljura, Philip Russell Fawcus, Stuart Dunlop, Adrian Mordue, Nick Harding, Ian Dunckley
  • Patent number: 10092033
    Abstract: A smoking article comprises a first part (111) comprising a source of smokable material and a second part (112) comprising a rod article and configured to be rotatable relative to the first part. A first indexing surface (116) on the first part and a second indexing surface (304) on the second part are configured to engage to index the rotation between the first and second parts. At least one of the first or second parts comprise a control element (250) configured to control a ventilation of the smoking article and a ventilation area (270) in the other of the first or second parts of the smoking article from the control element, the ventilation area configured to be selectively covered by the movable control element, wherein the second part comprises a connecting section connecting the rod article to the first part of the smoking article, and the connecting section is affixed to or supports the second indexing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Karl Kaljura, Philip Russell Fawcus, Stuart Dunlop, Adrian Mordue, Nick Harding, Ian Dunckley
  • Patent number: 10011514
    Abstract: Apparatus (54) for positioning performed glass sheets for further forming includes positioners (55) that are moved slower than the speed of glass sheet conveyance to provide rotational adjustment of a glass sheet into alignment above a forming mold (52) under the operation of a controller (78). The forming mold (52) is moved upwardly for the forming in a pressing manner against a downwardly facing upper mold (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GLASSTECH, INC.
    Inventors: David B. Nitschke, Dean M. Nitschke, Daniel P. Lechner
  • Patent number: 9993020
    Abstract: A meltable smokeless tobacco composition configured for insertion into the mouth of a user is provided. The smokeless tobacco composition includes a tobacco material and a lipid having a melting point of about 36° C. to about 45° C. An associated process is also provided. The process includes melting a lipid having a melting point of about 36° C. to about 45° C. to form a molten lipid composition, mixing a tobacco material with the molten lipid composition to form a molten smokeless tobacco composition, and cooling the molten smokeless tobacco composition to form a solidified smokeless tobacco composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Daniel Verdin Cantrell, Gong Chen, Matthew William Benford, Thaddeus Jude Jackson
  • Patent number: 9914658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for manufacturing a flat ribbon of precursor glass for a glass-ceramic, comprising the continuous floating of the molten glass on a bath of molten metal in a float chamber, said glass being poured in the molten state at a temperature above its devitrification onset temperature onto the molten metal upstream of the chamber, said glass progressively forming a ribbon that runs along said metal bath, the cooling rate of the glass being at least 18° C./min between, on the one hand, the moment when the glass is at the theoretical temperature for which the devitrification rate is a maximum and, on the other hand, the later moment when the glass is at the theoretical temperature at which the devitrification crystal growth rate becomes less than 1 micron per minute. The glass thus floated does not undergo any devitrification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: EUROKERA
    Inventors: Catherine Goulas, Rémi Jacques, Gilles Querel
  • Patent number: 9907334
    Abstract: A method for opening cigarettes constituting cigarette waste in a device comprising a rotational drum (1) the inner wall of which is provided with at least one scraping away element (2, 2?, 2?) extending generally along the drum, and at least one rotational beater (4, 4?, 4?) located inside the drum (1) striking against the cigarettes, wherein the cigarettes fed into the rotating drum (1) and being lifted by means of at the least one scraping away element (2, 2?, 2?) and falling by gravity, are struck against by means of the at least one rotational beater (4, 4?, 4?) in a direction substantially perpendicular to the axes of the cigarettes with a force enabling their opening. A device for realization of the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. Z O.O.
    Inventors: Marek Sieredzinski, Wojciech Janczyk
  • Patent number: 9901113
    Abstract: The invention provides a smokeless tobacco product comprising a tobacco extract. In some embodiments, the smokeless tobacco product is translucent. The invention further provides methods for making and using the smokeless tobacco product. In certain embodiments, the smokeless tobacco product comprises isomalt, maltitol syrup, and a translucent tobacco extract prepared by ultrafiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Darrell Holton, Jr.