Patents by Inventor Manabu Yamada

Manabu Yamada 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).

  • Patent number: 11824379
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a power supply that is able to discharge power to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol generation source; and a control unit that is configured to control at least one of charging and discharging of the power supply such that the power supply does not become one or both of a fully charged state and a discharging termination state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Takeshi Akao
  • Patent number: 11805813
    Abstract: A heater assembly comprises a container including a cylindrical portion that forms a chamber in which a flavor generating article is contained, and a heater arranged in a peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion. The container includes a first channel extending along a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion and located adjacently to the chamber in a direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion, and a second channel extending through the chamber along the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion. The first channel is in communication with the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Manabu Takeuchi, Yasunobu Inoue, Kimitaka Uchii, Tateki Sumii
  • Patent number: 11800899
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus comprises: a power source; a load configured to have an electric resistance value that varies according to a temperature and atomize an aerosol source or heat a flavor source when supplied with power from the power source; a feed circuit that is electrically connected to the power source and the load and includes a voltage conversion unit capable of converting an output voltage of the power source and outputting the converted output voltage to the load; and a control unit configured to acquire a measurement value corresponding to a current value of a current flowing through the load and control power supply to the load, wherein, in accordance with the measurement value, the control unit controls the feed circuit such that the measurement value becomes smaller than the target value or values included in the target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Takeshi Akao, Kazuma Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 11771140
    Abstract: An inhalation component generation device includes a load configured to vaporize or atomize an inhalation component source with electric power from a power supply, and a control unit configured to be capable of acquiring a value related to an operation amount of the load and a voltage value of the power supply. The control unit is configured to be capable of estimating or detecting at least one of degradation and failure of the power supply based on the value related to the operation amount of the load operated in a period in which the acquired voltage value of the power supply is in a predetermined voltage range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akao, Takuma Nakano, Hajime Fujita, Manabu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20230301352
    Abstract: The present invention prevents a member constituting a flavor inhaler from being broken. The flavor inhaler includes a housing, a containing unit contained in the housing and configured to contain a consumable, a tubular unit surrounding the containing unit, and a holding unit holding the tubular unit movably in an axial direction of the tubular unit or a first direction perpendicular to the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2023
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Tateki SUMII, Yasunobu INOUE, Manabu YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20230301357
    Abstract: To obtain a flavor inhaler including an accommodating portion exhibiting high workability. A flavor inhaler includes an accommodating portion that accommodates at least a part of a flavor generating article, and the accommodating portion includes a tubular portion that surrounds a circumference of the flavor generating article and an abutting portion that is formed of a member different from the tubular portion and abuts the flavor generating article accommodated in the accommodating portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2023
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Tateki SUMII, Yasunobu INOUE, Manabu YAMADA, Keisuke MORITA
  • Patent number: 11744291
    Abstract: An inhalation component generating device includes: a power supply; a load group including a load configured to evaporate or atomize an inhalation component source by power from the power supply; and a control circuit configured to be able to acquire a voltage value of the power supply. The control circuit performs: a process (a1) of acquiring a closed circuit voltage value of the power supply in a closed circuit state in which the power supply and the load group are electrically connected; and a process (a2) of comparing the acquired closed circuit voltage value and a first reference voltage value, and determining that the power supply is in a small residual amount state in a case where the closed circuit voltage value is smaller than or is equal to or smaller than the reference voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akao, Manabu Yamada, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 11729865
    Abstract: Provided is a battery unit including: a power supply; a detector configured to detect an output voltage of the power supply; a connecting configured to be connectable with a load for atomizing an aerosol source or heating a flavor source; and a controller capable of executing a power supply mode in which electric power is supplied to the load from the power supply. The controller executes a specific control different from the supply of electric power to the load based on am amount of change in the output voltage per a predetermined time period in the power supply mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Takeuchi, Takaya Takahashi, Manabu Yamada, Hajime Fujita
  • Publication number: 20230240379
    Abstract: An inhalation component generating device includes: a power supply; a load group including a load configured to evaporate or atomize an inhalation component source by power from the power supply; and a control circuit configured to be able to acquire a voltage value of the power supply. The control circuit performs: a process (al) of acquiring a closed circuit voltage value of the power supply in a closed circuit state in which the power supply and the load group are electrically connected; and a process (a2) of comparing the acquired closed circuit voltage value and a first reference voltage value, and determining that the power supply is in a small residual amount state in a case where the closed circuit voltage value is smaller than or is equal to or smaller than the reference voltage value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Publication date: August 3, 2023
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi AKAO, Manabu YAMADA, Hajime FUJITA
  • Patent number: 11712064
    Abstract: A heating assembly includes a body defining a heating compartment adapted to receive a vapour generating substance; at least two heaters between which the vapour generating substance is placeable within the heating compartment in use; a movement mechanism adapted in use to move at least one of the at least two heaters between a first and second position, the distance between the at least two heaters being less when the at least one heater is in the first position than when in the second position, wherein the distance between the at least two heaters when the at least one heater is in the first position being such that the separation of the at least two heaters applies pressure to the vapour generating substance when located in the heating compartment; and a switch adapted in use to control the movement of the at least one heater by the movement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: Layth Sliman Bouchuiguir, Manabu Yamada, Philipp Hans Refior
