Patents by Inventor Eric Hawes

Eric Hawes has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240156162
    Abstract: A capsule for a heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol-generating device may include a base of a thermally-conductive material, the base defining a first cavity therein, the base including a first surface, the first surface defining an opening to a second cavity, the first surface including a first plurality of apertures through the first surface. The capsule may further include a cover coupled to the base and on the base, the cover including a second plurality of apertures in a middle portion of the cover, the first plurality of apertures and the second plurality of apertures defining an air flow path through the base and the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2024
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Yannick HOURMAND, Niall GALLAGHER, Zack BLACKMON, Patrick M. GOOD, Jarrett KEEN, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Eric HAWES
  • Publication number: 20240148074
    Abstract: A system configured to output an indication of engagement with a device. The system includes at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor. The memory is configured to store instructions. The at least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the system to monitor usage of the device, determine the indication of engagement with the device based on the usage of the device, and output the indication of engagement with the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Cleint Services LLC
    Inventors: Jarrett KEEN, Kevin BALL, Taylor WITT, Raymond W. LAU, Zack W. BLACKMON, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Eric HAWES, Terry BACHE, Niall GALLAGHER
  • Publication number: 20240148060
    Abstract: A heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol-generating device may include a capsule and a device body. The capsule may include an aerosol-forming substrate and a conductive component. The conductive component may include a first end section, an intermediate section, and a second end section. The intermediate section may be configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate. The first end section and the second end section may each have at least one surface discontinuity. The device body may include connector pins configured to engage with the at least one surface discontinuity of each of the first end section and the second end section of the conductive component so as to establish an electrical connection with the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Jarrett KEEN, Raymond W. LAU, Eric HAWES, Dean TWITE, Ryan MCGINLEY, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Thomas TRAN, Yannick HOURMAND, Gary BROADFIELD
  • Patent number: 11950622
    Abstract: The method includes providing a filler material that is water insoluble, the providing provides the filler material with more than 98% alpha-cellulose, 0.01% to less than 2% ash and a remainder hemicellulose, infusing at least one first consumable within the filler material and inserting a matrix within at least one first containing structure to form a capsule, the matrix including the filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, Danielle Crawford, Dwight David Williams, Eric Hawes, Terry Bache, Raymond W. Lau, Shaoyong Yu
  • Patent number: 11951250
    Abstract: A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a reservoir configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation and a channel structure that includes a channel surface with one or more open-microchannels. An open-microchannel in the channel structure may be in fluid communication with the reservoir and may transport pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir to a heating element based on capillary action of the pre-vapor formulation through the open-microchannels. The heating element may vaporize the pre-vapor formulation drawn through one or more open-microchannels. The cartridge may be independent of fibrous dispensing interfaces, including one or more wicks. Fabrication of such a cartridge may be simplified, faster, cheaper, some combination thereof, or the like relative to fabrication of a cartridge that includes a fibrous or soft dispensing interface to draw pre-vapor formulation from a reservoir to a heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Lau, Ali Rostami, Eric Hawes
  • Patent number: 11944747
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses a cartridge for an electronic vapor (e-vapor) apparatus. The cartridge includes a pre-vapor formulation compartment configured to hold a solution therein and a first connector element configured to connect the cartridge to a power section of the e-vapor apparatus. The first connector element includes a processing device configured to communicate with the power section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond Lau, Niall Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20240090589
    Abstract: A power control system for an aerosol-generating device includes at least one processor and a memory. The memory is coupled to the at least one processor and is configured to store instructions. The at least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the power control system to determine whether a first power to be applied to a heater of the aerosol-generating device exceeds a power threshold, in response to the first power exceeding the power threshold, apply a second power to the heater, and in response to the first power not exceeding the power threshold, apply the first power to the heater. The first power is based on a desired heater temperature. The second power does not exceed the power threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Thomas TRAN, Terry BACHE, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Eric HAWES, Raymond W. LAU
