Patents by Inventor Nicholas J. HATTON

Nicholas J. HATTON 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: 20200170302
    Abstract: Apparatuses, including systems and devices (“vaporizers”), for vaporizing material to form an inhalable aerosol that include capacitive lips sensing to regulate the temperature of the vaporizer, including transiently boosting the temperature. Methods of operating a vaporizer having a capacitive lip sensor are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hatton, James Monsees, Adam Bowen
  • Publication number: 20200163378
    Abstract: On-demand, hand-held vaporizer that operates primarily by convection. The vaporizer is configured to permit very rapid (e.g., within a few seconds) heating of air drawn through an oven chamber to a predetermined or selectable vaporizing temperature to vaporize a material (e.g., loose leaf plant material, etc.) that is held in the oven chamber. The vaporizer provides efficient transfer of air being heated as well as rapid delivery of vaporizable material to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew J. Taschner, Alexander J. Gould, Nicholas J. Hatton, Esteban Leon Duque, Ariel Atkins, James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Kevin Lomeli
  • Publication number: 20200120991
    Abstract: A system includes a converter configured to electrically couple to a power source and to a heating element of a vaporizer atomizer. The converter can be further configured to receive a first voltage from the power source and provide a second voltage to the heating element. The converter can be a direct-current to direct-current converter. A power monitor configured to electrically couple to the heating element, measure a current through the heating element, measure a voltage over the heating element, calculate a power and/or resistance, and output a control signal to the converter. The converter can be configured to be controlled by the control signal to vary the second voltage to maintain a target power or a target temperature over the heating element. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hatton, Val Valentine
  • Patent number: 10575563
    Abstract: A vaporization device that includes an entertainment mode or modes including one or more game modes. The vaporization device may enhance the user experience. The entertainment mode may be engaged by a sequence of predetermined manipulations of the vaporization device. The entertainment mode may include one or more interactive games using the device, and/or one or more display modes. The interactive games may include a pattern-following game, a memory game, a triggered output game, or a chance game. The entertainment mode may also include games that may be played by one or more persons. The entertainment mode may modify the operation (e.g., heater control, appearance, user interface, etc.) of the device while still permitting the vaporization of vaporizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Pax Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, Nicholas J. Hatton
  • Publication number: 20200022417
    Abstract: A vaporization device includes a cartridge having a reservoir that holds a vaporizable material, a heating element, and a wicking element that can draw the vaporizable material to the heating element to be vaporized. The wicking element can include two ends in contact with the reservoir. The cartridge can include an airflow control feature for controlling airflow in the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Adam Bowen, Steven Christensen, Nicholas J. Hatton, Esteban Leon Duque, James Monsees, Christopher J. Rosser, Andrew Stratton
  • Publication number: 20200000146
    Abstract: A vaporizer device may include various modular components. The vaporizer device may include a first subassembly. The first subassembly may include a cartridge connector that secures a vaporizer cartridge to the vaporizer device and includes at least two receptacle contacts that electrically communicate with the vaporizer cartridge. The vaporizer device may include a second subassembly. The second subassembly may include a skeleton defining a rigid tray that retains at least a power source. The vaporizer device may also include a third subassembly. The third subassembly may include a plurality of charging contacts that supply power to the power source, and an end cap that encloses an end of the vaporizer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Samuel C. Anderson, Wei-Ling Chang, Brandon Cheung, Steven Christensen, Joseph Chun, Joseph R. Fisher, Jr., Nicholas J. Hatton, Kevin Lomeli, James Monsees, Andrew L. Murphy, Claire O' Malley, John R. Pelochino, Hugh Pham, Vipul V. Rahane, Matthew J. Taschner, Val Valentine, Kenneth Wong
  • Publication number: 20200000143
    Abstract: A vaporizer system may include a vaporizer device communicatively coupled with a user device configured to control the functions and/or features of the vaporizer device. The vaporizer device may serve as a replacement for traditional combustible cigarettes. Accordingly, the user device may be configured to collect usage data from the vaporizer device and generate recommendations to enhance and/or expedite the transition from traditional combustible cigarettes to the vaporizer device. For example, the user device may provide puff coaching to enable a more satisfying initial experience. Alternatively and/or additionally, the user device may recommend pod types and/or puff patterns that are associated with a reduction in overall intake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Samuel C. Anderson, Ariel Atkins, Mackenzie P. Belt, Adam Bowen, Ariana M. Bruno, James R. Cazzoli, Steven Christensen, Joseph R. Fisher, JR., Jonatan Goldberg Kidon, Nicholas J. Hatton, Michelle Kim, James Monsees, Andrew L. Murphy, Nordstrom K. Phelps, Immaneni Hiteshwar Rao, Itai Turbahn, JonPaul Vega, Roxolana Wacyk, Jason B. Yonker, Casey S. Yost, Diego D. Zaks Barrios
