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: 20220354171
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses a pod for an electronic vapor (e-vapor) apparatus. The pod includes a pre-vapor formulation compartment configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation therein, a device compartment in fluidic communication with the pre-vapor formulation compartment, the device compartment including a processor configured to monitor the pre-vapor formulation compartment and identify the pre-vapor formulation and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and through the pre-vapor formulation compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric HAWES, Raymond LAU, Alistair BRAMLEY
  • Publication number: 20220354162
    Abstract: The method includes forming a filter material sheet, containing the filter material sheet to form a contained filter material, the containing including, folding the filter material sheet to create a plurality of folds along a width of the filter material sheet, gathering the filter material sheet to form the contained filter material, the plurality of folds in the filter material sheet forming interstices running through a longitudinal length of the contained filter material, the interstices being configured to allow an airflow to pass through the longitudinal length of the contained filter material, and infusing the filter material sheet with at least one first consumable substance, the at least one first consumable substance being one of nicotine, at least one first flavorant, a pre-vapor formulation, a combination thereof, or a sub-combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Dwight David WILLIAMS, Rebecca SECRIST, Danielle CRAWFORD, Terry BACHE, Eric HAWES, Maria Del Carmen JARQUIN, Munmaya K. MISHRA, Shaoyong YU
  • Patent number: 11490660
    Abstract: A reservoir assembly that holds a 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 nicotine vaporizer assembly based on a connector element of the 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 nicotine vaporizer connector assembly between a first position where the isolation structure exposes the 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 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: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond W. Lau, Jose Jesus Paolo Montalvan, John Paul Muring
  • Patent number: 11484062
    Abstract: A nicotine pod assembly for a nicotine e-vaping device may include a pod body and a connector module. The pod body has an upstream end and a downstream end and is configured to hold a nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The upstream end of the pod body defines a cavity. The connector module is configured to be seated within the cavity of the pod body. The connector module may include an external face and a side face. The external face of the connector module includes at least one electrical contact and defines a pod inlet. The side face of the connector module defines at least one module inlet. The side face of the connector module faces a sidewall of the cavity in the pod body when the connector module is seated within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Dean Twite, Yannick Hourmand, Charles Dendy, Bipin Patil, Rangaraj S. Sundar, Christopher Newcomb, Niall Gallagher, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes
  • Patent number: 11471624
    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: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Raymond W. Lau, Ali A. Rostami, Eric A. Hawes
  • Publication number: 20220320880
    Abstract: A charger assembly is configured to charge the electronic vaping device. The charger assembly includes a base including a housing defining a port. The port is configured to receive a tip end of an electronic vaping device. The port includes a magnetic electrical contact centrally positioned at a bottom of the port and a first pin positioned at the bottom of the port. The charger assembly also includes a microprocessor electrically connected to the magnetic electrical contact and the first pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Brandon JORDAN, Barry S. SMITH, Douglas A. BURTON, Eric HAWES, Sean SUNDBERG, Berina YERKIC-HUSEJNOVIC
  • Patent number: 11458262
    Abstract: A capsule for a heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol-generating device may include a first frame, a second frame, a first heater, a second heater, and/or an aerosol-forming substrate. The first frame has a first interior face and a first exterior face. In addition, the first frame defines a first opening. The first heater may be secured to the first frame so as to cover the first opening. The second frame is connected to the first frame. The second frame has a second interior face and a second exterior face. Furthermore, the second frame defines a second opening. The second heater may be secured to the second frame so as to cover the second opening. The aerosol-forming substrate may be between the first heater and the second heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Griscik, Thien Nguyen, Carl Kite, David Alvarez, Terrance Bache, Zack Blackmon, Patrick Good, Raymond Lau, Eric Hawes, Cristian Popa, James Yorkshades, Adam Parrott
  • Publication number: 20220295900
    Abstract: The method includes first inserting a seal into a first end of a first housing of a first e-vaping section, the first housing at least partially defining at least one inlet, second inserting a flow restrictor into a second end of the seal, the flow restrictor defining a first air passage in communication with the at least one inlet, the flow restrictor being configured to providing a desired resistance-to-draw (RTD) for the first e-vaping section, and first connecting a connector to the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Srinivasan JANARDHAN, Eric HAWES, Yezdi B. PITHAWALLA
  • Patent number: 11445759
    Abstract: Some example embodiments include a reservoir assembly for an e-vaping device that may include a reservoir, a first bayonet connector assembly, and a conduit extending from a vaporizer assembly and into a space defined by the first bayonet connector assembly. The first bayonet connector assembly may detachably couple with a second bayonet connector assembly of an outlet assembly to establish a bayonet interface connection between the reservoir and the outlet assembly, such that the conduit is in fluid communication with the exterior of the reservoir assembly through an interior of the outlet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond W. Lau, Mik Dahl, Jon Jarantilla, Galen Salvador, Jose Jesus Paolo Montalvan, Jeroen Kok
  • Patent number: 11432581
    Abstract: The capsule includes the matrix with one or more portions of a filler material. The filler material is a plant-based cellulose material. The one or more portions define interstices. A containing structure contains the matrix. A consumable substance is infused within the filler material. The consumable substance is nicotine, a flavorant, a pre-aerosol formulation, a combination thereof, or a sub-combination thereof. The device includes a heating section with the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    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: 11433192
    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: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Raymond W. Lau, Ali A. Rostami, Eric A. Hawes
  • Publication number: 20220273043
    Abstract: A method of detecting a hand-to-mouth (HMG) gesture with an e-vaping device includes detecting movements of the e-vaping device; generating quaternions based on the detected movements; generating movement features based on the generated quaternions; applying the generated movement features to a classifier; and determining whether the detected movements correspond to an HMG based on an output of the classifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Publication date: September 1, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric HAWES, Raymond LAU, Terry BACHE, Niall GALLAGHER
  • Publication number: 20220264942
    Abstract: The method including first establishing a first airflow in a first passage of an e-vaping cartridge, the first passage including a first portion, a second portion and a third portion, a first air inlet in communication with the first portion, a heater in communication with the second portion, the second portion being between the first portion and the third portion, and second establishing a second airflow in a second passage of the e-vaping cartridge, the second passage being in communication with the third portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: San LI, Eric HAWES, Raymond LAU, Robert ARENTS, Gerd KOBAL
  • Patent number: 11395507
    Abstract: The filter includes a contained filter material with one or more portions of a filter material. The one or more portions define interstices running through a longitudinal length of the contained filter material. The interstices allow an airflow to pass through the longitudinal length of the contained filter material. A consumable substance is infused within the filter material. The consumable substance includes nicotine, a flavorant, a pre-vapor formulation, a sub-combination thereof, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Dwight David Williams, Rebecca Secrist, Danielle Crawford, Terry Bache, Eric Hawes, Maria Del Carmen Jarquin, Munmaya K. Mishra, Shaoyong Yu
  • Publication number: 20220225672
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device includes a housing that defines a capsule-receiving cavity, a lid configured to close the housing, 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 mouthpiece. The lid may be fixedly coupled to the housing at a first point and releasably coupleable to the housing at a second point. The capsule-receiving cavity may have a first end having a first width, and a second end have a second width that is different from the first width. The capsule-receiving cavity may be tapered between the first end and the second end. The mouthpiece may be coupleable to the first end. One or more alignment member may be disposed at or towards the second end. The alignment members may include seals and/or electrical connections and/or flat surfaces and/or angled surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric HAWES, Zack W. BLACKMON, Dean TWITE, Ryan MCGINLEY, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Jarrett KEEN, Raymond W. LAU
  • Publication number: 20220229453
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment provides s system for controlling a heater in a non-combustible aerosol-generating device. The system comprises a memory storing computer-readable instructions and a controller configured to execute the computer-readable instructions to cause the non-combustible aerosol-generating device to, detect an airflow in the non-combustible aerosol-generating device, apply a first power to the heater based on the detected airflow, apply a second power to the heater based on a target preheat temperature and the detected airflow being below an airflow threshold value, the application of the second power being after the application of the first power, and apply a third power to the heater based on the target preheat temperature and the detected airflow being below the airflow threshold value, the application of the third power being after the application of the second power, the third power being greater than the second power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Eric HAWES, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER
  • Publication number: 20220225667
    Abstract: A capsule for an aerosol-generating device may include a housing defining 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. An aerosol-forming substrate may be disposed within the chamber of the housing. A heater may extend into the housing from an exterior thereof. The heater includes a first end section, an intermediate section, and a second end section. The intermediate section may be disposed within the aerosol-forming substrate in the chamber. An aerosol-generating device may include the capsule, a mouthpiece, and a device body, wherein the mouthpiece is configured to engage with the capsule, and the device body is configured to receive and retain the capsule and the mouthpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Eric HAWES, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Raymond W. LAU, Jarrett KEEN, Niall GALLAGHER
  • Publication number: 20220225669
    Abstract: A heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol generating device may include a housing including a power supply and an air inlet, a mouthpiece assembly movably attached to the housing, and providing an air outlet, a door assembly moveably attached to the housing, the door assembly including a door and a receptacle movably attached to the door, the receptacle defining a cavity to receive a capsule including an aerosol generating substrate, and a linkage arrangement operationally connected to the door assembly, the mouthpiece assembly and the housing, and the linkage arrangement cooperatively moving the mouthpiece assembly and the receptacle in response to movement of the door to a closed state such that the capsule is retained within the housing and operationally connected with the power supply, the air inlet and the air outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric HAWES, Zack W. BLACKMON, Yannick HOURMAND, Guillaume MICHEL, Nicola WESTGARTH-FLYNN, Ryan MCGINLEY, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Jarrett KEEN, Raymond W. LAU
  • Publication number: 20220225670
    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: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Zack W. BLACKMON, Eric HAWES, Dean TWITE, Rangaraj S. SUNDAR, Nicolas D. CASTRO, Raymond W. LAU
  • Patent number: D970100
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Griscik, Carl Kite, Thien Nguyen, David Alvarez, Terrance Bache, Zack W. Blackmon, Patrick Good, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes, Cristian Popa