  • Publication number: 20240090586
    Abstract: A session control system for a device includes at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor. The memory is configured to store instructions. The at least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the session control system to detect when a session has started, start a session timer, increment a puff variable when an airflow sensor detects that a puff has been taken, monitor the session timer against a time threshold and the puff variable against a puff threshold, and in response to a session threshold being met, end the session. The session timer is configured to measure a length of the session and the puff variable corresponds to a total number of puffs taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Thomas TRAN, Terry BACHE, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Eric HAWES
  • Publication number: 20240090574
    Abstract: A heat-not-burn aerosol-generating device includes a housing that defines a capsule-receiving cavity and a lid fixedly coupled to the housing at a first point and releasably coupleable to the housing at a second point that is different from the first point. The lid is configured to cover the capsule-receiving cavity in a closed position. The lid includes a first retainer and a replaceable mouthpiece coupleable to the lid such that air entering the housing and drawn through the capsule-receiving cavity exits out of the replaceable mouthpiece. The mouthpiece includes a second retainer that is configured to engage with the first retainer so as to releasably secure the replaceable mouthpiece to the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric HAWES, Zack W. BLACKMON, Dean TWITE, Ryan MCGINLEY, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Jarrett KEEN, Raymond W. LAU, Thomas TRAN
  • Publication number: 20240097463
    Abstract: A charging system for an aerosol-generating device includes a processor and a memory in communication with the processor and configured to store instructions is provided. The instructions define at least one of a disable mode, an intra-session mode, or an inter-session mode. The processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the charging system to detect when the device is connected to a charging device; activate a power source charger in response to the connection to the charging device; identify a selected mode; enable or disable a heater of the capsule dependent upon the selected mode; if the heater is enabled, display a first display indicating the connection of the charging device; if the heater is enabled, detect if a session of the aerosol-generating device is ongoing; and if the session is ongoing, enable or suspend charging in response to the identification of the selected mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Thomas TRAN, Terry BACHE, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Eric HAWES
  • Publication number: 20240091466
    Abstract: A cooldown system for a device includes at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor. The memory is configured to store instructions. The at least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the cooldown system to detect when a session has ended, activate a cooldown timer to measure a cooldown time, provide an indication of a remaining time of the cooldown timer, and in response to the cooldown timer elapsing, return the device to normal operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Thomas TRAN, Terry BACHE, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Eric HAWES
  • Publication number: 20240090587
    Abstract: A capsule monitoring system for an aerosol-generating device includes at least one processor and a memory. The memory is coupled to the at least one processor and storing instructions. The at least one processor is configured to execute the instructions to cause the capsule monitoring system to detect a mechanism detection switch of the aerosol-generating device being actuated, apply a first power to a first contact point of the aerosol-generating device, determine a first resistance between the first contact point and a second contact point, determine whether the first resistance is within a resistance operation range, and in response to the first resistance being within of the resistance operation range, display a capsule accepted indicator. The first contact point is configured to contact a heater. The second contact point is configured to contact the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Thomas TRAN, Terry BACHE, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Eric HAWES
  • Patent number: 11925200
    Abstract: A capsule for an aerosol-generating device may include a first heater, a second heater, and a frame sandwiched between the first heater and the second heater. The frame may define open spaces therein and have a rigidity that is adequate to support the first heater and the second heater. The open spaces within the frame may be interconnected and sized for aerosol-permeability and capillary action. A nicotine-containing material, such as tobacco, may be disposed within the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Griscik, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes
  • Patent number: 11925208