  • Patent number: 10517331
    Abstract: On-demand, hand-held vaporizer that operates primarily by convection. The vaporizer is configured to permit very rapid heating of air drawn through an oven chamber to a predetermined or selectable vaporizing temperature to vaporize a material that is held in the oven chamber. The vaporizer provides efficient transfer of air being heated as well as rapid delivery of vaporizable material to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Adam Bowen, Alexander J. Gould, Nicholas J. Hatton, Esteban Leon Duque, Kevin Lomeli, James Monsees, Matthew J. Taschner
  • Publication number: 20190387795
    Abstract: A system includes a current source circuit; a system power input; and load switching circuitry coupling the current source circuit and the system power input to an output configured to couple to a vaporizer heating element. The current source circuit, the system power input, and the load switching circuitry form part of an integrated circuit. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph R. Fisher, Nicholas J. Hatton, Andrew Lawrence Murphy, Hugh Pham, Val Valentine
  • Publication number: 20190380388
    Abstract: Features relating to vaporizer devices configured to allow for user control of a vaporizer session are provided. Session size selection and temperature selection options allow for a user to select a desired session size and a desired temperature for the vaporizer session. A session control user interface is provided on a user device to allow for user selections and to provide for user viewing of a status of the vaporizer session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Amorde, Nicolas Dor, Randall Leberknight, Mario Trujillo, Raffi Aghapekian, James Monsees, Nicholas J. Hatton, Brian M. Warren, Casey S. Yost, Nicholas Achtien, Travis I. Wyatt, Roxolana Wacyk
  • Publication number: 20190373950
    Abstract: A vaporization device that includes an entertainment mode or modes including one or more game modes. The vaporization device may enhance the user experience. The entertainment mode may be engaged by a sequence of predetermined manipulations of the vaporization device. The entertainment mode may include one or more interactive games using the device, and/or one or more display modes. The interactive games may include a pattern-following game, a memory game, a triggered output game, or a chance game. The entertainment mode may also include games that may be played by one or more persons. The entertainment mode may modify the operation (e.g., heater control, appearance, user interface, etc.) of the device while still permitting the vaporization of vaporizable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, Nicholas J. Hatton
  • Publication number: 20190364968
    Abstract: Features relating to a vaporizer body are provided. The vaporizer body may include an outer shell that includes an inner region defined by an outer shell sidewall. A support structure is configured to fit within the inner region of the outer shell. The support structure includes a storage region defined by a top support structure, a bottom support structure, a bottom cap, and a gasket. An integrated board assembly is configured to fit within the storage region of the support structure. The integrated board assembly may include a printed circuit board assembly formed of multiple layers that form a rigid structure and that include an inner, flexible layer. A first antenna is integrated at a proximal end of the flexible layer, and a second antenna is integrated at a distal end of the flexible layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Fu, Christopher Loental, Marko Markovic, Alexander Weiss, Alexander Ringrose, David Carlberg, Robyn Nariyoshi, Devin Spratt, Nicholas J. Hatton, Yen Jen Chang, Chen Yu Li, Barry Tseng, Prince Wang, Thomas Germann, Andreas Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20190373679
    Abstract: A vaporizer device may include a controller and a heater control circuitry. The controller may generate, based at least on a temperature of a heating coil in a cartridge coupled with the vaporizer device, an output signal for controlling a discharge of a battery of the vaporizer device. The battery may be discharged to the heating coil to increase the temperature of the heating coil and cause a vaporization of a vaporizable material contained in the cartridge. The heater control circuitry may determine the temperature of the heating coil. The heater control circuitry may further control, based on the output signal from the controller, the discharge of the battery to the heating coil. The heater control circuitry may be powered by a voltage rail coupled to a voltage regulator configured to regulate an output voltage of the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Fu, Christopher Loental, Marko Markovic, Alexander Weiss, Alexander Ringrose, David Carlberg, Robyn Nariyoshi, Devin Spratt, Nicholas J. Hatton, Yen Jen Chang, Chen Yu Li, Barry Tseng, Prince Wang, Thomas Germann, Andreas Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20190364969
    Abstract: A vaporizer device may include a pressure sensor and an ambient pressure sensor. The pressure sensor may be configured to measure a first pressure in an air flow path in the vaporizer device. The ambient pressure sensor may be configured to measure a second pressure corresponding to an atmospheric pressure. The vaporizer device may further include a controller. The controller may be configured to transition the vaporizer device to a first standby mode when the first pressure is equal to or greater than the second pressure for a first threshold quantity of time. While the vaporizer device is in the first standby mode, the controller may be further configured to transition the vaporizer device to a second standby mode when the second pressure is a threshold quantity greater than the first pressure and no motion event is detected for a second threshold quantity of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Fu, Christopher Loental, Marko Markovic, Alexander Weiss, Alexander Ringrose, David Carlberg, Robyn Nariyoshi, Devin Spratt, Nicholas J. Hatton, Yen Jen Chang, Chen Yu Li, Barry Tseng, Prince Wang, Thomas Germann, Andreas Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20190364957
    Abstract: Features relating to a cartridge for use with a vaporizer body are provided. The cartridge mates with the vaporizer body in a cartridge receptacle. The cartridge may include a cartridge body defining a reservoir configured to contain vaporizable material; a mouthpiece coupled to a proximal end region of the cartridge body; at least one proximal absorbent pad wedged within an internal volume of the mouthpiece; a mouthpiece seal with sealing ribs; a cannula defining a vaporization chamber extending through the cartridge body; a resistive heating element; a porous wick configured to draw the vaporizable material in the reservoir towards the vaporization chamber; an internal sealing gasket positioned in a distal end region of the cartridge body; a lower support structure positioned in the distal end region of the cartridge body; and at least one distal absorbent pad configured to wedge within a recess located in the lower support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Fu, Christopher Loental, Marko Markovic, Alexander Weiss, Alexander Ringrose, David Carlberg, Robyn Nariyoshi, Devin Spratt, Nicholas J. Hatton, Yen Jen Chang, Chen Yu Li, Barry Tseng, Prince Wang, Thomas Germann, Andreas Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20190369127
    Abstract: Features relating to a vaporizer device including a vaporizer body and a cartridge for connecting to the vaporizer body are provided. The cartridge includes a wireless transceiver positioned proximate a distal end of the cartridge. The wireless transceiver is configured to transmit, receive, and/or store data and to communicate with a subset of remote devices, which may include the vaporizer body and one or more additional devices such as manufacturing, assembly, and filling equipment. The vaporizer body includes wireless communication circuitry that enables communication with remote devices, which may include the cartridge and user devices such as a wireless device. The vaporizer body is configured to identify the cartridge and implement operational instructions and/or apply configuration parameters received from an application and/or based on preset configuration parameters associated with the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Fu, Christopher Loental, Marko Markovic, Alexander Weiss, Alexander Ringrose, David Carlberg, Robyn Nariyoshi, Devin Spratt, Nicholas J. Hatton, Yen Jen Chang, Chen Yu Li, Barry Tseng, Prince Wang, Thomas Germann, Andreas Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10405582
    Abstract: Apparatuses, including systems and devices (“vaporizers”), for vaporizing material to form an inhalable aerosol that include capacitive lips sensing to regulate the temperature of the vaporizer, including transiently boosting the temperature. Methods of operating a vaporizer having a capacitive lip sensor are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PAX Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Hatton, James Monsees, Adam Bowen
  • Patent number: 10231486
    Abstract: A vaporization device that includes an entertainment mode or modes including one or more game modes. The vaporization device may enhance the user experience. The entertainment mode may be engaged by a sequence of predetermined manipulations of the vaporization device. The entertainment mode may include one or more interactive games using the device, and/or one or more display modes. The interactive games may include a pattern-following game, a memory game, a triggered output game, or a chance game. The entertainment mode may also include games that may be played by one or more persons. The entertainment mode may modify the operation (e.g., heater control, appearance, user interface, etc.) of the device while still permitting the vaporization of vaporizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PAX Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, Nicholas J. Hatton
  • Publication number: 20180093054
    Abstract: Vaporizers and vaporizer systems, which can include a device in communication with a vaporizer, can include one or more features related to control of functions and/or features of the vaporizer, identification of a cartridge and/or a vaporizable material in the cartridge, data exchange (either one-way or two-way) between a cartridge and a vaporizer with which the cartridge is engaged, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, James Monsees, Nicholas J. Hatton, Ariel Atkins, Chenyue Xing, Alexander Gould, Gal A. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20180043114
    Abstract: Vaporizers and vaporizer systems, which can include a device in communication with a vaporizer, can include one or more features related to control of functions and/or features of the vaporizer, identification of a cartridge and/or a vaporizable material in the cartridge, data exchange (either one-way or two-way) between a cartridge and a vaporizer with which the cartridge is engaged, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, James Monsees, Nicholas J. Hatton, Ariel Atkins, Chenyue Xing, Alexander Gould, Gal A. Cohen