  • Patent number: 11712065
    Abstract: A flavor inhaler includes a heating element that atomizes an aerosol source and a supply member that has a discharge port for supplying the aerosol source to the heating element. The heating element has a porous structure, and is disposed apart from the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Hirofumi Matsumoto, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 11705744
    Abstract: A battery unit for a favor inhaler includes a chargeable and dischargeable power supply, a connection part capable of electrically connecting to an external charger, and a controller configured to perform control regarding at least the power supply, wherein when an accumulated value of a connection time period to the charger exceeds a first predetermined time period, the controller determines that the power supply has been degraded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Takeshi Akao
  • Patent number: 11696601
    Abstract: A heater assembly includes a container including a cylindrical portion that forms a chamber in which a flavor generating article is contained, and a heater arranged in a peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion. The container includes a first channel extending along a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion and located adjacently to the chamber in a direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion, and a second channel extending through the chamber along the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion. The first channel is in communication with the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Manabu Takeuchi, Yasunobu Inoue, Kimitaka Uchii, Tateki Sumii
  • Patent number: 11690403
    Abstract: A flavor generating segment includes a first flavor generating member and a second flavor generating member, wherein: at least either of the first and the second flavor generating members includes a plurality of stacked flavor generating sheets and has, between at least a pair of the neighboring flavor generating sheets, a non-contact part in which the flavor generating sheets do not come into contact with each other; and principal surfaces of the flavor generating sheets face the other flavor generating member, as well as a flavor generating article and a flavor inhalation system equipped therewith. The flavor generating segment gives a good smoking flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Manabu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20230191787
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting device includes a base portion, a liquid ejecting portion movably provided at the base portion, a medium supporting portion provided at the base portion and configured to support a printing medium in a printing region where the liquid ejecting portion performs printing, and a maintenance portion disposed in a region on the +X direction side of the printing region in the X-axis direction in the base portion. The maintenance portion includes a moisturizing portion that can form a closed space to which nozzle opens, a cleaning portion that can forcibly discharge liquid from the nozzle, and a wiper that can wipe a nozzle surface where the nozzle is provided. The moisturizing portion, the cleaning portion and the wiper are disposed side by side in the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Inventors: Hiroshi NOSE, Tomoji SUZUKI, Manabu YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20230189885
    Abstract: A heater assembly comprises a container including a cylindrical portion that forms a chamber in which a flavor generating article is contained, and a heater arranged in a peripheral surface of the cylindrical portion. The container includes a first channel extending along a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion and located adjacently to the chamber in a direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion, and a second channel extending through the chamber along the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical portion. The first channel is in communication with the second channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2023
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Manabu TAKEUCHI, Yasunobu INOUE, Kimitaka UCHII, Tateki SUMII
  • Publication number: 20230148671
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a consumable containing a smokable substance and a device that includes a chamber receiving the consumable and heats and atomizes the smokable substance of the consumable received in the chamber. The chamber includes an opening through which the consumable is inserted and a holding unit that holds the consumable. The holding unit includes a first pressing unit which presses a part of the consumable. The consumable includes a first portion having a first hardness and a second portion having a second hardness, in which the second portion is a different portion from the first portion in the insertion direction of the consumable. When the consumable is positioned at the desired position in the chamber, the consumable is positioned such that at least a part of the first portion is pressed against the first pressing unit, while at the same time, at least a part of the second portion is pressed against the first pressing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE, Tateki SUMII
  • Patent number: 11651714
    Abstract: If a distance from a current position to a guide point is less than a predetermined distance, a normal output process and a stop process of a guide image are repeatedly performed. If a priority display request for a guide image is performed, a priority output process of the guide image is performed prior to the stop process. If an interval between the priority output process and the normal output process performed after the priority output process is short, the priority output process continues until the normal output process starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignees: NS WEST Inc., SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoki Tashima, Naoya Matsuoka, Yuusuke Matsumoto, Manabu Yamada, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Masanori Hiramatsu, Hirotaka Asaoka, Kou Satou, Kousuke Aoi
  • Patent number: 11638447
    Abstract: A battery unit is installed in a flavor inhaler with an atomizing unit that atomizes an aerosol-generating material according to a puffing action of inhaling air through an air passage leading from an air inlet to an air outlet. The battery unit includes a battery, an electronic component configured to control the atomizing unit, and a housing configured to accommodate the battery and the electronic component. The electronic component is located in a predetermined portion of the battery unit. The predetermined portion includes a water detection member configured to detect water that enters the predetermined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Takeshi Akao
  • Patent number: 11633557
    Abstract: A non-combustion type flavor inhaler comprising: an atomizer atomizing an aerosol source without burning; and a controller controlling a power output to the atomizer, wherein the controller is configured to start supply of a power output to the atomizer before start of a user's puffing action, and is configured to stop supply of a power output to the atomizer during a user's puffing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Katayama, Akihiko Suzuki, Manabu Takeuchi, Takuma Nakano, Manabu Yamada