    Abstract: A reservoir assembly that holds a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation in a reservoir includes a reservoir assembly connector assembly defining a connector conduit, and which may be configured to detachably couple with a non-nicotine vaporizer assembly based on a connector element of the non-nicotine vaporizer assembly engaging with the connector conduit of the connector conduit. The reservoir assembly may include an isolation structure configured to move in relation to both the reservoir and the non-nicotine vaporizer connector assembly between a first position where the isolation structure exposes the non-nicotine vaporizer assembly to the reservoir and at least partially obstructs the connector conduit to restrict the connector element from disengaging from the connector conduit, and a second position where the isolation structure isolates the non-nicotine vaporizer assembly from the reservoir and opens the connector conduit to enable the connector element to disengage from the connector conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond W. Lau, Jose Jesus Paolo Montalvan, John Paul Muring
  • Patent number: 11918050
    Abstract: A method of controlling a hot wire anemometer (HWA) of a non-nicotine e-vaping device includes controlling, by a first PID controller, a level of power applied by the non-nicotine e-vaping device to the HWA based on a temperature of a heated element of the HWA and a temperature setpoint; generating a puff detection signal indicating whether or not a puff is currently occurring with respect to the non-nicotine e-vaping device; and while the puff detection signal indicates that a puff is not currently occurring with respect to the non-nicotine e-vaping device, detecting, by a second PID controller, a change in an ambient temperature of the HWA, and controlling, by the second PID controller, the temperature setpoint such that the temperature setpoint changes in response to the detected change in the ambient temperature of the HWA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Adam Parrott, Niall Gallagher, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes, Ryan Newcomb, Terry Bache, Rangaraj S. Sundar, Jarrett Keen
  • Publication number: 20240065339
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction, a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize at least a portion of the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol, a power supply operable to apply voltage across the heater, at least one light emitting diode, a charging button assembly including a conductive post operable to form a first external, electrical contact at an upstream end of the electronic smoking article, and a second external, electrical contact including a portion of an outer surface of the outer housing at the upstream end of the electronic smoking article. The first and second external, electrical contacts charge the power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: David R. SCHIFF, Chris PHELAN, Eric HAWES, Berina YERKIC-HUSEJNOVIC, Christopher S. TUCKER
  • Patent number: 11910838
    Abstract: A method of controlling a hot wire anemometer (HWA) of a nicotine e-vaping device includes controlling, by a first PID controller, a level of power applied by the nicotine e-vaping device to the HWA based on a temperature of a heated element of the HWA and a temperature setpoint; generating a puff detection signal indicating whether or not a puff is currently occurring with respect to the nicotine e-vaping device; and while the puff detection signal indicates that a puff is not currently occurring with respect to the nicotine e-vaping device, detecting, by a second PID controller, a change in an ambient temperature of the HWA, and controlling, by the second PID controller, the temperature setpoint such that the temperature setpoint changes in response to the detected change in the ambient temperature of the HWA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Adam Parrott, Niall Gallagher, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes, Ryan Newcomb, Terry Bache, Rangaraj S. Sundar, Jarrett Keen
  • Patent number: 11910826
    Abstract: A capsule may include a housing, an aerosol-forming substrate, and a heater. The housing defines inlet openings, outlet openings, and a chamber between the inlet openings and the outlet openings. The chamber may have a longest dimension extending from at least one of the inlet openings to a corresponding one of the outlet openings. The aerosol-forming substrate is within the chamber of the housing. The heater is embedded in the housing. The heater includes a first end section, an intermediate section, and a second end section. The intermediate section is disposed within the aerosol-forming substrate in the chamber. An aerosol-generating device may include a device body with a lid configured to open to permit an insertion of the capsule and configured to close to engage the capsule within the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. Blackmon, Eric Hawes, Dean Twite, Rangaraj S. Sundar, Nicolas D. Castro, Raymond W. Lau
  • Publication number: 20240032589
    Abstract: A capsule for a heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol-generating device may include a housing and a heater within the housing. The housing has interior surfaces defining a chamber configured to hold an aerosol-forming substrate. In addition, the housing has exterior surfaces constituting a first face, an opposing second face, and a side face of the capsule. The first face and the second face of the capsule are permeable to an aerosol. The heater has a first end section, an intermediate section, and a second end section. The first end section and the second end section of the heater may be external segments constituting parts of the side face of the capsule. The intermediate section of the heater is an internal segment disposed within the chamber of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack BLACKMON, Patrick GOOD, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Jarrett KEEN, Eric HAWES, Dean TWITE, Guy MOSELEY, Niall GALLAGHER
  • Patent number: D1017886
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Alistair Bramley, George Stafford, Eric Hawes, Traci Martin, Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic